Football Agents - Transfers Europe
Football Agents - Transfers Europe
Italian giants Juventus have been central to the plot of the two main transfer stories of the summer so far. The sale of star midfielder Paul Pogba to Manchester United is the biggest transfer of this window but the biggest transfer in history. However the Italian side have completed the most expensive signing of the summer so far, signing Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain from Serie A rivals Napoli for over £75 million. After a record breaking campaign last season in which he broke the Serie A goal-scoring record with 36 goals, Higuain becomes the third most expensive player in history. Juventus have also bolstered their midfield with the signing of former Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic for £27 million, the Italian champions look set to win the title again this season after they not only strengthened their own squad significantly but also weakened the squads of their rivals. Elsewhere in Italy Napoli have acted swiftly to replace Higuain by signing talented Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik from Ajax for over £21 million (Football Agents).
Over in Spain, things have been relatively quiet at usually free-spending Real Madrid. Their only signing being that of Alvaro Morata from Juventus after they activated a buy-back clause. Across the city Atletico on the other hand, have been much busier. So far they’ve spent upwards of £60 million, with their two main signings being Argentine winger Nicolas Gaitan from Benfica for over £20 million and French forward Kevin Gameiro from Sevilla for around £27 million. Barcelona have rejuvenated their squad with signings of 4 impressive youngsters. French defenders Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne join the Catalan side from Lyon and PSG respectively, whilst Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes joins from Valencia for over £29 million. Barcelona activated a buy-back clause of their own in order to re-sign midfielder Denis Suarez from Villarreal for a bargain price of approximately £2.75 million (Football Agents).
Bayern Munich have made a couple of signings to strengthen an already scarily strong squad. Experienced German centre back joins from rivals Borussia Dortmund for £32 million; he’ll join his German national team centre half partner Jerome Boateng to form an intimidating defensive backbone for the German champions. 18 year old Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches signed before the Euros for around £25 million; this looks to be a shrewd piece of business by the Bavarians as his price would undoubtedly have increased after the midfielders fantastic displays at this summer’s Euros. Bayern’s closest title rivals, Borussia Dortmund, have been busy so far this summer bringing in no fewer than 8 new players. German internationals Andre Schurrle and Mario Gotze join from Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich respectively, with latter returning for his second spell at Dortmund. Talented French youngster Ousmane Dembele could contribute immediately after joining from Rennes, while Portuguese left back Raphael Guerreiro and centre back Marc Bartra will strengthen the sides defence. German midfielder Sebastian Rode also joins from Bayern Munich, hoping to reignite his career. Gifted youngsters Emre Mor and Mikel Merino also join but they seem to be more additions for the future rather than being expected to contribute straight away, (Football Agents).
Only One French Club?
Mega rich PSG’s only major signing so far is that of Polish midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak who followed new boss Unai Emery to the French capital from Sevilla in a deal worth over £28 million. The Parisians have also signed Belgian right back Thomas Meunier from Club Brugge and have brought in midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa on a free transfer from Nice.
The new riches of the Chinese Super League have tempted a few big names to leave Europe for Asia. The biggest in both name and size is without doubt Hulk who has left Zenit St. Petersburg to join Shanghai SIPG in a deal reportedly worth over £47 million. Former Southampton striker Graziano Pelle joins Shandong Luneng in a £12 million deal which sees him earn a reported £260,000 per week or approximately £34 million over the course of his two and a half year contract making him the sixth highest paid player in the world. Shandong also signed Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse, who won’t be earning as much as Pelle but won’t be going short any time soon.
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