11 European transfers you might have missed, featuring Bayern, Milan & Juve
The transfer window has only just opened, but a host of eye-catching deals have already been completed.
Any transfers completed by the top Premier League clubs are unlikely to pass anybody by, but business done on the continent can often go relatively under the radar.
With that in mind, here are some of the most intriguing moves made so far, featuring the likes of Bayern Munich, Roma and AC Milan.
Bayern Munich may have just won the Bundesliga for the fifth-consecutive season, but they have wasted no time in reinforcing their squad for next term.
Their most recent signing is the £35million capture of 22-year-old Lyon midfielder Tolisso, who was linked with a number of clubs around Europe after catching the eye with 14 goals and seven assists last season – his strike against Roma in the Europa League is particularly worth a watch.
While stalwarts Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso have retired, Bayern have already signed Tolisso, Sebastian Rudy, Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman (permanently) and Niklas Sule ahead of the upcoming campaign. The challenge will be whether they can improve on the semi-finals in the Champions League.
Valbuena was in and out of the Lyon starting XI last season, making 15 league starts with a further 15 appearances from the bench, but still tallied an impressive 10 goals and seven assists in all competitions.
After a disappointing campaign in which they finished third, Fenerbahce have pulled off what looks like a tidy piece of business by signing the former France international for an initial €1.5m.
Valbuena told the Turkish club’s official website: “Fenerbahce is a very big club. Fenerbahce had been interested in me before. Fenerbahce is a club that I always feel very close to myself and a desire to come to.”
We’re starting suspect his wage depends on the amount of times he can say “Fenerbahce”.
Fenerbahçe have signed Mathieu Valbuena from Lyon for an undisclosed fee.
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Best known in England as the man who broke Luke Shaw’s leg, Moreno marshalled a PSV defence which conceded the fewest goals in the ridiculously high-scoring Eredivisie, and also weighed in with seven goals of his own.
At 29 years of age and with over 300 appearances in Europe, plus 79 caps for Mexico, Roma are getting an experienced competitor. The fact he became the first Roma signing of transfer guru Monchi – who described the defender as “a target of mine for a long time” – also speaks volumes.
An intriguing move for a number of reasons. Many Man City fans can be excused for having not heard of Unal, who joined the club in 2015 but spent the intervening two years on three different loan spells, and yet he has still commanded a transfer fee of £12million.
The forward’s price tag comes following an extremely productive season with FC Twente, for whom he scored 18 league goals, and the challenge now is whether the 20-year-old can replicate that form in La Liga.
If he does then don’t be surprised to see Unal back in the Premier League as City made sure to include a £17.5million buy-back clause in the transfer, which suggests they still rate the Turkey international highly.
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Like Bayern Munich, AC Milan have wasted no time in showing their ambition ahead of the new season. After finishing a disappointing sixth in Serie A last term, and buoyed by the wealth of their new Chinese owners, Milan have snapped up defenders Ricardo Rodriguez and Mateo Musacchio, while the highly-rated Franck Kessie will bolster the midfield.
The Rossoneri’s Achilles’ heel last season, however, was hitting the back of the net, as they scored fewer goals than any other side in the top half.
The £35million signing of Silva should help address that after the 21-year-old scored 26 goals and registered seven assists in all competitions last season for Porto – and he arrives with a ringing endorsement from Cristiano Ronaldo.
“When I retire, Portugal will be in good hands because they have already found a great striker: Andre Silva,” Ronaldo told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
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Mahmoud Dahoud is Dortmund’s most high-profile arrival of the summer, but with Marco Reus suffering another injury blow, Philipp could be their most important.
After helping Freiburg to promotion in 2015-16, the attacking midfielder scored nine goals on their return to the top flight as the side finished an impressive seventh.
If the Germany Under-21 international continues his improvement at Dortmund then he can expect to break into the senior side soon enough.
Swapping one gorgeous kit for another, Bentancur moves to Juventus on a five-year deal after the Bianconeri exercised a first option to sign the midfielder which was included in Carlos Tevez’s return to Argentina.
Juventus have paid £8million to land the 19-year-old, who has drawn comparisons to Nemanja Matic due to his tall frame and ability to break up play and keep possession.
Returning to the club for whom he scored 76 goals in 92 league appearances, Huntelaar will provide plenty of experience – and plenty of goals – to the vibrant, young side which reached the Europa League final.
“It’s no secret that Ajax is my club, so I’m very glad to return,” Huntelaar said. “I feel very fit and I’m already looking forward to the end of June when the preseason preparation begins. I won trophies with Ajax, but not the title. That is the goal at the end of the season.”
It’s also worth remembering he scored one of the greatest volleys of all time.
While the United States continue to impressively develop as a footballing nation, one of the blots on their copybook was the fact Jozy Altidore was the most expensive American in history.
That record has now been wiped from the history books after Wolfsburg paid €20million to land Brooks from Hertha Berlin.
After requesting a transfer from Berlin – where Brooks was born to an American father – the defender needs to justify his decision after leaving a side which finished sixth for a team which needed to win a play-off to avoid relegation.
Monaco may have suffered the blow of losing Bernardo Silva to Manchester City, but they have pulled off a coup by landing one of the most highly-rated young players in the world as his replacement.
Tielemans, still only 20, joined Monaco in a £21.63million deal, but if he carries on the form which earned him so many admirers he could move again for at least double that amount.
Bolstering RB Leipzig’s collection of some of the brightest prospects in Europe, Bruma was linked with Tottenham and Manchester United after scoring 11 goals for Galatasaray in 2016-17.
“Bruma fits perfectly with our football and the physical facilities to our game,” sporting director Ralph Rangnick told the Leipzig’s official website.
“He is fast, technically strong and has an extreme pull to the goal. We are glad that we could sign a player with such talent for us.”