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

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentAugust 5, 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. 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: Created more goals in league play from right-back (seven) than Hamburg central attacking midfielder Rafael van der Vaart (six).

    Klich: Can launch accurate deep passes, open up opposing defences and is a midfielder with wonderful vision. 

    Hunt: Has scored a goal in the Bundesliga for 10 straight seasons. Also functions as a creator, producing 66 key passes for his teammates last season. 

     

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

     

    Summary: Jung, Klich and Hunt are all make-something-happen type of players. 

24. Ajax

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

    Zivkovic: Scored 11 Eredivisie goals as a 17-year-old. Early bloomer or future world-class No. 9?

    Viergever: Made 101 tackles last season and can play a variety of positions. 

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

    Milik: Disappointed in the Bundesliga, so it provides added incentive for him to prove his critics wrong. 

     

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

     

    Summary: It would be typical Ajax if they sold Zivkovic and Muric for a combined €40/£31.8 million in the next few years. 

23. Hertha Berlin

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Valentin Stocker Basel€3.5/£2.8M 
    Julian Schieber Borussia Dortmund €3/£2.4M  
    Roy Beerens AZ €1.5/£1.2M 
    Tolga Cigerci Wolfsburg€1.5/£1.2M 
    Jens Hegeler Bayer Leverkusen €900/£713K 
    Genki Haraguchi Urawa Red Diamonds €500/£396K 
    Marvin Plattenhardt Nurnberg€500/£396K
    John Heitinga Fulham Free Transfer

    Stocker: Excelled in the Swiss Super League and carries a winning attitude to Hertha Berlin.

    Schieber: Was once a great prospect, but lack of playing time plus injuries have hindered his progress. 

    Beerens: A highlight-reel player capable of making game-changing plays. 

    Cigerci: A midfielder with an all-round playing style.

    Hegeler: Will he be a squad player again or is he starting material? 

    Haraguchi: Don't know enough about him.

    Plattenhardt: One of the best left-backs in his age group. Excellent going forward but needs to tighten up his defence. 

    Heitinga: Seasoned professional who will provide experience.

     

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

     

    Summary: Bulk signings can prove to be a masterstroke or an unmitigated disaster. 

22. Schalke

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Sidney Sam Bayer Leverkusen €2.5/£2M 
    Dennis Aogo Hamburg€2/£1.6M
    Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting Mainz Free Transfer
    Fabian Giefer Fortuna DusseldorfFree Transfer

    Sam: Has the upside to turn into one of the Bundesliga's best players. Very dangerous on the counter-attack. 

    Aogo: If he can stay fit, he will be an invaluable member of Schalke. 

    Choupo-Moting: With the physique coupled by his immense dribbling ability, his indecisiveness is why he is used as a super-sub, rather than as a starter. 

    Giefer: As long as he does not make mistakes like Timo Hildebrand, Giefer will be fine. 

     

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

    Papadopoulos: Injuries have derailed his development.  

    Summary: Schalke are demonstrating that you can buy quality at cheap fees.

21. Eintracht Frankfurt

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Haris SeferovicReal Sociedad€3.2/£2.5M
    Timothy ChandlerNurnberg€1M/£790K
    Aleksandar IgnjovskiWerder BremenFree Transfer
    Makoto HasebeNurnbergFree Transfer
    Nelson ValdezAl JaziraFree Transfer
    Lucas PiazonChelseaLoan

    Seferovic: Capable of scoring world-class goals, but lacks consistency. 

    Chandler: Has had injury issues in the past but provides additional depth.

    Ignjovski: Tough tackling utility player who can match former teammate Philipp Bargfrede in winning back the ball. 

    Hasebe: Bundesliga-proven player who has strong leadership qualities. 

    Valdez: Scored 40 goals and registered 24 assists in 220 Bundesliga games, per the Bundesliga's official website, so he is back to his old stomping grounds.

    Piazon: A duel threat to score and create. Will be playing in his fourth different European league in recent seasons (Premier League, La Liga, Eredivisie and Bundesliga).

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Sebastian JungWolfsburg€2.5/£2M
    Pirmin SchweglerHoffenheim€1.9/£1.5M
    Sebastian RodeBayern MunichFree Transfer

     

    Summary: Smart bargain-basement additions from Eintracht Frankfurt to compensate the loss of three vital players. 

20. Manchester United

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

    Shaw: Arriving at Manchester United unfit, per ESPN, is a bad sign. It is going to take years before he justifies his absurd transfer fee. Unless he is going to turn into Gareth Bale, United have overpaid. 

    Herrera: Should take advantage of the Premier League's openness. Expansive passer with creativity and vision. 

     

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

     

    Summary: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal needs to make more signings because this United squad is average on paper.

19. 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: Excellent physical tangibles. Strong midfielder who can create turnovers. 

    Vidal: Scored six goals and created another three on the wings last season. 

    Pareja: Bolsters Sevilla's squad depth.   

    Carrico: Was nondescript at Reading but looks like a quality player at Sevilla. Can interchange from centre-back to midfield. 

    Arribas: A tough tackler who is a frequent target for referees. Received five red cards in his past three seasons in La Liga. 

    Aspas: Will be playing with a chip on his shoulder having been a transfer bust at Liverpool.

    Suarez: Don't know enough about him.

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Ivan Rakitic Barcelona €18/£14.3M 
    Alberto Botia Olympiacos€2/£1.6M
    Diego Perotti Genoa €300/£238K 

     

    Summary: Shrewd signings from Sevilla so far. Krychowiak could be a gem in Spain. 

18. 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 Emanuelson AC MilanFree Transfer
    Seydou KeitaValenciaFree Transfer
    Davide AstoriCagliariLoan
    Salih Ucan FenerbahceLoan
    Tonny Sanabria Sassuolo  €4.3/£5.4M

    Iturbe: Big fish in a small pond or future world-beater? 

    Nainggolan: A committed midfielder who is also a viable passing outlet (88.1 pass completion percentage).

    Cole: Is out of his element as evidenced by his awkward team photo, so can he succeed in Serie A despite the language and culture barrier? 

    Emanuelson: Squad cover. 

    Keita: Has been well-travelled in recent memory.  

    Astori: Tends to have lapses in concentration which costs his team dearly. 

    Ucan: Don't know enough about him.

    Sanabria: Try and figure this transfer out, 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. Why?

    Marquinho: Should dominate in Asia. 

    Jedvaj: Don't know enough about him.

     

    Summary: Iturbe is a high-risk, high-reward transfer. He could flop, but he has the ability to develop into a world-class footballer. 

17. 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: Given that he was one of Real Madrid Castilla's best prospects in recent memory, he should have been given more time. His start to his Juventus has hit a bump with a knee injury, per AS TV (h/t Football Italia).

    Sturaro: Boasts a great passing skill-set but still an unfinished project.

    Marrone: Does not look convincing at centre-back. Better in midfield.  

    Isla: Struggled after his cruciate knee ligament injury. Set to be dealt to Queens Park Rangers, per Sky Sports

    Pasquato: Don't know enough about him. 

    Evra: Will he be at Juventus for a pay-check or can he be a contributor? 

    Roberto Pereyra: Outstanding dribbler who registered six assists last season. 

    Coman: Don't know enough about him. 

     

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

    Boakye: Can he emulate Ciro Immobile's scoring feats if given a chance to be the man?

    Sturaro: Has the technical ability to turn into an elite midfielder but has to be more productive. 

     

    Summary: Pereyra is the safest bet to succeed while there are question marks lingering over Morata and Coman.

16. Everton

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Romelu LukakuChelsea€35.3/£28M
    Muhamed BesicFerencvaros€5/£4M
    Gareth BarryManchester CityFree Transfer
    Brendan GallowayMilton Keynes Dons€504/£400K

    Lukaku: Never loved at Chelsea, Blues management should not be surprised they encountered communication problems with the Belgian international. He could be Daniel Sturridge 2.0 for Chelsea, so it adds further pressure on Diego Costa to produce immediately. 

    Besic: Technically superb, hard worker without the ball and was arguably Bosnia and Herzegovina's best player at the FIFA World Cup. 

    Barry: Brings a sense of calm to Everton's midfield. 

    Galloway: Don't know enough about him. 

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Apostolos VelliosLierseFree Transfer

     

    Summary: Lukaku will either be a legend at Everton or he will be sold at a profit if he scores 20-30 goals per season. He is a world-class prospect. 

    The best transfer, though, is Besic, who will stabilise Everton's midfield and be a creative outlet. 

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
    Facundo FerreyraShakhtar DonetskLoan

    Cabella: Able to function in any attacking position. He is a complete footballer who works hard to win back the ball. 

    De Jong: Brings vast experience having played seven seasons of Eredivisie football with Ajax.

    Riviere: His scoring record was boosted by the creativity of James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho, so it will be interesting to see if Riviere can still be a regular contributor.  

    Janmaat: A right-back with elite potential who is good at getting into space and delivering incisive crosses. 

    Perez: Don't know enough about him. 

    Colback: Can fill it at left-back and in central midfield. Handy squad player.

    Ferreyra: Don't know enough about him. 

     

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

    Marveaux: Used to be a persistent threat for Rennes. Nowadays he is looking to re-discover his touch. 

     

    Summary: Excellent scouting from Newcastle United, but it is up to Alan Pardew to turn this group of gifted individuals into a cohesive team.

14. Arsenal

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

    Alexis: Statement of intent from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to spend big on a proven world-class player. Can Alexis deliver? 

    Debuchy: Is a seasoned professional with Premier League experience, so it is a conservative transfer selection. But given that Paris Saint-Germain signed Serge Aurier on loan, you can't help but think he would have been a better choice for Wenger. 

    Ospina: Elite goalkeeper who was signed well below his true value. 

    Chambers: Right-back or centre-back? Perhaps both. If he can play both positions with equal competency, then you understand Wenger's decision to sign him. 

     

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

    Jenkinson: Development stagnated in recent times. Endured a tough start to his Arsenal career but looked like he was turning it around until he found himself on the outside looking in. Debuchy and Chambers signings are not good signs for Jenkinson.

    Wellington: Seems to be perpetually on loan like Pedro Botelho used to be.

     

    Summary: Ospina is Wenger's cheapest acquisition thus far and could prove to be 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: Doesn't need to match Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Just needs to be a steady influence in goals. 

    Hahn: If given space, he will take the ball past opposing players with ease. Is a goal threat, can create for his teammates and is strong in the air. 

    Johnson: Bolsters Gladbach's squad depth with his ability to play in multiple positions. 

    Traore: Loves to take on players and has the ability to make game-changing plays.

    Hazard: Gladbach have a great squad on paper, so Hazard's chances may be limited. 

     

    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 one of the best players in his age group. Nowadays, he is scrapping to stay relevant. 

     

    Summary: Gladbach are suited to playing aggressive, attacking and uptempo football.

12. 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 
    Vladlen YurchenkoShakhtar Donetsk€255/£201K
    Dario KresicMainzFree Transfer
    Kyriakos PapadopoulosSchalkeLoan
    Tin Jedvaj Roma Loan

    Calhanoglu: World-class technique, dangerous set-piece taker and oozes class. Could be ranked as one of the Bundesliga's best players by the end of the season. 

    Wendell: Don't know enough about him. 

    Drmic: Scored 17 Bundesliga goals last season with limited assistance. Can play out wide or centrally. 

    Yurchenko: Don't know enough about him.

    Kresic: Don't know enough about him. 

    Papadopoulos: Low-risk, high-reward situation for Leverkusen. If he stays fit, he can become an integral part of Leverkusen's defence. If he gets injured again, then he will sent back to Schalke.

    Jedvaj: Don't know enough about him. 

     

    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: Struggled to make inroads in the Bundesliga. Should find it easier in the Eredivisie.

    Pohjanpalo: Has not done much since joining Leverkusen. In desperate need of goals. 

    Stafylidis: Should have received more chances to establish himself at left-back. 

     

    Summary: Calhanoglu and Drmic could be sold for substantial fees within the next few years. Papadopoulos is a smart pickup. 

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: If he was German, he would not have cost that much. Gifted player? Yes. But also overvalued. Will miss the start of the season due to a "collateral ligament" injury, per James Pearce at the Liverpool Echo

    Lovren: Could turn out to be a disaster if he reverts back to his Lyon days when he was Ligue 1's answer to Titus Bramble. 

    Markovic: Can go on long-surging dribbles but will need time to adjust. 

    Can: Could be Steven Gerrard's heir apparent.

    Origi: Lille's third top scorer last season despite being a teenager. 

    Lambert: A feel-good story having been a Liverpool discard.

     

    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: Being loaned back to Lille will be crucial to his development.

    Aspas: Telling Liverpool transfer target Alberto Moreno not to sign for the Reds is unprofessional. Which team still owns Aspas' playing rights? Liverpool. He needs to keep his mouth shut.

    Alberto: Drinking and driving is a big red flag. Does he have the motivation to maximise his talent? 

     

    Summary: Liverpool are going down the Tottenham Hotspur route of spending on nameable players, but will they all jell? 

10. Real Madrid

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    James RodriguezMonaco €80/£63.4M
    Toni Kroos Bayern Munich €25/£19.8M
    Keylor NavasLevante€10/£7.9M

    James: Like Zinedine Zidane, James is an audaciously gifted talent, who will ensure his transfer fee becomes an afterthought, as opposed to a source of derision, a la Fernando Torres at Chelsea.

    Kroos: Will control Real's tempo of play. A class act. 

    Navas: An early contender for signing of the window. He is worth at least tripled his fee given his world-class season at Levante and coming up big at the FIFA World Cup. 

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Alvaro Morata Juventus  €20/£15.8M 
    Nuri Sahin Borussia Dortmund €7/£5.5M
    Jesus FernandezLevante€500K/£397K
    Casemiro Porto Loan
    Denis CheryshevVillarrealLoan

    Casemiro: It will be an awkward situation if Casemiro  ends up developing into a better player than Asier Illarramendi. 

    Cheryshev: Injury has curtailed his ability to perform. 

     

    Summary: Real president Florentino Perez is bringing in the newest Galacticos era, ensuring El Clasico will once again become one of the most-watched sporting events of the season. 

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: Barcelona's attacking triumvirate (Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar) is box-office. 

    Mathieu: He is a good player but value-for-money at €20 million? No. 

    Rakitic: Can play as a No. 6, No. 8 and a No. 10. Terrific passer. 

    Bravo: Barca's insurance plan if Ter Stegen struggles. 

    Ter Stegen: Has the ability to become one of the best goalkeepers of his generation. 

     

    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
    KeirrisonCoritibaFree Transfer
    Oier OlazabalGranadaFree Transfer
    Cristian Tello Porto Loan 
    Denis SuarezSevillaLoan

    Tello: Lacked a plan B when outpacing the opposing player did not work. 

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

     

    Summary: The issue with Luis Suarez is not his quality but his chronic bad behaviour. What happened to more than a club?

8. Manchester City

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

    Fernando: One of the most underrated midfielders in Europe. He is not guaranteed a starting position at City, so it gives you an idea of how deep City's squad is. 

    Caballero: Is a game-saver who will most likely displace Joe Hart as City's No. 1.

    Sagna: Opulent reserve to City right-back Pablo Zabaleta. 

    Lampard: An experiment which could foreshadow City's sister clubs stock-piling talent and then loaning out to City to avoid potential UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations. 

     

    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Jack RodwellSunderland€12.6/£10M
    Costel PantilimonSunderlandFree Transfer
    Gareth BarryEvertonFree Transfer
    Joleon Lescott West Bromwich AlbionFree Transfer 
    Marcos Lopes Lille Loan

    Lopes: Why wasn't he loaned to a smaller French club like Caen? He probably would receive more starts there than at Lille. 

     

    Summary: It has been an unusually efficient transfer window from City. 

    But Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala is expected to complete a €40.4/£32 million move to City, per Simon Jones at the Daily MailBig risk given Mangala is prone to mistakes. 

7. Southampton

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

    Tadic: If Southampton build the team around him as Twente did, he should thrive. He created 133 goal scoring chances last season. 

    Pelle: He has the physique and a great first touch to play in the Premier League, but he never made a lasting impression in Serie A. Can he replicate his Eredivisie scoring feats in England?

    Bertrand: Southampton have an excellent track record in giving young footballers a chance. If he impresses, will Liverpool sign him?

     

    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: Southampton are hitting above their weight in securing lucrative transfer fees. What management needs to do now is re-invest in signing some of the best young Eredivisie talents. 

6. 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: Strong at the back and will be tasked with filling Abidal's void.

    Bakayoko: Bolted out of nowhere like former Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila. Plays beyond his years.

    Nardi: Don't know enough about him.

    Fabinho: A right-back with world-class potential. 

     

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

    Nardi: Don't know enough about him. Should Danijel Subasic be worried?

    Obbadi: Can have a Jorginho-like impact at Verona.

     

    Summary: Discarding an underrated midfielder in Obbadi suggests Monaco management have high hopes in Bakayoko.

    Monaco need to make smart decisions when it comes to spending the James transfer fee. 

5. 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: Scored 22 Serie A goals last season for Torino, so he is a natural replacement for Robert Lewandowski. 

    Ramos: An underrated No. 9 who has an all-round playing style. 

    Ginter: Able to play at the back and in midfield. Still 20 years old, so can develop into an elite player. 

    Sahin: In hindsight, he should have stayed at Borussia Dortmund because he was never given a fair chance to succeed at Real. 

    Ji: Will he be OK warming the benches?

     

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

    Ducksch: Will be given more chances to impress than staying at Dortmund. 

     

    Summary: Despite Bayern Munich being heavy favourites, Dortmund have a squad that can pip Bayern to the Bundesliga title. 

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: His signing suggests Bayern Munich rate him higher than Alberto Moreno.

    Lewandowski: Like Steve McManaman to Real Madrid, Lewandowski's Bosman transfer to Bayern is daylight robbery considering the quality of the Polish international.  

    Rode: Needs to re-create his 2012-13 form, otherwise he will just be a squad player. 

     

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

     

    Summary: Economically efficient transfer window so far from Bayern. 

3. 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 
    Andres FernandezOsasuna€2/£1.6M
    Daniel OpareStandard LiegeFree Transfer
    Jose AngelRomaFree Transfer
    Casemiro Real Madrid Loan 
    Cristian TelloBarcelonaLoan
    Oliver Torres Atletico Madrid Loan 

    Adrian: Has the scoring instincts to dominate in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.

    Brahimi: Led La Liga in dribbles per game last season (4.7).

    Martins Indi: A defender with upside who has a high re-sell value. 

    Andres: Has issues dealing with set-pieces and was nowhere near the quality of Keylor Navas.

    Opare: Have not watched him recently. Was once a big youth international prospect. 

    Angel: Prefers charging forward from left-back than defending. 

    Casemiro: Outperformed Asier Illarramendi during parts of last season. 

    Tello: One of the fastest players in Europe and could end up being pigeon-holed as a super-sub.

    Oliver: Part of Spain's next generation but has not been consistent when afforded first-team chances.

     

    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 are masters of buying for value and selling high. That is the thought process of signing Adrian, Brahimi and Martins Indi.

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
    Didier DrogbaGalatasarayFree Transfer

    Costa: Is his body going to break down like Fernando Torres?

    If Costa can stay fit, he should be expected to score 20-30 goals. 

    Fabregas: One of the best passers in the world, who will be creating shots for Costa. 

    Luis: A world-class left-back who averaged 4.1 tackles per game last season. 

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

    Drogba: Will be an upgrade over Torres.  

     

    Notable Transfers OutClubFee
    David LuizParis Saint-Germain€49.5/£39.2M
    Romelu LukakuEverton €35.2/£28M
    Demba BaBesiktas€5.9/£4.7M
    Ashley ColeRomaFree Transfer
    Frank LampardNew York CityFree Transfer
    Ryan BertrandSouthamptonLoan
    Lucas PiazonEintracht FrankfurtLoan
    Mario PasalicElcheLoan
    Tomas KalasKolnLoan
    Thorgan HazardBorussia MonchengladbachLoan

    Bertrand: "It is understood the deal could be worth up to £10 million, should Southampton choose to make the move for Bertrand a permanent one," per The Guardian.

    Easy money for Chelsea if Bertrand plays well at Southampton. 

    Piazon: Do Chelsea view him as an asset or a future first-teamer? 

    Pasalic: Elche tend to give loanees extended runs in the first-team, so if Pasalic is top-flight quality, he will receive opportunities. 

    Kalas: His development stalled last season, so loan to Koln is a welcomed move. 

    Hazard: Gladbach have one of the best squads in the Bundesliga, so it will be surprising if Hazard becomes one of their most important players.

     

    Summary: With this outstanding squad, Jose Mourinho has to win the Premier League and make a deep run in the UEFA Champions League. 

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 
    Cristian AnsaldiFC ZenitLoan

    Griezmann: Has posted back-to-back seasons of 10 goals or more in league play. Could transition into a €50/£40 million-valued footballer. 

    Mandzukic: Scored 18 goals in the Bundesliga last season, so he is a logical replacement for Diego Costa.

    Oblak: One of the most gifted young goalkeepers in the world. 

    Siqueira: When he played at Granada, his defending was inconsistent. Loves to roam forward. 

    Correa: Don't know enough about him. "Angel Correa will undergo microsurgery in the coming days to resolve a heart condition," per Sky Sports

    Moya: Can do a job if Oblak is unconvincing. 

    Ansaldi: Have not watched him recently.  

     

    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
    Thomas ParteyAlmeriaLoan

    Oliver: Outstanding technician, but he needs to be more commanding in midfield. 

    Perez: Looked good at on loan at Elche, so he could be a surprise package like Omar El Kaddouri was for Torino last season. 

    Thomas: Don't know enough about him. 

     

    Summary: Comprehensive transfer window thus far from Atleti. 

    Griezmann and Oblak have the ability to develop into world-class players. 

     

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