The World Cup has dominated the attention of the football world for quite a few weeks now, and its ups, downs, and numerous surprises are bound to keep one peeled to it. So much so that even earnest fans may have missed some major transfer deals and updates that have been announced since June 14.
Here are the 10 biggest ones among them:
1. Fred to Manchester United
Even though a formal update was provided about a deal being in place with Shakhtar Donetsk, many were scared that the Brazilian may still linger outside Old Trafford. However, a brilliant £53 million deal was struck for the 25-year-old, who has signed a five-year-long contract with an option to extend for a further year.
2. Sokratis Papastathopoulos to Arsenal
A more recent name, and one that Arsenal fans will be relieved to see at last. The Greek defender has been signed by the Gunners on a “long-term” contract for a reported fee of £17.6 million from Borussia Dortmund.
3. Bernd Leno to Arsenal
Arsenal were also able to secure a goalkeeper in the form of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen for a fee of £19.2 million on a five-year-long deal. The 26-year-old German is expected to give competition to Petr Cech.
4. Wayne Rooney to DC United
The Everton dream turned out to be short-lived for the Manchester United and England legend. He has joined the MLS side, and an official bid is yet to be revealed, although speculative details state there to be no transfer fee but an unofficial compensation package for Everton instead.
5. Emre Can to Juventus
6. Pastore to Roma
PSG may be set on clearing their roster for a possible balancing to their extravagant spending. The 29-year-old Argentinian was amongst the big profile names to leave, with Roma having lapped him up for a cool €24.7 million fee. The midfielder has signed a five-year-long deal.
7. Salah Contract
A huge saga was also put to rest, as Mo Salah, after Egypt’s poor showing in the World Cup, signed a brand new contract with Liverpool. A bumper five-year-long extension sees the 26-year-old not have a release clause, and speculations are already rife about its longevity.
8. Fellaini Contract
Manchester United too, were able to secure one of their key players whose future has been in doubt for a while now. Fellaini signed a two-year extension to his current deal with an option to extend for a further year. This too, has caused murmurs, as his age may bring forth a question mark on Mourinho’s choice.
9. Lemar to Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid were able to secure one of this window’s most wanted talents. Monaco and Madrid have reached a “preliminary agreement” of £52.7 million for the 22-year-old starlet. The deal is pending a medical and an official signing where the duration will be revealed.
10. Radja to Inter
In an interesting turn of events, Roma’s Radja Nainggolan has joined Inter Milan in a deal worth €38 million. The 30-year-old midfielder’s move comes as a surprise considering heavy interest from elsewhere prior. As part of the deal, Roma will receive Inter’s Davide Santon and Nicolo Zaniolo.