European clubs continue to strengthen squads for the new season. During the week, more than 20 transfers took place, among which there are several significant ones. So, Robert Lewandowski left Bayern, Paulo Dybala found a new club after leaving Juventus, and Manchester United bought a new defender. We talk about the main deals of the last days.
If you suddenly missed the transfers of previous weeks, then they are here:
Robert Lewandowski: Bayern → Barcelona (€45m)
For eight seasons, the name of the Polish striker was associated exclusively with Bayern. This summer, Robert made it clear that he dreams of a change of scenery and a move to the Spanish Championship. The clubs negotiated for a long time, and Lewandowski was reluctant to work in the training sessions of the Munich team. As a result, the parties agreed on a deal, and the 33-year-old Pole signed a contract with Barca. Blue Garnet President Joan Laporta praised the transfer and said that the management returned the club to the world elite. Last season, Lewandowski scored 35 goals in the Bundesliga and 13 in the Champions League.
Lewandowski got his way. Barça now have an indecently rich choice in attack
Matthijs de Ligt: Juventus → Bayern Munich (€67m)
Bayern bolstered their defensive line with the 22-year-old Dutchman and paid a hefty sum in the process. True, three years ago, Juventus bought de Ligt from Ajax for € 85.5 million. The transfer of a defender is the second most expensive in the history of Bayern. The German team paid more money only for Lucas Hernandez (€ 80 million). Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann, commenting on the transition, called de Ligt one of the most talented central defenders in the world. Two days after the transfer, Matthijs scored a goal in a test match and did it a couple of minutes after coming on as a substitute. Last season he took part in 42 matches and scored three goals.
Matthijs de Ligt
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Lisandro Martinez: Ajax → Manchester United (€57.37m)
Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag noted Martinez’s attitude and fighting spirit after the transfer, emphasizing the fact that the newcomer is already familiar with the coach’s ideas. This is not surprising, because last season they worked together at Ajax. The Mancunians laid out a decent amount for the 24-year-old defender. Statisticians have already calculated that the 175-centimeter Martinez is the shortest central defender in the Premier League. However, if necessary, the head coach can use the Argentine in the position of a defensive midfielder.
Manchester United’s key transfer is ready. This guy will “walk over the corpses” for the sake of victory
Paulo Dybala: Juventus → Roma (free agent)
The striker left Juventus (played there since 2015), but remained in Italy. The local press sent the player to Inter, but the parties did not agree on finances. Dybala signed a contract with Roma, and made the final decision after talking with Jose Mourinho. The coach persuaded the 28-year-old football player to move to the capital club, although Napoli offered more money. For the sake of working with the Portuguese specialist, Dybala even sacrificed the Champions League and will play with Roma in the Europa League. It is curious that in the first three seasons with Juventus, Dybala scored 52 goals in Serie A, and in the next four – only 30.
The brightest summer transfer in Italy. Mourinho nicely beats a bunch of competitors
Bremer: Torino → Juventus (€41m)
Four years ago, Torino bought the Brazilian for € 5.8 million, and now he has sold it to neighbors for almost eight times more. Bremer, during his time with the Bulls, has grown to the title of the best defender in Serie A at the end of last season. Juventus were in need of a central defender after the sale of de Ligt and opted for a player with experience playing in the Italian championship. For his role, the 25-year-old Brazilian is quite effective (13 goals in 110 matches for Torino). Former Juventus defender, world champion and Ballon d’Or winner Fabio Cannavaro cited Bremer’s physique and technique as one of Bremer’s main virtues. But at the same time he warned that playing for Juventus is a completely different matter than in Torino.
Oleksandr Zinchenko: Manchester City → Arsenal (€35m)
Arsenal took the lead in spending during the summer off-season. The London club spent more than €120 million on newcomers. 25-year-old Zinchenko said goodbye to Manchester City, for which he had played since 2016, with tears in his eyes. The Ukrainian football player called the move to Arsenal a childhood dream and has already had his first training session with the new team. The head coach of the capital club Mikel Arteta noted the player’s versatility, his character and excellent human qualities. It is possible that the Ukrainian will make his debut for Arsenal in the next test match with Chelsea. Last season, Zinchenko played 28 matches in all competitions and gave five assists.
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Jesse Lingard: Manchester United → Nottingham Forest (free transfer)
The midfielder spent 21 years in the Manchester United system, and a few days ago he signed a full contract with a newcomer to the Premier League. Nottingham won the competition from West Ham, as they satisfied the financial needs of the football player. The salary of 29-year-old Lingard in the new club will be about € 230 thousand per week (data from The Guardian). Lingard played 21 games for Manchester United last season but averaged around 26 minutes on the pitch. According to The Athletic, new DC United head coach Wayne Rooney wanted to see the player in his team, but he stayed in England.
Dani Alves: Barcelona → Pumas (free agent)
The most titled footballer in the world found a new club after leaving Barcelona. The 39-year-old defender runs back one season in Mexico. Previously, Alves only played in Europe and Brazil. Dani spent the second half of last season at Barça, where he returned after a five-year absence. “I know that everyone is talking about my age, they say that I am old and no one needs me now like 20 years ago, when everyone wanted to sign me. But I completely disagree with this. Today I have an experience that I didn’t have 20 years ago,” Alves said a few days ago.
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Brian Brobbie: RB Leipzig → Ajax (€16.35m)
The Dutch team bought a 20-year-old striker who previously played for them on loan. Brobbie played the first half of last season in Germany (nine Bundesliga appearances, zero goals) before moving to the Netherlands. There, things went much more fun for the forward – he scored seven goals in 11 matches. According to the contract, Brobby will spend the next five years at Ajax.
Jed Spence: Middlesbrough → Tottenham Hotspur (€14.7m)
The right-back started the 2021/2022 season at Middlesbrough before going on loan to Nottingham Forest. There, the Englishman turned into a key player and helped the team regain a place in the elite division. In total, he played 50 matches, scored three goals and gave eight assists. At the end of the season, the top teams in the Premier League were interested in him, and as a result, the 21-year-old Spence made a choice in favor of Tottenham. The London club continues to strengthen the squad ahead of the new season, in which the Champions League awaits it.
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Ben Davies: Liverpool → Rangers (€4.70m)
Davis moved to Liverpool from Preston for € 1.85 million. For a year and a half, he did not play a single match as part of the Merseysiders, but the club profitably sold him to Scotland. Davis is already 26 years old and needs match practice. Getting it at the Rangers is much easier than at Liverpool. Last season he played for Sheffield on loan (21 Championship matches, one goal).
- Forward Dwight Gale has signed a two-year contract with Stoke City. He spent last season with Newcastle United (nine matches, zero goals).
- Former Burnley defender Ben Mee has joined Brentford on a free transfer. The contract was signed for two years.
- Liverpool centre-back Rhys Williams has left for Blackpool. The terms of the deal are lease until the end of the 2022/2023 season.
- Wolverhampton have released striker Fabio Silva on loan. He will spend the next season at Anderlecht. Wolves bought the player for €40m two years ago.
- Napoli have bought Leo Estigor from Brighton. The transfer amount was € 5 million. The 22-year-old Norwegian spent the second half of last season on loan at Genoa.
- Defender Leo Dubois has left Lyon and signed with Galatasaray. The transaction amount is € 2.5 million.
- Southampton have bought 19-year-old striker Sekou Mara from Bordeaux. The French youth team player cost the Premier League club € 13 million.
- PSG have signed 20-year-old striker Hugo Ekitike from Reims on loan. Last season he scored 10 goals in 23 Ligue 1 matches.
- 30-year-old striker Joao Pedro changed Cagliari to Fenerbahce. The Turkish club paid €4.68 million for his transfer.
- Monza have loaned 21-year-old midfielder Filippo Ranocchiu from Juventus for one season. In addition, the Serie A newcomer took Verona striker Gianluca Caprari in the same way.
- Napoli defender Sebastiano Luperto will spend the next season at Empoli (loan).
- La Spezia have signed defender Mattia Caldara from AC Milan. Last summer he left for one season in Venice.
- Fiorentina announced the signing of a contract with the Brazilian defender of Shakhtar Donetsk Dodo. The agreement with the 23-year-old footballer was concluded for five years. The transaction amount is € 14.5 million.