January Transfer Window: Breaking Down the 10 Biggest Stories

Max HollanderContributor IFebruary 3, 2011

January Transfer Window: Breaking Down the 10 Biggest Stories

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    Chelsea's Fernando Torres
    Chelsea's Fernando Torres

    With the midseason transfer window coming to a close, some of the world's electrifying players decided to take their services elsewhere for better or for worse.

    Despite certain players admitting they didn't want to leave their current teams, signing a new deal may have been more complicated than just moving the player.

    Players with club upgrades will finally get that chance they've been waiting for to dazzle fans on the largest stage of their careers.

    League-leading teams like Chelsea, AC Milan, and Real Madrid all made impressive moves during this window, and it will be exciting to see how these new players fare on their new teams. 

10. Michael Bradley: Borussia Mönchengladbach to Aston Villa

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 10: Michael Bradley #4 of the U.S. faces Brazil in the second half of a friendly match at the New Meadowlands on August 10, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
    Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

    For United States fans this is just another step in the right direction for our presence in the world of soccer.

    Sending another American-born player to the Premier League means we are doing something right with our development. Michael Bradley heads to Aston Villa after 76 appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany.

    Bradley is scheduled to make his debut on Saturday against Fulham—fellow U.S. national team member Clint Dempsey's squad.

    For Bradley, it is his opportunity to make a name for himself in European soccer, and American fans pray he does. 

9. David Luiz: Benfica To Chelsea

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    DERBY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 11:  David Luiz of Brazil in action during the International Friendly match between Brazil and Ukraine at Pride Park Stadium on October 11, 2010 in Derby, England.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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    As one of the top defensive prospects in the world, David Luiz has all the tools necessary to become an elite defender in the league.

    As a Puyol look-a-like, critics believe he can be the next long-haired star and lead a team like Chelsea to a league title in the future.

    Luiz played for the Brazilian national team and impressed teams enough to earn the transfer to a top EPL club, meaning the team has great confidence in his ability to grow. 

8. Edin Dzeko: Wolfsburg to Manchester City

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    BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02:  Edin Dzeko  of Manchester City goes past Stephen Carr of Birmingham during the Barclays premier league match between Birmingham City and Manchester City at St Andrews on February 2, 2011 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo
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    The second-most expensive player in Manchester City history behind Robinho, it took €27 million (or £32 million) to sway Wolfsburg into selling their Bosnian star.

    Edin Dzeko joined Wolfsburg in 2007 and made a name for himself in a positive enough way to garner a deal this large. 

    Manchester City hopes that Dzeko will add competition among the strikers on the team to immediately help carry the team higher up in EPL standings.

    Only time will tell if this money filled deal will payoff. 

7. Ronaldinho: AC Milan to Flamengo

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    MILAN, ITALY - DECEMBER 08:  Maarten Stekelenburg of AFC Ajax is helped up by Ronaldinho of AC Milan during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between AC Milan and AFC Ajax at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on December 8, 2010 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Cla
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    San Siro was just not that place for Ronaldinho anymore due to him spending every match on the bench.

    With his career winding down, he desperately needed a new home where he could play his career out. Flamengo gave him this opportunity.

    The one-time Barcelona world-class star saw his career slowly head in downward slope as he earned less and less playing time in Milan.

    Hopefully now we will once again get to see this great star shine one last time. 

6. Mark Van Bommel: Bayern Munich to AC Milan

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    GENOA, ITALY - JANUARY 26:  Mark van Bommel of AC Milan in action during the Tim Cup match between UC Sampdoria and AC Milan at Luigi Ferraris Stadium on January 26, 2011 in Genoa, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
    Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

    After moving from Barcelona to Bayern Munich in 2006, Mark Van Bommel was exceptional in the beginning with the German side, but, after time change was needed and AC Milan became the destination.

    Van Bommel will join a team filled with top talent more than capable of making a run for the cup.

    Reports also confirmed that other top teams such as Liverpool were in the mix for Van Bommel, but apparently the English Premier League wasn't the league of choice for 33 year-old Dutchman.

5. Darren Bent: Sunderland to Aston Villa

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    BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22:  Darren Bent of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring the opening goal on his debut during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Villa Park on January 22, 2011 in Birmingham, England.
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    Along with Michael Bradley, Darren Bent is one the new faces on the Aston Villa squad, coming over via permanent transfer from Sunderland.

    Aston Villa offered a stagering £18 million, making the money too good to pass up for Sunderland.

    Although they let go of their star player, the money opens up the possibility of signing some young players for Sunderland.

    For Aston Villa, they add another high-value star to their growing roster. 

4. Emmanuel Adebayor: Manchester City to Real Madrid

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    MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 27:  Emmanuel Adebayor smiles while being presented as a new Real Madrid player at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on January 27, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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    With the injury to Higuain, Real Madrid was left with a playmaker need and found it in Emmanuel Adebayor.

    Already making a name for himself, Adebayor scored a goal in his first match for the club and looks to continue the sensational play.

    Adebayor welcomed the transfer after the worry of losing playing time to other strikers at Manchester City.

    For Real Madrid, they will have the option at the end of the season to sign him permanently for €18 million. 

3. Luis Suarez: Ajax To Liverpool

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on February 2, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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    After a phenomenal World Cup for the Uruguayan star, Luis Suarez is finally getting his long awaited chance to be in the spotlight.

    Suarez made the move from Dutch League Ajax to English Premier League Liverpool for an estimated €26.5 million.

    Suarez expressed his immense desire to play in the EPL, making this deal all but done when Liverpool expressed interest.

    Hopefully fans will get to see more of the electrifying play we saw in summer for years to come. 

2. Andy Carroll: Newcastle United to Liverpool

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03:  New signing Andy Carroll of Liverpool faces the media during a press conference at Anfield on February 3, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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    The other star-studded transfer Liverpool made during this transfer period was adding Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll.

    With Fernando Torres being the key to this deal, his departure made this a shoe-in for Carroll to end up in Liverpool. 

    The young striker will get his opportunity to shine of one of the biggest stages now in Liverpool and will hopefully make his mark.

    At £35 million though, his services didn't come cheap for Liverpool as a lot of goals will be expected from the 22 year-old for the price tag. 

1. Fernando Torres: Liverpool to Chelsea

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26:  Fernando Torres of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Fulham at Anfield on January 26, 2011 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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    The most talked about transfer during this year's period, Liverpool striker Fernando Torres will now take his elite talents to EPL rival Chelsea.

    Chelsea shelled out a whopping £50 million for the Spanish star and hope that he can be that one missing piece for a league title.

    Hopefully injuries won't put a damper on this deal for Chelsea as Torres has been plagued of late, but if he can stay injury-free and produce like everyone knows he's capable of, watch out EPL, because Chelsea will undoubtably be the team to beat.