European Transfer Window Power Rankings

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJune 5, 2013

European Transfer Window Power Rankings

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    Though we may have another four weeks until the summer transfer window officially sees its opening, clubs across Europe are getting their foot in the door with some early business.

    Taking inspiration from Bleacher Report’s Premier League Power Rankings, here we take into account every club from the continent’s major divisions.

    These rankings consider every club on a proportional scale, with the magnitude of each purchase or sale quantified by the size of a team and the impact any move may have on that squad.

    What’s more, only completed player transfers are taken into account, although, in special cases, very heavy speculation can still affect where a side is placed.

    Players marked with an asterisk (*) will complete the mentioned transfer on July 1, 2013, unless a deal has been struck to conclude said transfer earlier.

20. Borussia Monchengladbach

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Max Kruse* (Freiburg—£2.2 million), Christoph Kramer (Bayer Leverkusen—season loan)

    Transfers Out: Igor de Camargo (Hoffenheim—£1 million), Mike Hanke (Freiburg—free), Matthew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt—undisclosed)

    Although the German club have seen their share of departures this summer already, Borussia Monchengladbach have also gone through a phase of rebuilding.

    Goal.com reported that The Foals had managed to tempt Freiburg’s Max Kruse to North Rhine-Westphalia. Considering the deal cost ‘Gladbach just over £2 million, the striker’s arrival will undoubtedly prove of great worth to the side. As part of the move, Mike Hanke will move in the opposite direction, according to the official Bundesliga website.

    A slightly less impactful signature is that of Christoph Kramer, whom Borussia Monchengladbach stated through their official website would be coming to the Lower Rhine on loan.

    The club’s official website also announced that Matthew Leckie would be leaving for FSV Frankfurt this summer, while the Bundesliga’s official website supports that Igor de Camargo will move to Hoffenheim for a fee of around £1 million.

19. AC Milan

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Cristian Zapata (Villarreal—£5 million), Jherson Vergara (Universitario Popayan—£1.8 million)

    Transfers Out: None

    Having spent the 2012-13 season on loan at AC Milan, Cristian Zapata remains the Rossoneri’s one big signature this summer, as the Serie A giants were reported by Sky Sports as making use of a purchase clause in the defender’s deal.

    Jherson Vergara has also been recruited by the club as reinforcement according to theelastico.com, with the European-wide revolution of Colombian stars continuing its rise following the 19-year-old's £1.8 million switch.

18. Valencia

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Nelson Valdez (Rubin Kazan—£2.5 million), Michel (Levante—£350,000), Javi Fuego* (Rayo Vallecano—free)

    Transfers Out: None

    After spending last season on loan with Los Che, Nelson Valdez is the one recruit who stands out among Valencia’s acquisitions, despite being announced back in February by SoccerNews. The Paraguayan arrives from Rubin Kazan on a permanent basis this time, for a fee of around £2.5 million, and will offer some much-needed backup to Roberto Soldado.

    Inside Spanish Football have also reported that Valencia have agreed terms for the free transfer of Rayo Vallecano's Javi Fuego come July 1, adding that the club have exercised their £350,000 buy-back clause for Michel Herrero.

17. Liverpool

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Kolo Toure (Manchester City—free)

    Transfers Out: Jamie Carragher (retired), Danny Wilson (Hearts—free)

    So far this summer, it’s been a tale of the central defenders at Anfield, as Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher chose to hang up his boots for a new adventure in punditry, while Manchester City’s Kolo Toure was brought in as his replacement.

    Although 32 years old, Toure still has something to offer at the Premier League level but wasn’t able to show it with the competition on hand at the Etihad, and even with some extravagant wages, could be worth the value as a free transfer, as reported by The Guardian.

    BBC Sport also reported that young Danny Wilson would make his way out of the Reds’ exit, opting for a permanent move to Hearts, the club that he spent last season on loan with.

    At the other end of the pitch, speculation continues to follow Luis Suarez and where he’ll be playing next term, egged on by the Uruguayan’s comments that he may leave England as a result of the media’s treatment of him, according to The Mirror.

    While admittedly a controversial talent, it now seems likely that Suarez will leave the club this summer, and there’s no understating how much Brendan Rodgers could stand to miss his scoring influence.

16. Sunderland

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Duncan Watmore (Altrincham—undisclosed), Cabral (FC Basel—free)

    Transfers Out: Titus Bramble* (released), Matt Kilgallon* (released)

    As seemed most likely within a few weeks of the Italian’s arrival at the Stadium of Light, Paolo Di Canio already looks to be fashioning a squad overhaul of sorts at Sunderland this summer.

    So far, BBC Sport have alleged that the new Black Cats boss has already agreed to let Titus Bramble and Matt Kilgallon leave the club, with the expiration of their contracts coming in several weeks’ time.

    However, Di Canio’s already gone about replacing the departing pair after The Guardian alleged Cabral’s agent as saying that the FC Basel defensive midfielder—also capable of playing at centre-back—had agreed a free transfer to the north-east.

    Duncan Watmore is the club’s only other purchase as of yet, the youngster having arrived from Altrincham for an undisclosed fee. 

15. Manchester City

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Jesus Navas (Sevilla—£17 million)

    Transfers Out: Kolo Toure (Liverpool—free), Roque Santa Cruz (released), Wayne Bridge (released)

    Although it’s unlike the 2011-12 Premier League champions to be slow when it comes to transfer business, Manchester City are slowly settling into their usually strong transfer jaunt.

    It’s still very early doors (in fact they haven’t even opened) and one can bet that will change as soon as Manuel Pellegrini takes his role as the club’s manager, as the Manchester Evening News presume.

    However, the Daily Mail suggest that the club have still managed to pull in Jesus Navas, although time will tell whether the Spaniard has truly gotten over a history of chronic homesickness.

    Goal.com allege that Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho is also in England for a medical before completing a move to the Etihad.

    Elsewhere, outgoing assets remain the club’s best bits of business as of yet, with The Guardian reporting that Kolo Toure will make his way to Liverpool as a free transfer, while Roque Santa Cruz and Wayne Bridge are set to be released at the end of their contracts.

    Thanks to the big spending that’s taken place at the Etihad in recent years, all of the aforementioned stars have been on lucrative contracts with City, meaning any departures will free up valuable chunks of the wage bill.

14. Real Madrid

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Dani Carvajal (Bayer Leverkusen—£5.5 million)

    Transfers Out: Ricardo Cavalho (AS Monaco—free)

    Undoubtedly, the biggest news at Real Madrid this summer remains the departure of Jose Mourinho and just who it will be that replaces the Portuguese boss at the Bernabeu helm.

    That being said, the 2011-12 La Liga champions have still found the means to conduct some good business of late, and Real's official website announced that Dani Carvajal would return from Bayer Leverkusen, arguably the Bundesliga’s best defender last season, filling a major void at right-back for Los Merengues.

    For a fee of just over £5.5 million, Carvajal’s return to Real Madrid, where he spent a period of his development, will be of great value to the club and is a big loss for Leverkusen.

    With Ricardo Carvalho reaching the end of his deal in the Spanish capital and Sky Sports reporting of the defender's move to Monaco, there won’t be much fluctuation in the wage bill, either.

13. Juventus

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao—free)

    Transfers Out: Vincenzo Iaquinta (released), Nicolas Anelka (released)

    With defence assuredly the club’s forte in recent seasons, Juventus have gone about revamping their attack so far this summer, releasing Nicolas Anelka, according to Football-Italia, with Vincenzo Iaquinta expected to follow.

    The aging pair won’t be too sorely missed at the Serie A title holders, and the free signature of Fernando Llorente from Athletic Bilbao should more than compensate for their exits.

    Llorente isn’t in the best run of form having featured largely from the bench in his final season with the Basque outfit, but should he be able to revive the form shown between 2009 and 2012, the Old Lady will have a reliable scoring front man in their roster.

12. Fiorentina

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Marcos Alonso (Bolton Wanderers—free), Oleksandr Yakovenko (Anderlecht—free)

    Transfers Out: None

    Yet to spend a penny in their summer hunt, Fiorentina have begun their summer recruitment phase in efficient fashion, making prudent purchases in areas that would appear to need it most.

    Although the Spaniard’s career at Bolton has been a strange one, Marcos Alonso can hope to realise his full potential with La Viola, after Goal.com reported that the 22-year-old had signed with Fiorentina following the expiration of his deal with the Trotters.

    Another move it would be easy to understate, Oleksandr Yakovenko moves to Italy after an impressive season with Jupiler League champions Anderlecht, also as a free and reported by ESPN.

11. Benfica

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Filip Djuricic (Heerenveen—£5 million), Miralem Sulejmani (Ajax—free), Jorge Rojas (Club Cerro Porteno—£1 million), Uros Matic (Kosice—free)

    Transfers Out: None

    Jorge Jesus’ Benfica were unfortunate not to end the season with at least one trophy in hand but were ultimately left empty-handed, surrendering both the Liga Primeira and Europa League titles in the final fortnight of their 2012-13 campaign.

    As such, it would appear the club are taking an initiative in making a better go of things next term, even going as far as to wrap up several deals as early as April of this year.

    Filip Djuricic’s £5 million arrival from Heerenveen, as reported by Goal.com, is the most expensive signing from the Eagles thus far. Jorge Rojas, a centre-back from Paraguay, is the second-most valuable signing this summer after SoccerNews reported the midfielder's move being worth a fee of just over £1 million.

    Uros Matic will also get to play alongside older sibling, Nemanja, after the Serbian was reported by Portuguese outlet Record (article in Portuguese) as agreeing a free transfer, while Ajax's Miralem Sulejmani will complete a similar move, according to SoccerNews.

10. VfB Stuttgart

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Gotoku Sakai (Albirex Niigata—£1 million), Thorsten Kirschbaum (Energie Cottbus—free), Daniel Schwaab (Bayer Leverkusen—free), Sercan Sararer (Greuther Furth—free), Konstantin Rausch (Hannover—free), Marco Rojas (Melbourne Victory—free)

    Transfers Out: Marc Ziegler (retired)

    Despite making six signings already in time for the 2013-14 campaign, Stuttgart have only spent £1 million in their redevelopment this summer, relying largely on free transfers instead.

    The official Bundesliga website announced back in January that Gotoku Sakai would join up with the club until 2016, while reporting more recently that Daniel Schwaab and Konstantin Rausch would also be added to the roster, both as free transfers.

    Meanwhile, FoxSoccer alleged that both Sercan Sararer and Marco Rojas would become a part of the Stuttgart side in time for next term while Thorsten Kirschbaum is another efficient addition, according to Sky Sports.

9. Barcelona

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Neymar (Santos—£48.6 million) 

    Transfers Out: Eric Abidal (released)

    In what could prove to be one of the biggest deals of this decade, Neymar’s prophesised move to Europe has finally come to pass, and it’s Barcelona that was ultimately chosen as the prodigal son’s destination.

    With clauses and additional fees aplenty supposedly in his contract, BBC Sport value the deal at a sum total of £48.6 million although that price would seem to rest on the young Brazilian fulfilling numerous goals during his time at the Camp Nou.

    On the departures list, Eric Abidal also says an emotional farewell to the club who saw him through a liver transplant after not seeing his contract renewed, according to Sky Sports.

8. Atletico Madrid

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Leo Baptistao (Rayo Vallecano—£4 million), Jose Maria Gimenez (Danubio—£1 million)

    Transfers Out: Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco—£50 million)

    For many, the departure of a club’s best player is almost always a damning occasion and one can rest assured that a decent portion of the Atletico Madrid faithful will be feeling down following Radamel Falcao’s £50 million sale to AS Monaco, reported by BBC Sport.

    That said, the power of knowing when to sell a player is often overlooked, and the club would have arguably not have acquired as high a fee for their star forward unless they cashed in this summer.

    With Monaco happy to oblige, Atleti now have a cool percentage of that sum to spend on squad improvements and have already reinvested a 10 percent after Sky Sports announced that the club had brought young defender Jose Maria Gimenez to the club for less than £1 million. 

    This announcement came before Marca proclaimed that the capital club had also between competition to the signing of young striker Leo Baptistao.

    Falcao’s sale brings up the argument as to whether a side would rather have one great player or several good players for the same price, but only time will tell which side of the debate wins out in this case. 

7. Chelsea

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: None

    Transfers Out: Florent Malouda* (released), Paulo Ferreira* (retired), Ross Turnbull* (released), Yossi Benayoun* (released), Henrique Hilario* (released)

    It may seem odd for Chelsea to feature so highly on this list given that they’re yet to make an actual signing yet.

    That being said, Monday brought the BBC Sport announcement that Jose Mourinho had returned to his role as the Blues’ manager, and the Portuguese would already appear to have his fingers in many a transfer speculation pie.

    With transfers soon to come at Stamford Bridge, it’s departures that have played the biggest role for the West London side.

    Sky Sports have confirmed Florent Malouda's exit from the club following the expiration of his deal there while Ross Turnbull, Yossi Benayoun and Henrique Hilario are all expected to follow. Meanwhile, Paulo Ferreira has retired from football after a long and rather illustrious time with Chelsea.

    With so many players on the outbound list, wages will have become available numbering in the hundreds of thousands of pounds, and that’s before any sales that may come to fruition.

6. Norwich City

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Sporting Lisbon—£8.5 million), Javier Garrido (Lazio—undisclosed)

    Transfers Out: Chris Martin (Derby County—free), Marc Tierney (Bolton Wanderers—free), Simeon Jackson* (released), Lee Camp (released), Elliot Ward (released), Korey Smith (released), Tom Adeyemi (released)

    One of the fastest-moving English sides so far this summer, Norwich City have dealt a fairly large deal compared to their usual spectrum after sealing a swoop for Sporting Lisbon’s Ricky van Wolfswinkel back in March, as reported by Sky Sports.

    The Dutchman will arrive at Carrow Road in an official sense this July, along with Lazio signing Javier Garrido, whom BBC Sport alleged would make the deal long-term after he enjoyed a successful term on loan with the Canaries in 2012-13.

    At the moment, departures still account for a major part of Chris Hughton’s business, with five of the club’s more regular first-team players allowed to leave at the end of their contracts along with some less regular faces.

5. Inter

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Hugo Campagnaro (Napoli—free), Diego Laxalt (Defensor Sporting—£2 million), Ruben Botta (Tigre—free)

    Transfers Out: None

    Although the move was announced by ESPN back in February, Hugo Campagnaro's move to Inter from Napoli will officially go through this July, regardless of the distance between the two teams this Serie A season.

    The Italian giants have already been busy in the market, and while Goal.com announced that midfielder Ruben Botta would complete a free transfer to the San Siro this summer, Football-Italia have revealed Diego Laxalt's agreement to join the outfit, too.

4. FC Porto

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Lica (Estoril—undisclosed), Carlos Eduardo (Estoril—£750,000), Josue (Pacos de Ferreira—undisclosed), Tiago Rodrigues (Vitoria de Guimaraes—undisclosed), Ricardo (Vitoria de Guimaraes—undisclosed) 

    Transfers Out: Joao Moutinho (AS Monaco—£21.5 million), James Rodriguez (AS Monaco—£38.5 million)

    As has become almost a fashion at the Estadio Dragao, Porto have once again brought in talent only to develop them into apparent world-beaters before selling them on for huge profit.

    This year, it's Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez (pictured) that have completed a £60million double move to AS Monaco, according to BBC Sport.

    While it may not to do their squad strength the world of good, such a move benefits Porto to no end economically and is the reason they continue to thrive on the European scale, having experienced similar sales in recent seasons.

    On the other end of the scale, the Liga Primeira champions have taken to poaching some of Portugal's younger talents in a bid to replenish their ranks.

    The official UEFA website recently reported that the Dragons had signed Lica and Carlos Eduardo from Estoril, as well as wrapping up a deal for Pacos de Ferreira's Josue.

    It's also been alleged on Demotix.com that Porto completed a double swoop for Vitoria de Guimaraes pair, Tiago Rodrigues and Eduardo.

3. Fulham

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Fernando Amorebieta (Athletic Bilbao—free), Derek Boateng (Dnipro—free), Sascha Riether (Cologne—undisclosed), Maarten Stekelenburg (AS Roma—£4 million)

    Transfers Out: Simon Davies* (released), Giorgos Karagounis* (released)

    Seemingly keen to improve upon their most recent Premier League campaign, this summer has seen Fulham delve into the transfer market more swiftly than ever.

    The Guardian recently reported of the club’s double swoop for Fernando Amorebieta and Derek Boateng, formerly of Athletic Bilbao and Dnipro, respectively.

    As well as bringing Sascha Riether to Craven Cottage on a permanent contract, Goal.com have also stated that Maarten Stekelenburg has completed a medical before sealing his move to West London worth just over £4 million.

    Veterans Simon Davies and Giorgos Karagounis have been allowed to move on following the end of the contracts, according to Sky Sports, providing a decent balance in outgoings and expenditure.

2. Bayern Munich

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Mario Goetze (Borussia Dortmund—£32 million), Jan Kirchhoff (Mainz—free)

    Transfers Out: Nils Petersen (Werder Bremen—£2.5 million), Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (Zenit St. Petersburg—free)

    After becoming the first German club to win a treble and only the seventh side in history to achieve the feat, Bayern Munich resemble a squad of invincible proportions right now.

    So, what can one do to a squad already so talented? Why, add more talent of course.

    Mario Goetze was already one of the hottest commodities in world football during his final months at Borussia Dortmund, and Sky Sports' April announcement that the German superstar would be moving to the Allianz Arena has only strengthened the Champions League title holders.

    There is a worry that Bayern’s £32 million acquisition of the 21-year-old risks seeing Der FCB dominate the Bundesliga like they have in the days of old, taking arguably the strongest asset away from their nearest rivals.

    Aside from Goetze, Jupp Heynckes’ side (soon to be Pep Guardiola’s) have also moved for Mainz’s Jan Kirchhoff of Mainz as a free transfer, also according to Sky Sports.

    It’s also been announced by Sky Sports that Nils Petersen will be moving from Munich Werder Bremen for a fee of £3 million, while Yahoo have reported Anatoliy Tymoshchuk's return to Zenit St. Petersburg, representing valuable shifting of some Bayern fringe players.

1. As Monaco

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid—£50 million), Joao Moutinho (Porto—£21.5 million), James Rodriguez (Porto—£38.5 million), Ricardo Carvalho (Real Madrid—free),

    Transfers Out: None

    Taking the transfer policies of 2011 QPR or 2008 Manchester City to new heights, oil-rich AS Monaco have shown their intentions of challenging for European honours one day soon, despite only gaining promotion to Ligue 1 this year.

    With a net spend of over £100 million already and over two months still left until the transfer window closes, the French outfit are putting Paris Saint-Germain’s spending to task, showing that there’s a new French force in town.

    Radamel Falcao, widely regarded as one of the best finishers in world football, will lead the club’s line after BBC Sport announced the Colombian’s £50 million move to the tax-free state.

    The BBC have also proclaimed that Falcao’s compatriot, James Rodriguez, will be joining the former Atletico Madrid forward at Monaco as part of a £60 million double deal with Porto, which also includes the signature of Joao Moutinho.

    Veteran Ricardo Carvalho is undoubtedly the humbler of the purchases so far, snapped up from Real Madrid on a free after his deal expired in the Spanish capital, according to BBC Sport.

    As of yet, the French side are yet to officially sell any of their stars, but one can bet they’ll have to make room at some point in the coming months.

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