Top Transfers: From Ronaldo to Messi, have a look at the top 10 transfers that took place this summer – The Transfer window is officially shut down as teams and players decided to rescue themselves amid the ongoing season. While some footballers surprisingly moved to a new club, some decided to turn back time and rejoining their former teams in the recently concluded transfer window. Let’s have a look at a few of the best bits of business done by clubs this summer.
Lionel Messi (Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain): Free transfer
Messi’s transfer will undeniably go down as one of the most shocking deals in football history. FC Barcelona’s difficult financial situation led to the 34-year old leave the club after playing for the Catalan side for nearly 20 years.
Paris Saint-Germain pounced in the opportunity to sign the Argentine attacker and was able to land arguably the best player in the world with no transfer fee. The deal is hands on one of the best signings any team could have ever made this season.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus to Manchester United): €15m
The 36-year-old attacker surprised the football fraternity with his shocking move to Manchester United this summer. the Portuguese star decided to make a return to Old Trafford outfit as the Red Devils manage to scoop up one of the best players in the world for a mere Fee of just 15 million.
Apart from Ronaldo, Ole Gunner Solskjaker’s side also acquired the likes of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varenne in the summer transfer window.
Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan to Chelsea): €115m
Chelsea decided to break the bank and rope in the Belgian striker from Inter Milan this summer. Romelu Lukaku returned to Chelsea as a completely different player which was evident during his debut against Arsenal. The former Inter Milan striker took found the back of the net within 15 minutes of his second debut for Chelsea.
Thomas Tuchel will look to have Lukaku as his teams’ focal point this season. The striker has been scoring goals for fun during his time with Inter Milan in Serie A and will focus on replicating the form in the English Premier League.
Lukaku’s price tag is high, but it could be well worth the price if is able to continue his rich vein of form for Chelsea as they look to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title.
Jack Grealish (Aston Villa to Manchester City): £100m
Reigning Champions Manchester City manage roped in Aston Villa star Jack Grealish by spending the British record transfer fee this summer. Pep Guardiola will relish the chance to play a midfield consisting of Grealish and De Bruyne in the starting 11 this season. However, the Spaniard be a little disappointed after Man City failed to acquire a striker.
The Premier League winners were in desperate need of a number 9 after Aguero’s departure and were linked with the likes of Messi, Ronaldo, and Harry Kane. However, they could not sign any other big name after spending six figures on a midfielder. He was not exactly a big need for Pep Guardiola’s team but will surely bolster their squad this season.
Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona to Atletico Madrid): Loan deal
Griezmann never really found his footing at Barcelona, registering 22 goals in 74 games. He returns to Atletico Madrid on a loan deal, the club where he became a legend. The fit at Atleti should be better, although manager Diego Simeone is not known for creative setups in the final third. Griezmann gives the La Liga holders some additional offensive punch as he looks to re-establish himself as a top striker in the game.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan to PSG): Free transfer
Gianluigi Donnarumma helped Italy win the Euro Championship with his outstanding performance in the penalty shootout of the finals. He went on to be the hero against England in the Euro 2020 final before making the move to PSG on a free transfer. The Parisian outfit has managed to get hold of one of the best young goalkeepers in world football and a player for the future.
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid to PSG): Free transfer
Paris Saint-Germain roped in former Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos on a free transfer. The veteran Spanish defender may be beyond his glory days, but still has the knack of knowing what it takes to win. His presence on the pitch will be a big asset for PG who will aim to win the Champions League this season.
Jadon Sancho (Broussia Dortmund to Manchester United) : €85m
the Englishman has been a long-time target for the Red Devils. Man United came very close to signing Sancho in 2020 but failed to complete the final detail and end the negotiations before the transfer window shut down. However, they spent no time around this season and were quick to get hold of Sancho and bring him to Old Trafford this season.
The young English forward joins Man United from Dortmund for a hefty fee and will be eager to make his mark upon returning to his home country. He will join up a strong team filled with great attackers and could also benefit from Ronaldo’s presence at Manchester United.
Raphael Varane (Real Madrid to Manchester United): €41m
The Red Devils have done some excellent work in the summer transfer window with Man United managed to sign Varane from Real Madrid. The French center-back will bring a lot of experience to the table and be a quality addition who could partner Harry Maguire at the heart of clubs’ defense. A player with solid Champions league know-how and in his prime could well be one of the best value deals that man Untied could have pulled off in the summer.
Achraf Hakimi (Inter Milan to PSG): €70m
Apart from all the solid pieces of free transfer business, PSG has also gone on to spend money in the market. The Parisian outfit has paid a huge fee for Hakimi whose versatility gives PSG the option to play his across various positions on the pitch.
With a player like Hakimi in the ranks, Mauricio Pochettino’s dream team will have a clear goal of winning the Champions League this year.