RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The months of June and July, when the transition from one season to the next one takes place in Europe, are nearly as much awaited as the football (soccer) leagues themselves. For athletes, the transfer window period, when clubs can trade players, is an opportunity to secure a move to a larger club after years of wearing the same shirt.
According to a survey by the English newspaper The Guardian, clubs in the five most important European leagues (England, Spain, Germany, Italy, and France) together have moved over £4.7 billion (roughly R$22.6 billion . . .