Asier Illarramendi has broken the record books straight away, following his move to real Madrid.
He had been linked with a move to the Spanish capital ever since he played a starring role in the U21 European triumph for Spain.
With such a talented player on their books, Real Sociedad were averse to losing him and their president Jokin Aperribay was playing hard ball with Madrid.
He was determined to squeeze as much cash as possible from Madrid and it seems he has succeeded in doing exactly that, as Madrid would have to cough up almost €39 million for the U21 champion.
Illarra has thus now become the most expensive Spanish player ever to be signed by Madrid.
Sergio Ramos, who cost €27 million, moves down to fourth on the list.
For the Madrid fans, this signing is another confirmation of a shift in policy of club president Florentino Perez away from the 'Galatico' era - where the biggest and best names were targeted.
This summer, the Bernabeu faithful have seen the club go after young Spanish stars, especially from the Spanish U21 side, with Isco, Illarramendi and Dani Carvajal all joining the club.
With Alvaro Morata and Nacho already playing for Madrid, they now have five members of the Spanish U21 squad that won the U-21 Euros in Israel.
Although there obviously will be a lot of competition, all five are expected to play a crucial part in Madrid's campaign next season.
Madrid fans were always sceptical of the lack of Spanish stars in their side in recent seasons and with these signings, Florentino Perez has finally seemed to take notice and address this grievance of the fans.
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