Sergio Aguero and the Top 10 Biggest Moves
The transfer window slammed shut on Wednesday night after a frantic day of activity that took the Premier League's spending to a mammoth £485 million from June 1 to August 31.
With the summer transfer window now closed until January and with each player taking a part in the clubs' history, here is a quick look at the top 10 biggest moves that took place.
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The 23 year old Argentinian hitman was one of the early movers of the summer, with Manchester City jumping ahead of rivals by paying Atletico the players' buy out clause straight up while other clubs tried to negotiate.
The player was being targeted by a number of European clubs including Serie A giants Juventus and Inter. Augero was also a target for Manchester United at one point and Chelsea tried and failed several times in the past to sign the player.
Aguero enjoyed one of the best Premier League debuts scoring two goals and setting up another, and with Man City's attack looking more and more dangerous expect the goals to flow.
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Javier Pastore- Palermo to FC Paris Saint-Germain, £38m
Pastore turned down Chelsea to join PSG, as Middle Eastern money continues to make waves across Europe. The move raised many eyebrows as Pastore was reported to be Chelsea's top target and had previously expressed a desire to play in the Premier League in the spring.
However, the Argentinian was singing a very different tune come summer: "Paris St-Germain have real ambitions to become one of the most competitive clubs in Europe," Pastore said, echoing the language used by many nouveau riche clubs' new recruits. "I'm honoured that their directors chose me to be one of the players to help them climb the mountain to where they want to be."
Pastore is undoubted a great player with immense talent only time will tell if he's made the right decision.
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Radamel Falcao- FC Porto to Atletico Madrid, £35m
Atletico were quick to splash the cash from selling Aguero and snapped up one of Europe's most goal potent strikers. Falcao scored 34 goals last season to help Porto lift a league, cup and Europa League Treble under Andre Villas-Boas.
The striker had also been linked to Chelsea and some would question the wisdom of moving from a club playing in the Champions League to one that might struggle to qualify, there have been allegations that the move was pushed through by the player's agent. Regardless Falcao is almost guaranteed to score goals galore.
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Fábio Coentrão- SL Benfica to Real Madrid CF, £26.5m
Jose Mourinho took full advantage of the control he now asserts at Real, following the sacking of Jorge Valdano in May, to sign the left back he actually wanted last season.
Coentrão is an excellent defender whilst providing an attacking threat as well. Mourinho will hope he can provide competition for the erratic and unreliable Marcelo, and help the club compete with Barca this season.
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One of world footballs longest-running sagas in over and we can all breath a sigh of relief. Barca's lost golden boy has finally returned to wear the shirt he was once promised by their current manager.
Having already one his first piece of silverware with Barca in the UEFA Supercup, he will be for more Catalan glory by the end of the season.
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Samuel Eto'o- F.C. Internazionale Milano to Anzhi Makhachkala, £24m
Samuel Eto'o is a double European Treble winner and was Inter's top scorer last season, but left the Milanese giants to become the highest paid athlete ever-in a deal worth a staggering £29m a year and described by Anzhi as 'good business.'
Obscurity does have its compensations, and besides, what does he have left to prove anyway??
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Samir Nasri- Arsenal to Manchester City, £24m
Nasri joined the Arsenal exodus and joined former Gunners Kolo Toure and Gael Clichy at Eastlands. The Frenchman was arguably Arsenal's best player last season and had an excellent debut for the Citizens slotting seamlessly into the City attack.
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Juan Manuel Mata, Valencia CF to Chelsea, £23.5m
Chelsea captured the highly-rated Spanish winger right under the noses of rivals Arsenal and Liverpool with Gunners having a bid rejected before the Blues stepped in.
Mata will provide Chelsea with much needed creativity and add some flair to an otherwise sterile team. Scored on his debut for the Blues coming off the bench.
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Alexis Sánchez- Udinese Calico to FC Barcelona, £23m
The stellar Chilean forward was courted by almost every big European club including both Manchester clubs but chose Catalunya. Guardiola's latest acquisition has some fans drooling over the Barca attack, and others cringing at the thought of another ace in the Catlan's hand.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic- FC Barcelona to AC Milan, £21m
The Swede notched 28 goals and 15 assists last season as AC Milan romped to the Serie A title. Massimo Allegri's masterstroke loan signing is now permanent and will continue to score for the Rossoneri.
It must also be noted that the move represents staggering bad business for Barca who signed the player for in excess of £61m from Inter in 2009.
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