The past few weeks have been very innocuous in the summer transfer window. Fans have only been treated to the occasional update on whether Paul Pogba’s move to Manchester United was set to be completed, or until recently, whether Juventus was actually going to sign Gonzalo Higuain for his crazily priced release clause.
Other than that, though, it’s been very boring indeed. The journalists have even tired out from making headlines actually worth reading, and have opted for the word “update” way more often than they probably would’ve liked. However, with all that said, the early promise of the transfer window means that there’re still plenty of major moves to rave about, and here are the top 5 signings of the summer so far, without further ado:
5. N’Golo Kanté to Chelsea – The Leicester man was one of the hottest properties on the market heading into this window, and Chelsea’s acquisition of the French midfielder can at best be described as ‘lucky’. It just so happened that Conte was the man Kanté wanted to work with, and since Chelsea fitted the bill rather nicely as a big club, the energetic midfielder decided to make the switch. Kanté’s move was a bit understated throughout the media except for one Gary Lineker, who tweeted this:
Inevitably Kanté has gone. Fancy Chelsea will now win the title. He's that good!
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 16, 2016
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United – The big Swede made the world wait for a solid two months before letting us in on his next destination. It was no surprise to see him move to Manchester, though. Zlatan and Mourinho know each other very well, and the striker is yet to add a Premier League medal next to the plethora of championship medals that he’s won throughout his career. Add 2 & 2 together, and the next thing you know, Man United is the favorite to win the Premier League title for this upcoming season.
3. Samuel Umtiti to Barcelona – The young French defender is possibly the next big star in a small pond of world class defensive players. The 22-year old didn’t put a foot wrong during his displays for France at Euro 2016, and his €25 million price tag means he’s a pretty cheap acquisition, too, considering some of the prices that clubs have paid this summer. Early signs show a promising future for the former Lyon man.
2. Miralem Pjanic to Juventus – The Bosnian international has been shown no love for his departure from AS Roma to team up with its Serie A rivals. His former teammate, Radja Nainggolan, has even said that if Pjanic moved to Juve, the latter could “never speak” to him again.
All things aside, the former Roma midfielder adds a new dynamic to the Old Lady’s midfield. Pjanic is perhaps one of the most underrated midfielders in the world, as fans will find out in 2016/17. The player is phenomenal with his passing range, and pretty sick at free-kicks as well. Juve could become entertaining to watch for the first time in a decade.
1. Ousmane Dembélé to Borussia Dortmund – I was as surprised as anybody that this sensation of a 19-year old decided to move to Borussia Dortmund, what with all the big clubs reportedly begging for his signature. For folks looking out for the next Messi/Ronaldo, here’s a genuine candidate. This young Frenchman has shown glimpses where he can be devastatingly good in the final third of the pitch. Most recently, he dazzled past two Man United defenders to beat Sergio Romero from just inside the box.
And to think Dortmund captured him for only €15 million…life can be very generous at times.