The crisis has not yet affected the whole of European football. The summer transfer window just ended, Thursday, September 1, after months of negotiations and hundreds of millions of euros invested. French players are among the most coveted, while the English championship, the Premier League, spends a lot. An incomplete review of the summer 2022 collection transfers with the ten most important moves.
Aurélien Tchouaméni, from AS Monaco to Real Madrid
The first big transfer of the summer. On June 11, the announcement was made: on the 22nd, Aurélien Tchouaméni left Bato to join Real Madrid. Excellent last season with Monaco, to the point of opening the doors of the French team, Aurélien Tchouaméni acquired a new dimension. “Galactic” is now here. The midfielder is part of the plan for the future of European champions Real Madrid, months after the arrival of compatriot Eduardo Camavinga. The Madrid club trusts him a lot and has already made room for him…
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Casemiro, from Real Madrid to Manchester United
The Brazilian seems to be one of the indestructible members of the Madrid midfielder’s trident, a European benchmark since mid-2010. But after winning five Champions League trophies, Casemiro is tempted by a new challenge: bringing the Red Devils back to the top of English football. At 30, the defensive midfielder arrived at the Red Devils to return them to their former glory. One hell of a challenge.
Erling Haaland, from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City
The biggest clubs fought for it, City won their case. After a supersonic start to his career, Erling Haaland is now developing for the first time with a cador from the continent. In Manchester, the Norwegian striker has begun to accumulate goals (two hat-tricks and nine goals scored in five days), as usual, to cement the place of the tenor of the Premier League in formation of Pep Guardiola. And for him to pass, finally, his last course: to win the Champions League.
Robert Lewandowski, from Bayern Munich to FC Barcelona
It is said that FC Barcelona is broke, on the edge of the financial abyss. But by bleeding themselves and selling most of their assets for fresh cash on the spot, the Catalan club managed to complete one of the most stunning transfers of the year. Barca have snapped up Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich to make him the new front of their attack, just months after the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bid. The Pole no longer wants to stay in Bavaria, here he is green again in Catalonia. He has already recorded four goals and two assists after only three days. Aubameyang has returned to England, recruited in the final hours of the transfer window by Chelsea.
Jules Koundé, from Sevilla FC to FC Barcelona
The French international, who has become a benchmark in his position in Spain in recent months, has gone one step further by moving from Seville to FC Barcelona. Jules Koundé is one of the other symbols of the checkbook abundantly released in recent months by the Blaugrana. But the former Bordelais is also the illustration of a madness of greatness that is only controlled. By not respecting the budget rules set by La Liga, Barça was only able to register their rookie for the third day of the championship. At the age of 23, the former Bordelais, who already has 11 tricolor selections, must take a step forward in Catalonia.
Sadio Mané, from Liverpool to Bayern Munich
To compensate for the departure of the main gunner Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich, in turn, was shocked. Sparkling with Liverpool, Sadio Mané discovered the Bundesliga with the Bavarian club. The Senegalese is far from a carbon copy of his predecessor. But in the attacking machine that is Bayern under Julian Nagelsmann, his efficiency in front of goal has everything to shine. The challenge is daunting, but after all, Mané has been a candidate for the Ballon d’Or in recent times.
Sebastien Haller, from Ajax Amsterdam to Borussia Dortmund
This is one of the great stories of the summer. While he thinks he has succeeded in breaking through to the highest level of Europe after a great season at Ajax Amsterdam (11 goals in C1), Sébastien Haller will be looking for the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund, another regular among those European game. But just a few weeks after signing, the Franco-Ivorian was diagnosed with testicular cancer. A new battle has been announced for the player trained by AJ Auxerre. While waiting for his possible return, BvB called another French regular in the German championship, Anthony Modeste.
Alexis Sanchez, free from OM
Marseille is looking for the Champions League, and with it, means the transfer of the market. OM signed no less than ten new recruits, not counting the recent transfers of Mattéo Guendouzi and Cengiz Ünder. Among these many moves, the name of Alexis Sanchez stands out. The former Barça, Arsenal, Manchester United or Inter, arrived without spending a penny on the transfer. A big name for free at the Velodrome? This is enough to raise doubts about his level of play. His double against Brest on Sunday seems to have been reassuring.
Paul Pogba, free from Juventus Turin
Of all the French internationals, he is the one whose future is the most scrutinized. While Kylian Mbappé finally removed the doubt quickly by expanding to PSG, Paul Pogba ended the open secret by signing his return to Juventus Turin, where he exploded between 2012 and 2016. United is far from perfect. The midfielder suffered a serious meniscus injury, which created uncertainty about his health ahead of the World Cup. Without forgetting that he now finds himself caught in the extreme sporting chaos of an extortion trial against a background of conflict with his brother Mathias.
Darwin Nunez, from Benfica to Liverpool
Like its rivals Manchester City, Liverpool are looking for a goalscorer. The Reds have set their sights on Uruguayan Darwin Nunez, a striker who wore the colors of Benfica last season and also scored against them in the Champions League. At 23, the latter is one of the greatest talents of his generation in his position, among Haaland, Mbappé and other Vlahovic. His debut in the Premier League was a mixed one because, after pulling his side out of a misstep against promoted Fulham (2-2), he was sent off for a head-butt on a Crystal Palace player and no longer serving.