Monchi had already thought about, even before the market opened, the type of squad he wanted and he knew it would require a lot of change. Inspired by the change of personnel in the dugout with the arrival of Julen Lopetegui, this squad overhaul started on the 31st May with the arrival of Diego Carlos. Although it was already known, Munas Dabbur's transfer to the club didn't become effective until one month later. Monchi made it clear that he wanted to make the work for the manager as easy as possible by securing as many signings, almost all at once, before they headed off to Portugal for their first pre-season training camp.
From then on it was all about tweaking the squad here and there as the weeks went by, even until the deadline day. This was when the last two deals were confirmed with the arrival of Chicharito Hernández and Bono. All of these arrivals were sprinkled with exits as well, some on permanent deals and the majority on loan deals - either with or without an option to buy. A different summer transfer window compared to recent years and one that has allowed the philosophy of the team to change. In fact, even throughout pre-season and especially during these opening league fixtures, you can see how the team are developing to these new ideas. At this moment, they sit joint second in the table with Athletic Club.
Although the bulk of the signings arrived early on, Chicharito and Bono arrived on deadline day
There have been a total of 14 new additions to the squad, with 13 signings and the promotion of Alejandro Pozo from the reserve team to the first team, after his profitable year on loan at Granada CF last year. There have been two loan signings: Reguilón and Bono; and ten permanent signings: Dabbur, Diego Carlos, Joan Jordán, Koundé, De Jong, Ocampos, Óliver Torres, Fernando, Rony Lopes and Chicharito. Centre-midfielder Gudelj, who arrived on a free transfer, completes the list.
The amount of exits cannot go unnoticed too, with this needing to happen to allow for the new arrivals to join the team. It was a gradual process that led to a total of nine loan deals, four to LaLiga Santander, two to the Serie A, one to the Premier League and two to Ligue 1. The players that left on loan are: Aleix Vidal, Juan Soriano, Roque Mesa, Corchia, Arana, Kjaer, Amadou, Gnagnon and Sergio Rico. In addition, five players have left the club on permanent deals: Muriel, Wöber, Sarabia, Promes y Ben Yedder.
Out of all the exits, five left permanently and nine left on loan deals - some of which include an option to buy
With the summer window now closed, and the like of which has never been seen before in Nervión, Sevilla FC are ready to compete and fght with renewed strength and impetus to continue improving in all aspects, something which has allowed them to compete continuously over recent years. As always, it's the talking on the pitch thati matters. However, with the market now shut, the plans and ideas for Lopetegui have now all been devised.