In the early transfer dealings, some big-name players have made big-money moves to big clubs.
But the Under-21 European Championships and the Confederations Cup have given us an opportunity to get a glimpse of what these players have to offer their new employers.
1. Isco - Malaga to Real Madrid
On the back of a fine season with Malaga in both the La Liga and the Champions League, Isco capped a wonderful season by impressing at the Under-21 European Championships, where Spain clinched the trophy, scoring three times in five games.
These displays prompted interest from Manchester City and Real Madrid, and a day after Carlo Ancelotti was unveiled as new Real Madrid manager, Isco was announced as his first signing.
With enough quality about him to compete or displace Mesut Ozil from the central attacking midfield slot, or even play on the right of an attacking three, Real Madrid have captured a gem of a player who is just getting started in his career.
2. Jesus Navas - Sevilla to Manchester City
His match-winning display and penalty against Italy that sent Spain through to the final of the Confederations Cup only highlighted the class and calibre of Jesus Navas.
The winger already enjoyed a productive campaign last season with Sevilla, and it was of little surprise that those at the Etihad prioritised his signing.
With his form in Brazil, Manchester City chiefs will sure be glad they made the move to sign him before the World Cup warm-up competition got underway.
City are in dire need of a winger who can create chances and score, and Navas fits the bill perfectly.
If he is able to overcome the homesickness that plagued him in the earlier stages of his career, Navas can become a key figure over the next few campaigns. And at 27, he is experienced, strong and able to improve an already first-class squad.
3. Mario Gotze - Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich
The story of Gotze is similar to that of Isco. Both players starred for their respective clubs last season and both have undeniable talent and quality.
Gotze may find it difficult to play against Dortmund next season because of the nature of his departure, and Dortmund’s eventual loss to Bayern in the Champions League final.
One thing is sure, Bayern Munich have successfully secured the best transfer deal of the summer.
Gotze is young, and in a dynamic team like the current Bayern line-up, expect big things from him and his new employers.
4. Radamel Falcao - Atletico Madrid to Monaco
Falcao’s big money move to Ligue 2 champions Monaco shocked many, especially with Champions League clubs wanting his signature.
He may have cost Monaco a huge chunk of money but in Falcao, they have arguably the best out-and-out striker in world football.
He will not play in Europe next season, competition will be minimal and he will earn a crazy pile of money, so it remains to be seen whether he can maintain his goalscoring touch in France.
5. Andre Schurrle - Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea
After months and months of speculation and drawn out negotiations, Chelsea finally landed their target who is able to play anywhere across the attacking positions.
They have got themselves a versatile player who will only add quality to an already talent-loaded attack.
With 23 goals and 12 assists from the last two campaigns, Schurrle has proven himself and is being backed to replicate that form in west London - and Chelsea fans will only have to wait a few more weeks to see their man in action.
6. Neymar - Santos to Barcelona
Neymar was undoubtedly the star of the Brazil team in the Confederations Cup.
His dribbles, goals and hairstyle dazzled fans across the world. He scored over 100 goals for Santos - an astonishing record - and with Lionel Messi already in the team, I expect Neymar to turn Barcelona into the most lethal attacking force in the world.
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