Transfer season has got to be one of the best parts of the summer in the world of football. Clubs are rushing to sign a player they hope will change their fortunes, or aid them in recapturing glory. Millions are spent on players, (those clubs haven’t heard about the recession we are in apparently) not always spent wisely mind you. Without further delay here are my winners and losers….so far
-Paris Saint-Germain- Having been bought by Qatari investors, PSG was all of a sudden full of money to splash on major players. Their highest profile signing has got to be that of Argentine midfielder Javier Pastore, whom they bought from Italian club Palermo for around 37 million euros. The young Pastore has 17 goals to go along with 12 assists in his time with Palermo. Looks like money well spent on this young playmaker. Other signings include Mohamed Sissoko from Juventus, Jeremy Menez from Roma, and Nicolas Douchez from Rennes
-Manchester City – As we know by know Manchester City isn’t shy about spending its millions as they have shown in the past. With their recent berth in the Champions League they will need depth in that already powerful lineup. This years star signing for City is Sergio “Kun” Aguero. Aguero, who cost City around 38 million euros to pry from Atletico Madrid, is already a known name at such a young age. The argentine internatonal has over 100 goals in a short period of time. Other signings include Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri both from Arsenal
-Anzhi Makhachkala- The Russian equivalent of Manchester City, in terms spending potential. This up and coming club is fixing to join the elites of Europe with its star studded signings. The spotlight should obviously fall on Cameroon international Samuel Eto’o. Eto’o ,who moved from Inter Milan to reportedly become one of the top 3 best paid players in football, needs no introduction to the public. He is a complete forward who scores at will, and has won every major competition in Europe. Eto’o has well over 200 scores in his illustrious career. Other signings include Yuri Zhirkov from Chelsea and Balazs Dzsudzsak from PSV
Notable Mention: Barcelona, Malaga, Atletico Madrid
-Arsenal- You have to feel bad from English side Arsenal.They were in a losing battle in the long drawn out Cesc Fabregas saga. Fabregas had made it clear ever since last year that he intended to join his childhood club Barcelona. Arsenal had no choice but to sell off their captain. To make it worse Arsenal also lost french international Samir Nasri to Manchester City
-Aston Villa- This English side who is always a consistent performer in one of the world’s best leagues, lost two if its best players. The most important being England international Ashley Young. Young is a starter for England and was responsible for a lot of electric runs at Villa Park. Manchester United jumped at the chance to pick this speedster up. The loss of Stewart Downing too, hurts this Villa side
-FC Porto- The Portuguese League champions did very well last season. They won the Europa League, beating fellow Portuguese side Braga. All is not well afterwards though. Big clubs are after their young starlets. The big one in this case is Colombian international Radamel Falcao.Falcao was responsible for more than 70 goal during his stay in Porto. The other minus here is not a player but a coach; Andre Villas-Boas who left for London giants Chelsea. Villas-Boas didn’t have a long stay at Porto but along the way became the youngest coach to win a European club title.