Big moves for Ronnie and Guiza
The transfer market was looking relatively quiet, until AC Milan got in on the act by signing Brazilian star Ronaldinho. Not to be outdone, Fenerbahce demonstrated their lofty ambitions for the coming season by picking up Dani Guiza, last year's top scorer in the Spanish top flight. FIFA.com catches up with all the signings from the past few weeks.
With FIFA World Cup™, UEFA Champions League and Spanish league winners' medals in his cabinet, Ronaldinho has secured almost all there is to win in footballing terms. Some might say that this could be the reason behind his poor form and apparent lack of motivation for the past two seasons. The Brazilian needed a fresh challenge, and AC Milan stepped up in the hope that fellow countrymen Kaka and Alexandre Pato will give Ronnie the new lease of life he needs to hit the heights in the Champions League and Serie A.
Another Brazilian prodigy has journeyed to Milan, with Inter having signed former Roma winger Amantino Mancini. Their Italian rivals Juventus have secured the services of tough-tackling Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen from Sevilla, while Lazio are looking for a hatful of goals from rising Argentinian star Mauro Zarate, who began his career at Velez Sarsfield and has recently had spells at Al Sadd in Qatar and Birmingham City.
Hleb in, Guiza out
In Spain, Barça wasted no time in finding a replacement for Milan-bound Ronaldinho, with Belarus winger Aleksander Hleb jetting in from Arsenal. La Liga will also be home to two former Lyon players - Gregory Coupet will be trying to keep clean sheets in the Atletico Madrid goal while his former team-mate Sebastien Squillaci has been brought in to strengthen Sevilla's backline. City rivals Betis have picked up Turkish midfielder and UEFA EURO 2008 semi-finalist Mehmet Aurelio, who was out of contract at Fenerbahce. Getafe, meanwhile, have signed Ecuadorian Joffre Guerron, who recently won the Copa Libertadores with Liga de Quito.
Plenty of other players are leaving Spain, however. Argentinian playmaker Pablo Aimar will be hoping to put a disastrous season at Zaragoza behind him after signing for Lisbon giants Benfica, while last season's Pichichi (top scorer) Dani Guiza is leaving Mallorca to join former Spain coach Luis Aragones at Fenerbahce. Istanbul rivals Galatasaray have also beefed up their attack in the shape of Australian Harry Kewell, who is now fighting fit after an injury-plagued spell at Liverpool.
The Reds lost another attacker in the lofty figure of Peter Crouch, who was tired of playing second fiddle to Fernando Torres and has gone to join FA Cup-winners Portsmouth. Coming in, however, is Brazilian keeper Diego Cavalieri from Palmeiras to serve as Pepe Reina's understudy. Newly promoted Hull City will be counting on two experienced players in the hope of maintaining their Premier League status, namely former PSG defender Bernard Mendy and Dutch midfielder George Boateng who has made the trip down the east coast from Middlesbrough.
Turning to Germany, Eintracht Frankfurt will be the first ever port of call outside of Greece for 33-year-old forward Nikos Liberopoulos - a familiar face in the Champions League after spending 12 seasons at Panathinaikos and AEK Athens. Bayer Leverkusen meanwhile have opted for a more youthful recruiting policy, picking up 20-year-old Flamengo midfielder Renato Augusto.
Klasnic crosses the Rhine
Saying goodbye to the Bundesliga is Croatian star Ivan Klasnic, whose skills and fighting spirit very much endeared him to the Werder Bremen faithful. Many thought his footballing days were over after he underwent a double kidney transplant, but the striker battled back to play and score for his country at this year's EURO. He will spend next season in France with newly promoted Nantes.
The Canaris have also picked up Senegal midfielder Guirane N'daw and Danish defender Michael Gravgaard from Sochaux and Copenhagen respectively, while their Brittany neighbours Rennes have signed Udinese's Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan. PSG are still hoping for Claude Makelele and Ludovic Giuly to come to the French capital; a journey that Benin-born Stephane Sessegnon has already made after signing from Le Mans.
Elsewhere around the world, 31-year-old Swiss international Hakan Yakin will try his luck in a fourth country after Switzerland, Germany and Turkey, with the only Swiss scorer at the EURO (with three goals) joining Al Gharafa in Qatar. In Argentina, Boca Juniors forward Mauro Boselli found himself third choice behind the strike partnership of Palacio and Palermo and has thus moved on to Estudiantes de la Plata. Gustavo Balvorin is another attacker looking for a change of scenery. After scoring 14 goals in 43 matches for Velez, he is joining Lanus.
Though the majority of transfers between South America and Europe have resulted in players heading towards the Old Continent, some do go in the opposite direction. Uruguayan Sergio Orteman, for example, is leaving Racing Santander to join Gremio, while Brazilian Adolfo Rosinei is returning home to play for Internacional after a stint with Almeria.
There will be moves aplenty until the transfer window shuts on 31 August, particularly as the start of the new European season gets ever closer. And as always, FIFA.com will be there to keep you right up-to-date with all the biggest news.