25 Biggest Signings of World Football's Summer Transfer Period so Far

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2013

25 Biggest Signings of World Football's Summer Transfer Period so Far

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    The summer transfer window doesn't wait around. We have plenty of time until the new season kicks off, but many big deals have already received the green light.

    In no particular order, it's time to look through the biggest and most exciting transfers of the current window so far. Is your club's hottest new property included?

    Read on to find out.

Iago Aspas, Liverpool

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    Deal: According to BBC Sport, £7 million from Celta Vigo on a long-term contract.

    Iago Aspas may have been overlooked by many Liverpool fans before he arrived at Anfield. The 25-year-old striker proved himself in La Liga with 12 goals and seven assists in 34 starts last season.

    He also won the Zarra Trophy for most goals in the Spanish Segunda Division during the 2011/12 campaign. Aspas is an energetic, never-say-die forward who is highly-motivated to succeed whenever he plays.

Joaquin, Fiorentina

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    Deal: Goal.com reports an agreement has been reached between Malaga and Fiorentina, the transfer will be completed when personal terms are settled.

    Veteran winger Joaquin is finally ready to move out of Spain after 13 years in La Liga. The 31-year-old has received plenty of offers to leave before, but as Malaga's European football ban comes into effect, he joins Serie A outfit Fiorentina.

    Joaquin's power, presence and experience will undoubtedly add to Vincenzo Montella's squad.

Maarten Stekelenberg, Fulham

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    Deal: BBC Sport reports Stekelenburg has signed a four-year contract from Roma for an undisclosed fee.

    As we shall see, Fulham have managed a number of coups this summer. Maarten Stekelenburg was linked to Manchester United a couple of years back and is now ready to make his Premier League bow at the age of 30.

    With 11 years spent at Ajax and Roma, two Eredivisie titles, three KNVB Cups and a World Cup runner-up medal, Martin Jol is calling on a man who can follow in Edwin Van Der Sar's footsteps at Craven Cottage.

Mario Gotze, Bayern Munich

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    Deal: BBC Sport suggests Bayern Munich triggered Gotze's release clause of £31.5 million.

    Gotze continues to improve rapidly and is sure to be a huge hit at the Allianz Arena. Working alongside Pep Guardiola begs one simple question: can he become world football's next Lionel Messi-styled superstar?

    Pep has done it before.

Jesus Navas, Manchester City

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    Deal: BBC Sport reports Manchester City paid £14.9 million to secure Navas' services from Sevilla.

    Despite accumulating zero goals and six assists in 37 La Liga appearances during the 2012/13 season, Manchester City are the club to finally tempt Navas away from Seville. The 27-year-old's quality is undeniable and he'll be looking to help Manuel Pellegrini's side return to the Premier League summit.

    Blessed with explosive pace and tremendous dribbling skills, could Jesus be the Etihad saviour?

Moritz Leitner, Stuttgart (loan)

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    Deal: ESPN confirms Leitner signed a two-year extension to his Borussia Dortmund contract on the same day he agreed to join Stuttgart for the next two seasons.

    Leitner is a fantastic young talent who needs time to progress before he regularly enters the Dortmund starting 11. The 20-year-old is an intelligent passer, likes to shoot from long range and is excellent at drawing fouls out of the opposition.

    He needs more experience with the physical side of the game, and will be hoping to feature more regularly for Stuttgart.

Radamel Falcao, Monaco

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    Deal: Falcao joined Ligue 2 champions Monaco on a five-year-deal, according to The Daily Mail.

    Very little needs to be said about Falcao. The Colombian is an outrageous finisher and possesses terrific quality in aerial situations. He leads Monaco into an exciting Ligue 1 adventure that should see plenty of world-class stars join the rich principality.

Hugo Campagnaro, Inter Milan

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    Deal: Hugo Campagnaro revealed he would be exchanging Napoli for Inter back in June, as reported by ESPN.

    Inter love to field an experienced centre-back. At 32 years old, Campagnaro fits the bill perfectly. The Argentinian is a strong tackler, clear thinker and excellent interceptor of the ball. His 2012/13 Serie A showing with Napoli was hugely successful, so his move comes as something of a surprise.

Andy Carroll, West Ham United

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    Deal: BBC Sports reports Carroll signed a six-year contract at the Boleyn Ground, costing West Ham less than half of the £35 million fee Liverpool signed him for in 2011.

    Love him or hate him, Carroll is a fantastic signing for West Ham. The towering Englishman is the butt of many jokes, but an effective run of form towards the Premier League's 2012/13 conclusion saw him notch up seven goals in a total of 24 games.

    Carroll is hardly prolific, but if he can stay fit, Sam Allardyce will find a way to harness his power and height up front (probably by punting long balls up to him).

Andre Schurrle, Chelsea

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    Deal: The Daily Mail confirms Schurrle set Chelsea back £18 million and has signed a five-year deal.

    Bayer Leverkusen's great season has ensured a number of the club's top talents have moved on. Schurrle flaunts quality beyond his years at the age of 22 and enjoyed a fantastic 2012/13 season in Germany.

    Eleven goals and seven assists in 34 starts has convinced Chelsea to put faith in the German international. Will he get much of a chance alongside Juan Mata, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Marko Marin, Kevin De Bruyne, Frank Lampard, Ramires, Lucas Piazon and more?

Son Heung-Min, Bayer Leverkusen

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    Deal: Leverkusen have tied Son-Heung Min to a five-year contract, as confirmed on Bundesliga.com.

    Sami Hyypia reacted quickly to the loss of Schurrle by signing Son Heung-Min from Hamburg. The 20-year-old is one of the world's top prospects, having already netted 12 goals and provided two assists in 33 Bundesliga appearances last season.

    Leverkusen's South Korean signing is sure to bring the club many new fans, especially in the player's homeland.

James Rodriguez, Monaco

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    Deal: Monaco opened their summer account by capturing James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho in a £60 million deal from Porto, as reported by BBC Sport.

    As signee one of a two-part mega-deal, Rodriguez underlines just how exciting the Monaco project is likely to be. The versatile forward scored 10 goals in Porto's recent Liga Sagres triumph, underlining his value at the tender age of 21.

Joao Moutinho, Monaco

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    Deal: As per previous slide.

    Joao Moutinho makes up the second part of Monaco's bumper deal with Porto, leaving the Portuguese champions plenty of cash to find replacements. He joins Rodriguez and old teammate Falcao at the Stade Louis II, suggesting Paris Saint-Germain may have a closer competitor next season.

    Even if FIFA 13 disagrees.

Dejan Lovren, Southampton

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    Deal: The Daily Mail confirms Southampton signed Lovren on a four-year deal from Lyon, costing the Premier League side £8.5 million.

    Lovren has long been touted a top European prospect. His move to Southampton comes after a difficult season with Lyon where he picked up three red cards. The 23-year-old will need to keep his cool in the Premier League, as Mauricio Pochettino is putting a lot of faith in his abilities for the £8.5 million price.

Dani Carvajal, Real Madrid

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    Deal: Madrid exercised their right to re-sign Carvajal after one excellent season at Bayer Leverkusen, bringing the Spanish U-21 international back to the Bernabeu for €6.5 million, as confirmed by Sky Sports.

    Unfortunately for Bayer Leverkusen, Madrid's clever use of re-buy clause paved the way for Carvajal's return to Spain after just one year in Germany. The 21-year-old loves to play key passes, dribble past opponents and support attackers alongside his defensive duties. Alvaro Arbeloa might need to watch his back.

Jores Okore, Aston Villa

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    Deal: Okore joins Villa for an undisclosed fee, as reported by BBC Sport.

    Ex-Nordsjaelland defender Okore should have Villa fans excited. The 20-year-old has already played in the Champions League and turned down a January move to Chelsea after two memorable performances against the English team.

    He is physical centre-back who is able to take major pressure of his side with vital interceptions. Okore has decent speed and is a pro-active defender who thrives in one-on-one clashes against his mark.

Fernando Amorebieta, Fulham

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    Deal: BBC Sport reported on May 22 that Fulham signed Amorebieta from Athletic Bilbao on a four-year-contract.

    Amorebieta is another top signing for Martin Jol. The Venezuelan defender is experienced at every level of the game, appearing in two Spanish cup finals and the 2011/12 Europa League final. He has also represented Venezuela and has enough quality about him to become a key player for the Cottagers.

Ricky Van Wolfswinkel, Norwich City

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    Deal: Norwich boss Chris Hughton revealed Van Wolfswinkel had signed for the Canaries back in April, as confirmed by The Guardian.

    One of the more surprising transfers to take place is Norwich's capture of Ricky van Wolfswinkel. The 24-year-old managed one goal every two games in Liga Sagres last year and believes his move to Carrow Road isn't a step back in his career.

    Either way, this is a huge opportunity for Van Wolfswinkel to prove himself in England. A bigger move may follow if he can do so.

Fernandinho, Manchester City

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    Deal: Manchester City paid Shakhtar Donetsk £30 million and captured Fernandinho on a four-year contract, as reported by BBC Sport.

    Manuel Pellegrini obviously wants to spice things up at Manchester City. Alongside Navas, Fernandinho will add boundless energy to the midfield. The 28-year-old has represented Brazil five times and flaunts an excellent roll of awards from his time in Donetsk.

    Fernandinho has won the Ukrainian Premier League on six occasions, the Ukrainian Cup four times, Ukrainian Super Cup three times and the old UEFA Cup once. It will be interesting to see how Pellegrini uses the box-to-box player in his midfield. A partnership with Yaya Toure could be immense.

Neymar, Barcelona

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    Deal: Santos starlet Neymar joined Barcelona on a five-year contract for a fee of £48 million, as reported by The Daily Mirror.

    Regular watchers of Brazilian league football will know what Neymar is about. Many viewers will have only seen the player at last summer's Olympic Games and the current Confederations Cup tournament, one of the reasons his quality has been doubted in Europe over the last year.

    Neymar is a spectacular talent and the kind of player who comes along a handful of times each generation. Playing alongside Lionel Messi should improve the 21-year-old's game even further; a scary thought for La Liga defences.

Kolo Toure, Liverpool

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    Deal: Kolo Toure joined Liverpool on a free transfer from Manchester City, as revealed by Liverpool's official website.

    Well-established in the Premier League, Brendan Rodgers acted shrewdly to sign Kolo Toure on a free. The Ivorian had an underrated 2012/13 season at Manchester City and will bolster Liverpool's defensive ranks now Jamie Carragher has retired.

Dries Mertens, Napoli

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    Deal: As reported by Sky Sports, Napoli recently confirmed the signing of Mertens on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

    Yet another talent in this ridiculous generation of Belgian players, Mertens is a versatile attacker who can play on the wings or as a striker. Unfortunately, his pace and excellent set-piece delivery is not destined to feature alongside Edinson Cavani, but may soften the blow once Napoli's Uruguayan star has moved on.

Virgil Van Dijk, Celtic

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    Deal: BBC Sport reports Van Dijk penned a £2.6 million deal from FC Groningen, agreeing to stay in Scotland on a four-year contract.

    Neil Lennon isn't afraid to invest in youth and should be commended for luring Virgil Van Dijk to the club. The 21-year-old, 6'4" centre-back has played regularly for Groningen since 2011 and continue to progress at a decent rate. He has represented the Netherlands at U-21 level and will be looking to stamp his authority in the Hoops' backline just in time for a call-up to the Netherlands' World Cup 2014 squad.

Nicklas Helenius, Aston Villa

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    Deal: Aalborg forward Helenius joins Villa on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee, according to BBC Sport.

    Paul Lambert will desperately want to keep Christian Benteke. The thought of Villa's leading striker playing alongside Helenius is quite something. At 22 years old, Helenius is 6'5" and beginning to enter his prime.

    He scored regularly for Aalborg and was recently rewarded with a call-up to the senior Denmark side. Imagining the Dane alongside Benteke—who also possesses imposing power—might have Villa fans salivating. Lambert's decision to continue buying young players is certainly an exciting one.

Luis Alberto, Liverpool

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    Deal: Liverpool signed Alberto on a long-term contract for a fee around £6.8 million, according to BBC Sport.

    Like Lambert, Brendan Rodgers continues to buy young. The Reds boss believes Luis Alberto is similar to Philippe Coutinho and will certainly hope his effect is as positive on the Anfield club.

    Alberto spent time on loan at Barcelona B last season, scoring 11 goals in 36 appearances for the Camp Nou's second string. He is a current Spain U-21 international but failed to land a place in the team's European Championship winning squad and has represented Sevilla on a handful of occasions since 2011.

    Is Rodgers making up for Luis Suarez potentially departing the club? Liverpool have plenty of young attacking talent, that's for sure.


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