The summer Transfer window is over, and chequebooks across the European leagues have taken a battering. All the European leagues have seen their top sides snare a signing to change the face of title races and domestic cups. The international break is finally over and we’ll see 10 summer signings who’ll be tearing it up in Europe.
- Arturo Vidal to Bayern Munich (£28 Million)
The 28 year old Chilean international has had a summer to remember. Not only did he reach the Champions League final, He also inspired his country to win Chile’s first ever Copa America title. His success led him to a well-deserved move to Bayern Munich. The midfielder will leave Juventus after four years and four Serie A titles, The Bavarians believe that their new man can lead them to domestic and champion’s league glory.
2. Kevin De Bruyne to Manchester city (£54.5 Million)
The 22 year old midfielder becomes the second most expensive player in Britain with a £54.5 million move to Manchester city. The Belgium international has built a huge reputation in Germany since leaving Chelsea last season. In his one year spell with the club he has won the German cup and Bundesliga player of the season, He has also created 112 chances for his Wolfsburg teammates, which leaves him being the second most creative player in the world.
3. Bastian Schweinsteiger to Manchester United (£14.4 Million)
The 31 year old has been an iconic figure of German football for seventeen years. The world cup winner found himself in difficult situations last season due to injury and the arrival of Xavi Alonso, making just twenty-one starts. Schweinsteiger reunites with Louis Van Gaal as the united boss managed him at his younger years at Bayern Munich. The midfielder’s arrival adds experience and class which United have lacked in midfield since Paul Scholes retired.
4. Angel Di Maria to PSG (£44.3 million)
Angel Di Maria has by far experienced the worst year of his career. After losing the world cup and Copa America finals with Argentina, also leaving Manchester United after one unsuccessful year. United signed Di Maria from Real Madrid for a British record £59.7 million last summer, but after an impressive start his form dropped he only started one of the final 10 games of the season. The 27 year old brought an end to his disappointing year at Manchester United as he has signed a four year contract with Paris Saint-Germain.
5. Pedro to Chelsea (£21.1 Million)
With the arrival of Luis Suarez last season, the Spaniard has found it very difficult to get back into to the Barcelona team. Manchester United were believed to have agreed personal terms with Pedro, a day after they agreed personal terms Louis Van Gaal decided to end their pursuit in the player. This led the Premier league champion’s matching Barcelona’s £21.1 million buyout clause. Pedro has already showed his quality by scoring one and made another in Chelsea’s 3-2 victory over West Bromwich which led him to be man of the match on his debut.
6. Arda Turan to Barcelona (£24 Million)
The Turkish international leaves the Spanish capital after four successful years, during which time he won La Liga and reached the Champions League final. Barcelona came running after the players impressive displays, He has scored 22 goals and given 32 assists in an impressive 178 games. Turan will not be able eligible to play a minute of football for Barcelona until January due to the clubs transfer ban. Having been a fans favorite at Atletico Madrid it is time for the midfielder to take his game to the next level with the European champion’s.
7. Iker Casillas to FC Porto (Undisclosed fee)
Spanish legend, Iker Casillas has left Real Madrid after 25 years, during his time he won three Champions League and five La Liga titles. He has won every competition in club and international level. In the 2013-14 season, Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti only played Casillas in the Champions League and Copa del Rey. Last season he was back to first choice keeper. This summer Casillas decided to leave the Bernabeu as their was high speculation of David De Gea replacing him as number one. David De Gea deal was stalled on the final hour of deadline day.
8. Julian Draxler to Wolfsburg (£30 Million)
Draxler who has linked with a move to the Premier League over recent years, The German international has finally left Schalke after 14 years of service to join Wolfsburg on deadline day. The move came just 24 hours after Kevin de Bruyne moved to Manchester City, with Wolfsburg acting fast to find a replacement. At the age of 21 the midfielder has already made 200 club appearances and a world cup medal under his belt. Unfortunately Draxler only made 15 league appearances last season due to injuries, but his experience in the Bundesliga and Champion’s League has shown him to be a hot prospect.
9. Memphis Depay to Manchester United (£25 Million)
Manchester United have been very busy this market with securing 6 players and spending a total of £108 million. The first united signing was Memphis Depay, Memphis made 124 senior appearances and scored 50 goals for PSV Eindhoven. The 21 year old was the Eredivisie top scorer in the 2014-2015 season with 22 goals in 30 league games (28 goals in 40 appearances including European games). He’s already scored twice for the red Devils on his champion’s league debut against Club Brugge. The 21 year old has been handed the number 7 shirt, the likes of Beckham, Best and Cristiano Ronaldo have taken this historic number. Can he live up to expectation?
10. Carlos Bacca to AC Milan (£21 Million)
The Colombian striker has proven to be Europe’s hottest properties this summer. Since joining from Club Brugge two years ago, the striker has scored 34 goals in 74 La Liga appearances. The 28 year old has played an integral part in the sevilla side, during the two years with Sevilla he has won the Europa league twice and scoring twice in the final that saw Sevilla win 3-2 against Dnipro to win the competition for the fourth time. The move has come to a shock to some people as AC Milan finished 10th last season which means no European football, Sevilla will play champions league football next season.