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La Liga Transfer Window: Nuri Sahin and the Top 10 Signings Through June 1st

Andres EhrliCorrespondent IIIJune 1, 2011

La Liga Transfer Window: Nuri Sahin and the Top 10 Signings Through June 1st

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    SEVILLE, SPAIN - DECEMBER 15:  Nuri Sahin of Borussia Dortmund looks on prior the UEFA Europa League group J match between Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on December 15, 2010 in Seville, Spain. The match ended 2-2.  (Photo
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    The season formally ended only a week ago, and we already have transfers falling through. 

    While some teams won't spend their money wisely, others have already made some very good off-season moves. 

    This list will weigh not only each player talent, but also his price, contract length, and the signing team's need for the player. I will continue to update this list every 15 days, so do come back to check which transfers make the top 10 every 2 weeks or so. 

    Without further ado, here are the Top 10 signings in Spain's La Liga through June 1st. 

10. Piotr Trochowski

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    DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 07:  Piotr Trochowski of Germany in action during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Semi Final match between Germany and Spain at Durban Stadium on July 7, 2010 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Image
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    Age: 27

    Nationality: German

    Height: 1.68 m.

    Position: Winger or attacking midfielder


    From: Hamburg SV

    To: Sevilla FC


    Transfer Fee: Bosman (Free)

    Real Market Value: €5 million

    Contract: 5 year, around €1.5 million


    Why it's good value:

    Trochowsk is an international winger with Germany, and is a solid player with a terrific long-distance shot. And when someone like this comes free, he's obviously a good buy.

    Plus, this gives Sevilla a backup plan in case they sell Perotti and can also play inside where they had no substitutes for the winter signing of Rakitic.


    Rating: 7 (out of 10)

9. Callejón

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    BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 08: Jose Callejon (R) of Espanyol passes the ball beside Andreu Fontas of Barcelona during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Espanyol at Nou Camp on May 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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    Age: 24

    Nationality: Spanish

    Height: 1.78 m.

    Position: Winger and Second Forward


    From: Espanyol Barcelona

    To: Real Madrid CF


    Transfer Fee: €5 million

    Real Market Value: €7 million

    Contract: 5 year, around €2.5 million


    Why it's good value:

    Made in Real Madrid Castilla, Callejón returns to the capital a few years after he left. 

    It's not clear what his role will be with Los Merengues (or whether he'll have a role at all), but he is a good signing and provides good potential for the price they paid for him.

    I suppose they can always sell him for a little more.


    Rating: 7 (out of 10)

8. Martin Caceres

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    MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 02: Martin Caceres of Sevilla signals to a teammate during the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg match between Real Madrid and Sevilla at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 2, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Gett
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    Age: 24

    Nationality: Uruguayan

    Height: 1.82 m.

    Position: Central defender and full back on both sides 


    From: FC Barcelona

    To: Sevilla FC


    Transfer Fee: €3 million (could rise to €4.5 million on incentives)

    Real Market Value: €7.5 million

    Contract: 4 year, around €2 million


    Why it's good value:

    A defender that can play anywhere on the back four, Caceres was loaned out to Sevilla from Barça last season. They have decided to exercise the right to buy him.

    The Catalans paid €17 million for him off Villarreal a few seasons ago, so he's clearly a steal at less than half that price if his talent and potential are to be considered.


    Rating: 7.5 (out of 10)

7. Diego Alves

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    ALMERIA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 02:  Goalkeeper Diego Alves Carreiza of Almeria celebrates the equalizer scored by his teammate Pablo Piatti during the La Liga match between Almeria and Real Madrid at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos on November 2, 2008
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    Age: 25

    Nationality: Brazilian

    Height: 1.88 m.

    Position: Goalkeeper


    From: Almería

    To: Valencia


    Transfer Fee: €10 million

    Real Market Value: €15 million

    Contract: 4 year, around €1.5 million


    Why it's good value:

    Alves, the world's best keeper that you've never heard of as well as a fantastic penalty stopper, goes to Valencia.

    He did everything he could to keep Almeria in the Spanish top flight, and now he will get the recognition he has deserved for a few years when he starts for los Ches.


    Rating: 8 (out of 10)

6. Ander Herrera

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    ZARAGOZA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 23:  Ander Herrera of Real Zaragoza looks on during the La Liga match between Real Zaragoza and Barcelona at La Romareda on October 23, 2010 in Zaragoza, Spain. Barcelona won the match 2-0.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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    Age: 21

    Nationality: Spanish (Basque)

    Height: 1.82 m.

    Position: Central midfielder, Attacking midfielder


    From: Zaragoza

    To: Athletic Bilbao


    Transfer Fee: €7.5 million

    Real Market Value: €12 million

    Contract: 5 year, around €1.2 million


    Why it's good value:

    Herrera has everything you expect from a Spanish midfielder nowadays: passing ability, vision, tempo and technique. 

    Some might not know this, but Athletic can't (or won't) buy players that don't have Basque ascendence in their blood, and so for them to find a playmaker as good as Ander for less than full price adds extra points to any normal transfer.


    Rating: 8 (out of 10)

5. Adil Rami

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    PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 29:  Adil Rami of France sings the national anthem during the International friendly match between France and Croatia at Stade de France on March 29, 2011 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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    Age: 25

    Nationality: French/Moroccan

    Height: 1.90 m.

    Position: Central defender


    From: OSC Lille

    To: CF Valencia


    Transfer Fee: €5 million

    Real Market Value: €15 million

    Contract: 5 year, around €1.5 million


    Why it's good value:

    Rami, one of Europe's best young defenders, joins Valencia for a very cheap transfer price because they bought him early in January's window. 

    He's already a starter for Laurent Blanc's France National Team, and so the value of this very solid centre-back will continue to increase. 


    Rating: 8.5 (out of 10)

4. Felipe Caicedo

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    DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 21:  Felipe Caicedo of Manchester City in action during the 2009 Vodacom Challenge match between Kaizer Chiefs and Manchester City at the Absa Stadium on July 21, 2009 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Im
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    Age: 22

    Nationality: Ecuadorian

    Height: 1.85 m.

    Position: Striker


    From: Manchester City

    To: Levante


    Transfer Fee: €1 million

    Real Market Value: €8.5 million

    Contract: 3 year, around €700,000


    Why it's good value:

    Caicedo is about as cheap as they will come among players who almost single-handedly won you another season in Spain's First Division. 

    Caicedo was fantastic this season for small side Levante, and they were very wise to exercise their option to buy him this offseason for €1 million. If he continues to perform, they will sell him for at least five times that value a year from now (or maybe later on this same summer).


    Rating: 8.5 (out of 10)

3. Didac Vilá

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    MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 01:  Didac Vila of AC Milan during the Serie A match between AC Milan and SS Lazio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on February 1, 2011 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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    Age: 21

    Nationality: Spanish

    Height: 1.84 m.

    Position: Left back


    From: AC Milan

    To: Espanyol Barcelona


    Transfer Fee: Loan

    Real Market Value: €2 million

    Contract: 1 year, around €1 million


    Why it's good value:

    At first glance, this might not seem like an out-of-this-world deal. But consider this:

    Milan signed Vilá in January for €4 million. And now he's back at Espanyol for free.

    He didn't play a single game with Milan, and fearing losing all they bet on him, they've loaned him out to his former club.

    That's world class buisiness-making for Espanyol right there. 


    Rating: 8.5 (out of 10) for Espanyol.

    2 for Milan. 

2. Nuri Sahin

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    SEVILLE, SPAIN - DECEMBER 15:  Head coach Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund (L) conforts to Nuri Sahin at the end of the UEFA Europa League group J match between Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on December 15, 2010 in Sevill
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    Age: 22

    Nationality: Turkish/German

    Height: 1.81 m.

    Position: Central midfielder, Attacking midfielder, Holding Midfielder


    From: Borussia Dortmund

    To: Real Madrid CF


    Transfer Fee: €10 million (€12 million with performance clauses)

    Real Market Value: €20 million

    Contract: 6 year, around €3.5 million


    Why it's good value:

    I've written a lot about what might happen with Madrid's signing of Sahin.

    What I haven't talked about is the great price. They got him at half-price because his contract was about to run out, and Sahin at €10 million is just plain silly.


    Rating: 9 (out of 10)

1. Hamit Altintop

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    MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 22:  Hamit Altintop of Bayern Munich in action during the UEFA Champions League Final match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Inter Milan at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 22, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty
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    Age: 28

    Nationality: Turkish/German

    Height: 1.83 m.

    Position: Central midfielder, Attacking midfielder, Winger, Right Back, Holding Midfielder


    From: Bayern Munich

    To: Real Madrid CF


    Transfer Fee: Bosman (Free)

    Real Market Value: €15 million

    Contract: 4 year, around €3 million


    Why it's good value:

    Altintop will never make you go crazy with his talent. Ever. But he's definitely the kind of player that gives a team balance.

    Altintop can play everywhere, and also does it very well. Think of Keita in Barça. Nothing special, but a very important player when someone in the starting 11 is not available. That's what Hamit will do as a Merengue.

    And when you take into account that he cost zero euros...

    Well, that's just a Special One, isn't it. 


    Rating: 9 (out of 10)

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