Foot-tastic Five

Foot-tastic Five

As far as transfer season goes, interest levels generally peak around the last two weeks of August, when most negotiations for big-name players are done and sealed. But that’s not to say that no superstars move clubs in July. This time around, we look at five of the biggest signings that have been signed, sealed and delivered as of today.
 
Petr Cech, goalkeeper: Chelsea to Arsenal
Moving from the reigning English champions to their nearest title rivals for a little over £10 million, the Czech stopper makes Arsenal a whole lot stronger in one fell swoop. Many times last season, the lack of organisation in defence cost the Gunners points. Cech marshals his back four superbly, and commands the box with power and confidence that will elevate everyone else’s performances.
 
Memphis Depay, forward: PSV to Manchester United
The young maverick who topped the Dutch league scoring charts is with Manchester United on their preseason tour, but it’s not just his transfer fee that’s sky-high. Memphis is quite blessed with technique and ability, as well as the confidence that comes with those traits. He can play wide or behind the striker, and will take some effort to stop if he can find his footing quickly.
 
Raheem Sterling, midfielder: Liverpool to Manchester City

After a protracted transfer saga that saw his agent slamming Liverpool and head coach Brendan Rodgers, Sterling finally got his move to a club where he can challenge for trophies. Though his motive was fair enough, the manner of his move leaves doubts about his character. Nonetheless, if he can deliver on the promise he showed at Anfield, City will be able to challenge for top honours.
 
Radamel Falcao, forward: Monaco to Chelsea
After his injury in the summer of 2014 that forced him to miss the World Cup in Brazil, Falcao had a torrid season on loan at Manchester United, drawing criticism for his incredibly high salary that returned little reward for his club. Jose Mourinho has brought him to Stamford Bridge on loan, hoping to re-ignite the fire that saw El Tigre once become Europe’s most feared striker.
 
Joao Miranda, defender: Atletico Madrid to Inter
After several fantastic season at the heart of Atleti’s defence beside Diego Godin, Miranda has joined Inter, who seem to be gung-ho about returning to Italy’s elite under Erick Thohir’s leadership as chairman. Though he was exposed on a number of occasions in Spain last season, the Italian league is more tactical and paced to better suit Miranda’s skill set. He will flourish if Inter stick to four at the back.
 

-Ashwin