A historic transfer window ended at midnight on Tuesday, after the transfers of the two giants, Lionel Messi to Paris SG and Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United, and another surprise return, that of Antoine Griezmann to Atlético Madrid, while Kylian Mbappé remains at PSG.
Ligue 1 panicked the transfer window. The arrival of Messi, which FC Barcelona could not keep, caused an unprecedented impact in the capital and in French soccer authorities.
At the Parc des Princes during its presentation to the fans, as for its first minutes of play in Reims on Sunday, “la Pulga” capsized soccer fans with each appearance.
Almost enough to forget the starry recruitment of Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum and Gianluigi Donnarumma, three executives who arrived for free, and Achraf Hakimi, a very good pick torn from Inter Milan for 60 million euros.
The Mbappé soap opera kept the fans in suspense until the last hours of the transfer window. But the offers of Real (160 million euros, then 180 bonus included) did not weaken the Parisian leaders, who finally keep their star, at the end of the contract in June.
Barça lose Messi … and Griezmann
Last minute surprise in Spain, Antoine Griezmann returns to Atlético Madrid. His transfer was only made official more than an hour after the market closed.
The leader of the Blues is loaned, for one season plus another with an obligation to purchase at the end, to the club where he exploded and that he had left two years earlier for Barça.
The Catalan giant has also lost his star, Leo Messi, who has left a huge void after more than twenty years at the club whose legend he has written.
Riddled with debt, Barça reduced its payroll and recruited two renowned strikers, Sergio Agüero and Memphis Depay, and young defender Eric Garcia.
Real side, lack of Mbappé, the only notable arrival is that of David Alaba, in addition to the return of loan from Gareth Bale, and that of Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes), in the last hours of the transfer window.
The Premier League, the most expensive
The Covid-19 crisis has not changed its habits: the British Championship remains the most expensive.
The most expensive rookie has landed at Manchester City. Aston Villa attacking midfielder and England fan’s new darling, Jack Grealish, became Citizen for 117 million euros.
Chelsea, reigning European champions, have spent 115 million euros to secure the return of Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan).
But maybe it was Manchester United who hit the jackpot by bringing back Cristiano Ronaldo, his former glory. Other arrivals: Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid, 40 million euros) and Jadon Sancho (Dortmund, 85 million euros).
Serie A is losing stars
The last day of the transfer window was fairly calm in Italy, after the thunderclap last Friday and the departure of star Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus.
A departure from CR7 which is part of the logic of a summer when the Serie A, hit by the crisis, did not have the means to retain its stars. Italy thus saw the departure – among others – Romelu Lukaku, who left Inter Milan, champion in the red financially, but also Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan, free) and Achraf Hakimi (Inter, 60 M EUR), left at Paris SG.
Due to lack of finances, the last day was mainly used for some adjustments, with a formula still very fashionable in this tense period: loans with option or obligation to purchase.
After Manuel Locatelli, Juve once again used this formula to bring back Tuesday Moise Kean on loan (two seasons), with an obligation to purchase to follow (28 M EUR).
Among the movements of the last day, Cagliari strengthened with Keita Baldé (Monaco), Milan bet on the Brazilian Messias (9 goals last season with Crotone), Genoa activated with Felipe Caicedo (Lazio), Nikola Maksimovic ( Naples) and Abdoulaye Touré (Nantes).
A calm summer in the Bundesliga
Bayern Munich have offered the French international Dayot Upamecano and the Austrian Marcel Sabitzer, from Leipzig, ex-club of his new coach Julian Nagelsmann.
Big rival Dortmund have ceded Jadon Sancho to Manchester United but have managed to keep Norwegian striker Erling Haaland… at least for now.