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Top ten La Liga signings of the summer

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The race for the La Liga title is not restricted to Real Madrid and Barcelona anymore nowadays with the likes of Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, and Valencia ready to give tough competition for places in Spanish football.

Undoubtedly one of the most established football league in Europe, La Liga has grown in quality and stature, attracting star players and even producing world-class talents.

The 2015/16 term too will not be any different. As the transfer window slams shut for the summer, we look at the top ten signings of the league that are bound to make a mark, this season and beyond.

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10. Yevhen Konoplyanka - Dnipro to Sevilla (Free)

The Ukrainian midfielder joined Sevilla on a free transfer after spending eight seasons with Dnipro.

A youth product of the Dnipro academy, Konolyanka has established himself in recent years and was a catalyst for the club finishing third and securing a place in last season's UEFA Europa League final, also picking up a place in the Europa League Team of the Season.

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9. Fernando Llorente - Juventus to Sevilla

The Spaniard returned to his homeland after two hugely successful seasons with Italian giants Juventus. Llorente will be leading the forward line at Sevilla following the departure of Carlos Bacca to AC Milan.

Llorente comes with a wealth of experience in the Spanish game having played the majority of his career at Athletic Bilbao.

8. Luciano Vietto - Villarreal to Atletico Madrid

The Argentine forward moved to the Spanish capital after one season with Villarreal, with manager Diego Simeone highly impressed by Vietto following the clash between Villarreal and Atletico Madrid last season.

Simeone and Vietto worked together at Racing, the Spanish manager offering the striker his first senior contract, and despite improvements needed to be made, under the watchful guidance of Simeone, Vietto is bound to establish himself further.

7. Aymen Abdennour - Monaco to Valencia

Valencia signed Aymen Abdennour from Monaco after Nicolas Otamendi moved to Manchester City.

The Tunisian international impressed in his 18-month stay at the French club and was one of the best defenders in Europe last season with Monaco conceding just 26 goals.

6. Stefan Savic - Fiorentina to Atletico Madrid

The former Manchester City defender secured a move to Madrid in a deal that saw Mario Suarez head the other way to Fiorentina.

After the departure of Miranda (Inter Milan) and Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Savic will partner Diego Godin at the heart of defence.

The 24-year-old made over 100 appearances for Fiorentina in his three-year stay in Italy.

5. Yannick Ferreira Carrasco - Monaco to Atletico Madrid

Carrasco came into limelight by scoring the goal that knocked out Arsenal from last season’s Champions League. The 21-year-old moved to Atletico Madrid signing a five-year deal with the club, according to the Guardian.

A player with speed, skill and an eye for goal, Carrasco spent three years with Monaco, appearing in 82 league matches and scoring 15 goals.

4. Danilo - FC Porto to Real Madrid

The dynamic Brazilian had a breakthrough season with Porto that attracted the attention of Real Madrid, who wasted little time in making a move to lure him to Santiago Bernabeu in a mega-money deal.

Danilo’s exceptional performances last season, especially in the Champions League, warrants the move but will face stiff competition from Dani Carvajal for right-back.

3. Mateo Kovacic - Inter Milan to Real Madrid

The second entrant in the top ten from Real, Kovacic is the star signing for the Galacticos this summer.

It was manager Benitez who insisted the club moved for the Croatian midfielder and landed the 21-year-old adds depth to the roster.

Described as a versatile midfielder, a great technician with excellent dribbling skills, Kovacic brings quality to the star-studded line-up.

2. Arda Turan - Atletico Madrid to Barcelona

The brilliant Turkish international brought curtains down on his Atletico Madrid career and joined La Liga champions Barcelona this summer.

Turan, however, will have to wait until January to take the field as a Barcelona due to the club's transfer bam, though is guaranteed to be a success if his splendid spells for Atletico Madrid in previous seasons are anything to go by.

1. Jackson Martinez - FC Porto to Atletico Madrid

Linked with a move to Arsenal all summer alongside interest from AC Milan, the Colombian striker preferred to join Atletico Madrid in a big-money deal.

Martinez is well on his way to becoming a fan favourite at the Vicente Calderon after scoring his first goal for the club in a 0-3 win over Sevilla last weekend.

Bound for glory, the 28-year old will hope to fire the club to further glory.

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