The summer transfer window promises to be one of the busiest in recent times. A lot of the big European clubs are looking to strengthen their squad and are planning on, or already have acquired some high-profile players. Let’s have a look at the five biggest transfers in the summer of 2019, so far.
1. João Félix
A number of European teams were interested in signing the talented Felix but only Atletico was willing to meet Benfica’s asking price of £113.40m. The fee is the fifth highest ever paid for a player and only Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembélé have cost more.
2. Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann has joined Barcelona from Atlético Madrid after the Catalan club announced they agreed on a transfer fee 107.6m. The 28-year old French international signed a five-year contract which will keep him at Camp Nou till the 30th of June 2024.
3. Eden Hazard
Already for a couple of years, the 28-year-old Belgian captain has admitted he it was his childhood dream to one day play for Real Madrid. This summer, the dream of the skillful winger became a reality. The transfer fee stands at £89m but could rise past £150m with add-ons. Darren Anderton, in May of 2019, had already stated there was no doubt about Hazard joining Real Madrid this summer.
4. Matthijs de Ligt
Matthijs de Ligt, the 19-year-old Ajax captain who led the Dutch champion to the Champions League semifinals, has completed his move to Juventus for a fee of £76.95m. A product of Ajax’s famed youth academy, De Ligt can now call himself the fourth most expensive signing of the summer transfer window so far.
5. Frenkie de Jong
The 22-year-old Dutch international impressed many European top clubs with his performances last season in the Champions League, helping Ajax to the semi-finals of the competition. As a kid, the central midfielder was already a fan of Pep Guardiola‘s Barcelona Team and he stated Barcelona is one of his favorite teams. The Catalan team paid £67.50m to Ajax for the signing.