Sunday, 14 July 2013

European Transfer Done Deals + Rumours #1

Hello and welcome to a new segment on my blog which will be coming very soon, in August. I will have more coverage of the top European leagues including the Bundesliga, Serie A and Liga BBVA - and I have decided to get ready for the new season in these leagues by reviewing all the clubs and analysising transfers + rumours. 

So I will start with the Bundesliga transfer done deals and rumours:

Done deals: 

Daniel Carvajal (Bayer Leverkusen) to Real Madrid - £5million pounds
Daniel Carvajal impressed in his 1st year at Leverkusen, and was snapped up by boyhood club Real Madrid. 

Done deal: Real Madrid have been signing Spanish talent this window, with Carvjal, Isco and Illaramendi all signed for Real.

Real Madrid have used their buy-back option clause to re-sign Spanish defender Daniel Carvajal for £5million pounds. 
The 21-year-old startlet impressed during his one season at Leverkusen, where he was voted as the third best right-back in the Bundesliga last season behind Lahm and Uchida.

Emir Spahic (Sevilla) to Bayer Leverkusen - undisclosed fee

Utility player: Defender Emir Spahic has completed his move to Bayer Leverkusen.

Heung Min Son (Hamburg) to Bayer Leverkusen - £10million pounds 

Promising player: Striker Heung Min Son scored 12 goals in 33 appearances last season.. 

Lethal partnership: He will play alongside Stefan Kiebling next season for Bayer Leverkusen. 

Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) to Bayern Munich - £32million

As if they weren't strong enough already: Mario Gotze has officially signed for Bayern Munich.

Bundesliga and Champions League winners Bayern Munich activated German playmaker Mario Gotze's release clause of £32million pounds in early April and he had officially signed for them on the 1st of July. 

He had a signficant impact on Dortmund's performances throughout the whole of last season and is a talented midfielder who will only get better with time. Joining Bayern is a controversial move for Gotze, but he is joining one of the best clubs in the world who will make him one of the best players in the world. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Saint-Etienne) to Borussia Dortmund - £11million

Superb signing: Dortmund have signed clinical striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for £11m

Dortmund have signed clinical pacy striker Aubameyang from French club Saint-Etienne for just over £11million pounds amid rumours that Polish striker Robert Lewandowski is leaving the club for either rivals Bayern or Manchester United this summer.
He will be a great signing for BVB, combining with Gundogan and Reus in attack to add to their dangerous strikeforce. 

Sokratis Papastathipoulos (Werder Bremen) to Borussia Dortmund - undisclosed fee 

Andre Schurrle (Bayer Leverkusen) to Chelsea - £17million pounds

Bayer Leverkusen's attacking winger Andre Schurrle has completed a £20m move to Chelsea

Bayer Leverkusen have lost one of their talisman in attacking midfield winger Andre Schurrle, who contributed massively to their campaign last season scoring many goals and assisting his team-mates including Stefan Kiebling. 

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Shakthar Donetsk) to Borussia Dortmund - £20million

Mkhitaryan poses with his new manager Jurgen Klopp after his £20m move to Dortmund.

Dortmund have shown their intent in this transfer window already, signing two decent players for just over £30million pounds as they look to re-build after the Gotze departure amid rumours that other key players will be leaving them this summer including Lewandowski and Hummels. 
Playmaker Mkhitaryan impressed many European clubs last season due to his consistent performances for Shakthar in the Champions League, with Dortmund beating tough competition from English club Liverpool among others to sign him. 

Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich) to Fiorentina - £13.5million

Mario Gomez has joined Fiorentina for £13.5m, after feeling unsettled at his role with Bayern. 

Surprising transfer news coming out of Bayern Munich, with clinical German striker Mario Gomez confirming a move to Italian side Fiorentina. He is a talented striker who has contributed to Bayern's goal tally and played well last season but was always second choice to Croatian striker Mario Manduzkic, yet he was always playing better football than his team-mate. 

Fiorentina snapped him up for a cheap transfer fee considering his goal-scoring ability, where he will link up with Jovetic next season and aim to get his new club in a comfortable Champions League spot. 

Felipe Santana (Borussia Dortmund) to Schalke 04 - £1million

Bargain buy: Schalke have signed Brazilian defender Felipe Santana for less than £1million. 

Schalke 04 have pulled off a real steal in the signing of Dortmund defender Felipe Santana, with the transfer fee less than £1million pounds. The 27-year-old Brazilian performed well last season, but was always second choice to Subotic and Hummels. 

Transfer rumours: 

Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara is set to join former manager Pep Guardiola at new club Bayern Munich instead of joining EPL champions Manchester United in a £15million pound deal. 
Rumours were running rampant ever since mid-June after an excellent display of talent and potential by the young playmaker during the Euro U-21 Championships where he and Isco shone in a talented Spain side. 

Meanwhile, his Barca team-mate Cesc Fabregas has been heavily linked with a move back to England, with Arsenal looking to sign their former captain back for around £25million pounds after a disappointing spell for the Spainard this season, spending most of it on the bench. 

Back to the EPL? Rumours are running rampant that Fabregas may be returning to Arsenal.

Remember this? Cesc Fabregas left Arsenal in 2011 to join boyhood club Barcelona...

Bayern Munich are still front-runners to sign Polish striker Robert Lewandowski from rivals Borussia Dortmund, after BVB confirmed the signing of Aubameyang as his effective replacement after his transfer request at the end of the season. Manchester United also want him, but it will be interesting to see who splashes the most cash in order to sign the clinical finisher. 

In demand: Robert Lewandowski is wanted by both Bayern Munich and Manchester United. 

Now, let me introduce the Spanish league - Liga BBVA: 

Done deals: 

Oriol Romeu (Chelsea) to Valencia - season-long loan

Spell of experience: Chelsea defensive midfielder Oriol Romeu has joined Valencia on-loan. 

Chelsea's young defensive midfielder Oriol Romeu has joined Valencia on a season-long loan. The Spaniard has struggled to get first-team football for The Blues since his £5million move from Barcelona two years ago, despite his potential and quality.

This loan spell will do him good because he is returning to his country where he is familiar with everything and he will not have to get settled. If he performs well and impresses with good performances he could get into Mourinho's side next season..

Marko Marin (Chelsea) to Sevilla - season-long loan

Another: Chelsea have loaned out two fringe players to Liga BBVA, with Marin joining Romeu in Spain. 

Suso (Liverpool) to Almeria - season-long loan

Potential: Liverpool midfielder Suso is a great young player who is capped at Spain U-19 level. 

Liverpool's midfield startlet Suso has impressed, coming through the youth ranks to the senior team at the age of 19. He has the potential to be a great midfielder, but Brendan Rodgers has decided to give him some first-team experience at Spanish side Almeria - where he will get first-team football regularly. 

Kike Sola (Osasuna) to Athletic Bilbao - £3million pounds

Decent: Bilbao have completed the signing of 27-year-old striker Kike Sola from Osasuna.
Athletic Bilbao have had a recent problem with scoring goals, and they are hoping that new signing Kike Sola can help them with their problem.

He is an under-rated proven goal-scorer who may be the replacement Bilbao need for Llorente who has signed for Juventus. 

Benat (Real Betis) to Athletic Bilbao - £6million pounds

Javi Martinez No.2? Spanish midfielder Benat has completed a £6m move to Athletic Bilbao 

The next Javi Martinez - Bilbao hope they have signed in talented Spanish midfielder Benat. They signed him on the cheap given his talent and potential but he will be key in midfield for them next season as they try and fill the gap left by the departure of their Spanish powerhouse. 

David Villa (Barcelona) to Atletico Madrid - £4.7million pounds

Proven goal-scorer: David Villa has completed a £4.7million move to Atletico Madrid. 
Bargain buy: Atletico Madrid will be over the moon that they bought Villa for so cheap...

All those rumours about a move to Arsenal or Tottenham proved false, as Spanish all-time goal-scorer David Villa has completed a move to Atletico Madrid for less than £5million pounds. He has had a hard time at Barcelona ever since he broke his leg in the FIFA Club World Cup Championship in 2011 and has never been the same since. 

However, a move to Atletico may help him get regular first-team football and even though he is not as good as he once was, he is still a consistent finisher who could possibly replace Falcao. 

Neymar (Santos) to Barcelona - £35million pounds

Highly-rated: Neymar has joined Barcelona for around £35million pounds. 

Barcelona confirmed the signing of highly-rated Brazilian forward Neymar for around £35million pounds. He joined Barca in June, signing a contract and agreeing personal terms after impressing the whole of Europe with his amazing displays in the Brazilian league. 

Roque Santa Cruz (Manchester City) to Malaga - free transfer

Former Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz has completed a free transfer to Malaga, after a positive loan spell at the Spanish side. 
He struggled to get into the City side, and all of the strikers they have bought have made it even harder for him to settle in England. 

Isco (Malaga) to Real Madrid - £15million pounds

Done deal: Real Madrid have signed wonderkid midfielder Isco for £15million pounds. 

Isco impressed during the Euro U-21 tournament, helping Spain win the tournament. 

Isco contributed massively to Malaga's performances last season - and it will be hard to replace him.

Malaga midfielder Isco has joined Real for around £15million pounds. He was the sole reason why Malaga played very well throughout last season - and he was their wonderkid in an average side who somehow got to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. 

Him and Thiago were the standout performers in a Spain U-21 team where they smashed all their opponents and won the Euro 2013 tournament a couple of weeks ago, and he was signed after a tug-of-war with Manchester City. 

Casemiro (Sau Paulo) to Real Madrid - £4million pounds

Promising: Casemiro has signed for Real on a four-year deal after a successful loan spell

Real have signed a gem in young Brazillian powerhouse Casemiro. The youngster looks like a promising player who could replace Alonso and Khedira in defensive midfield easily over the next few years with time and patience. 

Daniel Carvajal (Bayer Leverkusen) to Real Madrid - £5million pounds

More information on Carvajal near the top of the blog post... 

Asier Illarramendi (Real Sociedad) to Real Madrid - £33million pounds

Expectation: Illarramendi has joined Real for around £33million pounds and will be expected to play well from the start. 

Homegrown talent: Illarramendi has featured for the U-21 and U-23 Spanish side, but is yet to play for the senior side. 
FACT: Real Madrid have spent £33million on Illarramendi, which is the highest amount of money which has been paid for a national player.  

Now for the paper talk, featuring Gareth Bale and Gonzalo Higuain...

Napoli have confirmed the signing of forward Jose Callejon from Real Madrid on a four-year deal. 

Done deal: Liverpool target Jose Callejon has joined Italian side Napoli for £8.5million pounds. 

Valencia left-back Aly Cissokho has welcomed interest from English club Liverpool, however he has stated that no talks have been held as of yet. 

Real Madrid have told Arsenal to hurry up if they are going to sign Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain because according to president Florentino Perez - The Gunners are yet to even make an offer for the £25million-rated striker. 

Stay or go? Striker Gonzalo Higuain has been told to hurry up by both Arsenal and Real..

QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar is involved in a tug-of-war with Spanish side Villarreal, London club Arsenal and Italians Napoli. 

Sevilla are reportedly ready to sell striker Alvaro Negredo, amid reports that Manchester City are interested in signing him.

Marseille midfielder Mathieu Valbuena's agent has revealed that his client is subject to interest from current Liga BBVA champions Barcelona over a possible move to Spain.

Thank you for reading my blog today, don't worry as the Serie A and Ligue 1 transfer blog post will be published soon, I am just waiting for more transfer activity from those leagues to present to you. 
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Have a nice Sunday. :)  

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