Main character in one of the biggest soap operas of a summer marked by the atypical period regarding the transfer market, Edinson Cavani has already been officially announced as a reinforcement for Manchester United. Throughout Europe, there have been a few more last-minute transfers that promise to have a strong impact on clubs, not only financially but also at a sporting level, as we will try to understand next.
CAVANI NEXT TO BRUNO FERNANDES IN OLD TRAFFORD
The general forecast was confirmed from which I shared my opinion with great faith. Walking towards a descending phase of his career, but still with full technical (and physical?) conditions to perform at the highest level, Cavani waited for the last hours of the transfer window to choose his destination.
Aimed at Jorge Jesus’ Benfica for several weeks, the Uruguayan international ended up going to Manchester United, opting for the Premier League, after seven years at PSG‘s service in Ligue 1.
Proposals from the South-American market, as well as Arab and Asian ones were declined, and there are rumors that Cavani will earn a clean salary in the order of the 12 million euros per year in Old Trafford, where he will increase, in terms of quality and quantity, Solskjäer’s options for his attacking axis.
ARSENAL BEAT THOMAS PARTEY’S 50 MILLION CLAUSE
On the same day they announced the dismissal of the employee who was wearing the skin of the Gunnersaurus mascot as a cost containment measure – a news story that led to a wave of contestation on the social networks, so much that Özil came to public to declare that he will assume the costs of the permanence of Jerry Quy – Arsenal led the most expensive transfer in this last day of the transfer window in the main European championships.
Thomas Partey, 27-year old Ghanaian midfielder who belonged to Atlético Madrid’s squad, headed to the Emirates, in exchange for the 50 million euros registered in the termination clause, to which Arsenal proposed to pay, while also including the Uruguayan Lucas Torreira loan to Atlético on the deal.
CHIESA REINFORCES JUVENTUS AND FOLLOWS THE RECENT FASHION OF LOANS
Valuable player of undisputed and already confirmed quality, perhaps the maximum exponent of the last wave of Italian players over 20 years old, Federico Chiesa is leaving Fiorentina and going to the hegemonic Juventus, where he will share the locker room, with of course, Cristiano Ronaldo.
A major reinforcement for Andrea Pirlo, who sees the player leave Florence in an agreement that foresees the loan for two seasons, in a period after which will be fixed a compulsory purchase clause in the order of the 50 million euros.
Who was not very amused with the change of jersey colors by the player formed in Fiorentina – the only club he represented throughout his career – were the supporters from the club viola, who insulted Chiesa while leaving the premises where the winger carried out the medical tests in Florence, before his move to Turin became official.
BAYERN TIDIED UP THE HOUSE NEAR THE “DEADLINE”
European and German title holders, Bayern Munich were one of the most active clubs in the last hours of the Old Continent transfer market.
Aimed at the Premier League, where he would have Manchester United and Wolves as the main interested parties, Brazilian Douglas Costa ended up leaving Juventus for Bayern on loan.
Hansi Flick has now redoubled the quality for his attack wings, where he already has heavyweight names like Sèrge Gnabry, Leroy Sané or Kingsley Coman.
Joining Douglas Costa was also a last-minute transfer which had a strong dose of surprise associated. Choupo-Moting moved, at zero cost, from the French’ of PSG, where he never really managed to impose himself, to Munich, returning at the age of 31, to the Bundesliga, where he spent most of his career (at the service of Mainz and Schalke 04).
After guaranteeing the Spanish Marc Roca from Espanyol (for about nine million euros), the Bavarians also announced the hiring of right-back Bouna Sarr, who wore the colors of André Villas-Boas’ Marseille, for 10 million euros, with the young Michaël Cuisanse doing the opposite route, on loan.
BARCELONA COULD NOT PAY DEPAY TO LYON
An express request by Ronald Koeman, who guided the player in the Dutch national team before heading to Catalonia, Memphis Depay will really continue at the service of Lyon, at the start of the last year of his contract that links him to the French club.
Related to the failure of the deal is the fact that the Catalans failed to place Ousmane Dembélé, a young winger hired in 2017 from Borussia Dortmund for 130 million euros and who now has a market value set at 56 million, according to Transfermarkt.