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The most significant transfers in Europe this summer

Friday 29th July 2016
Some huge deals have taken place throughout Europe during this transfer window. We have seen top players switch clubs for vast amounts of money in the top five European leagues: Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, and Ligue 1. We take a look at the most important transfers so far during the summer.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan



Borussia Dortmund - Manchester United (£34m)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan arrived at Old Trafford for a huge transfer fee - the second highest paid by a Premier League team up to now. The talented Armenian has the potential to improve Manchester United's midfield, he can score goals: 23 last season for Borussia Dortmund in all competitions, and he can also be used as a playmaker: he assisted 15 times in the Bundesliga last season. Mkhitaryan is technically superb, he's been one of the best players in Europe over the past 12 months, and there are high expectations of him when the Premier League gets underway.

N'Golo Kante



Leicester City - Chelsea (£30m)



A whole host of top European clubs were pursuing N'Golo Kante from Leicester City. It was Chelsea who secured his services, and the talented French player could be the best signing in the Premier League during this transfer window. Kante was exceptional last season, he played a huge role in Leicester's title success, and Chelsea will hope that he can have a similar impact at Stamford Bridge. Kante is one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe, he's immense at protecting the backline, and his unique talents are a major boost for Chelsea going into the new campaign.

Andre Gomes



Valencia - Barcelona (£30m)

Barcelona have already signed four new players in this transfer window; Andre Gomes is potentially the best of their new acquisitions. Valencia would have liked to have kept hold of their talented midfielder, but a fee of £30 million plus £20 million in add-ons was too good to turn down. Gomes played a pivotal role for Valencia last season, he also represented Portugal during their successful Euro 2016 campaign. Gomes is a good technical player, which will suit Barcelona's style of play, and he's only 22 years old, so he could have a big part to play at the club in future years.

Alvaro Morata



Juventus - Real Madrid (£25m)



Alvaro Morata left Real Madrid two seasons ago to join Italian giants Juventus, but he's returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after Madrid activated his release clause. During his time in Italy, Morata improved as a player, and we saw evidence of that recently at Euro 2016 when he scored three times for Spain. Morata's club career is yet to fully ignite, but he's still only 23 years old, and he has the potential to become a world-class striker. However, will he be given any competitive game time whilst at Madrid? If not, there is a long line of top clubs waiting to sign him.

Mats Hummels



Borussia Dortmund - Bayern Munich (£32m)

Bayern Munich have signed German international centre-back Mats Hummels from rivals Borussia Dortmund. It's one of the biggest deals in Europe; Hummels is a world-class defender, and he's proven it time and again with Dortmund and Germany over the past six seasons. He will bring a wealth of experience to Carlo Ancelotti's side; Bayern Munich now possess the centre-back partnership that has achieved so much success for Germany, with Hummels alongside Jerome Boateng. Hummels is a great signing, his tackling, reading of the game, and composure on the ball will make him a big hit in Munich.

Mario Gotze



Bayern Munich - Borussia Dortmund (£22m)



Mario Gotze made 83 appearances for Borussia Dortmund before his big money move to Bayern Munich, but he's returned to his boyhood club for a modest fee. Gotze was once regarded as having the potential to become a superstar, but despite scoring the winning goal for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final, his club career has failed to progress. Gotze is without doubt a gifted player, his passing and dribbling make him a dangerous attacking threat. He now has a chance to resurrect his career at Dortmund; we could finally witness him fulfil his potential, and become one of Europe's top players.

Gonzalo Higuain



Napoli - Juventus (£75m)

Gonzalo Higuain has made the switch from Napoli to the reigning Serie A champions, Juventus. The fee of £75 million is the third highest paid for any player, so there's huge pressure on Higuain to perform this season for his new club. Higuain finished last season as the top goalscorer in Serie A - with 36 goals from 35 games, he also ended the campaign as the second highest goalscorer in Europe - behind Luis Suarez. Higuain is one of the best strikers around, his finishing ability is second to none, so expect him to continue his goalscoring heroics during his time in Turin.

Grzegorz Krychowiak



Sevilla - Paris Saint-Germain (£28m)



Grzegorz Krychowiak has followed in manager Unai Emery's footsteps by trading Sevilla for Paris Saint-Germain. The Polish holding midfielder arrives in Paris after a successful two-year period in Spain, where he won back-to-back Europa League trophies with Sevilla. Krychowiak possesses all the abilities required to make him a world-class holding midfielder: tough tackling, tenacity, strength on the ball. He has the potential to succeed during his time at Paris Saint-Germain, he will improve their team by making them a stronger defensive unit, and that could give the French champions a good opportunity in the Champions League this season.
Danny Glendenning

Passions include reading, sport, and nights out with friends. A football fanatic whose writing career began in May 2016. Now 30 years old, lives in South Yorkshire - local team is Doncaster Rovers, although heart lies with Arsenal. Contributing editor for It's Round And It's White. Current claim to fame is an interview with Ron Atkinson. Always looking for work, either editing or writing. Contact via email: Dannysg1988@outlook.com. Or Twitter: @DannySG1988.

 

 


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