By far and away, the biggest transfer so far this summer has been Cristiano Ronaldo’s move from Real Madrid to Juventus for £104.2 million. It may yet be topped, as other European clubs have been actively selling and buying this summer.
While the FA have changed the transfer window for English clubs, FIFA’s official transfer deadline day remains Friday the 31st of August. The Premier League’s move means that English clubs can continue to sell players until the end of August, but they cannot buy anyone after the 9th. Spanish, French, German and Italian clubs can still sign players from English clubs until 31st August.
Anyways, all that hoopla aside, here are some of the transfers that happened in Europe that you probably missed due to the World Cup:
Alvaro Odriozola – Real Sociedad to Real Madrid
Real Madrid have reached a deal to sign 22-year-old right back Alvaro Odriozola from Real Socieded for around €35 million. Odriozola was at the World Cup with Spain but did not play any of the four games for La Roja. He will compete for the right back position at Real Madrid with Dani Carvajal.
Orestis Karnezis – Udinese to Napoli
Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed Orestis Karnezis as their latest signing via Twitter for an undisclosed fee. The goalkeeper had been on the books at Udinese since 2013 and spent last season on loan at Watford. Karnezis, 32, made 110 appearances for the Italian side, keeping 24 clean sheets. He also managed four clean sheets in his 16 games in England.
Gabi – Atletico Madrid to Al-Sadd
Long-time Atletico Madrid captain Gabi has joined Qatar side Al Sadd after 11 years in the Spanish capital. He came through the youth system at Atletico Madrid so the decision to leave would not have been easy. The 34-year old will link up with former Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez, who has been at Al Sadd since 2015. Gabi won six titles at Atletico Madrid, including one La Liga and two Europa Leagues.
Yuri Berchiche – Paris Saint-Germain to Athletic Bilbao
Left-back Yuri Berchiche has headed back to Spain and signed for Basque club Athletic Bilbao after one season in France. Berchiche was signed by Paris St. Germain from Athletic Bilbao’s bitter rivals Real Sociedad last summer but was not part of new manager Thomas Tuchel’s plans. Berchiche, who has Ligue 1, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue titles to his name, did spend a short time in England with Tottenham Hotspur’s youth academy and on loan at Cheltenham Town over a decade ago.
Pepe Reina – Napoli to Milan
AC Milan have signed goalkeeper Pepe Reina on a free transfer from Napoli after his contract had expired. The former Liverpool favourite spent three years in Naples and will provide competition for highly-rated 19-year-old Gianluigi Donnarumma. Reina, now 35, also went to the World Cup this summer as Spain’s number two.
Kwadwo Asamoah – Juventus to Inter
Inter Milan have completed the free transfer of the versatile Kwadwo Asamoah after the 29-year-old chose to run down his contract in Turin. Asamoah joined Juventus from Udinese back in 2012 and has since won an impressive 13 trophies in six years. Some of those trophies include six consecutive Serie A titles and four Coppa Italias.
Stefan De Vrij – Lazio to Inter
Centre-back Stefan De Vrij has likewise joined Inter Milan on another free transfer from Serie A rivals Lazio. The 26-year old has signed a five-year deal at the San Siro after previously being linked with a move to Premier League in the last few seasons. Manager Luciano Spalletti is preparing his side for a first Champions League campaign in six years. Controversially, Inter Milan dramatically secured Champions League qualification on the last day of the Serie A season with a 3-2 away win against Lazio. De Vrij played a key role in his future side’s victory after giving away a penalty, which Inter Milan converted. That saw Lazio drop out of the top four and into the Europa League.
Joao Cancelo – Valencia to Juventus
Italian champions Juventus have captured Portugal full back Joao Cancelo on a five-year deal for around €40 million. Cancelo spent last season on loan at Inter Milan, scoring once in 26 Serie A outings and will replace former fans’ favourite Stephan Lichtsteiner who has moved to Arsenal. Cancelo was also in Portugal’s preliminary squad for the World Cup. The 24-year-old came through the ranks at Benfica where he started his career.
Karl Toko Ekambi – Angers to Villarreal
Karl Toko Ekambi, one of Ligue 1’s breakout stars of last season, has swapped France for Spain and got a big move to Villarreal. The 25-year-old Cameroon international joins the Yellow Submarine on a five-year deal. He managed 17 goals and 6 assists as Angers finished 14th last season. Toko Ekambi’s goal tally represented 40% of Angers’ overall haul, contributing to him winning the Marc-Vivien Foe Award which recognises the best African player in Ligue 1.
Takashi Inui – Eibar to Real Betis
Takashi Inui, one of Japan’s star performers at this summer’s World Cup, will be playing his football at Real Betis next season after the 29-year old left Eibar. Real Betis have secured Europa League football for 2018/19 which would likely have been a factor in Inui’s move. Eibar signed Inui for a mere €300,000 back in 2015 which incredibly broke their transfer record. He scored two goals in the World Cup as Japan were cruelly eliminated by Belgium in the World Cup Round of 16.
Arthur Melo – Gremio to Barcelona
Barcelona have completed a six-year deal for Gremio’s Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo. The deal for the 21-year old had originally been agreed to be done next January at the end of the Brazilian domestic season. But, with Andres Iniesta and Paulinho both leaving the Camp Nou, the La Liga giants fast-tracked the transfer.
Daniel Wass – Celta Vigo to Valencia
Experienced Danish midfielder Daniel Wass has joined Valencia from La Liga rivals Celta Vigo on a four-year contract. Wass made 103 appearances in three seasons at Celta Vigo. He was likely to move on this summer as Celta Vigo looked to cash in on the 29-year-old’s contract before it ran out next summer. Wass will become the second player of his country to represent Los Che after Frank Arnesen in the early 1980s.
Antonio Adan – Real Betis to Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid have confirmed the signing of Antonio Adan from Real Betis on a two-year deal. The Spanish goalkeeper makes a return to the capital after previously playing for Real Madrid. The 31-year-old arrives at the Wanda Metropolitano as back-up for Jan Oblak. He joined Real Betis from Italian side Cagliari in 2014 and played 160 times in four seasons for them. Prior to that, he played 18 times for Real Madrid and close to 100 games for Real Madrid Castilla.
Miguel Layun – Porto to Villarreal
Mexican international Miguel Layun has agreed a move to Villarreal from Porto on a three-year deal. Layun spent the second half of last season on loan at Sevilla, before starting three of Mexico’s games at the World Cup this summer. His versatility will be useful to Villarreal who have qualified for next season’s Europa League.
Francesco Acerbi – Sassuolo to Lazio
Lazio have snapped up Sassuolo centre back Francesco Acerbi to replace Stefan De Vrij. The Italian has signed a five-year contract and joins for an undisclosed fee. Acerbi, 30, spent five seasons with Sassuolo and has won two caps for Italy, as well as previously having a single season at AC Milan.
Nani – Valencia to Sporting Lisbon
Nani’s homecoming is complete, after the Portuguese winger sealed a permanent return to the club where he made his professional debut in 2005. He goes back to Sporting Lisbon more than a decade after leaving to join Manchester United. Nani did, however, have a loan spell at Sporting Lisbon in 2014/2015, netting 11 times in 36 competitive games. The Euro 2016 winner has failed to settle anywhere since leaving England, spending last season on loan at Lazio. Sporting Lisbon have likewise struggled for stability recently. The club has seen a host of first team players leave the club after training ground attacks by fans at the end of last season.
Alassane Plea – Nice to Borussia Monchengladbach
Borussia Monchengladbach have completed the signing of 25-year-old French striker Alassane Plea from Nice for just over £20 million. He scored 16 goals in 35 Ligue 1 appearances last season, and 44 in 135 since joining from Lyon in 2014. Plea was linked with a few clubs in England this summer but opted for Germany – choosing to play outside his home country for the first time in his career.
Loic Remy – Las Palmas to Lille
Loic Remy has returned to France and signed for Lille after five years abroad. The 31-year-old left Marseille for London to join Queens Park Rangers in 2013. He then impressed on loan with Newcastle United and moved to Chelsea a year later. Remy switched to Las Palmas last summer but spent the second half of the season on loan at Getafe. His new club Lille finished 17th in Ligue 1 in 2017/2018, narrowly avoiding the relegation places.
William Carvalho – Sporting Lisbon to Real Betis
In a somewhat surprising move, Portugal international William Carvalho has quit Sporting Lisbon and moved to Real Betis for just over £13 million. It looks like a steal for the La Liga outfit, as the defensive midfielder was heavily linked with a big-money move to the Premier League over the last two years. The 26-year-old is another part of the mass exodus of players to leave the Portuguese club after incidents towards the conclusion of last season.
Vinicius Junior – Flamengo to Real Madrid
Real Madrid have recently presented 18-year-old Brazilian Vinicius Junior as their new signing at the Bernabeu. The teenager, who can play as a winger or a forward, joins from Flamengo for around £40 million after the two clubs agreed a deal a year ago. The fee is a record for a player under the age of 19 after surpassing Anthony Martial’s move from Monaco to Manchester United in 2015. Although, it is well short of the £166 million paid by Paris St Germain for Kylian Mbappe. Vinicius made 37 league appearances last season and scored 7 goals. He was also voted as the best player as Brazil won the Under-17 South American Championship last year. Touted as the next Neymar, Vinicius originally agreed to join Los Blancos after playing only 17 minutes of senior football.