It’s time to forget about international football for four years and rekindle our love affair with Europe’s top domestic action.
Well, now attention has returned to the club scene, here’s our rundown of the transfers you probably missed during the World Cup…
Brazilian midfielder Fernando (right)
The Premier League champions have bolstered their squad by signing Brazilian midfielder Fernando, who starred in a string of successful European runs at Porto. Worried about confusing him with his nearly-namesake Fernandinho? Don’t worry, the new signing will have ‘F Reges’ printed on his shirt to avoid a muddle on the terraces.
Bayern made their feelings clear towards the Croatian striker when they agreed to sign Robert Lewandowski. Still, it’s hardly the end of the world when you can swap the Bundesliga champions for the Liga equivalent.
Everton midfielder Gareth Barry (left)
Barry was influential as Everton flirted with the Champions League places last season and has now joined on a permanent deal from Manchester City. He was unfortunate (or perhaps fortunate) to be overlooked by Roy Hodgson for England’s World Cup squad, but will start the season fresh as the Toffees attempt to build on fifth position in the league.
Hull signed Jake Livermore from Tottenham for a club-record fee after the midfielder impressed during a loan spell last season. He formed a solid partnership with another former Spur Tom Huddlestone as Hull reached the FA Cup final and avoided relegation.
Joleon Lescott – Manchester City to West Brom: Free
Lescott was subjected to the ultimate insult when City boss Manuel Pellegrini elected to repeatedly play Martin Demichelis instead of the 26-cap England international. The defender, once valued at £22 million, now has the opportunity to rebuild his career following his move to the Hawthorns.
Ashley Cole – Chelsea to Roma: Free
The breakthrough of Cesar Azpilicueta pushed Cole to the fringes at Stamford Bridge, forcing him to contemplate his next career move before he agreed a switch to Serie A. Given England’s dismal World Cup campaign, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that Cole swiftly reverses his decision to quit international football and stars in the European Championship qualifiers.
Emre Can – Bayer Leverkusen to Liverpool: £9.75 million
Will Can’s arrival spark the phasing out of Steven Gerrard from the Liverpool midfield? The German U21 international will provide some much-needed cover for the Reds skipper as Liverpool embark on a quest for European and domestic honours.
Willy Caballero – Malaga to Manchester City: £4.4 million
His first act in a City shirt? Concede two goals in a pre-season friendly as Dundee secure an unlikely win. Not that City fans should be too concerned – it’s highly unlikely that Caballero will be anywhere near the number one jersey this season.
Siem de Jong – Ajax to Newcastle: £6 million
Signed a whopping six-year contract – still a full two years short of Alan Pardew’s bumper deal from 2012 – as Newcastle attempt to shrug off an underwhelming campaign. The St James’ Park faithful will be hoping their new man can deliver goals which have been alarmingly lacking since Papiss Cisse forget how to shoot.
Ok, we know you saw these, but here’s a quick recap of the huge deals that would normally have merited weeks of air-time…
Shaw was apparently so keen to start working with his new employers that he cut short his summer holiday by a week.
Ander Herrera – Athletic Bilbao to Manchester United: Player activated buyout clause
Herrera decided to stump up his own release fee to force a move to the Premier League giants.
Alexis Sanchez – Barcelona to Arsenal: £35 million
Arsene Wenger has got the transfer bug and splashed out on the Chile star.
Cesc Fabregas – Barcelona to Chelsea: £27 million
Fabregas is back in London… But not with the club we initially expected.
Adam Lallana - Southampton to Liverpool: £25 million
Lallana joins the Premier League runners-up after a hugely impressive season with Southampton in 2013/14.
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