Top 10 summer transfers 2012: lucrative player-signings turn up the heat

Published September 2nd, 2012 - 22:05 GMT

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Thiago Silva goes PSG 2012: shows off his shirt!
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Image 1 of 10: Brazilian defender Thiago Silva: branching out in continental Europe, the Latino leaves AC Milan for Paris Saint Germain (PSG) The price of this European transfer? He went for €42 million. For this smacking sum, PSG get the 27-year-old defender who comes with 28 caps and one goal for the national team.

Robin Van Persie quits Arsenal for Man Utd
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Image 1 of 10: Dutch striker Robin van Persie: Staying on the British Isles, he skips over to Man U from Arsenal. Still, a leap of faith in Premier League terms. Nabbed for €30.7 million, the 29-year-old striker is already earning his keep, scoring 4 goals for the Red Devils in 3 matches.

Javi Martinez 2012
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Image 1 of 10: Spanish defensive midfielder Javi Martinez: bids Athletic Bilbao farewell for the 'Germans' at Bayern Munich A €40 million blow-out makes him the most expensive player in the history of the German Bundesliga. No pressure then! The 23 year-old spent six seasons Spain-side, racking-up 22 goals in 201 appearances.

Eden Hazard scores for Chelsea 2012
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Image 1 of 10: Belgian attacking midfielder Eden Hazard makes the gigantic Channel leap from Lille to Chelsea. The London club deemed the 21 year-old worth a staggering €40 million. And the jolly good fellow is off to a blistering start this season, putting away one goal and four assists in three Premier League games.

Luka Modric on a winning streak for Real Madrid 2012
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Image 1 of 10: Croatian attacking midfielder Luka Modric has shifting over to the 'continent' from Tottenham to Real Madrid. For €30 million, the 26-year-old playmaker had scored 13 goals in 127 appearances for the Spurs but had no trophies to his name. It's early days yet but he's already won the Spanish Super Cup in his debut for Real Madrid.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic gives goals to the French team, signed over to PSG 2012
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Image 1 of 10: Swedish Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic opts to quit AC Milan for PSG. Bagged at the modest €21 million, the 30 year-old gave a humble 2 goals upon his debut for the French side against Lorient.

Lucas Moura leaves Sao Paulo behind for the French PSG 2012
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Image 1 of 10: Guaranteed performer or your money back! Brazilian attacking midfielder Lucas Moura makes the big move from home-side Sao Paulo to PSG. The Parisian team paid a whopping €40 million price tag for the 20 year-old who comes complete with 15 international caps and one goal. No signs of regret yet.

Javi Garcia leaves Benfica for Man City 2012
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Image 1 of 10: Spanish defensive midfielder Javi Garcia will be sporting the Man City shirt and sending his Benfica top to the dry cleaners. They landed the 25 year-old product of Real Madrid's youth academy for €20.2 million. Fresh out of last three seasons in Portugal, where he netted six goals in 73 games, what will he bring the Blues squad?

Oscar  plays for Chelsea 2012
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Image 1 of 10: Brazilian attacking midfielder Oscar is another Latino taking the plunge from home turf to the Premier League. He says bye to Internacional as he dons his Chelsea blue. For €32 million, the 20 year-old already has six games and one goal under his belt for the Seleção.

Ezequiel Lavezzi joins PSG 2012
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Image 1 of 10: Argentinian striker Ezequiel Lavezzi leaves Napoli to join the fast-changing ranks of PSG. His price tag? €26 million worth of the 27 year-old forward who scored 38 goals in 156 appearances for the Italian side over five seasons.

Transfer deadline day has come and gone and, at midnight 31st August, we knew which football prize player was traded off to which lucky team. Now the European teams have set out their stalls and sealed their deals for the new season. Lucrative player-signings have just turned up the heat for the new season.

Deal or no deal?

Fee negotiations are done and dusted, medicals have been passed and failed to check that these Euro millions-worth hunk of football players come with a good warranty. Squads have squeezed that summer transfer window for all it was worth, aware of what difference a single signing can make. 

Summer break

The start of this new season ushers in a new energy with great expectations and good intentions. New Season resolutions are still applicalbe two weeks into the season, when the transfer deals are brokered and announced. The window gives them a chance to put their own houses in order. 

This year's movers and shakers were mainly on the English team fronts: This was the summer of the PL spending spree. Bayern Munich also cooked up some interesting deals. 

As for the Spaniards, there was little buzz on either camp with Real Madrid and Barcelona less speculative than usual (bar the odd intersting deal). They sold more stars than they acquired.

For some players now on a different side of the fence, the pressure has really been ramped up to deliver on lucrative investments.

 

 

Share your thoughts on Transfer Day - any disappointments or surprises?

 

 

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