European Transfer Window Power Rankings

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2013

European Transfer Window Power Rankings

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    The summer transfer window is in full swing. Following last week's rankings, plenty of business is currently being conducted throughout Europe.

    Taking into account every confirmed deal, money spent and received isn't the only criteria judged. The value of each player to both his departing and new team should also be taken into consideration. This means that just because Neymar may be the highest-quality player exchanged in the window, Barcelona aren't guaranteed to take the No. 1 spot.

    Which teams are getting value for money? Who has sold one of their best players? Read on to find out.

20. Swansea City

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    Movement: Down seven

    Transfers In: Alejandro Pozuelo (Real Betis, £425,000), Jonathan de Guzman (Villarreal, loan), Gregor Zabret (NK Domzale, undisclosed), Jordi Amat (Espanyol, £2.5 million), Jose Canas (Real Betis, free), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool, £5 million).

    Transfers Out: Mark Gower (Charlton Athletic, free), Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City, loan), David Cornell (St. Mirren, loan), Itay Shechter (Hapoel Tel Aviv, free).

    Business around Liberty Stadium has been extremely quiet this week. Alongside quality deals elsewhere, Michael Laudrup's Swansea side drops heavily down the list.

19. Stuttgart

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    Movement: Down seven

    Transfers In: Mohammed Abdellaoue (Hannover 96, undisclosed), Moritz Leitner (Borussia Dortmund, two-season loan), 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: Raphael Holzhauser (Augsburg, loan), Shinji Okazaki (Mainz, undisclosed), Marc Ziegler (retired), Mamadou Bah (released).

    Stuttgart's busy summer looks to have finished. Bruno Labbadia's impressive deals, though, can't stop the Bundesliga outfit from dropping.

18. Fulham

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    Movement: Down eight

    Transfers In: Giorgos Karagounis (re-signed on a free), Fernando Amorebieta (Athletic Bilbao, free), Derek Boateng (Dnipro, free), Sascha Riether (Cologne, undisclosed), Maarten Stekelenburg (AS Roma, undisclosed).

    Transfers Out: Simon Davies (released), Chris Baird (released), Mahamadou Diarra (released), Mladen Petric (released).

    After originally letting Giorgos Karagounis depart Craven Cottage, Martin Jol has decided to re-sign the experienced Greek midfielder on a free, as reported by BBC Sport. After some impressive early moves, the Cottagers continue to tumble.

17. Atletico Madrid

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    Movement: Re-entry

    Transfers In: David Villa (Barcelona, £4.4 million), Leo Baptistao (Rayo Vallecano, £4 million), Jose Maria Gimenez (Danubio, £1 million), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea, season-long loan).

    Transfers Out: Joel Robles (Everton, undisclosed), Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco, £50 million).

    Atletico Madrid have made a habit of exchanging one star striker for another. With Radamel Falcao's £50 million deal to Monaco confirmed, Diego Simeone had to be careful he wasn't overpaying for the Colombian's replacement.

    UEFA confirmed David Villa is on his way to the Vicente Calderon Stadium in a deal worth around £4.4 million. This is an inspired signing and offers great value for money. Villa is a proven goalscorer who is sure to have turned down a plethora of clubs in order to represent Atletico.

16. Aston Villa

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    Movement: Down seven

    Transfers In: Aleksandar Tonev (Lech Poznan, undisclosed), Jores Okore (FC Nordsjaelland, undisclosed), Leandro Bacuna (FC Groningen, undisclosed), Antonio Luna (Sevilla, £1.5 million), Nicklas Helenius (Aalborg, undisclosed).

    Transfers Out: Stiliyan Petrov (retired, now in coaching staff role), Richard Dunne (released), Jean Makoun (Rennes, undisclosed), Eric Lichaj (released), Andy Marshall (released).

    No deals have taken place at Villa Park across the last week. Although Sky Sports recently confirmed Christian Benteke has handed in a transfer request, Paul Lambert's young squad maintains a position inside the top 20.

15. Liverpool

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    Movement: Down eight

    Transfers In: Kolo Toure (Manchester City, free), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo, £7 million), Luis Alberto (Sevilla, undisclosed), Simon Mignolet (Sunderland, £9 million).

    Transfers Out: Jay Spearing (Blackburn Rover, £1.5 million), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City, £5 million), Tyrell Belford (released), Jamie Carragher (retired), James Stephens (released), Daniel Wilson (released), Peter Gulacsi (Red Bull Salzburg, free).

    A quiet week at Anfield has seen Jay Spearing leave the club, as reported by the Daily Mirror. Brendan Rodgers has bought plenty of exciting talent, but he needs to add more if the Merseyside club is going to compete on all fronts this season.

14. Stoke City

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    Movement: Down nine

    Transfers In: Marc Muniesa (Barcelona, free), Erik Pieters (PSV Eindhoven, £3 million).

    Transfers Out: Carlo Nash (Norwich City, free), Dean Whitehead (released), Mamady Sidibe (released), Rory Delap (released), Matthew Upson (released), Matthew Lund (released), Michael Owen (retired).

    Mark Hughes has made two interesting acquisitions this summer, but quality deals across the continent have seen Stoke City drop out of the top 10. Does the former Manchester City boss have any other surprising deals lined up?

13. Norwich City

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    Movement: Up four

    Transfers In: Martin Olsson (Blackburn Rovers, undisclosed), Carlo Nash (Stoke City, free), Nathan Redmond (Birmingham City, £3.2 million), 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), Elliott Ward (released), Korey Smith (released), Tom Adeyemi (released).

    Chris Hughton is back in the market. After a couple of quiet weeks, the Canaries have snapped up a trio of players. Most notable is Birmingham City starlet Nathan Redmond, a tricky forward who was the only England player to show his class at the recent European U-21 Championships. BBC Sport reports Redmond signed for anywhere up to £3.2 million.

    Elsewhere, Premier League experience arrives in the form of Martin Olsson and Carlo Nash. Both deals were confirmed by BBC Sport.

12. Everton

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona, loan), Joel Robles (Wigan Athletic, undisclosed), Antonin Alcaraz (Wigan Athletic, free), Arouna Kone (Wigan Athletic, £6.5 million).

    Transfers Out: Johan Hammar (released), Thomas Hitzlsperger (released), Sam Kelly (released), Jan Mucha (released), Phil Neville (retired).

    New Everton boss Roberto Martinez is sticking with what he knows this summer. Arouna Kone, Antonin Alcaraz and Joel Robles all finished the 2012/13 season in Martinez's FA Cup-winning Wigan Athletic side and will be thrilled to follow the Spaniard to Goodison Park.

    Kone cost the Toffees around £6.5 million, according to The Guardian. Alcaraz is a smart piece of business on a free, while Joel Robles' deal remains undisclosed.

    Just in time for this week's rankings, The Guardian confirmed Barcelona whiz-kid Gerard Deulofeu is joining the club on a one-year loan deal.

11. Schalke

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Leon Goretzka (VfL Bochum, undisclosed), Adam Szalai (Mainz, undisclosed), Christian Clemens (Cologne, £2.4 million), Felipe Santana (Borussia Dortmund, £880,000).

    Transfers Out: Christoph Moritz (Mainz, undisclosed), Jose Manuel Jurado (Spartak Moscow, £2.6 million), Christoph Metzelder (retired).

    Schalke plop into the middle of the rankings with plenty of shrewd signings. Adam Szalai's arrival just missed out on last week's list, but fear not, the capture of Leon Goretzka helps thrust Schalke smack bang in the middle.

    Goretzka joins on five-year contract, according to Sky Sports.

10. Real Madrid

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    Movement: Down seven

    Transfers In: Isco (Malaga, £23 million), Dani Carvajal (Bayer Leverkusen, £5.5 million), Carlos Casemiro (Sao Paulo, £5.1 million).

    Transfers Out: Ricardo Carvalho (AS Monaco, free).

    Real Madrid followers have seen no changes this week. Instead, Spanish fans have had to put up with the one constant of the summer transfer window: Florentino Perez's ability to comment on absolutely everything.

9. Chelsea

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    Movement: Up six

    Transfers In: Mark Schwarzer (Fulham, free), Marco van Ginkel (Vitesse, £9 million), Andre Schurrle (Bayer Leverkusen, £18.7 million).

    Transfers Out: Marko Marin (Sevilla, loan), Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid, season-long loan), Florent Malouda (released), Paulo Ferreira (retired), Ross Turnbull (released), Yossi Benayoun (released), Henrique Hilario (released).

    Jose Mourinho obviously intends on having a competitive squad. As confirmed by The Guardian, Marco van Ginkel's £9 million move from Vitesse adds another quality midfielder to the Stamford Bridge ranks.

    With Thibaut Courtois on loan at Atletico Madrid and Chelsea's bid for John Ruddy far off the mark, as reported by Sky Sports, the Blues turned to experienced goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer for emergency backup (h/t the Daily Mail).

8. Porto

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    Movement: No change

    Transfers In: Hector Herrera (Pachuca, £7.5 million), Diego Reyes (Club America, £6 million), Lica (Estoril, undisclosed), Carlos Eduardo (Estoril, £750,000), Josue (Pacos de Ferreira, undisclosed), Tiago Rodrigues (Vitoria de Guimaraes, undisclosed), Ricardo Pereira (Vitoria de Guimaraes, undisclosed).

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

    Although a deal for Juan Fernando Quintero appears imminent, according to ESPN FC, no official confirmation has been released from Porto. The Colombian U-20 star would undoubtedly prove a massive coup for the Portuguese side, but right now, his presence cannot be added.

7. Fiorentina

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    Movement: Up four

    Transfers In: Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich, £17 million), Joaquin (Malaga, undisclosed), Marcos Alonso (Bolton Wanderers, free), Oleksandr Yakovenko (Anderlecht, free), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Udinese, loan).

    Transfers Out: None.

    Fiorentina's summer of business continues to impress. Vincenzo Montella has worked wonders to land Mario Gomez, a forward who many considered to be among the elite before Mario Mandzukic arrived at Bayern Munich.

    According to The Guardian, Gomez joins for a possible fee of £17 million. Can the German follow in his counterpart's footsteps and prove as successful as Miroslav Klose?

6. Dynamo Kiev

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    Movement: Down four

    Transfers In: Younes Belhanda (Montpellier, undisclosed), Dieumerci Mbokani (Anderlecht, undisclosed), Jeremain Lens (PSV Eindhoven, £8 million).

    Transfers Out: Raffael (Borussia Monchengladbach, £4.5 million), Taras Mykhalyk (Lokomotiv Moscow, undisclosed).

    No deals this week so the Ukrainian side drops a handful of places. Will Dynamo dip back into the market?

5. Monaco

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    Movement: Up one

    Transfers In: Eric Abidal (Barcelona, free), Jeremy Toulalan (Malaga, undisclosed), Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid, £50 million), Joao Moutinho (Porto, £21.5 million), James Rodriguez (Porto, £38.5 million), Ricardo Carvalho (Real Madrid, free), Nicolas Isimat-Mirin (Valenciennes, undisclosed), Anthony Martial (Lyon, undisclosed).

    Transfers Out: None.

    Monaco have once again decided to buy well-established names. Jeremy Toulalan gets another shot at Ligue 1 football after joining from Malaga, as reported by Sky Sports. The mega-rich French side also nabbed Eric Abidal on a free after Barcelona let his contract run out.

4. Borussia Dortmund

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Shakhtar Donetsk, £24 million), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Saint-Etienne, undisclosed), Sokratis (Werder Bremen, £8.3 million).

    Transfers Out: Leonardo Bittencourt (Hannover 96, £2,4 million), Moritz Leitner (VfB Stuttgart, loan), Julian Koch (1. FSV Mainz 05, loan), Daniel Ginczek (FC Nuremberg, loan), Felipe Santana (FC Schalke 04, £880,000), Mario Gotze (FC Bayern Munich, £32 million), Marvin Bakalorz (released).

    Jurgen Klopp always seems to replace exciting players with equally as enthralling talents. Mario Gotze may be long gone, but the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pushes the German side straight into the top five.

    These were two of the best performing players across Europe last season. Mkhitaryan was courted by a number of clubs but finalised his Dortmund deal on July 8, according to UEFA. The Armenian joins speedy striker Aubameyang, who arrived at the Westfalenstadion for an undisclosed fee, according to The Guardian.

    Alongside the signing of Sokratis (which has been known for a while), Klopp continues to strengthen an excellent squad.

3. Granada

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Douglas Santos (Nautico, £2 million), Riki (Deportivo La Coruna, free), Alvaro Garcia (San Fernando CD, undisclosed), Piti (Rayo Vallecano, free), Manuel Iturra (Malaga, free), Yacine Brahimi (Rennes, £3 million), Gai Assulin (Racing Santander, undisclosed).

    Transfers Out: None.

    Lucas Alcaraz has conducted some fantastic and off-the-radar deals this summer. As confirmed by ESPN Brazil, the La Liga outfit recently captured left-back Douglas Santos for a small fee. Veteran forward Riki netted 13 goals in the Spanish league and joins for free, as reported by Marca, while Piti scored 18 and also cost nothing, as confirmed by Eurosport).

    The considerable talent of Yacine Brahimi is also joining Alcaraz's squad after spending last season on loan at the club, as is Manuel Iturra from cash-strapped Malaga. Some terrific signings to bolster a team that struggled throughout the 2012/13 season.

2. Shakhtar Donetsk

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    Movement: Up two

    Transfers In: Facundo Ferreyra (Velez Sarsfield, €7 million), Fred (Internacional, £13 million), Fernando (Gremio, £9.6 million), Wellington Nem (Fluminense, £8 million), Oleksandr Volovyk (Metalurg Donetsk, undisclosed).

    Transfers Out: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund, £24 million), Fernandinho (Manchester City, £34 million), Razvan Rat (West Ham United, free), Oleksiy Gai (Chornomorets Odessa, free).

    The arrival of Facundo Ferreyra, per The Associated Press, nearly pushed Shakhtar to the top of this list. The Argentinian is a fantastic talent and has the potential to be a huge player for the Ukrainian club. Years down the line, he might even net a huge fee.

    Although Mircea Lucescu receives another massive payment for one of his players, the sale of Mkhitaryan will be a source of disappointment for many at the Donbass Arena.

1. Juventus

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    Movement: No change

    Transfers In: Carlos Tevez (Manchester City, £10 million), Federico Peluso (Atalanta), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao, free), Kwadwo Asamoah (Udinese, undisclosed).

    Transfers Out: Nicolas Anelka (released), Vincenzo Iaquinta (released), Raffaele Alcibiade (Budapest Honved, free), Marco Constantino (Modena, undisclosed).

    All remains the same in Turin. Antonio Conte and his backroom staff have conducted the best value for money business by miles so far and deservedly remain at the top.

     

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