Apart from the latest football news of Lionel Messi leaving Barca and Cristiano Ronaldo returning to the Red Devils, this summer also saw a whole host of signings and transfers that were slightly overshadowed by the aforementioned mega transfers. From Serie A to the English Premier League (EPL) to your fantasy premier league, here are some of the best summer transfer signings of the season for the most beautiful game.
Tammy Abraham From Chelsea To Roma
Coming in at a humble transfer fee of €40m, this transfer was one of the biggest deals completed in the Serie A league this summer. And it could even potentially be one of the most influential transfers in the history of the league.
While it is still far too early to judge if the massive investment in Tammy Abraham will pay dividends for Roma, his pace, selflessness, and awareness on the field are already looking to add another layer to the seventh-placing (last season) football club in Serie A.
It was said that the 23-year-old Londoner was initially hesitant in moving to the Stadio Olimpico, but ultimately, he decided to make the move as there was clearly potential for exponential growth here under the tutelage of one Jose Mourinho.
Admittedly, the price tag that came with the unproven striker is a hefty one that raised some eyebrows, especially in a league fraught with financial uncertainties due to the pandemic. Though Abraham has already shown early signs of promise with one goal and two assists in the first two matches for the Giallorossi.Discussions around a Scudetto challenge may feel premature at this point in time, but the English centre-forward may have it in him to at least challenge for a top-four tilt — which could represent an excellent return on investment for Roma.
David Alaba From Bayern Munich To Real Madrid
When Bayern Munich refused to match David Alaba’s perceived exorbitant wage demands, Real Madrid was more than happy to pick up the phone to offer a move for the Austrian international player on a free transfer deal.
Of course, Los Blancos have been on a mission to cut costs over the past two transfer windows due to the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. But it’s easy to see why the club was keen on taking in Alaba.
First and foremost, they had to address the massive void left in their defensive lineup after the departure of former captain Sergio Ramos. Alaba would easily be able to play this role as well as a variety of other positions on the field.
Secondly, the 29-year-old was available on a free transfer and Madrid determined that it was a deal that was worth taking on as the world-class performer still had a lot left to offer at the very highest level.
Lionel Messi From Barcelona To Paris Saint-Germain
No one thought this day would ever come — the move that would turn the entire football world on its head.
Lionel Messi was a Barcelona faithful through and through. He was all set to re-sign with the Catalan club when it emerged that the financially troubled club was not in a position to make the offer due to La Liga salary regulations.
One tearful goodbye later, the Argentine megastar was swiftly signed on a free transfer deal for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), who now boasts one of the most fearsome offensive forwards the game has ever seen.
And while Messi may be in the latter years of his career at 34, the phenom still remains a world-class player as he once again claimed both the Golden Ball and the Golden Boot after Argentina’s Copa America triumph back in July.
Losing arguably one of the greats for nothing is quite literally a blow for Barcelona, but it’s an incredible opportunity for PSG — who must now be supremely confident in winning its first Champions League given they have already bolstered their roster with Sergio Ramos, Gini Wijnaldum, and Gigi Donnarumma on free transfers.
Cristiano Ronaldo From Juventus to Manchester United
Speaking of all-time greats, Cristiano Ronaldo has and always will be Messi’s greatest rival in the race to be declared the greatest player in the modern era. And Ronaldo’s recent return to Old Trafford understandably sent the club’s supporters into a frenzied tizzy.
While the 36-year-old Portuguese superstar may need an attacking lineup to be constructed around him these days, it’s his knack for scoring goals that have fans excited for the Red Devils. Wherever Ronaldo plays, goals are guaranteed, making his £20 million transfer fee look like a bargain.
Raphael Varane From Real Madrid to Manchester United
While we’re still on the topic of Old Trafford, it certainly does say a lot about the EPL’s transfer market that Arsenal had to pay £50m for Ben White (who has capped England twice), whereas Man U was able to sign Real Madrid’s World Cup-winner, Raphael Varane for a cool £10m less. The English football club’s investment did pay off as Varane made an impressive debut at Wolves, dominating in both defence and also offence as he teed up the match-winner for Mason Greenwood. The Frenchman may have suffered a slight dip in performance after Russia in 2018, but the four-time Champions League winner still remains one of the best centre-halves in any football league in the world.
Ilaix Moriba From Barcelona To RB Leipzig
Barcelona’s recent financial woes have certainly not been helped by many of their players refusing to extend their contracts with the Nou Camp — one player that comes to mind is Ilaix Moriba.In that sense, Moriba’s €16m (which could rise up to €22m with bonuses) fee is definitely not a bad deal for Bundesliga club, RB Leipzig, who are also entitled to a 10% share of any future transfers.Though there is no doubt that Barcelona would have clearly loved to have held on to one of the most exciting prospects to come out of La Masia in recent memory. The teenager could very well develop into a top-level midfielder at RB Leipzig, a club known for nurturing younger talent.