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European transfer round-up: The big deals that happened on the continent this summer

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As the Russian window slammed shut names clubs such as Internazionale, Bayern Munich, Dynamo Kiev and Zenit St Petersburg have been busy with big names such as Zlatan, Hulk, Veloso, Cassano, Montolivo, Martinez and Reus all on the move. Here is a comprehensive look at the most eye-catching deals of the summer.

It’s over, it is finally over, as the Russian transfer window ticked to its close all the major spending forces in Europe now have their wings clipped and must wait till January to sign new players.

But which European deals have caught our eye, from big money moves to cheeky bargains, exclusively on the continent. Here is a comprehensive overview of this Summers European transfer dealings.

La Liga

Real Madrid made the biggest purchase in Spain bringing in Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric for a whopping €34 million. Barcelona were as you expect only just behind in terms of marquee signings with Alex Song arriving from Arsenal and Spain international full-back Jordi Alba returning to the club from Valencia. Valencia signed Aly Cissokho from Lyon as a replacement and also signed prodigy Sergio Canales from Real Madrid along with Fernando Gago. Portuguese international fullback Joao Pereira is a bargain for the club at €3.6 million.

Other deals in Spain worthy of mentions include Cristian Rodriguez’s free transfer to Atletico from Porto and the bargain million euro deal for Euro 2012 star Michael Krohn-Delhi to move from Brondby to Celta Vigo. Deportivo tied up impressive loan deals for promising Benfica duo Nelson Oliveira and Roderick Miranda.

Serie A

As always it has been hectic in Italy with the biggest signing being Inter Milan’s successful pursuit of Porto full-back Alvaro Pereira. Fredy Guarin and Samir Handanovic topped off loan deals with big money moves whilst Rodrigo Palacio and Walter Gargano made big inter league switches.

Reigning champions Juventus failed in various striker chases but took impressive Ghanaian duo Kwadwo Asamoah and Richmond Boakye from Udinese and Genoa respectively. The signings of Martin Caceres and Paul Pogba are also pivotal as is the acquisition of Lucio from rivals Inter Milan.

AC Milan swapped Antonio Cassano for city rivals Inter’s striker Gianpaolo Pazzini and also fetched Bojan from Roma on loan and Italian international Ricardo Montolivo from Fiorentina. French midfielder Kevin Constant helps replace Mark Van Bommel and Gennaro Gattuso with Cristian Zapata’s arrival from Villarreal vital in shoring up a weakened backline. M’Baye Niang also arrived after a protracted and multi-club chase.

Alberto Gilardino has moved to Bologna from Genoa while Fiorentina have acquired Borja Valero from Villarreal alongside Alberto Aquillani and the returning Luca Toni.

Palermo have done good South American business with the bargain signing of Arevalo Rios and bringing in impressive Argentine Paolo Dybala from Instituto.

Federico Balzaretti’s move to Roma also deserves a mention.


In Germany the big move is Javi Martinez arriving at Bayern Munich for a sensational €40 million. They also signed Mario Mandzukic and Xherdan Shaqiri. Borussia Dortmund beat Munich to the signature of Marcel Reus from Borussia Monchengladbach; who used the money raised to sign Dutch striker Luuk De Jong and Swiss midfield prospect Granit Xhaka. Hoffenheim signed another Swiss talent in Eren Derdiyok who left Leverkusen with international team-mate Tranquillo Barnetta who has signed for Schalke 04. The Gelsenkirchen club have also borrowed Ibrahim Afellay from Barca for a season. Werder Bremen have completed a great deal to sign Eljero Elia from Juventus and Theo Gebre Selassie is a bargain from Slovan Liberec.

Rest of Europe

PSG lead the way signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gregory Van Der Wiel, Thiago Silva, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Marco Veratti. Lille signed Marvin Martin and Salomon Kalou to help counteract the loss of Eden Hazard to Chelsea.

Russia dominated the rest of the landscape with Zenit spending big on Portuguese based Brazilian Hulk and Belgian Axel Witsel. Anzhi signed Lassana Diarra and Lokomotiv dealt in Dame N’Doye. Rubin Kazan saw Salomon Rondon arrive with Spartak Moscow completing Kim Kallstrom and Romulo’s arrivals.

Twente spent big in Holland with Dusan Tadic, Andreaas Bjelland and Luc Castaignos all arriving with PSV rivalling the deals by signing prestigious talent Luciano Narsingh from Heerenveen and Mark Van Bommel on a free from AC Milan. Ajax re-signed Ryan Babel after a torrid spell in Germany.

Fenerbahce made big signings in the form of Raul Meireles, Dirk Kuyt and Milos Krasic but Dynamo Kiev’s transfer activity may have slipped you by. The Ukrainian side bringing in Taye Taiwo, Raffael, Marco Ruben, Niko Krancjar and most impressively Portugal international Miguel Veloso to the capital.

So that’s it, a quick round up of all the major wheeling and dealing on the continent this summer, if you managed to keep up with all that who did we miss? What other big deals have caught your eye this summer in Europe?

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