Who are the top-10 transfers so far this summer?
Sami Khedira (Juventus from Real Madrid):
Juventus got the deal of a lifetime as they snapped up German international Sami Khedira for free after his contract with Real Madrid expired. Khedira, 28, has 56 caps for the German national team and was part of last summer’s World Cup winning team. He spent five years in Madrid but got limited playing time the two last seasons, something that played into his decision to leave the club.
In Khedira, Juventus now has an excellent replacement to Andrea Pirlo who left for the MLS and the New York City FC. A central midfield that includes Khedira, Chilean star Arturo Vidal, and French super talent Paul Pogba could be one of the best in the world.
Mario Mandzukic (Juventus from Atletico Madrid):
Juventus did have to splash the cash to get Mandzukic away from Atletico Madrid, but they get a proven goalscorer that has 60 caps for the Croatian national team, and has won titles with Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Dinamo Zagreb.
Mandzukic spent the last season in Madrid after two years with Bayern and scored 20 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions. Juve lost Carlos Tevez who went back to Argentina and Boca Juniors, but Mandzukic is a great replacement that has the ability to occupy two center-backs all by himself.
Geoffrey Kondogbia (Inter Milan from Monaco):
Kondogbia was coveted by several teams, but the Nerazzurri won out and landed the 22-year-old French midfielder. Kondogbia is seen as one of the most promising young midfielders in Europe, and has four caps for the French national team.
He spent the two last seasons with AS Monaco in the French Ligue 1. Inter has been extremely active on the transfer market as they try to get back to the glory days of 2005-2010 when the club dominated Serie A and also won the Champions League (2010).
Arda Turan (Barcelona from Atletico Madrid):
Barcelona keeps vacuuming La Liga for the top talent, and Arda Turan is the latest addition. After several impressive years with Atletico Madrid, the 28-year-old Turkish international will head to Catalonia and battle for a starting spot in a star-studded Barcelona lineup.
The attacking midfielder spent four years in Madrid and was a star for Turkish side Galatasaray before that. He has 81 caps for the Turkish national team on his resume, that also includes league titles with Atletico and Galatasaray and a Europa League title with Atletico.
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United from Bayern Munich):
German national team captain Bastian Schweinsteiger is a huge signing for Manchester United and he brings an impressive resume with him to Old Trafford. During his time with Bayern Munich, a club he’s spent 15 years with in the first team, Schweinsteiger won eight German Bundesliga titles, nine domestic cup titles, and one Champions League title.
He ended up playing 500 games for Bayern, scoring 67 goals from his central midfield role. He also has 111 caps for the German national team and was part of last summer’s World Cup winning side.
Petr Cech (Arsenal from Chelsea):
Petr Cech found himself in an unusual role last season as he became the backup to Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea. The 33-year-old Czech goalkeeper is still considered one of the best in the world and he will be a huge upgrade for Arsenal as they’ve been searching for an elite goalkeeper ever since Jens Lehmann left the team in 2008.
Cech has vast experience from the Premier League, featuring in over 300 league games for Chelsea. He was not pleased being the backup and was allowed to leave the team as the season concluded. It was a nice gesture by Chelsea to accept an offer from a rival, and Cech might come back to haunt the champions next season when the two teams meet.
Robin van Persie (Fenerbahce from Manchester United):
One of Dutch soccer biggest stars is heading to Turkey after spending 11 years in the Premier League with Arsenal and Manchester United. After a very successful first season at Old Trafford with United in 2012/2013 he’s been struggling with injuries and finding his form.
Last season he only featured in 29 games, scoring 10 goals. That is not good enough when playing for United and the 31-year-old striker was put up for sale. Fenerbahce ponied up the cash to bring him to Turkey and he’s a major signing for the Turkish league as they try to make a mark in the European club competitions.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City from Liverpool):
Manchester City paid a huge amount ($76 million) to pry away Sterling from Liverpool. The 20-year-old English winger will have a lot of pressure on him to come into the team and start performing right off the bat. He was inconsistent during his time at Liverpool and there will be no room for error at City as they have a number of players that can come in and take his spot in the lineup.
Sterling is seen as one of the biggest prospects in Europe, and has 16 caps for the English national team. He played 95 league games for Liverpool, scoring 18 goals.
Andrea Pirlo (New York City FC from Juventus):
The MLS just got another superstar to join the league as Andrea Pirlo recently signed a deal with New York City FC. Pirlo is one of the most decorated and well-known players in the game still active and he has won titles with AC Milan and Juventus during his time in Serie A and also won a World Cup title with Italy in 2006.
Pirlo won two league titles and two Champions League titles during his time at AC Milan and won four straight league titles with Juventus. The 36-year-old midfielder still can perform at the highest level and was a huge part in Juventus success last season as they won the Serie A and got to the Champions League final.
Memphis Depay (Manchester United from PSV):
Memphis Depay’s transfer to Manchester United from PSV was the first forray into the transfer market this off-season for United. The 21-year-old winger already has 17 caps for the Dutch national team and is seen as one of the best prospects in Europe. United manager Louis van Gaal had Depay during his time as national team coach, and his arrival was greeted with much love from the United faithful.
In 90 Dutch league games, Depay scored 39 goals, including 22 goals last season in 30 appearances. He’s seen as being in the same mold as former United great Cristiano Ronaldo.