European Transfer Window Power Rankings

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2013

European Transfer Window Power Rankings

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    The summer transfer window has quickly heated up throughout July. Following last week's rankings, a number of huge transfers have taken place across 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 a vital individual? Read on to find out.

    All transfers are correct as of midnight on July 17.

20. Stoke City

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    Movement: Down six

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

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

    No business this week combined with quality deals elsewhere sees Mark Hughes' Stoke City drop down the ladder.

19. Everton

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    Movement: Down seven

    Transfers In: Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona, loan), Joel Robles (Wigan Athletic, undisclosed), Antolin 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).

    A flurry of transfers saw Everton enter the chart last week, but the Toffees have dropped down the rankings after other teams finalised crucial moves.

18. Bayer Leverkusen

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    Movement: Re-entry

    Transfers In: Roberto Hilbert (Besiktas, free), Son Heung-Min (Hamburg, £8.5 million), Andres Palop (Sevilla, free), Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf, £1.94 million), Giulio Donati (Inter Milan, undisclosed), Emir Spahic (Sevilla, undisclosed).

    Transfers Out: Daniel Schwaab (VfB Stuttgart, free), Junior Fernandes (Dinamo Zagreb, season-long loan), Hajime Hosogai (Hertha Berlin, undisclosed), Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid, £5.5 million), Michal Kadlec (Fenerbahce, undisclosed), Michael Rensing (Fortuna Dusseldorf, free), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Monchengladbach, season-long loan), Andre Schuerrle (Chelsea, £18.7 million).

    As confirmed by Sky Sports, Bayer Leverkusen added to their long list of summer additions with the capture of Roberto Hilbert on a free transfer from Besiktas. The German international is an attacking right full-back who could help Sami Hyypia replace the outgoing Dani Carvajal on a budget.

17. Southampton

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers In: Victor Wanyama (Celtic, £12.7 million), Dejan Lovren (Lyon, £8.5 million)

    Transfers Out: Tommy Forecast (Gillingham, free), Vegard Forren (Molde FK, undisclosed), Ben Reeves (MK Dons, free), Sam Hoskins (Yeovil, free), Frazer Richardson (released), Danny Seaborne (released), Danny Butterfield (released), Alberto Saidi (released)

    Mauricio Pochettino continues to work on an exciting project at Southampton. The St. Mary's boss will be extremely pleased to have captured Victor Wanyama from Celtic, especially as the midfielder recently drew interest from Manchester United.

    According to BBC Sport, the Kenyan international has penned a four-year deal to stay at the building club. He joins Croatian prospect Dejan Lovren on the English South Coast after the defender completed a June move from Lyon. As reported by The Daily Mail, Lovren set the club back £8.5 million and sums up Saints' policy of buying established, yet still developing talent.

16. Roma

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers in: Mehdi Benatia (Udinese, £11.8 million), Lukasz Skorupski (Gornik Zabrze, £783,000), Tin Jedvaj (Dinamo Zagreb, £4.3 million), Mattia Destro (Genoa, £3.9 million).

    Transfers out: Nicolas Lopez (Udinese, £880,000), Matteo Brighi (Torino, undisclosed), Simone Perrotta (retired), Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham, £4.9 million)

    Roma have confirmed a number of deals in the last week. Although the transfer of Mehdi Benatia has been hinted at for quite some time, the Udinese defender has now sealed a move to Italy's capital.

    As confirmed by ESPN, he is joined by unknown Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski, who may battle for a first-team place now Maarten Stekelenburg has completed his move to Fulham.

    Sky Sports recently reported the Serie A side has also secured Tin Jedvaj's services from Dinamo Zagreb. The 17-year-old centre-back has a bright future ahead of him after making a string of successful appearances for the Croatian side's senior lineup.

    Roma fans will also be excited to see Mattia Destro in at the Stadio Olimpico on a full-time basis. The 22-year scored six goals and provided one assist during his loan spell with the club last season, and joins for a fee around the £4 million mark, according to Goal.


15. Bayern Munich

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    Movement: Re-entry

    Transfers In: Thiago Alcantara (Barcelona, £22 million), Mario Goetze (Borussia Dortmund, £34m), Jan Kirchhoff (Mainz, free)

    Transfers Out: Mario Gomez (Fiorentina, £13.6 million), Nils Petersen (Werder Bremen, £2.5 million), Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (Zenit St. Petersburg, free), Dale Jennings (Barnsley, £250,000)

    Thiago Alcantara seemed destined to join Manchester United until Pep Guardiola revealed his interest in reuniting with the Spanish midfielder. As reported by The Daily Mail, the European Champions paid more than the player's buyout clause to secure his services and added to a midfield selection that is stacked with talent.

    With Mario Goetze, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Luis Gustavo, Javi Martinez, Thomas Muller, Xherdan Shaqiri, Arjen Robben and Emre Can vying for places across the midfield, can Thiago really secure regular first-team football?

14. Schalke

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    Movement: Down three

    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).

    No changes this week for Schalke. Smart business keeps the Bundesliga outfit inside the top 15 this week, but Jens Keller may need to keep working if the Germans are to maintain their position.

13. Real Madrid

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    Movement: Down three

    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 have been quiet since the arrival of Isco. Carlo Ancelotti's men drop a handful of places for the second week in a row.

12. Chelsea

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    Movement: Down three

    Transfers In: Mark Schwarzer (Fulham, free), Marco van Ginkel (Vitesse, £9 million), Andre Schuerrle (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 has the budget to lure any player in the world, but across the last seven days, Chelsea have remained quiet. Similar to Real Madrid, the Europa League winners suffer a minor drop.

11. Fiorentina

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    Movement: Down 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.

    While the capture of Mario Gomez pushed Fiorentina up the table last week, important deals elsewhere have seen Vincenzo Montella's side suffer a slight dip.

10. Borussia Dortmund

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    Movement: Down six

    Transfers In: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Shakhtar Donetsk, £24 million), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Saint-Etienne, undisclosed), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (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 Goetze (FC Bayern Munich, £32 million), Marvin Bakalorz (released).

    Borussia Dortmund have done well to replace Mario Goetze, but last week's new entry have closed their wallets after capturing Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Two top-quality signings who will certainly have the Westfalenstadion jumping, as well as FIFA 13 players who enjoy indulging in ridiculous pace.

9. Paris Saint-Germain

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    Movement: New entry

    Transfers in: Edinson Cavani (Napoli, £55.6 million)

    Transfers out: Ronan Le Crom (retired), David Beckham (retired), Siaka Tiene (Montpellier, free), Sylvain Armand (Rennes, free), Jean-Christophe Bahebeck (Valenciennes, loan)

    It was always going to happen. Edinson Cavani has finally moved from Napoli for a fee of £55.6 million, as reported by The Guardian. The Uruguayan will now link up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in one of world football's most fearsome strike partnerships, giving the Ligue 1 side real hope of pushing towards Champions League glory this season.

8. Norwich City

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    Movement: Up five

    Transfers In: Leroy Fer (FC Twente, undisclosed), 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: Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic, undisclosed), 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 has pulled off another huge coup for the Canaries. Dutch U-21 international Leroy Fer has joined the Premier League side on a four-year deal from FC Twente, as reported by Sky Sports. The attack-minded player adds to a slew of impressive signings and continues Norwich building in the right direction after a difficult 2012/13 campaign.

    Grant Holt has also left the club after an unproductive season, as reported by The Guardian.

7. Granada

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    Movement: Down four

    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: Tono (Elche, free), Daniel Pudil (Watford, undisclosed), Inigo Lopez (PAOK Saloniki, free).

    Granada haven't bought anyone new in this week. Instead, the Spanish outfit have said goodbye to the likes of Tono, Daniel Pudil and Inigo Lopez, who have all been deemed surplus to requirements.


6. Dynamo Kiev

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    Movement: No change

    Transfers In: Benoit Tremoulinas (Bordeaux, £5.7 million), Younes Belhanda (Montpellier, undisclosed), Dieumerci Mbokani (Anderlecht, undisclosed), Jeremain Lens (PSV Eindhoven, £8 million).

    Transfers Out: Milos Ninkovic (Red Star Belgrade, undisclosed), Raffael (Borussia Monchengladbach, £4.5 million), Taras Mykhalyk (Lokomotiv Moscow, undisclosed).

    Dynamo Kiev continue to impress, with a number of fine deals across the summer transfer window. Bordeaux left-back Benoit Tremoulinas represents another smart move and value for money at a difficult time. His four-year deal was confirmed by UEFA and continues to galvanise the Ukrainian side's ranks.

5. Monaco

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    Movement: No change

    Transfers In: Gaetano Monachello (Olympiakos Nicosia, undisclosed) 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.

    Despite possessing the funds to land any football star they desire, Monaco have followed the acquisitions of Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez with a handful of cost-effective signings.

    Gaetano Monachello joins the club as Claudio Ranieiri's next summer signing. His deal was confirmed by Goal and suggests the Italian boss could be looking to his homeland for further talent.

4. Porto

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    Movement: Up four

    Transfers In: Juan Fernando Quintero (£4.4 million, Atletico Nacional), 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).

    Porto were on the brink of landing Juan Fernando Quintero last week, but now the Liga Sagres champions have officially confirmed his signature. Sky Sports reports a deal that has seen the Portuguese club insert a €40 million release clause into his paperwork, such is the Colombian starlet's potential.

    Watch out for this 20-year-old, he's going to be special.

3. Sunderland

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    Movement: Re-entry

    Transfers In: Emanuele Giaccherini (Juventus, £8.6 million), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar, £8.8 million), Modibo Diakite (Lazio, free), Cabral (FC Basel, free), Duncan Watmore (Altrincham, undisclosed), Valentin Roberge (Maritimo, free), Vito Mannone (Arsenal, £2 million).

    Transfers Out: Titus Bramble (released), Matt Kilgallon (released), Ryan Noble (released), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool, £9 million).

    Say what you want about Paolo Di Canio; his Sunderland transfer policy has been excellent so far. The Italian boss continues to source established players for decent fees, none more so than the surprise arrival of Juventus star Emanuele Giaccherini.

    The 28-year-old completed an £8.6 million deal from Turin, according to The Daily Mail. He joins Jozy Altidore, whose four-year deal was revealed by BBC Sport. Combined with the Black Cats' other signings, Di Canio ensures the Premier League side mount a huge push back into the top 20 this week.

2. Shakhtar Donetsk

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    Movement: No change

    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).

    No changes at Shakhtar this week, but the maintaining of second place highlights what a fantastic summer it has been for the Ukrainian club. Mircea Lucescu has demanded overpriced transfer fees for his players and bought exciting prospects, ensuring value for money is produced throughout the summer months.

1. Juventus

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    Movement: No change

    Transfers In: Angelo Ogbonna (Torino, £11.4 million), Carlos Tevez (Manchester City, £10 million), Federico Peluso (Atalanta), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao, free), Kwadwo Asamoah (Udinese, undisclosed).

    Transfers Out: Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland, £8.6 million), Nicolas Anelka (West Bromwich Albion, free), Vincenzo Iaquinta (released), Raffaele Alcibiade (Budapest Honved, free), Marco Costantino (Modena, undisclosed).

    While Juventus will barely miss Giaccherini with their newly acquired attacking talent, the deal to bring in Angelo Ogbonna cements the Serie A side's fourth week in first place. The Italian international's move was confirmed by ESPN and is set to see him partner Giorgio Chiellini in the heart of Juve's defence.

    Antonio Conte has signed ridiculous talent for a pittance and continues to lead the way in terms of value for money. Most importantly, each of Juventus' signings will positively impact the Turin side's quest for Champions League glory.


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