The European summer transfer window shut on Tuesday 3 September with clubs having the chance to bolster their ranks with new players.
There were clubs who did their business early and with the English Premier League having their window shut early in getting in players, other European leagues continued with the business until yesterday.
Despite the protracted move of Neymar to Barcelona failing to go through, Mauro Icardi finally waved goodbye to Inter Milan with a staggering €5.75bn spent in Europe’s top five leagues.
So, what was the most expensive XI in the window?
Goalkeeper: Jasper Cillessen, €35m
Barcelona ➡️ Valencia
After four years with Barcelona, Cillessen finally made a move out of Camp Nou. The Dutchman managed just 32 appearances for Barcelona, finding himself firmly behind Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the pecking order at Camp Nou. He largely had to settle for appearances in cup competitions, making just five appearances in La Liga.
Right Back: João Cancelo, €65m
Juventus ➡️ Manchester City
Many have asked the motive of the transfer and why City forked a chunk on the player despite Kyle Walker's dominance on the right flank but the 25-year-old, who has signed a six-year deal at the Ethiad, is seen as a long term replacement of Walker who has just missed a call up to the England national team.
Center Back: Harry Maguire, €87m
Leicester ➡️ Manchester United
United had been linked with a defender all through the transfer window and not many were going to come cheap if they were to get a quality player. Not being in the Champions League just complicate things. Maguire was their man after flirting with Napoli's Koulibaly and they had to break the bank for their prime target.
Center Back: Matthijs de Ligt, €85.5m
Ajax ➡️ Juventus
Restricted to the bench in his first league game in Juve colours, de Light was one of the most sought after players following his sterling season in the Champions League with Ajax. Age being on his side, he wasn't going to come cheap.
Left Back: Ferland Mendy, €48m
Lyon ➡️ Real Madrid
With Marcelo still the undisputed first-choice left-back at the club, Mendy arrival signals what many believe are the end days for the Brazilian. Age is still on his side and will be a perfect replacement for the Brazilian should the latter consider leaving.
Center Midfield: Frenkie de Jong, €75m
Ajax ➡️ Barcelona
If De Ligt wasnt going to come cheap then, de Jong was another who was never going to be released easily. Despite being signed early than anyone in the group, he was left to end his season with Ajax last season and he showed just why he was one of the most coveted young midfielders in the game with some brilliant display for both club and country.
Center Midfield: Rodri, €70m
Atlético Madrid ➡️ Manchester City
Coming in an already parked midfield, Rodri is a player Guardiola got due to his intelligence and a back up should the side be hit with injuries. It is said that he can slot in defence too and is already being considered to step in for the injured Aymeric Laporte in the next game.
Right Midfield: Nicolas Pépé, €80m
Lille ➡️ Arsenal
After lighting Ligue One last year, his contribution took his side back to the UEFA Champions League. He has shown what he can do with the ball in the first games in Arsenal colours but yet to hit the heights he had at Lille.
Left Midfield: Eden Hazard, €100m
Chelsea ➡️ Real Madrid
Still yet to make his competitive debut for the club at a time they are struggling, Hazard desire to join Madrid was finally granted by Chelsea who he helped to a UEFA Europa League win. Out injured, his return should be a welcome boost for the Los Blancos.
Attacking Midfield: João Félix, €126m
Benfica ➡️ Atlético Madrid
Following the departure of Griezman to Barcelona, Atleti were in search of a player to replace their talismanic striker and in Joao, they were getting a player who was being linked with a move to some of the most of biggest clubs in Europe. They had to act quickly and get their man. And the money they paid was the most in the just concluded transfer.
Striker: Antoine Griezmann, €120m
Atlético Madrid ➡️ Barcelona
After a push and pull from both sides with Atelti threating to block the move, Griezmann was to finally get his move. It is believed he paid part of the money to secure the move and a dream of winning more accolades believed to be one of the reasons he gave his all in ensuring he landed at Camp Nou.
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