Football is officially back! A dramatic opening weekend in England and France kicked-off the domestic league action from Europe’s top five leagues, whilst in Germany Bayern Munich defeated Borussia Dortmund to lift the German Super Cup and Barcelona took a 2-0 advantage into the second-leg of their Spanish Super Cup tie against Sevilla.
Whilst all the action took place on the field, there was still a wealth of drama off it as clubs continue to splash the cash to bring in the players they need- and the past seven days have been massive, with a number of transfer records being broken by clubs including a deal that has put a new player under the limelight of most expensive in the world.
Without further ado, we’ll kick things off. There’s just a few weeks remaining of the window now so expect transfer deals to continue coming!
Andre Ayew: Swansea to West Ham (£20.5m)
West Ham United splashed a club-record £20.5m to bring Andre Ayew to the Olympic Stadium, following the Ghanian’s excellent debut campaign in the Premier League last term with Swansea City. He netted 12 goals last season, having moved to the Welsh side on a free transfer, and is now in-line to make his club debut this evening in the Hammers opening clash with Chelsea.
Jese Rodriguez: Real Madrid to Paris Saint-Germain (Undisclosed)
Paris Saint-Germain continue to splash the cash in France, with the latest acquisition seeing Jese Rodriguez join the club from Real Madrid. He leaves Los Blancos after nine years, having come through the youth ranks in Madrid. Jese is Unai Emery’s fifth summer signing following his move from Sevilla to the hot-seat in the French capital but unfortunately Jese is set to be out of action for the next month due to appendicitis.
Thomas Vermaelen: Barcelona to Roma (Loan)
Another move involving one of Spain’s big-boys, Thomas Vermaelen has left Barcelona to join Roma on a season long loan deal. The Belgian has endured a difficult time in Spain since leaving Arsenal and the Premier League in 2014, making just one appearance in his first season due to injury problems. Another 20 appearances followed last term but the signing of Samuel Umtiti pushes the former Gunners captain further down the pecking order, so Roma gives the 30-year-old the opportunity to get his career back-on-track.
Paul Pogba: Juventus to Manchester United (£89m)
The big one. Manchester United spent a world-record fee of £89m to bring Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford, who left the Red Devils four years ago to join Juventus. The French international is one of the brightest prospects in world football and is tipped as a future Ballon D’Or winner, whilst his arrival at United boosts the calibre of Jose Mourinho’s team significantly and caps off an exciting summer following the other additions; Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
John Stones: Everton to Manchester City (£47.5m)
Across the city last week, the blue half of Manchester also brought an end to a long transfer saga by completing a £47.5m deal for John Stones. The deal bringing the England centre-back to the Etihad Stadium from Everton made Stones the second-most expensive defender in world football and the second-most expensive English player of all-time, behind David Luiz and Raheem Sterling respectively.
Stones put in a solid display at the weekend on his debut, helping his new side secure a 2-1 victory over David Moyes’ Sunderland.
Ashley Williams: Swansea to Everton (£12m)
Coming in as replacement for the recently departed John Stones, Everton splashed £12m to bring Swansea City captain Ashley Williams to Goodison Park. The 31-year-old is Ronald Koeman’s third signing for the Toffees this summer but his experience centre-back was unavailable for the opening weekend, where Everton drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur.
Mauricio Isla: Juventus to Cagliari (£3.4m)
On the continent, Serie A newcomers Cagliari landed a significant deal to bring Chilean defender Mauricio Isla to the club from Juventus. The 28-year-old spent the majority of last season on-loan with Marseille and won the Copa America with Chile this summer, following the shoot-out victory over Argentina.
Borja Baston: Atletico Madrid to Swansea (£15m)
Swansea City, having sold Andre Ayew and Ashley Williams, spent a club-record £15m to bring Borja Baston to the Premier League from Atletico Madrid. The 23-year-old striker is an important purchase for the Welsh side, who have staggeringly seen four forwards leave the club this summer. Alongside compatriot Fernando Llorente, Baston will look to fill the void and help the club retain their Premier League status.
Jonathan Calleri: Deportivo Maldonado to West Ham (Loan)
West Ham United completed an exciting move last week, bringing 22-year-old Argentine ace Jonathan Calleri to the club from South American side Deportivo Maldonado on a season-long loan. Calleri is one of the most highly-rated young talents within South American football and his arrival at West Ham brings back memories from a decade ago, when the Hammers stunned the market by landing Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano.
Paddy McNair & Donald Love: Manchester United to Sunderland (£5.5m)
New Sunderland boss David Moyes raided his old club Manchester United last week, with the first deals seeing Paddy McNair and Donald Love join the Black Cats for a combined fee of £5.5m. The 21-year-old duo penned four-year deals at the Stadium of Light, though McNair had a debut to forget against Manchester City has he unfortunately netted an own-goal to help Pep Guardiola’s secure his first victory in English football.
Adnan Januzaj: Manchester United to Sunderland (Loan)
Joining McNair and Love in Wearside, Adnan Januzaj joined the David Moyes regime on a season-long loan from Manchester United. Januzaj was a big player for Moyes during his ill-fated time in charge of the Red Devils, with the Scotsman handing the Belgian his debut, although things started to go sour under Louis Van Gaal as Januzaj struggled to earn regular football and couldn’t find game-time during a spell with Borussia Dortmund last term.