Three heavyweight European movers and shakers

by admin

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

As I sit here watching Sky Sports News tediously round up a number of what will probably end up being completely insignificant transfers, I can’t help but think of the deals being rushed through on the continent which could have a far greater impact on the global game.

Looking beyond the narrow gaze of our national mainstream media, I have highlighted three continental transfers were noting and as intriguing as anything likely to happen involving any Premier League club tonight.

1. Diego Forlan, Atletico Madrid to Inter Milan.

Rewind a year and Diego Forlan was enjoying the adulation of the masses after his heroic performances helped Uruguay to a credible fourth place in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, a remarkable feat for the country with a population of only around 3.5million people.

Now a year on and a forgettable domestic season later, Forlan once again has his chance to shine on the big stage as Inter embark on the quest to regain the Serie A and Champions League titles won in 2010.

Forlan arrives as a direct replacement for outgoing Samuel Eto’o who has joined the wealthy Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachala.

Although the fee has not yet been made public, Forlan is expected to have no problems adapting to his new environment, his intelligent play and goalscoring ability set to excite the Nerazzurri fans.

At 32 years of age Forlan cannot be viewed as a long-term signing but after scoring 74 goals in 134 games for Atletico, he is expected to make an immediate impact at the San Siro.

2. Diego, Wolfsburg to Atletico Madrid.

After losing Sergio Aguero to Manchester City, Atletico have wasted no time in blowing the £38million they received for the Argentine by bringing in Radamel Falcao and Arda Turan to try and for once, live up to the ambitious aspirations of their fans.

Also joining Falcao and Turan at the Vicente Calderon is Brazilian playmaker Diego who has arrived on loan after a disappointing stint at Bundesliga club Wolfsburg.

Diego, who along with Robinho, was heralded as the future of the national team when the pair emerged as part of an exciting Santos team in the mid-nineties.

Since then Diego has proved to be an enigma displaying sporadic glimpses of his quality but he has remained inconsistent, a fact illustrated by his list of former employers, Santos, Porto, Werder Bremen, Juventus, Wolfsburg and now Atletico since 2002.

However with 33 caps to his name and bags and bags of undoubted talent there may still be time for Diego to deliver the goods on a regular basis.

3. Antonio Nocerino, Palermo to AC Milan.

AC Milan have bought central midfielder Antonio Nocerino to the San Siro for an undisclosed fee as they look to secure back-to-back Scudetto’s at the expense of local rivals Inter.

26-year-old Nocerino has been capped six times by Italy and follows the likes of Philippe Mexes and Alberto Aquilani in joining The Rossoneri.

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