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The most significant transfers in Europe this Summer - part 2

Sunday 11th September 2016
The Premier League dominated the headlines in this summer's transfer window, but there was also some big moves throughout Europe. We look at eight of the most important transfers in August from the top five European leagues.

If you need a refresher, you can read part one here.

Paul Pogba



Juventus - Manchester United (£89m)

Manchester United broke the world-record transfer fee by re-signing Paul Pogba from Juventus. Pogba was heavily linked with a move to both Barcelona and Real Madrid, but instead, he's returned to Old Trafford. Pogba's arrival in England created genuine excitement, as during his four years in Italy he developed into a global superstar. Pogba is a driving force from midfield, he has power and pace, combined with superb dribbling skills, and the vision to pick out a pass. The French international is the ideal signing for Man United as Jose Mourinho looks to rebuild the club's reputation as an elite European club.

John Stones



Everton - Manchester City (£47m)



Pep Guardiola had to sign a centre-back for Manchester City this summer; he saw the potential in John Stones and paid Everton a huge fee to sign the 22-year-old. Stones is one of the top English defenders and in a couple of years time he could be one of the world's best. During his short Premier League career, Stones has had ups and downs, but his ability has never been in doubt. Stones' Man City career has gotten off to a good start, his ability on the ball fits in perfectly with how Guardiola wants his defenders to play, and the England international has a big future at the Etihad.

Kevin Gameiro



Sevilla - Atletico Madrid (£27m)

Atletico Madrid rely on having a strong physical presence up front, and although Fernando Torres did an admirable job last season, the club needed to sign a new striker. Diego Simeone turned his attention to Kevin Gameiro and paid Sevilla a big transfer fee to secure the Frenchman's signature. Gameiro has established himself in Spanish football in the last three years; he played an important role in Sevilla's Europa League triumph last season. Gameiro will improve Atletico's options up front: he's good at holding the ball up, he has pace, and he's also efficient in front of goal.

Paco Alcacer



Valencia - Barcelona (£25m)



Barcelona manager Luis Enrique wanted to improve his side's strength-in-depth in attacking areas, so he signed Paco Alcacer from Valencia. The Spanish striker is still only 23-years-old; he will struggle to break into the Barcelona team this season, but he could potentially have a successful career at the Nou Camp. Alcacer's goalscoring record was decent in his time at Valencia, but if he's given game time this season that record should improve, as he will be surrounded by world-class stars. Alcacer is a good signing by the Spanish champions: he's good with the ball at his feet, which will see him fit in with Barcelona's style of play.

Joao Mario



Sporting Lisbon - Inter Milan (£34m)

Joao Mario played a big role in Portugal's success at Euro 2016, which saw him earn a big money move to Inter Milan this summer. Mario is an attacking midfielder that can play on the right or in the centre; he broke into the Sporting first team two seasons ago, during that time he made 88 appearances for the club, scoring eight times. Inter have been on a downward spiral since they won the Champions League in 2010; the club are desperate to return to past glory, and the big money signing of Mario is potentially a step in the right direction: But is he worth £34 million?

Antonio Candreva



Lazio - Inter Milan (£19m)



Inter Milan's first big-money signing of the summer came when they bought highly rated Italian international Antonio Candreva from Lazio. At 29, Candreva is an experienced player, with over 400 appearances to his name, including 42 for the Italian national side. Candreva is one of the most versatile players in Europe, he can play to a high standard in several positions: wing-back, central midfield, and attacking midfield. Candreva can perform on the biggest stage, he's proven that with Italy, and his ability at passing, dribbling and crossing will make him an important player for the Nerazzurri.

Jese



Real Madrid - Paris Saint-Germain (£21m)

Spanish prospect Jese failed to make a big enough impression to break into the first-team at Real Madrid, which has seen him leave the Santiago Bernabeu to join French giants Paris Saint-Germain. New PSG boss Unai Emery would have witnessed Jese in action first-hand during his time managing in La Liga; Jese's potential was clear to see from an early age and Emery will expect his new signing to make a big impact in France this season. Jese is a talented winger, with a promising future ahead of him; if Jese's given the chance to start games this season, he could be a big asset to PSG in their quest for success.

Yevhen Konoplyanka



Sevilla - Schalke (loan)



Not too long ago, Liverpool came close to signing Yevhen Konoplyanka. The Ukrainian international instead joined Sevilla in July 2015, but despite making 52 appearances for the Spanish club last season, he's been allowed to leave to join Schalke on loan. Konoplyanka is a dangerous attacking left winger: he possesses good crossing ability, outstanding pace, and the ability to go past a man. His arrival at Schalke is a real coup for the club, as Konoplyanka is sensational on his day, but he must find some consistency this season in the Bundesliga if he's to fulfil his potential.
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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