TOP Transfer players 2021:
- Leo Messi from Barcellona to PSG
Lionel Messi signs two-year deal – with option for a third – worth £25m per year after tax; the 34-year-old was set to sign a new five-year contract at Barcelona but arrived in Paris on Tuesday to complete PSG deal; Messi: “Everything about the club matches my football ambitions”.
2.Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus to Manchester United
Ronaldo has re-signed for Man United after 12 years away from the club after a shock deal was completed on Friday to bring him in from Juventus.
Ronaldo played for United between 2003-2009 and won three Premier League titles, the UEFA Champions League, the FA Cup and the two League Cups, before leaving for Real Madrid where he would go on to become one of the greatest goalscorers of all-time.
3.Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United
Manchester United is delighted to announce the signing of Jadon Sancho, subject to international clearance, keeping him at the club until June 2026, with an option of a further year.
Sancho, 21, scored 50 goals and registered 64 assists in four seasons with Borussia Dortmund. The England International was part of the squad that reached the final of Euro 2020.
I’ll always be grateful to Dortmund for giving me the opportunity to play first team football, although I always knew that I would return to England one day. The chance to join Manchester United is a dream come true and I just cannot wait to perform in the Premier League. This is a young and exciting squad and I know, together, we can develop into something special to bring the success that the fans deserve. I am looking forward to working with the Manager and his coaching team to further develop my game.”
4. Lukaku from Inter to Chelsea
Romelu Lukaku returns to Chelsea 10 years after he first joined the club; £97.5m signing eclipses the Blues’ previous record purchase of Kai Havertz; Lukaku was the second top scorer in Serie A last season.
5. Giroud from Chelsea to Milan
The fee for Giroud is understood to be around €1m (£855,000), with an extra €1m (£855,000) in bonuses subject to a number of appearances and qualification for the Champions League.
On signing for AC Milan, Giroud said: “My ambition is to win some trophies.
“That’s why I am playing football. I am a competitor and I want to win again and again.”
6. Donnarumma from Milan to PSG
Italy’s Euro 2020 hero and Player of the Tournament Gianluigi Donnarumma signs five-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer; 22-year-old goalkeeper was unable to agree a new contract with AC Milan, who he has represented since the age of 14.
7. Grealish from Aston Villa to Manchester City
Jack Grealish joined Man City from Aston Villa for a British-record transfer fee.
Jack Grealish has opened up about his first days as a Manchester City player following his £100m move from Aston Villa.
8. Aguero from Manchester City to Barcellona
Aguero was signed to appease Messi, who had been previously been denied his wish of seeing Neymar return to the Nou Camp.
But, with his close friend no longer a Barcelona player, he could leave.
The Catalan giants, it’s stated by the publication, will not let the former Manchester City star depart the club on a free transfer.
9. De Paul from Udinese to Atletico Madrid
Rodrigo De Paul’s fit in Atlético Madrid’s midfield
The Argentine immediately improves Atlético and solves a long-standing creativity problem.
Club football was put on the back-burner during a summer of few jaw-dropping transfers — and with the Euros, Copa América and the Olympic Games all in play. But that didn’t stop Atletico Madrid from doubling-down on their expansion into possession-based football, as the club has signed Rodrigo De Paul, a seemingly perfect fit for Diego Simeone’s evolving philosophy.
De Paul scored nine goals and provided nine assists at Udinese last season, has experience in LaLiga and just recently won the Copa América with Argentina. At 27, he is in the prime of his career.
“The squad has welcomed me with open arms,” De Paul said on Tuesday. “I’m really happy and trying to adapt and get used to the team.
“I’m convinced internal competition will make all of us better. I’m here to compete and to help the team.”
10. Edin Dzeko from Roma to Inter
The annual rite of summer passage, an Edin Dzeko to Inter Milan rumor, seems like it’s picking up actual steam in 2021.
As much as we tried to ignore yesterday’s Edin Dzeko to Inter rumors—a story that appeared and reappeared more times than we care to remember over the past three years—the updates simply became too consequential to ignore. Late last night, we outlined the chain reaction set off Chelsea’s impending €115 million purchase of Inter striker Romelu Lukaku, one that quickly pulled Edin Dzeko into its orbit.
According to Saturday’s reports, Inter will look to reinvest a portion of that windfall back into their squad, signing a new full-back and two new strikers, one of whom, it appears, is Edin Dzeko; a deal that may already be done in principle.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Dzeko has already agreed to a two-year deal with Inter. Of course, this now puts Roma on the market for a new striker; a list that reportedly includes Gianluca Scamacca, Mauro Icardi, and Andrea Belotti, as well as the surprising reappearance of Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette.
While Roma’s list of Dzeko alternatives likely extends beyond those four names, as Romano mentions, the Bosnian forward won’t move to Inter until Roma has officially sewed up his replacement, so this saga could very well drag on through next week—if not longer.
While we wait, let us know which Dzeko replacement you prefer. Would you rather have a readymade, experienced striker or a younger player with a chip on their shoulder.
11.Locateli from Sassuolo to Juventus
Juventus complete signing of Sassuolo midfielder on initial loan with obligation to buy.
Manuel Locatelli is a Juventus player after joining from Sassuolo; the 23-year-old midfielder has signed an initial loan with an obligation for Juve to buy for €35m; the Italy international played a key role for the Azzurri at Euro 2020.
Manuel Locatelli has completed his move from Sassuolo to Juventus on an initial loan with an obligation to buy.
The Italy midfielder, who originally joined Sassuolo from AC Milan in 2018, will cost Juventus €35m (currently £29.8m) once the deal becomes permanent.
Locatelli was linked with Arsenal earlier in the transfer window, with Sassuolo chief executive Giovanni Carnevalli revealing in June that the Premier League side had made a bid for the player.