The summer transfer window is in full swing and unlike some windows, when the big deals get bogged down in protracted sagas that last the whole summer, the big moves are coming fast and thick this silly season. Here’s a look at some of the big deals that have gone down already and a few others that could be in the works.
Lacazette to Arsenal
That notoriously gun-shy Arsene Wenger has got his big summer deal done already tells you everything you need to know about this summer’s dealing. The French manager signed his countryman Alexander Lacazette in a $60M deal that sees the striker joining Arsenal from Lyon. Lacazette brings the promise of goals and competition for Olivier Giroud. Gunners will be hoping not just that Lacazette is the first of a few signings, but more importantly, that Arsenal can keep hold of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, with the latter linked to the likes of Manchester City, Bayern Munich and PSG.
Rooney to Everton, Lukaku to Man U
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United pipped Chelsea at the post in landing striker Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian goal-getter will lead the line at Old Trafford this season after joining on a deal that could rise to over $115M. Lukaku’s arrival from Everton seems to have hastened the departure of United stalwart Wayne Rooney. The long-serving United captain and former Evertonian has rejoined his old club on a free transfer.
Dani Alves to PSG
A few days ago it seemed that Dani Alves to Manchester City was basically a done deal. However, the coveted Brazilian right-back, who spent four years at Barcelona working with City boss Pep Guardiola, has done something of an about face and joined PSG instead. The 34-year-old will leave Juventus for the City of Lights on a two-year deal that will see him earn upwards of $260,000 a week.
City to Sign Walker Instead
With City having missed Alves, Guardiola has turned his attention to Spurs right-back Kyle Walker. A fee of around $64M has reportedly already been agreed between the two clubs and and announcement of the 27-year-old’s arrival at the Etihad is said to be imminent.
James to Bayern
It seems odd to call a three-year period in which he won two Champions Leagues, two World Club Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and a La Liga title ill-fated, but somehow that’s what James Rodriguez’s time at Real Madrid feels. A big part of the problem is that he was a player the club never really needed, the ultimate Florentino Perez vanity signing, and thus never really able to nail down a regular starting spot. Thankfully James’ decorated but unhappy time in the Spanish capital is set to come to an end, at least for the time being, with the Colombian midfielder having joined Bayern Munich on a two-year loan.
Januzaj to Sociedad
A few seasons ago under David Moyes, Adnan Januzaj looked like he might be the future for Manchester United. However, it didn’t really work out for Januzaj (or Moyes for that matter) and after an underwhelming loan spell at Moyes’ relegated Sunderland side, Januzaj is leaving the Premier League for the green fields of Spain. The 22-year-old winger has signed a five-year contract for Real Sociedad in a $10M move that will hopefully help the once-promising youngster get his career back on track.
Milan Sign Bonucci (among others)
The rebuilding process at fallen Italian giants AC Milan is very much underway this summer. Having already made a number of promising acquisitions, the Rossoneri are thought to be on the verge of signing Juventus center-half Leonardo Bonucci. Bonucci, 30, is considered among the finest center-halfs in the world and with rumors of a move in the works for coveted Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, it’s starting to look like AC Milan might finally be “back” after a few years spent languishing in mid-table mediocrity.
Man United in for Dier?
With Lukaku done and dusted, Manchester United have turned their attention to Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier. Spurs have valued the midfielder at around $64M. United are apparently ready to pay it and will reportedly double the 23-year-old’s salary from $90,000 a week to $180,000. United are also very close to sealing a deal for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic.
All in for Mbappe’
Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe’ remains the most sought after target on the market this summer. The 18-year-old impressed in a campaign that saw the principality outfit steal the Ligue 1 title from PSG and make it to the semifinals of the Champions League. Arsenal remain interested in the young French international but the famously frugal Wenger is unlikely to pony up the $167M Monaco are asking. The player himself has expressed intent on joining Real Madrid and with the La Liga champions one of the few clubs out there who can afford him, the Bernabeu seems his most likely destination.
Wanted: London Club Seeks Striker Who Looks Good in Blue
With Diego Costa almost certain to leave Stanford Bridge this summer (Probably to Atletico Madrid), Antonio Conte’s title-winning Chelsea side are in the market for a striker. The Blues missed out on Lukaku and have since been linked to everyone from Aubameyang to out-of-favor Real Madrid man Alvaro Morata. Strikers are always at a premium and several of the biggest on the current market have already moved. But when your club is owned by a Russian oligarch, deals have a way of happening. We do not yet know how Chelsea’s “man” is, but we can rest assure that they will get him before the window slams shut at the end of August.
Ibrahimovic to Galaxy?
Earlier this week Zlatan Ibrahimovic made a cryptic remark about an impending big announcement. Now reports are surfacing that indicate the legendary Swedish striker may be on the verge of completing a record deal to join MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy. Ibra has been out of action since snapping his ACL on Europa League duty with Man United a few months back. But his recovery is reportedly ahead of schedule and while he may not be able to help the struggling Galaxy in their current campaign, he could be fully fit in time for the 2018 season, in which the Gs will be competing with newly minted expansion side LAFC. Watch this space!