Losers Of The 2014 Summer Transfer Window

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1. Real Madrid

Players In

James Rodriguez-£63million

Toni Kroos-£27million

Keylor Navas-£9million

Javier Hernandez-Loan

Players Out

Angel di Maria-£59.7million

Alvaro Morata-£17million

Xabi Alonso-£9million

Nuri Sahin-£6million

Casemiro-Loan

Diego Lopez-Free Transfer

It seems rather difficult to say a team who have just signed James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos are losers in the transfer market but bear with me. Carlo Ancelotti moulded a side perfectly last season, the arrival of Gareth Bale saw Angel di Maria move into central midfield, a role within which he excelled, and Madrid went onto lift their tenth European Cup.

This summer Madrid have once again embarked on their policy of signing stars. James Rodriguez arrived at the Bernabeu, following an outstanding World Cup where he led Colombia admirably in Radamel Falcao’s absence.

However with Financial Fair Play a real worry for all clubs Madrid could not sit back and admire their purchase. The books, in one way or another, had to be balanced. The answer was to sell di Maria – the engine of the team.

Despite players and management pleading with Florentino Perez not to sell Di Maria, the president had his mind made up despite having offered the Argentine star a new contract earlier in the summer. It is believed that this was a deal we believe was on such poorly improved terms it may well have been designed to push ‘El Fideo’ even further out of the door.

Madrid have brought in outstanding individuals but I just can’t help but get the feeling that the club has taken a number of steps back with their sales, losing di Maria will leave Madrid with very little energy and incisiveness in the middle of midfield. That was something which characterised their expansive play last term and with the club already having endured a shaky start to the season, there is a feeling that this could be a window the club end up regretting.

2. SL Benfica

Players In

Andreas Samaris-£9million

Bryan Cristante-£5million

Talisca-£3.5million

Bebe-£2.6million

Loris Benito-£2.6million

Cesar-£2.6million

Derley-£2.2million

Pawel Dawidowicz-£1.7million

Luis Felipe-£1.7million

Eliseu-£880k

Julio Cesar-Free Transfer

Djavan-Free Transfer

Daniel Candeias-Free Transfer

Players Out

Jan Oblak-£14million

Lazar Markovic-£22million

Andre Gomes-£13million

Ezequiel Garay-£5.2million

Oscar Cardozo-£4.4million

Alan Kardec-£4million

Stefan Mitrovic-£1.3million

Rodrigo-Loan

Filip Djuricic-Loan

Joao Cancelo-Loan

Airton-Loan

Sidnei-Loan

If ever there was a case of having to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear then this is it. Jorge Jesus, after a season where Benfica came within a penalty shoot-out of a quadruple of trophies has seen the majority of Benfica’s star players leave the club whilst the replacements have not been of the same ilk.

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