Football Transfers – Top 10 Transfers In 2010
With the summer transfer window closing just a month ago, it may be too early to pass judgment on the players who have only recently joined their new clubs, but we have, nevertheless, chosen our selection of the players likely to make biggest impact in their respective clubs. The list not only features best summer signings but the pick from all football transfers carried out in 2010.
10.) Marco Estrada (Universidad de Chile to Montpellier, 1 million)
Argentine playmaker, Alberto Costa shifted to Valencia following a spectacular season with Montpellier. As a result, Montpellier roughly needed another person to take his place. At the very beginning of the transfer window, Rene Girard immediately took Marco Estrada for only 1 million. No one could ever imagine that the Chile International would cause such big result on the team even without having enough time to adapt. Along with his assists and firmness, Estrada justified his dynamic force on Montpellier’s tremendous starting season. Undoubtedly, this Chilean football will go on captivating fans with his stirring performances. Thus, the 1 million euros are yet the best spent transfer money ever recorded in the history of Ligue 1.
9.) Guti (Real Madrid to Besiktas, free)
He used to be a simple back-up player at Santiago Bernabeu for several years when Guti finally decided to move to Besiktas and leave his childhood club. The Turks believed that at 33, the player still have several years of conditioned football playing; thus, he was not given with any transfer fee. This was sooner justified as he scored 2 goals in his 5 initial games for the club, as well as few more assists. As long as his midfielder retains his fabulous record, Besiktas will be one of the top pick for the Super Lig Title.
8.) Raul Meireles (Porto to Liverpool, 14 million)
For six years at Porto, Raul Meireles had a very important part in the success of the Dragons, both on local and European stage. Aside from that, he was also one of the major players in the national team. Just prior to the closing of summer transfer window, Liverpool waged 14 million for his services as Roy Hodgson is trying to find someone who will add strength to the midfield area after Javier Mascherano left. This must prove that the money was well spent since Meireles is a real box-to-box midfielder that can contribute much for his team in both offense and defence. Surely, the transfer fee is totally acceptable considering his ability and experience.
7.) Sebastian Giovinco (Juventus to Parma, loan)
Touted as the next Del Piero, Sebastian Giovinco failed to justify the tag at Juventus but in all fairness, he was never given a real chance at Olimpico. His talent was never in question and all he needed in order to develop fully as a player was the chance to play first team football, with Parma finally being able to offer him that after signing him on loan this summer. In the very first match for the Gialloblu, the midfielder was instrumental in team’s victory over Brescia providing a beautiful assist for Bojinov in the build-up to the opening goal.
6.) Hatem Ben Arfa (Marseille to Newcastle, loan)
Hatem is not your regular player since he can disengage any kind of defence with his mazy runs, but he can also be a problem when not treated seriously. He reject to train after hearing the Newcastle’s interest until he was finally arranged a loan deal to St James Park as a genuine prized player. He should be on the top of the list of names so he can give his greatest potential; since, this won’t be a problem at St James Park, we can anticipate for some stunning exhibitions from this former Lyon player.
5.) Ruud Van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid to HSV, free)
At Real Madrid, Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s playing years was packed with injuries. However, this Dutch footballer scored 64 goals out of 98 games for los Merengues. At that time, he was already considered an excess requirement at Santiago Bernabeu. Hamburger succeeded the race for his signature and contracted him for free. That was justified as one of the greatest transfers in the club’s history following the Dutchman taking pleasure on a brilliant first season, scoring 7 goals out of 18 games. The following season begins even better for him, as he snatched 6 goals in only 3 games. He is truly worthy of the label as one of the best signings in this year.
4.) Raul (Real Madrid to Schalke, free)
The conclusion of Real Madrid not to continue Raul’s contract meant that one of the primary legends was leaving Santiago Bernabeu subsequent to 722 games for los Merengues along with 282 goals. Even if he was once associated with a move to the Premiership, this 33 year-old striker from Spain in the end opted for Schalke along with Huntelaar, Metzelder and Jurado also arriving to the Gelsenkirchen. His first official appearance scored 3:1 with the success against Bayern in the League Cup. This veteran striker is projected to build a productive striking collaboration with Klaas Jan Huntelaar.
3.) David Villa (Valencia to Barcelona, 40 million)
During the World Cup in South Africa, Barcelona never made a wrong decision to spend a stunning 40 million for Villa’s performances. It was no doubt that he capped an astonishing introduction for the Catalans with a goal in Santander. El Guaje has been one of the finest creative strikers in Europe, scoring a minimum 20 goals in each of the last 9 seasons. Now, we can say that Barcelona brag the paramount attacking trio in the world in the name of Villa, Messi and Iniesta.
2.) Rafael van der Vaart (Real Madrid to Tottenham, 10 million)
Seeing how most of the players virtually explode when they leave Santiago Bernabeu, Rafael van der Vaart is likely to be a big hit at White Hart Lane. The proximity of transfer deadline allowed Harry Redknapp to sign a brilliant player for the cut back price of 10 million and not even the boss himself could have believed that. Tottenham desperately needed a creative midfielder with a wealth of experience for their maiden Champions League campaign and in Rafa van der Vaart they have everything they asked for.
1.) Goran Pandev (Lazio to Inter, free)
This 27 year-old, Macedonian footballer, Goran Pandev encountered several sufferings at Lazio after declining a recent contract and spending four months without playing in the squad prior to filing for the termination of the contract. Lega Calcio has power over his favour and the Macedonian player swiftly secured a move to Inter, where he fit right into Jose Mourinho’s side where he is made to prosper a historic treble of titles. Even though he was being used out of position, Goran had a big task to perform for the club’s quest for the trophies thus, he is anticipated to bring with remarkable performances for Neroazzurri.