The Summer Transfers You Might Have Missed
It’s been yet another record-breaking summer transfer window, with an unbelievable number of high profile moves. In fact, it’s been so chaotic that we expect you might have missed something…
So that’s that then.
The British summer transfer window has slammed shut for another year, and fans across the Premier League can finally breathe a little easier. After months of transfer rumours circling overhead and the relentless uncertainty that came with them; fans, players and managers alike will be grateful to finally concentrate on getting results on the pitch.
It’s been a summer that’s seen PSG make two huge signings that are way beyond the record-fee held by Paul Pogba, while Barcelona have also splashed the cash in their attempts to replace Neymar. In the Premier League, both Manchester clubs have repeatedly opened their chequebooks as they look to make stronger title bids this year, while a number of clubs have also gone on to break their own transfer-records.
The British transfer window alone has seen a record spend of over £1.4 billion, with transfer fees sky-rocketing to an unprecedented level across the globe. If you want an indication as to just how mad the market is nowadays, just take a moment to realise that £25 million won’t even get you Jonny Evans anymore.
But amongst all of the crazy fees and the even crazier transfer rumours, there’s been some really impressive business across Europe. These moves have flown in a little under the radar, so we thought we’d make sure you know all about them.
DIVOCK ORIGI- LIVERPOOL TO WOLFSBURG
Transfer Deadline Day was dominated with stories of Mahrez, Sanchez and Lemar- so the loan deal taking Liverpool’s Divock Origi to Wolfsburg went largely unnoticed. After featuring for just over 9 minutes in the Reds’ first 5 games this term, there were a host of clubs clamouring for the 22-year-old’s signature this summer. But it was Wolfsburg that bagged themselves the deal, paying Liverpool a reported £6m loan fee as they hope to improve on their 16th place Bundesliga finish of last season.
BENEDIKT HOWEDES- SCHALKE TO JUVENTUS
What a transfer window this has been for Juventus and Serie A. Despite losing the likes of Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves earlier in the summer, the Italian champions have busied themselves with some very smart business indeed. Well, they left it very late indeed to bring in the centre-back Massimiliano Allegri wanted so badly, but The Old Lady will no doubt be delighted to finally bring Benedikt Howedes on board.
The German-international has arrived on a season-long loan after 10 years at Schalke, with an option to buy next summer for just £11.96 million. When you look at the fees involved with other transfers this year, you have to admit Juventus have done very well to get a player of Howedes’ calibre so cheap.
NELSON SEMEDO- BENFICA TO BARCELONA
After being linked with Manchester United and Chelsea at the start of the window, Nelson Semedo will be absolutely delighted to join up with Barcelona. The Spanish giants have forked out a fee of over £26 million for the promising 23-year-old, and will be hoping he’ll prove to be the Dani Alves replacement they’ve been waiting for. Slotting in at right-back, we fancy Semedo to flourish under Barca’s attacking play, and he’ll waste no time at all in bombing down that right hand-side on the overlap. Watch this space.
DOUGLAS COSTA- BAYERN MUNICH TO JUVENTUS
We told you Juventus have had a good summer. This is yet another loan deal that provides Allegri with an option to buy for £35.4 million at the end of the season. After a difficult couple of seasons at Bayern Munich, it’s clear that Costa has arrived in Italy with something of a point to prove, and he’ll be doing everything possible to show he’s worthy of that hefty transfer fee. The 26-year-old Brazil international seems to have been sold to make room for James Rodriguez, so only time will tell if Ancelotti’s got that one right or made a terrible mistake.
KLAAS-JAN HUNTELAAR- SCHALKE TO AJAX
Can't wait to start! 👊🏼⚽️🏃💨💨 pic.twitter.com/nSHa0Ddnnp— Klaas Jan Huntelaar (@KJ_Huntelaar) June 1, 2017
At the ripe old age of 34, it’s fair to say that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has had a decent career. After putting his shooting boots on for the likes of PSV, Real Madrid and AC Milan, the Netherlands-international has now completed a move back to his homeland. Switching Schalke for Ajax, Huntelaar has returned to the club which kick-started his career, after playing for them back in 2006 for a couple of years. Re-joining on a one-year deal, Huntelaar will be hoping to lead the Ajax youngsters to even greater success this season.
It’s been a crazy, crazy transfer window that’s seen some unbelievable moves. Who could have dreamt Renato Sanches would be running out at the Liberty Stadium this year? Or that Neymar would actually get his move to PSG?
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