Here are the top ten expensive buys from the summer transfer window.
Clubs will desire to enhance their squad in the summer transfer window. This is mainly because of the intense pre-season training to instil into the starting eleven straightaway. Especially, if you’re an expensive buy, fans would have set their bar high from day one – expecting the player to perform up to the scratch.
Many clubs have finished their transfers in the early part of the transfer window to hand over their debuts in the opening weekend of the league season. Even though big money buys failed to entertain as last summer, various transfers have already taken a hit at their respective clubs.
With the European transfer window drawing curtains on Monday, we shall look at the top ten expensive buys of this transfer window.
#10 Rodrigo – $75.5 million:
Although Atletico Madrid were not willing to part ways with their midfielder Rodri, Manchester City were prepared to meet the release clause amount worth $75.5 million in the summer window.
The Citizens were looking for a long-term replacement for the ageing Fernandinho. The reigning Premier League winners missed out on Jorginho and Fred last summer, forcing Pep Guardiola to keep quiet until this summer.
The Spaniard brings so much composure in the midfield department, and his addition is a welcomed one. The injury to John Stones and Aymeric Laporte means that Rodri will be forced to play in the defensive department as Fernandinho is seen as a backup for the centre-backs this season. The former Atletico Madrid star has already made a good start to his Manchester City career and will only progress as the day progresses.
#9 Frenkie De Jong – $78.8 million:
Barcelona fans were starving for a new midfielder following inferior displays from Ivan Rakitic and Rafinha last season. The Croat and Spanish struggled, paving way for the Dutch International Frenkie De Jong.
The 22-year-old was exhibiting a string of top-notch displays with utmost consistency for his club and country last season. De Jong also played a huge part in his club’s domestic double and en route to the Champions League Semifinal. The battle between Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain were genuinely heating up, but the Blaugrana won the battle after reaching a pre-agreement in April.
It has been an unconventional start with just four points from possible nine in the La Liga, but Frenkie De Jong has been one of the standout players in the squad.