Written by Dan Anjos
I look into some of the deals that have been done in Mainland Europe that might have been missed with the likes of the Euro’s taking the spotlight so far this summer. It would be impossible to do every single player that has moved into these leagues. Instead I have opted to focus on some of the bigger clubs or interesting coups by smaller clubs. I have also tried not to include loans that have been made permanent or renewed.
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We start off at the Bundesliga. Bayern Munich snapped up Renato Sanches and Mats Hummels in May but since then have not signed anyone. But those two transfers considering one is a world class defender and the other, the worlds most talented 18 year old. I am sure they will be satisfied if they do not get anything else. They have lost Benatia on loan to Juventus whilst also getting rid of highly promising Pierre Hojbjerg to Souhampton. In the managerial position Pep Guardiola was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, a very good replacement in my eyes.
Over at Dortmund, they have been a bit busier this summer trying to build a team that will once again be able to challenge Bayern all the way to the end. Blaszczykowski returns after a good loan spell at Fiorentina and a good campaign with Poland, will offer them experience and threat from the wing. Two signings which will cause a positive impact despite not being household names are Raphael Guerreiro and Ousmane Dembele.Both coming from the Ligue 1 and were not too expensive. With the first one coming for 12 million euros and the latter 15 million euros. Both of them will set the Bundesliga on fire with Guerreiro looking ready for a step up in quality from Lorient whilst Dembele’s form from last year alone will scare defenders. Whilst closer to home is the return of Mario Gotze, without a doubt this player has talent but will the fans forgive him after moving to Bayern Munich?Schurrle signing offers a front 4 of him,Reus,Auba,Gotze with also Kagawa and Dembele wanting in. Apart from Bayern Munich, Dortmund’s attack now seriously have talent and depth. They have also managed to pick up Emre Mor, Rode, Bartra and Mikel Merino all for reasonable fees. Smart business from Dortmund I think. But on the other hand they have lost 3 key players in Gundogan, Hummels and Mkhitaryan. At Augsburg in the many signings that they have made, I am excited by the fact they offered Takashi Usama another chance, the player was formerly signed by Bayern Munich when he was younger but now at 24 and after another spell in the Asian continent could he light up the Bundesliga the way Munich wanted him to? Bayern Leverkusen did not have problems scoring goals with Chicharito leading the line but they have added Kevin Volland for 20m euros. After scoring a hat trick on his first friendly I am sure the fans will be excited by this signing. Whilst over at Borrusia Mönchengladbach they have dealt with losing Xhaka by signing C.Kramer. For me that is amazing replacement considering how much profit they have made on Xhaka whilst not losing too much quality with Kramer being a German International, at 25 at the peak of his game. He also is familiar with Borussia having played there before. Schalke desperate to improve from last years performance have signed the very promising Breel Embolo for 25m euros. The fee might raise some eyebrows but it is a sign of intent. Having a leaky defence too they have snapped Naldo from Wolfsburg on a free as his contract was ending. Naldo’s experience and talent will hopefully improve their defence. They also needed a Centre Back after losing Matip to liverpool. After finishing last years league with a minus goal difference Wolfsburg needed a good defender and they have that in Jeffrey Bruma. After winning the league with PSV he now embraces a new challenge. Good signing from Wolfsburg when age, talent and experience are considered. Hamburg were able to complete the capture of Alen Halilovic for 5m euros, this for me is a great coup when taken into consideration his age and potential.
We start off at Atletico Madrid , where once again it seems that they have done smart business by signing Nico Gaitan, Diogo Jota and Sime Vrsaljko. Gaitan and Vrsaliko are likely to be on the verge of starters for Atletico despite them having such a strong team. Whilst Jota is more for the future orientated age considering he is still a teenager. Over at Barcelona they have snapped up two french defensive replacements in Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne for 25m euros and 16.5m euros respectively. Their major signing so far is Andre Gomes, the ex valencia player and now European champion was signed for a reported fee of between 40m pounds with potential to rise if some variables are achieved. Time will tell if this player is worth that much outlay. Whilst also buying back former La Masia graduate Denis Suarez for 3.3m euros. With their attack so good it is no surprise that they want to strengthen their defence and those two signings offer quality and also are young players with potential to only get better.
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Real Madrid have opted to finally add another striker to their rankings by signing Morata from Juventus, the previous Real Madrid graduate obviously impressed at Juventus. It will definitely add more competition for the forward places but will he disturb BBC is something that I find hard considering Benzeama’s quality. Betis have surprised fans by signing Antonio Sanabria from Roma on 7.5m euros deal. At the age of 20 and with bags of potential it could be the perfect club for him to find some form and move on to better things whilst also offering Betis something special. Getting 11 goals in 30 games last year shows that there is something there. Celta snapping up Facundo Roncanglia and on a free is good business considering his experience and he will definitely offer cover for their defence. Eibar standout signing is Pedro Leon from Getafe on a free, this is a player that has played for Real Madrid. It will definitely add extra quality to the squad. Espanyol have been busy this summer signing Piatti, Jurado, Roberto, Reyes and Leo Baptistao. All players with great quality, showing a sign of intent to maybe fight for those European places. Granada have been able to attract Jeremie Boga for a year on loan. The highly talented and full of potential Frenchman will have a chance to impress the La Liga fans. Malaga managed to catch Sandro from Barcelona on a free, the young player has featured before for their first team and with a lot of talent, Barcelona might come to regret their decision.
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Real Sociedad offered Juanmi a chance to be prolific again in La Liga for only 5m euros. It’s a reasonable transfer. Seville have signed a lot of talent this summer with eyes to retain the Europa league spot and potentially push up to a champions league spot domestically. They have signed Mattias Kranevitter, Franco Vasquez, Ganso, Pablo Sarabia, Joaquin Correa and Hiroyashe Kiyotake for a total fee of 45m euros. It’s hard to single out one of those players due to the obvious quality they have but Pablo Sarabia for only 1m euros could be bargain of the season in the La Liga. Last year, 31 apps with 7 goals and 6 assists from attacking midfield place for Getafe it is ridiculous to see him move for so little. Valencia’s stand out signing so far is Nani, the now European champion moves for 8.5m euros. 29 years old he is not the youngest but his tournament campaign was great and his experience will be needed to take Valencia to the heights it once embraced.
Starting off with Atlanta, Paloschi signed for 6m euros, despite his poor campaign with Swansea, this is a striker with a goal ratio of roughly of 1:3, for any club it’s good to have a striker with those types of ratios. Bologna picked up the impressive Nagy, the Hungarian had a great euros and for 1.5m euros it is a great deal for Bologna. Empoli managed to pick up the experienced Gilardino and Manuel Pasqual. Genoa sign Lucas Ocampos on loan, this is a player that once was touted to become a world beater, he could still be the difference between a mediocre campaign or one to remember by Genoa.
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Inter have been quiet, signing just Banega and Erkin both on free transfers. Whilst when there is no money spent there is no expectation, the fans will still be waiting for a marquee signing. Banega is a player that will definitely add quality to Inter’s midfield. Over at Juventus has been a different sort of market, picking up Benatia, Pjanic, Dani Alves, Pjaca and Ganz. The first 3 are players of world class stature in the game, Pjanic signing also weakens direct rivals Roma. They are all such good players that I will be surprised if they don’t win the league again and get into the semis of the Champions league. AC Milan have also been quiet, signing Lapadula and Vangioni. Lapadula was prolific in the Serie B last year, but will he be able to step it up for a top Italian team? Napoli at this point are just hoping to keep Higuain but in terms of signings there is two in the form of Giacherinni and Tonelli. Both players with Serie A experience. Roma’s standout signing is Stephan El Shaarawy, a player who has never seemed to hit the quality he once displayed for AC Milan, this could be his last chance to play football for a top team. Over at Udinese, El Arabi is a player they have picked up for free from Granada, this is a player that can cause trouble for defenders.
With many more transfers surely still in the pipeline. I look forward till the transfer deadline to see what happens.
What have been the standout transfers across these three leagues? Let us know in the comments below!
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