Five great transfers in Europe

by Kevin Coleman

Real Madrid have dominated the transfer market this summer, but who else have been making changes around Europe? Here are five great summer transfers from around the continent.

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Diego Werder Bremen to Juventus (€24.5m)

The Brazilian dynamo is undoubtedly one of the biggest talents in the world, and earned himself a big money move to the Serie A club earlier this summer. Diego has impressed at Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga, scoring 38 goals in his three year spell at the club. He is a highly talented attacking midfielder, and should relish the chance to take on the Italian League with his new club Juventus around players like Alessandro Del Piero and Amauri.

Lisandro Lopez FC Porto to Lyon (€24m)

The Argentinian striker joined French giants Lyon this summer for an enormous €24m, a move that has slipped under the radar of many people. After joining Porto, he became a key player and scored 49 goals during his time at the club. Lisandro made an immediate impression at Lyon, scoring on his league debut against Le Mans last weekend to earn them a 2-2 draw.

Mario Gomez VfB Stuttgart to Bayern Munich (€30m)

When you score 35 goals in one season, you’re going to attract attention from big clubs and after a fantastic season at Stuttgart, Munich spent €30m on bringing Germany’s newest star striker to the Allianz Arena. It may seem a lot, but the big striker’s goal scoring ability will be a welcome addition to that of Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose.

Yoann Gourcuff AC Milan to Bordeaux (€13.7m)

After beginning his career at French club Rennes, Yoann was linked to a number of top European clubs and moved to Italian giants AC Milan in 2006 for just over €3million, but his playing time was insufficient and after two years of sitting on the bench he moved to Bordeaux on loan. Last year Gourcuff played 37 games for the French side, and scored 12 goals earning him a €13.7m permanent move this summer. The 23-year-old is regarded as one of the top French talents around – and has already netted twice in the Ligue Un campaign which kicked off last weekend.

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Felipe Melo Fiorentina to Juventus (€25m)

The Brazilian centre midfielder has already established himself in the national side after an impressive spell at Italian side Fiorentina. Melo is a big holding midfielder, expected to follow in the footsteps of Dunga and Mauro Silva at next year’s World Cup in the heart of Brazil’s midfield. Juventus spent €25m on bringing the tough man to the Stadio Olimpico.

13 Responses

  1. Emmet Hadfield says:

    Spending £30m on a striker like Gomez is excessive even if he’d be a guaranteed started but when you already have Toni and Klose and then bring Ivica Olic on a free transfer spending that much on Gomez is madness

  2. Kevin Coleman Kevin Coleman says:

    I agree – €30m is far too much but I think he’s capable of scoring up to 30 goals in the Bundesliga. From what I’ve seen of him, he’s superb in the air and is a perfect target man for finishers like Toni and Klose around him.

    But don’t think he’s worth €30m.

  3. Gomez will be great in the Bundesliga, but he’ll bottle it at the big international/European stages.
    He bottled big time for Germany at Euro 2008.
    He bottled big time for Stuttgart in the Champion’s League the last two seasons.
    Gomez is a bottler.

  4. Oh and he bottled it in the German Cup Final two years ago.
    By the way, Youann Gourcuff for 13.7m is a great bit of business for Bordeaux.

  5. Kevin Coleman Kevin Coleman says:

    So, Gomez is a bit of a bottler I hear?

    Yep on Gourcuff – amazing player.

  6. pickarooney says:

    Porto brought in 44 million euros this summer – not bad business when you consider they’ll still be up there at the top of the league in May.

    I’ve started an article on Gourcuff that I must get finished tomorrow…

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  8. pickarooney says:

    Actually, that’s over 60 million with Cissokho. Wonder what they’ll do with that?

  9. Galvin Khara says:

    In my humble opinion Marseille have made the best overall transfers this summer, some unbelievable coups really. Lucho Gonzalez from Porto (for only 18 million), Heinze from Madrid, Morientes on a free. Add to that the signings of Cisse, Abriel, Diawara, Givet, and a few other unknown quantities.

    They already have the likes of Ben Arfa in their ranks, if they can click they’ll be a shoe in for the Ligue 1 title. Especially considering that Lyon have spent most of their Benzema money on Lopez, is he going to be that much better for them?

  10. Richard Walsh says:

    Lyon have, to my mind, panic bought. Having announced that they were running a deficit and that the sale of Benzema was necessary to offset this, they then spent double the amount on four overpriced players. Gomis will flop, Lopez should in theory be able to rack up the goals in the French league (roughly on a par with the Portuguese) and has a fair bit of experience in Europe (if Lyon even make it to the CL). Cissokho and Bastos are promising but may not live up to expectations.

    Marseille sold Cissé and Givet, who were both out on loan last year, so apart from recouping some cash that won’t make a difference to their squad. I reckon Ben Arfa is on his last chance, if he can stop being a bitch and get some serious playing time under Deschamps (here’s hoping) then he has the ability to do great things. It’s a big IF though and he could eb out the door on the cheap by January.

  11. Euro soccer says:

    I think Juve made the best deal by signing Diego from Bremen

  12. pickarooney says:

    Just looking at this a year on – four flops and a hit!

  13. mark says:

    i wouldnt call lisandro a flop, strike rate of 1 in 2 for a new club is pretty good IMO, including 7 in 12 in europe

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