Welcome to part 2 of our series in which we review the best transfers of the summer mercato. Today we are going to be reviewing the top 10 transfers of the summer, for players who got sold for over €50mil. Read below!
|From: Borussia Dortmund
|To: Manchester City
Although we are unsure on the agent fees paid for Haaland, surely this is the case in which you can say that any price was justified. After scoring 62 goals in the Bundesliga in only 2 seasons and already having scored 23 goals goals in the UEFA Champions League by the time he turned 22, people were having high hopes for the Norwegian Striker, however not a lot of people expected him to score 9 goals in only 5 Premier League apps. The season is still long and a lot of things can happen, but young Erling is planning on having a legendary season.
|From: Man City
Despite producing some iconic performances, Jesus is one of the players who never quite made it at the Etihad. He was mostly used as a rotational players, never breaking into Pep Guardiola’s standard first 11. Arsenal came knocking this summer and the Brazilian forward decided to join them. Jesus settled in almost immediately and he is already proving his worth, alongside other talent, such as Martinelli, Saka or Odegaard. With 3 assists and 3 goals, he has been very important for Arsenal, who are currently leading the Prem, with maximum points.
Matthijs de Ligt
|To: Bayern Munchen
Crazy to think that de Ligt is only 22. Seems he has been around for ages and the fact that Juve and Bayern paid more than 150mil for him in only 3 season also sounds surreal. With his career still ahead of him, the young Dutch defender decided that it is time to make the step up to Bayern. The Bavarians have a really exciting squad, with a lot of top prospects, playing next to Upamecano, Lucas Hernandez, Alphonso Davies or Mazraoui will most definitely have a very positive impact on de Ligt’s development.
|From: FC Sevilla
|To: FC Barcelona
There was a lot of talk about Barcelona’s transfers, but Jules Kounde might just be the most interesting one. This is saying a lot when the other candidates are Lewandowski or Raphinha(who also made our list). The French defender, only 23, moves from the other side of Spain, with Barcelona winning the race to sign him, against Chelsea and their new owners. Already capped 11 times, the youngster will most likely form a strong partnership with Araujo, but he is also adept at playing as a Right Back.
There were a lot of question marks regarding Lisandro Martinez, his height(despite almost being the same height as Kounde) and his ability to adapt to the Premier League, however ten Haag stuck to his guns and he was proven right so far. The Argentine had an instant impact, winning the club’s Player of the Month award. Also he seems to be building a solid partnership with Varane.
|From: As Monaco
Real Madrid’s most expensive signing since Eden Hazard, Tchouaméni has the difficult job to replace Casemiro. The initial plan was probably for him to replace the Brazilian gradually, but life comes at you fast. The French midfielder was courted by Europe’s biggest clubs, such as Liverpool, ManUtd or PSG, but ultimately he has decided to join Real Madrid, for a staggering €80mil. The price does seem high, considering his position, but Ligue 1’s best midfielder undoubtedly has a great future ahead of him.
A lot has been said about Sterling over the last few years, however he is undoubtedly one of England’s most talented players. He had ups and downs at Manchester City, sometimes being their top player, sometimes being benched for games upon games. The former Liverpool player is joining yet another top English club in Chelsea. The London Blues might be struggling at the moment, but the tide will surely turn and Raheem will be able to show his worth.
|From: Leeds United
|To: FC Barcelona
Lots of similarities between the transfers of Raphinha and Kounde. Both players costed around the same amount, both players were wanted by Chelsea and ultimately both ended up at Barcelona. In today’s market, it is not easy to get left footed wingers, the Catalans have both Dembele and Raphinha now. The former Leeds player obviously made a huge leap in his career, it will be interesting to see how successful he will be at the Camp Nou. Lots of Brazilians played there in the history of the club, we can find both good and bad examples. Also remains to be seen whether he’ll make Tite’s squad for the World Cup.
|From: Real Madrid
|To: Man United
Considering the amount of times we have mentioned Casemiro, we might as well rebrand and call ourselves Generation:Casemiro. Once again, there was no doubt that he would make our list. Read the past articles here, here and here.
|To: FC Liverpool
Oh boy, so we’ve reached Darwin Núñez. The Uruguayan Striker scored 26 goals in 28 matches in the Portuguese league, while netting another 6 in the Champions League. Despite these impressive stats and the fact that he is still only 23 years old, they were some who considered Darwin to be over priced. How his career will turn out is only up to him, however getting a red card in his second Premier League game probably didn’t help in shutting the haters up.
- Antony, 22, Right Winger, from Ajax to ManUtd for €95mil
- Alexander Isak, 22, Striker, from Real Sociedad to Newcastle for €70mil
- Wesley Fofana, 21, Centre Back, from Leicester to Chelsea for €80mil
Just to clarify, we are not saying that Antony, Fofana and Alexander Isak are not good players, or that they will flop. The reason we didn’t include them in the top 10 is that they are still relatively unproven, compared to the other players. They also have some of the highest transfer values in the market, which will make it harder for them to justify these price. They are obviously all talented and they can prove this article wrong.