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2013 Football Transfers
Transcript of 2013 Football Transfers
With the transfer window about to slam shut, see who's already moved where and what it means for the world's most popular sport.
POSITION: LEFT WING
TO: REAL MADRID
FROM: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
The young Welshman is the latest holder of the title "world's most expensive player", a position which he inherits from new teammate Cristano Ronaldo. Bale was sensational for the second-half of last season and has been on the radar of Europe's elite clubs since he scored a hat-trick in the San Siro in 2010. Madrid have had mixed success with British players and their fans will hope he follows in the footsteps of Beckham and McManaman and not Owen and Woodgate.
The "German Messi" was in the strange situation of watching his new club beat his old one from the sidelines during last season's Champion's League final. Needs to score more goals if he is to rival the player he is so often compared to. Götze will be hoping that working with Messi's former mentor Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena will help him do just that.
A huge fee for a player who only played 54 times for Sociedad's first team (without scoring), but Real will see him as much needed competition for places in a midfield that at times failed to properly protect its defense last season.
The driving force behind Malaga's exciting journey to the quarters of last year's Champion's League, many wondered if Isco would join his old boss at Man City, but he has instead chosen Real, where he will have to compete with a galaxy of stars to get into the first team.
Chelsea have spent several years attempting to sign the young German before finally capturing their man at the beginning of the summer. A very pacey winger with a decent scoring record, he looks to be a player very much in the mould of returning boss José Mourinho.
The all action midfielder came to the world's attention as he helped Brazil win the Confederation's Cup in his home country this summer. Seems that Tottenham had been tracking him for longer, as soon after the 3-0 triumph over Spain in the final, Paulinho was shedding tears at an emotional goodbye press conference.
A long-time golden boy of Spanish football, Navas has finally made his move to a big club. Many will be surprised that he has decided to leave Spain, as he famously claimed to suffer from extreme homesickness in the past. No doubt the presence of Man City's new Chilean coach Manual Pelligrini will have helped to persuade him to join the citizens.
No eyebrows will have been raised when it was announced that Tevez would be leaving Man City, but some will have been surprised by the low price. Combined with the capture of Fernando Llorente, Juventus now have two proven goalscorers, an ingredient that many said they missed last year. Fans of the club known in Italy as "The Old Lady" will hope that they can fire them past the Champion's League quarter-final that they achieved last season.
Once the most coveted striker in Europe, Villa has gone off the boil since he broke his leg over a year ago. Looked to be coming back to his best when Barca thumped AC Milan 4-0 in the Nou Camp last season, but he never really found his feet at Barca. Rumors that he didn't get along with Lionel Messi could be seen as a contributing factor in his exit. The cut-price fee will make some wonder whether he will ever be back to his best.
FROM: ANZHI MAKHACHKALA
The Brazillian play-maker transferred only last January to Anzhi, but the Russian club have revised their big spending policy in favor of their youth system and Willian was one of many to be shown the door. For a while he looked set for Liverpool, before having a medical at Tottenham, only for Chelsea to pip them at the 11th hour. An example of the drama of the transfer market that prompted Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to say: "It's best to do the medical in private."
Click the arrows to take a tour of this summer's transfers, or double click a player card to get more details.
FROM: REAL MADRID
The most expensive German player of all time was apparently reluctant to leave Madrid, but chose to go to Arsenal after the arrival of Gareth Bale and Isco put his place in jeopardy. The player that Jose Mourinho described as the best number 10 in the world last year, was apparently convinced to choose the gunners because of the absolute faith that team boss Arsene Wenger was willing to put in him.
FROM: BAYER LEVERKUSEN