We continue the transfer outlook with some thoughts on the biggest, and most intriguing, August transfers. Here’s the roundup for May/June as well as Part 1 and Part 2 the July of the Roundup. This last month has seen plenty of action as teams look to finalize what they hope to be championship-winning, or relegation-escaping, sides
We’ll take a look at the transfer deadline day deals separately, as their were a few. There were a lot of interesting moves in August, including a lot of loans for top or highly-rated players, and lots to talk about for fans of those teams involved.
Again, we’ll go by BBC’s list of transfers in each month. Hopefully there won’t be any misses as a result.
Here’s a look at some of the most intriguing transfers in August.
Mathieu Valbuena: Marseille to Dynamo Moscow
So, this one is a bit of an eyebrow-raiser. Mathieu Valbuena may not be every fans cup of tea but he’s an intelligent player who certainly should be involved in one of the top leagues in Europe. A move to Russia seems a bit of a step down but the player’s okay with it so who am I to say anything.
Eric Dier: Sporting Lisbon to Tottenham
Can’t say I knew much about Eric Dier before his transfer to Tottenham but Spurs looks like they’ve picked up an interesting player. He’s certainly gotten off to an eventful start at the club, scoring two goals in his first two games and then giving away a penalty in the loss to Liverpool. May be one to keep an eye on.
Keylor Navas: Levante to Real Madrid
The performances of Keylor Navas and Iker Casillas during the World Cup may have helped prompt this deal. Navas was brilliant for Costa Rica, off the back of a solid season with Levante, while Casillas was woeful with Spain. Casillas has started the season in goal but if he goes through a poor run of form he may end up back on the bench.
Jack Rodwell: Manchester City to Sunderland
It never quite worked out for Jack Rodwell at Manchester City, and the former Everton man(who probably should have stayed there) will get to revive his career after joining Sunderland.
Dani Osvaldo: Southampton to Inter Milan(loan)
A year after arriving in Southampton with much fanfare, Dani Osvaldo returned to Italy to join Inter Milan on loan. Osvaldo is a successful Serie A striker, and is a good pickup for Inter Milan. He won’t be a huge loss for the Saints given his lack of productivity. Interestingly enough, Inter’s Saphir Taider went the other way on-loan also but his loan was terminated on transfer deadline day.
Javier Manquillo: Atletico Madrid to Liverpool(loan)
This deal is a good one for all involved. Javier Manquillo gets game time instead of having to compete with the likes of Juanfran and Jesus Gamez, Atletico Madrid have sent out a promising youngster to get good experience at a top club and Liverpool got someone to compete with, or preferably, replace Glen Johnson. At least for two years.
Mauricio Isla: Juventus to QPR(loan)
It’s just not working out for Mauricio Isla at Juventus. He hasn’t featured much for the club since joining in 2012 and a loan move makes sense. QPR is a strange destination though. Isla should feature a lot on the right side in any formation that Harry Redknapp decides to roll out. He can attract some attention with some good performances.
Pepe Reina: Liverpool to Bayern Munich
Pepe Reina seems to like his cheerleader role for Spain. That has to be the only reasoning behind his move to Bayern Munich. He’s behind the world’s best goalkeeper in Manuel Neuer, and it’s unlikely he’ll get much playing time. He does offer a good backup should anything happen to the German though.
Aly Cissokho: Valencia to Aston Villa
Aly Cissokho is a good pickup for Aston Villa. The Villans were in the relegation battle last season partly because they had one of the worst defenses in the league. The French left-back will provide some good experience and help solidify the defense overall.
Maarten Stekelenburg: Fulham to Monaco(loan)
A goalkeeper of Maarten Stekelenburg’s caliber and experience doesn’t really want to play in the Championship, and the eventual move to Monaco makes sense.
Gary Medel: Cardiff City to Inter Milan
In an effort to bolster their midfielder Inter Milan picked up Chilean star, Gary Medel. With Cardiff City back down in the championship it wouldn’t have been long before Medel moved on. He’s showcased his skills in La Liga and the Premier League and the Serie A will soon be seeing the “Chilean Gattuso”
Thomas Vermaelen: Arsenal to Barcelona
The Arsenal to Barcelona connection continues, with Thomas Vermaelen joining a long line of Gunners who have moved to the Catalan club. Few have gone the other way though. Vermaelen is well-suited to play in the Barcelona system and should prove a solid buy, provided he stays injury free. Barcelona make another good step towards finally fixing their defense.
Ibrahim Afellay: Barcelona to Olympiakos(loan)
It’s a case of what happened when talking about Ibrahim Afellay. Injuries and fantastic form from his peers means he never made his mark at Barcelona despite his great talent. Hopefully a good season in Greece sees him return to prominence in European football.
Eliaquim Mangala: Porto FC to Manchester City
Manchester City continues a good summer with the purchase of Eliaquim Mangala. They solidified an area that wasn’t necessarily weak to begin with, and made this side even more complete.
DeAndre Yedlin: Seattle Sounders to Tottenham
DeAndre Yedlin’s performances in the World Cup were sure to attract attention, and Tottenham ended up being the victors in the race for his signature. It’s an interesting move, though, as Yedlin may have to compete with Kyle Walker, Kyle Naughton and the versatile Eric Dier unless one of the trio leaves before he joins. Staying in the US for now will definitely help his development.
Diego Lopez: Real Madrid to Milan
Not a bad transfer for Milan when you consider that Diego Lopez kept Iker Casillas on the bench for long periods in the last few seasons. Lopez may only have left Madrid as they see Keylor Navas as a younger replacement for Saint Iker.
Christian Atsu: Chelsea to Everton(loan)
Roberto Martinez continued a good summer in the transfer window with the loan signing of Christian Atsu. The Ghanaian winger was lively during the World Cup, and will add plenty of pace and trickery to the Merseyside club. He joins what is a very solid attacking group for Everton.
Shane Long: Hull City to Southampton
The most interesting thing about this transfer is the fee involved, and it has to be said that Hull City definitely got the better of the deal. That Hull sold him after obtaining his signature in January may be a warning sign but Southampton have picked up an energetic, versatile attacker who can chip in with a goal or two.
Javi Garcia: Manchester City to Zenit St. Petersburg
Both teams and the player benefit from this deal. City got rid of a player who didn’t work out in the Premier League, while Zenit pick up a very solid defensive midfielder. Javi Garcia will get a chance to work with Andres Villas Boas(for how long we don’t know) a manager who knows him from his time in Portugal.
Nicklas Bendtner: Arsenal to Wolfsburg
The greatest striker that ever lived was not greeted with much fanfare at Wolfsburg. Doubt that will put a dent in his ego. Bendtner does have talent and could be considered a very, very poor man’s Ibrahimovic due to his physical attributes and skill on the ball. He could carve out a decent career in Germany if he gets focused on playing football.
Victor Moses: Chelsea to Stoke(loan)
Chelsea loan out yet another pacy African winger, not sure what to take from that, who should impress. Victor Moses is a pretty direct attacker, and should benefit from playing time at a club that may not play as possession-based as Liverpool.
Alberto Moreno: Sevilla to Liverpool
One of the best signings of the summer based on his start at Liverpool. The error for Manchester City’s first goal aside, Moreno has been solid both defensively and in attack for the Reds and capped of a great display against Spurs with a wonderful goal. He should make the left-back spot his own with ease.
Nani: Manchester United to Sporting Lisbon(loan)
ESPN’s Michael Cox considers Nani one of the bargain transfers of the summer and that’s understandable, if he plays well. Should Nani recapture his old form, and move away from the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo, then this is a good move. Nani wasn’t going to play at United this season regardless, so at least the playing time is a bonus.
Marcos Rojo: Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United
Manchester United’s defense definitely needed a lift after the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. Rojo, coming off the back of solid World Cup, is a great addition. The Argentinian defender’s versatility means Louis Van Gaal can play a 3-5-2 or 4-3-3 with Rojo either centrally or as a fullback.
Federico Fernandez: Napoli to Swansea City
Another Argentinian defender enters the Premier League thanks to Federico Fernandez’s transfer to Swansea City. Fernandez will bring some good experience to the Swansea side, and has the physical tools, minus pace, to help solidify the Swansea defense. The club has gotten off to a great start this season, conceding one goal in three games.
Leroy Fer: Norwich City to QPR
Netherlands international, Leroy Fer, joins a long list of players making the jump from relegated clubs to those in top divisions. Fer will add some much-needed physicality, as well as a box-to-box midfield presence for the QPR midfield. He’s used to the Premier League and will be hoping to help his second English team survive the drop.
Georgios Samaras: Celtic to West Bromwich Albion
Georgios Samaras joins West Bromwich Albion and continues his British adventure in the process. The Greek striker is in an interesting player who can run at defenders and is great at holding up the ball. His strike rate isn’t anything to write home about though. Samaras does come on a free and does have Premier League experience from his time at Manchester City.
Mario Balotelli: AC Milan to Liverpool
Certainly one of the biggest, and most intriguing moves of the summer, sees Mario Balotelli return to England to don a Liverpool jersey. The Reds may have swapped one talented headcase, Luis Suarez, for another but they have gotten a proven Premier League goalscorer. Balotelli enhances the Liverpool attack and decreases the pressure on Daniel Sturridge but it is down to Brendan Rodgers to keep him in check and get the best out of him. Tough task.
Samuel Eto’o: Chelsea to Everton
Samuel Eto’o is no longer the same player from his Barcelona and Inter Milan days but he can still be effective as his debut against Chelsea showed. He won’t be expected to start every week but, yet again, Roberto Martinez has made a very shrewd signing that could reap great rewards. Having Eto’o mentor Romelu Lukaku will be a big bonus.
Angel Di Maria: Real Madrid to Manchester United
Having done all the buying they could, Real Madrid decided it was time to start selling and ushered Angel Di Maria into the welcoming arms of Manchester United. Di Maria will have a great impact on the Premier League with his all-action style, once he gets adjusted, but Madrid have let go one of their most important players. It will be interesting to see where he fits in to Louis Van Gaal’s plans but he will be there.
Michael Dawson: Tottenham to Hull City
Michael Dawson has been on the verge of leaving Tottenham in the past few seasons so this eventual move isn’t surprising. FA Cup runners-up, Hull City, have solidified their defense with a vastly experienced player who will help them keep their Premier League status at least one more season.
Kostas Manolas: Olympiakos to Roma
Without knowing too much about the player, besides the fact that Arsenal was reportedly interested at one point, his transfer to Roma seems like a good one. Manolas was a decent performer for an ever solid Greek defense during the World Cup. He will replace Mehdi Benatia, and if he can make the step up from Greek football to the Serie A, then bigger clubs may come running.
Mehdi Benatia: Roma to Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich may not have decided to sign Mehdi Benatia had Javi Martinez not gone down injured. Despite those circumstances, Bayern have picked up a fantastic player and, along with Manchester City as well possibly Chelsea, have one of the most complete squads in Europe. Benatia is comfortable playing in either a back three or back four, is a good reader of the game and should slot right into the Bayern defense.
Federico Fazio: Sevilla to Tottenham
Not to be outdone by his compatriots, Federico Fazio joined the Argentine invasion of the Premier League with his arrival at Tottenham. He will add depth and provide competition for what should be a first-choice pairing of Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen at center back. One worry is his inability to complete over 30 games in a La Liga season due to injuries etc.
Wilfried Zaha: Manchester United to Crystal Palace(loan)
Nothing like returning to familiar places to get one playing good again and that seems to be the case with Wilfried Zaha after his return to Crystal Palace on loan. Another bonus is the fact that Zaha gets to play under former manager, Neil Warnock, again after his return. One game has brought one goal, and those involved will hope for many more.
Esteban Cambiasso: Inter Milan to Leicester City
You have to look no further than Esteban Cambiasso’s move to Leicester City for the most shocking transfer of the summer. The Argentine midfielder brings a wealth of experience and talent that City will be hoping can help them stave off relegation. They’ve looked solid so far despite not picking up a win, and you would think that Cambiasso will add a measure of organization to the Leicester midfield.
Douglas: Sao Paulo to Barcelona
Barcelona completed what was an expensive, and extensive, summer transfer window with the signing of right-back, Douglas. The arrival of the Brazilian helps the club cope with the impending departure of Dani Alves at the end of the season, as they will unable to make any new signings until 2016.
Xabi Alonso: Real Madrid to Bayern Munich
Real Madrid and Bayern Munich raised eyebrows with an interesting move that sees Xabi Alonso join the German club. Alonso has been an integral part of the Madrid setup since his arrival in 2009, with his vision, passing and positional sense providing balance and helping them control games. He will continue that role at Bayern, inevitably strengthening the Bavarian club while weakening Madrid.
Alex Song: Barcelona to West Ham(loan)
Ha. Ha, ha ha. Alex Song surely didn’t think he would return to London to play for the likes of West Ham but that’s how far his stock has fallen since joining Barcelona. Song will be looking to make the best of his loan move and rekindle the form that saw him eventually make his big-money move. His familiarity with the league will help, and his skills could increase West Ham’s ability to play a more expansive game while still retaining a physical presence in the middle.
Daniel Agger: Liverpool to Brondby
While the player’s decision to move is ultimately a deciding factor, it is interesting that a player of Daniel Agger’s caliber decided to move back to the Danish league with former club, Brondby. Agger, 29, has had some injury problems but is still in the peak of his career and could still have been a useful addition elsewhere. Ahem, Arsenal.
Fernando Torres: Chelsea to AC Milan(loan)
Fernando Torres has been a shadow of his former self while at Chelsea and a move was always on. His transfer to AC Milan is good for all involved as Chelsea get rid of dead-weight, Milan get a replacement for Mario Balotelli and Torres gets the playing time necessary to, hopefully, rekindle some of his best form.
Loic Remy: QPR to Chelsea
Out with the old, in with the new. Chelsea’s signing of Loic Remy allows them to replace Fernando Torres with a pacier, versatile and more confident attacker who can certainly contribute to the cause. Remy has been pretty productive since entering the Premier League midway through the 2012/13 season, and can definitely get among the goals with the likes of Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas providing service.
Salomon Kalou: Lille to Hertha Berlin
Salomon Kalou, once of Chelsea, is now playing in his third major league after joining Hertha Berlin from Lille. The move seems a bit of a step back for Kalou though, as he was a pretty effective double-digit scorer for the French side. They will be playing in Europe this season and he won’t.
Shinji Kagawa: Manchester United to Borussia Dortmund
Shinji Kagawa returned to Borussia Dortmund after failing to make his mark at Manchester United. That’s mainly down to the succession of managers during his time at the club either failing to trust him or placing him in a position where he could be most effective. Still, the Japanese international’s lack of confidence due to his troubles at the club was clear at the World Cup and a move back to Dortmund should see him return to his best.
Alessio Cerci: Torino to Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid’s signing of Alessio Cerci is another move that strengthens the attack collectively after the departure of Diego Costa. Cerci scored 13 goals and had 10 assists with Torino last season, and given his talent, he should be a good asset to the Madrid attack.