Transfer Rumours: Ranking The Top 25 January Transfer Window Signings
January 2011 has been a record shattering month with mammoth transfers in the Premier League. With all the furore surrounding Caroll and Torres, you might have missed some of the transfers happening on the continent.
In no given order, I've listed some of the most significant transfers of the month. Happy reading!
Note: Transfer currencies are listed in Pounds and Euros respectively.
Jermaine Pennant: Zaragoza To Stoke City
Stoke City have confirmed that English footballer Jermaine Pennant, has signed a permanent transfer for an initial £1.725 mil. which could eventually rise to £2.8 mil. and will stay on the Britannia Stadium for two and a half years.
Andrea Barzagli: Wolfsburg To Juventus
Andrea Barzagli has joined Juventus on a two year deal from Wolfsburg.
The defender has signed a contract that will tie him to Juventus until June 30, 2013. The German club will receive €300,000, plus bonuses tied to results which could take the fee to a maximum €600,000.
Adil Rami: Lille To Valencia
The 25-year-old has signed a four-year deal with the Spanish club after their reported £10 million-plus bid helped them see off competition from Marseille, Liverpool and Aston Villa.
The defender will not head to Spain immediately, however, but will remain at Lille until the summer after which he will join up with his new team-mates.
Rochina: Barcelona To Blackburn FC
Barcelona sold reserve-team striker Rochina to Premier League club Blackburn on the deadline day.
Barcelona says it received €450,000 for the 19-year-old striker, a product of the well-regarded La Masia academy after having joined in 2004.
Steven Pienaar: Everton To Tottenham Hotspurs
Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar has agreed to join Tottenham after the two clubs agreed a fee of about £2.5m.
The South Africa international, 28, who was nearing the end of his contract at Goodison Park has signed a four-year-deal with the north London club.
Giampaolo Pazzini: Sampdoria To Inter Milan
Giampaolo Pazzini is Inter's. The striker, 26, with 64 goals in Serie A, has been aquired on a permanent basis from Sampdoria and he has signed a contract until June 30, 2015.
Ludovic Jonathan Biabiany will head to Sampdoria on the same terms. Inter did not disclose the financial details of the transfer but it is alleged that the transfer would be in the region of €16million.
Antonio Cassano: Sampdoria to AC Milan
Sampdoria sold striker Antonio Cassano to AC Milan, the forward had been unsettled, regularly throwing tantrums and getting into arguments on the pitch. The final straw came when he publically insulted President Ricardo Garrone forcing disciplinary measures that resulted in his salary being halved. A €5million sum was agreed for the Italian once Milan negotiated a buy-out clause that was part of a previous contract with former club Real Madrid.
Andrea Ranocchia: Genoa to Inter Milan
Inter Milan have purchased the second half of the player they owned a 50 per cent stake in. The first part of the deal for Andrea Ranocchia was struck last summer but a €12.5 million deal is now complete for the 22-year-old defender. The Italian was on loan at AS Bari last season from Genoa and had a standout season, which has now been rewarded with this latest contract that runs until 2015.
Victor Ruiz: Espanyol to Napoli
The deal is worth an estimated €6million with the added bonus of Espanyol receiving Jesus Datolo on a permanent contract after his loan spell there for the first half of the season. Ruiz has represented Spain at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level and is a bright prospect for the future.
Luiz Gustavo: Hoffenheim to Bayern Munich
The largest transfer outside the UK fell to German giants Bayern Munich, who snatched Brazilian Luiz Gustavo from Bundesliga rivals Hoffenheim for a cool €15million. The transfer has caused much controversy as the 'dream deal' for Gustavo went through without Hoffenheim' coach Ralf Rangnick's permission, which resulted in him leaving the club in protest.
Mark Van Bommel: Bayern Munich to AC Milan (Free)
Mark Van Bommel signed for AC Milan on a free transfer and it didn’t take the Dutch captain long to make his physical presence felt. The 34-year-old midfielder was sent off after being shown two yellow cards on his debut. Van Bommel spent over four years at Bayern Munich but after suffering a bad injury he has struggled to regain his place in the team. This new deal will keep him at the San Siro until the end of the season.
Luca Toni: Genoa to Juventus (Free)
World Cup winner Luca Toni has extended his career by signing for Juventus on a free transfer. The deal should have seen the striker take the place of Fabio Quagiarella who suffered a bad leg injury but Toni himself sustained a knock to his knee in a league game that means he is out of action for a month.
Ibrahim Afellay: PSV to Barcelona
One of the biggest signings to go through was the loan deal for Adebayor from Manchester City to Real Madrid. Barcelona did make one signing, the highly rated Dutch attacking midfielder Ibrahim Afellay, from PSV for an estmated €3million.
Juanfran: Osasuna to Atletico Madrid
Juanfran signed for Atletico on Janurary 11th as a replacement for Simao Sabrosa, who was sold to Besiktas. Juanfran is on his four-and-a-half-year deal which is estimated to be woth around €4million.
Simao: Atletico Madrid To Besiktas
Besiktas have confirmed their signing of Atletico Madrid winger Simao on a two-and-a-half year contract.
Simao has put pen to paper until the summer of 2013 thought to be worth €2.2 million for the remainder of the current season, and then €2.5 million for the following two seasons.
Wilfried Bony: Sparta Prague to Vitesse Arnham
The 22-year-old Ivory Coast striker has made quite the impression at Sparta Prague gaining interest from scouts across Europe. Bony was top-scorer in the Cote d'Ivoire Premier Division in 2007 before moving to Prague in 2008. His contract with Dutch side Vitesse Arnham is estimated to be worth around €4million and will keep him there for three-and-a-half years.
Darren Bent: Sunderland To Aston Villa
Darren Bent has completed his move from Sunderland to Aston Villa. Villa are believed to have paid £18 million but this could rise with add-ons.
Why Darren Bent wanted to quit a club chasing Europe for one fighting to stay in the Premiership remains a mystery.
Mahamadou Diarra: Real Madrid To Monaco
Midfielder Mahamadou Diarra has completed his move to French side Monaco. The transfer will bring an end to a largely miserable four years in Spain for 29-year-old Diarra, who arrived from Lyon in 2006 but has struggled to win over fans and coaches alike.
Under Jose Mourinho this season he has yet to start a match and will seek a fresh start at struggling Monaco, who are second from bottom in Ligue 1 and fighting to avoid relegation.
Andy Caroll: New Castle Utd To Liverpool FC
Andy Caroll has replaced Fernando Torres in the Liverpool squad and has been entrusted with the No 9 shirt. Caroll is currently battling an injury from his New Castle days and is still a few weeks away before he features in Liverpool's colors. The £35million player is also the highest English player transferred and signing fee has been a major debate with critics not sure if he'd live up to the amount payed for the crooked player.
Julio Baptista: AS Roma To Malaga FC
Brazilian international, Julio Baptista is the latest big name signing to join the Malaga revolution.
Sheikh Al-Thani bought the Primera Liga outfit in the summer and he is now showing he is keen to invest and provide new coach Manuel Pellegrini with the players he wants.
Martin Demichelis from Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid duo Ignacio Camacho and Sergio Asenjo will be making the move to Malaga.
Ronaldinho: AC Milan To Flamengo
Two-time world footballer of the year Ronaldinho has joined Flamengo on a four-year contract.
The Brazilian forward fell down the pecking order at Milan following the arrival of compatriot Robinho, Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and, most recently, Italian bad-boy Antonio Cassano.
Milan - Ronaldinho's former club - will be paid €3 million to transfer from the Rossoneri to the Mengao, and the 30-year-old will earn a €130,000-a-week wage, which is expected to be partly paid by investors Traffic and Olympikus.
David Luiz: Benfica to Chelsea
Luiz has signed a five-and-a-half year contract, joins Chelsea as the third Brazilian in the current squad, linking up with former Benfica team-mate Ramires and fellow central-defender Alex.
The 6ft 2in defender, who is renowned for his skill on the ball as much as his defensive ability made 82 league appearances for the Lisbon club missing just one game last season as they wrapped up a first league title in five years. Uefa.com voted Luiz the league's Player of the Year.
Luis Suarez: Ajax To Liverpool
Reds' £22.8m signing of Luis Suarez provided a glimpse of Kenny Dalglish’s intent. The King of Anfield has wasted little time in stamping his authority and making his presence felt.
It took El Pistolero Suarez just 13 minutes to find the back of the net in his first game and with Caroll to accompany him up front it, it could all but end Liverpool's woes.
A new beginning under Kenny Daglish, certainly.
Eden Dzeko: Wolfsburg To Manchester City
The Bosnian joined City from Wolfsburg for a reported fee of £27m and is one of the most highly rated strikers. He has signed a four and a half year deal and will wear the number 10 shirt.
Dzeko's signing is further proof of City's financial clout and the striker added that he was relishing the prospect of playing for a club he believes are well equipped to match his own ambitions.
Fernando Torres: FC Liverpool To Chelsea
Chelsea snapped Fernando Torres on a five-and-a-half year contract for a sum of 50million pounds.
Torres's scoring pedigree in English football is without doubt. The 26-year-old netted 65 goals in 102 league appearances for Liverpool and 81 in 142 games in all competitions.
Chelsea would also benefit in the Champions League with Torres not cup tied. His first game at Stamford Bridge ended in disappointment as his former club Liverpool got the better out of his 'bigger club'..
Significant Loan Deals
Adebayor to Real Madrid
Ben Arfa to New Castle
Macheda to Sampdoria
Keane to West Ham
Cicinho to Villareal
Muntari to Sunderland
Bridge to West Ham
Onyewu to FC Twente
Demichellis to Malaga
Sturridge to Bolton
Bentley to Birmingham
Konchesky to Nottingham Forest