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Posted by ZiggY Tuesday, September 02, 2014 Go To Comments

Summary of Argentina Player Transfers

With the summer transfer window having come to an end, here is a quick summary of all Argentines who switched clubs in Europe.  

English Premier League

The highest profile (and most expensive) move was that of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid to Manchester United. The €75 million move broke the English transfer record which was last set by Chelsea when they bought Fernando Torres from Liverpool for €62.6 million. Sergio Aguero's €47.6 million move to Manchester City in 2011 stands at 4th place in British record history. 

Marcos Rojo also made the move to a revamping Manchester United squad for €20 million. In the blue side of Manchester (Man City), 32 year old Albiceleste hopeful Willy Caballero came in from Malaga for a fee of €8 million to reunite with Manuel Pellegrini, and with a hope of making a name for himself on the big stage and maybe earn himself a call up by Tata Martino.

Two center back contenders for the Albiceleste made a move to England as well. The two Federico's, Fernandez and Fazio transferred to Swansea and Tottenham, respectively. Another surprise and interesting player moving to England is an extremely talented Mauro Zarate (to West Ham) who will be hoping to put his indisciplined past behind him and re-ignite his European footballing career from a fresh start (and maybe earn a call up by Tata). 

The final move worthy of note is Facundo Ferreyra to Newcastle, a young forward with lots of potential. It will be interesting to see how the former Banfield and Velez star fares in one of the toughest leagues in the world.

  Position From To Fee in €
Angel Di Maria Midfielder Real Madrid Manchester United 75m
Marcos Rojo Defender Sproting Lisbon Manchester United 20m
Willy Caballero Goalkeeper Malaga Manchester City 8m
Esteban Cambiasso Midfielder Inter Milan Leicester Free
Leonardo Ulloa Attacker Brighton Leicester 10m
Facundo Ferreyra Attacker Shakhtar Donetsk Newcastle Loan
Santiago Vergini Defender CA Fenix Sunderland Loan
Ricardo Alvarez Midfielder Inter Milan Sunderland Loan
Federico Fernandez Defender Napoli Swansea 9m
Federico Fazio Defender Sevilla Tottenham 10m
Sebastian Blanco Midfielder Metalist West Bromwich 2.5m
Mauro Zarate Attacker Velez Sarsfield West Ham Undisclosed


Spanish La Liga

No big money moves to the Spanish Liga by Argentines this summer, at least not as big as in England. However Valencia has seen a significant influx of young Argentine players which we will all definitely keep an eye on this season. The most notable recruit is Nicolas Otamendi from FC Porto (€9 million) who will be hoping to up his game and revive his career with the national team.

Talented attacking midfielder Rodrigo De Paul has joined from Racing Club for a good €5 million. Left back Lucas Orban arrived from Bordeaux to get more spotlight. Finally, a defensive midfielder dubbed by many to be Masherano's heir in the NT is Bruno Zuculini who moved to Valencia on loan from Manchester City. Keep a special eye on this kid.

Elsewhere in Spain, Ever Banega made a move out of Valencia to Sevilla for a bargain fee of only €2.5 million (very underpriced if you ask me). Cristian Ansaldi, the left back with huge support for joining the national team, moved to Atletico Madrid where he will be guided by non other than the great Diego Simeone. If anyone can capitalize on his potential, it must be El Cholo.

Finally, another interesting transfer to Spain is that of Luciano Vietto to Villareal from Racing Club for an undisclosed fee.

  Position From To Fee in €
Nicolas Otamendi Defender FC Porto Valencia 9m
Rodrigo De Paul Midfielder Racing Club Valencia 5m
Lucas Orban Defender Bordeaux Valencia 2m
Bruno Zuculini Midfielder Manchester City Valencia Loan
Cristian Ansaldi Defender Zenit St Petersberg Atletico Madrid Loan
Joaquin Larrivey Attacker Rayo Vallecano Celta Vigo Free
Luis Farina Defender Benfica Deportivo la Coruna Loan
Cristian Alvarez Goalkeeper San Lorenzo Rayo Vallecano Loan
Emiliano Insua Defender Atletico Madrid Rayo Vallecano Loan
Ever Banega Midfielder Valencia Sevilla 2.5m
Mariano Barbosa Goalkeeper Las Palmas Sevilla 150,000
Luciano Vietto Attacker Racing Club Villareal Undisclosed
Geronimo Rulli Goalkeeper Estudiantes Real Sociedad Loan


Italian Serie A

It Italy, the main highlight is Juan Iturbe's move to a big club (AS Roma) for €22 million. The 21 year old forward has been on the move a lot between Europe and South America in the past few years, and while he has struggled with consistency, his talent and potential are undeniable. Dubbed the impossible "next Messi" by many, a lot of expectations have been put on him. Hopefully this move to Roma will show us what he is made of and whether he is worthy of a call up to the National Team. Another exciting prospect at Roma is that of Leandro Paredes who has made a move there on loan from Boca Juniors. Like Iturbe, this move will be the perfect platform to show us his true colors. 

Ex River Plate and Udinese winger Roberto Pereyra has moved to Juventus on loan, and so has Ruben Botta from Inter Milan to Chievo. These are another two attack minded players to watch out for in Italy this season. World Cup player Jose Basanta has finally made the move to Europe at the age of 30 (to Fiorentina for €2.6 million), same with Boca midfielder Juan Sanchez Mino, joining Torino for €3.2 million.

Ex Albiceleste hopeful Diego Perotti has left Sevilla and downgraded to Genoa for only €350,000, while ex Albiceleste star Javier Saviola has surprisingly made a first move to Italy joining Hellas Verona from Olympiakos for an undisclosed fee.

  Position From To Fee in €
Juan Iturbe Attacker Verona Roma 22m
Leandro Paredes Midfielder Boca Juniors Roma Loan
Alejandro Gomez Attacker Metalist Atalanta Undisclosed
Mariano Izco Midfielder Catania Chievo 3m
Albano Bizzarri Goalkeeper Genoa Chievo Undisclosed
Maxi Lopez Attacker Catania Chievo Undisclosed
Ruben Botta Midfielder Inter Milan Chievo Loan
Jose Basanta Defender Monterray Fiorentina 2.6m
Facundo Roncaglia Defender Fiorentina Genoa Loan
Franco Mussis Midfielder FC Copenhagen Genoa Loan
Diego Perotti Midfielder Sevilla Genoa 350,000
Roberto Pereyra Midfielder Udinese Juventus Loan
Santiago Gentiletti Defender San Lorenzo Lazio Undisclosed
Matias Silvestre Defender Inter Milan Sampdoria Loan
Gonzalo Bergessio Attacker Catania Sampdoria 3m
Juan Sanchez Mino Midfielder Boca Juniors Torino 3.2m
Javier Saviola Attacker Olympiakos Hellas Verona Undisclosed


Other (Rest of Europe)

Outside Europe's above mentioned leagues (and the Bundesliga which barely ever sees any transfer action with Argentines), only one makes a good headline: that of Ezequiel Garay from Benfica to Zenit for €15 million. To many of us, this is a disappointing move as he has proven himself to be one of the finest central defenders at the World Cup and in Europe the past few seasons, and this is especially considering that many major clubs have been desperate in finding quality defenders (like Barcelona and Manchester United). Hopefully this move to Russia will help prepare him somewhat for the next World Cup (which will be held in Russia), but at the same time one would hope this is only a temporary move before a major club comes knocking in the coming transfer windows.

On a positive note for most of us though, Jose Sosa has disappeared off into the Turkish league!

  Position From To Fee in €
Ezequiel Garay Defender Benfica Zenit St Petersberg 15m
Walter Samuel Defender Inter Milan Basel Free
Jose Sosa Defender Metalist Kharkiv Besiktas Loan



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Posted on 9/5/2014 at 6:50 AM
Thanks for all info ... Would have taken lot of hours of hard work....Thanks Ziggy

Posted on 9/3/2014 at 12:43 PM
Awesome work , ZiggY !!!

Posted on 9/3/2014 at 11:19 AM
Diego Perotti played for Genoa against Napoli in Serie A. He played on the right wing and he was outstanding. Napoli took control once he was subbed and won it.

And keep an eye on Palermo's Dybala. Far superior to Juan Iturbe.

Posted on 9/3/2014 at 10:54 AM
@Ziggy, wht abt Gerónimo Rulli??

(United States)
Posted on 9/3/2014 at 9:47 AM
Where will Sergio Romero be playing this season ?

(United States)
Posted on 9/3/2014 at 9:32 AM
What ever happened to Diego Perotti? I see he's moving to Italy. Anyone know if he's still got game left in him?

(Hong Kong)
Posted on 9/3/2014 at 8:52 AM
Excellent article! I wasn't aware of Garay's transfer, what a waste! Otherwise Zuculini seems to be the player to watch, saw 1 game with him for City few weeks ago, really impressed by his physical impact and technique, can be potentially the next Yaya Toure

Posted on 9/3/2014 at 4:38 AM
Thanks for the correction Brisco, fixed it. That's what happens when you dont thoroughly proof read your work! :)

Posted on 9/3/2014 at 3:29 AM
I was hopinh for this kind of list. Thank you very much. Some mix up with Rojo in there.. so Rojo of course from Sporting to ManU. But as baker said, excellent work. Kudos.

Posted on 9/3/2014 at 2:39 AM
Excellent compilation , kudos :)
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