Reina, Others Seal Deals, As New Season Beckons

With just two weeks to go until the transfer window closes, below are the most noteworthy signings completed recently, as reported by

The big-money deals
At the end of his contract with Ligue 2-bound Ajaccio, Mexico international goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was not short on suitors after his efforts at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, where a fine performance in his country’s scoreless draw with Brazil catapulted him into the global spotlight.

On the lookout for a shot-stopper following the departure of Argentinian custodian Willy Caballero for Manchester City, Malaga finally won the race, acquiring the Guadalajara native’s services for the next three seasons.

Another goalkeeper whose stock rose remarkably at Brazil 2014 was Keylor Navas. The Costa Rica No1 played a huge part in Los Ticos’ surprise run to the quarter-finals, piquing the interest of Real Madrid, who subsequently temped him to make the move west from Valencia-based Levante.

Navas’ arrival at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu also had the additional knock-on effect of persuading Diego Lopez to swap Los Blancos for AC Milan.

The World Cup effect
Navas and Ochoa are not the only players to secure a move off the back of a successful summer in South America. Centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, part of the German squad that emerged victorious at the tournament, has left Sampdoria for Valencia, while French winger Mathieu Valbuena has opted to try his luck further afield, moving to Dinamo Moscow from Marseille.

Pepe Reina, who spent last term on loan to Napoli from Liverpool and who made one appearance in Brazil, has put pen to paper with Bayern Munich, where he will be faced with the mountainous task of challenging adidas Golden Glove award recipient Manuel Neuer for the No1 jersey.

Of the other 736 players who starred on football’s greatest stage, Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen has been transferred to Barcelona from Arsenal, Chilean centre-half Gary Medel has signed for Inter Milan from Cardiff City, and Mexican forward Raul Jimenez has exported his goalscoring talents to Atletico Madrid from Club America.

Other high-profile moves include that of Ghanaian wide man Christian Atsu from Chelsea to Everton on a season-long loan, and Colombian international Pablo Armero from Udinese to AC Milan.
The pacey left-back had already spent half of the previous campaign on loan at West Ham United. Armero’s Colombian team-mate Carlos Sanchez also switched clubs, agreeing to join Aston Villa from Spanish side Elche.

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