Esteban Cambiasso & 6 Surprise Transfers Set to Shine in Premier League
Sometimes the transfer window can be a whacky place, and if you get caught up goggling at the £60 million Angel Di Maria, you may miss a few under-the-radar signings who can truly raise your eyebrows.
For example, how have Leicester City managed to secure the services of Esteban Cambiasso following his release from Serie A? He pledged not to play for another Italian club out of respect to Internazionale, per Sky Sports, but this is still one hell of a deal.
With that in mind, we've found six who should be of interest to you. If Sunderland pull off Ricky Alvarez and Toby Alderweireld, as The Chronicle suggest, then they both belong here too.
Esteban Cambiasso, Leicester City
Leicester City's official website has confirmed Esteban Cambiasso has joined the club after his release from Internazionale.
Although a wonderful servant at San Siro, his wages were far too high for the Milan club to take him up on an extension and, as a result, he's tested the market.
Inter's loss, as it turns out, is the Foxes' gain; Cambiasso brings a wealth of experience, still has legs in him and can help transform this side into a true Premier League outfit.
Carlos Sanchez, Aston Villa
Carlos Sanchez joined Aston Villa on the eve of the new season after completing a complicated, third-party-ridden deal from La Liga side Elche.
The Colombian midfield destroyer is renowned for his tough tackling and will revitalise a weak, physically underwhelming Villa outfit. It was a real surprise to see clubs allow the FIFA World Cup 2014 star to choose B6 as his destination with such little competition.
Villa have been bullied by clubs around them for too long; Sanchez will help provide steel and determination, allowing Paul Lambert to pick up points from those around them as well as those above.
Eric Dier, Tottenham Hotspur
Most of England had forgotten about Eric Dier due to the fact that he's been tucked away in Sporting's academy in Portugal all these years.
When his name popped up in a starting role for England's team in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup last summer, a large majority had never seen him kick a ball.
His transformation in the space of 12 months has been astounding; he's already an accomplished ball-playing defender, capable central or on the right, and Mauricio Pochettino has taken a real shine to him.
He ranks first in our player power rankings after two weeks.
Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea
Why is Cesc Fabregas a surprise move? Because of his destination, and the fact that he's not playing for Arsenal once again.
Arsene Wenger, per The Mail Online, told the Spanish international that he didn't need him during light discussions over a move this summer.
The Gunners had first option on the playmaker due to a clause in the original sale, but refused to take it up presumably due to the presence of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere—all playing in the same sort of position as Cesc.
The former Barcelona man's blistering start to the season, in addition to Wilshere's ropey one, has fans questioning the logic of passing him up.
Silvestre Varela, West Bromwich Albion
Silvestre Varela, you may remember, was one of Portugal's few goalscorers at the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil this summer.
What on earth, then, is he now doing on loan at West Bromwich Albion after leaving his beloved FC Porto?
Julen Lopetegui, the Dragons' new coach, has begun a footballing revolution at the Portuguese giants after a dismal 2013-14 season and Varela is one of the casualties.
Similar to the Carlos Sanchez deal, it's a wonder so many stood by and let Alan Irvine take the winger on a risk-free loan deal. Props to West Brom.
Federico Fernandez, Swansea City
Federico Fernandez, while not a world-class defender of any form, did both Napoli and Argentina a huge favour over the last two years by stepping in and steadying the defensive line.
That's what he is: A very steady, secure, safe presence. La Albiceleste were struggling to find a partner for Ezequiel Garay before Fernandez emerged, and while he lost his place late in the World Cup to Martin Demichelis, he barely put a foot wrong throughout.
For Rafa Benitez he was a godsend, and for Garry Monk he will be too.