With just a day to go until the start of the 2012/13 Premier League campaign, PitchSideTalk looks at some of the best business completed so far.
Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior, Internacional to Chelsea, £25million.
Chelsea Football Club have completed the signing of 20-year-old Oscar from Brazilian club Internacional. Priced at £25-million, the youngster is by no means a bargain for the South London club but nevertheless comes with a huge reputation. Noticeably fellow Brazilian and one of the world’s most wanted strikers, Neymar, has recently been complimenting the talented midfielder. In what is certainly a period of transition for the European Champions, Oscar can offer youth in an ageing midfield, spurring the beginning of Chelsea’s next chapter. He is currently with the Brazil Olympic squad in London.
Ji-Sung Park, Manchester United to QPR, Est. £2m.
The South Korean midfielder has moved to London club QPR after spending seven successful years with Manchester United. Despite being a squad player at Old Trafford, his importance to the club has always been recognised by Sir Alex Ferguson, who would often use him in the biggest of games. Now 31-years-old the utility man has the opportunity to enjoy a more pivotal role in London. Having only cost in the region of £2-million, Park’s deal is a savvy one for his new club. Not only will he offer vital experience on the field but will increase the clubs image worldwide. He is hugely popular in Asia which will please his clubs Air Asia sponsors.
Junior Hoilett, Blackburn to QPR, Free.
QPR have been amongst the busiest of clubs in this summers transfer market, clearly keen on avoiding a relegation battle like the one they faced just a few months ago. And among their business they have signed 22-year-old Junior Hoilett on a free from Blackburn. The Canadian midfielder, who was the shining light in a poor Blackburn squad last year, caught the eye of a number of Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Tottenham. However he has opted to rejoin Mark Hughes who incidentally gave him his first professional contract during his time as Blackburn’s first team manager.
Santi Cazorla, Malaga to Arsenal, Est. £17m
The Spanish international has amassed 45 caps for his country during their period of world dominance, which immediately suggests his quality. His ability to play in both central and wide midfield positions will suit the fluidity of Arsenal’s game. The club have reached deep into their pockets this summer, so far spending an estimated £40-million on Cazorla, Poldolski and Giroud in attempt to retain the services of captain Robin van Persie. These additions, the return from injury of Wilshere and Song and the potential signing of Nuri Sahin from Real Madrid will fill fans with optimism ahead of the season.
A range of valuable signings, from excellent free transfers to expenditure on players barely out of their teens. The world of football never seizes to surprise. However, with limited contribution from both Manchester clubs in this summer’s transfer market, there is certainly business to be completed and big signings to be made over the coming weeks.
Written by Alfie Long
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