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Top 25 Biggest Transfers From This Summer

Referred to as ‘Silly-Season,’ the summer soccer transfer period is to soccer fanatics what TMZ is to celebrity watchers. This past weekend the European transfer window slammed shut after some last minute wheeling and dealing and a lot of speculation and rumor-mongering. The close of the window provides a respite for fans and clubs to stop and take stock of what has just happened. Fans will look at their teams and assess the ins and outs to see if they are better off now than in the spring-time. Journalists will look at the moves, rank the players and speculate on who made the best transfers and who wasted millions. In general, everyone will stand back and assess the vast number of players and billions of dollars which have changed hands in the past three months. Across Europe, the big clubs traditionally make the biggest moves and this summer was no exception. The likes of Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Chelsea, Milan, Barcelona and Real Madrid all dominated the headlines and gossip pages. Some clubs looked just to tinker with their teams – a player or two here and there to strengthen from last season and help further the push forward this year. Other clubs, however, looked to make wholesale changes to their squads. Nowhere was this more evident than with clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United who brought in several new faces each and helped to fuel a billion dollar Premier League transfer window. This list looks at the biggest names and most notable transfers of the summer. Ahead you’ll find free transfers, loan deals and multi-million dollar signings all together. For ease of organization, the following list is rated by transfer value but don’t let this fool you at all. Here, number 25 can be just as big in the transfer world as any one of the top 10 listed. Football fanatics will recognize every single name posted here. Some have been vastly overpaid for while others have been absolute steals for the recipient club. Nonetheless, they are all players we would likely want on our respective teams and as such deserve a place on the top 25 transfers of this summer.

25 Robert Lewandowski, Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich - Free

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24 Diego Lopez, Real Madrid to AC Milan – Loan

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23 Fernando Torres, Chelsea to AC Milan – Loan

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22 Radamel Falcao, Monaco to Manchester United – Loan

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21 Xabi Alonso, Real Madrid to Bayern Munich – $13.1 million

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20 Daley Blind, Ajax to Manchester United – $22.7 million

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19 Ivan Rakitic, Sevilla to Barcelona – $23.4 million

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18 Thomas Vermaelen, Arsenal to Barcelona – $24.7 million

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17 Mario Balotelli, AC Milan to Liverpool – $26.3 million

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16 Danny Welbeck, Manchester United to Arsenal – $26.3 million

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15 Ciro Immobile, Torino to Borussia Dortmund – $28 million

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14 Mario Mandzukic, Bayern Munich to Atletico Madrid – $31.8 million

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13 Antoine Griezmann, Real Sociedad to Atletico Madrid – $39.5 million

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12 Toni Kroos, Bayern Munich to Real Madrid – $39.5 million

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11 Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea to Everton – $46 million

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10 Ander Herrera, Athletic Bilbao to Manchester United – $47.7 million

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9 Luke Shaw, Southampton to Manchester United – $49.4 million

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8 Cesc Fabregas, Barcelona to Chelsea – $49.4 million

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7 Eliaquim Mangala, Porto to Manchester City – $52.7 million

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6 Diego Costa, Atletico Madrid to Chelsea – $52.7 million

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5 Alexis Sanchez, Barcelona to Arsenal – $57.6 million

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4 David Luiz, Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain – $82.3 million

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3 Angel Di Maria, Real Madrid to Manchester United – $98.2 million

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2 James Rodriguez, Monaco to Real Madrid – $103.7 million

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1 Luis Suarez, Liverpool to Barcelona – $117.7 million

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You’re probably tired of all the Suarez-biting jokes, right? Well, sinking his teeth into top spot and biting a big chunk out of Barcelona’s transfer coffers, the former Liverpool striker dominated much of this summer’s transfer headlines. Suarez is a fascinating football character. Undeniably deadly on the pitch – in more ways than one – Suarez scored 69 goals in 110 league appearances for Liverpool. He has great movement, speed and a lethal shot. Will Barcelona be a case of biting off more than he can chew? If the Uruguayan can play anywhere near as well as he did on Merseyside, an already deadly Barcelona front line will get even stronger.

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