Manchester United first summer rookie and free agents for Barca
Gabriel Jesus has moved to Arsenal
Manchester City have let Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus go to London, who never became a worthy successor to Sergio Agüero at the Etihad, although that was his fate predicted a few years ago. Gabi will continue his career at Arsenal, who paid £45 million for his transfer. Mikel Arteta and everyone at the club is excited about the arrival of the titled but still young forward, but Soccer.ru felt it necessary to express reasonable doubts.
Manchester City have signed an England holding midfielder
Calvin Phillips has joined the English champions, he is intended to replace Fernandinho, who is leaving Manchester City to finish playing in Brazil. This transfer hinted that Josep Guardiola intends to go all the way in the Champions League. “City” signed a midfielder-destroyer and a guy with a combative character, exactly the kind of player Man City lacked in the return match against Real Madrid in the semifinals of the previous Champions League. Phillips is a feature player for City’s championship squad, but it is an important and previously unavailable feature that expands tactical options.
Barcelona announced the signing of Kessier and Christensen
The Catalans are still unable to reach an agreement with Bayern Munich on the transfer of Robert Lewandowski, but they got some tasty “transfer tins” that delighted the fans. Back in the spring, Joan Laporta negotiated the transfer of Franck Kessier (ex-Milan) and Andreas Christensen (ex-Chelsea) as free agents, and now both are presented as Barcelona players. Both players are contracted until 2026 and should be important parts of Xavi’s team.
Manchester United announces name of first summer rookie
The expectations of MJ fans worried about the club’s passivity in the transfer market were in part rewarded this past week. The Red Devils’ first newcomer under Eric ten Hague was his compatriot Tyrell Malacia. The Dutch left-back joined Manchester United from Feyenoord and has signed on a four-plus-one deal. The base price of the deal is 15 million euros. Quite an adequate amount for the 22-year-old Dutch national team player, who is expected to progress in England. However, Malacia has become the fourth left-back in the team after Luke Shaw, Alex Telles and Brendan Williams.
Liverpool’s big goal scorer will continue his career at AC Milan
Divock Origi has never really been a Liverpool staple in his seven years at Anfield but there’s no point throwing stones at the Belgian forward, who has always been useful off the bench and scored a number of vital goals for the Reds, including against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final and Tottenham in the final of that triumph. Origi has 41 goals in 175 games for Liverpool and deserves to play more often. That’s the opportunity promised to him by AC Milan, with whom Divock has signed a contract until 2026.
- Liverpool has signed a talented player from the Championships, Fabio Carvalho, who has been flatteringly compared to Bernardo Silva.
- Jose Mourinho welcomes a strong defender to Roma: Turkish national team player Mehmet Celik was a “dog” in France and is now a “wolf” in Italy.
- It didn’t take long for Leeds to pine for Calvin Phillips, who left for Manchester City. The Yorkshire club got two interesting newcomers at once: winger Louis Sinesterra came from Feyenoord for 25 million euros (+ bonuses), midfielder Tyler Adams from RB Leipzig will cost about the same amount. Barely relegated from the AFL at the end of last season, Leeds have already spent more than 100 million euros on the summer rookies.
- Former Zenit and Borussia Dortmund player Axel Witsel has joined Atletico Madrid, while Borussia Dortmund boasted the signing of Sébastien Haller. One of the top scorers in the last UEFA Champions League was part of the Bumblebees’ outstanding transfer campaign.
Ronaldo wants to leave Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo is targeting his departure from Manchester United, despite earlier reports of positive communication with Ten Hague and a desire to help the renewed team in its formative stages. Perhaps the Portuguese was not convinced by the pace of the renewal, because by the start of pre-season the Mancunians had not signed anyone, and the first newcomer was Malaci, whose appearance can hardly be considered fateful. Ronaldo does not appear at Manchester United’s training sessions and intends to continue his career at a Champions League team. And where will the five Ballon d’Or winner continue his career?
Raheem Sterling close to a move to Chelsea
Manchester City send another attacking player to London following Gabriel Jesus. The address, however, is different – Stamford Bridge, not the Emirates Stadium, but the amount of compensation is similar – 45 million pounds. Authoritative insider Fabrizio Romano reports a complete agreement between the clubs, while Sterling was handled personally by Thomas Tuchel, who told the Englishman about his role in the team. It would be curious to know the details of that conversation, because Tuchel had to be frank: Chelsea have an overabundance of attacking wing players, someone will surely leave after Sterling arrives. The first candidate to leave is Hakim Ziyes.
Chelsea could snatch Frankie De Jong from MJ
Barcelona president Joan Laporta and new Chelsea owner Todd Boely met Thursday night. Insiders claim that the communication was constructive and that its outcome could be a series of deals between the clubs. Chelsea defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso are set to move to Barcelona, while the Blues want to take Frankie De Jong to London, who has been rumoured to be linked with Manchester United in recent months. The Dutchman himself is not keen on leaving Barça, but the club needs the money, so a move to England is more than likely. And it seems Chelsea are now closer to acquiring De Jong than MU and ten Hag.