Mercato: Top 10 summer transfers
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Mercato: Top 10 summer transfers

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It’s time to evaluate. Since 1 September 11pm, the summer transfer window for 2022 has been closed in the majority of countries, although it is still in full swing in some places. As is often the case, the transfer market has had its share of surprises and big transfers, especially on the Old Continent and in the top five European leagues. Focus on the top 10 summer transfers, which, combined, yield a modest €778.8 million (excluding bonuses).

Manchester United holds the palm of the hand in the standings this summer. The Red Devils paid €95m (+€5m bonus) to convince Ajax Amsterdam to part with their talented Brazilian striker Anthony (22). The Sao Paulo native, who was recruited in 2020 by Lancer for €15.75 million, has allowed Ajax to make good capital gains in this transfer that has become the most expensive in Eredivisie history. It’s hard not to leave the Premier League. Wesley Fofana (21), who was sold by Leicester for €80.5 million to Chelsea, is second in this ranking. Great progress for the French defender trained at Saint-Etienne.

Two Frenchmen on the podium

Certainly, the French have the classification. Bought for €80m (with bonuses that could increase the process to €100m) from AS Monaco, 22-year-old Aurélien Tchouameni has completed the podium and is a bit more assertive that he truly embodies the future of the Blues in midfield. Behind the former Bordlay and then comes Darwin Nunez (23), the Uruguayan striker who was recruited by Liverpool from Benfica for a check of 75 million euros. A huge investment aimed at making people forget Sadio Mane, who went to Bayern Munich. The top five ends with Casemiro (30), for whom Manchester United was bragging (70 million euros paid to Real Madrid).

Clearly frustrated after failing on several tracks this summer, Newcastle did not hesitate to part with €70m in favor of Alexander Isaacs (22). A choice considered madness or panic buying for some. The Swede, now a former Real Sociedad scorer, will be keen to prove that Newcastle made the right decision. Another big transfer, Matthias de Ligt (23) transferred from Juventus to Bayern Munich (67 million euros). A chance for the Dutchman to recall why Vecchia Signora invested 85.5 million euros in him in 2019.

The English Premier League, the queen of the transfer window

For once, the last three most expensive moves on the market are related to English. Chelsea, who had a spending spree under new owner Todd Boyle, cemented their left lane with Marc Cucurella (24), selling for €65.3m after just one good season in the Premier League with Brighton. Manchester City’s new star Erling Haaland (22) earned him ‘only’ €60m at Borussia Dortmund due to his release clause paid by Citizens. Given his impressive start in England (9 goals in 5 matches), he’s a cheap price.

There are two types of transfer to close this arrangement. Thus Richarlison (25), for whom Tottenham put 58 million euros on the table to snatch it from the clutches of Everton, and Ravenha (25), bought for the same amount by Barcelona in Leeds. Lucas Paqueta (25), who was sold by OL to West Ham for €61.630 million, including €18.680 million in bonuses distributed over the player’s 5-year contract, cannot be included in the top 10. The average age of this arrangement does not exceed 23.5 years. Evidence that clubs generally tend to spend on future players. The Premier League confirms its dominance in numbers (8 English buyers out of 11, 573.8 million euros spent).

The 10 most expensive transfers of the summer

  • AnthonyFrom Ajax to Manchester United vs. 95 million euros

  • Wesley FofanaFrom Leicester to Chelsea vs. 80.5 million euros

  • Aurelien Chuaminifrom Monaco to Real Madrid vs. 80 million euros

  • Darwin NunezFrom Benfica to Liverpool vs. 75 million euros

  • CasemiroFrom Real Madrid to Manchester United vs. 70 million euros

  • Alexander IsaacFrom Real Sociedad to Newcastle 70 million euros

  • Matisse de LigtFrom Juventus to Bayern Munich vs. 67 million euros

  • Mark CucurellaFrom Brighton to Chelsea vs. 65.3 million euros

  • Erling HaalandFrom Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City vs. 60 million euros

  • RicharlisonFrom Everton to Tottenham 58 million euros / RavenhaFrom Leeds to Barcelona for 58 million euros

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