As the transfer window is nearing its business end, both the number and magnitude of the deals are seemingly increasing. The last week or so has witnessed some very important deals being struck. We, here at LNTUP try to recapitulate some of the done deals from the last one week.
Messi’s staying at Barcelona
Not that anyone actually thought Messi would ever leave Barcelona, but after returning from his honeymoon, Messi has officially extended his contract until 2021.
Not a bad weekend for Messi, who married Antonella Roccuzzo and agreed on a gigantic new contract. The deal ties him to the club that he joined when he was 13 until the age of 34 and with a 300 million euro buyout clause it’s safe to say that Messi won’t be going anywhere until 2021.
Rúben Neves to wolves
This one is an example of modern football where agents have too much control over players managers and clubs. Rúben Neves is a 20-year-old up-and-coming Portuguese holding midfielder with two international caps to his name. With his agent Jorge Mendes, who also happens to be the agent of Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo, an advisor to Wolves ownership group and the fact that Porto is in financial difficulties and need to avoid financial fair play sanctions from UEFA pretty much add to the transfer.
Once been linked to a number of Premier League clubs including Liverpool the 20-year old will now be playing in the Championship football
Lacazette to Arsenal
Arsene Wenger has tracked the France international for a number of years and has eventually landed the striker who scored 37 goals in all competitions last season. Lacazette scored 129 goals in 275 matches in all competitions for Lyon after breaking into the first team in the 2009-10 campaign. With rumors suggesting that Sanchez and Ozil could stay at Emirates, and with the arrival of Lacazette, fireworks are guaranteed this season for Arsenal faithful.
John Terry to Aston Villa
Chelsea’s legend John Terry who won 14 major trophies and was the most successful captain in the history of Chelsea Football Club became surplus to requirement last season, but his choice to join a championship squad as he couldn’t imagine playing against his former club in the Premier League won hearts of Chelsea supporters even more.
Sandro Ramírez to Everton
The 21-year old scored 14 goals in La Liga last year from Malaga after being released by Barcelona in 2016. He was also 3rd in La Liga only behind Messi and Antoine Griezmann for goals scored from outside the box which is a key tool to have in the Premier League where the box can sometimes be overcrowded and player have to fight for every inch.
After locking up the best young goalkeeper in England with Jordan Pickford, arguably the best young defender Michael Keane, and Ajax captain Davy Klaassen, Everton fans must be thrilled as they look primed to make a real go at breaking up the top six
Wayne Rooney to Everton
Manchester United record goalscorer Wayne Rooney has rejoined Everton on a free transfer, 13 years after leaving the Merseyside club.
Rooney, who will be remembered for his different production over the last seasons, but what many fail to acknowledge is that he at his best, was one of the best ever to play in the Premier League. During his time at United, he scored a total of 253 goals, won five Premier League titles, the Champions League, the FA Cup, three League Cups, Europa League and the FIFA Club World Cup. Unfortunately, he was born in the era of Ronaldo and Messi, who scores 50 goals a season, so his consideration for Ballon d’Or was never going to be a reality.
Gianluigi Donnarumma staying at AC Milan
The news out of Milan is that the 18-year-old Donnarumma has agreed to a new five-year contract and two buyout clauses – 100 million if Milan reaches to the Champions League and 50 million if they don’t.Donnarumma staying, is a huge win for the club who are putting all their eggs in the basket for a top four finish, they’ve been the most aggressive in Europe the summer and have greatly improved the squad.
Pepe to Beşiktaş
Pepe who was heading to PSG to try to bring that Champions League winning magic to the City of Light instead took a u-turn and it’s heading to Istanbul to join Champions Besiktas. Apparently, the length of contract was the reason for a sudden break with PSG even though Unai Emery was desperate to get him.
After spending 10 years in Real Madrid with over 300 appearances for the Los Blancos,the Portugal International finally decided to move to Turkey, putting end to his transfer saga.