Another week down, another batch of transfers completed. The pre-season preparations are drawing to a close for many, with the Premier League and Ligue 1 kicking-off this weekend, whilst the beginning of the La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A seasons are just a few weeks away.
Whilst sides may continue to be active right up until the end of the transfer window this month, it’s unlikely any new purchases from this stage will feature for their new clubs immediately. From that, we can assess who we can expect to make our debuts in the coming weeks- but that doesn’t mean the spending will stop.
As it’s Monday, TopEleven welcomes you to a recap of the biggest signings of the past seven days. Enjoy!
Marlos Moreno: Atletico Nacional to Manchester City (£4.5m)
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola capped off a busy week over the weekend by landing 19-year-old Colombian ace Marlos Moreno, who was recently described by South American football journalist Tim Vickery as “the best young talent on the continent”- comparing him to a young Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and Neymar. He’ll have to wait to make his impact with Pep Guardiola’s side though, as he’ll spend the 2016/17 season on-loan at La Liga outfit Deportivo La Coruna.
Papy Djilobodji: Chelsea to Sunderland (£8m)
New Sunderland boss David Moyes made his first venture in the transfer market for the Black Cats over the weekend, landing Ghanian defender Papy Djilobodji from fellow Premier League side Chelsea. The 27-year-old joined the Blues late last summer, after then manager Jose Mourinho failed to land John Stones from Everton, but went on to play just a single minute for the West London giants before his sale to Sunderland.
Jon Flanagan: Liverpool to Burnley (Loan)
23-year-old full-back Jon Flanagan, who Brazilian legend Cafu once described as the best player in the world in his position, has joined Premier League new-boys Burnley for the forthcoming season. The youngster made his return from a 20-month injury lay-off at the back-end of last season and his move to Burnley allows him to continue his recovery and development.
Fernando Llorente: Sevilla to Swansea City (Undisclosed)
The 31-year-old Spanish forward, who won the World Cup in 2010, has moved to Wales on an undisclosed fee and is likely to become the Swans go-to striker, following the loss of three forwards this summer. Having earned a wealth of experience during his time with Athletic Bilbao, Juventus and Sevilla, Llorente will aim to fire the Swans to glory and hopes to force his way back into international reckoning too.
Ross McCormack: Fulham to Aston Villa (£12m)
It’s rare that a transfer between two English Football League sides makes a lot of headlines, and features on this list, but Aston Villa’s expensive acquisition of Ross McCormack is a big one. The 29-year-old Scotsman has scored over 100 league goals during his career and will hope to provide Roberto Di Matteo’s side with a swift return to England’s top-flight, following the club’s relegation last season.
Wojciech Szczesny: Arsenal to Roma (Loan)
Polish international Wojciech Szczesny has returned to Italy for a second spell with Roma, meaning it’s unlikely any goalkeepers will depart Arsenal permanently between now and the end of the window. Szczesny excelled in Serie A last season and had made it clear he wanted to return to the club, although the Gunners were not keen to sell on a permanent basis, although the situation is likely to be revisited next summer.
Gabriel Jesus: Palmeiras to Manchester City (£27m)
The second major acquisition for Manchester City last week saw Olympian Gabriel Jesus secure a move to Europe for a stunning fee of £27m, though he will continue to play for Palmeiras after his exploits in Rio until December. Rated as one of South America’s finest young talents, the 19-year-old scored 19 goals in 30 appearances last season and has been compared to a young Neymar.
Bartosz Kapustka: Cracovica to Leicester City (£7.5m)
The 19-year-old Euro 2016 Polish ace has joined Premier League champions Leicester City on a five-year deal, which may concern Foxes fans. Whilst it’s a tremendous acquisition for Claudio Ranieri’s side, it may increase speculation that Riyad Mahrez will leave. However, the teenager will be looking to tread his own path and Leicester will be pleased to have won the battle for his services.
Federico Fazio: Tottenham Hotspur to Roma (Loan)
Another player switching North London for Roma this season is Federico Fazio, who has left Spurs to join the Italian side on a season-long loan. The 29-year-old joined two-years ago but has featured just 25 times for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, though he won the Europa League with Sevilla during a loan stint with the Andalusian club. It’s unlikely the Argentine will appear for Spurs again, although anything can happen.
Mohamed Salah: Chelsea to Roma (Undisclosed)
Luciano Spalletti’s side were certainly busy last week as they brought Egyptian ace Mohamed Salah back to the club from Chelsea, this time on a permanent basis following a successful loan stint last year. He failed to make an impact at Chelsea, making just 13 Premier League appearances, and previously spent time with Fiorentina.
Leroy Sane: Schalke to Manchester City (£37m)
The biggest deal of the week by far saw German prodigy Leroy Sane complete his move from Schalke to Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola finally landing his prime-target after weeks of negotiations. The 20-year-old has been likened to a young Ryan Giggs and is destined for great things, which he should achieve comfortably under the guidance of Pep Guardiola.