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Chaos and superstars: A round-up of the summer transfer window

Over the summer, there was an incredible amount of money spent on players shifting clubs. The biggest deals include Gareth Bale joining Madrid (€100 mil), Radamel Falcao joining Monaco (€60 mil), Neymar to Barcelona (€57 mil), Edinson Cavani to PSG (€67 mil), Mesut Ozil to Arsenal (€45 mil) and Peter Odemwingie to Cardiff City. OK, maybe not the last one. But at least he did get transferred this time instead of just hanging around a stadium in the hope that someone signs him.

I’ll start off with Serie A, and Juventus strengthened their strike-force with Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente while the criminally under-rated-on-these-shores Alessandro Matri joined league rivals AC Milan. Speaking of the Rossoneri, they brought Kaka back to the San Siro on a free – four years after they sold him to Madrid for €65 million. Nice!
Roma brought in the likes of Gervinho, Adem Ljajić and Kevin Strootman but lost out on stars such as Marquinhos, Bojan, Erik Lamela and Pablo Osvaldo. Interesting times ahead in the eternal city. Whatever happened Inter? They slipped off the radar in recent times. Didn’t they win the Champions League not long ago?

In Spain, Neymar was dominating all the headlines for months. Until a certain Welshman joined a certain club from the capital. Real weren’t afraid to splash the cash as they also purchased Asier Illarramendi and Isco. City rivals Atlético Madrid got David Villa from Barcelona for the bargain price of around €5 million. They also got Argentine defender Martín Demichelis from Malaga. But he stayed for all of five minutes before departing for Manchester City. Who says loyalty is dead in football?

European champions Bayern Munich signed not only a new coach in Pep Guardiola, but they also acquired the much-sought-after playmaker Mario Götze from rivals Dortmund. Barcelona midfielder Thiago also joined the side, pairing up with his former manager from Barça.
Borussia Dortmund signed Liverpool target Henrikh Mkhitaryan last month, but one can’t help but feel there will be a massive Götze-shaped-hole in Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. It’ll still be between the two sides in the Bundesliga, but how will Pep fare? As I said before, the only way is down.

Finally in England, and £624,560,000 later, it was non-stop in the Premier League. Tottenham and Liverpool made some interesting signings with Spurs bringing in Paulinho, Erik Lamela, Roberto Soldado and (one of my former ones-to-watch) Christian Eriksen. Liverpool brought in the Spanish duo of Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas. Along with the Simon Mignolet, Kolo Toure and PSG starlet Mamadou Sakho, Brendan Rodgers’ side will certainly be fighting alongside AVB’s men for a Champions League place.

Transfer deadline day was an interesting one. I believe Arsenal got the star signing in Ozil, but Man United done well bringing Marouane Fellaini to Old Trafford. And £27.5 million is quite an amount for him. But is he worth it? In footballing terms, yes. United however faced some unusual situations – such as getting the signature of Ander Herrera from Bilbao. One minute he was ready to put pen to paper, the next it was all off with various reasons as to why.
This was then followed with news of signing of Real Madrid left-back Coentrao on loan – followed by reports that the deal had not in fact gone through. At least they got Fellaini.

Manchester City and Chelsea surprised nobody by splashing the cash on Fernandinho, Jesús Navas, Álvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetić (Man City) and André Schürrle, Willian, Samuel Eto’o (Chelsea). But Chelsea did surprise everyone by hanging onto Fernando Torres. Surely he is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge? The Special One has decided to hang onto for now him anyway. Same goes for the frankly brilliant Juan Mata who was rumoured to be joining either PSG or Liverpool. But he’s still a Chelsea player. For now.

Everton may have lost their star player, but along with the hugely-promising Gerard Deulofeu and Arouna Koné, on deadline day they snapped up our very own James McCarthy on a permanent deal as well as Man City midfielder Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku. There is life after the afro’d one, Evertonians.

Other Irish players that moved in the window include Keith Andrews (Brighton), Stephen Ireland (Stoke), Enda Stevens (Notts Co), Noel Hunt (Leeds) and James McClean (Wigan). No move for Robbie Keane to (another) boyhood club then. That joke really is old.

Phew. That’s the transfer news until January.

 

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Beckham's French surprise and Odemwingie's madness

No footballer ever praises the mid-season transfer window. Managers also hate it and even club owners want rid of it. I don’t know if it’s a good idea myself, but I can’t deny how entertaining it can be – especially on January 31st. Last Thursday proved to be extra entertaining.

It all started off fairly regularly. Mario Balotelli finally completed his move to AC Milan after the Italian club’s director leaked details of the transfer earlier in the week. Luchiano Becchio left Leeds for Norwich City with Welsh international Steve Morison heading in opposite direction to Elland Road. David Beckham signed for newly-rich Paris St Germain and the former England captain announced that he would donate his entire salary to a local children’s charity. A nice touch, Becks!

As the day progressed, big moves such as Christopher Samba joining QPR from Russian outfit Anzhi and Nacho Monreal joining Arsenal were the other big headlines. That was until one Peter Odemwingie turned up at Loftus Road all on his own in his Range Rover. His window was down and as he was shaking hands with fans and talking to Sky, but it soon became apparent that Odemwingie didn’t have a deal with QPR. We know this because West Brom issued a statement soon after the striker was seen on live TV: Odemwingie was a West Brom player and no deal had been reached for QPR to sign him.

The Uzbek-born Nigerian was in fact denied access into the stadium by officials of the London club once lawyers were getting involved, as Odemwingie had no permission to speak to QPR. Bizarre? Yes. But there’s more. The 31-year old later said “I came to this club (West Brom) in a wholly unprofessional way. I wasn’t given any permission by Lokomotiv Moscow”. If Odemwingie is going down, it seems he’s taking everyone with him.

I’ve no doubt that a deal had likely been agreed in principle. Only it probably broke down when, if Odemwingie had left the Hawthorns for Loftus Road, it would have left West Brom in need of a replacement striker at the last minute. But for it to be handled so poorly, and in public, is one of the most bizarre things that can happen. Like it or not, the transfer deadline day always seems to create a surprise or two.

Transfer rumours and done deals (29th August)

Two days left – just two days left! Who will go where? What will happen? The next two days are the busiest days of the summer transfer window. Let’s see what deals have already been completed and what rumours are doing the rounds.

To begin, Luka Modric‘s not-so-secret affair with Real Madrid became official. He joined from Spurs for a cool £33.3 million. But there’ll be a massive Modric-shaped hole in Spurs’ midfield. AVB has two days to fill that gap (pssst…AVB, Kaká is for sale). Leaving Madrid was the exeptionally talented Nuri Şahin, who joins Liverpool on loan. The German-born Turkish international should make a massive difference to Brendan Rogers’ side if he plays like he did at Dortmund.

Speaking of Liverpool, just last night reports emerged that Theo Walcott‘s  future at Arsenal is in serious doubt after discussions over a new deal broke down, prompting Man City and Liverpool to sit up and take notice. Man City would be the obvious choice for Walcott, but with the enormous competition for a starting XI place at Eastlands, don’t be surprised if the 23-year old chose Anfield – a club he is a lifelong supporters of.

Meanwhile, over in Italy, AC Milan have recruited the exceptional French 17-year old M’Baye Niang from Ligue 1 outfit Caen. Watch this kid – mark my words! The Rossoneri are also rumoured to bring in Roma starlet Bojan Krkic. The ex-Barcelona player is hopeful of a move up north from the Eternal city.

Over in France, Joey Barton took to his favourite medium of Twitter to announce his heartbreak as the loan deal between QPR and Marseille have broken down. Marseille may actually need him though as Benoît Cheyrou is being eyed up by former club Lille to replace one Eden Hazard.

This leave us with the futures of Liverpool’s Andy Carroll, Fulham’s Clint Dempsey, Swansea’s Scott Sinclair as well as Michael Owen, to be quite uncertain. Loan moves to Italy, big money moves, and last-minute deals are what’s been reported about some of these players. But as I said earlier – two days. So buckle in your seatbelt and watch these final 48 hours turn into complete chaos. As Andy Carroll found out back in 2011, you never know who could end up where.

Come back on Sept 1st with a look at the transfer window’s biggest movers. Got any comments or info? Hit Rob Smith up on Twitter (@robsmithireland)

Transfer deadline day chaos (or the lack of it)

Ah, the last day of January. A day many spend the evening by staring at Jim White and his colleagues on Sky Sports News for the usual drama of transfer deadline day. Last year Andy Carroll joined Liverpool for an astonishing £35 million and Fernando Torres joined Chelsea for £50 million. Social networks went crazy that night. What could happen tonight? Will Chelsea make another massive signing? Could Gerard Pique (and girlfriend Shakira) make Manchester their new home? Could Carlos Tevez join Liverpool and then Everton only moments later? Will it be the most exciting day in footballing transfer history?

The answer is…no. The day hadn’t quite the excitement as last year’s for the average footie fan. But it did have some interesting moves that will no doubt make an impact at certain clubs. One of these clubs is of course QPR. Having already captured Nedum Onuoha (Man Citeh) and Taye Taiwo (AC Milan), they signed Bobby Zamora (Fulham) and Djibril Cissé (Lazio) to strengthen Mark Hughes’ side. Throughout January, they more or less bought half a team.

Zamora joins the R's

Meanwhile ‘Arry Redknapp (who is not a “wheeler-dealer”) brought Everton’s Louis Saha to White Hart Lane on loan for the rest of the season with Steven Pienaar going back to his former club also on loan.  Everton did also complete the £5.5m signing of Nikica Jelavic from Rangers. Speaking of Spurs, their out-of-favour striker Roman Pavlyuchenko left to join Lokomotiv Moscow in his native land. Elsewhere, Man City landed Chile midfielder David Pizarro on loan from Roma for the rest of the season as did West Brom, for our very own Keith Andrews from Blackburn.

There was some interesting moves elsewhere in Europe such as this and this, but overall it could be considered a fairly quiet one – certainly by English standards with “only” £55.1 million spent by Premier League clubs this deadline day. Last year it was £215 million. Maybe at the next transfer deadline day, on the last day of August, it might be even less? Who am I kidding…Man City and Chelsea are still around, aren’t they?

Anyway, throughout the entire month of January, some of the best signings in my opinion have been:

  • Thierry Henry – New York Red Bulls to Arsenal (loan)
  • Carlos Kameni – Espanyol to Malaga (free)
  • Maxi Lopez – Catania to AC Milan (loan)
  • Gary Cahill – Bolton to Chelsea (£7 mil)
  • José Antonio Reyes – Athletico Madrid to Sevilla (€3.5 mil)
  • Moussa Sow – Lille to Fenerbahce (€15 mil)
  • Nicolas Anelka – Chelsea to Shanghai Shenhua (undisclosed)
  • Robbie Keane – LA Galaxy to Aston Villa (loan)
  • Amauri – Juventus to Fiorentina (€500k)
  • Alex – Chelsea to PSG (€5 mil)

Any other good transfers missed this month that is worth mentioning? Leave a comment or hit me up on twitter.

Panic on the streets of North London: Transfer deadline day madness

The summer transfer window is over! You can switch off Sky Sports News now. You don’t have to refresh the live updates from the web every 5-10 seconds anymore. Relax and let’s have a look back at some of the big movers of the last 24 hours.

We’ll start with Arsenal and the pressure on gaffer Arsene Wenger to strengthen his side after that result against Man United last week. Luckily last night he did. Having brought in young hot prospects such as Gervinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain earlier in the month, just last night experienced midfielders Yossi Benayoun and Mikel Arteta became Arsenal players along with German defender Per Mertesacker and Brazilian international André Santos. Hopefully the Emirates faithful won’t witness another 8-2 defeat too soon with these reinforcements.

With Benayoun out of Stamford Bridge, Liverpool’s Raul Meireles was on his way in. A shame for many Koppites. I am not sure if they same can be said for Joe Cole who went on loan to Lille, who are like a French West Brom. But many can be pleased with Craig “remember my golf club celebration” Bellamy‘s return to Anfield last night – the Welshman is still pretty brilliant it must be said.

The best of enemies: Riise and Bellamy at Liverpool, post golfing.

Mikel Arteta’s departure from Everton is a massive blow for the toffees. It really is. But the arrivals of Real Madrid’s rapper and occasional defender Royston Drenthe and Argentine striker Denis Stracqualursi (who recently scored a hat-trick against giants Boca Juniors in their own back garden) will ease that blow.

Elsewhere, Crouchy made his way to Stoke City while Scott Parker was ‘Arry Redknapp’s signing of the day. QPR signed both Anton Ferdinand and Shaun Wright-Philips where they’ll be joined by twitter fan and Morrissey disciple, Joey Barton.

And in Europe, with Samuel Eto’o’s multi-million euro move to Russian side FC Anzhi (the Cameroonian will make a mere €20.5 a season!), Inter Milan acquired the serviced of one Diego Forlan for a the bargain price of just €5 million as well as Lazio’s Mauro Zárate for only €2.6 million.

"It's an absolute life-long dream to be here in...where am I again?"

Finally, one of my favourite transfers of this window has, as of yet, not actually happened. Former Spanish international and Valencia legend Vicente (now a free agent) is being chased by none other than Brighton & Hove Albion. Nobody has signed anything yet but fiestas and fallas in the Spanish sunshine couldn’t be as appealing as Sainsbury’s crisps in a rainy English seaside town?