Six summer transfers already agreed, ft Chelsea, Barcelona, Bayern Munich
While plenty of uncertainty surrounds football right now, a number of clubs have already started preparing for the future in wrapping up summer signings.
The likes of Chelsea, Barcelona and Bayern Munich already have signings in place for whenever the transfer window re-opens.
We’ve taken a closer look at six summer transfers already agreed…
Had Chelsea got their way, Ziyech would already be in place at Stamford Bridge, having tried to sign the winger in the January transfer window.
Ajax refused to let the player leave in winter before agreeing to a £33.3million deal to take place in the summer.
Ziyech, who had a hand in three goals in the 4-4 draw against Chelsea earlier this season, rose to wider prominence as one of the stars of Ajax’s run to the 2018-19 Champions League semi-finals and has kickstarted what is likely to be another summer exodus from the Dutch outfit.
Bayern Munich already have Manuel Neuer in goal, and they’ve secured the signing of the man tipped to replace their captain as Germany’s No.1 stopper.
Nubel, who was even nicknamed ‘Manuel’ as a youngster, is following in Neuer’s footsteps by making the switch to Bayern from Schalke, agreeing to join the Bavarians on a free transfer upon the expiration of his contract.
The 23-year-old was named Schalke’s captain at the start of the season but subsequently lost his place in the side once it became apparent his long-term future belongs elsewhere.
When Neuer was asked whether Nubel could develop into Germany’s next No.1, he replied: “He could be. He needs the experience that he will definitely get, but he’s already developed really well.”
With Hakim Ziyech moving to Chelsea, Ajax have already lined up a replacement for the Moroccan in the signing of Antony from Sao Paulo.
Ajax have raided the Brazilian side in the past to great success, signing David Neres for €12million in 2017, and have agreed to pay an initial £13million for Antony, which could rise to £18.2million.
The 20-year-old has five goals in nine caps for Brazil’s Under-23s and had a direct hand in 10 goals in last season’s Brasileirao.
“We are getting a creative player who can play in every position up front,” said Ajax director of football Marc Overmars.
“Some of our players will be leaving this summer – we need to plan for that, so it’s great that we’ve been able to finalise this transfer.”
#Antony on his way to #Ajax? Worldwide one of the most exciting U19 wingers with first team experience and high value in dribbling. Compared to David #Neres on that age already more experienced. #saopaulo pic.twitter.com/ZqdtYkfXvc
— Niels Wigbold (@NielsWigbold) January 30, 2020
Barcelona’s transfer business has come under scrutiny in recent years, but they have invested in the future in signing Braga attacker Trincao for £26million.
The 20-year-old averages a goal or assist every 88.9 minutes with Braga this season and is part of Portugal’s ‘Generation 99’ that became the first group of players to win both the Under-17 and Under-19 European trophies.
Antoine Griezmann is already well aware of the player’s talents, describing Trincao as “Football Manager crack”.
Another Barcelona buy, Fernandes has been signed from Palmeiras for an initial fee of £5.8million and potential add-ons of £2.5million.
Fernandes has only spent one season at Palmeiras after arriving from Botafogo and is already in Spain after joining Real Valladolid on loan in January.
The 21-year-old midfielder has been capped by Brazil at Under-17 and Under-20 level, although he has yet to appear in Spain for Valladolid.
The third and final signing on this list to be leaving Brazil, Pedrinho has been snapped up from Corinthians by Benfica.
At the age of 21, the winger has already made over 100 senior appearances for Corinthians and has cost the Portuguese outfit €20million.