The moment a season gets over, clubs today start to analyse the mistakes and gaps in their squads and start talks with other clubs to sign the players deemed necessary. Some clubs even announce officially the players whom they “have signed”. With three days left for the official opening of the transfer window, let’s check out the top transfers with players who look to sign officially on July 1, 2017.
Victor Lindelof, Benfica to Manchester United
Manchester United confirmed the signing of Swedish centre-back Victor Lindelof from Benfica for an estimated fee of around £40 million. The 20-time Premimer League champions have given the 22-year old a 4-year contract at Old Trafford, with the possibility of extension up to a year.
He leaves the Primeira Liga with three league titles to his name, along with two national cups, a league cup and a Portuguese Super Cup. He is expected to start alongside Eric Bailey, who has been a rock at the back for the Red Devils this season.
Jose Mourinho in a press conference said “Victor is a very talented young player, who has a great future ahead of him at United. Our season last year showed us that we need options and quality to add depth to the squad and Victor is the first to join us this summer.”
Bernardo Silva, Monaco to Manchester City
The 22-year old Monaco midfielder is one of the first signings undertaken by Pep Guardiola this summer. City are paying an estimated £35 million for his services and is set to sign a 5-year contract with the Blues.
Alongside Ramadel Falcao, Mbappe, Thomas Lemar, and Fabinho, Silva was instrumental in the French side lifting the French title. Moncao also reached Champions League Semi-final, beating likes of Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City.
The Portuguese international had a stellar 16-17 season, hitting the net 10 times and has 10 assists to his name, making him one of the most sought after play-makers in Europe. He joins the ranks of Kevin De-Bryne, David Silva and Yaya Toure at City, who look like strong contenders for the title next season.
Jordan Pickford, Sunderland to Everton
Jordan Pickford signed a 5-year deal with Everton for a Club-record fee of £25 million.
The highly rated shot-stopper moved to Goodison Park from relegated Premier League side Sunderland. He remained one of the few players who the fans came to watch at the Stadium of Light, but his heroic performances could not prevent the club’s drop into the Championship.
Having been a consistent performer between the sticks for Sunderland throughout the season, the 22-year old came into the limelight after his performances against Arsenal towards the end of the season making 11 saves to keep the score line to an acceptable 2-0 defeat.
The keeper’s inch perfect pass for England which directly lead to a goal was widely appreciated by the pundits. Everton now look solid at the back, with the Toffees signing Klassen from Ajax as well.
Sead Kolasinac, Schalke to Arsenal
Undoubtedly one of the best signings of the summer, Sead Kolasinac moved from Germany to Arsenal on a free transfer.
The 23-year old defender is not just solid at the back, but also a threat going forward. He scored 8 goals and has 5 assists to his name. He has also won an impressive 52 / 69 tackles, making him one of the best in Europe the past season.
The Gunners beat rival across town Manchester City and AC Milan to sign the left back. The Bosnian international has signed a 5-year deal with the club. The versatile defender can also play as a centre-back or a holding midfielder. With Bellerien on the other wing, he offers a strong option to Wenger, who can now look to retain the 3-4-3 he played last season.