Top 12 transfer moves of the week:
1. Joao Felix to Atletico Madrid
With a whopping transfer fee of £113m, the Portuguese teenager has become the 4th most expensive player of all time. The 19-year old international attacker has scored 20 goals and assisted 11 times in 43 games. Despite the fact that Antoine Griezmann hasn’t officially left yet, Atletico Madrid allowed Felix to wear the No.7 jersey.
2. Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich
After Virgil van Dijk (£75m), Hernandez is the most expensive defender in world football history. Bayern Munich have spent a gigantic fee of £68m for the French defender, who will wear the legendary No.21 after Phillip Lahm.
3. Frenkie De Jong to Barcelona
After his amazing performances with Ajax in the Champions League last season, De Jong has finally found his dream move. Barcelona has paid the Dutch side a transfer fee of £65.3m. The 22-year old Dutch international scored and assisted 4 times in 31 Eredivisie appearances last season.
4. Rodri to Manchester City
A fee of £62.6m allowed Rodri to become the most expensive signing in Manchester City’s history. Their previous record signing was Riyad Mahrez for a fee of £60m. The 23-year old Spanish international has appeared in 47 games for Atletico Madrid last season.
5. Ander Herrera to PSG
After his contract expired with Manchester United, the Spanish midfielder got snatched up by PSG on a free transfer. Soon to turn 30, Herrera will earn £300,000 per week in Paris, that will last until 2024.
6. Tanguy Ndombele to Tottenham Hotspur
The 22-year old international cost the North London side a club record fee of £55m, plus incentives. A 6-year contract that will reportedly earn him £200,000 per week, should be enough to make the French midfielder happy.
7. Aaron Wan Bissaka to Manchester United
The England U21 right-back has had a great season with Crystal Palace last year, appearing in 39 games and assisting 4 times. The Red Devils have recently announced the signing of Wan Bissaka, it is believed that a fee of up to £50m will be paid to Palace. The 21-year old will receive a weekly wage of £80,000 per week at Old Trafford.
8. Adrien Rabiot to Juventus
The Turin side has confirmed the signing of Rabiot on a free transfer, after his contract ended with PSG. The 24-year old French international scored and assisted 2 times in 20 appearances for the French side last season. Manchester United were also closely interested in Rabiot, but he later revealed that his move to Juventus was influenced by Gianluigi Buffon.
9. Gianluigi Buffon to Juventus
The 41-year old veteran and Juventus legend Buffon has returned to his homeland. The Italian icon has signed a 1-year deal with his old team, and will wear the No.77 on his back. After being asked on why he didn’t pick the No.1 and the captaincy, Buffon said “I thank both Chiellini and Szczesny who offered me the number 1 and the captain’s armband. What’s fair, however, is that the starting goalkeeper keeps number 1 and that Giorgio, who’s like my brother stays Captain.”
10. Ayoze Perez to Leicester City
A £30m deal allowed Perez to move to Leicester City, on a four-year deal. The Foxes activated the buy-out clause for the Spanish attacker, who scored 12 goals and assisted twice under Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle last season.
11. Benjamin Pavard to Bayern Munich
Although it was already agreed upon in the January transfer window, the World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard has officially completed his £31.4m move to Bayern Munich. The Frenchman will sign on a 5-year deal.
12. Mateo Kovacic to Chelsea
After a successful loan spell in London, the Croatian international has completed a permanent move to Chelsea. The Blues have signed Kovacic from Real Madrid, in a deal that is reportedly worth up to £40.3m. The 25-year old midfielder has signed a 5-year deal with Chelsea, who are unlikely to make any other transfers this season due to their ban enforced by FIFA.