Friday, 2 September 2011

Goal.com's Top 20 Transfers of Summer 2011


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The summer deadline has now passed, as clubs from across Europe finalized those all-important deals before the end of the window. Here is our final list of the best moves.



 Cesc FABREGAS

From: Arsenal
To: 
Barcelona
Fee: 
34 million euros
It may have been the most tedious of transfer
sagas but there can be little doubting the
 impact that Fabregas’ move will have on
 both Barcelona and Arsenal. A tactical
reshuffle seems likely at Camp Nou
and the 24-year-old is the reason
 for it. With perfection having seemingly been
 reached by Pep Guardiola last season, it
speaks volumes that he’s willing to fix what
 isn’t broken by adding the former Arsenal star.
GROUP A

2  Sergio AGUERO
From: Atletico Madrid
To: 
Manchester City
Fee: 
38 million euros

The former Atletico Madrid man had
been earmarked as the replacement
for the unsettled Carlos Tevez but
 'El Kun' has the ability to far surpass
 the achievements of his compatriot
 at Eastlands. Strong, fast and deadly
 in front of goal, the explosive star looks
 set to take the Premier League by storm
 in 2011-12 and beyond.
GROUP A
3  Samir NASRI
From: Arsenal
To:
 Manchester City 
Fee: 
25 million euros

Having swiftly followed Cesc Fabregas
out of the Emirates, Samir Nasri is a
signifier of the power shift currently taking
 place in the Premier League by joining
Roberto Mancini's men. Clearly believing
that the Eastlands outfit has the ability
 to chase silverware, the Frenchman
could prove pivotal to his new side's title aspirations. 
GROUP A
4  Alexis SANCHEZ
From: Udinese
To: 
Barcelona 
Fee: 
26 million euros

Shortly after joining the European champion,
 the Chile international declared that he
hopes to one day be as good as new
teammate Lionel Messi. Sanchez may
have some way to go yet, but one thing
 is for certain, La Liga has itself yet another superstar in this explosive 22-year old.

5  Arturo VIDAL

From: Bayer Leverkusen
To: 
Juventus 
Fee: 
10.5 million euros

The former Colo Colo man arrives in Turin
on the back of four superb years in the
Bundesliga. Having personified consistency
 in Germany, the 24-year-old will be looking
 to prove himself as one of, if not the leading, defensive midfielder in Europe with Juventus.
GROUP A
6 Radamel FALCAO
From: Porto
To: 
Atletico Madrid
Fee:
 40 million euros
In the two full seasons that Radamel Falcao spent at Porto, he scored 73 goals in 88 games and was pivotal in the side that won the treble under Andre Villas-Boas last campaign. Alongside Hulk, the former River Plate man was near unstoppable in front of goal and now he will be expected to replace Sergio Aguero in the Spanish capital. His caliber commanded a huge transfer fee but the Colombian certainly has the ability to justify it.
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7  Maarten STEKELENBURG  
From: Ajax
To:
 Roma
Fee: 
6.3 million euros

The Italian side has secured a quite astonishing bargain. A World Cup finalist and undoubtedly one of the most consistent goalkeepers on the planet, the 28-year-old keeper will be up there with Serie A's best in 2011-12. If the Dutchman's national team predecessor, Edwin Van der Sar is anything to go by, we could be seeing the new Roma man between the sticks for at least another decade.
GROUP A
 Ashley YOUNG
From: Aston Villa
To: 
Manchester United 
Fee: 
19 million euros

With a handful of impressive fixtures now under his belt, the England international is already looking the archetypal Manchester United player. Not cheap by any means, the former Watford man is likely to move into the Premier League champion's first team. The battle to maintain a place ahead of the likes of Nani will be an absorbing one.
GROUP 
 Juan MATA
From: Valencia
To: 
Chelsea 
Fee: 
26 million euros

With 34 goals less in the 2010-11 season compared to the double-winning campaign of 2009-10, a lack of creativity among the Chelsea ranks was plain for all to see as Manchester United strolled towards the title. Juan Mata has the ability to change all that and got off to the perfect start with a strike against Norwich on his debut.

10  Manuel NEUER 
From: Schalke
To: 
Bayern Munich
Fee: 
18 million euros

Having solidified his position among the continent's finest goalkeepers at the Veltins Arena last season, Neuer moves to Bayern Munich in the form of his life. Dissenters may not have welcomed the 25-year-old with open arms but his ability alone could be enough to quiet the boo boys throughout the upcoming campaign.
GROUP A
11  Nuri SAHIN
From: Borussia Dortmund
To: 
Real Madrid 
Fee: 
10 million euros

Having been pivotal in Dortmund's league success last season, the 22-year-old Turkish international is likely to have been briefed with the same goal at the Bernabeu for 2011-12. With a potential Barcelona beater that cost only 10 million euros the capital outfit has secured an unbelievable bargain.

12  GERVINHO
From: Lille
To: 
Arsenal
Fee: 
13.5 million euros

There are still improvements required if Arsenal is to challenge for the Premier League title in 2011-12 but the addition of the incisive Ivorian could prove absolutely vital. With only one Gunners player scoring over 10 in the league last term, Gervinho could be the man to make the difference.

13  Santi CAZORLA
From: Villarreal
To: 
Malaga 
Fee: 
21 million euros

Arguably the standout signing for a Malaga outfit which hasn't been shy in displaying its opulence this summer, Cazorla is the man to take the Andalusians to the next level. Creative and deadly accurate with his passing, the former Villarreal creator is a fantastic get, as he teams up once more with former Yellow Submarine, Manuel Pellegrini.

14 Samuel ETO'O
From: Inter
To: 
Anzhi
Fee: 
28 million euros

Only one Inter player maintained or bettered their form from the treble winning 2009-10 season during 2010-11, and that was the unstoppable Eto'o. The Cameroonian was a one-man team at times, scoring five goals in three cup final wins to finish the campaign with an incredible 37 strikes. His big-money move to Anzhi came as a huge shock, but it will come as no surprise when he starts banging in the goals for the Russians.

15 Andre SCHURRLE
From: Mainz
To: 
Leverkusen
Fee: 
8 million euros

If the 2010-11 Bundesliga season was the year for uncovering unknown gems, then few defined the term as well as the tricky Mainz left-winger. With 15 goals and five assists in the league, as well as collecting his first cap for Germany in November, the future looks extremely bright for the 20-year-old.

16  Phil JONES
From: Blackburn
To: 
Manchester United
Fee: 
25 million euros
Despite having arrived at Old Trafford as somewhat of an unknown quantity, the former Blackburn man has already shown his enormous potential with superb showings against the likes of Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal since moving to the Theater of Dreams. Touted as a future England captain at the age of 19, Jones' immense promise could yet see him become one of the game's finest defenders.
GROUP A
17  Theo JANSSEN  
From: Twente
To: 
Ajax 
Fee: 
3.5 million euros

With 13 goals from central midfield, Theo Janssen was by far and away the best player in last season's Eredivisie. The 30-year-old has left Twente to join title rival Ajax in what could prove to be an incredibly decisive signing come the end of the 2011-12 season.
GROUP A
18  Diego FORLAN
From: Atletico Madrid
To: 
Inter
Fee: 5 million euros

Replacing Samuel Eto'o at Inter would be a near-impossible task for most strikers, yet if one player can succeed it is the 2010 World Cup Golden Ball winner. At 32, he is reaching the last straight of his career, but after scoring twice in the Copa America final to lead Uruguay to glory, Inter will be confident of a successful stint at San Siro.
GROUP A
19 Javier PASTORE
From: Palermo
To: 
Paris Saint-Germain
Fee: 
42 million euros

After the capital outfit spent a huge amount of money, the pressure will be on 'El Flaco' to produce the goods at Parc des Princes and help European football's latest aristocrats to the Ligue 1 title. He certainly has the ability, and would be higher in the list if he had arrived in Paris for a less extortionate fee.

20 Gokhan INLER
From: Udinese
To: 
Napoli 
Fee: 
€12m

Despite being unveiled as a Napoli player while wearing a lion mask, it must be made clear that Inler is no joke. A pivotal cog in the Udinese machine last season, the Swiss star will enter the Champions League with his new side having aided his old outfit in reaching the very same destination in 2010-11.

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