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5 biggest winners of the summer transfer window

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Modified 20 Mar 2019, 14:54 IST
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Summer is always an interesting time for football clubs and fans alike. While some clubs go on to strengthen their squad with some fresh blood, others are dealt a blow when their emerging stars are snatched away by the big boys.These new signings not only add quality to the squad, but also give the fan base a new wave of optimism and hope. Here are 5 clubs who have done the best job so far at importing talents so far this summer.

#5 Bayer Leverkusen

While all eyes were on Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, Leverkusen have gone on to bring in some real talent of their own. They are definitely looking to move ahead from their fourth place finish last season and are set to make a mark on the Champions League as well this time around.

The most impressive amongst the incoming players so far have been the signings of Swiss forward Josip Drmi and Turkish playmaker Hakan Çalhanolu.

Drmi has gone from being relatively unknown to one of the most prolific young strikers in Europe. Seventeen league goals in his debut season led to him finishing as the third highest goal-scorer in the Bundesliga. The €2.2 million that Nürnberg paid FC Zürich was certainly worth it. The Swiss striker almost single-handedly (albeit with some help from Raphael Schäfer) saved Der Club from certain relegation.

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Hakan Çalhanolu’s rise has been equally dramatic. A season into the Bundesliga with Hamburg and he became the main man in their midfield in a stuttering season for die Rothosen. The Turkish wizard in the space of 12 months has put his name across the recruiting boards of a number of European elite.

However, Bayer jumped on the queue to bring the talented Turkish midfielder who scored 11 goals and provided 4 assists for Hamburg last term. While the transfer of Emre Can and Sidney Sam is certain put a dent in their line-up, they were also able to recruit Tin Jedvaj on loan from Roma and the highly rated Ukraine under-21 midfielder Vladlen Yurchenko. 

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Published 11 Aug 2014, 20:51 IST
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