The 2021-22 Season has been completed in all leagues and there are great transfers that has been done and dusted. Football is global marketplace and top players switch clubs constantly every summer with enormous amounts of dollars changing hands in the transfer market, as top clubs across Europe prepare for the new season.
The UEFA Champions final between Manchester City and Chelsea brought down the curtain for European club football, while the UEFA European Championship across 11 cities in Europe set us up for what to expect next season in the top-flight leagues.
With the 2020-21 season done and dusted, it is that time again where clubs focuses on reinforcements in the transfer market in preparation for the upcoming season. As such, although all attention is presently on the Euro 2020 but the summer market is still very much open.
Done Deal: Transfers For The 2021-22 Season
David Alaba – (Bayern Munich – Real Madrid)
Alaba’s move to Real Madrid is one of the transfer deal that got many football enthusiast talking, following the official announcement of the Austrian from the Los Blancos camp. The 28 year old join Los Blancos on a free transfer from Bayern Munich following the expiration of his contract.
While the Austrian has penned a five year deal with the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu side, he would be looking forward to meet his new teammates and manager once the Euro 2020 Championship comes to an end.
The signing of Alaba means Los Merengues are getting set for the new campaign, while the versatile left back comes with lot of positives for the Spanish giant in terms of what he offers on the pitch.
While at Bayern Munich he managed an impressive total of 35 goals for Die Roten with the Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and Champions League to show for.
It would be interesting to see David Alaba in Real Madrid’s color with a lot of positives attached to his signature ahead of the new season.
Sergio Kun Aguero – (Manchester City – Barcelona)
Following Manchester City’s defeat to Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League Final, Sergio Aguero left the Sky Blue side to team up with the Blaugrana on a free transfer after his contract expires.
Barcelona officially announced the Argentine forward as one of the new recruit ahead of next season by offering him a two year contract until 2023 and the deal includes a release clause of €100m.
During his time at City since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2011, the 33 year old won 15 trophies for the Sky Blue with five Premier League titles, six Carabao Cups, one FA Cup and three Community Shields. He also became the club’s all time goal-scorer netting 260 goals in 390 games for City.
The Blaugrana would certainly depend on his goals and experience come next season for a brilliant outing in the league compare to what they had in the just concluded campaign finishing third on the log.
Eric Garcia – (Manchester City – Barcelona)
With Gerard Pique gradually nearing the twilight of his career Barcelona have reacted smartly by signing one of the La Masia product on a five year deal, becoming the first signing of the new campaign for the Camp Nou side.
The career path of the youngster is similar to that of the club captain Pique who also played for the red side of Manchester before he left for Barcelona in 2008. While Garcia is more experienced and already a Spanish international, it would be interesting to see how the former City defender fit into Ronald Koeman’s team next season.
To say the Blaugrana struggles in defence last season it’s an understatement, but with the recruitment of Garcia perhaps the former City man could add more bite defensively to the Barcelona team with experience of Pique, Leglet, and the youthful energy of Mingueza and Araujo.
Dayot Upamecano – (RB Leipzig – Bayern Munich)
Following the imminent transfer of David Alaba to Real Madrid, Die Roten acted swiftly in approaching RB Leipzig for the signature of France centre back Dayot Upamecano to replace Alaba.
The Bavarian club activated the defenders release clause by parting with €42.5m to sign the Frenchman on a five year deal. According to the Bayern board member Hassan Salihamidzic who said in a that “we’re convinced that Dayot will be a very important member of ZoZur team in coming years”.
With such statement from a well respected member of Die Roten, a lot would be expected from the Frenchman following his impressive campaign with “Die Roten Bullen” last season with a total of 2332 minutes played and 12 clean sheets kept in 29 matches.
Ibrahim Konate – (RB Leipzig – Liverpool)
Another Die Roten Bullen player that would be playing his club football elsewhere in the English Premier League next season is Konate. After four seasons in the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig where he made 95 appearances and scored four goals, come next season he would be wearing the shirt of Liverpool.
Prior to signing the France’s U21 defender Liverpool has suffered a lot of injury crisis to their centre backs like Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip. But with the Frenchman now in the mix the Jurgen Klopp side could bank on his skill set in the defensive third next season.
The Kop indicated Konate has sign a long term contract after finalizing terms and passing his medical, following his €42m move from Leipzig to Liverpool which means that Ozan Kabak won’t get his loan deal been made permanent.
Florian Thauvin – (Marseille – Tigres)
Mexican side Tigres are also not on the back foot in the transfer market with the signing of Marseille’s winger Florian Thauvin on a free transfer. The 28 year old moves to Mexico on a five year deal following the expiration of his contract with “Les Phoceens”.
With his move to the Liga MX he will reunite with former teammate Andre-Pierre Gignac, who also left Marseille in 2015. Thauvin did achieved plenty of success with Les Phoceens having joined them in 2013 even though his stint with the Magpie wasn’t a success.
Thauvin’s move to the North America side further brings to the fore how financially buoyant Tigres are in terms of bringing in experienced players from top Europe’s club side. Interestingly Thauvin’s won’t be the first time, having seen the likes of Guido Pizzaro, Carlos Salcedo, and Diego Reyes joined from top sides in recent seasons.
Gregor Kobel – (Stuttgart – Borussia Dortmund)
Borussia Dortmund add to the strength of their goalkeeping department by signing 23 year old Stuttgart goalie for €15m following his impressive performances for Die Schwaben this season on a five year contract.
Kobel is the first signing in the Marco Rose’s era at the Signal Iduna Park, and he would compete with fellow countryman Roman Burki, and Marwin Hitz for the number one goalie position heading into the Bundesliga 2021-22 season for Die Schwaben.
The 23 year old is a former Hoffenheinm goalkeeper before he joined Stuttgart in 2020, and since then he’s been so brilliant with his performances.
Following Die Schwaben promotion to the Bundesliga for the 2020-21 campaign, Kobel did a phenomenon job in between the post for Stuttgart with Arminia Bielefeld goalkeeper Stefan Ortega and Rafael Gikiewicz the only goalies who had more saves than the Swiss.
Brian Brobbey – (Ajax Amsterdam – RB Leipzig)
The Oranje youth international came through the Ajax youth system to make his debut for Ajax before he eventually switch club. Brobbey has featured 11 times for Erik Ten Hag’s side with four goals to his name, and most recently he came off the bench to score for the Dutch giant in a 3-0 win against Swiss side Young Boys in the Europa League.
Before Brobbey left for the German side, Marc Overmars didn’t want him to leave the club but with the intervention of Dutch Soccer Federation Sporting Director Nico Jan Hoogma the youngster left for Leipzig on a free transfer.
Before he left to join Die Roten Bullen he scored two goals in seven league appearances for the “de Godenzonen”, while he made his debut for the Dutch giant against Fortuna Sittard coming in as a substitute to in a 5-2 win.
Moussa Marega – (Porto – Al-Hilal)
Another top player who move elsewhere in the transfer market is former Porto forward Marega who joined Saudi Arabia side Al-Hilal last month. Marega’s five year spell at the Estadio do Dragao came to an end after signing for the Saudi giant.
During his stay with the Portuguese giant, the Mail international scored 72 goals and assisted 33 in 190 games including 12 goals this season before he left. Marega won two league titles, one Portuguese cup and one Portuguese super cup for the “Azuis e brancos”.
With what former Les Blues international Gomis achieved with the Saudi giant as a club legend and the first foreign player to score 100 goals for Al-Hilal, he would now be challenged to fill the shoe of the Frenchman by scoring a lot of goal.
Mike Maignan – (Lille – AC Milan)
AC Milan moved swiftly to replace Gianluigi Donnarumma who would not sign a new contract at the club next to by signing Ligue 1 Champions Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan.
In 2020-21 season Maignan played 48 times for Lille in all competitions conceding only 38 goals.
The Frenchman helped Lille dethrone Paris Saint Germain as Champions of France this season with his impeccable performances with 23 clean sheets.
The France international would look to replicate his last season performances for the Rossoneri following his €15m move to the Italian giant. It’s would be interesting to see him in between the sticks for Les Blue should Didier Deschamps pick him ahead of Hugo Lloris against Die Mannschft.
These set of players are definitely not the only ones that will switch clubs, after the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship more players would certainly switch clubs across Europe.