Falcao has officially signed with recently promoted Ligue 1 side, Monaco. Falcao is one of the big money moves the club has already made this summer and the official transfer window hasn’t even started yet. Falcao will provide this new team a nice scoring touch and will make the club a contender for a possible Champions League qualification and Ligue 1 title. It will be interesting to see if Monaco will have the necessary chemistry to become a legitimate team. It may take time for the team to truly live up to its potential. That being said, with their wealthy Russian owner they will have all the necessary pieces to become a top club. We have seen this recently with PSG; money can buy success. Falcao is considered by some to be a top 5 player in the world and he has a great opportunity to great an identity for himself with this new club.
Manchester City has signed Sevilla’s midfielder Jesus Navas for 17 million pounds. Manchester City is looking to rebuild its team after a somewhat disappointing campaign following their first Premier League title in decades. Navas has 20 caps for Spain and has played for Sevilla for quite some time but has struggled to score goals. Manchester City is in need of goal scorers and with the possible exits of Aguero, Tevez, and Dzeko, will need to add some more attackers. Unfortunately, Navas will not be able to fill that void. This a very risky acquisition by Manchester City and one that may not pay off they way they want it to. Yes, Navas is a quality player, but City should have spent the money on a goal scoring threat. That being said, he could create a successful partnership on the right hand side with Zabaleta like he did with Dani Alves at Sevilla.
Fernandinho is another midfielder that Manchester City has acquired for 30 million pounds. The Brazilian had an excellent season for Shakhtar in Ukraine and was a key piece in their Champions League effort. As a central midfielder, Fernandinho can do it all. He has blistering pace, a vicious shot from range, and can defend very well. While the 30 million pounds is a high price tag for the 28 year old, Fernandinho will be a terrific addition to Manchester City. He will play a similar role to Yaya Toure and will look to become Toure’s successor. Fernandinho has made some big sacrifices to succeed in his career, the first being moving to play in Ukraine from Brazil (not an easy move). He also waived 4 million pounds in personal fees to make sure his move to the Premier League was completed. Fernandinho’s ambition should lead to success in the Premier League and with another season of fine form, he will most certainly find himself with a chance to secure a spot in the Brazilian Selecao for the 2014 World Cup.
Carlos Tevez may finally be on his way out of Manchester City. After holding out for several months requesting a transfer and then returning to the team, it seems like other clubs are interested in his services again. He may not be the same player he used to be, but if Tevez is able to find the right fit for his talents he can still be a very productive striker. Juventus seems to have the best chance at signing Tevez, but Liverpool, AC Milan, Monaco are among other clubs preparing offers for the Argentine. Tevez still has the talent to be a feature player for many clubs, but will likely cost around 30 million euros which is a high price. With one more year on his deal it is possible that he stays with Manchester City, but it’s unlikely they will risk Tevez leaving for free.
Gonzalo Higuain has publicly announced that he will be leaving Real Madrid this summer to join a club where he can start more games. Higuain scored 16 goals this season even though he was in rotation with Karim Benzema and has proven he can be a top striker in Europe. Arsenal and Juventus seems to be the front runners to sign Higuain, however Real Madrid will also offer Higuain in a player plus money deal to land players on their wish list like Aguero or Bale. Higuain will definitely sign with a Champions League team this summer and will look to enter the prime of his career and make a name for himself. Real Madrid has been a great place for Higuain to grow as a player, but it now his time to show the world what he truly has to offer.
Borussia Dortmund has rejected Bayern Munich’s offer for striker Robert Lewandowski after the move seemed like a done deal. There is only reason why the club would reject the deal; they do not want their rivals to take their best player. Bayern has already taken away Mario Gotze from Dortmund and they cannot afford to lose another attacking player if they want a chance to challenge Bayern in this upcoming season. Dortmund has ruled out selling Lewandowski to another club, but this may be them trying to auction him off to other clubs for a higher price. This is a risky move as Lewandowski only has one more year remaining on his contract and could leave for free next summer causing Dortmund to miss out on over 30 millions euros. While Lewandowski has called Bayern Munich his dream club, this may not be the worse case scenario for him. Bayern is a world class club and has many great players at every position. If Lewandowski were to slip out of form, he could be benched quickly with other talented players ready to replace him. Lewandowski could sign with another top club which would rely on him and assure himself to play every week.
Other Potential Moves:
Hulk (Zenit) to Chelsea
Isco (Malaga) to Manchester City
Hernanes (Lazio) to AC Milan
Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) to Chelsea
Marouane Fellaini (Everton) to Arsenal
Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich) to Chelsea
Ilkay Gundogan (Dortmund) to Arsenal