Nick Bidwell and Gavin Hamilton round up the major deals, left-field moves and off-the-radar surprises
1 One of the most remarkable stories of the summer was the incredible rise of Alphonso Davies, the 17-year-old Vancouver Whitecaps attacker who will join Bayern Munich in January after a whirlwind rise over the past six months.
Born in Buduburam, a Ghanaian refugee camp, he moved to Canada at the age of five, eventually settling in Edmonton after his Liberian parents had originally fled their home during the civil war in their west African homeland.
Davies joined the Whitecaps youth programme at the 14, having been spotted playing for Edmonton Strike.
Aged 16, he became the youngest player to represent Canada’s national team and this year he has burst on the Major League Soccer scene, with eight assists and five goals up until the end of July, and appearing in the MLS All Stars game against Juventus.
Bayern have secured a deal to bring Davies to Germany at the end of the MLS season. The fee is believed to be in the region of $14million.
Journey... Alphonso Davies