Gone are the days of archaic, long-winded processes. Transfers in and out of LaLiga, such as those of Reinier or Raúl De Tomás this winter, are powered by modern technology.
LaLiga fans worldwide have been closely following their club’s transfer business this summer. But have you ever wondered how the transfer process actually works from the inside?
For example, when Real Madrid signed Reinier from Flamengo, or Espanyol picked up Raúl De Tomás from Benfica this January… how did both directors go about officially completing the deal and registering the player with LaLiga?
Firstly, and very importantly, the process is digitalised. Since summer 2016, Spanish clubs now use a software application called LaLiga Manager to conduct all incoming or outgoing player trades. Over 2,000 transfers have been managed using the software, which makes the process of buying and selling players more straightforward, more sensible and more secure.
LaLiga Manager is an online tool which provides club officials carrying out a transfer with all documents to be filled in or uploaded, ensuring each deal is completed correctly using precise and verifiable information. It also contains all FIFA, UEFA and LaLiga regulations to be complied with whether the incoming player is a free agent if a fee is paid or a release clause triggered.
The bespoke application is very easy and intuitive to use. Club officials log in from any location and are directed through a straightforward process, inputting information in the relevant spaces and selecting options from pull-down menus. Just as if they were using their personal online banking system on their phone or booking a plane or train ticket over the web.
So, in the case of Reinier or De Tomás, once the deal had been agreed with respective selling clubs and contract terms were finalised with the players