Top 20 most expensive transfers in Europe’s top five leagues this summer

4 Sep

The transfer window across Europe slammed shut on Monday until January with dozens of deals completed by the deadline.

Across Europe’s top five leagues, 1903 deals were completed worth £5.24billion.

Harry Maguire became the world’s most expensive defender this summer
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The transfer window for Premier League clubs shut before the season started in August while teams in Spain, Italy, France and Germany having longer to do their business.

English clubs could still sell but were not able to bring in replacements until the start of the next window.

There were several high profile deals that never materialised with Tottenham no doubt delighted that Christian Eriksen remains with them, for now.

Despite some not going through, there was still a huge amount of money changing hands with plenty of clubs wanting to get their business done early.

Here are the 20 top deals completed by teams in Europe’s top five leagues.

20. Youri Tielemans – £40m (Monaco to Leicester City)

Tielemans is Leicester record signing
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19. Joelinton – £40m (Hoffenheim to Newcastle United)

Joelinton cost Newcastle £40m
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18. Mateo Kovacic – £40.2m (Real Madrid to Chelsea)

Chelsea activated their clause to purchase Kovacic from Real Madrid after the Croatian was on-loan at Stamford Bridge last season
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17. Sebastien Haller – £40.7m (Eintracht Frankfurt to West Ham)

Sebastien Haller is the new marksman at the London Stadium
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16. Ferland Mendy – £44m (Lyon to Real Madrid)

Ferland Mendy was signed by Real Madrid for £44million
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15. Eder Militao – £44m (Porto to Real Madrid)

Eder Militao cost Real Madrid £44million
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14. Aaron Wan-Bissaka – £45m (Crystal Palace to Manchester United)

Aaron Wan-Bissaka joined Manchester United in the summer
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13. Tanguy Ndombele – £55.5m (Lyon to Tottenham)

Ndombele arrived for £55.5m from Lyon
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12. Luka Jovic – £57.5m (Eintracht Frankfurt to Real Madrid)

Jovic scored 25 goals for Eintracht Frankfurt last season
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11. Joao Cancelo – £60m (Juventus to Manchester City)

Joao Cancelo joined Man City from Juventus
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10. Rodri – £62.6m (Atletico Madrid to Manchester City)

Rodri has become a star for Man City
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9. Frenkie de Jong – £65.3m (Ajax to Barcelona)

Frenkie de Jong helped Ajax reach the Champions League semi-final
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8. Matthijs de Ligt – £67.8m (Ajax to Juventus)

Matthijs de Ligt is one of the best centre backs in the world
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7. Lucas Hernandez – £68m (Atletico Madrid to Bayern Munich)

Lucas Hernandez joined Bayern Munich for £68million
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6. Nicolas Pepe – £72m (Lille to Arsenal)

Nicolas Pepe is Arsenal’s record signing
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5. Romelu Lukaku – £74m (Manchester United to Inter Milan)

Romelu Lukaku scored on his debut for Inter Milan
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4. Harry Maguire – £80m (Leicester City to Manchester United)

Harry Maguire is the world’s most expensive defender
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3. Eden Hazard – £88.5m (Chelsea to Real Madrid)

Hazard joined Real from Chelsea earlier this summer
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2. Antoine Griezmann – £107.6m (Atletico Madrid to Barcelona)

Antoine Griezmann joined Barcelona after they activated his release clause
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1. Joao Felix – £113m (Benfica to Atletico Madrid)

Joao Felix is already impressing at Atletico Madrid
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Top ten biggest transfers of the summer, including Matthijs De Ligt, Eden Hazard and Aaron Wan-Bissaka

10 Jun

The summer transfer window has already seen several huge deals completed, with many more expected to follow before it closes on August 8.

Early on we saw Eden Hazard swap Chelsea for Real Madrid for £88million but we’ve already seen that price tag eclipsed, with Real’s rivals Atletico and Barcelona also doing big business.

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The Hazard move set the bar and gave clubs the perfect barometer for other transfer fees.

Since then we’ve seen the likes of Joao Felix, Tottenham Hotspur new boy Tanguy Ndombele, and Manchester United signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka go for big money, while Harry Maguire could be next.

But who else makes the top ten? Find out below…

10. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace to Manchester United) – £50million

It perhaps wasn’t the position which needed the upgrade at Old Trafford but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now has a superb talent on his hands.

The right-back, nicknamed The Spider, will make them more solid at the back and has the potential to improve going forward given he was initially a winger in Crystal Palace’s academy.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already added Aaron Wan-Bissaka to his side
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9. Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon to Tottenham) – £55million

In what might be one of the deals of the summer, Spurs have upgraded their midfield by signing the French international.

Ndombele’s dribbling and incisive passing in the middle of the pitch will help Mauricio Pochettino’s team get back to their best after a campaign where they had to patch up their squad to make it through a gruelling injury-plagued year.

Tanguy Ndombele holds off Raheem Sterling in Lyon’s 2-2 Champions League draw with Manchester City.
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8. Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt to Real Madrid) – £58million

One of the finest young poachers in world football, the Serbian was an inspired loan signing from Benfica by the Germans two summers ago.

After 34 goals in 70 games they jumped at the chance to activate a £7million clause in his contract back in April.

Just two months later they have sold him for almost ten times the amount – although around £10million is set to go to Benfica as part of their arrangement.

Jovic hit a goal in each leg of Frankfurt’s Europa League semi-final against Chelsea
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7. Rodri (Atletico Madrid to Manchester City) – £63million

With Fernandinho, aged 34, approaching the end of his career the time was right for Pep Guardiola to sign his eventual successor.

The Brazilian will get a new deal, so vital is he to the club, but expect Rodri to get plenty of game time after his huge move from LaLiga.

Rodri is often compared to Sergio Busquets so it’s easy to see why Man City have swooped.

Rodri is officially a Man City player
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6. Frenkie de Jong (Ajax to Barcelona) – £65milllion

What else can be said about the talented young Dutch midfielder?

De Jong showed Real Madrid, Juventus, and Tottenham his class in the Champions League, while England were also finding it tough against him in the UEFA Nations League.

He’s set to become a key player in Ernesto Valverde’s team almost immediately.

De Jong is now showcasing his talents on the international stage too
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5. Matthijs De Ligt (Ajax to Juventus) – £67million

One of the most drawn out deals of the summer was final done with Juventus securing the much coveted signature of De Ligt.

Several of Europe’s top clubs tried to land the 19-year-old defender before he eventually elected to head to Turin.

Juventus have signed of highly-rated Dutch centre-back Matthijs De Ligt from Ajax
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4. Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid to Bayern Munich) – £80million

One of several departures from Diego Simeone’s side this summer, Hernandez was being tracked by the Bavarian behemoths for some time.

In the end the German side bit the bullet and paid the French World Cup winner’s release clause.

Hernandez is swapping Spain for Germany this summer in a huge deal
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3. Eden Hazard (Chelsea to Real Madrid) – £88million

No surprises here. The Belgian was always looking likely to leave Stamford Bridge this summer and this has now come to pass.

He’ll be heading to the Spanish capital and attempt to fill the boots of Cristiano Ronaldo, who left the club last year.

Hazard scored two goals for Chelsea in his final game for the club – the Europa League final victory over Arsenal
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2. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid to Barcelona) – £108million

The French World Cup winner’s long-running transfer saga finally ended when Barcelona announced his signing on July 12.

Griezmann’s move to the Nou Camp was one of football’s worst kept secrets, however the Catalans wanted to wait until they could activate his £108million release clause.

Atletico have contested the fee, arguing that Barcelona and Griezmann agreed a deal before the release clause dropped from £180million.

Griezmann joins Barcelona after a protracted transfer saga
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1. Joao Felix (Benfica to Atletico Madrid) – £113million

Now the second most expensive teenager ever behind Kylian Mbappe, the Portuguese wonderkid will play in LaLiga next year as a replacement for the outgoing Antoine Griezmann.

From his full breakthrough in the first-team at the start of January he scored 13 Primeira Liga goals in 19 games, as well as netting in the Europa League too.

He’s a creative force as well, registering eight assist in all competitions.

Joao Felix celebrates scoring for Benfica
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How Real Madrid’s potentially frightening new Galacticos era could look with Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard, and Mohamed Salah

22 May

Real Madrid’s season came to a stuttering end after a 2-0 at home to Real Betis on Sunday night.

Defeat at the Bernabeu means Los Blancos finished a whopping 19 points behind rivals Barcelona in what has been a miserable campaign.

Real Madrid’s season has been one to forget
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Back in March, Real were also unceremoniously dumped out of the Champions League by a rampant Ajax side.

Santiago Solari was brought in to steady the ship after Julen Lopetegui’s sacking, but the Argentine also received his P45 from Señor Florentino Perez.

The Real Madrid president turned to Zinedine Zidane to steady the ship and begin a rebuilding job which would help restore Real to the top of world football.

The Frenchman has reportedly demanded reassurances from Perez about his transfer budget for the summer window, with the Spanish giants keen to usher in a new era of ‘Galacticos’ to reassert their dominance.

Florentino Perez looks set to spend big this summer
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Paul Pogba and Eden Hazard are just two of the names linked with moves to the Bernabeu, with fellow Premier League superstar Christian Eriksen also reportedly a target.

News broke on Thursday that Mohamed Salah was a key target for Los Blancos, with Zidane keen to add the goals of Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic.

Meanwhile, back in March, rumours suggesting Porto defender Eder Militao was closing in on a summer move were confirmed, which means he could replace Sergio Ramos in the long-term.

Of course, players will need to be sold in order to fund such a drastic overhaul, with as many as 17 players reportedly under threat.

Gareth Bale is in danger of being sold by Real Madrid
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So how on earth could all these superstars fit onto one pitch next season?

Scroll down to see talkSPORT’s potential starting XI for Real Madrid next season.

Is this how Real Madrid could look next year?

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Even in his short managerial career, Zidane has tended to favour an attacking 4-3-3 formation at Real Madrid with a deep-lying midfielder acting as a pivot.

Having joined in 2013, Casemiro seemed destined to stay in the reserves under Rafael Benitez. But when the Spaniard was sacked, the Brazilian became the linchpin for Los Merengues.

His discipline has allowed Zidane’s teams to effectively leave three at the back as the full-backs were granted the license to bomb forward at will to supplement the attacks with overlapping runs.

For years, Marcelo and Carvajal terrified opposition full-backs with their rampaging runs on the outside as Madrid looked to suffocate their opponents and this looks set to continue for the time being as the overhaul focusses ahead of them

Of course, the full-backs are given room to operate when supplementing inverted wingers – roles previously held by Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

But Ronaldo’s move to Juventus and Bale’s decline in the Spanish capital have deeply hindered Zidane in his second stint as can be seen by their starting XI from the defeat to Betis on Sunday.

The Real Madrid starting XI from the game against lacks dynamism and pace
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Despite featuring plenty of skill and technical ability, only Vinicius Junior possesses the sort of devastating pace which strikes fear into defenders.

The swashbuckling and scathing style which garnered so much success for Zidane during his first two-and-a-half year stint was based on explosive counter-attacking and clinical finishing – traits which are drastically missing from the current crop.

But the signing of Eden Hazard and the potential move for Mohamed Salah would rectify this in a big way. Added to that a genuine goal poacher in Luka Jovic and Real would have enough firepower to hurt any team in the world.

Both wingers play on the opposite flank and have the attacking nous to cut inside or play on the shoulder and get in behind with their pace.

Hazard and Salah are two of the Premier League’s finest players
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Paul Pogba is reportedly willing to take a pay cut to move to the Bernabeu suggesting it would not be beyond the realms of possibility to see him in Madrid next year.

If so, do not be surprised to see Luka Modric drop to the bench alongside potential casualties Isco and Marco Asensio.

While it can be argued the aforementioned Madrid players do not deserve to be moved on, Perez has a tendency to make transfers purely for the sake of vanity.

For instance, the sales of Claude Makelele and Angel Di Maria were both sanctioned to fund moves for players like James Rodriguez and David Beckham – superstars who did not necessarily add much more than their commercial value.

Zidane is set to splash the cash in the summer
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Zidane knows this better than most. When Makelele was sold for Beckham in 2003, his France teammate famously remarked ‘Why put another layer of gold paint on the Bentley when you are losing the entire engine?’.

In order to avoid the mistakes of previous superstar-littered Real Madrid teams, the World Cup winner must ingratiate a specific playing style to give his team an identity and a common goal.

Failure to do so could leave Madrid susceptible to be overrun by a cacophony of egocentric superstars desperate for their chance to steal the spotlight.

Most valuable wonderkids in the world, including Ajax, Barcelona, and Liverpool stars

30 Apr

Ajax roll into London today bringing with them their latest batch of wonderkids as they attempt to knock Tottenham Hotspur out of the Champions League.

The semi-finalists boast Frenkie de Jong, who has already signed an agreement to join Barcelona in the summer, Matthijs de Ligt, David Neres, and Donny van de Beek, who are all wanted by top European clubs.

De Jong looked fantastic up against Luka Modric in the Champions League

Wonderkids are worth a lot of money these days with clubs willing to pay over the odds to claim a starlet with potential.

De Jong will cost Spanish giants Barca £65million thanks to his impressive talents in midfield, while many believe De Ligt could go for even more, despite the pair being 21 and 19, respectively.

But who are the most valuable players 21 and under in the world today? We took a look at Transfermarkt.co.uk to find out.

25= Joe Gomez (Liverpool) – Age 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Cengiz Under (Roma) – Age 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Declan Rice (West Ham) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

Declan Rice has impressed for West Ham this season

19= Leon Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) – Age: 18

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

Ryan Sessegnon has bags of potential

19= Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Lucas Paqueta (AC Milan) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Joao Felix (Benfica) – Age: 19

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

Felix is one of the hottest properties in Europe

16= Nicolo Zaniolo (Roma) – Age: 19

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £36million

16= Houssem Aouar (Lyon) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £36million

16= Rodrygo (Santos) – Age: 18

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £36million

15. Richarlison (Everton) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £40.5million

Richarlison has been Everton’s talisman this season

11= Trent Alexander-Arnold (Juventus) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £45million

11= Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £45million

11= Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £45million

11= Eder Militao (Porto) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £45million

Militao has risen to the top quickly at Porto.

10. Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £49.5million

9. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea, on loan at Borussia Dortmund) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

Christian Pulisic will be joining Chelsea in the summer

8. Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen) – Age: 19

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £58.5million

6= Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax) – Age: 19

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £63million

Matthijs de Ligt is a leader for Ajax

6= Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid) – Age: 18

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £63million

5. Frenkie de Jong (Ajax) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £67.5million

Frenkie De Jong will be joining Barcelona in the summer

3= Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £72million

3= Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – Age: 19

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £72million

Sancho has been electric for Dortmund this season

2. Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £108million

1. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £180million

Kylian Mbappe kisses the World Cup

Transfer news: 10 done deals happening this summer including Liverpool, Man City, Barcelona and Real Madrid

26 Mar

Frenkie de Jong is one of the big names with their futures already sorted ahead of the summer transfer window.

The central midfielder will leave Ajax to join Barcelona in a £65million switch and he’s not the only player who already has a summer transfer set in stone with Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey joining Juventus on a free transfer.

Some deals you may not even know had gone through, so here at talkSPORT we’ve picked out 10 of the best summer transfers which have already been signed and sealed.

Ajax wonderkid Frenkie de Jong

Aaron Martin (Espanyol) to Mainz

The Spaniard has spent the season on loan with the Bundesliga club and had impressed enough by November that they were delighted to trigger a permanent deal, which came into effect after 10 appearances.

Once linked with Manchester United and Man City, the 21-year-old full-back who has four assists in 25 games, is well rated and it’s hoped he’ll kick on with the mid-table German outfit.

“The progress of Aaron Martin is how we imagined it,” Rouven Schroder, the Mainz sporting director, said.

“He is a quality player who immediately stepped up, while he is also young and has potential.

“We hope to see future advances in his development.”

Aaron Martin in action for Mainz

Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew) to Manchester City

Already in the books, 23-year-old Steffen is set to move to the Premier League this summer but, like Ramsey, isn’t holding back before his move.

He’s got two clean sheets to his name in three games for Columbus as he hopes to leave a legacy at the club.

Previously of Freiburg in Germany, Steffen was MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2018 thanks to a career-high 10 clean sheets and his move to City is worth around £7million.

He’s not willing to sit around and play second fiddle to Ederson either.

He insists: “I’m confident in my abilities and what I can do if I continue to work hard and focus. I don’t really care what other people think.

“I want to get there as soon as possible and compete. Or whenever that happens, I think I’ll be ready. And they know I’m ready to compete

“I trust in Man City and what plans they have for me. If everything works out and everything falls into place, anything can happen.”

Can Steffen make an impact at City?

Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht) to Wolverhampton Wanderers

He may not have played regularly to begin with but the Belgian midfielder has recently become a firm fixture at Wolves during his initial loan spell.

Dendoncker, 23, will sign for the Premier League side permanent in the summer for £12million but while it was thought he could be loaned out or sold on, he may now be a core member of Nuno Espirito Santo’s first XI.

Dendoncker is doing well with Wolves.

Emil Audero (Juventus) to Sampdoria

Another loan made permanent, Audero, 22, will now join Samp for around £17million in the summer.

The talented young goalkeeper has done well in his breakout Serie A season, keeping nine clean sheets in 28 appearances.

He’s one of a number of talents Juve are selling on with Stefano Sturaro, Alberto Cerri, and Andrea Favelli all moving on for decent money in the next transfer window.

Audero has been impressive between the sticks in Serie A.

Danny Ings (Liverpool) to Southampton

It’s been an injury hit season for the striker but when playing he’s looked like doing the business for the Saints, netting seven goals in 18 Premier League appearances.

His £20million move will go through in July and should help the Saints as they look to drive on next year in the top-flight under Ralph Hasenhuttl.

If injuries hadn’t hit then Southampton would likely be safe from relegation by now.

Franck Kessie (Atalanta) to AC Milan

Yes, we know he’s been rocking the Rossoneri jersey for two seasons now but his permanent deal will only start this summer.

He’s performing well under the stewardship of Gennaro Gattuso as he acts as pivot for team-mates to play around, while his driving runs make him a fine counter attacking force.

AC Milan already paid around £7million for the loan and will now stump up about £20million to complete it.

There have been reports Arsenal could snap him up upon arrival.

The midfield powerhouse could be a wanted man in the summer.

Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart) to Bayern Munich

His performances as a relative unknown helped France win the World Cup in 2018 and, unsurprisingly, German giants Bayern have swooped for his signature.

He might be thankful he’s already been snapped up given Stuttgart could possibly be relegated this term.

Pavard will cost the Bundesliga behemoths £31million though, so he’s not quite on the bargain level of other recent signings.

Who could forget Benjamin Pavard’s World Cup wonder goal?

Rodrygo (Santos) to Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane may already have Vinicius Junior at his disposal but he’ll have another gifted young winger coming in this summer.

The Santos starlet netted eight goals and added three assists and will cost the club £40million when the deal goes through.

He’s already switched squad numbers twice at his current side and now wears Neymar’s old No.11.

The talented Brazil Under-20 international will want to make an impact like Vinicius Junior.

Eder Militao (Porto) to Real Madrid

The first signing of Zidane’s second managerial era at the Bernabeu, Militao has had an exceptional debut season with the Portuguese giants.

He’s gone from promising right-back to superstar centre-back in less than a year and is the perfect blend for a modern ball-player in the position.

At 21, Militao is strong, quick, and skilful and able to outmanoeuvre even the toughest of strikers.

Can he manage another step up so quickly and with the pressure of a £42million transfer fee?

Militao has risen to the top quickly at Porto.

Frenkie de Jong (Ajax) to Barcelona

The Spanish clubs have got their major business done early by the looks of it with De Jong’s deal done in January.

He’ll cost around £65million initially, while there may also be add-ons to come for the Dutch giants if he excels.

If his display against Real Madrid in the Champions League as the Eredivisie side ran out 4-1 winners at the Bernabeu is anything to go by, De Jong will a fantastic signing.

De Jong looked fantastic up against Luka Modric.

Eder Militao: Porto defender becomes first signing of Zinedine Zidane’s second spell as Real Madrid manager

14 Mar

Real Madrid have signed Porto defender Eder Militao on a deal which starts this summer, the LaLiga club have confirmed.

Militao, the Brazil international, has put pen to paper with Los Blancos until 2025.

Militao will leave Porto after just a single season, having moved to Europe from Sao Paulo last summer

A statement read: “Real Madrid CF and FC Porto have agreed the transfer of the player Éder Militão, who will be linked to the club during the next six seasons, until June 30, 2025.”

Militao, who had previously been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool, becomes the first signing of Zinedine Zidane’s second spell as Real Madrid manager.

Zidane returned to the Bernabeu earlier this week just 10 months after stepping down as the club’s boss.

More follows.

A Real Madrid line-up under manager Jose Mourinho, including Eden Hazard, Christian Eriksen and Kalidou Koulibaly

11 Jan

By Real Madrid’s exceptional standards the 2018/19 season has been total rubbish so far.

Swift action was taken by sacking Julen Lopetegui as manager following their humiliating 5-1 defeat to league rivals Barcelona in October with Los Blancos in ninth in La Liga at the time.

It’s been a pretty dismal season at Real Madrid so far

Interim boss Santiago Solari has slightly steadied the ship with Real now fifth in the table and they are still fighting in the Champions League and Copa del Rey.

However, reports emerged that club president Florentino Perez is looking to bring Jose Mourinho back to the Bernabeu and that could see a number of new signings come in, too.

They’ve already brought in youngster Brahim Diaz from Manchester City in a deal that could be worth up to £22million but there are surely more to come.

So how might the Spanish giants line up next season? Below you can see a possible Real Madrid XI for the 2019/20 season under Jose Mourinho.

Goalkeeper

The no.1 jersey is certainly up for grabs given Thibaut Courtois’ poor form since signing in the summer, while Keylor Navas has recently signed a contract until June 2021.

However, given Mourinho worked with Courtois at Chelsea, the Portuguese could be the one to restore his confidence.

Defence

Two defensive signings could be in the pipeline for Real – Napoli’s £90million-rated Kalidou Koulibaly, as well as Porto’s Eder Militao.

Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing these two players as well but Madrid has more of a pull than the Premier League giants.

If Koulibaly were to sign, he would have to compete with captain Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane but the Senegal international is more than capable of achieving that.

Meanwhile, Militao would have to compete with Dani Carvajal for a place in the starting XI.

Midfield

It’s in Real Madrid’s culture to replace ageing players no matter how good they are – look at Cristiano Ronaldo.

And the same could be happening to Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric at the ripe old age of 33 with Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen reportedly the heir to his midfield throne.

Eriksen’s deal at Spurs runs out in June 2020

Eriksen is stalling on a new deal at Spurs which could be the perfect opportunity for Real to swoop in.

However, the latest stories claim Spurs would only be willing to let the Dane go for a record transfer fee.

Attack

Given Real’s dismal season, Diaz could get plenty of opportunities to establish himself in the first-team.

And it’s surely just a matter of time before Eden Hazard joins as he has continued to not sign new deals at Chelsea for the best part of a year. This is also a move ex-Blues boss Mourinho would surely be behind.

Mourinho and Hazard have worked together at Chelsea

Karim Benzema has been linked with a move away which could pave the way for Gareth Bale to play as an out-and-out striker.

Real Madrid have struggled to fill the Ronaldo void but Bale is one of the few players in world football capable of getting near his standards.

Starting XI

Could this be the team to restore Real Madrid’s glory days?

Manchester United transfer news: Who is Eder Militao? The Brazilian defender who is being chased by Europe’s biggest clubs with Liverpool and Real Madrid interested too

8 Jan

Manchester United, Liverpool and Real Madrid are all reportedly ready to battle it out for Brazil defender Eder Militao.

The 20-year-old is currently playing his football at Porto and is very highly rated but they would be powerless to stop him leaving if a club came in with a high enough bid.

Militao reportedly has a £42.5million release clause in the contract he signed just last year.

Manchester United transfer target Eder Militao

Here is all you need to know about the defender:

Eder Militao factfile

Name: Eder Gabriel Militao

Born: January 18, 1998 – Sertaozinho, Brazil

Position: Right-back/Centre-back

Career Highlight: International debut for Brazil in September 2018

Where did Porto sign him from?

Militao is a product of the Sao Paulo academy that has produced talents such as Kaka, Cafu and Oscar.

He made 37 appearances for the Brazilian giants before switching to a European team.

Portuguese club Porto paid just €4million for the defender in the summer on a five-year contract.

Militao after scoring in the Champions League for Porto

Could anyone else have signed him?

The Sun report that Manchester United had the chance to sign him in the summer but Jose Mourinho was not interested.

Getting a work permit could have been an issue because he had not yet played an international match but that would not be a problem now.

Mourinho wanted to sign Diogo Dalot instead of the Brazilian and United paid £19million for him.

Why is he so highly rated?

His size and speed is what people most admire about him. Even though his has played most of his short career at right-back, his height (6ft 1in) mean a lot believe he can make the move to centre-back permanently.

Porto have started to utilise him in the middle of the defence and this has seen him flourish.

Miliato has also been likened to Pepe because of his physicality.

Eder Militao has a release clause of £42.5million

How has he performed in his first season at Porto?

He has certainly caught the attention of many of the European elite with his displays at both league and Champions League level.

Militao is currently in the WhoScored Primeira Liga team of the season with an average rating of 7.5/10 in a Porto side that tops the division.

He also featured in five of their Champions League matches and scored in one. It has also led to a call up to the Brazil team and made his debut in September 2018 against El Salvador.

Who is trying to sign Eder Militao?

Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool appear to be the ones keen on signing him.

Porto, on the other hand, are desperately hoping he will sign a new contract soon, even though he has four and a half year left on his current deal.

They may be resigned to losing him at some point in the near future but the release clause of £42.5million could see him go for less than his true value.