Hello there football fanatics! After a busy transfer window came to an end, today GenY brings to you the latest transfer roundup of this summer window. So let’s take a look at some of the biggest transfers of the summer
- Paul Pogba to Manchester United
The France midfielder has returned to Old Trafford from Juventus after departing the club four years ago for a nominal fee. The 23-year-old who has long been linked with a return to Old Trafford has now become the most expensive player in football history overtaking the deal that took Gareth Bale from Tottenham to Real Madrid in 2013.Paul joins on a five-year contract, with the option to extend for a further year, and will earn an astonishing £104m pre-tax salary over five years.
Juventus has confirmed in a club statement that they will receive €105m (£89.5m) initially, with a further €5m payable if both sides activate certain clauses. That would take the overall transfer fee to £93.8m.The United manager on the transfer said “Paul is one of the best players in the world and will be a key part of the United team I want to build here for the future. He is quick, strong, scores goals and reads the game better than many players much older than he is. At 23, he has the chance to make that position his own here over many years. He is young and will continue to improve; he has the chance to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and beyond.” The club Has signed Pogba as they look to vastly improve on the fifth-placed finish secured under Louis van Gaal in 2015-16.
- Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus
The Italian champions confirmed that Higuain has signed a five-year deal with the club, tying him to the Bianconeri until 2021.The 28-year-old’s transfer fee is the third largest overall in history, following Real Madrid’s acquisitions of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. Higuain last season broke Gunnar Nordahl’s 66-year-old Serie A goal scoring record on the final day of last season, when he scored a hat trick to give him 36 goals in 35 matches. Higuain becomes Juve’s biggest signing of a summer in which they have already brought in Miralem Pjanic, Dani Alves, Marko Pjaca, Mario Lemina and Medhi Benatia.
- Henrik Mkhitaryan to Manchester United
£26.3million deal, he joins on a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further year. Mkhitaryan made 140 appearances and scored 41 goals for Borussia Dortmund joining them in 2013. Last season he scored 23 goals and registered an impressive 32 assists across all competitions. Mkhitaryan was also voted Bundesliga Player of the Season for 2015/16.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan said: “I am very proud to join Manchester United, this move is a dream come true for me. I am excited to play for a club with such an illustrious history and hope to be part of it for a long time. I thank the trust the club and Jose Mourinho have put in me. Finally, I believe playing for such a great club honors my father’s memory, and the inspiration and drive he gave to me when I was young.”
- Alvaro Morata to Real Madrid
Alvaro Morata’s two-year spell with Juventus come to an end,when Real Madrid activated the buy-back clause in his contract. Morata, who was a graduate of Real’s youth academy, joined Juve for £16m and scored 25 goals for the Serie A champions, and it has cost Real just £24m to bring him back to the Bernabeu. Morata won two Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia crowns and also reached the Champions League final in 2015 through his 2 years at Juventus.Real Madrid decided not to sell Morata after activating its buyout clause as his agent Juanma Lopez was informed that he will have to fight for his place at the Santiago Bernabéu behind Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
- Matts Hummels to FC Bayern
Matts Hummel’s contract was due to expire in 2017 with Dortmund, before he completed the £30m move to FC Bayern. It is the highest ever transfer fee for a Bundesliga player entering the final 12 months of a contract.
“We’re delighted to welcome Mats back to FC Bayern,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. “Not only are we strengthening our squad with a world-class centre-back, but also with a player who accepts responsibility and who is our own youth product.”
Hummels,who has spent eight-and-a-half years with Dortmund said, ”Saying goodbye to Dortmund was difficult for me of course. It was similar to 2008, when it was the other way around,” Hummels said. “Now I’m looking forward to everything that awaits me at FC Bayern. I’m very excited.”
- Hulk to Shangai SPIG
Shanghai SIPG have completed the signing of Brazil international Hulk from Zenit St Petersburg.The Chinese Super League (CSL) club have paid €56 million for the player, which represents a new transfer record for the league. Zenit would be due an additional €2 million should he score more than 15 goals.
Hulk is reported to have agreed to an annual salary of €12.5m before bonuses, which would make him the CSL’s best-paid player.
The 29-year-old joined Zenit from Porto in 2012 and won the 2014-15 Russian Premier League title, when he also finished as top scorer, and the 2016 Russian Cup, He scored 77 goals in 147 games for the club.
CSL clubs are restricted to five foreign players in their squad, with one of the five having to hold a passport belonging to an Asian Football Confederation nation. They are permitted to field three foreigners and one AFC player on the pitch at any one time.
- John Stones to Manchester City
Manchester City has signed John Stones from Everton for £47.5m, making him the world’s second most expensive defender behind Brazil international David Luiz who is the most expensive defender in history, joining French champions Paris St-Germain from Chelsea for £50m in 2014.Championship side Barnsley, the Yorkshireman’s first club, will get between £7m in the sellout clause.The 22-year-old England international has signed a six-year deal and is City boss Pep Guardiola’s eighth signing.Stone on his signing said, “It’s an ambitious club with a great manager so I can’t wait to get stuck in,I know it will be tough getting a place in this team, but I’m determined to become the best player I can be and help us to success.”
Last year, City made Raheem Sterling the most expensive English player ever when he joined the club for £49m from Liverpool.
The city has already signed Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Marlos Moreno, Aaron Mooy and Oleksandr Zinchenko this summer.
So that concludes the first part of this list. Tell us your feedback in the comments below and stay tuned to our social media channels and the website for part 2 of the top transfers this summer.