FC Barcelona's coach Luis Enrique (R) sits on a ball while Ivan Rakitic takes part in a training session at Joan Gamper training camp, near Barcelona August 5, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea
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Barcelona and Real Madrid have again been the biggest spenders this offseason in the Spanish league, while defending champions Atletico Madrid have also had to rebuild. Beyond the top three clubs, however, there was little action among the other 17 teams, many of which continue to rely on short-term contracts and loan deals to patch up holes in their squads. The Catalan club paid Liverpool 81 million euros ($108 million) for the Premier League's leading scorer last season.After years of relying on a thin defensive unit, Barcelona changed course and reinforced their squad by signing Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia for 20 million euros ($27 million) and Thomas Vermaelen from Arsenal for 19 million euros ($25.4 million).
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