The transfer window closed last week, and what a transfer window it has been. Fans around the world were constantly checking their phone as clubs confirmed new signings. This summer, we were treated with moves that no one would’ve imagined a year ago. We were also treated with some crazy transfer rumors that were never made official.
Here are the top 5 moments of the 20201 summer transfer window.
5. Sancho Saga Put To an End
At number 5, we have the biggest transfer rumor of last summer. Yes, one of the biggest deals this year was a rumor that was speculated in July of 2020.
Manchester United were keen on signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, but didn’t want to pay the $130m release clause. A year later, the German club willingly dropped Sancho’s price tag and the Red Devils did not hesitate to take action. In a transfer saga that lasted a year, Manchester United signed Sancho for a fee of $99.98m. The English winger signed a 5-year contract, earning 350,000 euros per week.
4. Romelu Returns Home
At number four, we have another Premier league transfer: Romelu Lukaku’s return to Chelsea.
After winning the Champions League, Thomas Tuchel wants to take his team to the next level. Chelsea wants to repeat European glory and win the Premier League after 4 years. To do this, they decided to purchase Romelu Lukaku after Timo Werner disappointed last season.
Nevertheless, this transfer matters more to the Belgian striker than to Chelsea. During Lukaku’s first spell with Chelsea, he failed to become a prolific goalscorer. With Manchester United, he would constantly get criticized by the fans. Lukaku then went to Italy to play with Inter Milan for two years. At Internazionale, the striker scored 40+ goals and won the Scudetto.
Now regarded as arguably the best striker in the world, Lukaku hopes to handle ‘unfinished business’ in London.
3. PSG Turns down Madrid bid
In third, we have not an official transfer but a failed transfer. Throughout this year, one of the biggest talks in soccer was whether or not Mbappe was going to renew his contract with PSG. This summer, it has been made clear that the French forward wants to leave Paris and join Real Madrid.
This opened the door for ‘los merengues’ to sign Kylian Mbappe this summer. Real Madrid reportedly made three bids for Mbappe: one for $189.6m, another bid for $213.3m, and the last one on deadline day for $237m.
Fans across the globe went crazy how PSG did not let go of the French striker for $237m, especially since he only has one more year on his contract. If Mbappe doesn’t sign a new contract, Real Madrid could start talking with the player as early as January. If this happens, Mbappe could leave to Madrid on a free transfer.
2. United’s Golden Boy is Back
At number two we have arguably the biggest shock of the transfer window. In the last days of the transfer window, it was reported that Cristiano Ronaldo wanted out of Juventus. What caused so much mayhem is that his most probable destination was Manchester City…
The world went crazy as a player who is regarded as a Manchester United legend was on the brink of signing with their city rivals. Everything seemed to be pointing for a Pep-Ronaldo link up until rumors came out that City backed out of the deal. With this, United went all in and began talks with Cristiano. After a couple of hours Manchester United posted this:
The rest is history.
1. Messi Leaves Barcelona for PSG
And at number one is, in my opinion, the biggest story of this transfer news. After 21 years, Lionel Messi leaves FC Barcelona and signs a 2-year deal with Paris-Saint-Germain. This is regarded as the biggest transfer of all time because of the story behind it.
A year ago, it was reported that Messi wanted out of Barcelona after losing 8-2 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. The club president at the time, Bartomeu, stated that Messi would only leave for 700m euros. With no one willing to give up that amount, Messi decided to stay for the rest of his contract, which would expire in July of 2021.
As the 2020/21 season continued, Bartomeu resigned as club president and Laporte came in. Laporte claimed that his main goal was to keep Messi, and stated that contract talks were looking good. The summer came and Lionel Messi went on to win the Copa America as his contract expired. After coming back from a long vacation, Messi returned to Barcelona to finish the contract talks, but a major hurdle stood in the way of Barcelona. La Liga enacted new salary caps and rules, stating that no player could lower their salary more than 50%. The Argentinian had offered to lower his salary 50%, but due to Barca’s financial problems, the club wouldn’t have been able to register him as a player.
After Messi gave his farewell speech, he began talks with PSG. A couple days passed, and this was announced:
Who would’ve thought Messi would ever wear a jersey different than Barcelona’s.
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