At the end of a completely crazy summer transfer window, it’s time to take stock of the biggest hits made by European clubs this summer.
15. Dayot Upamecano (Leipzig – Bayern Münich)
If the contract was signed in February, Dayot Upamecano (22) was able to start under his new colors during the summer.
Upamecano joined the French colony of Bayern Munich, where Kingsley Coman, Benjamin Pavard, Lucas Hernandez, Corentin Tolisso, Bouna Sarr and Tanguy Kouassi are already playing, not to mention Michaël Cuisance, currently on loan at Olympique de Marseille.
A very good recruit for Bayern, which potentially holds the successor of Jérôme Boateng, who left to join OL. The Bavarians spent around € 43m for the French international.
14. Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona – OM)
First official recruit of OM during this transfer window, Konrad de la Fuente (19) is a nugget of the Barcelona Masia that Pablo Longoria, a connoisseur of Spanish football, went to seek.
Young swift winger with great potential, the Phocéens had to pay € 3 million to secure the services of the American.
13. Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo – Juventus)
After weeks of negotiations, Italian midfielder Manuel Locatelli (23) joined Juventus from Sassuolo in August.
It is a nice shot made by the Bianconeri now led by Massimiliano Allegri who intends to put the Old Lady back on the roof of Italy.
The European champion will give impact to the Piedmontese midfielder and new blood in a team now deprived of Cristiano Ronaldo.
12. Marcel Sabitzer (Leipzig – Bayern Münich)
The Bavarians are decidedly the masters of the Bundesliga. Discreet about this summer transfer window after a fanfare debut marked by the arrivals of Dayot Upamecano and Julian Nagelsmann at the head of the team, the German champions formalized, this Monday, the arrival of Marcel Sabitzer (27 years old), playing master from Leipzig.
With only € 15m spent to buy back the Austrian’s last year of contract, the Bavarians had another nose and at the same time weakened one of their competitor in the Bundesliga.
11. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid – PSG)
The signing of Sergio Ramos (35) for two years at PSG was one of the first thunderclaps of this summer transfer window.
The Spanish veteran, who arrived free in Paris, has not managed to agree to an extension with Real Madrid .
Although his transfer did not cost anything, his salary will be substantial: around 12 million euros. But Paris wants to give itself the means to dream, and money is not a problem for the vice-champions of France.
10. Achraf Hakimi (Inter – PSG)
Recruited against a check for € 60 million, Achraf Hakimi (22) already justifies the large sum put on him this summer by the Parisian leaders.
With the Moroccan, Paris recruited what is best done on the right flank. Italian champion with Inter Milan last season, Hakimi is scored 1 goal and 2 assists in 4 matches.
His speed and his caviar distributed in the area will be undeniable assets for PSG.
9. Jadon Sancho (Dortmund – Manchester United)
Transferred for € 85m from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United , the Ruhr star became the 9th most expensive transfer in Premier League history.
Author of 8 goals and 12 assists in the Bundesliga last season, Sancho (21) will bring his percussion and his vision of play to the Red Devils. With the English, the men of Ole Gunnar Solskjær have a team cut out to touch the summits.
8. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa – City)
Eclipsed by the transfer of Messi to Paris, the arrival of Jack Grealish in Manchester City is a big blow made by the Citizens.
City agreed to fork out a record-breaking transfer fee to England of £ 100million (around € 117million), making Grealish the most expensive rookie in Premier League history ahead of Frenchman Paul Pogba (105million). euros on his transfer from Juventus to Manchester United in 2016).
The attacking midfielder and Three Lions star is already two assists in five league games. Promising.
7. Memphis Depay (Lyon – Barcelona)
Many doubted the ability of Memphis Depay (27) to raise his level of play in a club of the caliber of FC Barcelona, a club he joined for free this summer.
But the Batavian is trying to get everyone to agree with his 2 goals and 1 assist in 3 La Liga matches. At this rate, the Dutch international could become one of the technical leaders of this Barça now deprived of Messi and Griezmann.
6. Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan – PSG)
We are continuing the five-star recruitment of PSG with that of Gianluigi Donnarumma (22 years old).
The goalkeeper of Squadra Azzurra is one of the best goalkeepers on the planet, he is even called to become number 1 one day, and Paris knew how to seize the opportunity.
The European champion signed for five years with a huge monthly salary (12M €). Not enough to scare the Parisian finances.
5. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona – Atlético Madrid)
Two years after leaving Atlético to join the great FC Barcelona of Lionel Messi, the French striker (30) returns to the fold after two disappointing seasons.
As fine negotiators, the Colchoneros managed to recover the French world champion in the form of a one-year loan with an additional year as an option and a purchase obligation set at 40 million euros. Grizou is back!
4. Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid – Manchester United)
His presentation in a packed Old Trafford was that of a superstar. The world champion himself must have been surprised by this very warm welcome from the supporters of the Red Devils.
In the Real Madrid jersey, Varane (28) will have played 359 matches and won 18 trophies – including 4 Champions Leagues. With only € 40 million disbursed to snatch it away from the Merengue, Manchester United undeniably pulled off one of the best shots this summer.
The Red Devils have offered themselves a world champion, quadruple winner of C1 and a safe bet in the axis alongside Harry Maguire.
3. Romelu Lukaku (Inter – Chelsea)
One of the biggest hits of this summer transfer window. After winning the Italian championship with Inter Milan last season, Romelu Lukaku (28) has been tracked by all the big European teams.
Except that the Belgian has always had eyes only for Chelsea , where he had already started a story (2011-2014). History that he will be able to finish as a seasoned scorer.
In their need to sell, Inter had to resolve to let go of their serial scorer for a huge check of € 115 million. Barely arrived, the Red Devil has already scored 1 goal in 2 Premier League matches. The European champions will be formidable this year.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus – Manchester United)
The second biggest bomb of this transfer window: the shattering return of Cristiano Ronaldo (36) to Manchester United!
Twelve years later, the man who is considered a true legend at Manchester United has returned to the fold.
Just like for Varane, the Red Devils only had to pay € 15 million to secure the services of the five-time Ballon d’Or! A feat of the Mancunian board which has made some pretty good moves during this transfer window.
1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona – PSG)
On Tuesday, August 10, the football world faltered: Lionel Messi (34) left Barça, his club of always, to sign for PSG.
With this recruitment, Paris can hardly dream of bigger. The Parisians offered themselves the best player in the world and built a galactic team at the end of this transfer window 2021.
If the resounding return of Ronaldo was enormous, the arrival of Messi at PSG brings the club into a new dimension, whether sporting or media. Paris can dream.