[TRANSFER WATCH] The European transfer deadline came and went with a flurry of activity but no stunning move on the final day before the window closed. Luka Modric will remain at Tottenham. Inter Milan's Wesley Sneijder will also stay put for now. The influence of billionaire
tycoons was very much evident, making Samuel Eto'o and Samir Nasri very rich men. For all the winners and losers on the
summer transfer market ...
SAMUEL ETO'O. The Cameroonian says money isn't important, but he will earn $14.2 million a year for the three-year deal he signed with Russian club Anzhi Makhachkal. Eto'o has already played his first game for Anzhi Makhachkal -- on the road -- but has yet to go to Makhachkal, located in the republic of Dagestan, in the Caucasus. Anzhi players live and train outside Moscow -- for security reasons -- and travel to Makhachkala for home games. Distance between Moscow and Makhachkala: 1,000 miles, or two hours, 20 minutes by plane.
INTER MILAN. Anzhi's offer of $36 million for Eto'o was just too good to pass up. Inter spent $7.3 on Uruguayan Diego Forlan (coming off a disappointing season at Atletico Madrid) and will use the rest to pay down its debt with an eye on the UEFA-mandated reforms requiring clubs to balance its books.
SAMIR NASRI. The 24-year-old Frenchman hit the jackpot with his move to Manchester City. He'll earn $14.7 million a year, double his salary with the Gunners. "It's part of the modern life of a professional football player," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger of the move. "It's not by coincidence that everybody suddenly lands at Man City." Not all his former Arsenal teammates were happy for Nasri. "Money is the root of all evil," tweeted Emmanuel Frimpong.
MALAGA. With interests in hotel chains, shopping centers, cell phone companies and car dealerships, Sheikh Abdullah al Thani, a member of the Qatari royal family, has expanded into soccer, buying Spanish club Malaga for $50 million and going on a spending spree. Among the players signed were Spanish internationals Santi Cazorla and Joaquin, French midfielder midfielder Jeremy Toulalan and veteran Dutchman Ruud van Nistelrooy.
ARSENAL. In recent days, the Gunners have acquired Spaniard Mikel Arteta (Everton), German Per Mertesacker (Werder Bremen), Brazilian Andre Santos (Fenerbahce), Park Chu-Young (Monaco) and Yossi Benayoun (on loan from Chelsea), but it won't begin to repair the psychological damage of losing Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona (finally) and Nasri and then going to Old Trafford and getting humiliated, 8-2
LUKA MODRIC. The Croatian midfielder did not hide his desire to leave Tottenham for Chelsea, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy wouldn't budge. He turned down 60 million pounds -- $97 million -- for Modric, surprising even Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp. "It is a big offer to turn down, that's for sure," he said. "I am delighted the little man is still here and hopefully he will have a great season for us." How Modric takes the rebuff remains to be seen. He accused Levy of going back on agreement to let him move if a big enough offer came in.
WESLEY SNEIJDER. The Dutchman didn't get his wish of a move to Manchester United, meaning he'll stay at Inter Milan for another season. Reports that Sneijder was at Old Trafford for medical tests proved to be bogus.