The transfer season is over finally, bringing an end to all the annoying rumours. I am here to sum up some of the more notable transfers this summer, starting off with Gareth Bale.
After much haggling and an overdose of LSD, Real settled on a record £86 million for the Welshman, breaking the previous record fee set by Ronaldo. Real also bought Spain’s U-21 duo Asier Illarremendi (from Real Sociedad for £34m) and Isco (Malaga, £23m). Ozil, Higuain, Kaka and Callejon had to make way for the new arrivals.
The 2nd most talked about transfer of the summer is Brazilian wunderkind Neymar. For a reported fee of £50 million, Neymar moved from Santos to Barcelona. It is believed the total cost for Neymar may exceed Bale’s with a majority of the extra money going to Neymar’s father. Don’t ask, I have no idea. David Villa left the Nou Camp for the Vicente Calderon to make way.
In the Premier League, clubs have been spending left, right and centre. Ozil was up for sale and surprisingly, it was Arsenal who got him for a record club transfer of £42.5 on deadline day. Arsenal look solid as a team with Ozil’s acquisition, although question marks still hang over the defence.
Manchester United managed to keep Wayne Rooney, but failed to land targets. Their only signing this season was Marouane Fellaini (Everton, £27.5m). Fans have been after CEO, Ed Woodward’s head, blaming him for the dismal transfer season.
Chelsea, no strangers to spending big, once again added to their squad this summer, buying Willian (Anzhi Makhachkala, £30m) and André Schürrle (Bayer Leverkusen, £18m). Chelsea also signed Eto’o on a free transfer and Marko van Ginkel.
Manchester City splashed more of their oil money, signing Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk, £30m), Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina, £22m) and Alvaro Negredo (Seville, £20.6). Tevez was shipped off to Juventus.
Tottenham were the busiest team this summer, buying a horde of players to replace Gareth Bale. Their signings include Erik Lamela (Roma, £30m), Roberto Soldado (Valencia, £26m), Paulinho (Corinthians, £17m), Christian Eriksen (Ajaz, £11.5m), Vlad Chiriches, Nacer Chadli and Étienne Capoue. How AVB will get all the players to gel in time, though, is anyone’s guess.
Liverpool managed to keep Suarez and added a bunch of squad players and acquired Simon Mignolet from Sunderland, who certainly looks the part in goal. They also got Victor Moses on loan and Sakho from PSG to add to their defence.
Things have been busy in the French league. PSG had a good summer, keeping Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva while adding Cavani (PSG, £55m), Marquinhos (Roma, £28m) and Lucas Digne to the squad, although balancing the books was never a priority for them, I suppose.
Monaco were the surprise high-rollers this summer, signing Falcao (Atletico Madrid, £53m), Rodriguez (Porto, £38.5m) and Moutinho.
Marseille will look to compete for the title as well, having added £12.7m signing Florian Thauvin from Lille less than two hours before the window closed.
Things have been eventful in the Serie A, too. With the Cavani money, Napoli added Higuain and Callejon. Juventus signed Tevez from City along with Fernando Llorente. Fiorentina had to sell Jovetic, but signed Mario Gomez while Roma signed Kevin Strootman. Finally, former Milan captain Kaka is making a return to AC Milan (I hate Real for ruining this man’s career).
Bayern meanwhile are creating the new galacticos with Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund, £32m) and Thiago, the latest additions in an already star-studded midfield.
Dortmund replaced Gotze with Henrikh Mkhitarayan and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. Good business there.
Portuguese side Porto once again made the best of inevitable departures. Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez were replaced with starlets Juan Fernando Quintero and Josue.
Dutch side PSV said goodbye to Kevin Strootman and Dries Mertens, but managed to keep Adam Maher.
The transfer fees keep rising, making the club with the money the club with the talents. Influx of foreign players into the PL continue, and signings in and out of Spain show the state of La Liga with the top two teams spending while the rest being forced to sell their key players. Bayern continue to bully Bundesliga and French teams are on the rise. Hallelujah, oil money.
Premier League clubs spent a record £630m this summer. The £630m laid out by English top-flight clubs was a 29 percent increase on the equivalent figure of £490m in 2012, and £130m more than the previous record set in 2008.
Across all of the ‘big five’ top divisions of Europe, gross spending by clubs is up compared with last year. After the Premier League, the next highest spenders were Spain’s La Liga and Italy’s Serie A, each with a gross spend of £335m, followed by France’s Ligue 1 with £315m and the German Bundesliga with £230m.
La Liga (£95m) and Serie A (£10m) both generated surpluses from player trading, while Ligue 1 (£130m) and the Bundesliga (£50m) both spent more than they received.