Who's on the move in Europe?
As the new season draws ever closer, Europe's clubs have been busy recruiting the finest talent from across the world.While the future of the likes of Carlos Tevez, Andrei Shevchenko and Samuel Eto'o remain in the balance, the transfer window has already seen some high profile movement. Here's the pick of the top ten transfers from across Europe so far:
10. Darren Bent: Charlton to Spurs, £16.5million
Bent may well be remembered as the man who cost more than Thierry Henry in this particular transfer window. However, his price tag can be justified by his youth, at only 23, and his goalscoring record, where he netted 14 times in 32 appearances for the Addicks last season. Boasting a good finishing touch and bags of pace, Bent will flourish alongside Dimitar Berbatov at Spurs and the move will improve his chances of pulling on an England shirt with more regularity.
9. Yaya Toure: AS Monaco to Barcelona, £6.7million
Brother of Arsenal's Kolo, the Ivorian defensive midfielder was deemed not good enough to play at the Emirates when on trial, and has now proved Arsene Wenger wrong by signing for Barcelona. Extremely strong, Toure will bring some much needed steel to the Barca midfield and will look to live up to the 'new Patrick Vieira' tag that has been attached to him.
8. Eric Abidal: Lyon to Barcelona, £10million
Barcelona have certainly been one of the busiest clubs in the transfer window so far, and by signing French full-back Abidal, they have boosted their defence with a quality signing. Considered one of the best full-backs in world football, Abidal will fit perfectly into the left-back slot after the departure of Giovanni Van Bronkhorst. Having failed to score in any of his domestic games, the Frenchman will not be a potent attacking threat, but is an excellent defender and can only make Barca stronger.
7. Owen Hargreaves: Bayern Munich to Manchester United, £17million
The England midfielder's move to play in the Premiership for the first time has been football's worst kept secret for a year and it was finally sealed on July 1. Bringing excellent ball-winning skills to the United midfield, Sir Alex Ferguson may finally have found a replacement for Roy Keane, as Hargreaves will sit deep and break up the play. England's stand-out player at the 2006 World Cup, Hargreaves will fit well into the United set-up and brings some bite to the central midfield area, as Ferguson looks to build for a new era of supremacy at Old Trafford.
6. Miroslav Klose: Werder Bremen to Bayern Munich, £10million
The German striker is one of many faces arriving at Bayern this summer, but may well be the most successful. Already showing that he works well with youngster Lucas Podolski in the German national side, Klose impressed on his debut and will fill the boots of the departing Roy Makaay. One of the game's best strikers, Klose has excellent aerial ability and a good eye for goal and, alongside fellow new arrival Luca Toni, will be looking to get Bayern back on top of the Bundesliga.
5. Anderson & Nani: FC Porto & Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United, £30million
The two youngsters from the Portuguese league were announced as United signings much to the surprise of most of the footballing world. Players of undoubted quality, the Brazilian Anderson was being tracked by Barcelona, while Tottenham seemed favourites to land Portuguese winger Nani. Yet United came out on top and have vastly improved their squad with the twin signings. Anderson has much to prove, but looks an excellent prospect as a strong attacking midfielder; while Nani will look to emulate the success of fellow countryman Cristiano Ronaldo down the flanks at Old Trafford.
4. Roberto Carlos: Real Madrid to Fenerbahçe, free transfer
One of the world's most recognisable players, Roberto Carlos has become a legend at left-back with his trademark stamina and blistering shot power. Making his name at Real Madrid, the Brazilian chose to end his association with the club and join Turkish side Fenerbahçe, rather than renew his contract at the Bernabeu. Madrid already have a ready-made replacement in young Brazilian Marcelo, but the 34-year-old will certainly want to add to his impressive haul of 17 career trophies in Turkey.
3. Franck Ribery: Marseille to Bayern Munich, £17.5million
The French international surprised everyone when he signed for Bayern Munich, having previously stated that he wanted to play the Champions League football which Bayern cannot offer this season. Still, an exceptionally talented winger, Ribery will add pace, trickery and goalscoring to the Bayern midfield. He showcased his talent at the 2006 World Cup, and will surely be a success in Germany.
2. Thierry Henry: Arsenal to Barcelona, £16.1million
Arsenal's talismanic captain, long courted by Barcelona, finally decided to make the move to Spain after Arsene Wenger failed to convince him that he would be staying at the club. Having signed a four-year contract only last year, Henry cited Wenger's instability and the exit of Arsenal supremo David Dein as his reasons for leaving, and will be sorely missed at the Emirates. Replacement Croatian Eduardo Da Silva has arrived for a reported £8million; while a Barcelona strikeforce of Henry, Eto'o, Messi and Ronaldinho will be worrying everyone across Europe.
1. Fernando Torres: Atletico Madrid to Liverpool, £27million
'El Nino' has been the subject of much attention across Europe since his emergence at Atletico at the age of 18. The Spanish striker has everything: pace, power, aerial ability and a great finishing touch. He has become an idol in his home town, despite still being only 23 and is one of the hottest prospects in world football. Looking to link up with Spanish boss Rafa Benitez at Anfield, Atletico have already signed a replacement in Villareal frontman Diego Forlan, and will also get Liverpool's Luis Garcia in part-exchange. If Henry's departure means the Premier League has suffered, then Torres' arrival is surely something to look forward to.