The transfer window is open for business with teams upgrading their rosters with the addition of high-priced superstars. And with each move the new player is introduced with his new team jersey and number in hand. 365.WorldSoccerShop looks at some of the big name moves and the new look for the players.
Colombia’s James Rodriguez used the 2014 FIFA World Cup as a springboard to bigger and better things. Real Madrid paid $107.4 million to Monaco for the World Cup Golden Boot winner. The transfer fee was the 5th most of all-time behind only teammates Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, Barca duo of Luis Suarez and Neymar.
Rodriguez was only in Monaco for 1 season with the Ligue 1 side paying a mere $65.6 million for him last summer. In 34 appearances he only knocked in 9 goals…maybe it was something in the water in Brazil the helped him score 6 goals over 5 matches.
The pressure will no doubt be on the new #10 for Los Merengues to continue his form from Brazil. Real Madrid will need his contribution to help defend their UEFA Champions League title and return to the summit of La Liga.
He may not have won any individual honors but Toni Kroos took home a winners medal from Brazil 2014 and will be joining Rodriguez at Real Madrid. The Germany midfielder called Real the ‘greatest club in the world’ and said the timing was right for him to make a move from Bayern Munich.
The $40.1 million move will see the midfielder take the #8 jersey at Real Madrid.
After helping Atletico Madrid to the La Liga title and a runners-up finish in the UEFA Champions League, Diego Costa was a wanted man. He scored 37 goals in all competitions and eventually decided on a $54.5 million move to Chelsea.
The Blues head coach Jose Mourinho complained to no-end about the lack of a true striker last season so will need to button it up with his new #19 in place on the frontline.
Arsenal beat out Liverpool with a $59.6 transfer offer to get Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez to sign on the dotted line for the Gunners. The Chilean striker is seen by Arsene Wenger as the reliable goalscorer to bring more silverware to the Emirates next season.
Mathieu Debuchy will also be joining the Gunners after signing in a $20.5 million deal from Newcastle.
These are just the start of a busy transfer summer. WorldSoccerShop.com is working to get the official customization for top players making a move to a new team. WorldSoccerShop.com has the best selection of official jerseys with official team customization from teams around the globe.