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

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentJuly 29, 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. AC Milan

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    Notable Transfers InClubFee
    Adil RamiValencia€4.25/£3.4M
    AlexParis Saint-GermainFree Transfer 
    Jeremy MenezParis Saint-Germain Free Transfer 
    Michael AgazziChievo VeronaFree Transfer

    Rami: The awkward moment when David Luiz is worth €49.5/£39.2 million, while Rami is worth a fraction of that amount. Rami will tighten Milan's defence. 

    Alex: Brings experience to Milan's back line.

    Menez: As long as he does not lose it mentally, he will be an invaluable contributor to Milan.

    Agazzi: Always struck me as a weak link. He does not command his box and lacks the tangibles to be considered a top-flight goalkeeper. 


    Notable Transfers OutClubFee
    KakaOrlando CityFree Transfer
    Urby EmanuelsonRomaFree Transfer


    Summary: Once UEFA Champions League winners, nowadays Milan are content with bargain-basement signings.

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 

    Baumann: Has a Jens Lehmann-esque quality in pulling off multiple saves and then making a howler. 

    Szalai: Should be scoring 15-25 goals per season, but seems to never get it together. 

    Schwegler: A belligerent, energetic and tough midfield enforcer. 

    Kim: Don't know enough about him.

    Bicakcic: Was the worst player on the field during Bosnia and Herzegovina's 2-1 FIFA World Cup defeat to Argentina. Though, he was passable at centre-back for Braunschweig. 


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


    Summary: Hoffenheim leaked goals last season (70 in 34 Bundesliga games), so unsurprisingly their main transfer focus has been defensive reinforcements. 

23. 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 

    Jung: Needs to be more secure at the back, but excellent going forward. 

    Klich: He has exceptional passing range, possesses an abundance of creativity and can function as a deep-lying playmaker. 

    Hunt: A veteran who scores, creates and works hard to win back possession. 


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


    Summary: Relinquishing Cigerci could hurt Wolfsburg down the line, but Klich and Hunt are solid acquisitions, while Jung can provide attacking impetus from right-back. 

22. Ajax

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Richairo Zivkovic Groningen €2.5/£2M 
    Nick Viergever AZ €2/£1.6M 
    Robert MuricDinamo Zagreb€250/£198K
    Arkadiusz Milik Bayer Leverkusen Loan

    Zivkovic: Scored 11 goals in the Eredivisie as a 17-year-old. He needs to keep on improving. 

    Viergever: Underrated utility player who can slot in at left-back, centre-back and in midfield. He is a strong ball-winner having made 101 tackles last season. 

    Muric: Don't know enough about him. According to Ajax manager Frank de Boer, Muric plays like Arjen Robben, per Himanshu Dhingra at Football Oranje.

    Milik: Considering the hype around him, it was as if he was the modern-day Wlodzimierz Lubanski. Milik was underwhelming in the Bundesliga.


    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Siem de Jong Newcastle United €7.6/£6M 
    Danny HoesenGroningen€800/£633K


    Summary: Zivkovic and Muric are wonder kid signings, Viergever is a handy squad addition while Milik will fill Bojan Krkic's void. 

21. 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

    Stocker: Interchanging from the left to a central position, he was exceptional during Basel's 3-0 UEFA Europa League win over Valencia. But can he carry that form into the Bundesliga?

    Schieber: It is approaching four years since he registered a hat-trick of assists against Werder Bremen as a Nurnberg loanee. He used to be an outstanding prospect, but injuries and inconsistency have derailed his career. 

    Beerens: Has the capacity to score amazing goals. 

    Cigerci: Keep an eye on him because he has an all-round skill set. He could develop into a dominant commanding midfielder. 

    Hegeler: Will he change his status from a squad player to a first-teamer?

    Haraguchi: Don't know enough about him.

    Plattenhardt: A left-back with elite upside, he can take the ball past opposing players and create chances for his team-mates. 

    Heitinga: Seasoned veteran who will boost Hertha Berlin's squad depth. 


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


    Summary: A lot of signings, but Stocker, Cigerci and Plattenhardt are the pick of the bunch. 

20. Schalke

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Sidney Sam Bayer Leverkusen €2.5/£2M 
    Dennis AogoHamburg€2/£1.6M
    Eric Maxim Choupo-MotingMainz Free Transfer
    Fabian GieferFortuna DusseldorfFree Transfer

    Sam: He shredded Borussia Monchengladbach's defence last season with a brace and an assist. He also scored in three-straight matches, including a goal against Bayern Munich. If he can stay fit and improve his consistency, he could be one of the Bundesliga's best players. 

    Aogo: Can do a job in midfield and start at left-back. He is great on the ball and can contribute heavily to Schalke should he avoid injuries.

    Choupo-Moting: He has it all: height, pace, skill and fearlessness. What he does not have is decisive decision-making. It has held him back from maximising his skill set and it is generally why he is a super-sub instead of a starter. 

    Giefer: Can't be worse than Timo Hildebrand. 


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


    Summary: Shrewd investments from Schalke. 

19. Manchester United

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

    Shaw: If Shaw is worth £30 million then he needs to reach Ricardo Rodriguez's level in two seasons. The likes of Benjamin Siegrist and Bojan Krkic are examples of young guns hitting a brick wall, so Shaw has to perform immediately. 

    Herrera: Despite the transfer fee being overpriced, Herrera will exploit the Premier League's shoddy defending with his through-balls.  He could accumulate 10 or more assists in his debut Premier League season. 


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


    Summary: Unless Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal pulls off a managerial masterclass, this squad is not good enough to win the Premier League. United need to make more signings, preferably not overpriced. 

18. 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 
    Alejandro ArribasOsasunaFree Transfer
    Iago AspasLiverpoolLoan
    Denis Suarez Barcelona Loan 

    Krychowiak: All-round midfielder able to tackle, intercept passes and drive attacks forward.

    Vidal: Lethal on the counter-attack, can play on either wing and scored six goals in La Liga last season.

    Pareja: Solid professional who is already accustomed to Sevilla and La Liga.  

    Carrico: Did not make an impression at Reading, but swept up play as a centre-back and provided bite when he moved up into midfield. 

    Arribas: A poor tackler who lacks discipline: has received 35 yellow cards and five red cards in his last three seasons.

    Aspas: He is quality in Spain and he can redeem his career because he was Celta Vigo's most valuable player during the 2012-13 season. 

    Suarez: Don't know enough about him.


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


    Summary: Economically efficient signings from Sevilla so far.

17. 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
    Seydou KeitaValenciaFree Transfer
    Davide AstoriCagliariLoan
    Salih UcanFenerbahceLoan
    Tonny Sanabria Sassuolo  ? 

    Iturbe: Can take on players like Lionel Messi, but he needs to be more productive.  Iturbe was Hellas Verona's most threatening player, but is he a big fish in a small pond?

    Nainggolan: A warrior in midfield who will run himself into the ground. 

    Cole: Signing for Roma was a YOLO (you only live once) moment. After years of being mocked for his Ca$hley approach to football, he has shut his critics up by making a pure footballing choice. 

    Emanuelson: Decent squad cover. 

    Keita: Barcelona, Dalian, Valencia and Rome in recent seasons. Is Australia next? 

    Astori: Would be a world-class centre-back if he didn't have a knack for making Titus Bramble-like errors.

    Ucan: Don't know enough about him.

    Sanabria: What a bizarre transfer, 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.

    Sanabria was temporarily at Sassuolo and now he is at Roma


    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Jose AngelPortoFree
    DodoInter Milan Loan
    Marquinho Al Ittihad Loan
    Tin Jedvaj Bayer Leverkusen Loan 

    Dodo: He has an "obligatory buy-out clause for €7.8/£6.2 million to be activated at the player's first official game," per Football Italia

    Marquinho: He was a decent player, but did not stand out. 

    Jedvaj: Don't know enough about him, though Leverkusen could speed up his development. 


    Summary: The Sanabria deal was designed to be byzantine. But why? Iturbe is a boom-or-bust transfer. 

16. 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 
    Mauricio IslaUdinese€4.5/£3.6M
    Cristian PasquatoUdinese€1.5/£1.2M
    Patrice Evra Manchester United €1.9/£1.5M
    Roberto PereyraUdineseLoan
    Kingsley ComanParis Saint-GermainFree Transfer

    Morata: One of the top talents to graduate from Real Madrid Castilla, Morata should have been given more chances to shine in the first team. 

    Sturaro: He can complete incisive diagonal passes, but he is still a work-in-progress. 

    Marrone: Looks like class, but his career has stagnated by being at Juventus. 

    Isla: Has never been the same after his cruciate knee ligament injury.

    Pasquato: Don't know enough about him. 

    Evra: Does he have a second wind to succeed at Juventus?

    Roberto Pereyra: He and Bruno Fernandes ensured the very talented Piotr Zielinski spent last season waiting, waiting and waiting. Zielinski never received that extended starting run. Pereyra is a strong dribbler who creates shots for his team-mates. 

    Coman: Don't know enough about him. Will he be a Bosman gem like Paul Pogba?


    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Mirko Vucinic Al Jazira €6/£4.8M 
    Fabio Quagliarella Torino €3.5/£2.8M 
    Richmond BoakyeAtalantaLoan
    Stefano SturaroGenoa Loan

    Boakye: He can succeed like Ciro Immobile if given confidence. 

    Sturaro: You can see his creativity and vision, but he has to be more dominant in midfield. Right now, Juventus see him as a saleable asset, rather than a future starter.  


    Summary: So much wheeling and dealing from Juventus. Morata, Pereyra and Coman are all calculated gambles. Juventus management are hoping they have struck home-runs like they did with Pogba.

15. 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 
    Ayoze PerezTenerife€1.9/£1.5M
    Jack ColbackSunderlandFree Transfer

    Cabella: Can operate on either flank and through the middle. A technically brilliant footballer, who is a better tackler than some top-flight full-backs. If he was English, he would have cost €31.6/£25 million.

    De Jong: One of Ajax's best players in recent memory. 

    Riviere: Can he score goals without James Rodriguez's creativity?

    Janmaat: Top-notch right-back who sends in piercing crosses. 

    Perez: Don't know enough about him. Is that you Santiago Munez?

    Colback: Dependable player who can cover the left-back and central midfield positions. 


    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Mathieu DebuchyArsenal€15.2/£12M 
    Dan GoslingBournemouthFree Transfer
    Sylvain MarveauxGuingampLoan

    Marveaux: A few seasons ago, he set Ligue 1 alight with his direct running and his creativity for Rennes. Guingamp move could revitalise his career. 


    Summary: Newcastle United's scouting department have been working overtime. On paper, these are great signings, but will they gel?

14. Arsenal

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Alexis Sanchez Barcelona €44.2/£35M 
    Mathieu DebuchyNewcastle United€15.2/£12M 
    David OspinaNice€4/£3.2M
    Calum ChambersSouthampton€20.2/£16M

    Sanchez: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger used to sign players like Alexis before their transfer valuation sky-rocketed. 

    Debuchy: What about Serge Aurier? Debuchy is the safe pick, whereas Aurier would have been a great signing, especially when Paris Saint-Germain were not in a position to sign him permanently (PSG signed him on loan to avoid UEFA Financial Fair Play sanctions). 

    Ospina: He is worth way more than £3.2 million, so an excellent signing by Wenger.

    Chambers: It is an indictment on Carl Jenkinson's stagnant development. Overpriced? Yes. But Wenger is betting on Chambers to come good in the long term as he is Debuchy's heir apparent. 


    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Thomas EisfeldFulham€1M/£790K
    Bacary Sagna Manchester CityFree Transfer 
    Chuks AnekeZulte ZaregemFree Transfer
    Lukasz Fabianski Swansea City Free Transfer
    Wellington SilvaAlmeriaLoan

    Wellington: He used to be miles ahead of his peers, now he is clinging onto his top-flight career. The positive is he will be playing in La Liga, so Gooners will have ample opportunities to analyse the former Brazilian wonder kid. 


    Summary: The same fans criticising Wenger for spending better not be the ones who hated his frugality. Ospina is the most Wenger-like transfer and could end up being the best. 

13. 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: If he can be half as good as Marc-Andre ter Stegen, then Sommer will have a lengthy career at Borussia Monchengladbach.

    Hahn: One of the fastest footballers in Europe. He scores, he creates and is extremely strong in the air. However, he needs to improve his 57.5 pass completion percentage. 

    Johnson: An athletic utility player who will strengthen Gladbach's squad depth. 

    Traore: Tends to dribble-blind like Lass Bangoura, but can make impactful plays. 

    Hazard: How is he going to break 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
    Peniel MlapaNurnbergLoan

    Mlapa: Once destined for greatness. His career has since taken a Thomas Broich-like turn for the worse. Broich found acceptance in Australia. Could that be Mlapa's future? 


    Summary: Gladbach have a squad that can play end-to-end football at breakneck speed. 

12. Bayer Leverkusen

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Hakan Calhanoglu Hamburg €14.5/£11.5M 
    Josip Drmic Nurnberg €5/£4M 
    Vladlen YurchenkoShakhtar Donetsk€255/£201K
    Dario KresicMainzFree Transfer
    Tin Jedvaj Roma Loan

    Calhanoglu: Will use Bayer Leverkusen as a stepping stone to sign with a European super club in a few years' time. 

    Wendell: Don't know enough about him. Wendell was described by South American football expert Tim Vickery as "the latest example of Brazil's extraordinary capacity to produce attacking left-backs," per ESPN FC

    Drmic: Should have had a better FIFA World Cup campaign for Switzerland. A dangerous attacking player who can start centrally or shift out wide. 

    Yurchenko: Don't know enough about him.

    Kresic: Don't know enough about him. 

    Jedvaj: Don't know enough about him. AC Milan, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur all attempted to sign Jedvaj prior to him joining Roma, per Omnisport (h/t SBS The World Game). 


    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Emre Can Liverpool €12.31/£9.75M 
    Sidney Sam  Schalke €2.5/£2M 
    Junior FernandesDinamo Zagreb€2.5/£2M
    Jens HegelerHertha Berlin€900/£713K 
    Arkadiusz MilikAjaxLoan
    Joel PohjanpaloFortuna DusseldorfLoan
    Konstantinos StafylidisFulhamLoan

    Milik: Came to Germany with a big reputation and has so far flopped. Should score more goals in the attack-minded Eredivisie.

    Pohjanpalo: Remember when all the big clubs were monitoring him two years ago? His career direction has dipped, but he is still a teenager. 

    Stafylidis: Never was given a chance to establish himself at left-back. 


    Summary: Leverkusen have a stash of elite prospects and have set themselves up to sell the likes of Calhanoglu and Drmic at a significant fee down the line. 

11. Liverpool

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Adam LallanaSouthampton €31.6/£25M 
    Dejan LovrenSouthampton €25.3/£20M
    Lazar MarkovicBenfica €25.3/£20M 
    Emre Can Bayer Leverkusen €12.31/£9.75M
    Divock OrigiLille€12.7/£10M
    Rickie LambertSouthampton €5.1/£4M 

    Lallana: Despite being a technically wonderful midfielder, he is not a £25 million player. He will miss the start of the season due to a "collateral ligament" injury, per James Pearce at the Liverpool Echo

    Lovren: For periods of last season, he was world-class, but keep in mind he was a walking liability at Lyon. What happens if he starts playing like the Lyon Lovren rather than the Southampton Lovren? Risky transfer. 

    Markovic: A lethal dribbler who could be a world-beater. 

    Can: You can see he has what it takes to develop into an elite footballer, but his performances last season for Leverkusen were OK. He might be Steven Gerrard's long-term replacement. 

    Origi: A centre-forward with world-class upside. One for the future. 

    Lambert: Will provide closure to his career because he may have often wondered what it would have been like to play for Liverpool during the days when he struggled to eke-out a living as a footballer. 


    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Luis SuarezBarcelona€81/£64.1M 
    Andre WisdomWest Bromwich AlbionLoan
    Divock OrigiLilleLoan
    Iago Aspas Sevilla Loan 
    Luis Alberto Malaga Loan 


    Wisdom: Haven't followed his career lately. 

    Origi: Would have received more playing time at Lille than Liverpool, so logical decision. 

    Aspas: He never adjusted his mentality to become a useful squad player. What will probably happen is him having a Borja Valero-like resurgence. 

    Alberto: Drinking and driving suggests he lacked the professionalism to break into Liverpool's starting XI last season. 


    Summary: Loss of Suarez will be immense. Have Fenway Sports Group submitted a bid to buy Southampton yet?

10. Real Madrid

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    James RodriguezMonaco €80/£63.4M
    Toni Kroos Bayern Munich €25/£19.8M

    James: His career is on a Zinedine Zidane-like trajectory in going from a rough diamond to a world-class footballer. 

    Zidane never believed he was worth the then-world record transfer fee, per Dominic Fifield at The Guardian.

    However, Zidane's greatness ensured the fee became just a footnote, which is what James can achieve at Real. 

    Kroos: He is a more accomplished player than James, yet was signed for a significantly lesser fee. Kroos will bring metronomic passing to Real's midfield. 


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


    Casemiro: The problem for Real is he looked better than Asier Illarramendi, yet the midfield is congested to the extent that the Brazilian cannot get regular playing time. 

    Cheryshev: A technically brilliant player who moves naturally with the ball. He would have made a bigger impression on loan at Sevilla last season, if not for injury. 


    Summary: Real president Florentino Perez will bring another era of the Galacticos which can be roughly translated to: "What UEFA Financial Fair Play rules?"

9. Barcelona

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Luis SuarezLiverpool €81/£64.1M 
    Jeremy MathieuValencia€20/£15.8M
    Ivan RakiticSevilla €18/£14.3M 
    Claudio BravoReal Sociedad€12/£9.5M
    Marc-Andre ter Stegen Borussia Monchengladbach €12/£9.5M 

    Suarez: You can just envision him biting Real Madrid centre-back Pepe in El Clasico. Barcelona have an incredible front three in Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar.

    Mathieu: Not worth €20 million since he is only a serviceable defender. Barca should have signed a German centre-back to help Ter Stegen. 

    Rakitic: A world-class midfielder who will offer added creativity to Barca.

    Bravo: Will step in if Ter Stegen flops. 

    Ter Stegen: A once-in-a-generation goalkeeper who will be a big upgrade over Victor Valdes.


    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Alexis Sanchez  Arsenal €44.2/£35M
    Cesc Fabregas Chelsea €34.1/£27M
    Bojan KrkicStoke City€3.8/£3M
    Jonathan dos Santos Villarreal  €2/£1.6M 
    Isaac CuencaDeportivo La CorunaFree Transfer
    Cristian Tello Porto Loan 
    Denis SuarezSevillaLoan

    Tello: Often looked like a Premier League footballer than a tiki-taka-orientated player. Needs to have another move other than sprinting like a greyhound. 

    D.Suarez: Don't know enough about him. 


    Summary: Suarez is the big-money signing for Barca, but Ter Stegen could be the difference-maker. Like Real, Barca tend to make quizzical transfer choices. 

8. 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: Yes, he is an offside accumulator, but he is a goal machine. He is a smart replacement for Robert Lewandowski. 

    Ramos: A complete centre-forward.

    Ginter: His defensive positioning needs to improve because he was caught out a lot last season. But he is an elite prospect, who can play at the back and in midfield. 

    Sahin: Bargain for a player already acclimatised to Borussia Dortmund and Germany. That's Real Madrid for you. 

    Ji: Handy squad player more suited to the Bundesliga than the Premier League, where he was woeful for Sunderland. 


    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Julian Schieber Hertha Berlin €3/£2.4M 
    Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich Free Transfer 
    Marvin DuckschSC Paderborn 07Loan

    Ducksch: He is a tall No. 9, who is good at making lay-offs, but he looked awkward in the limited chances he was afforded in the first team. 


    Summary: Jurgen Klopp has a squad good enough to compete with Bayern Munich. 

7. 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: Underrated midfielder who will bolster Manchester City's depth. 

    Caballero: Possesses cat-like reflexes and should displace Joe Hart as City's No. 1. 

    Sagna: Luxury back-up to City right-back Pablo Zabaleta. 


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

    Lopes: Won't be guaranteed a starting position on a strong Lille team. Can he make the step up? 


    Summary: So far, an economically efficient transfer window from City, but that will be ruined by the proposed €40.4/£32 million deal to sign Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, per Chris Wheeler at the Daily MailTalk about an insanely inflated fee for an unproven player prone to defensive miscues. 

6. 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: Risk-free tackler able to play at left-back or left wing who is a viable passing outlet. 

    Lewandowski: One of world's best No. 9s. His rise to prominence is amazing because four years ago, he was poised to join Blackburn Rovers, per BBC Sport.

    Rode: Was not as dominant last season compared to his 2012-13 form, but still a great pick-up. 


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


    Summary: Clinical transfer window so far from Bayern. 

5. Monaco

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    Notable Transfers InClubFee
    Aymen AbdennourToulouse€13/£10.3M
    Tiemoue BakayokoRennes€8/£6.3M
    Paul NardiNancy€3/£2.4M
    FabinhoRio AveLoan

    Abdennour: Provides a stout aerial presence and is a passing outlet from the back completing 86.6 percent of his passes. 

    Bakayoko: Advanced playing style for a 19-year-old midfielder. Could he eclipse Yann M'Vila?

    Nardi: Don't know enough about him.

    Fabinho: He could become one of the best right-backs of his generation—he is that good. 


    Notable Transfers OutClubFee
    James RodriguezReal Madrid€80/£63.4M
    Emmanuel RiviereNewcastle United€7.6/£6M
    Gary Kagelmacher1860 Munich€200/£158K
    Eric AbidalOlympiakosUndisclosed


    Summary: Bakayoko is an excellent signing for the future and Monaco should consider targeting his team-mate Paul-Georges Ntep. Monaco are in a similar position to Tottenham Hotspur last season: what do you do with the windfall? 

4. 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
    Jose AngelRomaFree Transfer
    Casemiro Real Madrid Loan 
    Cristian TelloBarcelonaLoan
    Oliver Torres Atletico Madrid Loan 

    Adrian: If he goes on to have a Radamel Falcao-like season, expect Premier League clubs to throw crazy money at Porto.

    Brahimi: Averaged more dribbles per game (4.7) than Barcelona deep-lying forward Lionel Messi (4.6). 

    Martins Indi: Promising defender with excellent physical tangibles. 

    Opare: Have not followed his career recently, but he was a big prospect as a youth international. 

    Angel: Great going forward, however his defending is shaky. Created five goals from left-back on loan at Real Sociedad last season. 

    Casemiro: Excellent midfielder who outperformed the more highly paid Asier Illarramendi last season.

    Tello: Offers blazing speed and can be a nightmare for tired defenders. 

    Oliver: Brilliant technician, but drifts in and out of games. 


    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 


    Summary: Porto generally always have a great transfer window. 

3. 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
    Didier DrogbaGalatasarayFree Transfer

    Costa: One of the best centre-forwards in Europe. Though, his body breaking down last season is a red flag. 

    Fabregas: A world-class passer who will help Chelsea play a more attractive brand of football.

    Luis: A left-back of the highest quality who completed 131 tackles last season.

    Pasalic: Don't know enough about him. Loaned out to Elche.

    Drogba: A club legend who will provide tenacity and effort as a super-sub, attributes lacking in Fernando Torres


    Notable Transfers OutClubFee
    David LuizParis Saint-Germain€49.5/£39.2M
    Demba BaBesiktas€5.9/£4.7M
    Ashley ColeRomaFree Transfer
    Frank LampardNew York CityFree Transfer
    Lucas PiazonEintracht FrankfurtLoan
    Mario PasalicElcheLoan
    Tomas KalasKolnLoan
    Thorgan HazardBorussia MonchengladbachLoan

    Piazon: Will easily beat out Takashi Inui, who struggled mightily last season, for a starting position on the left.

    Pasalic: Elche gave loanees Alberto Botia (Sevilla), Carles Gil (Valencia) and Richmond Boakye (Juventus) extended runs last season. 

    Kalas: Quality defender who should transition seamlessly into Bundesliga football. 

    Hazard: Gladbach are loaded with elite footballers, so it will be a tough assignment for Hazard. 


    Summary: Comprehensive transfer window so far for Jose Mourinho, who will be expected to win the Premier League and seriously contend for the UEFA Champions League title. 

2. Southampton

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

    Tadic: Ended up being an upgrade over Ola John at Twente. While John's career has founded (will he fall like his brother Collins John?), Tadic went from strength to strength. Tadic was one of the most productive players in Europe last season: 16 goals and 14 assists in league play.

    Pelle: Technically proficient target man who is suited to the Premier League. Though, his dire track record in Serie A is concerning. 


    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Luke ShawManchester United €37.9/£30M
    Adam LallanaLiverpool €31.6/£25M
    Dejan LovrenLiverpool€25.3/£20M
    Calum ChambersArsenal€20.2/£16M
    Rickie LambertLiverpool €5.1/£4M 


    Summary: I Fight Dragons - Money is probably blaring from Southampton owner Katharina Liebherr's office. What Liebherr and her brains trust are doing is selling their assets and replacing them with cheaper alternatives from the Eredivisie. 

1. Atletico Madrid

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Antoine GriezmannReal Sociedad€30/£23.7M
    Mario MandzukicBayern Munich€22/£17.4M 
    Jan OblakBenfica€15.9/£12.6M 
    Guilherme SiqueiraGranada  €10/£7.9M 
    Angel CorreaSan Lorenzo€7/£5.5M
    Miguel Angel Moya Getafe €3/£2.4M 

    Griezmann: Scored 16 goals in La Liga last season and is one of the best left attacking midfielders in Europe. High re-sell value. 

    Mandzukic: Proven No. 9 who will fill Diego Costa's void. 

    Oblak: Outrageously gifted goalkeeper, but can he replicate his displays in La Liga? 

    Siqueira: Prior to playing for Benfica, he was a gung ho left-back at Granada, who was a liability in defence. 

    Correa: Don't know enough about him. Out for the foreseeable future due to a heart problem, per Tom Conn at Inside Spanish Football.

    Moya: Seasoned professional who can step in if Oblak suffers growing pains. 


    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
    Ruben PerezTorinoLoan

    Oliver: Technically good enough to make it at Atletico Madrid, but needs to be more assertive. 

    Perez: Hard-working midfielder who averaged 49.1 passes per game on loan at Elche last season. 


    Summary: The most complete transfer window so far by a top European club. Excellent business in selling players. Smart calculated gambles on Griezmann and Oblak could net significant profits if both players maximise their ability.



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