Carlos Bacca, Arturo Vidal, Edin Dzeko… The big summer European transfer deals | Football News
September 10, 2015
Signed on loan from Manchester City, the Bosnian scored on his second appearance in the 2-1 win over Juventus, typical of the 29-year-old on the big occasion.
A genuine all-rounder, Vidal’s move was swift, with around a week taken between initial interest being reported and signing being completed.. The midfielder is still only 21, but has nearly 200 senior appearances and a World Cup medal under his belt.
His record speaks for itself; 92 goals in 132 appearances for Porto over three seasons makes the reported fee of 25m looks a snip, and many are already tipping Atletico for another shock title challenge.
Fresh from a victorious Copa America campaign, 28-year-old Vidal is a quintessential Pep Guardiola signing.
The move gives Dzeko a chance to put himself in the shop window with his City contract up next summer, though a lack of competition in Roma’s frontline is a concern.
Arturo Vidal (Juventus to Bayern Munich)
Arturo Vidal waves to the Bayern Munich fans
Departing Serie A, a year later than Manchester United fans had hoped, was Chilean Vidal.
Arturo Vidal joined Bayern Munich in one of the biggest moves of the summer
With the transfer window closed in much of Europe, we pick out some of the biggest transfers of the summer on the continent…
Mario Mandzukic (Atletico Madrid to Juventus)
Mario Mandzukic celebrates scoring for new club Juventus in the Italian Super Cup
Replacing Carlos Tevez is no easy task, and Champions League finalists Juventus have made significant changes to what was already a winning side.
Mandzukic has become something of a journeyman striker, spending two years at both Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich, before a year at Atletico, but his goalscoring rate has not dropped throughout his career.
The move came just 24 hours after Kevin De Bruyne’s 54.5m move to Manchester City, with Wolfsburg acting fast in an attempt to catch up with clear Bundesliga favourites Bayern Munich.
He scored a fine goal in Diego Simeone’s side’s 3-0 win over Sevilla on Sunday, and has the competition of another new signing, Luciano Vietto from Villarreal, to keep him on his toes.
The 21-year-old Croatian has signed a six-year deal, and Real fans should not be fooled; Rafa Benitez is buying potential, despite nearly 100 appearances for Inter and 21 international caps.
Mateo Kovacic (Inter Milan to Real Madrid)
Mateo Kovacic will be playing for Real Madrid this season
The midfielder’s move to the Bernabeu went slightly under the radar, given the speed of the deal and the long-running David De Gea and Sergio Ramos sagas throughout the summer, but it could prove to be the most pivotal in the long run.
Well-liked at the Etihad, Dzeko scored 72 goals in 189 appearances for City, despite the general feeling that he never fully fitted in to Roberto Mancini or Manuel Pellegrini’s grand plans.
Carlos Bacca (Sevilla to AC Milan)
Carlos Bacca celebrates scoring for new club AC Milan
Milan’s 10th-place finish in Serie A last season was their lowest since 1998, cue the sacking of Filippo Inzaghi and a major spending spree by current Italian standards.
Whatever makes their challengers stronger is a positive for the division, after the Bavarian side took the title by 10 points last term and 19 the season before.
Carlo Ancelotti was widely criticised for not rotating his Real side last season, and if Benitez wants to avoid giving fans any ammo, Kovacic should get regular chances.
Turan’s versatility was key to the investment, as well as his experience of La Liga and success with Atletico over the previous four seasons, with previous manager Simeone saying in February: “Arda is a player that gives us rhythm and has the timing in order to combine the midfield with the defence, the wings and the attack.”
Arda Turan (Atletico Madrid to Barcelona)
Arda Turan is presented as a Barcelona player
By the time the Turkish midfielder makes his debut for last season’s treble winners, their season will have already taken shape, with a transfer ban meaning Turan cannot play until January.
That could work to the 28-year-old’s advantage, and an obvious lack of depth to Luis Enrique’s side means Turan should be a breath of fresh air after four months of twiddling his thumbs.
The 28-year-old has scored goals everywhere he has played at a rate of over a goal every two games, and is already off the mark for Milan having scored in the 2-1 win over Empoli on Saturday.
His all-round game needs work, and 22m signing Paulo Dybala should provide significant competition to bring a fresh look to the Serie A champions’ front line.
Inside the domestic scene, Guardiola has everything down to a tee. But their indifferent performances in Europe since winning the Champions League in 2013 has put pressure on the Spaniard, and Vidal is not one to cower on those big nights.
Jackson Martinez (Porto to Atletico Madrid)
Jackson Martinez has made the switch from Porto to Atletico Madrid
Atletico have always heavily relied on a 20-plus goal striker, and after the departure of Mario Mandzukic, the signing of Martinez should represent an upgrade.
One of those signings, Colombian striker Bacca from Sevilla for 21m, made the rest of the division stand up and take note.
Julian Draxler (Schalke to Wolfsburg)
Julian Draxler has switched Schalke for Wolfsburg
Relentlessly linked with a move to the Premier League over recent years, the German international finally left Schalke after 14 years of service to join Wolfsburg on Bundesliga’s Deadline Day.
Dislodging Toni Kroos, Luka Modric or James Rodriguez will be difficult, but when given the chance it will be interesting to see what the Croatian will bring to their midfield.
Edin Dzeko (Manchester City to Roma)
Edin Dzeko applauds the Roma fans
Roma’s aim of making up the 17-point gap between themselves and Juventus could hinge on their new No 9
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