Economic recession has not yet got over fully, but it seems that credit crunch in
Overall, Real Madrid spent €252 million (about €254 million according to other source) in Summer 2009, and most probably it is a record spending by a club in Summer transfer window. Bankrolled by Arab billionaire Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Manchester City spent about €120 million, and thus, becoming the highest spending club in English premier league during Summer 2009 transfer window.
Now, I would like you to go through the following list that I made on the basis of most important transfer deals of Summer 2009 transfer window:
Cristiano Ronaldo joined Spanish giant Real Madrid from Manchester United for a record-breaking transfer fee of €94 million (£80 million). Before the announcement of Ronaldo’s signing came out, Real Madrid had already broken the record for highest transfer fee by signing Kaka from AC Milan. Ronaldo had been the prime target of Real Madrid for more than a year, and finally, Real officially confirmed the signing of Ronaldo on 1 July 2009. Ronaldo signed a six-year contract with the Spanish club and a €1 billion buy-out clause is also tagged with the contract, which is worth €13 million in a season. Cristiano Ronaldo was handed over the no. 9 jersey by the club’s former great Alfredo di Stéfano.
The €69 million transfer deal was agreed and done by Inter Milan and
Brazilian midfielder Kaka was the first major signing of Real Madrid in Summer 2009 transfer window and his €65 million transfer fee eventually became the highest transfer fee, though the record was eventually broken by Ronaldo just few days after Kaka’s arrival at Real Madrid. Kaka’s transfer deal is now the third highest transfer fee after Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic.
After becoming Real Madrid president for third time, Florentino Pérez targeted Kaka as his first major move to bring ‘Galacticos era’ back in Real Madrid. Cash-trapped AC Milan did not hesitate much to sell their biggest star in an attempt to strengthen their financial ground by acquiring €65 million from Real Madrid.
Another high-profile summer 2009 signing of Real Madrid is none other than French youngster Karim Benzema. The striker had been in excellent form for Olympique
Naturally, Karim Benzema caught the attention of big-spending Real Madrid who eventually signed him for six years for a transfer fee of €35 million including performance-based additional incentives (which could rise as much as €41 million).
The Spaniard was another big-money signing by Real Madrid and there are many who believe that Alonso would be proven the most effective Summer signing at Real Madrid at the end of the season. No doubt, the former Liverpool star was impressive throughout the last season and helped
Florentino Pérez did not hesitate to make a bid for the midfielder, stating that Alonso was a ‘key player’ in their project. Initially, Liverpool was not interested to sell an in-form holding midfielder like Alonso and manager Rafael Benitez tried to convince the player not to move away from Liverpool, but Alonso insisted to move to
According to Times Online, Real Madrid paid £30 million to
The Cameroonian striker is undoubtedly one of the most successful African players in the history of football. This Summer, he moved to Inter Milan from
Eto’o was handed a five-year contract at Inter Milan. His transfer was a swap deal between the two clubs.
Carlos Tevez’s future at Manchester United was the subject of huge speculation since the start of the last season. Many thought that
Joleon Lescott was the last signing of
Arjen Robben was perhaps the top performer of Real Madrid during their frustrating 2009-10 season. However, the Dutch international’s departure looked pretty much certain when Real Madrid started signing some of the big stars like Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso and Benzema.
A number of big clubs were interested to sign Robben, but the midfielder was finally signed by German giant Bayern Munich for a transfer deal worth €25 million. 25-yhear-old Robben scored two goals in his first appearance for the new club against defending league champion
Some Other Notable Transfers in Summer 2009
Summer 2009 window saw some other notable transfer deals throughout
From Shakhtar Donetsk to
From CSKA Moscow to
From Blackburn Rovers to
From Roma to
From Tottenham Hotspur to
From Arsenal to
From Wigan Athletic to Manchester United: Fee £16 million
From Real Madrid to Inter Milan: Fee €15 million
From Real Madrid to AC Milan: Fee €15 million
From Aston Villa to
From Al-Sadd to SS Lazio: Fee €20m
From FC Porto to Olympique Marseille: Fee €18m