Power Ranking Europe's Top 25 Clubs on Transfer Window Activity so Far

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentJuly 22, 2014

Power Ranking Europe's Top 25 Clubs on Transfer Window Activity so Far

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    If you want to keep up with the movers and shakers of European football, read this slideshow as it will power rank the top 25 clubs based on transfer window activity so far.

    The transfer activity of the selected 25 European clubs will be subjectively ranked via two key factors:

    • Economic efficiency of the transfer.
    • Transferred footballer's quality.

25. West Bromwich Albion

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Brown IdeyeDynamo Kiev €12.7/£10M 
    Sebastien PocognoliHannover 96 €1.9/£1.5M 
    Chris BairdBurnleyFree Transfer 
    Craig GardnerSunderlandFree Transfer
    Joleon Lescott Manchester City Free Transfer 

    Ideye has been on the radar of big European teams, so it is a coup for West Bromwich Albion to sign him. 

    "[Ideye is] a strong, quick, powerful player who likes to get in behind defences," West Brom manager Alan Irvine said, per the club's official website. "[He] is a quality striker and I'm looking forward to working with him."

    Pocognoli is a serviceable defender. 

    Gardner and Baird provide West Brom cover. 

    Lescott may have been found wanting at the highest level, but he will be central to West Brom avoiding relegation. 

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    George ThorneDerby County€2.5/£2M

    Thorne, an elegant ball-playing midfielder, did not want to stay. 

    "George has made two transfer requests," West Brom technical director Terry Burton said, per West Brom's official website. "Derby have now met our valuation for the player."

    Two months ago, West Brom also released a bevy of players including Steven Reid and Zoltan Gera, per BBC Sport.

24. Hoffenheim

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Oliver BaumannFreiburg€7/£5.5M 
    Adam SzalaiSchalke  €6/£4.8M  
    Pirmin SchweglerEintracht Frankfurt €1.9/£1.5M 
    Jin-Su Kim Albirex Niigata €1M/£790K 
    Ermin Bicakcic Eintracht Braunschweig €400/£316K 

    When Baumann is not making mistakes, he is one of the best shot-stoppers in Germany. 

    Some games, Szalai looks like an elite No. 9, other days he plays at 3. Liga standard. 

    Schwegler bolsters Hoffenheim's midfield. 

    Don't know much about Kim. 

    Bicakcic was awful in Bosnia and Herzegovina's 2-1 defeat to Argentina, but he had a decent season for Braunschweig.  

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Joselu Hannover 96€5/£4M 
    Eren Derdiyok Kasimpasa €2.5/£2M 
    Fabian Johnson Borussia Monchengladbach Free Transfer 

    Joselu has size, is great in the air and can get past his marker.

    Despite Derdiyok's promise, he flopped at Hoffenheim.

    Johnson's directness will be missed. 

23. Marseille

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
     Michy BatshuayiStandard Liege €6/£4.8M 
     Romain AlessandriniRennes €5/£4M 

    Marseille are wagering on the raw ability of Batshuayi and Alessandrini.

    Should the two perform, Marseille could cash in. 

    Watch out for Alessandrini, who scores some of the most spectacular goals you'll ever see. 

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Florian RaspentinoCaen €400/316K

    Raspentino was lively on loan at Bastia, in particular when he took over against Reims, scoring and creating a goal for Gianni Bruno.

    Caen are depending on Raspentino to be the man like Youssef El-Arabi used to be.  

     


     

    Unconfirmed Transfers (at the time this slideshow was published) 

    "Arsenal and Liverpool are still in the race to sign Mathieu Valbuena after the player's agent rubbished talk of a move to Dynamo Moscow," per talkSPORT

22. Sevilla

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Grzegorz Krychowiak Reims €5.5/£4.4M 
    Aleix Vidal Almeria €3/£2.4M 
    Nicolas Pareja Spartak Moscow €2.5/£2M 
    Daniel Carrico Reading €1.9/£1.5M 

    Krychowiak is superb in the air and a threat to score from set pieces. He is influential in midfield, winning back the ball 193 times last season. 

    Vidal provides pace and incisive passing.

    Carrico and Pareja are cheap acquisitions who are already familiar with Sevilla's setup. 

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Ivan Rakitic Barcelona €18/£14.3M 
    Diego Perotti Genoa €300/£238K 

    Rakitic arrived at Sevilla as a promising player and left as a world-class midfielder. 

    Perotti is the opposite because he gradually declined.

21. Wolfsburg

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Sebastian Jung Eintracht Frankfurt €2.5/£2M 
    Mateusz Klich PEC Zwolle €750/£594K 
    Aaron Hunt Werder Bremen Free Transfer 

    Going forward, Jung was superb, creating seven goals in the Bundesliga last season. Though, he left gaping holes at the back. 

    If Jung ups his defending, he will be one of the most coveted right-backs in Europe. 

    Klich can make every pass, has expansive range, possesses vision and is technically brilliant.

    He failed to make the grade in his first stint at Wolfsburg, so management activating a buy-back clause suggests they believe he can become a top Bundesliga midfielder.  

    You know what you are going to get with Hunt, who is a seasoned professional. He is a goal threat, he can create goals and he will hustle to win back the ball. 

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Tolga Cigerci Hertha Berlin €1.5/£1.2M 
    Nassim Ben KhalifaGrasshopper €150/£119K 

    Cigerci could turn into a great all-round midfielder, so Wolfsburg may rue letting him go down the line.

    In hindsight, Ben Khalifa should have stayed at Grasshopper. 

    Injuries have derailed a career once destined for greatness. 

20. Hertha Berlin

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Valentin StockerBasel€3.5/£2.8M 
    Julian SchieberBorussia Dortmund €3/£2.4M  
    Roy BeerensAZ €1.5/£1.2M 
    Tolga Cigerci Wolfsburg€1.5/£1.2M 
    Jens HegelerBayer Leverkusen€900/£713K 
    Genki HaraguchiUrawa Red Diamonds €500/£396K 
    Marvin PlattenhardtNurnberg€500/£396K
    John HeitingaFulham Free Transfer

    It is an intriguing transfer window from Hertha Berlin thus far with management spending around €11.4 million on eight players.

    Cigerci and Plattenhardt are the two players to keep an eye on. Cigerci has an all-round playing style, and Plattenhardt could transition into an elite left-back. 

    Hegeler and Heitinga will bolster Hertha's depth. 

    Schieber's career has been in decline, and Hertha are betting on his talent. 

    There are question marks around Beerens, Stocker and Haraguchi matching the standard of play at the Bundesliga level.

    Though, Beerens is a make-something-happen type of footballer, capable of conjuring up moments of brilliance. 

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Adrian Ramos Borussia Dortmund €10.4/£8.2M 
    Pierre-Michel Lasogga Hamburg  €8.5/£6.7M 

    Ramos is one of the best centre-forwards in the Bundesliga, and Lasogga's goals kept Hamburg from going down. 

19. Ajax

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Richairo Zivkovic Groningen €2.5/£2M 
    Nick Viergever AZ €2/£1.6M 
    Arkadiusz Milik Bayer Leverkusen Loan

    Zivkovic scored six goals in his last 11 games for Groningen.

    He has some of the highest upside of any European footballer. At just 17 years of age, he reached double digits in goals (11) last season. 

    Viergever can play at left-back, centre-back and in midfield. 

    The reason why these two signings are great for Ajax is both are likely to garner significant profits when they are sold. 

    Milik may have failed to make the grade in the Bundesliga, but he should find more opportunities to score in the more open Eredivisie.

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Siem de Jong Newcastle United €7.6/£6M 

    De Jong was a great player for Ajax, but it was time for him to test himself in the Premier League. 

18. Schalke

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Sidney Sam Bayer Leverkusen €2.5/£2M 
    Eric Maxim Choupo-MotingMainz Free Transfer
    Fabian GieferFortuna DusseldorfFree Transfer

    Bargain-basement acquisitions is how Schalke have approached this summer transfer window so far. 

    In the first half of the last Bundesliga season, Sam was one of the best players.

    Choupo-Moting is an impact sub with tremendous take-on ability. 

    Giefer is a good signing if he can avoid making mistakes like Timo Hildebrand.

    Schalke also extended Dennis Aogo's loan into a permanent deal

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Adam Szalai Hoffenheim  €6/£4.8M 
    Philipp HoffmannKaiserslautern€1M/£790K 
    Lars Unnerstall Fortuna Dusseldorf €200/158K 
    Tim Hoogland Fulham Free Transfer 

    Szalai looks like an elite centre-forward, but he never got it together for Schalke.

    Hoffmann and Unnerstall were prospects who did not pan out. The latter's upside was considered lower than Giefer's by Schalke management. 

    Hoogland was a serviceable defender who competed with Atsuto Uchida for the starting right-back position. 

17. Manchester United

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Luke Shaw Southampton €37.9/£30M
    Ander Herrera Athletic Bilbao €36.6/£29M 

    The £30 million valuation suggests United are projecting Shaw to become one of the greatest left-backs in history. 

    Not only does he need to be secure at the back, but he has to be a productive attacking outlet. 

    Ander's fee is overpriced, but he is a superb passer who works hard without the ball. 

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Alexander ButtnerDynamo Moscow£4.4M
    Patrice EvraJuventus€1.9/£1.5M
    Federico Macheda Cardiff City Free Transfer
    Nemanja Vidic Inter MilanFree Transfer
    Rio FerdinandQueens Park Rangers Free Transfer 

    United are also losing Evra, Vidic and Ferdinand, three senior players with invaluable experience. 

    That said, it was the right time to clean house. 

    While not a transfer, it was sad reading Ryan Giggs' official retirement.

    Deep down he probably wishes he could do a Sir Stanley Matthews.

    But, Giggs has the experience to become a great manager. 

    If all goes to plan, Giggs—the assistant manager—will succeed Louis van Gaal in three years' time. 

16. Arsenal

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Alexis Sanchez Barcelona €44.2/£35M 
    Mathieu DebuchyNewcastle United€15.2/£12M 

    Alexis is a world-class footballer who can provide a cutting edge to Arsenal's attack. 

    Debuchy was not the best right-back option available, rather, he was the safest. 

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Bacary Sagna Manchester CityFree Transfer 
    Lukasz Fabianski Swansea City Free Transfer

    Arsenal should have treated Sagna better given his loyalty, but who can blame him for cashing in, especially after enduring two leg breaks. 

    Fabianski redeemed himself with some great displays of goalkeeping when his name was called.

    In other news, free agent Nicklas Bendtner—one of the 11 players Arsenal let go last month—is living his life to the fullest

15. Roma

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Juan Iturbe Hellas Verona €22/£17.4M 
    Radja Nainggolan Cagliari€6/£4.8M 
    Ashley Cole Chelsea  Free Transfer 
    Urby EmanuelsonAC MilanFree Transfer
    Salih UcanFenerbahceLoan
    Tonny Sanabria Sassuolo  

    Iturbe is one of the most gifted players in the world. If he can improve his consistency, he will be a world-class footballer. 

    Nainggolan is a pit bull in midfield. 

    Cole and Emanuelson are useful additions to Roma's squad.

    Though, Cole looked past it at Chelsea and Emanuelson is passable for a top-flight footballer.  

    Never-seen Ucan play. 

    January 29, 2014, per Barcelona's official website:

    FC Barcelona and US Sassuolo have agreed to terms for the transfer of Tonny Sanabria. The total transfer sum could reach 12 million. 4.5 million are guaranteed and the rest, up to 12 million, are dependent on the player's performance and his future value. The process to purchase the player started with AS Roma, but the transfer was closed with US Sassuolo.

    Last season, Sanabria was a Sassuolo player, and now he is a Roma player—talk about wheeling and dealing. 

    UEFA president Michel Platini should investigate some of Italy's transfers, which are complex, elaborate and shady. 

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Marquinho Al Ittihad Loan
    Tin Jedvaj Bayer Leverkusen Loan 

    Jedvaj could develop as rapidly as Daniel Carvajal did at Leverkusen.

14. Juventus

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Alvaro Morata Real Madrid€20/£15.8M
    Stefano Sturaro Genoa €5.5/£4.4M 
    Luca Marrone Sassuolo €5/£4M + Federico Peluso 
    Patrice Evra Manchester United €1.9/£1.5M
    Kingsley ComanParis Saint-GermainFree Transfer

    Morata going down with a knee injury in training is a bad omen. If given an extended starting run, he is good enough to score 15-20 goals per season.   

    Sturaro can create scoring chances for his teammates, but his tackling needs to improve.

    What you love about Marrone is how composed he is on the ball. 

    Evra is a seasoned professional who fortifies Juventus' defence. 

    Don't know much about Coman, but if he is half as good as Paul Pogba, then the transfer will be a success. 

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Mirko Vucinic Al Jazira €6/£4.8M 
    Fabio Quagliarella Torino €3.5/£2.8M 

    Vucinic and Quagliarella leaving are not the reasons why Antonio Conte resigned

    Surely Juventus are prepared to sell their most valuable assets, a la Arturo Vidal and Pogba, which triggered Conte walking out. 

13. Newcastle United

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Remy CabellaMontpellier €15.2/£12M 
    Siem de JongAjax €7.6/£6M 
    Emmanuel Riviere Monaco €7.6/£6M
    Daryl Janmaat Feyenoord €6.3/£5M 
    Jack ColbackSunderlandFree Transfer

    Newcastle United have been astute in their transfer business. 

    Cabella and De Jong are class players. 

    Riviere was Monaco's top scorer last season, and Janmaat is an adequate replacement for Debuchy.

    Colback is a handy player able to start at left-back or central midfield. 

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
     Mathieu DebuchyArsenal€15.2/£12M 

    Janmaat may prove to be an upgrade over Debuchy.

12. Borussia Monchengladbach

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Yann SommerBasel€8/£6.3M 
    Andre Hahn Augsburg €2.25/£1.78M 
    Fabian Johnson Hoffenheim Free Transfer
    Ibrahima TraoreStuttgartFree Transfer
    Thorgan HazardChelseaLoan

    Sommer has the unenviable task of replacing a once-in-a-generation goalkeeper in Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

    Hahn, Johnson and Traore offer dynamism, incisive running and game-changing plays. 

    Excluding passing accuracy, Hahn is one of the most complete footballers in Germany.

    He has speed, scores goals, sets up his teammates and is strong in the air. 

    It will be interesting to see if Hazard breaks into Gladbach's starting XI. 

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Marc-Andre ter StegenBarcelona  €12/£9.5M 
    Luuk de Jong PSV Eindhoven €5.5/£4.4M 
    Juan Arango Tijuana Free Transfer

    Ter Stegen will be a massive void to fill for Sommer.

    Once Gladbach manager Lucien Favre changed to a system without a conventional No. 9 (he plays with two deep-lying forwards), De Jong was never going to last. 

    It is a shame that Arango will be off the European radar because he still has the quality to play at top-flight level. 

11. Bayer Leverkusen

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Hakan Calhanoglu Hamburg €14.5/£11.5M 
    WendellGremio€6.5/£5.2M
    Josip Drmic Nurnberg €5/£4M 
    Tin Jedvaj Roma Loan

    Calhanoglu is not ready for a major European club (yet), but he has the potential to develop into a world-class midfielder. 

    Leverkusen rate left-back Wendell highly. 

    "Wendell is a very talented player who...can help strengthen our squad," Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller said, per Leverkusen's official website. "We're convinced he can continue the tradition of top Brazilian players at Bayer 04 Leverkusen."

    Paying €5 million for Drmic who scored 17 league goals is a steal. 

    Jedvaj, an 18-year-old centre-back, is one of Roma's many wunderkinds (the Serie A club even have one from Australia in Danny De Silva).

    Jedvaj will be expected to perform at Leverkusen, a la Daniel Carvajal.

    Vladlen Yurchenko from Shakhtar Donetsk has also been added to Leverkusen's squad

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Emre Can Liverpool €12.31/£9.75M 
    Sidney Sam  Schalke €2.5/£2M 
    Arkadiusz MilikAjaxLoan

    Can was streaky throughout the season, though he has immense potential.

    While Sam is a lethal impact player, the knock on him is inconsistency and injury issues.

    Despite the hype, Milik failed to make an impression at Leverkusen and was below par on loan at Augsburg. 

10. Liverpool

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Adam LallanaSouthampton €31.6/£25M 
    Lazar MarkovicBenfica €25.3/£20M 
    Emre Can Bayer Leverkusen €12.31/£9.75M
    Rickie LambertSouthampton €5.1/£4M 

    Can potentially could be Steven Gerrard's long-term replacement. 

    Markovic is one of the most exciting prospects in European football. 

    Lambert was a cost-effective signing, whereas Lallana was an inflated transfer. The positive is both have played together and are Premier League-proven. 

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Iago Aspas Sevilla Loan 
    Luis Alberto Malaga Loan 

    Aspas never adjusted from being Celta Vigo's Luis Suarez to just another player at Liverpool. 

    What may happen is Aspas regaining his reputation—like Borja Valero, Diego Forlan and Giuseppe Rossi—post-Premier League. 

    If Alberto cleans up his act, he will have a lengthy top-flight European career.

    If he doesn't, he will be playing football in obscure parts of the world to make a living. 

     


    Unconfirmed Transfers (at the time this slideshow was published)

    "Liverpool on verge of sealing deals for Dejan Lovren and Loic Remy," per Alan Smith at The Guardian

    "Divock Origi close to joining Reds," per Ben Smith at BBC Sport

9. Real Madrid

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Toni Kroos Bayern Munich €25/£19.8M

    Kroos is one of the best midfielders in the world, and he sets the tempo.  

    His signing signals another Galacticos era.

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Alvaro Morata Juventus  €20/£15.8M 
    Nuri Sahin Borussia Dortmund €7/£5.5M
    Casemiro Porto Loan

    Morata is a quality prospect and should have received more extended starting runs.  

    Injury curtailed Sahin's chances of making it at Real. 

    There is not a lot separating Casemiro and Asier Illarramendi, so that is a major concern for Real supporters. 

    If Illarramendi does not improve, he will end up being shifted out on loan.


     

    Unconfirmed Transfers (at the time this slideshow was published) 

    Per Carmen Colino at AS:

    James Rodriguez is a new Real Madrid player, with the transfer now only awaiting official confirmation. The 23-year-old has arrived in the Spanish capital after a short stop in Portugal, and an announcement of the deal is imminent. It is very likely that he will be unveiled on Tuesday lunchtime. Talks between Madrid and Monaco are complete. Los Blancos will pay around 80 million euros.

    Per Sky Sports: "Levante coach Jose Luis Mendilibar ... insists the Costa Rica international [Keylor Navas] is still his player as things stand."

8. Barcelona

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Luis SuarezLiverpool €81/£64.1M 
    Ivan RakiticSevilla €18/£14.3M 
    Claudio BravoReal Sociedad€12/£9.5M
    Marc-Andre ter Stegen Borussia Monchengladbach €12/£9.5M 

    Signing Suarez showed Barcelona's "More than a club" motto is as authentic as UEFA president Michel Platini's Financial Fair Play rules.

    Suarez will lessen Lionel Messi's workload, who looked exhausted towards the end of last season. 

    Rakitic is a world-class midfielder who is a cheaper alternative to Cesc Fabregas.

    Bravo and Ter Stegen will duke it out for the vacant No. 1 role. 

      

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Alexis Sanchez  Arsenal €44.2/£35M
    Cesc Fabregas Chelsea €34.1/£27M
    Jonathan dos Santos Villarreal  €2/£1.6M 
    Cristian Tello Porto Loan 

    Alexis and Fabregas were sold off to fund Suarez in part to help Messi.

    It goes to show how much Barcelona are investing in Messi to counteract Real Madrid's new Galacticos era. 

     


    Unconfirmed Transfers (at the time this slideshow was published) 

    "Luis Enrique will reportedly raise [Barcelona's] opening €15 million bid to Valencia's €20 million asking price in order to secure the services of French centre-back Jeremy Mathieu," per Tom Conn at Inside Spanish Football

7. Borussia Dortmund

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Ciro ImmobileTorino€19/£15.1M 
    Adrian RamosHertha Berlin€10.4/£8.2M 
    Matthias GinterFreiburg €10/£7.9M 
    Nuri Sahin Real Madrid €7/£5.5M 
    Dong-Won Ji AugsburgFree Transfer

    Immobile "was born in an offside position" like two-time UEFA Champions League winning centre-forward Filippo Inzaghi, per Rob Bagchi at The Guardian

    Having scored 22 goals in Serie A last season, Borussia Dortmund are receiving a marksman in Immobile. 

    Ramos is a complete No. 9 able to lead the line, poach goals, create scoring chances for his teammates and take on opposing players. 

    If Ramos, 28, was five years younger, he would be joining compatriot James Rodriguez at Real Madrid. 

    While Ginter is a world-class prospect, his positional play at times was woeful.

    He can be worse than Mats Hummels on a bad day.

    Though, Ginter has world-class upside at 20 years of age, he possesses prototypical centre-back size (6'2", 187 pounds) and is a passing outlet.

    He also gives Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp flexibility by interchanging from defence into midfield. 

    Sahin's resurrection reinforces the cliche: "The grass is not always greener on the other side."

    Ji will be a glorified squad player.

    It is a comprehensive and economically efficient transfer window so far for Klopp. 

    There is depth and quality, so Dortmund should seriously contend for the Bundesliga title. 

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Julian Schieber Hertha Berlin €3/£2.4M 
    Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich Free Transfer 

    Remember when Schieber was a top talent?

    He was a constant threat for Nurnberg, but his career has since gone downhill. 

    Lewandowski out, Immobile in—keep calm and trust Klopp. 

6. Manchester City

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Fernando RegesPorto€15.2/£12M 
    Willy CaballeroMalaga€7.6/£6M 
    Bacary SagnaArsenal  Free Transfer

    Fernando and Sagna further strengthen Manchester City's team, one of the deepest squads in Europe. 

    Caballero is an incredible shot-stopper, who will most likely relegate Joe Hart to the bench. 

    City signed three elite players at economically efficient prices—unbelievable. 

    To put that in perspective, Luke Shaw€37.9/£30 millionis worth more than Fernando, Caballero and Sagna combined. 

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Costel PantilimonSunderlandFree Transfer
    Gareth BarryEvertonFree Transfer
    Joleon Lescott West Bromwich AlbionFree Transfer 
    Marcos Lopes Lille Loan

    Lopes should have joined a smaller Ligue 1 club to maximise his potential playing time.

5. Porto

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Adrian Lopez Atletico Madrid €11/£8.7M 
    Yacine Brahimi Granada€8.5/£6.7M 
    Bruno Martins Indi Feyenoord €7.7/£6.1M 
    Daniel OpareStandard LiegeFree Transfer
    Casemiro Real Madrid Loan 
    Oliver Torres Atletico Madrid Loan 

    Porto generally win out in transfer deals. 

    Let's say Adrian scores 20-30 goals this season. You can guarantee a club offering a chance for Porto to make a profitable transaction on their calculated gamble on Adrian.

    Brahimi is one of the most lethal dribblers in Europe, so he will create a plethora of highlight-reel moments, a la Hulk and Ricardo Quaresma.

    Martins Indi is a defender with immense physical attributes. 

    Opare was a highly touted youth international, so it is a low-risk, high-reward transfer for Porto. 

    Casemiro and Oliver can contribute greatly if afforded an extended starting run. 

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Fernando RegesManchester City€15.2/£12M
    Juan Manuel Iturbe Hellas Verona €15/£11.9M 
    Andre Castro Kasimpasa  €3.5/£2.8M 

    Just another regular transfer window for Porto. 

4. Bayern Munich

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Juan Bernat Valencia€10/£7.9M 
    Robert Lewandowski Borussia Dortmund Free Transfer
    Sebastian Rode Eintracht Frankfurt Free Transfer

    Bernat is a risk-free passer, can zip past opposing players and is a left-back with upside. 

    Bayern Munich signed Bernat for €10/£7.9 million, meanwhile Manchester United spent €37.9/£30 million on Luke Shaw. 

    Lewandowski and Rode on free transfers are an indication of Bayern wining and dining opposing players. 

    Bayern's plan is a winning strategy: consolidate power and weaken the rest of the Bundesliga.

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Toni Kroos Real Madrid €25/£19.8M 
    Mario Mandzukic Atletico Madrid €22/£17.4M 

    Borussia Dortmund need to follow in Bayern's lead. If a star player does not want to commit long term, sell him as opposed to losing him on a free transfer. 

    That was Bayern's thought process when they sold Kroos. 

    Kroos and Mandzukic provided another €47 million to Bayern's reserve—the rich keep getting richer. 

3. Southampton

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
     Dusan TadicTwente  €13.8/£10.9M 
     Graziano PelleFeyenoord €11.4/£9M 

    Tadic can play across midfield and was one of the most productive players in Europe last season.

    He scored 16 times and created 14 goals in the Eredivisie.

    Graziano Pelle is a target man with outstanding technique and a lethal scoring record. But failing to make the grade at Serie A is a red flag. 

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Luke ShawManchester United €37.9/£30M
    Adam LallanaLiverpool €31.6/£25M
    Rickie LambertLiverpool €5.1/£4M 

    Not only have Southampton recruited two top-notch players at a fair price, they have reaped the rewards of backing Shaw, Lallana and Lambert.

    This is why Southampton are ranked so highly on this list. 

2. Chelsea

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    Notable Transfers InClubFee
    Diego CostaAtletico Madrid€40.4/£32M
    Cesc FabregasBarcelona€34.1/£27M
    Filipe LuisAtletico Madrid€25.3/£20M
    Mario PasalicHajduk Split€3.8/£3M

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is assembling his version of the Invincibles with the intent of not having a weak link in the team. 

    Fernando Torres is desperately clinging on to his excessive and inflated contract a la Winston Bogarde, so signing Costa addresses Chelsea's weak link of not being able to rely on a No. 9.

    Despite receiving Mesut Ozil-like criticism in Spain, Fabregas is Premier League-proven and a world-class passer. 

    Finding an elite left-back is rare, but Luis bolsters Chelsea's back four. 

    Pasalic is a cash cow who has been loaned out to Elche, per Heath Chesters at Inside Spanish Football.

    Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich avoided making knee-jerk decisions late in the transfer market. 

    "The market closes Aug 31 and we close our market on July 18," Mourinho said, per Matt Law at The Telegraph. "We did our business in almost record time."

    In return, Abramovich will be expecting attacking and free-flowing football to be Chelsea's method of winning trophies. 

    Notable Transfers OutClubFee
    David LuizParis Saint-Germain€49.5/£39.2M
    Demba BaBesiktas€5.9/£4.7M
    Ashley ColeRomaFree Transfer
    Tomas KalasKolnLoan
    Thorgan HazardBorussia MonchengladbachLoan

    £39.2 million for Luiz? This was Abramovich's reaction

    Ba was a serviceable centre-forward for Chelsea who had expended his best football for Newcastle United.

    After years of being mocked as Ca$hly, Cole proved his haters wrong.

    Instead of going for financial gain playing in Major League Soccer or the Middle East, he will extend his European top-flight career by playing for Roma. 

    "Roma is an ambitious club, it's a challenge for me and I'm prepared to fight for my place," Cole said, per The Guardian. "This is a chance for me to try a different language, culture and way of living."

    Hazard and Kalas are two of the many Chelsea young guns loaned out. 

    Chelsea also released Frank Lampard, Henrique Hilario and Samuel Eto'o.

    Lampard is one of the greatest footballers in Premier League history and a consummate professional.

    Hilario was a handy squad player who has a stack of trophies from his Porto and Chelsea days. 

    Eto'o's relationship with Mourinho was never the same after the age-cheating accusations, per Sky Sports.

1. Atletico Madrid

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Mario MandzukicBayern Munich€22/£17.4M 
    Jan OblakBenfica€15.9/£12.6M 
    Guilherme SiqueiraGranada  €10/£7.9M 
    Miguel Angel Moya Getafe €3/£2.4M 

    Mandzukic scored 18 goals in the Bundesliga despite not starting every game. He is a quality No. 9, who will spearhead Atleti's attack next season. 

    Atletico Madrid have smartly dealt with filling Thibaut Courtois' void. 

    Oblak is a goalkeeper of immense quality, but he is untested in La Liga.

    To cover him flopping in Spain, Atleti have brought in Moya, a La Liga veteran.

    Siqueira is a risky signing given his defending can be Andre Santos-like.

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Diego Costa Chelsea€40.4/£32M
    Filipe Luis Chelsea €25.3/£20M  
    Adrian Lopez Porto €11/£8.7M 
    Roberto Olympiacos €6/£4.8M 
    Sergio AsenjoVillarreal€5/£4M
    David Villa New York City FC Free Transfer 
    Diego RibasFenerbahceFree Transfer
    Oliver TorresPortoLoan

    Now this is a revenue stream. 

    If only Atleti ran their football club this efficiently throughout their history, because the Spanish club are struggling financially, per Alex Duff at Bloomberg

    Atletico was late with 37 percent of payments to suppliers last season, according to its latest financial statement.

    Chief Executive Officer Miguel Angel Gil said that, with Spanish banks restricting lending to the club during a six-year slump, the team turned to investors from Azerbaijan, the U.S. and Kazakhstan to help finance the signings of six players including striker Diego Costa.

    Gil said he has also used a home he owns as collateral to secure a loan.

     

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