PSG spark transfer market frenzy
The venue of the ongoing Men’s and Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, London is not the only major European capital in the football spotlight this summer. Vying for the headlines is Paris, home to Paris Saint-Germain, whose incursions into the transfer market have generated many a headline in recent weeks.
FIFA.com catches up with PSG’s latest moves and the rest of the deals that have gone through in the summer transfer window so far.
Following Ezequiel Lavezzi’s lead, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Brazilian centre-half Thiago Silva and young Italian star Marco Verratti have all made the move from Italy to the French capital to join Paris Saint-Germain.
Making their way to the Italian capital, meanwhile, are Mattia Destro, USA international Michael Bradley, Greece’s Panagiotis Tachtsidis and the Brazilian Leandro Castan, who have respectively left Siena, Chievo, Hellas Verona and Corinthians for AS Roma. Making room for their arrival are Fabio Borini, Leandro Greco and Juan, who have flown the Giallorossi nest for Liverpool, Olympiakos and Internacional respectively.
For their part, Napoli have been shopping in Florence, snapping up Swiss and Italian internationals Valon Behrami and Alessandro Gamberini from Fiorentina, with Colombian midfielder Juan Guillermo Cuadrado joining La Viola on loan from Udinese.
The Friuli club have brought in Maicosuel from Botafogo, while fellow Italian sides Genoa and Palermo have also drafted in Latin American recruits in the shape of Independiente’s Julian Velazquez and Tijuana’s Uruguayan midfielder Egidio Arevalo Rios respectively.
The boys from Brazil have been commanding plenty of transfer headlines in Germany. Twenty-three-year-old defender Fagner has left Vasco da Gama for Wolfsburg, where he will team up with Brazil international Naldo, previously with Werder Bremen.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, Hungarian midfielder Szabolcs Huszti has rejoined Hannover, the club he left in 2009 for Russian outfit Zenit St Petersburg. The scorer of 25 goals in 31 Eredivisie matches last season, Dutch poacher Luuk de Jong has left Twente for Borussia Moenchengladbach, with compatriot Khalid Boulahrouz parting company with Stuttgart for a new adventure with Sporting Lisbon, where he will be joined by Danijel Pranjic, formerly of Bayern Munich.
Also joining the Lisbon side is Argentinian defender Marcos Rojo, whose former employers Spartak Moscow have swooped for fellow countryman Juan Manuel Insaurralde from Boca Juniors and are reported to be close to agreeing terms with Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic, currently with Sevilla.
For their part, the Spanish club have landed rising French star Geoffrey Kondogbia and said goodbye to Bleus international Julien Escude, who has made the switch to Besiktas. Two more players to head from Spain to Turkey are Nigerian Kalu Uche, who has signed for Kasimpasa from Espanyol, and home boy Hamit Altintop, who has brought his spell at Real Madrid to an end by joining reigning Super Lig champions Galatasaray. Linking up with him there is Burak Ilmaz, who scored 33 goals for Trabzonspor last season, while league rivals Kayserispor have lured Pablo Mouche from Boca Juniors.
Moroccan striker Youssef El Arabi will get his first taste of Spanish football with Granada, having cut ties with Saudi club Al Hilal. Loaned out to Roma and Valencia respectively by Real Madrid, Argentinian midfielder Fernando Gago and Spanish starlet Sergio Canales now belong to Los Chés.
One man who is not staying in Spain, however, is Brazilian striker Nilmar, who has called time on his stay with Villarreal to sign for Qatari club Al Rayyan, while Rayo Vallecano front man Michu is on the point of putting pen to paper for English Premier League side Swansea.
Staying in England, Togolese goal-getter Emmanuel Adebayor has made his move from Manchester City to Tottenham Hotspur official. After eight years of loyal service on Merseyside, attacking midfielder Tim Cahill has made the switch from Everton to New York Red Bulls, while Jamaican international Adrian Mariappa has left Watford, the club where he has been plying his trade since 2005, for newly promoted Reading. Also back in the big time, West Ham United have bolstered their squad for the new season with the purchase of Malian striker Modibo Maiga from Sochaux.
Our latest transfer round-up ends where it began, in France, where Djibril Sidibe has swapped Troyes for Lille, Romain Hamouma has joined Saint-Etienne from Caen and Burkina Faso midfielder Alain Traore has bid adieu to Auxerre to sign for Lorient for the biggest fee ever paid by the club, as yet undisclosed. That figure is likely to be a good deal less though than the €172.5m big-spending PSG have splashed out in less than a year.
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