Mercato: Tchouaméni, Lewandowski, Mané, Pogba… The ten outstanding signings of the summer market

Mercato: Tchouaméni, Lewandowski, Mané, Pogba... The ten outstanding signings of the summer market

The crisis has not yet affected the whole of European football. The summer transfer market has just ended, this Thursday, September 1, after months of negotiations and hundreds of millions of euros invested. French players were among the most coveted, while the English championship, the Premier League, was spent big time. A non-exhaustive review of these transfers from the summer 2022 collection with the ten most significant movements.

Aurélien Tchouaméni, from AS Monaco to Real Madrid

The first big signing of the summer. The announcement was made on June 11: at the age of 22, Aurélien Tchouaméni was leaving the Rock to sign for Real Madrid. Excellent last season with Monaco, to the point of opening the doors to the French national team, Aurélien Tchouaméni has taken on a new dimension. Here is now “Galactic”. The midfielder is part of the plan for the future of Real Madrid, European champion, months after the arrival of his compatriot Eduardo Camavinga. The Madrid club trusts him a lot and has already made room for him…

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Casemiro, from Real Madrid to Manchester United

The Brazilian seemed to be one of the unbreakable tridents of the midfielder from Madrid, a European benchmark since the mid-2010s. But after winning five Champions Leagues, Casemiro was tempted by a new challenge: take the Red Devils to the top of the table . English football. At 30 years old, the defensive midfielder arrives at the Red Devils to restore his former splendor. A great challenge.

Erling Haaland, from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City

The biggest clubs were fighting for it, City won their case. After a supersonic start to his career, Erling Haaland is now evolving for the first time with a cador from the continent. In Manchester, the Norwegian striker has already begun to accumulate goals (two hat-tricks and already nine goals scored in five games), as usual, to cement Pep Guardiola’s position as tenor in the Premier League. And make him pass, finally, his last course: win the Champions League.

Erling Haaland with Manchester City during his hat-trick against Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on August 31, 2022. (OLI SCARFF / AFP)

Robert Lewandowski, from Bayern Munich to FC Barcelona

It was said that FC Barcelona was bankrupt, on the brink of the abyss economically. But by bleeding themselves dry and selling much of their assets for fresh money immediately, the Catalan club were able to complete one of the most impressive transfers of the year. Barça snatched Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich to make him the new point of their attack, just a few months after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s bet. The Pole no longer wanted to stay in Bavaria, here it is again green in Catalonia. He already has four goals and two assists after only three days. Aubameyang is already back in England, signed in the last hours of the transfer market by Chelsea.

Jules Koundé, from Sevilla FC to FC Barcelona

The French international, who in recent months has become a benchmark for his position in Spain, goes one step further by moving from Sevilla to FC Barcelona. Jules Koundé is one of the other symbols of the checkbook that has been widely released in recent months by the Blaugrana. But the old Bordeaux is also the illustration of a madness of greatness under control. By not respecting the budget rules set by La Liga, Barça could only register their debutant for the third day of the championship. At 23 years old, the former Bordeaux player, who already has 11 tricolor teams, must take a step forward in Catalonia.

Sadio Mané, from Liverpool to Bayern Munich

To compensate for the departure of their chief gunner Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich, for their part, surprised. Sparkling with Liverpool, Sadio Mané discovered the Bundesliga with the Bavarian club. The Senegalese is far from being a carbon copy of his predecessor. But in the attacking machine that is Julian Nagelsmann’s Bayern, his efficiency in front of goal has everything to shine. The challenge is enormous, but after all, Mané has been a candidate for the Ballon d’Or in recent seasons.

Sebastien Haller, from Ajax Amsterdam to Borussia Dortmund

This was going to be one of the big stories of the summer. Although he thought he had managed to make his way to the top European level after a magnificent season at Ajax Amsterdam (11 goals in C1), Sébastien Haller was going to seek the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund, another regular in European matches. But just weeks after signing, the Franco-Ivorian was diagnosed with testicular cancer. A new battle is announced for the player trained in the AJ Auxerre. Pending his possible return, BvB have called up another French regular in the German championship, Anthony Modeste.

Alexis Sánchez, free in OM

Marseille finds the Champions League and, with it, media in the transfer market. OM signed no less than ten new recruits, not counting the final transfers of Mattéo Guendouzi and Cengiz Ünder. Among this endless number of movements, the name of Alexis Sánchez jumps out at you. The former Barça, Arsenal, Manchester United or Inter, arrives without having cost a penny in transfer. A free big name at the Velodrome? It was enough to question his level of play. His brace against Brest last Sunday already seems to have calmed him down.

Alexis Sanchez received a festive welcome when he arrived in Marseille on August 9, 2022. (DISPASO FR?D?RIC / MAXPPP)

Paul Pogba, free at Juventus in Turin

Of all the French internationals, he was the one with the most scrutinized future. While Kylian Mbappé finally put the doubt out quite quickly by extending to PSG, Paul Pogba put an end to the open secret by signing his return to Juventus Turin, where he had exploded between 2012 and 2016. But this return home to haunt years complicated with Manchester. United are far from perfect. The midfielder suffered a serious meniscus injury, which generated uncertainty about his physical condition ahead of the World Cup. Without forgetting that he is now involved in the extra-sports commotion of an extortion attempt in a context of conflict with his brother Mathias.

Darwin Núñez, from Benfica to Liverpool

Like their rival Manchester City, Liverpool went in search of a goalscorer. The Reds have set their sights on Uruguayan Darwin Núñez, a striker who wore Benfica’s colors last season and who had also scored against them in the Champions League. At 23 years old, the latter is one of the greatest talents of his generation in his position, in the middle of Haaland, Mbappé and other Vlahovic. His debut in the Premier League was mixed since, after taking his team out of a false step against promoted Fulham (2-2), he was sent off for a header on a Crystal Palace player and has not been reviewed since since then.

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