No matter how exciting a football season is, the transfer period has something fascinating and thrilling always in its stock. Though some of them are predictable, it is the unpredictable moves that thrill us and keep us excited even when the season is not on roll.
The current season has witnessed some of the best transfers till date. Though most of them were made with the money power of the clubs, one can definitely rest assured about the quality of the players as well as the clubs they were transferred to. So, in case you are not updated about the transfers or were drooling over some particular ones, here are the top 10 transfers that took place in European football this year.
A jubilant player of the victorious U21 side of Spain, this striker was the target of more than one high profile clubs of European football. Though Manuel Pelligrini, the manager at Manchester City hoped to move this striker to his current club, owing to the connection of the two at Malaga, the final move was made by Real Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti linked up this striker with Real Madrid from Malaga in exchange of £23 million.
9 Radamel Falcao
Falcao was one of the most sought after striker this season. The name of Manchester City is again linked to the transfer of this Colombian striker. But, with a whopping £53 million transfer fee, French football giant Monaco secured the deal with Spanish club Atletico Madrid.
8 Kevin Strootman
Though Italian football giant AS Roma has witnessed a number of their key players like Marquinhos, Dani Osvaldo, and Erik Lamela depart the club, they have been able to finalize the transfer deal of Kevin Strootman, a Dutch defensive midfielder, from PSV Eindhoven in exchange of £15.6 million.
7 Asier Illarramendi
This midfield jewel from Spain’s Under 21 side was the reason behind all the astonishments of numerous football lovers. Just like Isco, Spanish giants Real Madrid sealed the deal for this player in exchange of £34 million, but this time, from Real Sociedad.
When it comes to football transfers, can Brazilian players be left behind? This great central defender from Brazil has been marked as the fifth most costly defender of all time as he was transferred from AS Roma to PSG in exchange of £28 million transfer fee.
5 Mario Gotze
It was a bit of a war between two German rivals Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich when it came to the transfer of Mario Gotze, a sharp midfielder, to the later club. The deal between the two clubs was signed at £32 million.
4 James Rodriguez
James Rodriguez, the Colombian who can be easily enlisted among the most effective strikers, was moved from Porto to Monaco, who showed faith upon this striker just like Falcao. The club spent around £38.5 million to seal the deal.
Yet another Brazilian star in the list, this can be one of the most effective transfers in a long time. Spanish giant Barcelona quite expectedly finalized the deal with Santos, in exchange of around £50 million. Since his arrival, Neymar has tried his best as a striker by scoring multiple goals for the Spanish side.
2 Edinson Cavani
Though Manchester City and Chelsea were behind this blasting Uruguayan striker, Cavani chose PSG, the French side, well over others as he was transferred from Napoli for a whopping £55 million.
1 Gareth Bale
This deal can easily be kept at the primary spot, irrespective of the form of the effective midfielder. The much hyped move took place between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid as the later spent around a mind-blowing £100 million for this player.
Though the list is about the top 10 transfers, it would remain quite incomplete without the transfer news of Mario Gomez, who was transferred to Fiorentina from Bayern Munich in exchange of £13 million. With 113 goals in 174 games for Bayern, this might be one of the most effective transfers of the year.
After one completes reading the list, only one thing might arise in the mind. The game of football has been beautiful since its arrival. Now, money blended within, the appropriate transfers will hopefully make the game more beautiful than ever while providing us with some spine-chilling, and nail-biting moments.