The window is wide open. Laliga’s cap on the Spanish clubs spending was like a looming cloud but has struck like thunder. Barcelona talisman and the G.O.A.T. Lionel Messi will bid farewell with the club. Joan Laporta did what he can but the tide of time wavered quite violently. This news came as a shock last week, the financial mess of Barcelona means that Messi won’t be able to register even if he agreed to play for free. PSG is easily the top choice for Messi and rumours of him undergoing medical at PSG is going around.
Romelu Lukaku (£97.5 million)
Forward (Inter Milan to Chelsea)
As anticipated, Romelu Lukaku is making his move from Inter Milan to Chelsea for a club-record fee of £97.5 million. The Belgian is a powerful influence in the final third and his arrival will add tremendous strength. Thomas Tuchel is already managing an overflow of talent, Kante, Mount, Rudiger and Havertz showcased brilliant performances in the previous season. If all things play out well, Tuchel will attempt a treble or even more this campaign.
Jack Grealish (£100 million)
Forward (Aston Villa to Man City)
A long-term project for Manchester City, Jack Grealish is a dynamite who will yield millions more for City if tuned best. Perhaps, the former Villa playmaker doesn’t need more approval than that of Pep Guardiola. The tactical master is confident about this transfer, it will be interesting to see how Guardiola fits Grealish into the already crowded left flank.
Danny Ings (25 million pounds)
Forward (Southampton to Aston Villa), 4 August
A string of clever moves follow in the Villans’ camp. Aston Villa is building the team brick by brick. Last season came the gem Ollie Watkins, this time, Emiliano Buendia, Leon Bailey and now, Danny Ings. The former Southampton centre-forward is 29-years-old, just the right age to turn things in his new club and coach his young teammates.
Leon Bailey (30 million pounds)
Forward (Bayer Leverkusen to Aston Villa), 4 August
Leon Bailey joined Bayer Leverkusen back in 2017. He made a shift from KRC Genk to Leverkusen for a fee of £14.22 million. In one year, he proved his worth and his transfer value skyrocketed. As always happens in the Bundesliga club, the young forward toned his skills and has found his way out. Though not a pure striker, his assists have helped Leverkusen time and again. The Villans can certainly use some help in that division.
Ben White (50 million pounds)
Defender (Brighton to Arsenal), 30 July
Mikel Arteta made a few incompatible choices in the previous year’s transfer window, so as a first step in changing that Arsenal made their move on Ben White last week. With Albert Sambi Lokonga joining Thomas Partey in the midfield, the Gunners appear to offer a genuine power in the roster.
Raphael Varane (£42 million)
Defender (Real Madrid to Manchester United), 27 July
Manchester United easily ranks at the top as the club with few top transfers in this summer window. Few days ago, the Red Devils made their second big transfer as they bought Raphael Varane for a fee of £42 million. The former Real Madrid defender will join Harry Maguire at the back after winning a number of trophies and accolades for the Vikings.
Donyell Malen (£25.6 million)
Winger (PSV Eindhoven to Borussia Dortmund), 27 July
As a means of finding a replacement for Jadon Sancho, Dortmund made the move on PSV Eindhoven’s Donyell Malen. He has signed a five-year contract with the German club. If Haaland stays and Malen can find a rhythm with the indispensable striker, Dortmund will reach new heights as the sanctum of upcoming players.
Bryan Gil (£21.6 million)
Winger (Sevilla to Tottenham Hotspur), 26 July
With Daniel Levy not budging to Harry Kane’s transfer request, the Spurs continue to gather men from other leagues. Bryan Gil, the winger from Sevilla, makes a £21.6 million move to the London based club. To make up for the remaining fee, Erik Lamela from the Spurs will join Sevilla.
Jadon Sancho (£73 million)
Winger (Dortmund to Manchester United), 1 July
The most lavish transfer of this year so far, Manchester United welcomed the British winger with open arms early July. His performance at Euro 2020 for England was impressive, the fact that Gareth Southgate trusted him with the penalty says alot about the youngster. But, it quizzes one as United’s inventory was already full. All they lack is spirit. Only time will tell if this decision of the Glazer’s family is a legit one or doped.
Sergio Ramos (free)
Defender (Real Madrid to PSG), 8 July
Elite defender of Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos, the one who lives up to expectations beyond his superficial tantrums, has departed to Paris Saint-Germain for free. Florentino Perez and Ramos usually come to a deal after their usual pretending. But it didn’t happen this time. The former Madrid captain recited his journey and expressed his gratefulness for the club. Real Madrid, by large, are succumbing to the market culture. Zinedine Zidane called out the malfunctioning of his beloved club on his way out.
Achraf Hakimi (£51.3 million)
Defender (Inter to PSG), 6th July
Baiting for all the fishes in the pond, Paris Saint-Germain finally found a shark from Inter. Chelsea who are also searching for replacements in defence approached Hakimi but backed off considering Hakimi’s hefty salary demands. The Moroccan performed well last season, his pass success percentage of 84.5 is above average.
Dayot Upamecano (£38 million)
Defender (Leipzig to Bayern), 14 February
Valentine’s Day broke the hearts of millions of Leipzig fans. The ethereal defender, the anchor of Red Bull, has left to their arch-rivals. Regardless, this is a humongous leap in the Frenchman’s career. Taking Nagelsmann with him, the former Leipzig units will shine brighter.
Ibrahima Konate (£36 million)
Defender (RB Leipzig to Liverpool), 28 May
Shifting from Germany to England, Ibrahima Konate will share the dressing room with few of the best players at Liverpool. Appearing in just eight games with six off the bench performances, Konate was overshadowed by his copatriot, Upamecano. He will hope that he will get game time under Jurgen Klopp this season.
Emiliano Buendia (£30 million)
Midfielder (Norwich City to Aston Villa), 10 June
Helping himself out of the Championship heap, Emiliano Buendia will wear the Aston Villa outfit this season. Winning a total of 14 man of the match awards at Norwich, Buendia’s presence will lift some pressure off Jack Grealish’s shoulders.
Andre Silva (£19.8 million)
Forward (Eintracht Frankfurt to RB Leipzig), 2 July
Part of the football pyramid, Leipzig gave up Dayot Upamecano in the back to Bayern and they stole Andre Silva from Frankfurt. Bundesliga might fall into the same pattern where Bayern wins in the end this season, as Leipzig, the only side to scratch the paw of the lion lost its master. Julian Nagelsmann confirmed his transfer to Bayern mid-season, it will be interesting to see how Leipzig battles through the obstacles.
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