World Football: Top Four Bosman Transfers of August
The transfer window is closed and teams will now be directing all their attention to their upcoming matches.
With the start of the major European leagues coinciding with the final days of the transfer window, many sides concentrated their efforts on purchasing players rather than winning games. But, even with the window now closed, fans will continue to discuss the summer transfers for at least another couple weeks.
While the big money deals have been at the top of all the headlines, it is sometimes the smaller purchases that are the most interesting. And what's better for a team than bringing in a great player for free.
For a while now, the free transfer has been nicknamed the Bosman transfer. While it is often old players who leave for free, we often see great players switch clubs for no fee at all.
Here's a list of the top four Bosman transfers of August:
Javier Saviola (Malaga)
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On transfer deadline day, Malaga brought in Javier Saviola on a free transfer. After a below-par season for the Argentinian at Benfica, the Portuguese club chose to release the 30-year-old.
Saviola now returns to Spain after playing with both Barcelona and Real Madrid in the past. Malaga may be having financial problems but will still be competing in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage.
Malaga let three of their top attacking threats, Ruud van Nistlerooy, Salomon Rondon and Santi Cazorla, leave this summer so Saviola will be high on the pecking order.
Jose Bosingwa (Queens Park Rangers)
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Most Chelsea fans weren't surprised by the news that Bosingwa was leaving the club in summer 2012. While he started both the FA Cup Final and the UEFA Champions League Final, the Portuguese defender didn't have the best all around season and most fans were somewhat happy to see him leave.
Bosingwa wasn't a great player while on Chelsea but he will end up being a solid acquisition for another London team, Queens Park Rangers.
Mark Hughes has been very busy in the transfer window, snapping up Andy Johnson, Stephane Mbia, Esteban Granero, Julio Cesar, Junior Hoilett, Park Ji Sung, among others.
QPR looked like a team destined for relegation at the end of last season. However, with some new faces coming to Loftus Road over the summer, the London side may be good enough to compete for a top 10 finish.
Jose Bosingwa will most likely be QPR's starting right-back this campaign and his attacking flair will be very helpful.
Fernando Cavenaghi (Villareal)
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After helping River Plate return to Argentina's Primera Division, Cavenaghi came back to Europe, linking up with Villareal on a free transfer.
The former Bordeaux star didn't have great spells with Mallorca and Internacional but scored 19 goals in 37 appearances with River Plate.
The 28-year-old looks to have found his scoring touch again and Villareal will hope that he can help bring the team back to La Liga following last season's relegation.
Markus Rosenberg (West Bromwich Albion)
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Markus Rosenberg played a little under 170 games for Werder Bremen before being released by the club at the end of last season. The Swedish striker had his ups and downs while in Germany but joins West Bromwich after scoring 11 times in 34 appearances last season.
At 29 years old, Rosenberg will finally get a chance to play in the English Premier League, after playing in Germany, Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden.
West Brom were one of the more quiet English teams in the transfer window but the acquisition of Rosenberg and the loan deal for Romelu Lukaku will bolster the team's attack.