Transfer deadline winners and losers: Barcelona send Griezmann to Atletico; Mbappe remains on site with PSG
The summer transfer window ended on one of the busiest and most unexpected periods in European football history. Big names such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have switched clubs with the transfer of the Portuguese superstar from Juventus to Manchester United in the final hours. The other rumored superstar, PSG’s Kylian Mbappe, ended up staying put despite the keen interest from Real Madrid.
Once again, the past 24 hours haven’t disappointed with a few big deals going on – including a few that looked like they could fall apart by the 11th hour. Here’s a look at the notable moves since the deadline day:
Notable transfer deadline agreements
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus at Manchester United)
- Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona at Atletico Madrid)
- Luuk de Jong (Seville to Barcelona)
- Nuno Mendes (Sportsman at PSG)
- Saul (Atletico Madrid v Chelsea)
- Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes at Real Madrid)
- Moise Kean (Everton v Juventus)
- Nikola Vlasic (CSKA Moscow v West Ham United)
- Emerson Royal (Barcelona to Tottenham Hotspur)
- Arnaud Kalimuendo (PSG in Lens on loan)
- Marc Cucurella (Getafe to Brighton & Hove Albion)
And now, let’s take a look at some of the winners and losers of what is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year for football.
Winners: PSG and Real Madrid
Kylian Mbappe dominated the last month of this summer thanks to Real Madrid’s pursuit of the French international until PSG’s stubborn refusal to even consider his departure. The fact that the French giants were rejecting the better part of the $ 250 million at the end of the window means that there are ways to see both winners.
For PSG, who are aiming for the success of the UEFA Champions League this season, the advantage is obvious: they keep a player who can make the difference in a title race for at least one more campaign. On top of that, he’s part of a revamped Parisian squad that now includes Lionel Messi, Achraf Hakimi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos and Georginio Wijnaldum – not bad. Sporting director Leonardo also managed to make a late move for Nuno Mendes to complete a possible transformation into a 3-4-3 formation under Mauricio Pochettino.
Real also won as PSG’s refusal saved them from potential financial annihilation and their consolation prize is one of the best young midfielders in the world to Eduardo Camavinga – a first step towards rejuvenating a team aging. The money Real could have spent on Mbappe will now be used to rebuild the squad in the future and the 22-year-old could still end up at the Santiago Bernabeu as a free agent next summer.
Losers: PSG and Real Madrid
However, there are also negatives to the situation. Real were obviously desperate to make up for the losses of Raphael Varane and Ramos, among others, this summer to offer that kind of money. In this pursuit of their primary target, Los Blancos have failed and will instead argue that they did everything they could to land their man – other than making him their primary target early in the summer instead of coming to life towards the end of the summer. the transfer window.
For PSG, they may never be able to take advantage of Mbappe again (a move in January for a player of his ability is a non-starter) when there is no guarantee of success in the Champions League, and a contract extension always seems to be a really long way off.
Winner: Man United
Ronaldo and Varane represent a solid transfer period with the legendary Portuguese player returning to Old Trafford for a second stint to reinforce the feel-good factor created by a good start to the season. It may not quite put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men in the UCL glory account, but domestic silverware will be targeted with the veteran now on board.
There is no way to paint Antoine Griezmann returning to defending champion Atleti on loan with an option to buy, with Emerson Royal joining Tottenham Hotspur just months after arriving at Camp Nou and Luuk De Jong arriving from Sevilla in a positive way. . An absolute disastrous class of the last 24 hours for the Catalans – albeit it alleviates their financial woes – on top of an acrimonious business summer.
Monchi pulled off a masterclass taking an uncompromising stance with Chelsea against star defender Jules Kounde, then took advantage of Barca’s desperation to get rid of De Jong. There are levels to this game and Monchi, despite criticism over the past few years, has proven once again that he stays in that top rung.
Loser: Man City
It’s been a forgettable last few days of the transfer window for Pep Guardiola and his men, which saw Harry Kane stay with Spurs, Messi join PSG and Ronaldo return to United with nowhere to turn on such short notice in their search for reinforcements attack. Jack Grealish was a big hit, but City have made it clear he’s not their only target this summer.
While the return of Moise Kean and the arrival of Mohamed Ihattaren are not bad shots, the loss of Ronaldo who late in the day for relatively little still looks like a loss – but not as big as some of their European rivals.