Football Transfers: deals so far this summer
The dust has barely settled on Germany’s World Cup win in Brazil but already the football fan’s focus has switched to the domestic season ahead. The Premier League kicks off in two weeks on Saturday and many teams are playing out a hectic schedule of pre-season friendlies beforehand, some teams have even begun their competitive European schedules this week.
Summer transfer sagas traditionally dominate the papers at this time of year but they have taken a back seat in comparison to years gone by and that is probably due to the distraction of the World Cup itself. That said, it has still been a relatively busy summer as teams from all over Europe and particularly the Premier League show they are not afraid to splash the cash.
With the excitement of deadline day still to come in August there is plenty for football fans to feast on until the action returns. For those who need a quick catch up following the World Cup; here we have a quick round up to get you up to date with the movements for the new year.
The Biggest Deals
The Uruguayan finally ate away at Liverpool’s patience and no sooner was it announced that he had incurred a four month worldwide ban from football, that he also accepted the chance to join Neymar and Messi in Barcelona. The fee of approximately £75 million makes it the third most expensive deal ever and looks sure to make it one of the most potent strike forces ever as well this season at the Nou Camp.
In terms of monetary value the transfer of David Luiz to Paris-Saint Germain from Chelsea holds pretty high significance. Weighing in with a reputed £40-50 million price tag he becomes the most expensive defender of all time, a fact which makes some people snigger considering his defensive displays at the World Cup, particularly in the 7-1 defeat to Germany.
One of the Premier League’s most significant arrivals this year comes in the form of Chilean Alexis Sanchez. Arsenal have continued where they left off in last summer’s transfer window when they paid top dollar to bring in renowned midfielder, Mesut Ozil. The Gunners have traditionally valued developing younger players rather than paying high fees for established players, but it looks like they have had a change in tact so will their fortunes fair better for doing so?
He’s not the only big name to arrive from Spain though, Diego Costa and Filipe Luis of Atletico Madrid and Cesc Fabregas of Barcelona have all arrived at Chelsea, as Jose Mourinho’s men look to be strong contenders for the title already.
Busiest Premier League clubs: Burnley, Liverpool and Newcastle have signed six players each.
The busiest team in England are Shrewsbury, they’ve welcomed 16 new faces in total! enough to fill a squad.
Unfortunately for Southampton fans their team is the one with the most departures as they have seen 5 of their key players leave along with their manager – and there’s reportedly more on the way too. Luke Shaw went to Manchester United, Calum Chambers left for Arsenal and then remarkably; Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren all left to join Liverpool. After such a brilliant season last year it was inevitable that clubs would be coming in for their best talents, but nobody expected them to lose quite as many players as they have done. The south-coast club have a thin and unsettled squad now so it will be interesting to see if there’s any more movement before the end of the transfer window.
Below: Apparently the new Southampton manager has no players left to attend training?
A lot of people were probably shocked to see 32-year-old Rickie Lambert join Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers this summer but at £4 million it was a relative bargain by modern standards. With 28 goals in the last two Premier league seasons, few can argue that it doesn’t make sense.
Just yesterday Everton shocked most Premier League fans by forking out £28 million for Romelu Lukaku. People might have touted the Belgian to return to Goodison but few would have expected the club to pay that sort of transfer fee which almost doubles their previous record.
Could the famous transfer wheeler-dealer Harry Redknapp have struck gold in signing Rio Ferdinand free for his newly promoted QPR team? Rio’s experience at the heart of the successful Manchester United defence could be invaluable for the team who will be fighting to stay up. Another bargain could come in the form of Newcastle’s Siem de Jong, he was captain of Ajax in Holland and has plenty of international and Champions League appearances under his belt. Still only 25 and costing the club £ 6 million, you’d think this transfer can’t go wrong.
World Cup Transfers
The World Cup is notorious for inflating transfer fees and putting players in the shop window. Think back to 2002 when then Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier seemed to try signing half of the Senegal team which reached the knock-out stages – safe to say the likes of El-Hadji Diouf and Salif Diao didn’t last long.
This time the most notable transfer on the back of the World Cup has to be that of James Rodriguez. The Colombian was arguably the the outstanding player and won the Golden Boot for top goal scorer at the event. He was rewarded for such a fine performance with the chance to join the Galacticos at Real Madrid and he did so for a fee bordering on £70 million. A staggering fact is circulating that the club sold over 300,000 items of “James 10” merchandise within the first few days of his move, and if you consider the price that means they have probably recouped 20 million in sales already.
There is a case to be argued that the signing of the summer is also on his way to Madrid, World Cup winner Toni Kroos proved to be one of the most influential performers for club and country last year but he has left Pep Guardiola’s Munich side in a relatively cheap 24 million deal – when you consider his status as one of the best players in the world that is!
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