New faces, new places in the winter transfer market
Some say that the Winter market is, on most occasions, somewhat disappointing for those hoping for great signings. However, today I want to show you that this year the opposite happened and proof of this will, I will remind you of the biggest signings do far.
The best way to start would be talking about the transfer most talked about and most significant: Josep Guardiola with Bayern Munich, who I discussed in my previous blog.
On the other side, is the transfer of Dutch international Wesley Sneijder, who I think is one of the best midfielders in the world, but lately had been relegated to the bench. This player decided to make a radical change in his career and he left Inter Milan to go to the Turkish league with Galatasaray – the same team we remember because Giovani Dos Santos played there.
Sneijder revealed that Jose Mourinho and Louis Van Gaal incited him to leave Inter. His presentation with the Turkish club resulted in a true celebration, he was received as a hero and we’ll see if he will show his playing skills and magic in his new adventure that will last three and a half years.
And who would say that German Nuri Sahin, the same person who failed to establish himself at Real Madrid, would return to the place that saw his birth as a professional? His stint in Spain was filled with injuries and after a short stay in England with Liverpool, the Turkish midfielder returns to the team that put him in the world soccer map, Borussia Dortmund, where he was considered the best player in 2010.
The transfer of Giuseppe Rossi from Villarreal to Fiorentina was done discreetly and it is expected that this Italian-American forward can return to his best level, but you have to remember he is coming off a big injury. This transaction is estimated to have been done for between 7 and 10 million Euros.
Chelsea was another team that did not want to be left behind and acquired the services of the Senegalese Demba Ba from Newcastle. The arrival of this potent attacker represents a dilemma for coach Rafa Benítez if we consider he could also play Fernando Torres, who currently has an extraordinary level.
Another winter transfer bomb starred Joe Cole, who decided to continue in the Premier League in England, but now he left Liverpool to join the ranks of West Ham United; while Alexandre Pato said good-bye to his European life with Milan to face a new challenge with Brazil’s Corinthians; and Lucas did the opposite of his countryman and left Sao Paulo to assume a European challenge with PSG in a transaction that cost the French side close to 40 million Euros.
A separate case was that of Mexican Rafael Márquez, who surprised with his return to Mexican soccer after 13 years of being Mexico’s ambassador high up in Europe and recently in the United States, and now he looks to reap more success with Leon.
Finally, one transfer that did not happen was Kaká. Several rumors placed him again in Milan, but the cost of 25 million Euros that Real Madrid was asking for made it an impossible dream for the Italians, though it should be noted that his exit from the ‘Merengues’ is still a possibility, at least until Jan. 31.
Who do you think, among these players, will shine brightest with their new team?