Finally, the transfer window closed for the summer in Europe’s top leagues, with the deadline reaching Thursday and the deal coming to an end after weeks of rumours, links, loans and signings.
Much of the important business had been completed long before the deadline. The likes of Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski, Sadio Mané, Matthijs de Ligt, Darwin Núñez, Casemiro, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus were among the biggest names already out for their new clubs as Thursday’s sprint to the finish line The arrival was over, but they are joined by a final group of traveling players, albeit a group for whom there won’t be much time to acclimate to a new environment.
Not everyone who wanted moves or was supposed to receive them changed clubs. Cristiano Ronaldo’s quest to play in the Champions League this season remains up in the air as he will stay with Manchester United until at least winter. Christian Pulisic, who has regularly come off the bench late in Chelsea games this season, has been denied the loan or transfer that could open up more opportunities before he is likely to join the United for the Cup. world.
Two other Concacaf stars have ended up staying where they are as well, with Ajax refusing to sanction a transfer for Mexican midfielder Edson Álvarez (Chelsea would have been interested) and Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas remaining at PSG (a move in Naples had been rumored), where he will face Italian Gianluigi Donnarumma for a few minutes before the World Cup.
Premier League clubs have been the biggest spenders this summer, crossing the $2 billion threshold, with Chelsea, Manchester United and Nottingham Forest (21 signings!) leading the way. Barcelona, after selling off future assets to make it happen, went through an extreme metamorphosis and was active until the very end.
Here are the biggest and most notable moves to cross the finish line as the transfer window closes and players – barring free agents – are locked in their pitches until after the World Cup 2022 in November and December.
LAST COMPLETED MOVEMENTS TO NOTE
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Barcelona to Chelsea)
The Gabon striker is set to reunite with former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel as he joins the summer makeover at Chelsea. After playing at Arsenal, Aubameyang is heading to blue side London in a deal that cost Chelsea $11.5million. In a separate deal, following the termination of his contract with Chelsea, left-back Marcos Alonso will travel to Barcelona, where he will reconnect with former Chelsea team-mate and Barca summer signing Andreas Christiansen.
Denis Zakaria (on loan from Juventus to Chelsea)
Chelsea scored a double in the death of the transfer window by strengthening their hobbled midfield with the Swiss international, who arrived in Turin only in January. His loan comes with a purchase option of $34.6 million.
Arthur Melo (on loan from Juventus to Liverpool)
Injuries to Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcântara and Naby Keïta this season have forced Liverpool to look for midfield reinforcement, and they have found it in the form of the Brazilian, who will move to Anfield for the rest of the season. The deal comes with a $37.5 million purchase option, according to Juventus’ announcement.
John Brooks (Benfica)
Brooks, the USA defender desperate for a way back into the national team in time for the World Cup, has been out of contract since his contract from Wolfsburg expired in June, and he’s heading to the Portuguese powerhouse, who are in a Champions League group with PSG, Juventus and Maccabi Haifa. He will have a chance to feature alongside Argentinian veteran Nicolas Otamendi if he manages to come out on top. His contract runs until the end of the season.
Sergiño Dest (On loan from Barcelona to AC Milan)
The USMNT right-back has his salvation as it has been made clear that he won’t see the pitch under Xavi. With Alessandro Florenzi out injured, Dest could potentially fit in quite well at reigning Serie A champions Milan. The move comes with a $20 million option to buy at the end of the season.
Héctor Bellerin (Barcelona)
Barcelona have signed their former youth product, who spent last season on loan at Real Betis and had his contract with Arsenal terminated before securing his return to Camp Nou. With Dest left for Milan, Bellerin joins Barca on a one-year deal to fill the void at right-back, with Arsenal reportedly receiving 25% of any future sales.
Justin Kluivert (on loan from Roma to Valencia)
The Dutch winger and son of former great Patrick Kluivert is leaving Roma for Valencia for the season after derailing a move to Fulham due to a failure to secure a UK work permit. The move comes with an option to purchase.
Martin Braithwaite (Espnayol)
After Barcelona terminated the Danish striker’s contract, he is moving across town to Espanyol on a free transfer. He scored 10 goals in 58 appearances for Barcelona after being signed as an emergency transfer from Leganés in 2020.
Leander Dendoncker (Wolves at Aston Villa)
Aston Villa have made a move for the 27-year-old Belgian as manager Steven Gerrard looks to strengthen their midfield. Dendoncker, who joins Villa for £13million, is a versatile midfielder who can also play as a centre-back and has recorded 159 appearances for Wolves over five seasons.
Carlos Soler (Valencia to PSG)
PSG have completed a drastic midfield overhaul with a late transfer of the midfielder from Valencia for €20m. Following the loan departures of Julian Draxler and Idrissa Gueye, the 25-year-old joins Fabián Ruiz in PSG’s new midfield after making 226 appearances for Valencia in seven seasons.
Julian Draxler (on loan from PSG to Benfica)
In what appears to be quite a move for Benfica, the German star will travel to Portugal on loan for the rest of the season. The 2014 World Cup winner has spent the last six seasons at PSG, registering 26 goals in 198 appearances.
Martin Dúbravka (on loan from Newcastle to Manchester United)
After being rendered surplus to requirements. at Newcastle after signing Nick Pope, the Slovakia international is heading to Old Trafford on a season-long loan with an option to make the move permanent. Dúbravka made 130 appearances in all competitions for Newcastle in four and a half seasons.
The Brazilian winger is back in London, but this time with Fulham. After spending seven years at Chelsea and one at Arsenal, Willian spent last season in Brazil with Corinthians. As a free agent, he had been training with the Cottagers for the past two weeks before signing a contract until the end of the year.
Idrissa Gana Gueye (PSG to Everton)
The central midfielder is back at Goodison Park after three seasons in the French capital. Everton have confirmed the Senegal international has signed a two-year deal to return after leaving a £30m deal in 2019. He is believed to have joined on an £8m deal.
Abdou Diallo (on loan from PSG to RB Leipzig)
PSG defender Abdou Diallo is on the move with a confirmed loan deal at RB Leipzig. The Senegalese defender made 75 appearances in three seasons with the French giants.
Layvin Kurzawa (on loan from PSG to Fulham)
The west London side have confirmed the signing of the left-back on loan for the rest of the season, while hinting at further moves to come ahead of the transfer deadline. The 29-year-old spent seven seasons with the French giants, making 153 appearances, but only appeared once for PSG last season.
Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City)
Man City have signed the Swiss center to a four-year deal in a deal worth $17.5million. The 27-year-old defender made 158 appearances in four and a half seasons with Dortmund after arriving from Basel. He is the sixth signing of the summer for the Premier League champions.
Lucas Ocampos (on loan from Sevilla to Ajax)
The Argentine winger is swapping one Champions League club for another, filling the void left by Manchester United-linked Antony at Ajax, at least for the rest of the season. The 28-year-old’s loan comes with an option to buy.
Leandro Paredes (on loan from PSG to Juventus)
With PSG loaded into their midfield, there was no room for Paredes, who heads to Juve on loan for the season. He is the second PSG player to join Juventus this summer, following the free transfer of Ángel Di María.
Saša Kalajdžić (Stuttgart with Wolves)
The 6’7″ Austrian striker completed a $17.4million transfer to the Premier League, signing a five-year contract with them. He scored 22 goals in his last two seasons in the Bundesliga, including a career high of 16 in 2020-21.
25 MOST EXPENSIVE MOVEMENTS OF THE SUMMER
(All values obtained via media and converted to USD)
1. Antony (Ajax to Manchester United for $95m)
2. Wesley Fofana (From Leicester City to Chelsea for $87 million)
3. Aurelién Tchouaméni (Monaco to Real Madrid for $80m)
4. Darwin Núñez (Benfica to Liverpool for $78.9 million)
5. Marc Cucurella (from Brighton to Chelsea for $74.7 million)
6. Richarlison (Everton to Tottenham for $72.6 million)
7. Alexander Isak (Real Sociedad to Newcastle for $70m)
8. Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus to Bayern Munich for $68.6 million)
9. Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City for $63m)
10. Casemiro (Real Madrid to Manchester United for $60m)
11. Lucas Paquetá (Lyon to West Ham for $60 million)
12. Raphinha (Leeds United to Barcelona for $58.2 million)
13. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City to Chelsea for $57 million)
14. Lisandro Martínez (Ajax to Manchester United for $55m)
15. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City to Arsenal for $54 million)
16. Jules Koundé (Sevilla to Barcelona for $50m)
17. Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United to Manchester City for $48m)
18. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich to Barcelona for $45 million)
19. Matheus Nunes (Sporting CP to Wolverhampton for $45m)
20. Sadio Mané (Liverpool to Bayern Munich for $41 million)
21. Bremer (Turin to Juventus for $41 million)
22. Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli to Chelsea for $40 million)
23. Vitinha (Porto to PSG for $40m)
24. Sven Botman (Lille to Newcastle for $37 million)
25. Gianluca Scamacca (Sassuolo to West Ham for $36.6 million)
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