Weekly European Transfer Round-Up
Written by: Uttiyo Sarkar
As the football season draws closer some of the biggest transfers went down in this exciting week in the transfer window...
The summer transfer window is moving into overdrive as teams pile up on their arsenal with a few weeks to go before the season properly kicks-off. Things are getting really heated in the Premier League and Serie A as a phase of rebuilding is taking place among teams right now and this past week also made for some really interesting and shocking transfers in Europe.
The most shocking news of the transfer season came from Italy where things took an unexpected turn at the top when AC Milan agreed on a deal to sign Juventus' star defender Leonardo Bonucci for €40m. This stunning move proves Milan's ambitions for the next season as the Rossoneri also announced the signature of Argentine midfielder Lucas Biglia from Lazio for a reported fee of around €20m which was their 9th transfer of the season already.
Meanwhile, also in Italy, Juventus completed the signature of winger Douglas Costa from Bayern Munich on a loan of €6m with an obligation to buy him for €40m next season. Inter Milan also bolstered their midfield by signing Borja Valero from Fiorentina for €5.5m while striker Alessandro Cerci was signed up by Chievo Verona for a free.
There were some big movers in the Premier League as well as Manchester City snapped up England right-back Kyle Walker from Tottenham Hotspur for a record fee of €51m to strengthen their struggling defence. The Citizens also signed promising Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz for around £10 million in a rather surprising move while failing winger Nolito is also poised for a move back to Sevilla for around €9m.
Meanwhile, Premier League champions Chelsea recovered from their Romelu Lukaku nightmare by finally completing the signing of midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko for a reported fee of £40m from Monaco and this could see midfielder Nemanja Matic leave the Blues. The Blues also had some departures as they sold Nathaniel Chalobah for around £5.7m to Watford as well as sending out Ruben Loftus-Creek to Crystal Palace on a loan.
La Liga finally got its transfer season properly underway with its top teams making some big moves during the week. Barcelona began by bringing in their reinforcements as they signed Nelson Semedo from Sporting for around €30m to boost their shaky defence. Spanish champions Real Madrid also continued boosting their squad as they signed midfielder Dani Ceballos from Real Betis for around €17m while their city-rivals Atletico Madrid also made an impressive coup by signing prolific winger Vitolo from Sevilla for €36m and sent him to Las Palmas for a half-season loan due to his ineligibility to play for Atleti before January. Real Sociedad also made an impressive signing in Manchester United's Adnan Janujaz for a reported fee of €8.5m.
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The German Bundesliga also saw some big transfers taking place amongst its clubs as champions Bayern Munich stunned many when they announced the coup of Real Madrid star James Rodriguez on a loan with an option to buy in 2019 for around €35m and the German club showed much efficiency in pulling off this marvellous deal.
Also, German goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler returned to his home country as he was signed by Stuttgart for around €4m. Bayern also loaned Serge Gnabry to Hoffenheim for the season, while their rivals Borussia Dortmund parted ways with midfielder Sven Bender who joined Bayer Leverkusen for around €15m.
Published: Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:46 AM IST