We all know about the big transfers that have occurred thus far into this summer such as Manchester City’s double acquisition of Bernardo Silva and Ederson for obscene money. Or Mohamed Salah’s big money move to Anfield, or even Man United getting Victor Lindelöf’s signature. No doubt there’ll be other huge money transfers between now and deadline day. But some interesting signings have taken place that may have flown under your radar.
AC Milan have been doing some great business of late with the signing of Porto’s Andre Silva and the criminally under-rated Wolfsburg left-back Ricardo Rodriguez. Speaking of left-backs, Real Madrid have signed the phenomenal Theo Hernandez from cross-city rivals Atlético Madrid. Hernandez is often regarded as one of the best teenagers on the planet, while in Belgium one of the most promising young players in world football, Youri Tielemans, was sold to Monaco from Anderlecht for €25 million. He’ll be worth three times that within two years – mark my words.
Bayern Munich will feel the loss since the retirement of club idol Philipp Lahm, as well as Xabi Alonso, but they made some interesting acquisitions in former-Arsenal man Serge Gnabry from Werder Bremen, Niklas Süle from Hoffenheim, as well as getting the supremely gifted French winger Kinglsey Coman on a permanent deal, having previously been on loan for the Bavarian club.
Cristian Tello, once hailed to be Barcelona’s future left winger if it wasn’t for the signature of a certain Neymar, left the Catalan club for Real Betis. He’d previously been on loan to Fiorentina. Speaking of Serie A, Argentine midfielder Ever Banega re-joined Sevilla from Inter Milan for €8 million – the Italian club got him for nothing a year ago. French midfielder Maxime Gonalons spent his entire career at Lyon, having joined as an 11-year-old in 2000 and became a club captain and idol for the fans. He left Ligue 1 for Serie A and joined Roma. A superb signing. And a curious one as they have numerous top players such as Daniele De Rossi and Radja Nainggolan who play in his position.
Some players have been moving about as free agents such as Klaas Jan Huntelaar returning to Ajax, Real Madrid’s Pepe has made Istanbul his new home having joined Besiktas. The man that overtook Iker Casillas at Real Madrid, Diego Lopez has returned to La Liga, having joined Espanyol from AC Milan for precisely €0.
Stay tuned, as I’ll be bringing you more signings – big, small or indifferent, between now and deadline day.
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