Breaking down the past week in transfer dealings, including Harry Maguire’s mega move to Manchester United, Moise Kean’s surprise Everton transfer, and Wolves’ new Italian striker.
We are less than a week away from the start of the Premier League, which also means we are less than a week away from the transfer window closing. With over £4bn spent on players this summer, has your club done the right business yet?
United overpay for their man, but who cares
A lot of noise was made online this week when it emerged that Harry Maguire will be leaving Leicester City to join Manchester United, thus ending a transfer saga that has run for many months. A lot of the discussion was based around the price tag (£85m), which puts the centre-half ahead of Virgil van Dijk as the most expensive defender in world football.
Whether or not he can live up to that title remains to be seen, but at the very least the club have finally sorted out one of their problem areas ahead of the new season. The only worry with Maguire is, if Solskjaer is intent on playing high pressure, possession football, it might leave his soon-to-be new signing on an island where he will get exposed.
Looking at the machinations of the transfer itself, while United are entirely capable of shelling out that kind of money, you have to wonder why it took so long to get the deal done when they went and paid what Leicester have been asking for all along. The player has no pre-season with the team under his belt and needs to get acquainted with the system the manager has been implementing sharpish.
Gueye out, Moise Ke-in
While I am looking forward to commentators and pundits grappling with the pronunciation of his name, I will also be looking forward to watching Moise Kean with gleeful anticipation.
At 19 years of age the Ivorian-Italian is very much a raw talent, but he has already impressed at senior level for both Juventus and Italy, for whom he has scored twice in his three caps to date. Last season he scored six goals in 13 league appearances for the Bianconeri, picking up a Serie A winners medal for his efforts.
For Everton this is a tremendous deal. While Kean still has a ways to go, he has the makings of a top-quality forward, and £29m isn’t the kind of sizable investment it once was. And if they are to challenge for a top six place, they have to take risks like this.
For Juventus however, this is not a good deal. They got a good fee for essentially a rookie player, but he has bags of potential. And that’s precisely the problem: they don’t want potential, they want instant gratification. Their transfer dealings, as well as sacking manager Max Allegri, all point to a policy that screams “WIN NOW” as their desperation for a Champions League win grows by the minute.
Despite his obvious talent, Kean is not in his prime and therefore deemed surplus to requirements. Everton were able to take full advantage of that by making the steal of the summer.
In other Toffees news, the club spent £22.5m on Jean-Philippe Gbamin, who appears to be Idrissa Gana Gueye’s replacement in the first team. The Ivorian is a defensive midfielder who played 32 Bundesliga matches for Mainz last season. He has big shoes to fill at Goodison Park in the upcoming campaign.
Wolves add depth to their attacking options
Another team aiming to disrupt the top six cartel this season, Wolves have made a shrewd signing in attaining Patrick Cutone for £16.2m from AC Milan.
The Italian is an exciting prospect and at 21 years of age, has the scope to improve and learn under Nuno Espirito Santo. As our own Vishnu Anandraj has written, Cutrone not only has the capability to score goals and link-up play, he’s a hard worker too.
Considered a number nine, he will have his work cut out for him if he is to oust either Diego Jota or Raul Jimenez from the starting line-up, so expect him to be used as a backup for the time being.
Take another look at our new signing's first day at the club! #WelcomeCutrone
— Wolves (@Wolves) July 31, 2019
Other notable deals:
- Marvelous Nakamba – Club Brugge to Aston Villa – £11m
- Allan Saint-Maximin – Nice to Newcastle United – £16.5m
- Tom Heaton – Burnley to Aston Villa – £8m
- Bailey Peacock-Farrell – Leeds United to Burnley – £3m
- Oli McBurnie – Swansea to Sheffield United – £18m
- Pedro Neto – Lazio to Wolves – £10.8m
- Bruno Jordão – Lazio to Wolves – £7.2m
- Dani Alves – PSG to Sao Paulo – free
- Radja Nainggolan – Inter to Cagliari – loan
- Malcolm – Barcelona to Zenit St Petersburg – £36m
- Reece Oxford – West Ham to Augsburg – £3.6m
- Adam Webster – Bristol City to Brighton – £20m
- Krystian Bielik – Arsenal to Derby County – £7.5m
- Micah Richards – Aston Villa – retired
- Philip Billing – Huddersfield to Bournemouth – £15m
- Harvey Elliott – Fulham to Liverpool – undisclosed
- André-Frank Zambo Anguissa – Fulham to Villareal – loan
- Shinji Okazaki – Leicester City to Malaga – free
- Ben Woodburn – Liverpool to Oxford – loan
- Kevin-Prince Boateng – Sassuolo to Fiorentina – £890k
- André Schürrle – Borussia Dortmund to Spartak Moscow – loan
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