By Yoshiki Matsunaga on July 14, 2014
With the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil coming to an end, the transfer season will be in full effect. Even with the world enthralled over the World Cup, teams across Europe have been busy strengthening their squads. Here are the best signings made so far.
Chelsea FC acquired Cesc Fabregas from FC Barcelona for $50 million. Fabregas captained Arsenal FC before joining Barcelona. He is tried and tested in the Barclays Premier League, and will be looking to improve his form from his time at Barcelona. Chelsea not only signed a great player in Fabregas, but were also able to slight Arsenal by signing their ex-captain.
Robert Lewandowski made his free transfer to arch-rival Bayern Munich from Dortmund BVB before the World Cup. Lewandowski had been a talisman for Dortmund, scoring 74 goals in 131 appearances. He was an integral part of the two Dortmund Bundesliga championships and a UEFA Champions League final. Lewandowski is a versatile forward who will fit into Pep Guardiola’s system and give them the attacking option that they needed last season.
Mario Mandzukic was absolutely lethal for Bayern Munich as they completed the treble under Jupp Heynckes during the 2012-13 season. Mandzukic signed with Atletico Madrid for $30 million to replace Diego Costa, who departed for Chelsea. The former Bayern Munich man will be a commanding figure spearheading Atletico’s attack.
Alexis Sanchez is one of the best players Arsenal have acquired in recent history. A quick and versatile player with a penchant for scoring goals, Sanchez went underappreciated at Barcelona. He has made the move to North London for $50-60 million. He is an elite level player Arsenal fans have longed for, and Arsene Wenger has finally given that to them. Sanchez scored 19 goals for Barcelona last season, and Arsenal should be excited to have him.
By far the most expensive and controversial transfer of the summer so far, Luis Suarez will not be able to join his Barcelona teammates until the end of October due to FIFA’s punishment for biting Giorgio Chiellini. The Suarez deal is worth around $130 million with the reported inclusion of a no-bite clause, which could see Suarez’s pay cut by $5 million. The inclusion of Suarez into a front line that already includes Neymar will be ridiculous.
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