The 2021/22 summer football transfer window has been a roller coaster ride. The unimaginable unfolded before our eyes and we witnessed some of the best transfers. Legends of the game like Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos switched clubs for the first time. On the other hand, young prospects moved for astonishing amounts.
Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many teams to cut back on their expenses, the summer transfer window of 2021-22 saw some of the clubs break their banks to get their desired player. SportzPoint takes you through the top 10 best transfers of the summer window.
Real Madrid pulled off one of the best transfers on the deadline day. They signed the impressive young talent, Eduardo Camavinga from Rennes for €31.00m plus add ons. Failing to sign Mbappe this summer resulted in a disappointment for the Los Blancos. However, they now signed another French youngster who is expected to be the next big thing in European football.
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One of the most talked-about midfielders at the moment, Rodrigo De Paul impressed everyone with his performance for Argentina during the Copa America 2021. His domination in the midfield is one of the main reasons that Atletico Madrid decided to sign him from Udinese Calcio for a whooping €35.00m. He played a crucial part in Argentina's Copa America success and will look to contribute the same way for the current Laliga champions.
David Alaba has been one of the pillars in FC Bayern's defence for nearly 10 years. However, this season the club and Alaba decided not to renew the contract. Hence, Real Madrid got the ever experienced defender for free. His market value at the time was €55.00m and signing him for free is a bargain for any club. He has impressed so far in the backlines for Real Madrid and will hope to continue his form.
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Achraf Hakimi is one of the best right-backs in football at the moment. He performed for Borussia Dortmund during his loan period from Real Madrid. Subsequently, he joined Inter and played a very crucial role in their Serie A title triumph. However, Inter couldn't hold onto this young talent as PSG bagged the young sensation for €60.00m. He will be playing with the likes of Messi, Ramos, Di Maria and many more and is expected to deliver to his full potential.
Arguably one of the best players on the planet, Cristiano Ronaldo shook the football transfer window after he made a dramatic return to his former club. The English giants' Manchester United signed the 36-year-old Portuguese from Juventus for €20m. Although Manchester City seemed the most likely destination for the forward; United put in a last-minute bid to ensure that Ronaldo doesn't join their rivals.
Manchester United are now looking stronger than ever with Varane, Maguire in the backlines; a combo of Bruno, Pogba, Ronaldo and Sancho upfront. However, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are equally strong if not more to win the Premier League title.
Romelo Lukaku made a Chelsea return after an excellent season with Inter Milan. Nobody ever expected Inter Milan to let go Lukaku after the season he had in Italy. The Belgian had an excellent run with Inter winning the Serie A and scoring 28 goals across all competitions.
Although he crashed out of the quarter-finals from the Euro, he had an outstanding season and is one of the top contenders for the Ballon d'Or 2021. However, Inter could not say no when they saw the huge offer from Chelsea. Finally, both the parties agreed on €115m making him one of the costliest transfers ever in the Premier League.
PSG made one of the best free transfers of the window when they signed the Euro 2020 player of the tournament from AC Milan as a free agent. Donnarumma has been with Milan for 6 years and this year he refused to renew his contract with the Italian team. PSG made the most out of the situation and got the young and talented goalkeeper for free.
Memphis Depay could be one of the best transfers for FC Barcelona. Coming in for free from French club Lyon, Memphis has found a way to adapt to the Barcelona system. He seems to be the perfect pick for the Spanish giants this season. He has been on the scoresheet for Barcelona and Netherlands very frequently and has been a consistent contributor. Moreover, he links up pretty good with Ronald Koeman which is a bonus for the team.
Lionel Messi to PSG will go down as one of the most disheartening transfer sagas of all time. People could hardly imagine Lionel Messi in any other colours than the Blaugrana. Although there were many reports of Messi's contract renewal with FC Barcelona, no one could have predicted the end. Messi agreed to a 30% pay cut but it wasn't enough to register his contract because they were still in breach of La Liga's salary regulations.
Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona after playing for 17 years in the first team to join PSG has to be the craziest transfer in the summer football transfer window so far. However, Messi has joined a star-packed team and is the most likely team to win the UEFA Champions League.
Raphael Varane is probably the best bargain this summer. Manchester United signed the World Cup-winning defender from Real Madrid for just €40.00m. It is a bargain considering he is 28-years old and with a ton of experience, he will bring a lot to the United backline. Now reunited with his former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, he will make sure Manchester United finish this season on a high, bagging couple of trophies on the way if possible.