It’s July, and the clubs went crazy on the transfer market. All true soccer fans should follow the changes in the top clubs, because the new season is not far off, and with its beginning, this knowledge will be useful not only for 1×2 football prediction, but also to understand what is happening on the field.
Here are the most interesting deals of the week.
Cragno and Carboni from Cagliari to Monza
Silvio Berlusconi’s new project will play in Serie A for the first time ever and is now spending on newcomers. Already brought in Inter defender Andrea Ranocchia and a couple from Cagliari – 28-year-old goalkeeper Alessio Cragno (played in the core squad) and 21-year-old defender Andrea Carboni. Oscar Minges and Mauro Icardi are next in line. Another possibility is Paulo Dybala.
Takumi Minamino from Liverpool to Monaco, €15 million
The Japanese did not establish himself in Klopp’s starting lineup due to serious competition. Minamino’s playing time could have shrunk even further following Fabio Carvalho’s move from Fulham – so Takumi is on his way to France to improve. The contract is for four years.
Strahinja Pavlovic from Monaco to Salzburg, €7 million
In 2019, the Monegasques signed promising center-back Pavlovic from under Lazio’s nose and gave the Serbian playing time at the beginning of last season. Niko Kovac has molded the 21-year-old into something worthwhile, but the Croatian’s replacement, Philippe Clement, sees no potential at all.
Jordan Pefok from Young Boys to Union, €6 million
The Germans sold their top scorer, Taiwo Avoniyi, to Nottingham for €20m – and have already found a decent replacement for modest money. In two years in Switzerland, striker Pefok has scored 34 goals in the league alone and even nailed down a goal against Man Utd in the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League group.
Cristian Aslani from Empoli to Inter on loan for €4 million
He is coming to Inter as a substitute for Marcelo Brozovic. The supporting player is only 20 years old and last season was the first in his professional career. The Albanian is loaned out for one season for €4 million with an option to buy him out for €10 million. Empoli could receive another €2 million in bonuses.
Vitinha from Porto to PSG, €41.5 million
The first target of Luis Campos’ new sporting advisor. Vitinha is a versatile midfielder, on his way up after an excellent season in Portugal. He is considered a ready-to-go star in his homeland – and the 22-year-old has experience playing for Wolves in the APL. Now he’ll be cleaning up after Mbappe and co.
Sime Vrsaljko leaves Atletico for Olympiacos, free agent
The Croatian defender’s long-suffering story at Atletico Madrid is over. Sime came to Simeone’s team in 2016 and almost left Juanfran off the bench. Injuries got in the way: Vrsaljko was frequently injured and lost the coach’s trust. Last season they just plugged holes with him.
Corentin Tolisso from Bayern to Lyon, free agent
Lyon did not stop with Alexandre Lacazette and signed another youngster. Bayern did not renew the contract with the Frenchman, who demanded more playing time – Tolisso wants to play in the 2022 World Cup. That’s when a very familiar possibility came up. By the way, Bayern picked him up from Lyon in 2017 for almost 40 million.
Richarlison from Everton to Tottenham, €50 million
A major transfer for Conte this summer. Sky Sports is reporting that £50 million has been offered for the 25-year-old Brazilian. Another 10 million is provided in the form of bonuses. The forward should have been promoted a long time ago. Tottenham’s next target is the loan of Clement Langlais.
Jota from Benfica to Celtic, €7 million
The Benfica pupil went on loan to Valladolid in 2020 at the invitation of Ronaldo himself. It didn’t work out there, so last season the Portuguese went to Celtic and scored 10+10 in the league. The Scots couldn’t help but buy out the 23-year-old midfielder.
Diego Lopez from Espanyol to Rayo, free agent
The former Real Madrid goalkeeper will be 41 years old this year – the veteran is not going to stop at all. After a top season at Espanyol, Lopez goes to Rayo to replace Stole Dimitrievski, who is going to Italy. The Spaniard’s main competitor is 24-year-old Luca Zidane.
Luc de Jong from Barcelona to PSV, free agent
After a good season at Barcelona, the 31-year-old Dutchman returns to his former club. The forward is still fine – even Xavi, who admired Luc’s hard work, admitted this. Well, Luke de Jong has a great bicycle kick as well.
Andre Onana from Ajax and Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Roma to Inter, are free agents
Inter’s strengthen for absolutely no money. The signing of Onana has been known since around March, but Henrikh has been mulling over a new job for a long time. It seemed that Mkhitaryan and Mourinho had made peace and the player would stay. It didn’t work out – all because Henrikh wants to play in the Champions League.
Stefan Ortega from Arminia to Man City, free agent
Ortega is a unique player. He is similar to Manuel Neuer in terms of style – he goes up high, possesses the ball boldly, and confidently sets the vector of attacks through passes. The goalkeeper admires Manu and by the age of 29 found the perfect role for him – goalkeeper-playmaker. So how could Pep pass it by?
Souleymane Isaac Toure from Le Havre to Marseille, €5.5 million
The giant 204 cm tall centerfielder from Le Havre was snatched from Man City’s hands – although the French media wrote that the deal was agreed upon. Marseille signed the 19-year-old Toure as a replacement for William Salib. The promising lad will no longer cross paths with Jorge Sampaoli.
Petar Musa from Boavista to Benfica, €5 million
The Czech replacement for Darwin Nunez. Musa is already 24 years old and just trying to establish himself in Europe: Petar dropped in at Union during the 2020/21 season – and showed nothing worthwhile there. Last season the forward scored 11 goals in the Portuguese league.
Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord to Man United, €15 million
It’s hard to believe, but Man Utd snatched up a Dutch national team player. This time, Louis van Gaal did not interfere and allowed the Feyenoord left-back defender to go for a promotion. Malacia was supposed to move to Lyon – but United offered better terms at the last minute.