The summer transfer window officially opens today and wouldn’t close until September 1. That’s 2 months of business and market buzz across Europe, and it is the best time various clubs will be making necessary changes ahead of the new season. With many more signings still to come, here are 5 deals that have officially been completed of recent.
After failing to make the France squad for the Euros, the 29-year-old has put the disappointment behind him and agreed to a PSG switch. Arfa was a transfer target of the likes of Barcelona, Lyon, Leicester City and Sevilla before penning a 2-year deal with the French giants. Having registered 17 Ligue 1 strikes last season with OGC Nice, the career of the once-promising forward took a turn despite having failed at England with Newcastle and Hull City. He will now hope to make an impact and earn a recall to the national team after the free transfer to the biggest club in France.
PSG and Manchester United were in pursuit of the Brazil international as he stalled on agreeing a new deal and contract extension with Barcelona. But he will now remain at the Camp Nou after agreeing to a 5-year extension, with his new buyout clause set to increase from €200 million to €222million and finally €250 over the course of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and remainder of the years. The 24-year-old missed out of his country’s Copa America team in order to focus on the summer Olympics. An official presentation is slated to take place on July 15.
The France international shot stopper has joined Crystal Palace on a 3-year deal. The former Marseille goalie was also on Chelsea’s radar with Conte considering him as a backup for Courtois, but the
31-year-old had other plans. Alan Pardew sees him as an upgrade on Wayne Hennessey and made a quick move to sign the veteran who became a free agent after his contract expired last season ahead of Everton too. Mandada has done his medicals and will immediately join the F.A Cup runners-up after the Euros.
The 29-year-old Spain international has signed a 4-year deal worth £14 million for the Etihad Stadium outfit. The former Barcelona forward was being courted by the Camp Nou outfit for a return to the side, but Guardiola persuaded him to join him at City. The former Celta Vigo winger was on a brilliant form for La Roja at the Euros before their elimination at the hands of Italy in the round of 16. He’s expected to hit the ground running and easily slot into Pep’s starting 11 once the new season begins.
Not the most famous player in the latest signee list, but Christain Kabasele’s quality as a brilliant central back hasn’t gone unnoticed. Watford have completed the signing of the Belgium international and Genk defender for an undisclosed amount. The 25-year-old is currently with his country’s squad at France but is yet to make an appearance. His contract will see him turn out for the Hornets until 2021.