Pogba leads record trans­fer spend­ing

World Soccer - - The World -

“Never go back” used to be the mantra for players look­ing for their next trans­fer. Try telling that to Manch­ester United and Paul Pogba af­ter the world-record deal that saw United pay Ju­ven­tus 105m for the French mid­fielder, who left Eng­land four years ago to join the Ital­ian cham­pi­ons af­ter de­clin­ing to sign a new con­tract at Old Traf­ford.

Ju­ven­tus also re­ceived 30m from Real Madrid, who ex­er­cised their buy­back clause in the con­tract of Al­varo Mo­rata, who left the Span­ish cap­i­tal for Juve in 2014 for 20m.

Chelsea sprung a sur­prise by re-sign­ing Brazil­ian de­fender David Luiz from Paris Saint-Ger­main for 38.5m, hav­ing sold the 29-year-old to the French cham­pi­ons for 50m two years ago.

The Pogba money en­abled Ju­ven­tus to break the Ital­ian trans­fer record with a 90m move for Gon­zalo Higuain.

The size of the fee drew crit­i­cism in Italy but Ju­ven­tus, who also brought in Bos­nian Mi­ralem Pjanic (Roma, 32m) and Croa­t­ian Marko Pjaca (Di­namo Za­greb,

23m) spent only 25m “netto” in strength­en­ing their squad.

Premier League clubs, their wal­lets boosted by a new TV deal, spent more than £1.1bil­lion on trans­fer fees, al­though the net fig­ure was closer to £750m.

Roughly £365m of the £1.1bn was spent on ex­ist­ing Premier League players, sug­gest­ing that sell­ing clubs had one price for sales to Premier League clubs and another, lower one for the rest of Europe.

But it was not just in Eng­land that money talks. Highly re­garded teenager Oliver Burke, who had been linked with a num­ber of Premier League clubs, be­came the most ex­pen­sive Scot­tish player of all time fol­low­ing a 15m switch to Bun­desliga new boys Red Bull Leipzig.

A num­ber of Por­tu­gal’s Euro 2016 vic­to­ri­ous squad were on the move, no­tably mid­fielder Joao Mario who left Sport­ing for In­ter­nazionale in a 40m deal, join­ing Raphael Guer­reiro (Sochaux to Borus­sia Dort­mund), Re­nato Sanches (Ben­fica to Bay­ern) and Nani (Fener­bahce to Va­len­cia).

And it was not just about fees. Lead­ing players were also avail­able on free trans­fers, in­clud­ing Brazil­ian Dani Alves, who joined Ju­ven­tus from Barcelona, while France keeper Steve Man­danda moved to Crys­tal Palace af­ter leav­ing Mar­seille.

Iron­i­cally, Chelsea were priced out of a num­ber of deals for cen­tral de­fend­ers with Ital­ian clubs, such as Napoli’s Kali­dou Koulibaly, with many cit­ing Chelsea’s orig­i­nal

50m sale of Luiz to PSG as set­ting the bench­mark for top-qual­ity de­fend­ers.

Chelsea now have 37 players out on loan, in­clud­ing Juan Cuadrado at Ju­ven­tus.

Other in­ter­est­ing loan deals in­cluded Si­mone Zaza (Ju­ven­tus to West Ham United), Jack Wil­shere (Arse­nal to

Off-loaded...Samir Nasri has joined Sevilla

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.