Monday, 22 July 2013

Serie A + Ligue 1 Transfer Rumours and Done Deals:

Hello and welcome to the second installment of my European transfer done deals + rumours blog post. Last time, it was the Bundesliga and Liga BBVA that was being analysised, but there was not many transfers done in these two leagues for me to present to you.... However, I have a big money move for you, two new City signings as well as some interesting rumours, so sit back and relax. :) 

First, we will look at the Italian League - Serie A: 

Done deals: 

Cristian Zapata (from Villarreal) to AC Milan - £3.5million pounds

Decent signing: AC Milan have completed the signing of defender Cristian Zapata for £3.5m

Italian side AC Milan have confirmed the signing of Colombian defender Cristian Zapata on a 3-year-deal until 2016 after impressing on his loan spell at the club. 

Andrea Poli (Sampdoria) to AC Milan - £4.5million pounds

Potential: Andrea Poli at his first press conference as a AC Milan player. 

AC Milan have also completed the signing of 23-year-old midfield talent Andrea Poli, who has impressed over the past two years at Inter Milan (on-loan) and Sampdoria. As a result, he was called up to the senior Italian national squad, and he currently has 3 caps.
He has a lot of potential, and will only get better with age. 

Mario Yepes (AC Milan) to Atalanta - free transfer

Josip Ilicic (Palermo) to Fiorentina - £6million pounds

Marcos Alonso (Bolton) to Fiorentina - free transfer

Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich) to Fiorentina - £11million pounds

Italy calling: German striker Mario Gomez has joined Fiorentina for £11million pounds.

Fiorentina have completed a cheap bargain in world-class striker Mario Gomez - period. 

Joaquin (Malaga) to Fiorentina - £1.5million pounds

Angelo Ogbonna (Torino) to Juventus - £10million pounds

Powerhouse defender: Angelo Ogbonna has signed for Italian champions Juventus.
  Hugo Campagnaro (Napoli) to Inter Milan - free transfer

Diego Laxalt (Defensor Sporting) to Inter Milan - £1million pounds

Federico Peluso (Atalanta) to Juventus - £3.2million pounds 

Carlos Tevez (Manchester City) to Juventus - £10million pounds

Lucas Biglia (Anderlecht) to Lazio - £4million pounds

Felipe Anderson (Santos) to Lazio - £6.5million pounds

Jose Callejon (Real Madrid) to Napoli - £8.5million pounds

Maicon (Manchester City) to Roma - £3million pounds

Maicon was unable to impress at City, with Zabaleta being preferred to him at right-back.

Right-back Maicon has returned to Italy after a poor half-season at Manchester City, only having 11 appearances.

Dries Mertens (PSV) to Napoli - £8million pounds

Done deal: Napoli have completed an £8m deal for PSV winger Dries Mertens.

Napoli needed a winger with pace and flair to replace the gap left by PSG forward Ezequiel Lavezzi - they may have just closed that gap. 
  Raul Albiol (Real Madrid) to Napoli - £10million pounds

Experienced defender: Napoli have also signed Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol.

Solid signing for Napoli, with defender and experienced veteran Albiol joining the Serie A after a lack of first-team football over the past few seasons at Real Madrid. 

Rafael (Santos) to Napoli - £3.5million pounds

Mehdi Benatia (Udinese) to Roma - £11.5million pounds

Kevin Strootman (PSV Eindhoven) to Roma - £18million pounds

Manolo Gabbiadini (Juventus) to Sampdoria - £4million pounds

Ciro Immobile (Juventus) to Torino - £1.5million pounds

Transfer rumours:

Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic for around £25million pounds, to add to their powerful strikeforce which includes Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and other new signing Alvaro Negredo.
This move will surely strike fear into most clubs in the EPL, as City are proving that they want to regain their EPL title in style as Manchester rivals United are going through a transition period without Sir Alex Ferguson in charge.

Come and join me: Alvaro Negredo has already joined City, with Jovetic set to join him at The Ethiad...
Done deal: Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Fiorentina striker Stefan Jovetic for around £25m.

Juventus have rejected an approach from Serie A rivals Inter Milan for Chilean winger Mauricio Isla. 

French moneybags PSG have reportedly completed a deal in excess of £20million pounds for highly-rated young Roma defender Marquinhos. 

Napoli are ready to complete a move for QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

Midfielder Miralem Pjanic wants to stay at Roma despite being linked to London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.

English club Sunderland have completed the signing of Italian midfielder Emanuel Giaccherini from Serie A champions Juventus for around £6.8million pounds. 

PSG have completed the £55million pound signing of Napoli striker Edinson Cavani on a five-year contract in Paris.. more news down below!

Expensive: Cavani's £55m move to PSG is the most expensive of the transfer window in the world right now.

Next, here are the transfer done deals and rumours from the French League - Ligue 1:

Done deals: 

Younes Belhanda (Montpellier) to Dynamo Kiev - £8.5million pounds
Dejan Lovren (Lyon) to Southampton - £5million pounds
Victor Enyeama (Maccabi Tel-Aviv) to Lille - loan return
Simon Kjaer (Wolfsburg) to Lille - undisclosed fee
Dimitri Payet (Lille) to Marseille - £7million pounds
Aurelien Chedjou (Lille) to Galatasaray - £5million pounds
Mohammed Abu (FC Lorient) to Manchester City - loan return
Joey Barton (Marseille) to QPR - loan return
Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid) to AS Monaco - £52million pounds
James Rodriguez (FC Porto) to AS Monaco - £38million pounds
Benjamin Mendy (Le Havre AC) to Marseille - undisclosed fee
Fabinho (Rio Ave) to AS Monaco - season-long loan
Alou Diarra (Stade Rennais FC) to West Ham - loan return
Sebastien Squillaci (Arsenal) to SC Basta - undisclosed fee
Pierre-Emerick Aubayemang (Saint-Etienne) to Borussia Dortmund - £10million pounds
Eric Abidal (FC Barcelona) to AS Monaco - free transfer
Joao Moutinho (FC Porto) to AS Monaco - £25million pounds
Lucas Digne (Lille) to PSG - £12.5million pounds
Jean-Christophe Bahebeck (PSG) to Valenciennes FC - season-long loan
Ricardo Carvalho (Real Madrid) to AS Monaco - free transfer
Jeremy Toulalan (Malaga) to AS Monaco - free transfer
And lastly: 
Edinson Cavani (Napoli) to PSG - £55million pounds

Huge statement: Cavani could be the missing piece in PSG's puzzle to make the squad complete...

One of the best and most clinical strikers in the world, Edinson Cavani has joined one of the richest clubs in the world, PSG. £55million pounds is a lot of money, but Napoli will certainly not be complaining as they have a decent budget to be able to strengthen their attack again and re-build as a squad who can compete in the Champions League and Serie A next season.

PSG on the other hand are trying to send a message to Europe's Elite - they want to win big. Already comfortable Ligue 1 champions, PSG will want to go one step further and win the UEFA Champions League next season, with the quality and depth of their squad it is definitely possible.