For the entire summer, the press have been hanging onto every word regarding Gareth Bale and on deadline day the Welshman finally completed his world record fee move to Real Madrid. Earlier in the summer, Barcelona had bought Neymar and Real Madrid had to rival them with the marquee signing of Gareth Bale. It is thought that the 24-year-old will play as a winger on the right flank, with Isco as a CAM and Ronaldo on the left. The fee of Bale’s transfer was phenomenal, one that rocked the footballing world. A fee though to be around 100,000,000 euros. Is he worth it? I guess we’ll see.
Since January, Neymar had been linked with Spanish giants, Barcelona and after talks and more talks, the Brazilian finally chose Barcelona. There were offers from clubs all over the world, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea being the biggest. Bids were accepted from Barcelona AND Madrid but ultimately, the player preferred Barcelona. In the end the fee was thought to be around 57 million euros. Like Madrid will be, Barcelona will be a team to beat in Europe, With Messi and Neymar it’ll be hard to stop them smashing in goal after goal.
Mesut Ozil moving to Arsenal was the most unexpected transfer of the summer. We got to September 1st day before Deadline Day) and there was the odd rumour of the German moving to Arsenal or Manchester United. But on Deadline day there was far more too it then that, Ozil underwent a medical for Arsenal in Germany, skipping training with the national team at around 1PM, then at 4PM the deals were finalised and at INSERT TIME the move was announced. At the sum of £42.5 million it broke Arsenal’s transfer record by a country mile. Even at that price he is worth it. He is the best centre-attacking mid in the world. And now, he’s at Arsenal. He will bring creativity and pure world class quality to the Gunners, something they lacked last season and it is truly one of the best buys of the summer. And as the most expensive German footballer ever, he should be.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Borussia Dortmund was a big deal at the start but now people have forgotten how good a transfer it was. With Mario Gotze leaving the Borussians this summer, he needed replacing, and Dortmund got that with Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan. Aubameyang rrived at the club for a fee of around 11,000,000 euros. A bargain for a player who has already scored 3 goals in the Bundesliga after only 4 games.
Henkrikh Mkhitaryan was another fantastic buy for Borussia Dortmund. So far this season both players have done fantastically well, so much so that Dortmund are currently top of the table. He’s scored two goals in three matches so far and looks promising. Well, he should do at 24,000,000 euros shouldn’t he?
There was speculation over whether Marouane Fellaini would join Manchester United for a few weeks before the transfer window shut and bids were made but we saw no sign of it progressing. But on Deadline Day the Belgian completed his move to the Old Trafford club, reuniting with former Everton manager, David Moyes. Manchester United fans had been desperately calling for a midfielder and they got one. The player being officially announced over half an hour after the deadline. Although it wasn’t their preferred option, or their preferred price, at £27.5 million, it’s a midfielder and the Red Devils’ squad is far stronger now.
Tottenham’s first capture of the summer came in the form of Brazilian midfielder Paulinho, from Club World Cup winners Corinthians. The fee was reported as £17 million, which was – at the time – a club record fee. Paulinho has impressed massively in his first few games for the club, scoring once and receiving a Man of the Match award on his debut. He’s strong, fit, and difficult to shake off. Pair him up with Sandro, and Spurs have a cracking double pivot.
Belgium international Nacer Chadli was next on Tottenham’s list of summer signings, arriving for a fee of £7 million. Being a heavily right-footed left winger, Chadli’s preferred tactic is to cut inside and shoot. And boy, can he shoot. The 24-year-old should score goals for Spurs, which will make him valuable to Spurs fans. Goals from lots of areas of the pitch will be important this season, and Chadli will play a part in that.
The club record fee paid earlier for Paulinho was quickly smashed later in the window, with Tottenham securing the services of prolific Valencia forward Roberto Soldado for a fee of £26 million. The fee raised question marks due to Soldado’s age, but Spurs got what they were after. A poacher. A predator in the box that will finish off any chance presented to him. Spurs struggled last season; they made chances with lovely flowing moves but lacked anyone getting on the end of them. Now they have their man.
The tall, powerful figure of Etienne Capoue arrived from Toulouse for a fee of £8.5 million, and is already becoming a fan favourite at Spurs. He provides depth, versatility, and pure strength to Tottenham’s squad. Being a defensive midfielder, he can also slot in at centre back, giving Spurs 5 central defensive options if they wish. Another player who shined in his first few games, I can see Capoue being one of the best signings Spurs have made. For that price, Spurs have done brilliantly.
After the sale of Steven Caulker to Cardiff, Spurs were itching for a new, young central defender. Steaua Bucharest provided that in Vlad Chiriches. In complete contrast to Caulker, Chiriches is a modern, ball-playing defender who’s confident with the ball at his feet in attack as well as in defence. Having being previously courted by Real Madrid AND Barcelona, it would appear that Tottenham have done well getting the 23-year-old for £8.5 million (Which, by the way, breaks another record: He’s now the most expensive Romanian player ever).
Spurs smashed that transfer record again on 30th August, announcing the £30 million signing of AS Roma forward Erik Lamela. The 21-year-old is seen by many as a replacement for Gareth Bale, and after signing a 5-year deal, could end up being his successor. He’s fast, outrageously skilful, tall and powerful. He plays on the right in more of an advanced inside forward role. He was 5th top scorer in Serie A last season from this position, chipping in with five assists. He is, for me, Tottenham’s most exciting purchase.
Last on Daniel Levy’s shopping list was 21-year-old Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen. He arrived from Ajax in a flutter of excitement for a fee of around £10 million: another sensational piece of business. After a lot of fans suggesting Spurs lacked the creative mind and spark in midfield, they have now got it. Eriksen created more chances (138) in 12-13 than Iniesta, Ozil, Silva, Messi, Mata, Hazard, Gotze, Ronaldo, Bale & Reus.
A proper winger is something that Manchester City were crying out for over the last couple of years, and this need has now been addressed with the purchase of Jesus Navas for £14.9m, which could turn out to be a very shrewd deal for the Blues come May. The early signs of the Spaniard have been very promising, with him able to take on and beat most players.
Yaya Toure has been a revelation for City since signing in 2010, almost single-handedly winning the Blues the FA Cup a year later. The Brazilian Fernandinho fits the mould of Toure near-perfectly, despite being slightly over-priced. So far he’s looked promising in a City shirt and has combined well with his Ivorian counterpart so far. He could very easily turn out to be a good player for City.
When Mario Balotelli left Manchester for Milan in January, he was never replaced, but thankfully the purchase of Alvaro Negredo seems to have solved this, and he also looks to be a good signing, and the second from Sevilla this summer. The striker is a similar player to Edin Dzeko, who seems rejuvenated this season under Pellegrini. However, Negredo’s goal record is very good, and shouldn’t be overlooked.
Stevan Jovetic has been heavily sought-upon by top clubs for a couple of years now, but City have been the ones to win the race for his signature. The Montenegrin is a similar player to Carlos Tevez, who was sold to Juvetnus this summer, but now we have a younger model who can contribute a lot over the next few years. With him here, our attack looks complete.
In the early season, the defence hasn’t been particularly impressive, causing Pellegrini to go out and buy a new defender – Martin Demichelis. The Argentine worked with his new boss at Malaga and River Plate, and can provide very good cover for Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic during the season. The new manager likes to have at least two good players in every position, and Demichelis fills that void.
The Carlos Tevez deal to the Juventus Stadium was rather out of the blue, given the Argentinian unsurprisingly not showing any signs of sadness as City’s all-time top scorer in this Premier League era. At a bargainous price of around £10 million, Marrotta seems to have pulled the wool over the eye once more with a great coup in a grateful arrivederchi from the blue side of Manchester, and arguably as the first name of the list of big signings that the club have attracted since its Arabian showering.
Sly under the eye, Fernando Llorente for a free transfer may just prove to be one of the bargains of the summer at the end of the season. The Spaniard left Bilbao in disappointing terms, after having not played much football last season after publicly declaring his intentions to leave last summer. But yet to start a competitive game for the club for whatever reason, it may seem that FL may take a while to get the season up & rolling.
Replacing Edinson Cavani was never going to be easy, but the €37 Million man has what it takes to replace ‘El Matador. Higuain is strong, quick and he has an excellent passing range. He may not score as many goals as Cavani but the threat he carries will draw defenders towards him, creating space for the likes of Marek Hamsik and Lorenzo Insigne to take goal scoring opportunities.
When Rafa Benitez joined Napoli he had a list of names he wanted the club to sign. On the list was the Belgium international. Signed for €9.5 Million from PSV he will bring lots of pace to scare the opposition. He faces stiff competition for a starting place with Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon also fighting for two of berths alongside Marek Hamsik in Rafa’s ‘3’ behind Gonzalo Higuain. Early season form suggest Insigne and Callejon are ahead, but as the season progresses expect to see Mertens used more.
Kaka returned to the San Siro from Real Madrid on the final day of the transfer window. Football fans all over the world rejoiced as they realised the legend would be playing again, and costing absolutely nothing it’s a bargain for AC Milan. We don;t know how good he is due to not seeing him play regularly for Real Madrid but he has the natural talent of a football genius. He can read the game perfectly and he will slot into AC Milan’s young team perfectly, giving them a heap of experience and an idol for the younger players.
Harry Robinson – @HRFootball wrote the guide’s to Gareth Bale, Neymar, Pierre Emirick-Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marouane Fellaini, Mesut Ozil, Kaka.
Harry Davies – @SpursView wrote the guides to every single Tottenham signing.
Ben Warner – @TheBlueView wrote the guides to every single Manchester City signing.
Abdullah – @Welbecked wrote the guide’s to Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente.
@NapoliBlogger wrote the guide’s to Dries Mertens and Gonzalo HIguain.
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