Nicknamed Granotas or The Frogs, Levante UD was established in 1909. The club is situated in the city of Valencia and contests the Derbi Valenciano – a local rivalry with the team of Valencia. Lacking any major trophies, the team’s most significant achievement is winning the Segunda Division on two occasions, most recently in 2017. It was only in the 21-st century that Levante got recognition as a top-flight side rather than a Segunda squad. The Frogs’ best ranking in La Liga was the 6th place in 2012 when they also reached Copa del Rey quarter-finals. During the last years, Levante has been a fairly average side in the Primera Division. They managed to become a somewhat consistent mid-table team in the Spanish top flight, with the prospect of gaining more momentum.
Notable Levante Transfers
Keylor Navas from Albacete for £150,000 in 2012 – The prominent Real Madrid goalkeeper made a name for himself with Levante, before securing the move of his lifetime. Navas had played in just a single season for Albacete before being loaned out to Levante. The move was rather successful and both sides agreed on making the transfer permanent. Signed for £150,00 Keylor Navas played for The Frogs in the following 2 campaigns. At the time Real Madrid were looking to find a replacement for their bound-to-leave legend Iker Casillas. Los Blancos believed that Navas has what it takes to be Casillas’ successor and they bought the Costa Rican for £10 Million in 2014.
Jefferson Lerma from Atlético Huila for £600,000 in 2016 – Lerma's transfer to Levante was his first move outside of his homeland Colombia. Playing for the local Atl. Huila as a midfielder he was loaned out to the Spanish club at first. The Frogs were eager to buy Lerma after a decent campaign which however saw the squad get relegated. Both sides finalized the deal in 2016 and Lerma returned to Levante to help fight promotion to La Liga once again. The team ended up winning the Segunda Division and got a taste of top-flight football once again. After his second Primera Division season Lerma was sold to Bournemouth for a transfer fee of £28 Million that would set the club’s record for the most expensive player ever sold.
Victor Camarasa from CF Cracks on a free transfer in 2012 – Playing as a central midfielder Camarasa began his playing football with Valencia in 2001. He later moved to club CF Cracks whos’ sole purpose is to develop young talents. After a year there, Camarasa joined another local team in the face of Levante’s B-squad, where he made his debut during the 2012/2013 season. It took him a further two years before becoming a frequent starter in Levante’s senior squad. Later, the midfielder was sent on a season-long loan with fellow Spanish side Alaves, before being bought by Real Betis. The sum that both sides agreed upon was £7 Million, which meant that Levante profited nicely from acquiring and developing Camarasa as a youth.