EUROPEAN ROUNDUP

by | Jun 23, 2022 | General | 0 comments

(Real Madrid president Florentino Perez (left) with new signing Aurelien Tchouameni)
The European transfer market opened on the 10th of June and some clubs, agents, and players have already been making moves in the market this summer. This was the year of free agents with notable names Antonio Rudiger, Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, and Frank Yannick Kessie making blockbusters moves [and stays].

UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid have made just a couple of additions in Center Back Antonio Rudiger and spending up to $105 million on Aurelien Tchouameni from AS Monaco, looking to repeat as UCL champions. Florentino Perez, the owner of the Madrid club, has bolstered his manager’s midfield options for the upcoming season.

(Clinical goalscorer Robert Lewandowski)
For rivals Barcelona, a financial crisis was nearly averted by an $845 million windfall to save them, however, they are looking to sell Frenkie De Jong to Manchester United to remove 350k a week off their wage bill for the upcoming season.

With incomings, they have agreed to deals with Frank Kessie, and Andreas Christensen, and tied down teenager Gavi and defender Sergi Roberto for the future. They have also been linked to 50-goal a-season striker Robert Lewandowski with reports of a fee in the range of $53 million will be able to persuade Bayern Munich to sell the forward.

(Paul Pogba in his 1st spell with the Italian giants)
Italian champions AC Milan are fighting a lot of interest to keep Rafael Leao on board to the team. They have brought Divock Origi in from Liverpool, looking to complete a deal for Sven Botman from Lille after missing out on Renato Sanches as he is being sent to French champions Paris Saint-German for $32 million.

Former Italian dominants Juventus are looking to regain the top spot in the Serie A, adding to the January signing of Dusan Vlahovic by welcoming Paul Pogba for the 2nd time on a free transfer. Inter Milan is competing again when they welcome the Lukaku x Martinez combo upfront after getting the big Belgian on loan for the upcoming season.

(Man City’s Erling Halaand and Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez)
In England, champions Manchester City have begun the defense of their title. They have signed world-class talent Erling Halaand from Borussia Dortmund, and Julian Alvarez, and looking to sign Marc Cucurella, and Kalvin Phillips while trying to keep hold of Bernardo Silva. Challengers Liverpool have signed Darwin Nunez for $105 million to somewhat replace the departed Sadio Mane, and also Scottish wonderkid Calvin Ramsey to add some squad depth.

Chelsea and Arsenal are looking to keep up with the top two by fighting for the signature of Raheem Sterling. Tottenham is doing the business by signing Fraser Forster as a backup keeper, Ivan Perisic, and midfield destroyer Yves Bissouma to add to their champions league roster.

(United fans disgusted with the treatment of the club by the Glazer family)
Manchester United who came off their worst ever Premier League season still have not made improvements to a torrid squad. After letting go Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, and Nemanja Matic go for free, no additions have been made.

Nine weeks of negotiating for Frenkie De Jong, and interest in Antony, Pau Torres, and Lisandro Martinez have been a shocking summer for the club so far. To make matters worse, the greedy Glazer owners are gonna be taking $14 million before they improve the squad.

(Nick Pope, who will be the new Newcastle goalkeeper)
Money boys Newcastle have secured their first signing with Nick Pope leaving Burnley for the Toon army. Other players linked to moves are Hugo Ekitike, Sven Botman, and Eric Bailly some names being shopped around at the St. James’ Park club. Aston Villa has bolstered their team to fight for Europe with the signings of Boubacar Kamara and Diego Carlos with other moves pausing for now.

German Champions Bayern Munich welcomed Ryan Gravenberch, and Sadio Mane, and are looking to accompany him with Konrad Laimer, while challengers Dortmund are trying to compete with the acquisitions of Niklas Sule, Nico Schlotterbeck, and Karim Adeyemi. To dethrone the champions of the last ten years will require a bit more.

(Karim Adeyemi at his unveiling with agent Thomas Solomon)
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