The 2014/15 Summer Transfer window has come and gone, and with it some very major moves in the world of soccer. As some clubs offloaded some of their unwanted players, others relished in gaining some new weapons or even stocking up on depth for the battles to come, as league play begins to shape up.
We are covering the transfers that we think were the biggest of the past window.
Without a doubt, the largest acquisition of the summer would to be FC Barcelona and their whopping $117.6 million deal to bring in clinical yet controversial Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez from Liverpool FC. Suarez is currently serving his suspension from both club and national team play for biting Italian Giorgio Chellini in the World Cup in Brazil. The blaugrana’s new number 9 won’t see La Liga play until late October.
James Rodriguez – Real Madrid
James Rodriguez, the breakout star at the World Cup, was snatched up by another Spanish superpower, Real Madrid. The 22 year-old winger was the top goalscorer in Brazil, as he scored six goals in the tournament for Colombia. His performances at club level for AS Monaco in France’s Ligue 1 filling in for an injured Radamel Falcao served as a precursor to his captivating play on the world’s biggest stage, as many clubs were in the hunt for his signature. Real purchased his services for nearly $116.1 million.
Toni Kroos – Real Madrid
He won’t be the only superstar heading to the Bernabéu. Toni Kroos, one of the top midfielders for world champion Germany, will join James for a $43.6 million price tag. Kroos arrives from Bayern Munich, after a record-setting Bundesliga campaign.
Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez – Real Madrid
Mexican national star Javier Hernandez will be joining the Champions League winners on loan from Manchester United. Chicharito was relegated to super-sub status for El Tri in the World Cup, and will look for a breakthrough with a team that has immense attacking depth in Real Madrid.
Angel Di Maria – Manchester United
One player departing Real Madrid for a new venture will be Argentine wingman Ángel di María. Manchester United bought di María for $108.6 million. This transfer is the one of the biggest for a reeling Red Devils club undergoing massive changes under new boss Louis van Gaal.
Falcao – Manchester United
United made several changes on Deadline Day alone, but among the best additions was the season-long loan deal of Radamel Falcao from Monaco. Falcao’s deal includes United potentially buying the Colombian striker at the end of the season.
Danny Welbeck leaves Manchester, as he will play for North London Premier League rival Arsenal. The English midfielder secured a three-year deal with the Gunners at the deadline’s end. North London derby foe Tottenham were also interested in the youngster’s signature, but were only aiming for a loan deal.
Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal
Joining Welbeck at Arsenal is another top quality player, Alexis Sanchez of Chile. The former FC Barcelona man will be playing in the Emirates on a four-year deal worth $54.9 million. The winger joined the club at the end of the World Cup in July.
Cesc Fabregas – Chelsea
One of Sanchez’s former Barca teammates, and a former Gunner himself will be back in the Premier League, but in Chelsea Blue. Spaniard Cesc Fabregas returns to England for the first time in three seasons, as Chelsea acquired the central midfielder for a $47.9 million. He’s set to be signed on until 2019. One of his new teammates also made an immediate impact on his first few games.
Diego Costa – Chelsea
Diego Costa, Fabregas’ teammate for both Spain and now Chelsea, has been a transfer worth the five-year, $55.1 million tag so far. He scored a brace in Chelsea’s 6-3 victory at Everton this past weekend, upping his tally to four goals in Chelsea’s first three Premier League games. He joins the club after a big La Liga title-winning campaign at Atletico Madrid.
Didier Drogba – Chelsea
Didier Drogba returns to Stamford Bridge as well. The club legend inked in a one-year deal to return to London from Turkish top club Galatasaray ten years after his original stint at the Premier League power. The now 36 year-old will wear his familiar #11 once more.
David Luiz – Paris Saint-Germain
One player that won’t be joining Chelsea this season will be Brazilian defender David Luiz. The curly-haired center back headed to Paris Saint-Germain on a four-year, $71.9 million deal on July 1. The two-time defending Ligue 1 champions will aim to go deeper into Champions League play with his signing.
Romelu Lukaku – Everton
Samuel Eto’o – Everton
Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku and Cameroonian star Samuel Eto’o will both change from Chelsea Blue to Everton Blue from this transfer window. Lukaku returns to the Toffees after spending a year on loan to the club just last season. Everton purchased him for $51.3 million. Eto’o arrives to Goodison Park on a free transfer.
Mario Balotelli – Liverpool
Liverpool reloaded from losing Suarez with a pair of massive signings towards the end of the transfer period. Eccentric Italian striker Mario Balotelli will be returning to Premier League venues this season, as he signed a four-year, $29 million contract to play at Anfield.
Adam Lallana – Liverpool
Among those joining him at the Reds is England international Adam Lallana. His breakout 13/14 campaign at Southampton rewarded him a spot on the English national team in the World Cup, and more importantly, a $45 million deal with a team returning to Champions League play.
Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich
German heavyweights Bayern Munich made a lot of notable moves as well. Among those was sealing striker Robert Lewandowski from the club’s biggest rival, Borussia Dortmund, for free. Lewandowski had long desired a move from Dortmund to Munich last season, and he was granted it, for no cost whatsoever.
Xabi Alonso – Bayern Munich
Spanish defensive midfielder Xabi Alonso also joins the Deutscher Meister, from Real Madrid. FC Bayern spent $14.5 million for Xabi.
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