There is quite simply nothing like the excitement of the transfer market. Whether it is watching how power shifts from one club to the other, stars and talents get their chance on the big stage or reading gossip and rumors, there are plenty of activities to be a part of during the transfer window. Just be careful not to miss the deadline like Real Madrid did when they tried to sign David De Gea! This time we take a look at the Top 11 transfer of the year behind us.
11. Sami Khedira
We start off our list with Juventus’ bargain signing of German midfielder Sami Khedira. Just taking a peek at his footballing CV is enough to make sure we’re looking at a player of the highest calibre. Juventus signed him on a free transfer from Real Madrid in the summer and is gradually starting to utilize his versatility and two-way game to the fullest. Many doubt Khedira can reach the elite level he was once capable of with Real, but Juve’s form and ambitions may prove otherwise.
10. Raheem Sterling
Arguably the biggest talent of English football right now, Raheem Sterling has caused some noise with his move from Liverpool to Manchester City. Arguments with Brendan Rodgers at the start of the season, solving problems through the media and demanding a transfer several times – Sterling’s move to Manuel Pellegrini’s side was far from a calm one. The young attacking winger seems content right now and doesn’t mind the boos coming from his former club’s fans. If he can keep his mind on the game, he should prove a key player in City’s attempt to rebuild the squad in the near future.
9. Carlos Tevez
Just when Juventus was starting to reach the height of its power, Carlos Tevez decided it was time to pack his bags and go back to the club he professed his eternal love for – Boca Juniors, in his native Argentina. For a man considered among the best strikers in Europe it was quite a gutsy move, and without doubt a shocking one for many a football fan. Juve did the right thing and let him go without any fuss. He has gone on to score five goals in twelve appearances for Boca this season.
8. Anthony Martial
It is bewildering how much was unknown about France’s young talented striker Anthony Martial prior to his arrival in England. He showed real glimpses of brilliance while playing for Monaco against Arsenal in the Champions League last season, but critics of Manchester United were quick to point out just how absurdly costly his transfer to Louis van Gaal’s side was. No one seems to be talking about the transfer fee right now and Martial’s cool demeanor has enabled him to score some vital goals for United, despite the team’s poor recent form. The Frenchman’s progression will be a fascinating one to watch.
7. Christian Benteke
Apart from doing the Lebron James celebration every time he scores a goal and missing a couple of real sitters, Belgium’s star Christian Benteke has already proven his worth to Liverpool by netting some of the most crucial goals for the Reds in this season’s campaign, including a stunner against arch rivals Manchester United. He might not be a perfect fit for Jurgen Klopp’s fast-moving, ever fluent philosophy, but he has scored three match-winning goals in the Premier League so far, bringing precious points to his side.
6.Angel di Maria
Something was very off in the way Louis van Gaal and Angel di Maria communicated last summer. At one point during the summer it became clear Di Maria wasn’t going to take part in Manchester United’s preseason tour, so PSG were quick to react and offered a sizeable amount of money his way to secure an important transfer. Di Maria seems happier in Paris and has contributed to his team with some brilliant assists and goals. In 15 appearances for the club, he has found the net six times and provided an assist nine times. Not bad, Angel.
5. Toby Alderweireld
The Belgian defender has got his name on the lips of numerous fans and neutrals – and for good reason. Alderweireld’s form has been nothing short of spectacular as he has proven himself a danger in the opposition box by scoring some vital goals for Tottenham. A relatively low-key transfer at the time, Toby signed for Pochettino’s side without any real pressure of performing at the highest level, but has constantly found a way to influence match after match.
4. Kevin de Bruyne
Instant impact is what Manuel Pellegrini was hoping for when he splashed the cash on Wolfsburg’s Belgian superstar Kevin de Bruyne, which is exactly what he got. De Bruyne scored just seven days after his debut and proved a game-changer further down the stretch, providing Manchester City with some firepower and flair. Definitely one to watch in the upcoming years and a great buy for last year’s Premier League runners-up.
3. Petr Cech
Arsenal are keen on winning the Premier League title this year and they need a top-notch keeper to do so. Signing Petr Cech is one of the wisest transfers in Arsenal’s recent history, as the experienced goalkeeper has proven himself countless times whilst playing for Chelsea. Right now, Cech is the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets in the Premier League and is looking as agile and motivated as ever. If the Gunners win the title, Petr will surely be a hero in the eyes of every fan out there. He’s deserved a chance to shine at the very highest level, in any case.
2. Arturo Vidal
The Chilean had a dreamlike year, winning the Copa America with Chile and almost completing a treble with his former club Juventus. He demanded a greater challenge and got one: Pep Guardiola secured his signing for Bayern in a move many saw coming. A top club picking up a top quality player did not catch anyone by surprise and Vidal seems to be handling his new surroundings quite nicely.
1. Douglas Costa
It takes about five minutes of watching Douglas Costa play to understand just how big of a threat he is to opposing defenders. Bringing the fear factor means opening up spaces all over the pitch, and Bayern have used the Brazilian to do just that throughout the 2015/2016 campaign. With a dribbling skill set like no other, a solid work rate and the attacking instinct of a nocturnal predator, he is sure to bring points to his club on his own – even if Pep Guardiola is not there to see it. Bringing him in from Shakhtar Donetsk is one of the best moves of the summer, without a doubt.
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