This summer the most money in the history of English football was spent in a single window. The transfer record for a single player was smashed with an addition to the Premier League, we saw 12 signings from a single Premier League newcomer and the new managers rooting their styles into their new teams with fantastic additions to their squads. So, let’s run down some of these HGE summer transfers!
The world record transfer held by Gareth Bale and his £80m move to Champions League winners Real Madrid was broken by none other than Paul Pogba’s £89m move from Serie A champions Juventus to Manchester United. New Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho had stated before the Frenchman’s move that the club had 4 signings set for the window, and at the time 3 had been completed. The rumours had spread across the globe and although the player, his agent and the clubs kept it all behind closed doors, the people knew who was on their way to Old Trafford.
Premier League newcomers Middlesbrough brought in 12 new players this passing window, with the additions of Calum Chambers on loan from Arsenal, Alvaro Negredo on loan from Valencia and Viktor Fischer’s £3.8m from Dutch giants Ajax. With the addition of former Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes the club looks set for a strong charge on the English top tier, we’ll have to wait and see if they can remain in the league!
Pep Guardiola, the new manager on the blue side of Manchester, has brought in the likes of John Stones from Everton. Stones set City back over £50m, making him the most expensive defender in the history of the sport. With the additions of young German prospect Leroy Sane from Schalke and Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund Pep has been very specific with his signings. Another manager who has surprised many this window was Arsene Wenger, more recently known for quite tight pockets and investment in future prospects. The north London club brought Swiss powerhouse Granit Xhaka from Gladbach for £35m, as well as the late additions of Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi the fans are very happy with the turnout of the window.
Who do you think was the best signing of the summer? Mourinho’s new signings for Manchester United, Pep Guardiola’s changes at Man City, one of the new men at the Emirates? Or someone else?
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