Top Ten Transfers Of The Summer (July 2)

The factors taken into acocunt are

(a) form over the last 12 months,
(b) potential, and
(c) transfer fee involved.

There are three new entries this week, and the ones who drop out of the list are:

(a) Aaron Ramsey,
(b) Mirko Vucinic, and
(c) Martin Caceres.

10. Tomas Ujfalusi
(Fiorentina to Atletico Madrid)
Last Week: 7

At long last, Atleti have made a good defensive signing. They were in denial last summer when they failed to take concrete steps, but have landed just the man to lead their defence upon their return to the Champions League after over a decade. That he comes for free makes it even better.

9. Hatem Ben Arfa (Lyon to Marseille)
New Entry

Marseille will lose Samir Nasri to Arsenal in the coming days, but have managed to land the perfect replacement in the man Arsene Wenger had his sights on to start with. What is more, they can keep him for a year or two, and make a cool 8-10 million profit.

8. Alberto Gilardino
(Milan to Fiorentina)
Last Week: 6

On the face of it, it looks like the Viola have signed an unhappy, out of form striker. However, that was just what Adrian Mutu's move from Juventus looked like not so long ago. The fans will help him forget Milan in a hurry, and rediscover the striker that wowed Calcio when at Parma. The partnership with Mutu can be backed to produce some special moments in the Champions League.

7. Seydou Keita (Sevilla to Barcelona)
Last Week: 5

The best signing Barcelona have made this season, particularly in light of the way their soft underbelly was exposed on the road last season. With him partnering Yaya Toure in the middle, it will ensure that the likes of Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi do not get bullied, and also get the full license to thrill. 15 million euros worth their value.

6. Ezequiel Garay (Racing Santander to Real Madrid)
Last Week: 4

What a capture! Barcelona seemed to have him in the bag, but hesitated a little too much as they waited for Frank Rijkaard to leave and a new coach to take charge. Madrid managed to snatch Sergio Ramos a few years ago, and what a signing that has turned out to be. This one may be no different.

5. Deco (Barcelona to Chelsea)
New Entry

On the wrong side of 30, a first look suggests that he is past it, but nothing could be further from the truth. There is a fire that burns in him as we saw during Euro 2008, and he has a lot more to give to football. He is not what Frank Lampard is, as he will never score as many goals. But then, he is also everything Lampard is not. Superb creativity, a great eye for the game, and an ability to run the show that has seen him win the Champions League with two different clubs. Finally, Chelsea have a player who can orchestrate the pleasing football their owner wants. With Ballack and Essien set to play around him, it will be an ominous midfield.

4. Amauri (Palermo to Juventus)
Last Week: 3

The Brazilian-Italian striker made it to number three after earning himself a long overdue move to a top four club, but now slips down to four. He has already shown his potential with Palermo, and the prospect of him getting some top quality service from the Juve midfield is simply mouth-watering. Champions League, here he comes.

3. Daniel Alves (Sevilla to Barcelona)
New Entry

Chelsea, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester United – these are just some of the clubs that have queued up for him over the last 18 months or so. However, it is Barcelona who land him after some difficult negotiations with Sevilla. Perhaps a touch overpriced at 30 million euros (he would have been number one on this list at 20m), but then again, he is the best attacking full-back this world has seen since Roberto Carlos.

2. Luka Modric (Dinamo Zagreb to Tottenham)
Last Week: 2

The hottest young Croatian was snapped up by Spurs despite the interest of clubs such as Barcelona and Chelsea, and what a signing it has already turned out to be. Looks set to become the jewel in Juande Ramos' midfield next season. He remains number two on our list.

1. Mathieu Flamini
(Arsenal to Milan)
Last Week: 1

The underrated Frenchman was one of Arsenal's best players last season, and Milan's signing of him is most definitely the biggest coup of the summer thus far. That it was a free transfer makes it even better.

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