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Barcelona, Liverpool and Real Madrid the top three spenders in the summer transfer market; James Rodriguez and Luis Suarez marquee signings

Monday, 1 September 2014 - 5:12pm IST Updated: Tuesday, 2 September 2014 - 5:13pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA Webdesk

As the transfer bells started ringing harder, the managers tried their luck at sealing a deal with players, trying to lure them into their respective clubs. 

The active players involved at the helm of all the transfer talk will be those who are believed to make a difference on the pitch. Some of them even having joined and played a few games already. The team bosses splurged millions to secure the services of world class footballers. 

Here are some of the best summer transfers/ signings of the 2014/2015 season:

 

James Rodriguez- The Colombian playmaker shone at FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil and turned the heads of many managers. The 23-year-old Golden Boot winner at the World Cup has joined European champions Real Madrid from French club Monaco on a six-year deal. Rodriguez scored netted six goals to fire his country in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in which his team's run ended against five-time World Cup winners Brazil. Brazil won 2-1. Reports suggest that Madrid have paid a whopping €80 million (£63 million), which makes Rodriguez the fourth most expensive transfer of all time after Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.

 

Angel Di Maria- The Argentine international's switch to Premier League giants Manchester United is believed to be a British-record signing. Di Maria will earn £280,000 a week at the Red Devils' club after plying his trade at Real Madrid. 

 

The Argentine winger was seen missing in action in the finals against winners Germany at this year's World Cup. His campaign in Brazil ended after he tore a right thigh muscle during the first half of Argentina’s quarter-final victory over Belgium. The former Madrid man has signed a five-year deal with the Red Devils.

 

Toni Kroos- Former Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos, 24, joined Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee on a six-year deal. The German international was a key player for the side that beat Argentina 1-0 to lift the World Cup trophy. Kroos scored twice in Brazil. Kroos joined German powerhouse Bayern from Hansa Rostock as a 16-year-old and went on to make 173 Bundesliga appearances. He was a part of the Bayern side that won the historic treble in 2012-13 Champions League, Bundesliga title and German Cup. Kroos had been linked to Manchester United.
 

 

 

Alexis Sanchez-  Chilean international striker Alexis Sanchez was the latest to join Arsenal Football Club on a long-term contract for £35m after he was the latest to appear on the French manager Arsene Wenger's radar. Sanchez, 25, joined the Gunners side from Catalan giants Barcelona where he made 88 appearances netting 39 goals during his three seasons. Sanchez made a move to the north London club after Luis Suarez joined Barca.

He won both La Liga (2012/13) and the Copa del Rey (2012), as well as the Spanish Super Cup on two occasions (2011, 2013). He helped Chile qualify in a group comprising of Netherlands, Spain and Australia and powered them to the round of 16. 

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger on the Arsenal website said: “As many people have seen during the World Cup this summer, Alexis is a fantastic footballer and we are delighted that he is joining us at Arsenal Football Club.

“Alexis will add power, creativity and much quality to our squad and we are all looking forward to him joining up with us in a few weeks. He has consistently produced top-quality performances at the highest level for a number of seasons now and we are all excited to see him integrate into the Arsenal squad. I’m sure all Arsenal supporters will join me in welcoming Alexis to our club.” 

Italian giants Juventus were also in the fray to bag the talented striker.

 

Luis Suarez- The Uruguayan international and former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has officially completed his move to Barcelona from Liverpool. The controversial 27-year-old is currently serving a four-month FIFA suspension from all football-related activity after he bit Italy's Giorgio Chiellini's on the shoulder during a World Cup match. He will play under new Barca coach Luis Enrique. The transfer amount was a reported £75m.

 

Cesc Fabregas- The former Barcelona and Arsenal midfielder moved back to London to join Chelsea Football Club on a five-year deal. Fabregas spent three years at Barcelona. The 27-year old joined the Stamford Bridge Club as he believed he had 'unfinished business' in the Premier League. 




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