The summer transfer window is getting closer and closer to closing. Most of the teams managed to strengthen before the new season and are cutting with might and main in the starting rounds. But some transitions are surprising. Below are transfers that you definitely would not have predicted a couple of months ago.

More than 25 cool transfers in a week in Europe!  What could you be missing
More than 25 cool transfers in a week in Europe! What could you be missing

Paulo Dybala, Juventus → Roma, free

You were also waiting for Dybala in a top club? The Argentine striker gave Juventus seven years and became a star.

His contract was expiring this summer, but problems arose in negotiations on a new agreement: Paulo and agents highly appreciated his talent and broke a large sum, and the club was not ready to pay that much. As a result, Dybala became a free agent.

Paulo Dybala

Paulo Dybala

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It seemed that Dybala’s next team would be Inter. Insiders persistently wrote about Paulo’s negotiations with the Milan club, and the transition looked logical – the recent champion is in no way inferior to Juventus, and maybe even superior. But there was a plot twist: Dybala did not agree with Inter and got into Roma, a team without the Champions League and with much more modest goals. Paulo is only 28 years old, and such a drop in ambition surprised many. But the fans met Dybala in Rome as a living legend.

“He is greeted like Maradona.” The crowd at the presentation of Dybala in Rome is breathtaking

Federico Bernardeschi, Juventus → Toronto, free

Since we are talking about Juventus, one cannot but mention Bernardeschi. This is a story about how in a year you can go from winning the Euro to leaving for Canada. A few years ago, Fede was considered one of the main talents of the generation. He dragged Fiorentina and naturally moved to the best Italian team of those years – Juventus. Hope Bernardeschi did not justify, but did not fail.

Federico Bernardeschi

Federico Bernardeschi

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It all ended the same as in the case of Dybala. Bernardeschi and Juventus did not agree on a new contract, and the player was left without a team. Only Fede’s choice turned out to be more exotic. Now he plays in the MLS for the Canadian “Toronto”. This is how the European career of the Italian paused at the age of 28.

Ricky Puig, Barcelona → LA Galaxy, Free

Another move as a free agent. Puig was brought up at Barca, and burst into the base in 2019. The number of matches was slowly growing, and the fans had high hopes for the midfielder – it seemed to them that Xavi’s heir was growing. It looks like they were wrong.

Ricky Puig

Ricky Puig

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Given the current competition in Barça’s midfield, Puig’s departure seemed logical. But, rather, on loan and in the European team. And Ricky went to the USA and became a full-fledged player in Los Angeles Galaxy. And this is at 23 years old. True, Puig left the door ajar – Barca has the primary right to buy back his pupil.

Angelino, RB Leipzig → Hoffenheim, loan

A couple of years ago, Angelino did not gain a foothold in Manchester City, but then he moved to Leipzig and began to tear. For the left curb with him, you could not worry, especially in the attack. The Spaniard was the main player last season and plowed most of the matches in all competitions.



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What happened next? Angelino suddenly ended up at Hoffenheim on loan. Maybe Domenico Tedesco decided to rebuild the game and didn’t need a 25-year-old lateral? Misterious story.

Jasper Cillessen, Valencia → NEC, €1m

Cillessen played for Ajax and Barcelona, ​​and three years ago Valencia paid € 35 million for him. The goalkeeper played (17 matches in the last La Liga), but he was overtaken by injury problems. Minus 74 days last season is a lot.

Jasper Cillessen

Jasper Cillessen

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And still, few people expected that this summer, 33-year-old Cillessen would not just return to the Netherlands, but would end up in a modest NEC. So also for only € 1 million. If anything, we are talking about the current goalkeeper of the national team.

Barça decided to rock now, not giving a damn about the future.  History of the club's financial collapse
Barça decided to rock now, not giving a damn about the future. History of the club’s financial collapse

Kasper Schmeichel, Leicester → Nice, €1m

There’s something to do with Cillessen’s story, right? Also a goalkeeper, also an unexpected and cheap transfer. Schmeichel is a true Leicester legend. He survived a return to the elite, a sensational championship and swings under Brendan Rodgers. All this time, Kasper remained the main goalkeeper and more than once saved the team from collapse.

Kasper Schmeichel

Kasper Schmeichel

Photo: Edgar Breshchanov, “Championship”

And this summer, Schmeichel Jr. rushed to France. He probably wanted to take a break from the English rains in his old age. In any case, it was almost impossible to predict such a transition.

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