Year on year, the transfer market never ceases to amaze us. While we all rant and complain about inflated prices, richer clubs and disloyal players, we all know deep down that without them a summer without football would be no summer at all.
There were shocks (Manchester United ‘failing’ to complete the paperwork for David De Gea’s move to Real Madrid), and surprises (Manchester United’s £36 million signing of French youngster Anthony Martial), but boy am I glad that they happened.
Here are ten top transfers that made the 2015 summer transfer window special:
Manchester City dominated newspaper headlines this summer with the capture of Raheem Sterling from Liverpool, in deal that could reach £49 million. The young star has already added pace and penetration to Manuel Pellegrini’s front line in the early stages of the 2015/16 campaign.
Kevin De Bruyne is another highly rated attacking midfielder who became a Citizen this summer following his £50 million move to Manchester City from Wolfsburg. The Bundesliga assist king will add even more creativity to City’s attack.
Bayern Munich boosted their attacking options with the €30 million capture of Brazilian winger Douglas Costa from Shakhtar Donetsk. Known for his dribbling skills and crossing ability Costa has wasted no time to impressing at his new club.
Manchester United shocked the football community with the last-minute capture of Anthony Martial from AS Monaco. The young teenager, who cost a whopping £36 million, is Louis van Gaal’s answer to United’s striking woes.
Arturo Vidal left Juventus and joined Bayern Munich in a deal worth €37 million. The box-to-box midfielder is a perfect replacement for Bastian Schweinsteiger, who moved to Manchester United.
Jackson Martinez completed a £25 million switch to Atletico Madrid after a successful spell at Porto. The powerful striker is seen as a direct replacement for Mario Mandzukić, who joined Italian champions Juventus.
Liverpool splashed out £32.5 million on Christian Benteke to solve their lack of goals following Luis Suarez’s exit. It is a huge step up for the powerful Belgian, who was the catalyst of Aston Villa’s revival last season.
Pedro snubbed Manchester United and joined Chelsea in a £21.2 million move from Barcelona. Bringing the versatile forward to Stamford Bridge was another master-stroke from Jose Mourinho and a missed opportunity for the Red Devils.
Geoffrey Kondogbia’s Inter Milan singing earlier this summer remained the biggest transfer in Italy. Roberto Mancini beat local rivals AC Milan to secure the highly rated defensive midfielder. The young Frenchman moved from Monaco in a €40 million deal.
Angel Di Maria put an end to his Manchester United nightmare and joined Paris Saint-Germain in one of the biggest deals of the summer. Di Maria was United’s record £59.7 million signing last summer, but was sold to French champions for £44 million in August, after failing to adapt to Louis van Gaal’s plans.