Holland to Manchester City, Aston Villa and Dortmund activity
Leeds bought Brendan Aarons for 33 million euros
As the season progressed, Leeds dismissed Marcelo Bielsa, appointed Jesse Marsch as head coach, and narrowly avoided relegation to the Championship at the end of the season, only retaining their Premier League title in the final round. Most likely, in the case of relegation, the big transfer, which the English club announced last week, would also have been derailed: Leeds took the talented American Brendan Aarons from Salzburg for an impressive 33 million euros. He is now the most expensive transfer in the history of the club.
The deal was initiated by Jesse Marsch who spent the second half of last season working with his compatriot in Austria. Last season, Aarons provided assists in the Champions League, where Salzburg made the playoffs for the first time in history. An attacking midfielder with outstanding organizational skills is expected to make a breakthrough from season to season. Perhaps it will happen in the Premier League, at least Leeds hopes so.
Bayern has signed an Ajax defender
Bayern’s first summer newcomer is right-back Noussair Mazraoui, who transferred from Ajax on a free agent basis. The Moroccan is a pupil of the club from Amsterdam, he played 136 games for Ajax (10 goals + 9 assists), Mazraoui has not played outside of the Netherlands, but now he will try. Nussair is not the only one who will move from Amsterdam to Munich this transfer window. Midfielder Ryan Gravenberg is one step away from transferring to Bayern, and Sebastian Aller is on the list of forwards to choose from to replace Robert Lewandowski.
Ivan Perisic joins Tottenham
Perisic has taken trophies with each of his clubs from the top championships: he started at Borussia Dortmund, continued at Wolfsburg, Bayern and Inter, who left as a free agent at the end of the 2021/22 season. The Milan club expressed regret, but acknowledged that Ivan was not retained because of his desire to play in the English Premier League under Antonio Conte. Perisic became Tottenham’s first summer rookie. “Spurs are unusually clear and articulate in their desire to break their unbeaten streak of nearly a decade and a half. Ivan should help in this difficult mission.
PSG have bought the transfer of Nuno Mendes for 40 million euros
Young Portuguese defender Nuno Mendes, who will turn 20 this month, spent last season in Paris on loan from Sporting. He was useful for the French champions, appearing in 37 games and playing more than 2,000 minutes on the pitch. Mendes earned a full contract with PSG until 2026, Kylian Mbappe approved the payment of 40 million euros in compensation.
Aston Villa signed Coutinho, Diego Carlos and Boubacar Camara
“Villa has invested generously in the squad every transfer window since their return to the Premier League three years ago. Since then, they have spent over 300 million euros, but they still cannot break into the top half of the table – they occupied 17th, 11th and 14th places, although the current squad is fit to fight for the Eurocup zone. And with each transfer window Aston Villa are getting stronger in name. This team is capable of a lot, if the cool players can be combined with the right ideas and inspiring motivation.
Luca Dinh arrived in the winter and by the first of June Aston Villa already had three newcomers. Philippe Coutinho spent the second half of the 2021/22 season on loan at Birmingham City and has now been bought out by Barcelona for €20 million. Another €31m was paid to Sevilla for strong centre-back Diego Carlos and Boubacar Camara arrived from Marseille on a free agent basis. Both of these players traded the Champions League, where they made their way with their former clubs, for Aston Villa. Steven Gerrard is clearly up to something.
Borussia Dortmund already has seven officially confirmed newcomers
Borussia’s main loss is discussed below, but for now about the numerous transfers to the Bumblebees. Seven confirmed newcomers by June 1 is somehow too much. First, the Dortmund side signed two goalkeepers to replace the departing Roman Bürki and Marvin Hitz: Alexander Meier (Jan Regensburg) and Marcel Lotka (Hertha) will try to win the competition from Gregor Kobel. Second, they plucked another talented Jaden from Man City’s academy: 19-year-old winger Braf will try to repeat the path of his namesake Sancho.
There’s more. Five-time Bundesliga winner Niklas Süle joined Borussia on the loan from Bayern Munich, and he should be an important man in defense. Salih Özkan came from Cologne for 5 million, while Freiburg paid four times as much for Niko Schlotterbeck. And the main summer acquisition, of course, is Karim Adeyemi, who will try to use Borussia directly as a springboard. They gave 30 million euros for Adeyemi, but Salzburg should also get numerous bonuses if he performs well.
Erling Holland at Manchester City for 75m euros
Kylian Mbappe’s stay at PSG has saved us a difficult choice: it is now clear which transfer should be considered the main one this summer. Indirectly Mbappe influenced Holand’s fate, because had the Frenchman announced his decision to stay in Paris earlier, Real Madrid would have been more persistent in their negotiations with Holand, and so the Norwegian, who has grown beyond Borussia, accepted Manchester City’s offer, where he will try not to lose his best qualities in the team of Josep Guardiola, whose relations with the centre-forwards are very specific.