With a few hours left in the transfer window, we want to take a look at the biggest transfers this summer with some big money changing hands for some big players.
The English clubs were the most involved in the major transfers with the Manchester Clubs involved in 7 of the 10 biggest transfers and while Manchester City spent the most money. Liverpool also did some big business as did Chelsea and Barcelona
Well, here we go
- Pedro |Barcelona To Chelsea: £24.4 million
Chelsea taught Manchester United a transfer lesson after snapping up the Spaniard who until 48 hours to his move to Chelsea looked destined for Manchester United. Manchester United took too long and a magical phone call from Mourinho and some quick moves brought Pedro to Chelsea
- Morgan Schneiderlin | Southampton To Manchester United: £25 million
In one of the earlier transfers of the window, Manchester United tested Southampton’s resolve with a 25 million pound bid for Schneiderlin and the saints caved allowing the French midfielder go to Manchester United despite being on Arsenal’s radar for a whole season as Van Gaal moved to solve his midfield problem as early as possible.
- Memphis Depay | PSV To Manchester United: £27.9 million
This deal was completed even before the transfer window opened. Widely regarded as one of the most exciting youngsters in world football, Van Gaal moved to reunite with the player who had set the world alight in Brazil at the world cup and Manchester United moved quick to make the transfer happen. It’s a shame they didn’t do the same when they got the chance to sign Pedro
- Roberto Firmino | Hoffenheim To Liverpool: £29 million
Liverpoo knew all the creative weight of Anfield couldn’t rest on Coutinho’s frail shoulders and Brendan Rodgers moved quickly to secure another attacking midfielder who could do the creating as well as play from wide positions and cause danger. Firmino had been overdue for a move to a big club and While Liverpool are not playing in the UEFA Champions league, they are considerably bigger than Hoffenheim.
- Christian Benteke | Aston Villa To Liverpool: £32.5 million
Liverpool needed a goal scorer following the departure of Suarez and the injury ridden season of Sturridge and Balotelli was a monumental flop. Following a season that saw Liverpool move from 2nd to 5th in the EPL Rodgers went out and got himself a prolific goalscorer on the budget: Christian Benteke. Benteke is yet to prove himself in the big leagues but that is because he hasn’t played in the big leagues. Well, welcome Christian.
- Nicolas Otamendi | Valencia To Manchester City £33 million
Manchester were clearly upset at how many goals they conceded last season and decided to remedy the problem by buying one of the toughest tackling attack initiating, fast paces and most sought after defenders in the world, Nicolas Otamendi. While Manchester United were busy chasing an unrealistic Sergio Ramos bid, Manchester City identified a player in the la liga who could stand toe to toe with Ramos in ability, offered him and his club money they both couldn’t resist and made the transfer happen. This transfer is the perfect example of how to conduct good transfer business.
- Anthony Martial | Monaco To Manchester United: £36 million
This is the panic buy of the decade. Martial is talented. But he is definitely not the player that should command a fee of 36 million pounds which could rise to 58 million pounds but Manchester United’s inability to get their priorities right made them spend money they could have spent on Cavani or Higuain on Anthony Martial who. With Rooney and Hernandez both misfiring and Manchester United lacking attacking directness, Martial represents an overpriced under experienced solution to the problem.
- Angel Di Maria | Manchester United To PSG: £44.3 million
Following a disastrous season at Old Trafford and as it was later revealed by the player, numerous disagreements with Louis Van Gaal, Di Maria decided to take a hike and join another big spending side in PSG while Manchester United decided to swallow their pride and take a loss on a player whey signed for a British transfer record and handed their precious number 7 jersey to.
- Raheem Sterling | Liverpool To Manchester City: £49 million
Manchester City finally completed the signing of Raheem Sterling this summer making him the most expensive English footballer and the most overpriced footballer in the world with one single move. Sterling’s performance last season did not warrant a 20 million pound transfer fee to be honest but Manchester City were desperate to sign Sterling and weaken Liverpool and with the player desperate to move and making life uncomfortable for the Liverpool Hierarchy and refusing a contract and disrespecting the club, Liverpool let the player go but not before making City pay 49 million pounds for another Theo Walcott.
- Kevin De Bruyne| Wolfsburg To Manchester City: 54.4 £million
It is quite simple, if you have the door slammed in your face, try again, offer more money and ensure that you can finally sign the player that holds the record for most assists in the Bundesliga in one season, two years after Chelsea let him go and make his the most expensive transfer of the summer. Kevin De Bruyne’s transfer took almost 6 weeks to complete as Wolfsburg ensured they milked as much money as possible from Manchester City and in the end, every party involved was happy. I feel De Bruyne is also a bit overpriced but he has a lot of quality.