Transfer Tracker: Keeping tabs on all of the major moves across Europe
The summer transfer window in most major leagues across Europe shut at long last on Monday, and after a World Cup in which some players raised their individual stock, the club landscape overseas has undergone a major shift. Here are all of the major moves across the UEFA region that were completed during the summer transfer window:
Despite insisting that Green would be sticking with the first team for this season and given the chance to earn his way on the field, Bayern has loaned the 19-year-old USA rising star to fellow Bundesliga club Hamburg for the 2014-15 campaign. Hamburg has yet to score in two games this season, and Green should have ample opportunity to receive meaningful playing time to assist the club in its cause.
The out-of-form Mexican international gets a chance at a fresh start with Real Madrid, as he joins the reigning Champions League winner on loan for the season. Will he get the chance to play, though? Playing time was an issue with a stocked forward stable at Old Trafford, and it's no different at the Bernabeu, where a loaded roster will force Chicharito to find his top level to see the field consistently.
El Tigre is healthy after a torn ACL cost him a place at the World Cup, and the lethal striker joins the rebuilding effort at Old Trafford. Reports suggest Robin van Persie could face knee surgery, which means Falcao, who heads to the Red Devils on a season-long loan with a £43.5 option to buy at the end of the campaign, could fill a need area in a big way.
With Olivier Giroud out for 3-to-4 months, Arsenal is banking on a change of scenery working wonders for Welbeck, who joins on a reported five-year deal and leaves Manchester for London. Welbeck was fighting for time behind the likes of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Juan Mata and was going to have to contend with the incoming Radamel Falcao. Arsene Wenger will hope that much like a move from Chelsea to Liverpool worked for Daniel Sturridge, the same will be the case for Welbeck at the Emirates.
City isn't exactly overflowing with quality forward depth, but the defending Premier League champion offloaded its Spanish international forward to his native land anyway, sending him to Los Che for the season with an option to make it a permanent move. Prior to his time in Manchester, Negredo was one of La Liga's top strikers, starring at Sevilla. The 29-year-old scored 23 goals in all competitions last season.
Blind was a star for Louis van Gaal in the Netherlands' third-place run at the World Cup, and the two are reunited at Old Trafford after the Red Devils' latest move in what has become a busy summer. The versatile Blind offers a solution at wingback, should van Gaal maintain his three-man back line, and at just 24 is a signing for the present and future. He's signed to a four-year deal after the £14 million move.
The Italian World Cup forward joins Atleti on a three-year deal and provides another quality option up top for manager Diego Simeone after the club lost Diego Costa to Chelsea and David Villa to New York City FC. Cerci scored 13 goals for Torino last season as part of a strong attacking tandem with fellow Italian Ciro Immobile, who himself left Serie A for Borussia Dortmund.
The versatile 25-year-old Belgian defender joins the Saints reclamation project for a season, and the club reportedly has an option to purchase him outright for $10.5 million. Prior to joining Atletico, Alderweireld had been a sought-after prospect out of Ajax's system. He was part of Belgium's World Cup side that reached the quarterfinals in Brazil.
Van Ginkel becomes the latest in a long line of players to be loaned out by Chelsea, joining teammate Fernando Torres at the San Siro, although his loan deal is just for one season. Van Ginkel, a 21-year-old Dutch international, missed most of the 2013-14 season with a serious knee injury but will hope to prove his worth in his new environment.
The Tigers finished the transfer window strong, adding the likes of Gaston Ramirez, Mohamed Diame, Abel Hernandez and Ben Arfa to strengthen the squad in a big way in hopes of fortifying its place in England's top flight. Ben Arfa, the talented French attacking midfielder, had fallen out of favor with the Magpies but gets a fresh start under manager Steve Bruce.
Once a rising star for Germany's national team set-up, Holtby's growth stunted some when he moved to the Premier League from Schalke. After underwhelming spells with Tottenham and Fulham, the 23-year-old Holtby returns to his native land on loan for the season with an eye on reclaiming a regular place on the field for both club and country.
Richards has been below Pablo Zabaleta in the right back pecking order at Manchester City for some time, and the English international heads to Serie A for the season in hopes of kickstarting a career that had been earmarked for success. The 26-year-old Richards started just twice in league play last season and had yet to play in City's opening matches of the current EPL campaign.
In the space of just over one season in England, 27-year-old Loïc Remy now finds himself on the squad of a top-four team. Rémy spent last season split between QPR and Newcastle United, but Chelsea came calling with a reported £10.5 million bid that activated the release clause in his contract. Remy will fill the void left by Fernando Torres' departure to AC Milan, which is to say that he will primarily serve as a backup to Diego Costa in Chelsea's first-choice squad.
Kagawa returns to the club where he made his name as one of the most fearsome attacking midfielders in Europe, after a two-season stint at Manchester United that contained more htis than misses. Kagawa played in only 38 EPL games of a possible 78 during his time in England, but a return to Dortmund should see him get more playing time in a bid to boost his profile once again. Manchester United bought Kagawa for a reported fee of €16 million ($21 million), and was sold back to Dortmund for a fee believed to be around €8 million ($10.5 million).
Alex Song returns to the Premier League after two seasons in Spain, joining West ham United on a season-long loan from La Liga giants Barcelona. Song enjoyed his most successful spell as a player in the Premier League with Arsenal, where he played for six years and became one of the league's best midfielders. Song played sparingly in his time with Barcelona, so the move to West Ham will be a chance to re-build his reputation.
Alonso, widely regarded as one of the game's best passers, joins manager Pep Guardiola's revolution at an already-strong Bayern squad that ran away with the Bundesliga last season. Though he's getting up there in age (he's 32), Alonso can still dictate the pace of a game with his movement of the ball, a critical element in Guardiola's preferred up-tempo style. Alonso had been a vital part of a Real Madrid squad that captured the UEFA Champions League crown last season.
Premier League newcomeers Leicester City now have a bit if veteran savvy to guide the team through its first season back in the top flight, signing longtime Inter Milan midfielder Esteban Cambiasso to a one-year contract. Cambiasso, who left Inter at the end of last season, won just about every title there is to win during his time in Italy.
Torres will head to Italy on a two-year loan agreement in a bid to reclaim the form that made him enough of a superstar that Chelsea shelled out £50 million for his services three seasons ago. However, those three seasons have been disappointing. Torres scored just 11 goals over the course of 41 appearances in all competitions last season, and looked to be on the outside looking in after Chelsea acquired Diego Costa from Atlético Madrid. The move could work out well for Milan, however, as the club needs a striker after moving Mario Balotelli to Liverpool.
Di Maria leaves the reigning Champions League winner for a team out of European competition entirely, as he moves to United on a UK-record fee of almost $100 million and signs a five-year deal. The Argentine international will aim to be part of the solution at Old Trafford, where he joins countryman Marcos Rojo, who recently made the move to Manchester as well.
Out of contract after a one-year stint with Chelsea, Eto'o trades one blue uniform for another as he heads to Goodison Park on a free transfer to join Roberto Martinez's side on a two-year deal. Eto'o, 33, scored 12 goals in all competitions for the Blues last season.
The Costa Rican center back was a star at the World Cup, and his brief time in MLS has come to an end after securing a three-year deal with the Serie A side. Gonzalez started and played in 17 games for the Crew and moves on an unspecified transfer fee but one that is said to be the most ever for an MLS defender, according to Crew manager Gregg Berhalter.
Bayern adds yet another worthwhile piece to its treasure chest, inking the 27-year-old Moroccan international Benatia to a five-year deal. The center back had reportedly been on the radars of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Barcelona, but he winds up under Pep Guardiola with the two-time defending Bundesliga champion.
Guardado, Mexico's versatile 27-year-old wingback, heads on loan for a second straight season after spending time with Bayer Leverkusen in the Germany Bundesliga last season. At PSV, Guardado will join the current Eredivisie leader for the duration of this season.
Balotelli makes a much-anticipated return to the English Premier League after a season and a half with A.C. Milan in Italy's Serie A. The enigmatic Italian striker was a headline machine in a previous stint at Manchester City, and at times he could be a goal machine as well. Still only 24, Balotelli comes to Liverpool at what could be considered a discount price considering his extreme talent. The only question is whether or not Balotelli can move past the immaturity that has made him a headache to deal with elsewhere.
Samaras heads back to the Premier League on a two-year deal after helping lead the line for Celtic for the past seven seasons. The 29-year-old Greek international boosts the Baggies' front line and scored the penalty kick that put Greece through to the knockout stage of the World Cup in Brazil.
The Argentina World Cup left back heads to Old Trafford in a €20 million move, joining the Red Devils renovation under Louis van Gaal. As part of the transaction, Nani heads back to Sporting Lisbon, where he played prior to signing for United.
Yedlin won't join Tottenham until after the current MLS season (and he might not go until after the upcoming Premier League campaign, too), but the budding U.S. right back has secured a transfer to the Premier League club for a reported fee of $3.5 million. It's the next step in a mercurial rise for the 21-year-old speedster.
Jimenez joins the new calvary in the Spanish capital, with Mario Mandzukic and Antoine Griezmann also being charged with replacing the departed Diego Costa. Jimenez will reportedly fetch a €10.5 million fee, a record for a Liga MX player, to complete the move. Jimenez, 23, was leading Liga MX with four goals in helping first-place America to a perfect start through four games.
Liverpool adds the 22-year-old Spanish left back as its eighth summer signing, spending £12 million to pry him from the reigning Europa League champions. Moreno was pulled from Sevilla's UEFA Super Cup match against Real Madrid in anticipation of the transfer, and he'll compete with countryman Jose Enrique for starter's minutes.
Vermaelen had been pushing for a move away from Arsenal through the summer -- the Belgian often found himself snubbed in favor of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny in the heart of defense, despite being the club captain. After rejecting a bid from Manchester United, Arsenal sent Vermaelen to Barcelona, which is looking to shore up a defense that struggled last season.
Reina completes his permanent transfer from Liverpool to Bayern Munich, where he has signed a three-year contract. Reina spent last season on loan at Napoli after being Liverpool's No. 1 for eight seasons. He'll assume backup duties behind Germany standout and World Cup Golden Glove winner Manuel Neuer.
Rodwell, a 23-year-old England international midfielder, moves to the Stadium of Light on a five-year deal after the Black Cats spent a reported £10 million to sign him from champion Man City. The oft-injured Rodwell, who has three caps for England, becomes Sunderland's fifth signing of the summer.
The four-time Mexico World Cup captain is being phased out of the national team, but that's not stopping him from purusing a club career overseas. After returning to Mexico to help lead Leon to the most recent Apertura and Clausura titles, Marquez is off to Serie A and Hellas Verona. It marks a sensational return to Europe for Marquez, who was a standout at Barcelona prior to his much-maligned time in MLS with the New York Red Bulls.
Like Guillermo Ochoa, the Costa Rican goalkeeper enjoyed a huge boost after a spectacular World Cup where he shut out Italy, England and the Netherlands (against whom Costa Rica fell in penalty kicks). The 27-year old is expected to take over for Diego Lopez, who started most of Madrid's games last season, and should displace longtime Real Madrid starter Iker Casillas, whose struggles were evident during the World Cup. The deal is for six seasons, and Real Madrid reportedly paid a €10 million release clause.
The Mexican goalkeeper enjoyed a renewed place in the spotlight with his performances in Brazil this summer, particularly in a 0-0 draw with the host nation in which he made a string of outstanding saves. However, Ochoa's club situation wasn't the best coming out the World Cup, with AC Ajaccio facing at least one season in Ligue 2 after being relegated last year. Ochoa's move to Malaga on a three-year deal will see him compete for a starting spot with another Group A goalkeeper, Cameroon's Carlos Kameni.
The 21-year-old Belgian forward had spent last season on loan with Everton, but he moves on a permanent, five-year deal, with the Toffees setting a club record by spending £28 million to pry him from Stamford Bridge. Lukaku, who scored the eventual game-winning goal against the USA in the World Cup round of 16, scored 16 goals with Everton last season.
The 22-year-old center back played in all seven of the Netherlands World Cup games en route to a third-place finish, scoring against Spain in the group stage. He heads to Serie A from the Dutch Eredivisie for an undisclosed transfer fee. Manchester United, coached by former Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal, had reportedly been interested in him.
Belgium's 19-year-old World Cup super sub (who wound up starting two knockout games) joins Liverpool on a five-year deal, although he'll be loaned back to Lille for the 2014-15 season. Origi scored six goals in all competitions for Lille last season, and Liverpool reportedly paid £10 million to add him to its future stable.
Griezmann stays in Spain and heads to the reigning Spanish league champions after emerging as a regular for France's World Cup team. The moves comes at a reported transfer fee of €30 million, and Griezmann joins Mario Manduzkic as new Rojiblancos charged with filling the void left behind by the departed Diego Costa.
The exodus from St. Mary's Stadium continues, with Chambers, a 19-year-old right back, joining Arsenal on a deal whose fee could rise to £19 million, according to UK reports. Chambers, England's Under-19 national team captain, played in 22 matches for the Saints last season.
The long-rumored deal for the Croatian World Cup center back is finally completed, with the Reds spending a reported £20 million to add a third former Saint, with the 25-year-old Lovren joining Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana at Anfield. He is expected to provide a boost for a Liverpool back line that conceded 50 times in 2013-14, the most among the top five teams in the league.
Ospina, Colombia's World Cup goalkeeper, joins the Gunners and is expected to push Wojciech Szczesny for first-team minutes. He backstopped Los Cafeteros to the quarterfinals in Brazil and takes the place of the departed Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) on Arsenal's roster.
The 36-year-old Chelsea club icon and Ivory Coast World Cup veteran returns to Stamford Bridge on a one-year deal. He was a free agent after his time at Turkish club Galatasaray. His last act for Chelsea had been scoring the winning penalty in the shootout of the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
Montero, Ecuador's 24-year-old World Cup winger, is off to the Premier League on a four-year deal after spending the last two years in Liga MX with Morelia. Montero started all three of Ecuador's group games in Brazil and adds an element of attacking pace to Swansea, which has made six summer signings thus far.
Aurier rose to prominence during the World Cup with his play at right back for the Ivory Coast, assisting on a pair of goals against Japan. He had reportedly been on Arsenal's radar, and he joins two-time defending Ligue 1 champion PSG on a loan for the season with an option to buy.
The long-rumored move for the World Cup star is official. James Rodriguez joins Real Madrid's embarrassment of riches on a reported €80 million deal, a summer after moving from Porto to Monaco for €45 million. His World Cup-best six goals made him a worldwide phenomenon this summer, and he becomes the latest rising star to join the 10-time European champions.
The Spanish power has added a needed boost to its back line, agreeing to terms with the 30-year-old French left back/center back on a four-year deal. Barcelona has also set his buyout clause at an astounding €50 million, given his age and status. He moves to Camp Nou from fellow Spanish contender Valencia.
The 23-year-old forward is off to Stoke on a four-year deal, leaving the club where he climbed through the youth ranks and became the club's La Masia academy's all-time leading scorer before joining the first team in 2007. He was on loan with Dutch champion Ajax last season.
The veteran French left back is on the move from Old Trafford to the reigning three-time Serie A champions, signing a two-year deal with Juve. He's the second longtime United defender to move to Italy, following Nemanja Vidic's move to Inter Milan.
Morata, 21, is on the move from the reigning UEFA Champions League winner, joining the Italian champions on a five-year deal. He fetched a reported transfer fee of €20 million, and reports say Real Madrid has the right to reacquire the forward at a fixed price after two and three seasons.
The World Cup-winning German central midfielder leaves one power for another, linking up with the reigning UEFA Champions League winners and joining international teammate Sami Khedira. Reports have the move at €20 million.
The former England and Manchester United center back switches clubs on a free transfer, staying in the Premier League at age 35. He is signed on a one-year deal and claimed to have chosen the Rs despite having more lucrative offers elsewhere.
France's 28-year-old World Cup right back joins the Gunners on an unspecified "long-term" deal to boost the club's back line. Various reports have the move in the £10-12 million range.
The Swans' star Spanish forward will spend the season on loan in Serie A, with Napoli maintaining the option to buy him outright. After a star-caliber 2012-13, Michu endured an injury-riddled 2013-14 campaign.
Passed over for Brazil's World Cup team, Filipe Luis was one of the premier fullbacks in the world last season and provides a natural replacement for departed left back Ashley Cole and a complement to right back Cesar Azpilicueta. Reports have the move at £20 million.
The highly sought-after 21-year-old Argentine winger joins Roma on a five-year deal after a reported transfer fee of €22 million. Iturbe, who has been dubbed "The new Lionel Messi," has reportedly been on the radars of teams such as Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal ever since his days at Porto.
The much-maligned Suarez can't play until late October while serving his FIFA ban for biting a third opponent, but he led the Premier League with 31 goals last season and gives the Blaugrana a true No. 9. Barcelona triggered his reported £70 million buyout clause to secure the move.
Valencia, who scored the most goals in Mexico's 2014 Clausura campaign, boosted his value in Ecuador's build-up to the World Cup and then even more in Brazil, scoring three goals in the group stage. Reports have the move at £12 million.
The Chilean forward is set for a starring role with Arsene Wenger's Gunners after scoring 21 goals in all competitions for Barcelona. His move reportedly cost Arsenal £35 million.
It's a period of grand change for the 33-year-old Cole, who retired from England after being left off of the World Cup roster and is headed to a new club after eight years roaming the left flank and locking down opposing attackers at Stamford Bridge (and 16 in London, going back to his Arsenal days). He moves to Roma on a two-year deal after a free transfer.
The Rojiblancos can add Costa to the line of star forwards who have headed elsewhere for a big payday, following Fernando Torres, Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero. He's signed on a five-year deal, with reports putting the transfer at £32 million.
The 26-year-old England World Cup midfielder had a stellar 2013-14 for Southampton and brings his smarts and versatility to Brendan Rodgers' lineup. Liverpool spent a reported £25 million to land Lallana, who was honored with a place on the PFA's Premier League Team of the Year last season.
After helping Sevilla to the Europa League championship, Rakitic, the 26-year-old Croatian international central midfielder, climbs Spain's hierarchy to join the Blaugrana. He's signed on a five-year deal after a transfer that reportedly cost €18 million, and he steps in for the departed Cesc Fabregas.
Fabregas returns to London, where he starred for Arsenal prior to his move to Barcelona. Fabregas fills a central midfield void left behind by Frank Lampard, moving on a reported £27 million deal.
The 19-year-old left back is a rising star on the England national team and is fresh off making his World Cup debut. Was widely touted as one of the best defenders in the Premier League last season and moves on a £30 million transfer fee.
Bravo, Chile's World Cup goalkeeper, becomes Barcelona's second offseason goalkeeping signing, joining Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The 31-year-old will fight for first-team minutes under new manager Luis Enrique, and he joins the club on a four-year deal after a reported €9 million transfer.
A late bloomer for the international level, Lambert cracked England's World Cup team at age 32 and becomes part of the solution to how Liverpool replaces Luis Suarez. Lambert scored 13 goals in Premier League play last season and scored 105 league goals in the last five seasons across three tiers of English soccer.
After a long courtship, United finally landed the highly rated 24-year-old Spanish midfielder after he paid his own £29 million buyout clause. He's signed on a four-year deal.
The wild-haired Brazilian international is the most expensive defensive purchase in soccer history after completing a £50 million move to the two-time reigning French champions and signing a five-year deal. With PSG, he'll be paired with international center back partner Thiago Silva.
Barcelona's goalkeeping void left behind by Victor Valdes' departure is to be filled by ter Stegen, the 22-year-old German international who moves to Camp Nou on a five-year deal. Barcelona paid €12 million to pry him from the Bundesliga, and the club promptly set his buyout clause at €80 million.
Dortmund adds the 2013-14 Serie A Golden Boot winner who is coming off a 22-goal campaign for Torino. With Robert Lewandowski joining rival Bayern Munich on a free transfer, Dortmund needed to retool up top and has done that with the 24-year-old Italy international. He joins on a reported €19 million fee and is signed to a three-year deal.