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Ranking The Top 5 European Transfers Of 2014

Ranking The Top 5 Transfers Of 2014

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With soccer’s transfer season in full swing, several teams have made significant signings that figure to shape forthcoming domestic campaigns. As usual, the biggest clubs have made the biggest moves thus far in the transfer window and hope that the new additions will ultimately push their squads to the top of their respective league tables. Here are the five biggest moves of the transfer season of 2014.

5. Alexis Sanchez, FC Barcelona to Arsenal

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5. Alexis Sanchez, FC Barcelona to Arsenal

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Chilean star Alexis Sanchez makes the move from FC Barcelona to Arsenal after having trouble breaking into the Blaugrana’s starting lineup the past few seasons. A talented and speedy forward, Sanchez still netted 39 goals in 88 career appearances for Barcelona and figures to play a big role for Arsenal as the Gunners try to move up in the Premier League standings.

4. Toni Kroos, Bayern Munich to Real Madrid

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4. Toni Kroos, Bayern Munich to Real Madrid

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Toni Kroos has enjoyed an impressive run of personal success recently. After making 43 starts for Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich last season, Kroos established himself as one of the best players at this summer’s World Cup in helping Germany win their fourth title. Now the skilled midfielder takes his talents to defending European Champions Real Madrid where he will make Los Blancos even more dangerous heading into this season.

3. Diego Costa, Atletico Madrid to Chelsea

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3. Diego Costa, Atletico Madrid to Chelsea

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Chelsea have been searching for a target forward since the days of Didier Drogba. Enter Diego Costa, who had a huge season in 2013-14 for Atletico Madrid before suffering a hamstring injury late in the campaign. Big and strong, Costa netted 36 goals for Atletico and will add to a Chelsea offense already carrying the talents of midfielder Eden Hazard.

2. Luis Suarez, Liverpool to FC Barcelona

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2. Luis Suarez, Liverpool to FC Barcelona

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Luis Suarez’s move to from Liverpool to FC Barcelona surprised most observers. After all, the volatile Uruguayan is currently serving a four-month suspension for his latest biting incident during the World Cup. At his best, Suarez is one of the world’s most skilled forwards with the ability to score in a variety of ways. Barcelona hope that his potential partnerships with Lionel Messi and Neymar will pave the way to a La Liga title.

1. James Rodriguez, AS Monaco to Real Madrid

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1. James Rodriguez, AS Monaco to Real Madrid

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No player’s stock rose more sharply during the World Cup than Colombia’s James Rodriguez, who took home the Golden Boot as the tourney’s high scorer with six goals. After a big season with France’s AS Monaco in 2013-14, Rodriguez cashed in with a move to Real Madrid where he will play alongside the combination of World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo and French star Karim Benzema.