Football transfer update 21 August
We’re currently still living in crazy times. The pandemic chanted everything in the world and in sport. In the past teams all over Europe bought players for crazy amounts of money. No teams are struggling to survive. A year without the income of ticket revenue had a devastating result on the balance of some clubs. Nevertheless, there are still some teams active on the transfer market. It’s only ten days until the markets close, so we expect to see a lot of action in the next ten days.
Messi leaving Barcelona
The biggest shock this summer was of course the Messi saga at Barcelona. He agreed to take a huge pay cut and left his holiday to sign this contract. The next day Barca announced La Liga didn’t let them sign Messi on a new deal. Barcelona’s finances are in a terrible state, so the club wasn’t allowed to sign new players. This caused Messi leaving for Paris Saint-Germain. A big shock for everyone who’s following football, but it shows the state of football at the moment.
Big transfers in the Premier League
Where teams all over Europe are struggling to sign new players, some Premier League teams seem to have enough money to improve their squads. Manchester City was the first one to spend a lot of money when signing Jack Grealish from Aston Villa. Pep Guardiola said the selling of a bunch of players made this transfer possible. It’s interesting to see if they are able to sign Harry Kane as well for a record fee.
Most recently Chelsea made a big signing, when Romelu Luakku returned at the club. The Belgium strikers looks exactly what Chelsea missed last season, so this will prove to be a very good signing. Chelsea needed a goalscorer, Romelu Lukaku scores goal. Even though there was a big transfer fee involved, he will show that the club made the right decision.