By Sourojeet Datta: The Coronavirus pandemic may have stopped the world dead in the tracks, but not the transfer window. The football fans got to see some of the craziest transfers ever made and that many of them at a much lower price. Here we take a look at ranking the 7 best transfers this summer.
The lockdown, empty stadiums, and other factors led to severe losses for the clubs around the world and that meant they had less to spend on transfers this year. The highest transfer fee we saw was from the super spending Chelsea, who spent $85m to get Kia Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.
Now let’s see the 7 best transfers
7) Thomas Partey
Club- Atletico Madrid to Arsenal
After spending 10 years within Madrid the, 27 years old Ghanaian finally got a new challenge. He was an important part of the team for Atletico, but probably not most needed, and Arsenal used his release clause of $60m to get him on the final day of the window.
Thomas Partey will bring much composure and physical dominance to Arsenal’s defence. Also, his defensive game will be an extra benefit for the Gunners.
6) Arturo Vidal
Club-Barcelona to Inter Milan
Though Vidal’s transfer may not seem interesting, it will be an extremely good one for Inter. Arturo Vidal experience along with his physicality and winning mentality will have a pragmatic approach in the team. Also, his partnership with Radja Nainggolan and Marcelo Brozovic will be a captivating affair to watch in Europe.
5) Hakim Ziyech
Club- Ajax to Chelsea
After spending 8 years in the Netherlands, Hakim Ziyech now has the English adventure ahead of him. Hakim is extremely creative with his precise long-range passing, incredible dribbles, and a powerful, but accurate shot.
Though the other big names in Chelsea may be getting all the headlines, it will always remain on him to deliver.
4) James Rodriguez
Club- Real Madrid to Everton
4 matches, 4 Man of the Match awards, what else has to be said. James Rodriguez has a long re-discovered in-game form. The Columbian was originally signed by Carlo Ancelotti when he was manager of Real Madrid, he never actually could replace his 2014 World Cup heroics. And now under Carlo Ancelotti again, James has got back his game.
He is a precise and productive player with an all-around impact on the team. He will obviously be a force in the Premier League this season.
3) Luis Suarez
Club Barcelona to Atletico Madrid
Fee-$7m (free transfer but $7m to be paid in variables)
The fifth highest goal scorer among all active players and Barcelona’s third-highest goalscorer now has a different challenge for himself. Luis Suarez has joined the Atletico Madrid and everyone is interested in his partnership with Diego Costa and Joao Felix.
The red and whites have been waiting for a trophy since their Europa League in 2017. Suarez can be looking to break this drought and possibly bring home even the La Liga title, which the club has been wanting since 2014.
2) Leroy Sane
Club- Manchester City to Bayern Munich
Obviously, the most mouth-watering deal in Germany was Leroy Sane. With the pace and cheeky dribbles, Sane is the perfect winger for Bayern. Him joining the German outfit, he has been one of the most discussed topics. Especially intersecting his partnership with Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski.
With the only 2 injury-free seasons that he had with Manchester City, Sane managed 90 appearances scoring 30 goals and creating 37 for others. Now at Bayern, his numbers are set to sky-rocket.
Club- Bayern Munich to Liverpool
The best transfer of the summer has to go to Thiago Alcântara joining Liverpool? A classic product of Barcelona’s Youth Academy, he had 7 wonderful years with the Bavarians. He is undoubtedly one of the best passers in the game. With amazing ball-control, nicely timed dribbles, and a master’s touch he will the biggest asset for the Reds.
Along with Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, and Milner at his side, Thiago can make history will Liverpool.
In fact, what Wayne Rooney said about Thiago perfectly sums up how important this man is going to be “So I do think it is between City and Liverpool. And if Liverpool gets Thiago from Bayern Munich, I think it is done”, ”That is a better signing than if Messi went to Man City.