Three Winners & Three Losers Of The Transfer Window So Far

Three Winners & Three Losers Of The Transfer Window So Far
Jun 26, 2017

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The transfer window is a time where managers strengthen their squads and look to bring in quality players to satisfy the increasing demand from fans with every passing season. This time, too, it has been no different. With some managers doing their business pretty early to minimise the hassle in the closing days, and with others waiting until the transfer window officially opens on July 1st. Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo, Marco Verratti, Virgil van Dijk and others have been the talk of the transfer window so far, and on that note, we look at the winners andlLosers from the transfer market so far:

Winners: A.C. Milan

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The wounded Italian warriors have been enduring one of their lowest points in their illustrious history, however, the addition of Chinese investors along with their financial power and suddenly The Rossoneri look like a club with ambition again. Milan have already made four signings in a bid to improve on their 6th place finish last season, spending €74 million on four new additions.

Mateo Musacchio came in as the first signing to strengthen the defence and was signed for €18 million from Villareal. Franck Kessié was announced days after, on a two-year loan deal with an obligation to buy at the end of the loan period. The exciting young Ivorian is a midfield powerhouse and helped Atlanta finish 4th in the recently concluded Serie A, scoring 6 goals and was courted by a number of Premier League clubs. It is rumoured that A.C. Milan have agreed a €28 million fee for the 20-year-old.

Ricardo Rodríguez was one of the most sought after left-backs in European Football two years ago. The Swiss finally made the switch to Milan for a fee around €18 million. Although he endured a disappointing campaign with W0lfsburg but with age on his side, it’s still highly likely that he fulfils his huge potential under Vincenzo Montella.

Last of the signings and possibly the most exciting, André Silva. The 21-year-old Portuguese forward is already playing for the national side and scored 21 goals for FC Porto in all competitions last season. Silva became the second most expensive player in A.C. Milan’s history when he signed for a fee of €38 million and it doesn’t look like they are in any mood to stop. The Renaissance has just begun for Milan.

Winner: Manchester City

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Pep Guardiola, the genius, the visionary and one of the most successful managers in world football, finally felt that the Premier League might not be as easy as he had thought. Manchester City finished third and Pep Guardiola went trophyless for the first time in his managerial career. There was a lot for him to ponder over as the season ended.

City had an ageing side and Pep Guardiola, who as a manager would always take pride in developing young players, was in for a busy summer transfer window. On 26th May, Manchester City announced that they have released Bacary Sagna, Gaël Clichy, Jesús Navas and Willy Caballero. Pablo Zabaleta had also told that he’d be leaving at the end of the season. Shortly after that, Manchester City completed the signing of AS Monaco playmaker, Bernardo Silva. Silva is the most Guardiola-esque player that the Spaniard could have bought. Stunning technique, amazing dribbling and diminutive.

It is no surprise that Claudio Bravo wasn’t really at his best last season and was much worse than Pep Guardiola would have expected before splashing £17 million on him and giving a City fan favourite, Joe Hart, the boot. A season was enough to prove that Bravo might not be the sweeper-keeper that Pep had had in Víctor Valdés and Manuel Neuer.

Manchester City signed Ederson for a world record fee for a GK from Benfica. Known for his sharp stopping and ball playing ability, it looks like it will be him for the No. 1 shirt with Bravo playing second fiddle. Manchester City have also been linked with Benjamin Mendy, which looks to be highly probable, and Javi Martínez from Bayern Munich.

Winner: Bayern Munich

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Bayern Munich had a pretty routine season in which they won the Bundesliga. The disappointing part of the season for Carlo Ancelotti would definitely be a quarter-final exit albeit to eventual champions, Real Madrid. Ancelotti has always been a Man with incredible European Credentials, after all, he was the manager who gave Real Madrid their much awaited ‘La Decima’. And, Bayern have wasted no time in recruiting.

In January, they struck deals with Hoffenheim for duo Niklas Süle and Sebastian Rudy who’ll officially become Bayern players on July 1st. Bayern also had to deal with two legends retiring from the game. Club Captain, Philip Lahm and Spain legend, Xabi Alonso both decided that the last season would be their final. While Joshua Kimmich is seen as the long-term replacement for Lahm for both club and country, but replacing Xabi Alonso was no short of a mammoth task.

Bayern Munich didn’t mess around and added Corentin Tolisso to their ranks, the young, energetic midfielder from Lyon for a Bundesliga record €41.5 million. Notably, Bayern also added ex- Arsenal prodigy Serge Gnabry, who can play both on the wings and through the centre, and scored 11 goals for Werder Bremen last season.

Although there are talks of Douglas Costa leaving, it shouldn’t harm Bayern a lot, given they have completed the permanent signing of Kingsley Coman from Juventus.

Loser: AS Monaco

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Do we need to say anymore? Anyone who has been closely following the transfer market knows that it’s not a great time to be a Monaco fan. The Monaco team that won Ligue 1 last season is now being torn apart to pieces, and it all started with Bernardo Silva’s move to Manchester City. As many as 7 players from the Monaco first team have been tipped for a move.

Real Madrid and Arsenal are fighting over Kylian Mbappé, the teenage sensation who stunned everyone in his first full season. Reports say that he could go for as much £130 million. £40 million more than what Paul Pogba cost Manchester United last season. Monaco could lose their entire midfield as Thomas Lemar is currently linked with both Arsenal and Spurs. Tiemoué Bakayoko is set to join Chelsea is reported as being imminent and Fabinho has been a target for Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.

Monaco have already made 5 signings (most notably, Belgian prodigy Youri Tielemans) and it looks like replacements have already been bought but given how good this squad was, it will be very hard for Jardim to replicate last year’s performance.

Loser: AS Roma

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Roma started this transfer window on the worst note possible. Unlike others in the list, Roma actually lost their head coach, Luciano Spaletti, to Inter. Spaletti helped Roma finish 2nd and were very much in the title race last season and missed out on top spot by 4 points. Since then it has been chaos.

Wojciech Szczęsny returned to Arsenal after the expiry of his loan period and it looks like he is set for Juventus. Szczęsny, who had been Roma’s number one for the last two seasons, established himself as one of the finest in Serie A. Losing the Polish shot-stopper to title rivals, Juventus, would be a very big loss for the Romans.

Mohammad Salah was recently unveiled as a Liverpool player meaning Roma’s rapid attacker had to be replaced. Salah had been immense for Roma last season, scoring 15 times and assisting on 11 occasions Serie A alone. Recent reports suggest that Kostas Manolas and Leandro Paredes are also exiting the club as Zenit Saint Petersburg have reportedly made a €70 million bid for the duo.The huge fee coming in would benefit the club, but would also mean the club have lost an additional two players, as well as the retiring Francesco Totti.

Loser: Newcastle United

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Newcastle came back to the Premier League in no time as if they were never gone. Rafael Benítez managed to show that he still has it as a manager after being sacked by Real Madrid last year. Newcastle finished top off the championship and came back to the Premier League, rejuvenated and with fans more united than when they were relegated.

But their promotion has been the only positive thing so far. Apart from agreeing a permanent deal for former Chelsea winger, Christian Atsu, St. James’ Park has been extremely quiet. Benítez was promised a multi-million pound backing and seeing the opposite of it happening, he has lost patience.

Tammy Abraham was at the top of Rafa Benítez’s list for this season, but reports suggest the 19-year-old has agreed a loan deal to Swansea. Similarly, a deal for Eibar defender, Florian Lejeune has stalled because of the fee even though he has a buyout clause of £8.7 million. Released goalkeeper, Willy Caballero, was also said to be in Benítez’s plans, however, it looks as though the Argentine will join Chelsea.

Benítez was also looking at Manchester City players, Fabian Delph and Eliaquim Mangala, but it looks both of them won’t be arriving at Tyneside. This has become increasingly frustrating for Rafa and fans alike, with fans complaining that this flawed transfer policy combined with financial stringency is the reason why the club was relegated in the first place.

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