Power Ranking Europe's Top 25 Clubs on Transfer Window Activity Up to August 11

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentAugust 12, 2014

Power Ranking Europe's Top 25 Clubs on Transfer Window Activity Up to August 11

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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. 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: As a 17-year-old, he scored 11 goals in the Eredivisie last season. He has world-class potential. 

    Viergever: Took advantage of a cross from Ruben Ligeon to score against Vitesse. Viergever was influential during Ajax's 4-1 win over Vitesse.

    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: Struggled in the Bundesliga and looked lacklustre against Vitesse.


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

24. Stuttgart

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Filip Kostic Groningen€6/£4.8M
    Daniel Ginczek Nurnberg€2.5/£2M
    Adam Hlousek Nurnberg€1.2M/£950K
    Oriol Romeu ChelseaLoan

    Kostic: Mimics several of Arjen Robben's moves including the cut in from the right, dribble and shoot. Kostic is a strong dribbler, can shoot from either flank and could be a breakout Bundesliga star.

    Ginczek: If fit, he has the potential to be one of the best centre-forwards in Germany. 

    Hlousek: His career has declined since being listed as one of the Czech Republic's best young players, so he may be signed as a squad player. 

    Romeu: Averaged 55.4 passes per game on loan at Valencia last season which suggests he has the capacity to orchestrate Stuttgart's midfield.


    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Rani Khedira RB Leipzig€1M/£800K
    Arthur BokaMalagaFree Transfer
    Cacau Cerezo OsakaFree Transfer
    Ibrahima Traore Borussia Monchengladbach Free Transfer

23. Valencia

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Shkodran Mustafi Sampdoria €8/£6.4M
    Rodrigo De PaulRacing Club€6.5/£5.2M
    Lucas Orban Bordeaux€3.5/£2.8M
    Andre Gomes BenficaLoan
    Yoel Celta Vigo Loan

    Mustafi: He was outstanding at Sampdoria, but he has had games where he switches off. 

    De Paul: Don't know enough about him.

    Orban: Substantial upgrade over Cissokho. Orban completed 94 tackles and intercepted 45 passes in 27 Ligue 1 games last season. 

    Gomes: Was class in the UEFA Europa League last season, completing 85.5 percent of his passes. 

    Rodrigo: Is lively but lacks consistency. Certainly not value for money at €30/£23.9 million, the price Meriton Capital Limited paid for his playing rights. 

    Yoel: Capable of keeping his team in games with multiple saves.


    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Jeremy MathieuBarcelona€20/£15.8M
    Juan Bernat Bayern Munich€10/£7.9M 
    Dorlan Pabon Monterrey€7.6/£6M
    Adil Rami AC Milan€4.25/£3.38M
    Aly Cissokho Aston Villa€2.5/£2M
    Philippe Senderos Aston VillaFree Transfer
    Ricardo CostaAl-SailiyaFree Transfer
    Seydou Keita RomaFree Transfer
    Vicente Guaita GetafeFree Transfer
    Federico Cartabia CordobaLoan
    Michel GetafeLoan
    Victor RuizVillarrealLoan

22. Eintracht Frankfurt

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Haris Seferovic Real Sociedad €3.2/£2.5M
    Timothy ChandlerNurnberg€1M/£790K
    Aleksandar Ignjovski Werder BremenFree Transfer
    Makoto Hasebe NurnbergFree Transfer
    Nelson ValdezAl Jazira Free Transfer
    Lucas Piazon ChelseaLoan

    Seferovic: Has what it takes to be an elite No. 9, but his scoring rate last season was dire (two goals from 24 La Liga games).

    Chandler: Is top-flight standard, but injuries have affected his form in recent memory. 

    Ignjovski: A utility player who averaged 3.1, 4.4 and 3.5 tackles per game in his last three seasons.

    Hasebe: Has Bundesliga experience and possesses strong character. 

    Valdez: Has played more than 200 Bundesliga games, so he is a seasoned veteran who can be a contributor to Eintracht Frankfurt.

    Piazon: One of Chelsea's best prospects, but hopefully the Blues view him as a potential first-teamer as opposed to a saleable asset. 


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

21. Manchester United

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

    Shaw: The fact he arrived at Manchester United unfit, per ESPN, is a red flag. United manager Louis van Gaal was right to call out Shaw because this isn't Southampton. This is United, the greatest football club in English history.

    Shaw needs to do a Rio Ferdinand and establish himself as one of the best defenders in the club's history to ensure the transfer fee becomes a fact, rather than a criticism. 

    Herrera: He scans the field and is able to regularly play in teammates with incisive passes. 


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

20. 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
    RomuloHellas VeronaLoan
    Kingsley ComanParis Saint-GermainFree Transfer

    Morata: Started his Juventus career by getting injured, per AS TV (h/t Football Italia). One-off incident or will it foreshadow his struggles in Serie A? Possesses world-class upside and is capable of being a reliable contributor to Juve. 

    Sturaro: Excellent passer but inconsistent. 

    Marrone: He has been a promising player for the last few seasons but has not made that step up. He does not look like a centre-back as he is a makeshift defender. He is naturally better in midfield. 

    Isla: The cruciate knee ligament injury robbed him of his ability to play consistently at a high level. Has been loaned out to QPR.

    Pasquato: Don't know enough about him.

    Evra: Playing in Serie A should extend Evra's career. Also, having another Frenchman at Juve should keep Paul Pogba happy. 

    Roberto Pereyra: Consistently creates separation from his marker and routinely threads through balls to his teammates. Big talent.

    Romulo: Underrated midfielder who was one of Verona's top players.

    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 
    Fausto RossiCordobaLoan
    Mauricio IslaQueens Park RangersLoan
    Richmond BoakyeAtalantaLoan
    Stefano SturaroGenoa Loan

19. 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  €4.5/£3.6M

    Iturbe: Gifted dribbler who scored eight times and registered four assists while often being double-marked.

    Nainggolan: A midfield warrior who made 105 tackles in Serie A last season. 

    Cole: Should find it easier in the slower-paced Serie A.

    Emanuelson: Squad cover. 

    Keita: Squad cover.

    Astori: Is the Italian Titus Bramble in being world class for two months and then Lega Pro-standard for the rest of the season.

    Ucan: Don't know enough about him.

    Sanabria: 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.

    In the space of 12 months, Sanabria has been on the books of Barcelona, Sassuolo and Roma.


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

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 Arribas OsasunaFree Transfer
    Iago Aspas LiverpoolLoan
    Denis Suarez Barcelona Loan 

    Krychowiak: Burly midfielder who will run himself into the ground. 

    Vidal: Provides pace and can score goals out wide. 

    Pareja: Increases Sevilla's squad depth.   

    Carrico: Able to play at centre-back and in midfield, he has bounced back after failing to make a lasting impression at Reading.

    Arribas: Needs to tone down his tackling because he is generally always a threat of being carded.

    Aspas: Expect him to return to La Liga and dominate as he did with Celta Vigo. 

    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 

17. 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: He probably won't rival Dixie Dean's scoring records, but Lukaku has the ability to reach 100 plus goals for Everton. Playing with a chip on his shoulder, Lukaku will live up to expectations. 

    Besic: One of the most impressive players at the FIFA World Cup. Not only did he play the No. 6 role flawlessly, he is a stylish and very skilful footballer. 

    Barry: Brings a veteran presence to Everton.

    Galloway: Don't know enough about him. 


    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Apostolos VelliosLierseFree Transfer

16. 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 
    Josuha Guilavogui Atletico MadridLoan

    Jung: Always a threat to opposing teams with his deep runs from right-back. Created seven goals in league play last season. 

    Klich: An outstanding passer with deep range who registered seven assists last season. 

    Hunt: Bundesliga proven player who can score and create goals. 

    Guilavogui: Never got a look in at Atleti, but he was a dynamic midfielder at Saint Etienne. A Junior Malanda-Guilavogui partnership can be destructive. 


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

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
    Jamaal LascellesNottingham ForestUndisclosed
    Karl DarlowNottingham ForestUndisclosed
    Facundo FerreyraShakhtar DonetskLoan

    Cabella: One of the most complete footballers in Europe. Bold prediction: will average more tackles per game than Newcastle United's full-backs. 

    De Jong: Under an injury cloud but a shrewd operator in the attacking half. 

    Riviere: Inconsistent career but showed at Monaco he can poach goals, albeit with squared-up passes from James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho.

    Janmaat: Great at whipping in crosses and going on overlapping runs. 

    Perez: Don't know enough about him. 

    Colback: Able to play at left-back and central midfield. Underrated player. 

    Lascelles: Don't know enough about him. 

    Darlow: Don't know enough about him. 

    Ferreyra: Don't know enough about him. 


    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Mathieu DebuchyArsenal€15.2/£12M 
    Dan GoslingBournemouthFree Transfer
    Jamaal LascellesNottingham ForestLoan
    Karl DarlowNottingham ForestLoan
    Sylvain MarveauxGuingampLoan

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: Alexis can slice apart opposing defences and is one of the most dangerous players in world football. Needs to produce. 

    Debuchy: If Serge Aurier transitions into a world-class player, it will be a bitter pill to swallow because he courted Arsenal. Debuchy is experienced and has played in the Premier League but lacks Aurier's upside.

    Ospina: Worth a lot more than £3.2 million and will push Wojciech Szczesny for the starting position. 

    Chambers: Could end up being a better centre-back than right-back, which is another testament to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's eye for talent. 



    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

13. Borussia Monchengladbach

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

    Sommer: Doesn't need to match Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Just needs to be a steady influence in goals. 

    Hahn: Possessing a winning mentality, he generally came up big for Augsburg last season. Is speedy, can score and create. 

    Johnson: Offers incisive running and can slot in different positions. 

    Traore: Has Gervinho-like decision-making, but Traore is lethal. 

    Hazard: Unlikely to be a week-in, week-out starter at Gladbach.


    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 Mlapa NurnbergLoan

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
    Kyriakos PapadopoulosSchalkeLoan
    Tin Jedvaj Roma Loan

    Calhanoglu: A world-class set-piece taker who is a threat from long range. Has the ability to take his game to the next level this season. 

    Wendell: Don't know enough about him. 

    Drmic: Able to slide out wide or lead the line, he scored 17 goals in the Bundesliga last season.

    Yurchenko: Don't know enough about him.

    Kresic: Don't know enough about him. 

    Papadopoulos: Injuries have derailed his career, but he was once one of the best defensive prospects in Europe. 

    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


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 
    Javier ManquilloAtletico MadridLoan

    Lallana: Set to miss the start of the season due to a "collateral ligament" injury, per James Pearce at the Liverpool Echo. While Lallana is a technician, he is way overpriced. 

    Lovren: Positive signs against Borussia Dortmund, but you wonder if he will turn back into the Lyon Lovren, who was one of the worst players in France.  

    Markovic: May take a season to adjust like Erik Lamela. 

    Can: He is a complete midfielder with outstanding physical attributes and has an abundance of skill. 

    Origi: One for the future.

    Lambert: Sentiment can only go so far. He looks sluggish, his touch has been off and you wonder what happened.

    Manquillo: Tough-tackling defender who was the backup to Juanfran last season. 


    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Luis SuarezBarcelona€81/£64.1M 
    Pepe ReinaBayern Munich€2.5/£2M 
    Andre WisdomWest Bromwich AlbionLoan
    Divock OrigiLilleLoan
    Iago Aspas Sevilla Loan 
    Luis Alberto Malaga Loan 

10. Manchester City

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Eliaquim MangalaPorto€40.1/£32M 
    Fernando RegesPorto€15.2/£12M 
    Willy CaballeroMalaga€7.6/£6M 
    Bruno ZuculiniRacing Club€1.9/£1.5M
    Bacary SagnaArsenal  Free Transfer
    Frank LampardNew York CityLoan

    Mangala: How can Manchester City pay such an exorbitant fee for a centre-back prone to errors? Yes, he is physically immense, but he is not value for money. Why are City giving up on Matija Nastasic? 

    Fernando: Controlled midfield proceedings against Arsenal, leading City in passes attempted (78, 92 pass completion percentage). 

    Caballero: Will be the biggest threat to Joe Hart's career at City. 

    Zuculini: Don't know enough about him. His brother, Franco, was a massive talent who faded into obscurity. 

    Sagna: Will either split time with Pablo Zabaleta at right-back or sit on the bench for the majority of the season.

    Lampard: What if City's sister clubs sign world-class players to loan to City in order to circumvent 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

9. 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: Expect the goal output of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to increase due to James' creative brilliance. 

    Kroos: Dictates tempo for Real and just won the FIFA World Cup for Germany. 

    Navas: One of the in-form goalkeepers in world football right now. Iker Casillas faces an uphill task to beat out Navas for the No. 1 position. 


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

8. Barcelona

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Luis SuarezLiverpool €81/£64.1M 
    Jeremy MathieuValencia€20/£15.8M
    Thomas VermaelenArsenal €18.9/£15M
    Ivan RakiticSevilla €18/£14.3M 
    Claudio BravoReal Sociedad€12/£9.5M
    Marc-Andre ter Stegen Borussia Monchengladbach €12/£9.5M 

    Suarez: Watching a Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar will be compelling. 

    Mathieu: Serviceable defender with La Liga experience. That's about it; €20 million is overpriced.

    Vermaelen: Lacks match fitness and has consistently struggled with injuries in recent years. Why risk another Gabriel Milito-like situation by signing Vermaelen?

    Rakitic: Possesses world-class passing ability, is creative and can play different midfield roles. 

    Bravo: Hit-and-miss. Sometimes, he is exceptional, other times he makes unforced errors.  

    Ter Stegen: One of the most talented goalkeepers in the world. Barcelona should have signed a German defender to assist Ter Stegen.


    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
    Ibrahim AfellayOlympiacosLoan

7. Monaco

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    Notable Transfers InClubFee
    Aymen Abdennour Toulouse€13/£10.3M
    Tiemoue Bakayoko Rennes€8/£6.3M
    Paul Nardi Nancy€3/£2.4M
    Bernardo SilvaBenfica Loan
    FabinhoRio AveLoan
    Maarten Stekelenburg Fulham Loan

    Abdennour: He was the worst player on the field in a 2-1 defeat to Lorient. The positive element was Abdennour's passing which was crisp. He is generally a beast at the back, but he had a game to forget. 

    Bakayoko: A Bakayoko-Geoffrey Kondogbia partnership will be immense. 

    Nardi: Don't know enough about him.

    Silva: Don't know enough about him.

    Fabinho: Despite being a right-back with potential, he was benched for Nabil Dirar against Lorient.

    Stekelenburg: Second-choice or third-choice behind Danijel Subasic and Marc-Aurele Caillard?


    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 Obbadi Hellas VeronaLoan

6. 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: Having scored 22 Serie A goals last season, is he ready to surpass Robert Lewandowski? 

    Ramos: All-round No. 9, who would receive more hype if he was younger. 

    Ginter: Can interchange from defence to midfield. World-class potential but more known as a passing outlet than a solid defender. 

    Sahin: Has shown perseverance to bounce back from his Real Madrid and Liverpool struggles. 

    Ji: Sitting on the bench is not going to help further his career. 


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

5. Bayern Munich

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Juan Bernat Valencia€10/£7.9M 
    Pepe ReinaLiverpool€2.5/£2M
    Robert Lewandowski Borussia Dortmund Free Transfer
    Sebastian Rode Eintracht Frankfurt Free Transfer

    Bernat: Quick, good ball-retention ability and an upgrade over Diego Contento.

    Reina: Comfortable with the ball at his feet and comes to the club with vast experience. Luxury backup to Manuel Neuer. 

    Lewandowski: Arguably the most complete No. 9 in the world right now.  

    Rode: Pencilled in to be a squad player, but remember he was one of the in-form midfielders in Germany two seasons ago.


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

4. Southampton

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    Notable Transfers InClub Fee 
    Dusan TadicTwente  €13.8/£10.9M 
    Fraser ForsterCeltic €12.6/£10M
    Graziano PelleFeyenoord €11.4/£9M 
    Saphir TaiderSouthamptonLoan
    Ryan BertrandChelseaLoan

    Tadic: Great all-round attacking player who scored 16 times and created 14 goals. 

    Forster: Has the potential to become the best goalkeeper in the Premier League. 

    Pelle: Failing in the Serie A is a red flag, but he re-built his career in the Eredivisie and will be comfortable working under Ronald Koeman. 

    Taider: Metronomic passer, can play in multiple positions and technically outstanding. 

    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 

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: The Golden Boot winner at the 2011 UEFA Euro U-21s who also scored 11 goals in the UEFA Europa League during the 2011-12 season. Adrian can be a very prolific scorer in Portugal. 

    Brahimi: One of the most dangerous players in the world when it comes to leading a counter-attack. Went past La Liga defenders with ease. 

    Martins Indi: Possessing outstanding physical tangibles, will he be sold at an inflated transfer fee like Mangala in the next few years?  

    Andres: Decent goalkeeper but has always had problems dealing with set pieces. 

    Opare: Have not watched him recently, though he was a stud as a youth international.  

    Angel: Created five goals from left-back last season. Defensively limited but handy in the attacking half. 

    Casemiro: Is just as good as Asier Illarramendi. In another era, Casemiro would have been a regular starter at Real Madrid. 

    Tello: Offers incisive running and will be a counter-attacking threat. 

    Oliver: Technically brilliant, though struggles with asserting his genius on the field.


    Notable Transfers OutClub Fee 
    Eliaquim MangalaManchester City€40.1/£32M
    Fernando RegesManchester City€15.2/£12M
    Juan Manuel Iturbe Hellas Verona €15/£11.9M 
    Andre Castro Kasimpasa  €3.5/£2.8M 

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: World-class centre-forward, who will only be derailed by injuries. 

    Fabregas: Poised to have an excellent season for Chelsea. 

    Luis: Prolific ball-winning left-back who made 131 tackles last season. 

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

    Drogba: His ankle injury could re-open the door for Fernando Torres.


    Notable Transfers OutClubFee
    David LuizParis Saint-Germain€49.5/£39.2M
    Romelu LukakuEverton €35.2/£28M
    Demba BaBesiktas€5.9/£4.7M
    Patrick van AanholtSunderland€1.9/£1.5M
    Ashley ColeRomaFree Transfer
    Frank LampardNew York CityFree Transfer
    Bertrand TraoreVitesseLoan
    Gael KakutaRayo VallecanoLoan
    Kenneth OmeruoMiddlesbroughLoan
    Lucas PiazonEintracht FrankfurtLoan
    Mario PasalicElcheLoan
    Oriol RomeuStuttgartLoan
    Ryan BertrandSouthamptonLoan
    Tomas KalasKolnLoan
    Thorgan HazardBorussia MonchengladbachLoan

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 
    Jesus GamezMalaga€2.5/£2M
    Cristian AnsaldiFC ZenitLoan

    Griezmann: Calculated gamble with the hope of procuring a substantial transfer profit down the line. 

    Mandzukic: Fills the void left by Diego Costa. 

    Oblak: Having hit a home run with the Thibaut Courtois loan stint, have Atleti got it right again by betting on Oblak's immense upside? He is one of the best young goalkeepers in the world. 

    Siqueira: Substantially better going forward than defending. Has noticeable defensive positional flaws.  

    Correa: Don't know enough about him. 

    Moya: Atleti's insurance option if Oblak flops or suffers a long-term injury. 

    Gamez: Seasoned right-back who has played 25 La Liga games or more in five successive seasons.

    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
    Javier ManquilloLiverpoolLoan
    Josuha GuilavoguiWolfsburg Loan
    Oliver TorresPortoLoan
    Ruben PerezTorinoLoan
    Thomas ParteyAlmeriaLoan




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