Tchouaméni, Lewandowski, Mané, Pogba… The ten notable transfers of the summer market

Tchouaméni, Lewandowski, Mané, Pogba… The ten notable transfers of the summer market

The crisis still does not affect the whole of European football. The summer transfer window has just ended, Thursday, September 1, after months of negotiations and hundreds of millions of euros invested. French players were among the most coveted, while the English championship, the Premier League, spent lavishly. A non-exhaustive review of these summer 2022 collection transfers with the ten most significant movements.

Aurélien Tchouaméni, from AS Monaco to Real Madrid

The first big transfer of the summer. On June 11, the announcement was made : at 22, Aurélien Tchouaméni left the Rock to join Real Madrid. Excellent last season with Monaco, to the point of opening the doors of the France team, Aurélien Tchouaméni has acquired a new dimension. Here it is now “Galactic”. The midfielder is part of the plan for the future of European champions Real Madrid, months after the arrival of compatriot Eduardo Camavinga. The Madrid club relies heavily on him and has already made room for him…

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Casemiro, from Real Madrid to Manchester United

The Brazilian seemed to be one of the indestructible members of the Madrid midfielder’s trident, a European benchmark since the mid-2010s. But after winning five Champions League trophies, Casemiro was tempted by a new challenge: bringing the Red Devils back at the top of English football. At 30, the defensive midfielder arrives at the Red Devils to restore them to their former glory. A hell of a challenge.

Erling Haaland, from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City

The biggest clubs were fighting for it, City won their case. After a supersonic start to his career, Erling Haaland is now evolving for the first time with a cador from the continent. In Manchester, the Norwegian striker has already started to pile up the goals (two hat-tricks and already nine goals scored in five days), as usual, to cement the place of tenor in the Premier League of the formation of Pep Guardiola. And to make him pass, finally, his ultimate course: to win the Champions League.

Erling Haaland with Manchester City during his hat-trick against Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on August 31, 2022. (OLI SCARFF / AFP)

Robert Lewandowski, from Bayern Munich to FC Barcelona

It was said that FC Barcelona was broke, on the edge of the abyss financially. But by bleeding themselves and selling much of their assets for fresh cash immediately, the Catalan club were able to complete one of the most resounding transfers of the year. Barca snatched Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich to make him the new tip of their attack, just months after the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bet. The Pole no longer wanted to stay in Bavaria, here he is green again in Catalonia. He already points to four goals and two assists after only three days. Aubameyang is already back in England, recruited in the last hours of the transfer window by Chelsea.

Jules Koundé, from Sevilla FC to FC Barcelona

The French international, who has become a benchmark for his position in Spain in recent months, is climbing a step further by moving from Seville to FC Barcelona. Jules Koundé is one of the other symbols of the checkbook abundantly released in recent months by the Blaugrana. But the former Bordelais is also the illustration of a madness of grandeur just under control. By not respecting the budgetary rules set by La Liga, Barça were only able to register their rookie for the third day of the championship. At 23, the former Bordelais, who already has 11 tricolor selections, must take a step forward in Catalonia.

Sadio Mané, from Liverpool to Bayern Munich

To compensate for the departure of its chief gunner Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich has, in turn, surprised. Sparkling with Liverpool, Sadio Mané discovered the Bundesliga with the Bavarian club. The Senegalese is far from being a carbon copy of his predecessor. But in the attacking machine that is Bayern under Julian Nagelsmann, his efficiency in front of goal has everything to shine. The challenge is daunting, but after all, Mané has been a candidate for the Ballon d’Or in recent seasons.

Sebastien Haller, from Ajax Amsterdam to Borussia Dortmund

This was to be one of the great stories of the summer. While he thought he had succeeded in breaking through to the highest European level after a superb season at Ajax Amsterdam (11 goals in C1), Sébastien Haller was going to find the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund, another regular in European games. But just weeks after signing, the Franco-Ivorian was diagnosed with testicular cancer. A new battle is announced for the player trained at AJ Auxerre. While waiting for his possible return, the BvB has called on another French regular in the German championship, Anthony Modeste.

Alexis Sanchez, free at OM

Marseille finds the Champions League, and with it, means on the transfer market. OM signed no less than ten new recruits, not counting the final transfers of Mattéo Guendouzi and Cengiz Ünder. Among this myriad of movements, the name of Alexis Sanchez is obvious. The former Barça, Arsenal, Manchester United or Inter, arrives without having cost a penny in transfer. A big name free at the Velodrome? It was enough to raise doubts about his level of play. His double against Brest last Sunday already seems to have reassured.

Alexis Sanchez received a festive welcome when he arrived in Marseille on August 9, 2022. (SPEICH FR?D?RIC / MAXPPP)

Paul Pogba, free at Juventus Turin

Of all the French internationals, he was the one whose future was the most scrutinized. While Kylian Mbappé finally removed the doubt fairly quickly by extending to PSG, Paul Pogba put an end to the open secret by signing his return to Juventus Turin, where he had exploded between 2012 and 2016. But this return home to chase complicated years with Manchester United is far from perfect. The midfielder suffered a serious meniscus injury, creating uncertainty about his fitness ahead of the World Cup. Without forgetting that he now finds himself caught up in the extra-sporting turmoil of an extortion attempt against a background of conflict with his brother Mathias.

Darwin Nunez, from Benfica to Liverpool

Like its rival Manchester City, Liverpool went in search of a goalscorer. The Reds have set their sights on the Uruguayan Darwin Nunez, a striker who wore the colors of Benfica last season and who had also scored against them in the Champions League. At 23, the latter is one of the greatest talents of his generation in his position, in the midst of Haaland, Mbappé and other Vlahovic. His Premier League debut was a mixed one as, after pulling his side out of a misstep against promoted Fulham (2-2), he was sent off for a head-butt on a Crystal Palace player and no longer served. been reviewed since.

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