The summer transfer window for 2022 has closed. And unlike the previous few, this one turned out to be quite interesting and full of big deals.
Barcelona, Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Milan, PSG in the top 5 leagues in Europe – there was hardly a big team that did not make an incoming or outgoing transfer in the last 24 hours of the market.
Here’s what happened on the last day and the top deals that closed the summer window:
Antoni – from Ajax to Manchester United, 100 million euros
The Brazilian became the second most expensive signing in United’s history, behind only Paul Pogba (105 million euros). Antoni has been a target for the Red Devils all summer, but the club still managed to land him at the last minute.
At Old Trafford, the 22-year-old winger will reunite with his former coach in Ajax – Eric ten Haag, as well as his former teammate from Amsterdam – Lisandro Martinez.
Meanwhile, United have also introduced Martin Dubravka, who comes in to strengthen the goalkeeping competition at the club. The 33-year-old Czech will play on loan from Newcastle this season.
Arthur – from Juve to Liverpool, on loan
The Brazilian is out of Max Allegri’s squad in Turin, and Liverpool needed a midfielder due to a serious number of injuries in midfield. Will Jurgen Klopp be able to solve the crisis in his midfield with Artur?
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – from Barcelona to Chelsea, €12 million + Marcos Alonso
After just one half-season at Camp Nou, in which the Gabonese scored 13 goals in 23 games, Aubameyang returned to the Island to sign for one of Arsenal’s city rivals Chelsea. The Blues needed a central striker and decided they had found their man in the 33-year-old Oba-Oba.
Aubameyang knows Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel very well as the two worked together at Borussia Dortmund between 2015 and 2017.
Chelsea also brought in another new signing at the end of the window – Denis Zakaria. He arrives from Juventus on loan until the end of the season.
Overall, the Blues spent 278 million pounds (322.5 million euros), a record in the history of British football, but fell short of beating the world record set by Real Madrid in 2019 of 325 million .euro.
Serginho Dest – from Barcelona to Milan, on loan
Instead of Manchester United, as rumors had appeared days before the end of the transfer window, Serginho Dest ended up in Milan. In this way, Barcelona gets rid of his salary, and the Rossoneri get a good alternative on the right side of the defense.
Manuel Akanji – from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City, €20 million
On the last day of the transfer window, Pep Guardiola bought another defender. The Catalan has decided to strengthen the area of central defenders, and Akanji himself admitted that he was surprised when he found out about the interest of Manchester City. The 27-year-old Swiss signed a contract for five seasons with the “citizens”.
Hector Beyerin – from Arsenal to Barcelona, free transfer
The Spaniard has returned to his native Barcelona, whose youth team he is in. After spending last season on loan at Betis, Bayern ended his contract with Arsenal and decided to stay in Spain after being unable to turn down an offer from Camp Nou.
Willian – from Corinthians to Fulham, free agent
Villian returned to the Island. After seven years at Chelsea and one season at Arsenal, the Brazilian returned to Corinthians but only lasted a year in his homeland. At 34, Willian is set to play in the Premier League again after signing with rookie Fulham until the end of the season.
Daniel James – from Leeds to Fulham, on loan
Another late transfer for the Cottagers. The newcomer took Dan James, who after his transfer from United to Leeds last summer recorded four goals and five assists in the Premier League, but apparently has not entered the Whites’ accounts as a starter for the current campaign.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – from Arsenal to Southampton, on loan
Arsenal sent the 25-year-old midfielder on loan to the Saints. This is the third loan in a row for Maitland-Niles, who in the previous two seasons played for West Bromwich Albion and Roma but failed to impress enough.
Carlos Soler – from Valencia to PSG, 20 million euros
Christophe Galtier has strengthened his midfield with another midfielder. Soler, 25, arrives from Valencia and has signed a five-season contract at Parc des Princes.
Francesco Acherbi – from Lazio to Inter, on loan
The 34-year-old centre-back, who has made 322 Serie A appearances, will play for Giuseppe Meazza on loan this season and will bring considerable experience to the Nerazzurri defensive line.
Julian Draxler – from PSG to Benfica, on loan
Draxler was never able to establish himself at PSG. The German attacking midfielder has made 131 Ligue 1 appearances for the Parisian outfit, recording 17 goals and 21 assists. The 28-year-old winger is currently nursing a knee injury from which Benfica will be hoping he recovers as quickly as possible.
Lewin Kurzawa – from PSG to Fulham
Kurzawa is yet another PSG player who had to be sent out on loan simply to free up the wages of the rest of the first team players. And Fulham took advantage of that.