The transfer window still has nearly a month to go before it shuts, but there’s never a bad time to look back and the good, bad and ugly of clubs spending money for the sake of it. So it’s time now to look at the Top 5 best and worst transfers in Europe this summer (thus far).
5. Hakan Calhanoglu (Hamburg to Bayer Leverkusen), €14.5 million
A very young and adept midfielder, Calhanoglu moved from Hamburg to Bayer this summer with lots of room to become of the Bundesliga’s best creative midfielders. He can really hit a set piece or two, has great technique on the ball, and has the ability to truly break out this season with a Champions League club. You’ll be hearing his name linked with Premier League clubs soon… maybe even this winter.
4. Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros to Everton), €5 million
One of the more under the radar Bosnians prior to the World Cup, Everton have uncovered and signed a gem here. He might well have been the best Bosnian at the tournament, and with players like Dzeko, Pjanic and Lulic to overtake, that’s quite an achievement. The 21-year old has an adept range of passing skills, has a great work rate without the ball, and will certainly become a better well-rounded player under Roberto Martinez’s tutelage. With more fixtures to play this season because of the Europa League, Everton need a deeper squad and Besic fits right in to that.
3. Keylor Navas (Levante to Real Madrid). €10 million
Navas, even before the World Cup, was one of the better goalkeepers no one really knew about, but his three weeks in Brazil changed that. Now he’s playing for maybe the biggest club in the world and is charged with bringing stability to a position that had none last season for Los Blancos. It’s hard to replace a legend like Iker Casillas, but with the best years still ahead of Navas, he certainly could be up to the task. In a summer where a goalkeeping shuffle has taken place, Real Madrid has quite clearly come out on top.
2. Ryan Gauld (Dundee United to Sporting CP) €3.8 million
Gauld has long been regarded as one of the brightest prospects in Scottish football, and after a successful run with Dundee United, he now makes a move to Sporting after their 2nd place finish last season. Gauld is a technically gifted attacking midfielder who has said as much that Portugal was a logical next step in his career based on the nature of the league, which is exciting news for Scottish football fans. It’s a good thing David Moyes didn’t get his hands on him last year. He has acres of room to grow, and Sporting is a great place for him to do it. Look out for him on Champions League match days this fall.
1. Stefan De Vrij (Feyenoord to Lazio), €8.5 million
Naturally after a bonanza World Cup, players are expected to make big moves and De Vrij was no exception after his performances put his name on the minds of many. But Lazio? As opposed to bigger clubs in Europe, like Manchester United who was constantly linked? And for that small of a fee when Barca paid Valencia €20million for Jeremy Mathieu? This was a home run for new manager Stefano Pioli and Lazio. While Roma has loaded up quite well for a run at the Scudetto, their cross stadium enemies have quietly had a great window, with De Vrij leading the way.