Hello and good morning sports fans, it’s me Ayyaz Malik aka The Sports Buff and I am here to talk about sports, and in particular football, European football.
For those of you who do listen and watch them, I do have my show on European football called Euro Zone where we review the results across the continent, that week.
Here though ladies and gents, we will be taking a look at the big transfers to have happened this summer. The headline transfers that have caught our eye are the Kylian Mbppe resigning for PSG and the £85 million (approximately) signing of Aurelien Ttchouameni.
Los Blancos needed a player in the mould of their Croatian maestro Modric and just maybe they have got him in the form of the former Monaco ace Ttchouameni. The other part of the team that needs serious attention is up front of course. Yes, the 34-year old Karim Benzema is getting better with age, but the ex Lyon will need replacing sooner rather than later, every player one day will have to retire.
I am sure the 14-time Champions League winners are aware of this, but since their high profiled failure of signing Mbappe, Real have kept their cards to their chest as to who will they will be looking to sign to eventually replace Benzema.
Rafa Leao of AC Milan has been mooted as a possible alternative. Talking of the Rossaneri who are under new ownership, they have managed to secure the signing of Liverpool forward Dicock Origi.
The Serie A winners were in a transfer battle with Premier League side Leeds for the signing of Belgian starlet Charles De Ketelaere who plays for Club Brugge. Milan would win the transfer battle signing the 21-year old for a fee in the region of £29 million.
There has been talk of three signings coming to the San Siro, Paulo Dybala isn’t one of them as the Argentine forward has agreed to join Roma who have also signed Zeki Cellik from Lille amongst their other summer recruits.
Cross-city rivals Inter who were champions two seasons ago have made some signings of their own in the form of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Roma and the re-signing of Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea.
The Neazzuri have also made the smart signing of Andre Onana from Ajax. Onana who was once on the books of Barcelona is arguably the man to replace Samir Handanovic who is coming towards the end of a stellar career.
Inter’s fierce rivals Juventus, who sold Matthijs de Ligt to Bayern Munich, have moved to swiftly replace him by signing Torino defender Gleison Bremer, who was in talks to join Inter Milan.
Bremer who joined the Turin outfit from Atletico Mineiro has taken to Serie A like a duck has to water and will go a long way to filling the de Ligt shaped void in The Old Lady defence.
Taking a look at Germany and Bayern Munich have been active in this window, they’ve had to be. Stalwart and star striker Robert Lewandowski has left The Bavarians to join Barcelona, but Bayern have signed Sadio Mane from Liverpool to cushion such a blow.
As mentioned earlier, Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt has also joined The Allianz Arena. Bayern Munich’s rivals Borussia Dortmund, who sold Erling Haaland to Manchester City, signed Ajax forward Sebsatien Haller as a replacement, but in a cruel turn of events the Ivorian will be out of action due to a testicular tumour. Get well soon Seb!
To arguably leave the best till last now. Barcelona, the five-time European champions and the once richest club in the world, who since Covid have had crippling debts, have gone on somewhat of a spending spree since.
Raphina, Lewandowski, Frank Kessie and Andreas Christensen have been signed, but Frenkie De Jong a player who The Catalans want off their books, is at a stand-off with the club over wages he deferred during Covid (as per several reports).
These are the high profile transfers completed across the continent, but is there any that I missed? Do let us know in the comments.
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