10 highest football transfers of the 2011 summer

Football transfer money
Summer transfer window is closed, lots of money was spent and here’s who was paid the most.

1. Sergio Agüero (Atletico Madrid – Manchester City) €45 million
2. Javier Pastore (Palermo – Paris Saint Germain) €43 million
3. Radamel Falcao (Porto – Atletico Madrid) €40 million
4. Fábio Coentrão (Benfica – Real Madrid) €30 million
5. Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal – Barcelona) €29 million
6. Samir Nasri (Arsenal – Manchester City) €27.5 million
7. Juan Mata (Valencia – Chelsea) €26.7 million
8. Samuel Eto’o (Inter Milan – Anzhi Makhachkala) €26 million
9. Alexis Sánchez (Udinese – Barcelona) €26 million
10. Stewart Downing (Aston Villa – Liverpool) €22.8 million

Money well spent?

Diego Forlan signs for Inter Milan

Against...and now he will play for Inter
Against...and now he will play for Inter

Fresh of the presses! Diego Forlan signs for Inter Milan. He’s an amazing player and a welcome fresh addition to Inter’s stale side. Also, this move further supports that Eto’o is on his way to Anzhi Makhachkala (highest bidder).

On the other side, Atletico Madrid lost both Forlan and Aguero…ooops! Don’t expect that team to do much this season – sorry Atletic fans.

I wonder who’s the next big transfer?

Eto’o voyage from Spain to Italy to Russia

Eto'o smiling all the way to the bank
Eto'o smiling all the way to the bank

Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o is reportedly on the verge of signing for a Russian team, Anzhi Makhachkala (say that 5 times fast).

There are two versions of the upcoming medical exam. According to first, it is supposed to take place tomorrow in Rome. The other one says that Eto’o will go through medical on Thursday in Russia. Either way, it’s almost certain that he’s leaving Inter and when someone offers (a rumored) little under $500,000 per week who could say no. Yes, you have read that correctly my friends, $2,000,000 per month – would you say no to that payday? I didn’t think so.

After all, football at the highest level is business, it’s all about ROI, money and revenue. Samuel Eto’o played for Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter (and a few smaller clubs); won the Champions League and really doesn’t have much left to prove to anyone. Furthermore, he’s in his 30’s and this is his last opportunity to really cash in, so I wish him good luck.

He’s an entertaining player to watch, dynamic, and I’m sure that he will do well in the ever improving Russian Premier League. I completely understand his decision and as a friend of mine likes to say, “you really can’t knock his hustle.” 🙂