5 teams that have led the best deals in the transfer market so far (July 2022)
Transfer windows are always tricky to navigate, even for the most resourceful clubs. It is not enough to have money and throw it everywhere. Investments must be carefully considered and recruiting players who match the profile they are looking for is a difficult task.
Teams are also looking to offload players during the transfer window for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it may be to take the pressure off their wage bill while in other cases it may be to make a profit on a player deemed surplus to requirements.
It is only when the entries and exits have all contributed to improving the team that a team can be said to have had a successful transfer window. Without further ado, an overview of the five teams that have made the best deals in the current transfer window.
Manchester City have made some of the best signings this summer. They triggered Erling Haaland’s €60m release clause and brought him from Borussia Dortmund. The young Norwegian international is already one of the best strikers in the world at 21 years old.
City have also secured the services of Kalvin Phillips. They signed the England international on a deal worth €48.75m and significantly strengthened their already powerful midfield.
City sold Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal for 52 million euros. They are also set to offload Raheem Sterling to Chelsea. While it’s a bargain on paper, the depth of City’s attack could be significantly affected if the new signings aren’t thrown in.
#4 Villa Aston
Barcelona signed Philippe Coutinho for €135m in January 2018. He has since been sent on two separate loan spells and has now joined Aston Villa in a deal worth just €20m. We all know there’s a world-class player in there and if Steven Gerrard can bring out the best in him, it could be the deal of the summer.
Aston Villa have further strengthened their midfield by signing Boubacar Kamara on a free transfer. Kamara is one of the most promising young midfielders in the game and they did a great job convincing him to join despite the lack of Champions League football.
Kamara was linked with several top European clubs and it was quite surprising that it was Aston Villa who ultimately secured his services.
#3 Real Madrid
Real Madrid are said to be disappointed to have missed out on Kylian Mbappe after the French striker decided to sign a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain. But they’ve still done well in the transfer window so far.
With age starting to catch up with their world-class midfielders, it was time for Real Madrid to invest in the younger generation. They paid up to 80 million euros to sign defensive midfielder Aurélien Tchouameni from AS Monaco. This amount seems a bit daunting, but it is a long-term investment that will most likely pay dividends.
Real Madrid have done well by signing Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer. The Germany international has established himself as one of the best centre-backs in Europe over the past two seasons. He is at the height of his powers and will do Los Blancos even more formidable at the rear.
They have also removed Gareth Bale from their wage bill as the Welshman has now left to join Los Angeles FC on a free transfer. While Bale enjoyed plenty of success at the Santiago Bernabeu, his constant injury problems and perceived lack of commitment to the club put them to the test.
Sadio Mane has had a wonderful 2022 so far. He was one of Liverpool’s best performers in the 2021-22 season and the 30-year-old could be a great addition to Bayern Munich. He cost them 32 million euros and at that price he is a very good signing.
If the Bavarians definitely missed a turn by allowing Niklas Sule to leave on a free transfer to join Borussia Dortmund, they made up for it elsewhere. They have signed promising young right-back Noussair Mazraoui on a free transfer. He is a versatile player who can also play in midfield and he will be greatly missed by Ajax.
Bayern Munich also did well to secure the services of young Dutch midfielder Ryan Gravenberch in a deal worth €18m. Gravenberch is considered one of the best players to graduate from Ajax’s youth academy in recent times.
#1 Tottenham Hotspur
With Tottenham Hotspur being a force to be reckoned with in the transfer market, that seems a little odd. But that’s how things went this summer. After their struggles in the 2021-22 Premier League season, Everton were almost certain to lose Richarlison. Spurs signed him on a deal worth €58m.
He’s a versatile striker who can not only play anywhere on the frontline but can also be a worthy replacement for Harry Kane. The signing of Yves Bissouma, one of the Premier League’s best defensive midfielders for €29.2million, is another big deal for Spurs.
Bissouma is close to his peak and looks certain to succeed under Antonio Conte. The addition of Ivan Perisic on a free transfer was yet another solid move from Spurs. Perisic and Conte have shared a good working relationship since their time at Inter Milan.
The Croatian international is one of the most versatile players in the world. He can play as a full-back or a forward and will bring plenty of experience alongside Conte.