Transfers

News, commentary, and opinion about the transfers across the big five leagues in Europe.

Juventus, Man Utd., Premier League, Serie A

Viva Ronaldo!

Ronaldo Man United

Stunning developments in the transfer market today as Manchester United have confirmed they have reached an agreement to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus.

United have agreed to pay £12.8m for the 36-year-old, with the deal subject to personal terms, a visa and a medical.

Ronaldo seemed destined to join rivals Manchester City, but calls from io Ferdinand and Sir Alex Ferguson persuaded the United legend return to Old Trafford where he spent six years and won three Premier League titles, one Champions League, two League Cups and one FA Cup – as well as the Fifa Club World Cup and Community Shield –

Barcelona, La Liga

Lionel Messi Bids Farewell To Barcelona

Lionel Messi Leaves Barcelona

The Lionel Messi era in Barcelona has officially came to an end as Messi bid farewell to Barca fans in a teary press conference on Sunday.

On Friday, Barcelona President Joan Laporta had announced the club could not re-sign their greatest player due to the deep financial issues that the club had.

Messi has became a free agent upon the expiration of his contract at Barca in June, but Barca couldn’t re-sign the 34-year-old without exceeding La Liga’s wage limit.

Today, it was Messi’s turn to say good bye. Not in the way that he wanted, in front of a packed Camp Nou, but instead in the press room at the stadium.

Premier League, Man City

Man City Smash Transfer Record To Sign Jack Greelish

Jack Greelish Manchester City

Premier League champions Manchester City has broken the British transfer record by completing the signing of Jack Grealish for £100m from Aston Villa.

The England international has signed a six-year contract and is expected to make his debut in the Community Shield clash with Leicester City at Wembley.

“I am incredibly happy to have joined Manchester City, City are the best team in the country with a manager considered to be the best in the world – it’s a dream come true to be part of this club,” Grealish said.

Barcelona, La Liga

Lionel Messi Leaves Barcelona

Lionel Messi Priceless

I have written a lot over the last two years about Lionel Messi’s fractured relationship with FC Barcelona and the possibility of him leaving the club this summer on a free transfer. But still, when the news broke today that Messi was leaving Barcelona, it was a shock, and headline news around the world.

Some background on today’s announcement. Messi became a free agent last month after his original contract with Barca expired. Press reports indicated, however, that he was set to re-sign with the club albeit on lower pay terms.

Serie A, Juventus

Ronaldo Wants To Leave Juventus

Ronaldo Leaving Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo has made sure that he is one of the topics of summer after saying that he has achieved what he set out to do in Serie A and that he wants to leave Juventus

The 36-year-old Ronaldo has a year left on his contract that pays him a massive €31m net per season.

Ronaldo has won two Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia and two Italian Super Cups but Juve failed to win the league this season for the first time since 2011.

He said: “I have to value everything we achieved this season at Juventus, both in collective and individual terms.”

Premier League

Harry Kane Puts Himself Up For Sale

Harry Kane

Tottenham Hotspur and England captain Harry Kane has put himself up for sale after reiterating his desire to win trophies following Spurs’s Carabao Cup final defeat.

Kane, who at 27 is in the peak of his career, has yet to win a trophy at Spurs, with the loss to Manchester City his third in a final.

Kane was interviewed by Sky Sports after being named as the Premier League player of the year at the London Football Awards. He is the competition’s top goalscorer with 21 and leading assist-maker with 13.

AC Milan, Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea, Juventus, La Liga, Ligue 1, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd., Premier League, Real Madrid, Serie A

Winners And Losers From January Transfer Window

January Transfer Window

Another January transfer window has come and gone. This one though lacked the fireworks of previous windows due to the ongoing impact that COVID-19 is having on the finances of football clubs around the world.

The lack of money does not mean that some clubs improved themselves during the window, while the lack of activity was a nightmare for some.

Here is a look at the winners and losers from the past month of transfer business

January Transfers Winners
Arsenal
Both on and off the pitch, things are looking a lot rosier at Arsenal now than they did just over a month ago.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd., Premier League

Transfer Window Winners And Losers

January Transfer Window

In a transfer window where COVID-19 really impacted player sales, who won the window in the Premier League. And what teams did not buy well?

Transfer Window Winners

Aston Villa
Aston Villa only secured their Premier League status on the final day of last season – now the club’s owners have backed manager Dean Smith in ambitious fashion to make the most of that escape.

The biggest signing was record buy Ollie Watkins, brought in from Brentford for £28m potentially rising to £33m, the 24-year-old well known to Smith from his time in charge at Griffin Park.

Premier League, Arsenal

Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Complete £45m Deal For Midfielder

Emirates Stadium Arsenal

Arsenal have signed Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid on a long-term deal after paying his 50m euros (£45.3m) release clause. Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, 24, has moved in the opposite direction and joined the La Liga side on loan.

The 27-year-old Ghana midfielder made 35 league appearances and scored three goals for Diego Simeone’s side as they finished third in La Liga last season.

Arsenal have been linked with Partey, who has 29 international caps, throughout the summer transfer window.

Partey won the 2017-18 Europa League and 2018 Super Cup with Atletico and signed a new deal at the Wanda Metropolitano in 2018, until the end of June 2023.

Chelsea, Bundesliga

Chelsea Transfer News: Good Summer For The Blues

Chelsea Flag

While transfer deadline day passed without anymore signings for Chelsea, it was overall a good transfer window for Frank Lampard’s side.

The Blues spent more money than anyone in Europe this summer and they got most of their business done early.

Having saved up funds after two transfer windows of no new players and sales of nearly £200m, Chelsea were in a relatively advantageous financial position in the market compared to basically every other team, all of whom were hit to some extent by the COVID-19 pandemic.