the transfer of Raul de Tomas aborted because of documents that arrived too late

Espanyol Barcelona failed to part ways with Raul de Tomas, who wanted to leave, because of documents that arrived too late with La Liga for the player to be registered. Rayo Vallecano, the buying club, finds itself empty-handed.

Between Espanyol Barcelona and Raul de Tomas, the divorce was consummated. Both parties wanted a separation this summer, convinced that a slew of offers would come to the table from which they would only have to choose. Raul de Tomas, an effective striker with 40 league goals over the last two seasons (17 in La Liga, 23 in the second division), even dreamed of Real Madrid or, at least, Sevilla FC. Here he is forced to stay at Espanyol.

In the last moments of the transfer window, the Catalans nevertheless received a satisfactory offer. It came from Rayo Vallecano, former club of Raul de Tomas between 2017 and 2019, the only one to agree to align the 13 million euros requested by Espanyol. However, the two clubs ran out of time to finalize the operation: the documents sent to La Liga arrived too late for De Tomas to be registered as a new Rayo player.

A possible transfer this winter

A situation that does not help anyone: Raul de Tomas, who had an argument with the new coach who arrived this summer, is no longer in the plans. In attack, Espanyol already has plenty to do with its three recruits at the post: Joselu, Martin Braithwaite and Dani Gomez. But the club will have, at least for a time, to deal with its 27-year-old Spanish striker, under contract until 2026.

The Rayo, he finds himself without a number nine and will have to turn to alternative options to garnish his attack. One of them would be to look at free players. Diego Costa, for example, has been without a contract since the end of his adventure with Atlético Mineiro in Brazil. It will then be time to return to the charge for Raul de Tomas, from the winter transfer window according to certain Spanish media.

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