David Villa, Sami Khedira and the Top 11 Impact Signings in La Liga

Andrew Jordan@@Andrew_JordanSenior Writer IAugust 12, 2010

David Villa, Sami Khedira and the Top 11 Impact Signings in La Liga

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    BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 21:  Barcelona's new signing David Villa juggles the ball as he poses for the cameras during his presentation at the Camp Nou stadium on May 21, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Siu Pong Wu Lau/Getty Images)
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    After a thrilling summer in which we saw tons of great moves throughout the football world, the domestic league campaigns are just about to get underway in Europe in what should be a great season of football.

    And where better to look at then Spain, the reigning World Cup champions, as La Liga is about to get underway with several major moves taking shape over the summer.

    With this in mind, here is a look at the 11 biggest transfers in La Liga this season (including David Villa and Sami Khedira)!

No 11 Ricardo Carvalho (Real Madrid)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29:  Ricardo Carvalho of Chelsea runs with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge on August 29, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)
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    Cost: €8 million

    Old Club: Chelsea

    The latest addition to Real Madrid from Chelsea, Portuguese defender Ricardo Carvalho looks to become a major part of Real Madrid's plans this season despite having an established defense that awaits him.

    Above anything else, Carvalho is a great defensive pickup for fellow countryman Jose Mourinho (who was his coach at Chelsea) and he truly is a great pickup by Real Madrid.

No 10 Adriano Correia (Barcelona)

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    EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10:  Adriano Correia of Sevilla FC celebrates after they won the UEFA Cup final against Middlesbrough FC on May 10, 2006 at the PSV Stadion in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Sevilla FC won 4-0.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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    Cost: €9.5 million

    Old Club: Sevilla

    Known simply as Adriano, Barcelona added the Brazilian to their roster as their biggest defensive move this summer.

    Adriano has been one of Sevilla's best defenders over the last four seasons, and Barcelona truly pulled out a great defender with this move.

    This move also can help Adriano in an attempt to get onto Brazil's National Team by time the 2014 World Cup rolls around four years from now.

No 9 Alberto Costa (Valencia)

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    Cost: €6.5 million

    Old Club: Montpelier

    An attacking midfielder with a great amount of skill, Alberto Costa was picked up by Valencia over the summer as he replaced David Silva (who is now at Manchester City).

    Last year, Costa was a huge part of the Montpelier squad that made a huge dash at the Ligue 1 title (ultimately losing out to Marseille at the end of the season), and he will try to help Valencia as they look to gain ground on Barcelona and Real Madrid.

No 8 Roberto Soldado (Valencia)

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    GETAFE, SPAIN - MARCH 13: Roberto Soldado of Getafe in action during the La Liga match between Getafe and Mallorca at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on March 13, 2010 in Getafe, Spain.  (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Cost: €10 million

    Old Club: Getafe

    A former member of Real Madrid, Roberto Soldado now finds himself on yet another side since he left the nation's capital in 2008.

    Overall, Soldado is now replacing David Villa at Valencia, and this move is huge as Soldado looks to make Spain's squad for Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup.

No 7 Pedro Leon (Real Madrid)

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    GETAFE, SPAIN - MARCH 13: Ayoze Diaz of Mallorca duels for the ball with Pedro Leon of Getafe during the La Liga match between Getafe and Mallorca at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on March 13, 2010 in Getafe, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Cost: €10 million

    Old Club: Getafe

    An extremely talented (yet somewhat troubled) individual, Pedro Leon moved from Getafe to Real Madrid this summer in one of La Liga's most expensive transfers.

    Overall, Leon had been linked to the Bernabeu for several seasons and even though he is not a starter, he can easily progress into one if he can capture his brief moments of brilliance into his everyday play, Leon could become one incredible signing for Real Madrid.

No 6 Filipe Luis Kasmirski (Atletico Madrid)

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    Cost: €12 million

    Old Club: Deportivo La Coruna

    After leaving Deportivo, Filipe Luis Kasmirski now is with Atletico Madrid, where he hopes to once again make it into Brazil's squad for the 2014 World Cup.

    Filipe can play as both a defender or a left winger, and he really will help Atletico Madrid as he will be with fellow signing Diego Godin in the back.

No 5 Sergio Canales (Real Madrid)

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    MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 04:  Sergio Canales of Racing Santander in action during the Copa del Rey semi-final, first leg match between Atletico Madrid and Racing Santander at the Vicente Calderon Stadium on February 4, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by De
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    Cost: €4.5 million

    Old Club: Racing Santander

    Another great young player picked up by Real Madrid this summer, Sergio Canales is poised to become a star with Real Madrid this upcoming season after a great preseason.

    Canales is going to be a star one day in La Liga, and this move to Real Madrid only moves him closer to becoming a potential starter for Spain in the 2014 World Cup.

No 4 Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)

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    PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 10: Diego Godin of Uruguay in action during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Third Place Play-off match between Uruguay and Germany at The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on July 10, 2010 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
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    Cost: €8 million

    Old Club: Villarreal

    After an impressive job at the 2010 World Cup in which he helped Uruguay make the semifinals for the first time since 1970, Uruguayan defender Diego Godin now is joining Atletico Madrid from Villarreal in the upcoming season.

    Overall, Godin proved that he is one of the best center backs in the world during the World Cup, and this move to Atletico Madrid is a great move.

No 3 Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid)

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    BERLIN - OCTOBER 23: Angel Di Maria of Benfica in action during the UEFA Cup match between Hertha BSC Berlin and Benfica Lisbon of group B at the Olympic stadium on October 23, 2008 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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    Cost: €25 million

    Old Club: Benfica

    Real Madrid's first real major signings with Jose Mourinho in charge, Angel di Maria is a great playmaker and will become a future star with Real Madrid after staring for Argentina in the 2010 World Cup.

    Di Maria of course was being pursued by Real Madrid for the last year, and his acquisition is the biggest move by los Blancos during the summer.

No 2 Sami Khedira (Real Madrid)

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    PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 18:  Sami Khedira of Germany in action during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Germany and Serbia at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on June 18, 2010 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  (Photo by Came
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    Cost: €12 million 

    Old Club: VfB Stuttgart

    After a fantastic World Cup for Germany in which many people thought he was bound to move from Stuttgart, Sami Khedira did exactly that as he is now a member of Real Madrid as one of los Blancos biggest moves of the summer transfer window.

    Khedira is an extremely skilled midfielder who is great in the air and has great long-range shooting ability, two facets that will help Real Madrid out tremendously this season.

No 1 David Villa (Barcelona)

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    CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 29:  David Villa of Spain celebrates scoring the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Spain and Portugal at Green Point Stadium on June 29, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.
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    Cost: €40 million

    Old Club: Valencia 

    Spain's best outfield player during the World Cup and one of the top strikers in the World, David Villa was able to prove he was worth 40 million euros as he scored five goals for World Cup champion Spain during the World Cup.

    Villa is of course the second highest goalscorer for Spain all-time, and is the best striker in the world right now as he will make Barcelona's already incredible attack into one of the best attacks of all-time.

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