While most of our focus was undoubtedly aimed at transfer dealings across the UK on deadline day the entire transfer window has also seen some pretty massive moves across the continent. Every weekday throughout January I have had the joy of dredging the internet and putting Google translator into overdrive in the pursuit of the hottest transfer news exclusively from the continent.
Now we bring you a top ten European transfer deals from January.
The list is EXCLUSIVELY for continental and world transfers so no place for Mario Balotelli as his move was from a domestic club and we are also discounting David Beckham from the list for two reasons. One; that would be too easy and two; technically as a free agent his registration was owned by the English FA.
No Didier Drogba either as his move to Galatasaray is still under investigation.
So here we go….
10. Modou Sougou - CFR Cluj to Marseille (€4.5million)
A surprising inclusion but considering I found room for the winger in my Champions’ League Group Stage XI his move was always going to catch my eye. Hitting his prime now and Romanian football just lost a little star.
9. Florian Thauvin - Bastia to Lille (€3.5 million)
A big one to watch in the future and despite being strongly linked with a move to Arsenal and the annexed French nation on Tyneside with Newcastle he decided the best next step in his career was to stay in France. He has been loaned back to Bastia.
8. Isaac Cuenca - Barcelona to Ajax (Loan)
Trending worldwide last night on Twitter and that shows the regard with which he is held in Catalonia. Recovering from a horrific injury has been tough on the youngster so a spell in Holland should do him some good.
7. Alexandre Pato - AC Milan to Corinthians (€15million)
‘The Duck’ is gone. It has been a tumultuous time for the lad in Milan with injuries and form hitting him from all corners and his sale played a large part in the arrival of Signor Balotelli. Hopefully he can turn his career on its head back in his homeland.
6. Taison - Metalist Kharkiv to Shakhtar Donetsk (€15.25million)
Shakhtar pre-empted a move from a certain ‘Heartbreaker’ who appears a little ways along the road on this list and signed the talented Brazilian from league rivals Metalist Kharkiv. Chelsea were rumoured to be interested so will not be happy with this deal.
5. Yann M’Vila - Stade Rennes to Rubin Kazan (€12million)
Everybody who is anybody has tried trading for M’Vila. In the end he has chosen Russia to get his career back on track; reportedly his head was turned by the breezy 30-game-season and the removal of exterior distractions that have got him in so much trouble back home; not the substantial riches on offer.
4. Lucas Moura - Sao Paulo to Paris Saint-Germain (€40million)
This deal was technically sealed in the summer but he stayed at Sao Paulo for a little while longer. Now while Beckham may be stealing his limelight off the pitch there is little chance of him doing the same on it.
3. Giuseppe Rossi - Villarreal to Fiorentina (€10million)
The former Manchester United and Newcastle United man may have played about as much football as I have netball in the past two years but it did not stop Fiorentina shelling out on the Italian international.
2. Willian - Shakhtar Donetsk to Anzhi Makhachkala (€35million)
Don’t believe what Wikipedia seems to tell us this morning; Tottenham and Chelsea haven’t missed out to Italian outfit Reggina. In fact it has been an odd deal this one even away from that usually so reliable source of information that is Wikipedia. This morning there were conflicting reports as to whether the deal was on-or-off-or-off-or-on but the Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu says he is gone; and the Romanian is not one to mess around.
1. Wesley Sneijder - Inter Milan to Galatasaray (€7.5million)
He was the subject of envy from around the globe but only the Turkish side were willing to pay the wages and transfer fee necessary to sign him up and what greeted his arrival in Istanbul was Beatles touchdown like scenes. Let’s hope he lives up to the hype.
What do you think was the biggest move in Europe this January?
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