This summer window will go down as one of the wildest in the history of football as it saw the departure and return of football greats from and to their respective clubs.
It saw the end of Lionel Messi’s 21 year journey with Fc Barcelona and it also saw the return of Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku to their boyhood clubs. Apart from these deals, other insane transfers has also been made including the departure of club legends Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane to Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United respectively after 14 years and 10 years respectively at the club.
It also saw the departure of Sergio Aguero from Manchester City, Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool and Memphis Depay from Olympique Lyon all for free and what more could you be expecting on the deadline of such insane window? More shockers.
The deadline day produced some shockers as well, just when you thought the transfer window couldn’t get more wilder, new surprises shows up. These are deals that happened as the window finally closes;
1. Nuno Mendes(Sporting to Paris Saint-Germain)
After copping the world’s best player, Leo Messi and the world best defender, Sergio Ramos including the likes of Achraf Hakimi, Georginio Wijnaldum and Gianluigi Donnarumma all for €71m Paris Saint-Germain decided to rest a little in the transfer window. They made no other signing again until during the deadline. They secured the service of one of football’s promising full-back, Nuno Mendes on loan with a buy option for €40m. The loan fee will be €7m for sporting.
2. Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid to Chelsea)
Although Kounde’s transfer to Chelsea fell through, Chelsea faithfuls can have a little joy as a proven midfielder in Saul will be joining the bridge. Sevilla demanded a hefty release clause for Jules Kounde in which Chelsea couldn’t trigger. They focused their attention in landing Saul from Atletico who has made up his mind to leave the club due to lack of playing time. Chelsea paid €5m loan to Atletico Madrid with a buy option of €40m valid in June 2002.
3. Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea to Venezia)
With the already stacked Chelsea’s side, Ethan won’t be having playing time and so was sent to Italy’s Venezia on loan till the rest of the season.
4. Antoine Griezmann (Fc Barcelona to Atletico Madrid)
Just when you thought the window couldn’t get more crazier, a new surprise shows up. Griezmann was never linked to Atletico Madrid before the deadline day. After a poor spell at Fc Barcelona including a poor start to the season with no goal or assists to his name, Fc Barcelona decided to offload Antoine Griezmann on a loan deal until June 2022 with buy option for €40m back to where he shone, Atletico Madrid. Griezmann was tipped to fill the shoes left by Barcelona’s legend, Leo Messi but failed and is now back to his former club.
On the other side, Luuk de Jong from Sevilla joined Fc Barcelona on a paid loan to compensate a misfiring Martin Braithwaite after no agreement was reached between Fc Barcelona and Edinson Cavani.
5. Takehiro Tomiyasu (Bologna to Arsenal)
Before the window closed, Arsenal already in defensive shambles, secured the service of Bologna’s Tomiyasu for €18m to help solve their defensive problems.
6. Emerson Royal(Barcelona to Tottenham)
Lest we forget, Fc Barcelona signed Emerson from Real Betis to compensate for the ageing Jordi Alba and are already in talks to sell him to Tottenham hotspur on a permanent deal worth €30m plus add-ons. Th deal has already been agreed by both parties. Medicals expected soon after which the brazilian left back will move to north london.
7. Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes to Real Madrid)
In what could said to be a shocking deal. Camavinga has been strongly linked to Manchester United before Real Madrid’s deal. After Los Blancos pulled out of Mbappe’s deal following multiple rejections from the Parisian side, they focused their energy on Eduardo Camavinga who was looking for a move away from Rennes this transfer window. A deal of €31m plus add-ons has already been agreed by both clubs and Real Madrid’s president, Florentino Perez want Camavinga in the squad immediately and don’t want to loan him to Rennes for a season. Medicals expected soon.
8. Ilaix Moriba (Fc Barcelona to RB Leipzig)
Fc Barcelona’s prodigal son. Ilaix shocked Barcelona’s faithfuls by refusing to put pen to paper after the club gave him a contract extension. He demanded a pay rise but was denied by the club. After which he demanded to leave the club immediately. He was on the verge of staying on the stands for the whole season if that will make him leave the club for free next season when his contract expires. Fc Barcelona didn’t want Ilaix to leave for free and has finally accepted a deal from RB Leipzig for the Midfielder. Fee undisclosed but medical expected soon.
Finally, after much transfer saga between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain regarding Kylian Mbappe, Mbappe finally stays at Paris Saint-Germain. Real Madrid submitted three bids including one on the transfer deadline worth €200/232m that was rejected by Paris Saint-Germain. Mbappe has told Paris Saint-Germain that he wants to leave but wants to do it respectfully. He wants to wait till next season when his contract expires before he leaves the club for free but won’t likely put pen to paper if Paris Saint-Germain bring a new contract.
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