Jan 31, 2014, 11:46 PM EDT
Having already finished our look around the disappointing end to the Premier League January transfer window, it’s time to take a look at deals around the rest of Europe.
Spoiler alert – it’s not any better.
While Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, and the like sent Premier League fans to bed wishing for more, the rest of the leagues pretty much did the same.
Here’s a snippet from elsewhere in the biggest European leagues.
The biggest Italian transfer news happened to be one that didn’t come off, as Nani‘s potential loan moves to Inter Milan or AC Milan never materialized. Manchester United decided they wished to keep the player, and his hamstring injury is taking longer than expected to heal anyways.
Lazio – The top-half hopefuls secured Chelsea striker Gael Kakuta on a loan move. It’s Kakuta’s fifth loan deal since 2011, while he has yet to make an appearance for Chelsea in that span. With every loan deal it looks less likely that Chelsea will retain the 22-year-old long-term, and Lazio would likely hope to make the deal permanent if he impresses in Italy.
Lazio were also mentioned in rumors for Jonathan Biabiany, but the Parma attacker turned them down.
Inter Milan – While bringing in Kakuta, Lazio sent Hernanes to Inter. More on the midfielder’s emotional farewell to Rome and switch to Milan is here.
Juventus – Attempting to sell Fabio Quagliarella, Juventus brought in out-of-favor Southampton striker Pablo Osvaldo. The Old Lady gave Osvaldo a lifeline after he was dropped by Mauricio Pochettino for punching a teammate at training. The move is a loan, but Osvaldo likely won’t play for Southampton again.
They also ended up keeping Quagliarella, leaving Juventus obese at the striker position. The Serie A leaders now own Osvaldo and Quagliarella alongside Fernando Llorente, Sebastian Giovinco, Mirko Vucinic, and star Carlos Tevez. They also shopped Vucinic with no luck.
Roma – Sao Paolo defender Rafael Toloi moved to the Italian capital on a loan move with an option to buy. The 23-year-old central defender was hardly used in Brazil and will provide cover for Mehdi Benatia and Leandro Castan who continue to pick up cards.
Valencia – Valencia were by far the busiest Spanish club. Los Che have officially captured 20-year-old Brazilian striker Vinicius Araujo as they attempt to save their top-10 fortunes. The club bought 50% of his rights, and the other half remaining with his current club Cruziero.
The club also added Fulham defender Philippe Senderos in a move that shocked many. Senderos struggled to settle in at Fulham, who currently sit in 19th in the Premier League. They also failed to announce him properly, hilariously tweeting a picture of another Fulham defender, Brede Hangeland instead. Finally, they added former Barcelona 34-year-old Seydou Keita as a free agent on a 6-month deal following his release from Chinese club Dalian Aerbin.
Valencia also offloaded Argentinian midfielder Ever Banega to Argentine giants Newell’s Old Boys, amid interest from Boca Juniors.
Atletico Madrid – As they continue to battle Barcelona and Real Madrid for the league title, Atletico Madrid brought back midfielder Diego from Wolfsburg on loan until the end of the season.
Monaco – With Falcao out long-term after tearing his ACL, the club moved for Fulham’s Dimitar Berbatov adding the closest human personification of the club. The dead will last until the end of the season.
Borussia Dortmund – In the fight for second place in the Bundesliga, Jurgen Klopp captured 21-year-old Serb Milos Jojic from Partizan Belgrade on a permanent deal worth around $3 million.
Werder Bremen – Hoping to get into the top half of the table, manager Robin Dutt snagged 29-year-old French midfielder Ludovic Obraniak to “bolster our attack.”
Nurnberg – Crystal Palace offloaded disappointing talent Jose Campana to FC Nurnberg on a 6-month loan, hoping to get the 20-year-old some playing time outside of their relegation battle. There is also an option for Nurnberg to purchase at the expiration of the loan.
Apr 25, 2014, 2:36 AM EDT
Our new, weekly look at one of MLS’s awards. It’s too early to vote, but it’s never to early to take note.
Apr 25, 2014, 1:06 AM EDT
Neymar isn’t among the world’s elites. Not that it will matter come June.
Apr 25, 2014, 12:08 AM EDT
The league’s two deepest attacks meet in Salt Lake, while Kinnear, Porter try to end slumps in Houston.
Apr 24, 2014, 9:58 PM EDT
Seattle boss lets it slip that the CONCACAF Champions League reward could go away. Good.
Apr 24, 2014, 8:59 PM EDT
Hernan Bernardello and Kelyn Rowe also among the big potential absences from this weekend’s action.
Apr 24, 2014, 7:34 PM EDT
Michael Bradley’s sidelined for a week with a “nerve issue” in his foot. He and Jermain Defoe are expected to be ready for TFC’s next game on May 3.
Apr 24, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT
Tyreso is Leeds. It’s Anzhi, it’s Málaga. And it has a chance to win a European title before potentially closing its doors.
Apr 24, 2014, 5:45 PM EDT
After praising Neymar, Scolari inadvertently lets some of the names on his final roster slip:
Apr 24, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT
The PST Extra lads break down United’s options, as the Red Devils prepare for life after Moyes:
Apr 24, 2014, 5:12 PM EDT
A late goal from Benfica gave the Portuguese champions a win over Juventus, while Sevilla impressed at home against Valencia.
Apr 24, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT
Valdes on his hatred of being a ‘keeper plus top tips to succeed:
Apr 24, 2014, 3:58 PM EDT
Real Madrid star takes what’s become an obligatory spot for soccer on the list.
Apr 24, 2014, 3:42 PM EDT
With the final few weeks of the season upon us, nothing is settled at the top or the bottom:
Apr 24, 2014, 3:03 PM EDT
This is your Matchweek 35 primer to all the scenarios in the title chase, European qualification and relegation.
Apr 24, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT
Assuming a deal could be worked out, Diskerud’s fluid style of play would fit nicely within the attacking philosophy of Jason Kreis.
Apr 24, 2014, 12:40 PM EDT
Now with Moyes out and Ryan Giggs in as interim manager, the banner has been removed from Old Trafford.
Manchester United have two transfer deals provisionally in place – Cavani, Shaw, Fabregas all on radar
Apr 24, 2014, 11:58 AM EDT
This is all the calm before the storm that will be Manchester United’s summer of 2014.
Apr 24, 2014, 10:52 AM EDT
If van Gaal is appointed United boss, Jose Mourinho will have some competition for best post-match sound in the 2014/15 Premier League.
Apr 24, 2014, 9:59 AM EDT
For Chelsea, the Liverpool match represents, well, a headache, apparently.
Apr 24, 2014, 9:17 AM EDT
So bad you have to see it. That’s the only was to describe Spain’s official World Cup anthem.
- Week 8 Preview: Playoff rematches in Seattle, New England; new tests for D.C., New York 0
- Schmid takes needed kick at Open Cup-Champions League hornet’s nest 6
- Weekend off gives Toronto a chance to get Michael Bradley right 2
- Home teams take leads in first legs of Europa League semifinals 0
- Premier League Power Rankings: Two way tussle for top spot – Week 35 0
- Premier League Scenarios: Title Chase, Race for Europe and Relegation 2