People say that the transfer season is the most interesting time in the footballing world. And this year there were some big money transfers as the giants of European football looked keen to dethrone Real Madrid of their crown. The players on the other hand made their choices wisely as sitting on the bench or not trying to prove themselves in a world cup year would have been an act of foolishness. So, here at What’s The Hype we list down the top 7 summer transfers that took place in the 2017/18 season.
7. Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspurs to Manchester City)
We all are familiar to the eyegasmic football a Pep Guardiola side plays but at the same time we are no stranger to the fact that defense has always been a weakness of the Spanish mastermind. But this time, in his second season at the Etihad, Pep seems to have rightly pointed out the flaws in an offensively strong City outfit and has made some worthy transfers to seal the season. Kyle Walker, who has been playing a key role in the recent development of Tottenham has been bagged for a whooping 51 million. Without a shadow of a doubt this transfer gives Guardiola the much needed support at the back and also the pace up the flanks to trouble the opposition.
6. Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona)
People were quite surprised with the price Barcelona paid for this young lad but the French professional has got some serious talent. Dembele, who arrives at a club which had nothing going its way this year has massive boots to fill and it is not easy. But looking at his quality and class one can surely say that the Spanish Giants has got some reason to smile at last. But what remains to be judged is how and how quickly he gels up with Lionel Messi and his teammates as Barcelona seriously needs somebody who is capable of raising the bar.
5. James Rodriguez (Real Madrid to Bayern Munich)
To be honest, a quality midfielder like James Rodriguez does not deserve to sit on the bench and thus has made the right move away from the European champions. The left footed Colombian is precious and is likely to provide the German side with that extra bit of quality and motivation that they were lacking in the last few years. Carlo Ancelotti, a believer in attacking football seems to have made all the arrangements to clinch the UEFA Champions League this season by bringing in the star midfielder and it would be quite interesting to watch how James performs alongside the likes of Vidal, Thiago and Lewandoski.
4. Romelu Lukaku (Everton to Manchester United)
It’s quite a massive task to fill the boots of the great Zlatan Ibrahimovic but this Belgian is already on his way to prove his mettle. The 84.7 million signing from Everton who is an awesome blend of power and positioning might not have the all-important Champions League experience but has surely proved himself over and over again in the Premier League. With the Premier League well on its way the big Belgian struck twice on his debut for the Red Devils announcing his arrival at the Old Trafford in style. Everything is looking in shape for the Premier League giants and Jose Mourinho being a second season manager this might well be United’s year of triumph.
3. Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid to Chelsea)
Another benchwarmer at Madrid and yet another high profile move to England, Alvaro Morata is sharp and has a good eye for goals. Antonio Conte who had a dream start to his new chapter as a football coach secured the services of the Spaniard as Diego Costa had been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge. Though Chelsea’s start to the Premier League campaign was not of their liking, but Morata provided us with a glimpse of his talent by scoring twice for Chelsea in the first three games of the season. With hazard and Bakayoko now fully fit, Chelsea could be a serious contender for the European title this season with a deadly striker like Morata upfront.
2. Kylian Mbappe (Monaco to PSG)
PSG is one club that has done some serious business this year in the summer transfer window. And Kylian Mbappe is one player who has been scoring consistently for Monaco and was on the top of quite a few club’s wish list this year. But at the end PSG sealed a loan deal for the champion player on deadline day boosting up their lethal squad even more. With such a quality side the French side would target each and every trophy possible in the coming years and it would not be a surprise if they even manage to get their hands on the most prestigious of them all, the UEFA Champions League.
1. Neymar Jr. (Barcelona to PSG)
The most shocking and arguably the most effective transfer of the season was that of Brazilian heavyweight Neymar Junior for a record fee of 222 million. Having faced no joy in the UCL despite having a formidable squad, French side PSG was looking to strengthen their side a bit more. With the likes of Angel Di Maria, Julian Draxler and Edinson Cavani already present the arrival of Neymar gives the PSG attack that intimidating factor which could help them reach new heights. Keeping an eye on the Ballon’D’or, Neymar has already started scoring for the French side and is looking better than ever. Although this move marked disappointment for the Barcelona fans, Paris would be boasting with hope and confidence as their team pulled off something unbelievable.