Europe’s big clubs undertook few major moves on Thursday as the summer market closed, apart from the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Chelsea. And in the ambient inertia, here is Cristiano Ronaldo forced to stay at Manchester United!
England: Haaland tumbles, “Aubam” returns, CR7 stays
The signing of Norwegian prodigy Erling Haaland at Manchester City has kicked off a new record English transfer window, with around 2 billion euros spent so far.
Before being loaned Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo (Juventus) on Thursday, Liverpool took out a check – unprecedented for the Reds – of up to 100 million euros to snatch Darwin Nunez from Benfica, as Manchester United did to attract Antony, the Brazilian winger of Ajax.
Chelsea have spent copiously, especially with the Frenchman Wesley Fofana, who on Wednesday became one of the most expensive defenders in history (more than 82 M EUR). The Blues have also recruited striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, for 12 million euros according to FC Barcelona, a transfer announced overnight from Thursday to Friday by the two clubs. “I have some scores to settle with the Premier League and it’s so good to be back, it’s very exciting,” said the Gabon captain, who terminated his contract with Arsenal seven months ago.
With Antony, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro and Christian Eriksen, Manchester United seem to have completed an interesting transfer window.
But the Reds Devils have not found a way out of the soap opera Ronaldo: the Portuguese (37), a luxury substitute and eager to leave to play in the Champions League, has not found a base.
Germany: major departures and flashy arrivals
The Bundesliga finds itself orphaned by Haaland and Robert Lewandowski who, after eight years at Bayern Munich, went to FC Barcelona for 45 M EUR.
To replace him, the Bavarian club made a nice move with the Senegalese Sadio Mané, winner of the African Cup of Nations in 2022.
The most expensive transfer of the summer in Germany (EUR 67 million according to the media) was also made by Bayern with Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus).
German runners-up Dortmund thought they had found Haaland’s replacement in Sebastien Haller, but the Ivory Coast striker was diagnosed with testicular cancer after signing. Borussia has therefore recruited Anthony Modeste (34) for one season.
Spain: Barça all the way
In debt of around EUR 1.35 billion last season, FC Barcelona activated several economic levers and this enabled them to spend EUR 153 million on five recruits, including French central defender Jules Koundé, in addition to Robert Lewandowski, his bigger catch.
The Catalans remained particularly active until the end with the departure of Sergino Dest, loaned to AC Milan, the separation recorded with Martin Braithwaite, who left for neighbors Espanyol Barcelona, and the arrival of Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin.
Real Madrid, European champion in title, invested 80 M EUR on the French midfielder Aurélien Tchouaméni, expected as the heir of Casemiro.
Antoine Griezmann, whose playing time is limited by the contractual situation of his loan from Barça, should still stay at Atlético Madrid.
The last week has also been punctuated by the departure of Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad to Newcastle for 70 million euros, the recruitment on loan of Kasper Dolberg (Nice) to Sevilla FC and the arrival of Edinson Cavani to Valence CF. of new coach Gennaro Gattuso.
France: Paris almost complete
Paris SG offered themselves a sixth recruit on Thursday by attracting Spanish attacking midfielder Carlos Soler. The 25-year-old ex-captain of Valencia arrives after midfielders Vitinha, Renato Sanches and Fabian Ruiz, young French striker Hugo Ekitike and French defender Nordi Mukiele.
The French champions, who lost on the Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan) case, got rid of a few players who had become undesirable, such as Idrissa Gueye, Layvin Kurzawa and Julian Draxler.
After making some nice moves (Alexis Sanchez, Jordan Veretout…) and bets in the form of loans (Eric Bailly, Nuno Tavares…), Marseille exfiltrated Duje Caleta-Car to Southampton, and tried to sell Bamba Dieng in Nice, but the transfer got complicated.
Italy: Juventus activated
Particularly active, Juventus notably recovered the Polish center-forward Arkadiusz Milik (Marseille) and the Argentinian midfielders Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes, from PSG, the Turinese’s first opponent this season in the Champions League.
AC Milan has been loaned by Barça the American side Sergino Dest, 21, to compensate for the absence for several weeks of Alessandro Florenzi, injured on Tuesday.
As for Inter Milan, they not only managed to keep Skriniar, coveted by PSG, but also obtained a last-minute defensive reinforcement on Thursday with the arrival on loan of Italian international Francesco Acerbi, from Lazio Rome. .