Spain boast arguably the two biggest clubs in the world: Barcelona and Real Madrid.

But there are many teams in Liga BBVA that are in financial trouble. This provides opportunity for clubs elsewhere in Europe to pick up quality players on the cheap.

Swansea City and Arsenal are examples of Premier League teams already utilising this opportunity, by securing the services of Michu and Santiago Cazorla.

Michael Laudrup's vast knowledge of the smaller Spanish sides helped him spot Michu when he was playing for Rayo Vallecano. The fee was £2 million and his 13 goals in the league are surely more than the Welsh club could have hoped for.

Arsenal's purchase of Santi Cazorla was a shock to most clubs, but the decline in fortunes of his former team Malaga meant that money was short, and players needed to be sold fast.

If all was well and good at Malaga, Cazorla would have inevitably cost twice as much as the £16 million fee Arsenal paid for him.

These examples could be the tip of the iceberg with financial problems occurring all over Spain. I wouldn't be surprised if more European clubs acted upon the chance to sign players for a small fee and a big return.

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