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Top La Liga Striker Makes Surprising Move to Al Gharafa

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Real Madrid will pay €1.5m buy option for Joselu and sell him to Al Gharafa for the same price.

The deal between Joselu and the Qatari club is set for two years with an option for a further season.

Joselu has had a diverse career, playing for several clubs across Europe before moving to Al Gharafa.

Real Madrid Executes Buy Option

Real Madrid has decided to exercise the €1.5 million buy option for their center-forward, Joselu. This move is part of a strategic decision to transfer him to Al Gharafa, a club in the Qatar Stars League, for the same amount.


The deal, as confirmed by football transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, is finalized between Joselu and the Qatari club on a two-year contract with an option for an additional season. This is a significant move for both the player and the clubs involved.

Joselu’s Career Journey

Full Name: José Luis Sanmartín Mato
Date of Birth: March 27, 1990 (34 years old)
Place of Birth: Stuttgart, Germany
Nationality: Spanish
Height: 1.91 m
Position: Centre-Forward
Current Club: Real Madrid (as of July 1, 2023)
Contract Expiry: June 30, 2024
International Caps/Goals: 12/5 (Spain)

Career Statistics and Transfers

Joselu’s career spans several clubs across Europe, showcasing his versatility and skill as a forward. Here is a detailed look at his career statistics and transfer history:

Club Period Appearances Goals
Celta Vigo B 2008-2009 26 4
Celta Vigo 2009-2010 24 4
Real Madrid B 2010-2012 72 40
Real Madrid 2011-2012 1 1
Hoffenheim 2012-2014 25 5
Eintracht Frankfurt (loan) 2013-2014 24 9
Hannover 96 2014-2015 30 8
Stoke City 2015-2017 22 4
Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 2016-2017 20 5
Newcastle United 2017-2019 46 6
Deportivo Alavés 2019-2022 114 36
Espanyol 2022-2023 34 16
Real Madrid 2023-2024 34 10

Transfer Fees

  • Hoffenheim to Eintracht Frankfurt (loan): €5 million
  • Hannover 96 to Stoke City: €8 million
  • Stoke City to Deportivo La Coruña (loan): €5 million
  • Newcastle United to Deportivo Alavés: €2.5 million
  • Espanyol to Real Madrid (loan): €1.5 million
  • Real Madrid to Al Gharafa: €1.5 million (2024)

Al Gharafa SC: New Chapter for Joselu

Location: Doha, Qatar
League: Qatar Stars League

Al Gharafa has been quite active in the transfer market, aiming to enhance their squad with experienced international players. The acquisition of Joselu fits perfectly into their strategy to strengthen their attacking options. With a two-year deal and an option for an additional season, Joselu is poised to make a significant impact in the Qatar Stars League.

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