European transfer window roundup  

September, 4, 2012

The summer European transfer window is always an anticipated time in the football world, but perhaps never more so for Mexico fans. With the rise of Mexico's many national teams, the expectations are that such success will lead to more players competing in the best leagues in the world.

There were players in Mexico who were expected to move to Europe (Hector Herrera, Javier Aquino, Marco Fabian) but who will have to wait at least another few months until the January transfer window. There were players already in Europe who moved to other teams in Europe. And there were players who stayed put.

For now, let's review what happened to the prominent Mexican players based in Europe last season:

Who moved

Giovani dos Santos: From Tottenham to Mallorca

After what seemed like an endless quest to leave Spurs, Dos Santos finally got his move out of the London club and headed to La Liga, his preferred destination. On the surface, a move to a small club such as Mallorca might seem disastrous for a player once thought to be Mexico's best young prospect. But Dos Santos will be given a chance to play regularly that might not have come if he had joined a bigger club. Additionally, Dos Santos will be playing for a manager, Joaquin Caparros, who has a history of tutoring young and talented players. Although Mallorca has recently played a more defensive style of football (it finished 14th last season in goals scored), Dos Santos' arrival should mean a more attractive playing style. If Dos Santos does realize his potential in Mallorca, a move to a bigger club will come.

Andres Guardado: From Deportivo La Coruna to Valencia