"Mercato" fiery summer .. How much did Chelsea and Barcelona spend?  |  Gulf newspaper

“Mercato” fiery summer .. How much did Chelsea and Barcelona spend? | Gulf newspaper

The summer transfer window in European football was closed Thursday after heavy English activity, an offensive exodus from Germany, a cunning move by Barcelona in Spain, a constant quest to restore the old lady’s youth in Italy and a permanent desire for French Saint-Germain to climb the continental ladder.
Manchester City’s contract with Norwegian star Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, in preparation for what will be a new record transfer period in the English Premier League, whose clubs have spent nearly two billion euros.
Contrary to his habit and before he got the Brazilian midfielder Arthur Milo on loan from Juventus in the few moments remaining on the window, Liverpool decided to risk financially in the market by spending 100 million euros in order to include the Uruguayan Darwin Nunes from Benfica, before following in his footsteps, his rival Manchester United with his contract. With the Brazilian winger Anthony from Ajax Amsterdam in a deal that was decided Thursday on the last day and a contract until 2027 with the option to extend for an additional year.
Chelsea was one of the most spending clubs this summer, after it included Raheem Sterling and Senegalese Kalidou Coulibaly, and after them French Wesley Fofana, who became one of the most expensive defenders in history (more than 82 million euros).
Chelsea raised the amount of its spending this summer to 240 million pounds, after finalizing a new deal before the transfer window closed, to return Aubameyang to the Premier League, in which he starred in the colors of Arsenal’s arch-rival before leaving the latter for Barcelona.
And after Anthony added to Argentine Lisandro Martins, Danish Christian Eriksen, Dutchman Terrell Malacia and Brazilian Casemiro, Manchester United closed the curtain on his great activity in the summer transfer market without losing the efforts of his star Ronaldo, who was aspiring to leave for a team participating in the Champions League, but he did not He finds the club willing to take a risk to get him on, which means he’s forced to stay where he is against his will.
The departure of heavy-caliber scorers
The German league lost the efforts of high-caliber scorers with the departure of Polish Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich in order to join Barcelona, ​​​​for 45 million euros, after spending eight seasons in Bavaria, and Halland from Dortmund.
In order to compensate for the departure of Lewandowski, the Bavarian club made a completely successful contract to include Senegalese Sadio Mane from Liverpool, but it was not the most expensive deal this summer in Germany, but this honor was obtained by Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt, who cost Bayern 67 million euros (according to reports) to include him. From Italian Juventus.
In turn, Dortmund thought that he had found a replacement for Haaland by including Ivory Coast Sebastian Haller from Ajax, but he was not lucky after it was found that his new player had a cancerous tumor in the testicle, forcing him to replace him with Frenchman Anthony Modeste (34 years) with a contract for one season.
summer title
Barcelona’s activity in the transfer market was the title this summer, as its president, Joan Laporta, knew how to “circulate” the debts of 1.35 billion euros, through sponsorship deals, the sale of stakes and other financial measures in order to secure liquidity.
This strategy allowed the Catalan club to spend 153 million euros on five contracts, including Lewandowski and French defender Jules Conde from Seville and Brazilian Rafinha from Leeds United.
The Catalan club was active in the transfer market until the last seconds, abandoning the American Sergino Dest in favor of AC Milan on loan, and the Danish Martin Braithwaite, who left for neighbor Espanyol after the termination of his contract with “Blaugrana” and Aubameyang for Chelsea in a deal that likely guarantees him obtaining the full-back. Spaniard Marcos Alonso is officially released from his contract with the London club, according to what the latter announced. Right-back Hector Bellerin returned to the team he left when he was sixteen years old to defend the colors of Arsenal in 2012.
As part of the policy of managing expenses and reducing the burden of salaries, French striker Antoine Griezmann remained with Atletico Madrid on loan for the second consecutive season from Barcelona, ​​​​where he had already struggled to provide the desired level during two and a half seasons in the colors of “Blaugrana”.
The arrival of Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani to Valencia was one of the other most prominent deals this summer, in addition to the transfer of Swedish striker Alexander Isaac from Real Sociedad to Newcastle for 70 million euros, and Seville’s obtaining the services of Danish international striker Kasper Dolberg on loan from Nice, France.
Saint-Germain most active
As usual, Paris Saint-Germain, chasing after its first title in the Champions League, was the most active and spending in the transfer market, with its conclusion on Thursday its sixth deal for this summer, after the inclusion of Spanish midfielder Carlos Soler, who joined the Portuguese midfielders Vetnia and Renato Sanches, the Spanish Fabian Ruiz and striker Hugo. Eketique and defender Nordi Mukiele.
While holding on to the Messi-Neymar-Mbappe trio, Saint-Germain got rid of some players who do not fall into the accounts of the new coach Christophe Galtier, such as Senegalese midfielder Idrissa Gueye, who signed with his former team Everton, the German Julian Draxler, who was loaned to Benfica, the other Senegalese, Abdo. Diallo, who joined Leipzig on loan, is also on loan, and left back Levin Kurzawa, who is also on loan to Fulham, is also on loan.
After concluding two important deals with the inclusion of Chilean Alexis Sanchez and Jordan Veretto and the loaning of Ivory Coast, Eric Baye and Portuguese Nuno Tavares, Marseille got rid of the salary of Croatian defense center Douy Chaleta-Tsar by selling it to Southampton, while failing to sell Senegalese striker Bamba Dieng to his local rival Nice after the failure of his 22-year-old son. Bypassing a routine medical examination.
The task of strengthening the middle
Juventus was particularly active in the summer transfer period in an effort to strengthen its midfield, so it restored the services of the Frenchman Paul Pogba and included the Croatian Philip Kostic and the Argentines Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes, while his defense was secured by the Brazilian Bremer and the attack by the Polish Arkadiusz Milik.
As part of an attempt to compensate for the absence of his injured international back Alessandro Florenzi, the champion Milan signed Thursday with American Sergio Dest from Barcelona, ​​while arch-rival Inter strengthened its defense line at the last minute before closing the transfer window with the inclusion of Italian international Francesco Acerbi on loan also from local rival Lazio, conservative At the same time, the Slovak defender Milan Shkriniar, who was one of the main goals of Saint-Germain.

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