This summer has been one to remember for clubs all over Europe. Huge signings all around the continent will make the 2014/15 season as gripping and engaging as ever. Premier League clubs alone have spent £800m+. Add Real Madrid and Barcelona into that and the figure tops £1bn!
Chelsea were the early movers, bringing in Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Felipe Luis, whilst PSG took David Luiz off them for a whopping £50m! Didier Drogba and Loic Remy replaced Everton bound Lukaku and Eto’o, whilst the misfiring Fernando Torres joined AC Milan.
Liverpool sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona and reinvested the money into bringing 10 players, including 3 from Southampton as well as the interesting character of Mario Ballotelli.
Manchester United were the windows biggest movers though. Following last seasons 7th placed finish, new manager Louis van Gaal stunned the world twice, with audaciously successful moves for Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao. A lot of dead wood was shown the door and moved onto pastures new.
Danny Welbeck was one of those players, who will now lead the line for Arsenal in Olivier Giroud’s absence. The gunners also signed Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez in an attempt to better their 4th placed finish.
Champions Manchester City were quiet this summer after their maximum spend was capped by UEFA. FC Porto duo Fernando and Eliquim Mangala were joined by Bacary Sagna at the Etihad this summer whilst Alvaro Negredo exited on loan to Valencia.
On the continent, European Champions Real Madrid brought in Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez and Javier Hernandez, whilst Xabi Alonso went to German Champions Bayern Munich. He was joined there by Mehdi Benatia, Pepe Reina and Bernat!
Back in Spain, Barcelona bought big before their impending transfer ban. Suarez signed for £63million, whilst they also signed Ivan Rakitic, Marc-André Ter Stegan, and Thomas Vermaelen.
Time will tell who will be good buys, and who will be as waste of money. Later today we will have a full list of all the Premier League transfers for you.