One of the most chaotic transfer windows – hit by pandemic – has come to a halt but nevertheless, some of the clubs were able to pull off some expensive signings.
Here we take a look at the top 12 transfers of the summer.
1. Kai Havertz
Chelsea begged to differ in these trying circumstances as they did a rampant summer business, bringing in a host of marquee players. Kai Havertz was the cherry on the cake as the German became Chelsea’s second-most expensive transfer in history following Kepa Arrizabalaga. After months of speculation, Chelsea signed Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen for a reported fee of 71m pounds fee with add-ons.
2. Leroy Sane
Bayern Munich finally got their hands at long-evading Leroy Sane in the summer. When Pep Guardiola stated that Sane is unwilling to extend his contract, it looked inevitable for the German to join the Bavarians. Sane has cost Bayern around 45m euros, thus making the second expensive signing in the club history after Lucas Hernandez.
Arthur joined Juventus in one of the weirdest swap deals in recent times, with Miralem Pjanic joining Barcelona. Nonetheless, it is a win-win situation for Juve as they have added one of the rising central midfielders. The transfer is rated at 72m euros, and he has now become the club’s fourth-most expensive signing.
4. Victor Osimhen
Serie A has seen quite a few expensive arrivals this summer, and Victor Osimhen is amongst them. Napoli broke the banks for the Nigerian striker, signing him for a fee of 70m euros – an unprecedented thing done by the club. Partenopei’s second most expensive transfer is Gonzalo Higuain at 40m euros.
5. Ruben Dias
Ruben Dias marked Manchester City’s final signing of the summer transfer, with him joining from Benfica in a fee worth 68m euros. It makes him the club’s third most expensive signing after Kevin de Bruyne and Rodri.
6. Timo Werner
Even before Kai Havertz, it was his compatriot Timo Werner made his way to the Stamford Bridge. Although Liverpool turned out to be frontrunners, Chelsea came out of nowhere to snap up the German forward. The Blues signed Werner for Leipzig for 53m euros.
7. Miralem Pjanic
As stated above, Miralem Pjanic signed for Barcelona in a swap deal for Arthur. The transfer raised everyone’s eyebrows, especially Cules; they saw it was irrelevant to sign a player who is in his thirties in exchange for the up and coming Brazilian midfielder.
8. Mauro Icardi
PSG made the transfer of Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan a permanent one earlier this year for a fee of 50m euros. The Argentine striker enjoyed a stellar loan spell at Parc des Princes last season, finding the nets more than 20 times in Ligue 1.
9. Alvaro Morata
Alvaro Morata was a surprise package, and when everyone thought he had finally settled at Atletico Madrid, he gave his nod to return Juventus. But we are not talking about Juve here. Atletico perhaps paid around 53m euros for the permanent signing of Morata from Chelsea after his a year-and-a-half loan spell at Wando Metropolitano. However, the Spaniard has now joined Juventus on a loan deal with an option of permanent transfer for 45m euros.
10. Achraf Hakimi
While Hakimi has been speculated to make a return to Real Madrid, he ended up joining Inter Milan. Hakimi is coming off a productive loan spell with Borussia Dortmund, and he looks to be continuing his form in Serie A as well – racking goals and assists in the last two games. Hakimi stands at the third in the list of Inter’s expensive signings.
11. Ben Chilwell
Chelsea had to be thankful for their transfer ban being overturned; hence such transfer spree. Chilwell had been pursued by the Blues a lot to strengthen the left-back position, and his expensive valuation seemed like a stumbling block. However, Chelsea decided to sign the English international from Leicester City for a fee of around 50m euros.
12. Thomas Partey
Thomas Partey was one of the best deadline day signings in recent memory. Arsenal have been linked with Partey for a while, but their efforts got often rebuffed by Atletico Madrid’s valuation. Gunners also looked to Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar but faced the same financial constraints. Once they knew that Aouar transfer is not happening, they turned their attention to Partey, this time they were able to sign him on the deadline day. The Gunners activated his release clause of 50m euros.