The recently-concluded transfer window has been deemed as the difficult one in history due to the COVID pandemic, but that doesn’t stop Europe’s big clubs from splurging on new signings.
Here we take a look at some of the top-rated signings of the summer transfer window.
Although Thiago is not expensive of all, his transfer was a highly anticipated one. Liverpool managed to sign the midfield maestro for what looks like a bargain fee of 20m pounds. The 29-year-old is currently at the peak of his powers and will be instrumental to the Reds’ title defence this season.
James Rodriguez’s transfer to Everton from Real Madrid, has been branded as ‘steal of the century’, as the Colombian under Carlo Ancelotti, is in perhaps the career-best form. Everton picked four back-to-back victories, and James picked four successive ‘Man of the Match’ award to put Everton at the top of Premier League table.
Partey stole the headlines after Arsenal signed him on the deadline day, triggering his 45m pounds release clause. And many consider it as overdue for Partey to make his move to the Premier League following his successful stint at Atletico Madrid.
Havertz was one of the best signings that happened in the transfer window not only for his transfer fee but also for being one of the exciting young talents in Europe. Chelsea were steadfast in their pursuit of the German youngster and finally made him the club’s second-most expensive signing in history.
Next up is Havert’z team-mate Timo Werner, who Chelsea signed amidst the competition from Liverpool. Following another stellar season at Leipzig, there were high speculations regarding his next destination. While everyone thought Anfield would be his next stop, Chelsea did the unexpected.
Osimhen had been strongly linked with a host of Premier League’s top clubs, but it was Napoli who signed him in the end. The Partenopei raised everyone’s eyebrows by signing the Nigerian striker for 70m euros.
All the eyes were laid on Hakim Ziyech when Chelsea announced his signing earlier this year. The Morrocan star has been one of the coveted stars in Europe following his string of successful seasons at Ajax. Ziyech marked the first of many of Chelsea’s many high-profile signings in the summer.
Juventus announced the signing of Federico Chiesa from Fiorentina on the deadline day. The highly-rated Italian forward has been signed with loan status for two seasons, with Juve agreeing to a purchase option of 50m euros. While being a regular for Roberto Mancini’s Italian side, Chiesa had excelled at Fiorentina for the past few seasons.
Not all the free transfers would create such excitement unless his name is Thiago Silva. Having spent almost a decade with PSG, the Brazilian parted ways with them after the Champions League final defeat against Bayern Munich. Chelsea were quick enough to persuade him to the Stamford Bridge.
Cavani is another free agent who has amassed greater expectations following his move to Manchester United on the deadline day. Although he hasn’t enjoyed much football in the past few months, the Uruguayan is one of the best strikers of his generation.
Manchester City’s final addition to their summer transfer spree was Ruben Dias. City have signed Dias from Benfica for a fee above 60m euros. Dias has been cited by Citizens as the successor to the club legend Vincent Kompany.