Top Ten-Soccer Summer Transfers

Busy Summer in Top European Soccer Leagues

Lukaku, Mane, Haaland All on the Move

The Summer transfer window is well underway and there have been plenty of blockbuster deals already. Some of soccer’s biggest stars are on the move and we’re here to recap some of the biggest moves. Here are ten of the biggest soccer Summer transfers so far.

10. Karim Adeyemi to Borussia Dortmund ($40m)

Borussia Dortmund lost star striker Erling Haaland (more on that later) and replaced him with exciting young talent. Karim Adeyemi is a 20-year-old full German international who scored four Champions League goals with RB Salzburg last season. Dortmund always seems to sign bargain deals and this one is no exception. Dortmund bringing him, Niklas Sule, and Nico Schlotterbeck in should boost their Bundesliga title odds.

9. Kalvin Phillips to Manchester City ($50.9m)

Leeds United are now in the process of losing their two best players, Kalvin Phillips and Rafinha, however, this is an unsurprising soccer Summer transfer, as Man City has boatloads of cash and just lost longtime player Fernandinho.

Phillips is an excellent replacement and is a regular on the England national team. He’ll provide cover in midfield and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him work his way into Man City’s starting eleven.

8. Richarlison to Tottenham ($60.7m)

This is a deal that both Everton and Tottenham will certainly be happy with but was surprising soccer transfer news. Everton, who were nearly relegated last season, needs to rebuild their team and address problem areas at the back and in midfield.

Meanwhile, Spurs were in the market for a versatile attacker and they got their guy. The Brazilian should play in various positions across the front line and serve as Harry Kane’s backup. With Spurs returning to the Champions League, Richarlison should get plenty of game time.

7. Paul Pogba to Juventus (Free)

Paul Pogba commanded a world record transfer fee when he was signed by Manchester United from Juventus in 2016. Six years later, Pogba is joining Juventus again for free. This is an excellent bit of business by Juventus, who should challenge in the Serie A once again.

Pogba has come under fire for his displays with Man U but his best days were in the Serie A. He won four consecutive league titles with Juve from 2012 to 2016.

6. Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal ($55m)

Arsenal finally got their number nine after a season with disappointing striker play. Jesus has worked with Mikel Arteta before at Manchester City and fits into Arteta’s pressing play style wonderfully. Playing alongside Martin Ødegaard and Bukayo Saka should mean a lot of chances for the Brazilian international.

Jesus’s versatility is also a plus, as the four-time Premier League winner can play on either wing. Arsenal’s marquee signing should boost their EPL odds to make the top four.

5. Darwin Nunez to Liverpool ($78m)

Largely unknown before last season, Darwin Nunez emerged as one of the best young strikers in Europe in 2021-22. The Uruguayan scored an impressive 34 goals in 41 matches for Benfica last season, however, this is a high-risk, high-reward proposition for Liverpool.

One known quantity is that Nunez gives Jurgen Klopp another attacking dimension. At 6’2”, he is an aerial presence. Liverpool will certainly hope he adjusts to the Premier League quickly after losing Sadio Mane.

4. Aurélien Tchouaméni to Real Madrid ($83.7m)

Aurélien Tchouaméni to Real Madrid is one of the biggest transfers in soccer this Summer. The 22-year-old former Monaco man is joining an already-stacked Real Madrid midfield. Tchouaméni can play as both a defensive midfielder or box-to-box midfielder and continues to get better.

Florentino Perez continues to make shrewd signings for Real Madrid and this is a good consolation to missing out on Kylian Mbappé. While the Modric, Kroos, Casemiro trio is still intact, Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga and Tchouaméni are ones for the future.

3. Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan (Loan)

Just one year after Romelu Lukaku became the second-most expensive signing in Premier League history, he’s headed back to Italy. Inter Milan is taking back Lukaku on loan and the Belgian striker’s most successful period was with Inter from 2019 to 2021.

Lukaku scored just eight league goals with Chelsea last season but managed 47 in two seasons with Inter. The Nerazzurri won the Scudetto with Lukaku up top in 2021 and will hope Lukaku can make a difference this season.

2. Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich ($35m)

Entering the final year of his Liverpool contract, Sadio Mane pushed for a move to the Bundesliga. He got his dream move to Bayern Munich and the ten-time defending Bundesliga champions are getting a superstar. Mane averaged 20 goals per season in all competitions during six seasons with Liverpool and is at the peak of his powers.

Mane won the FA Cup and League Cup with Liverpool last season and helped Senegal win their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations. This could be a bargain for Bayern Munich and will certainly help lessen the sting if Robert Lewandowski leaves.

1. Erling Haaland to Manchester City ($65m)

Last but certainly not least, Erling Haaland to Manchester City is the most game-changing soccer Summer transfer. Man City got him for his release clause of $65 million and his true value is probably double that. Haaland, a 6’4” striker, dominated the Bundesliga during his time with Borussia Dortmund. He averaged nearly a goal per game with Dortmund and has plenty of Champions League experience at a young age.

With Gabriel Jesus at Arsenal, the number nine role is Haaland’s alone. The Norwegian should get a whole lot of goal-scoring opportunities playing in front of Kevin de Bruyne and Bernardo Silva. The city will go all out to win the Champions League this season and adding Haaland is a massive boost.

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