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Winners of the 2014 Summer Transfer Window

Alonso 600x375 Winners of the 2014 Summer Transfer Window

1. Chelsea

Players In

Diego Costa-£32million

Cesc Fabregas-£30million

Filipe Luis-£15.8million

Loic Remy-£10.5million

Mario Pasalic-£3million

Didier Drogba-Free Transfer

Players Out

David Luiz-£50million

Romelu Lukaku-£28million

Demba Ba-£4.7million

Frank Lampard-Free Transfer

Ashley Cole-Free Transfer

Chelsea have had what can only be described as the near perfect transfer window. Jose Mourinho was often eager to point out last season that the team he had taken over from long-time adversary Rafa Benitez, was by no means his own. Over the course of his first twelve months back at Stamford Bridge he made subtle changes and additions of his own to kick-start a new Chelsea, but this summer has seen the most reconstructive work.

David Luiz, a player Mourinho clearly didn’t trust to play either as a central defender or holding midfielder went to PSG for £50million. It was a deal which gave Chelsea all kinds of freedom with regards to UEFA’s Financial Fair Player regulations. Next to go were club stalwarts Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, who were ready for change.

Romelu Lukaku was ideally a player Chelsea would have liked to have kept and developed, but the player was keen to move and £28 million for a striker who had never scored a competitive goal for Chelsea was an offer not to be turned down.

Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas have been Chelsea’s two main arrivals and they already characterise the new look Chelsea. Costa is Didier Drogba’s replacement, albeit a number of years later than many would have liked. The Spaniard gives Chelsea a real edge up front and a desire to not only score goals, but have an impact in other areas of the pitch.

Fabregas is the craftsmen, he keeps the team ticking over and has already provided numerous assists, including a mind boggling pass to set up Andre Schurrle’s goal against Burnley.

Mourinho has now surrounded him with players he has chosen, whom he can mould and get the best out of. For the first time in a number of years Chelsea start the season as title favourites, with a net spend of just £8.6million.

2. Bayern Munich

Players In

Juan Bernat-£9million

Sebastian Rode-Free Transfer

Robert Lewandowski-Free Transfer

Pepe Reina-£3million

Mehdi Benatia-£23million

Xabi Alonso-£9million

Sinan Kurt-£1million

Players Out

Toni Kroos-£27million

Mario Mandzukic-£20million

Diego Contento-£880k

Daniel van Buyten-Retired

Julian Green-Loan

As if Bayern Munich were not already strong enough, manager Pep Guardiola has seen fit to furnish his already luxurious team with a brand new striker. The undoubtedly world-class Robert Lewandowski, for free. After playing the waiting game with the Polish forward for just under 18 months, Bayern finally have their man giving them supreme quality up front.

Make no mistake this is a transfer window which could have gone one or two ways for Bayern, following the departure of Toni Kroos. That was a significant blow, especially when you consider the team was hit with an early season injury crisis. However, the double arrival of Mehdi Benatia and the vastly experience Xabi Alonso have ensured that the club remain strong in both depth and quality.

Defensively there have been question marks over Bayern even since the treble winning season of 2012-2013, with Jerome Boateng and Dante not convincing everybody. Benatia arrives in Bavaria fresh from an outstanding season with AS Roma, which cemented him as one of Europe’s top centre halves. It will give Bayern an injection of defensive solidity, particularly in Javi Martinez’s long absence.

3. AS Roma

Players In

Juan Iturbe-£19.3million

Konstantinos Manolas-£11.4million

Radja Nainggolan-£5.28million

Antonio Sanabria-£4.3million

Salih Ucan-Loan

Davide Astori-Loan

Mapou Yanga Mbiwa-Loan

Jose Holebas-£880k

Leandro Paredes-Loan

Ashley Cole-Free Transfer

Seydou Keita-Free Transfer

Urby Emanuelson-Free Transfer

Players Out

Mehdi Benatia-£23million

Dodo-Loan

Tin Jedvaj-Loan

Alessio Romagnoli-Loan

Jose Angel-Free Transfer

Rodrigo Taddei-Free Transfer

Marquinho-Loan

AS Roma, whilst losing their best defender in Benatia, have actually improved their squad significantly from last season adding quality and depth in numerous positions. Rudi Garcia’s men will be out to challenge for glory on both the domestic and continental front with the Italian giants back in the Champions League.

Ashley Cole stands out as a free transfer with the former Chelsea left-back providing experience to Roma’s defense, particularly in Europe. Cole’s performances against Atletico Madrid in last season’s semi-final proved he still has the quality to perform at the highest level.

Konstantinos Manolas is Benatia’s replacement, after a great season with Olympiacos. The Greek defender has earned his big money move and snubbed the interest of Arsenal to move to the Serie A heavyweight. If he can settle, then the loss of Benatia could be significantly lessened particularly amongst supporters whom had become uneasy with Benatia’s treatment of the club during the summer.

Mattia Destro has been retained in another positive move by sporting director Walter Sabatini. Chelsea made their interest clear in the forward, who following a long injury lay-off looked to be hitting top form last season, but fortunately Roma were able to stave off the English powerhouse.

Radja Nainggolan has been signed on a permanent deal, following his loan to keep balance in midfield. While the introduction of maverick playmaker Juan Iturbe is a clever move, and it will be exciting to see what he can produce.  He will ease the weight off the shoulders of Roma’s creative outlet Gervinho, who was too heavily relied upon last season at times.

About Chris Winterburn

@Chriswin4 on Twitter. A freelance football writer for hire. Indulges in all forms of the beautiful game from the Premier League to the Copa Libertadores. Always up for a discussion on football in general or something I have written myself.
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