Several stars and youngsters moved clubs this time around.

Plenty of unexpected moves happened during the recently-concluded summer transfer window. Many players switched sides in search of opportunities to present a credible case for themselves ahead of the FIFA World Cup. It is tough to understand which sides made the best out of their transfer policies, so here are the top 10 best transfers of the summer transfer window.

10. Aurélien Tchouameni

La Liga champions Real Madrid had very little to operate in the market as they had already proven their credibility by winning yet another Champions League title. However, a young promising prospect like Aurélien Tchouameni was too good to pass because the only thing that Real Madrid was likely to suffer was from an ageing squad. The defensive midfielder arrived from Ligue 1 side Monaco for a hefty amount of £72m. After Casemiro left unexpectedly, Tchouameni’s duties to deliver for Carlo Ancelotti increased several folds. It will be interesting to see how he fares against bigger challenges.

9. Wesley Fofana

Chelsea had to fill their defensive spots after their options got depleted ahead of the new season. Thomas Tuchel had to a lot of cash to splash, credits to their new owner. So, it made perfect sense for the Blues to go after a Premier League-proven defender such as Wesley Fofana – who has done remarkably well to acclimatize to the tenacious English style at such a tender age. The French defender had signed for Leicester City till 2027, and thus, Chelsea had to pay an exorbitant fee to acquire him. With £72.36m, the London-based side got what they wanted, making Fofana the costliest defender of this summer window.

8. Robert Lewandowski

Lewandowski joined Barcelona from Bayern Munich (Courtesy: Barcelona)

Barcelona could not linger to jeopardize their popularity by being uncompetitive anymore. Sure the finances were a problem, but the way club president Joan Laporta tackled things, it sure seems the setbacks were anything but unsolvable. It turned a lot of heads when they managed to coup in upon one of the most lethal finishers in Europe, Robert Lewandowski. The Culers paid £40.5m to Bayern Munich, as they couldn’t reach an agreement with their star. The Poland international, alongside others, offers a boost for Xavi’s side to be competitive again.

7. Lisandro Martínez

Erik ten Hag wasn’t going to continue with error-prone options in Manchester United‘s fragile backline, so he pushed the outfit to get him a proper player who has served under him at Ajax. Lisandro Martínez arrived at the club for £51.63m and was instantly doubted for his capabilities because he had a shorter frame than an average Premier League center-back. The scrutiny by the British media was harsh, but it took the Argentine no time to hit back at critics wit his outstanding performances. Establishing himself as a guaranteed starter, Martínez has helped the team string vital victories.

6. Timo Werner

A move that worked for every party involved. Timo Werner went back to his roots and failing to succeed at Stamford Bridge. RB Leipzig pounced on the opportunity to get their guaranteed goalscorer back after two seasons for £18m. Chelsea had paid them £47.70m for getting Werner earlier. Since joining Leipzig in his second spell, the 26-year-old has scored four goals in four games. It is definitely a clever deal from the people at Leipzig.

5. Sadio Mané

The German champions needed to make a big signing as their guaranteed Polish goalscorer departed. Bayern Munich reached an agreement to convince the Liverpool winger Sadio Mané to join them in their venture of continued dominance. The Senegal international has won everything there is to win on English soil. He needed a new challenge. Leaving Anfield for the Allianz Arena was an easy decision for the 30-year-old. The Bavarians had to pay only £28.8m for the AFCON winner, who has made an instant impact scoring three goals in four appearances for the club.

4. Alexander Isak

The nouveau riche status of Newcastle United showcased its capacity as the Toons brought in another attacking option from La Liga. Real Sociedad agreed to let their center-forward Alexander Isak leave for £63m. The Sweden international had played 132 games for Sociedad, scoring 44 goals. Eddie Howe desperately needed a prolific forward to support Callum Wilson and Chris Wood. Isak managed to score on his debut, proving that he’s a good fit for the job.

3. Gabriel Jesus

Jesus has recorded 3 goals and 3 assists in his first 5 games for Arsenal (Courtesy: Arsenal)

Despite not having a proper striker, Manchester City were still using Gabriel Jesus only as a backup. It showed that Pep Guardiola did not fancy the Brazil international as his go-to option. The 25-year-old needed to go somewhere where he would find regular playing time. Arsenal convinced the man to join them in their project, and Jesus accepted a £46.98m move to leave the Premier League champions. With five games in an Arsenal shirt, Jesus has delivered three goals and three assists to extend the outfit’s stay at the top of the table.

2. Paulo Dybala

Roma brought plenty of players in during this window, but none better than Paulo Dybala (for free). It is too good to be true, but the Conference League champions plucked the Argentine attacker after his contract ran its course at Juventus. Dybala has a lot to offer under José Mourinho. The 28-year-old has played in Serie A for the longest part of his career. He has scored 136 goals in 386 games for Juventus and Palermo combined. After joining the Yellow and Reds, he has found his name on the scoresheet twice in just four games. Not bad for someone who came for free!

1. Erling Haaland

By far, the best bang for buck deal was done by Manchester City to snatch Erling Haaland. With just £54m, City secured a player performing in doubles and triples. The Norway international was always a safe and secure bet, but Haaland was only motivated to join the side in which his father once played. The added incentive of playing under a genius like Pep Guardiola was enough to guarantee the 22-year-old’s signature. With only six appearances for the Citizens, Haaland has created new records and is chasing a few. He has started with a bang, setting the Premier League on fire by already scoring nine times.

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