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Top 10 Soccer Summer Transfers So Far

This summer, the soccer global transfer market has seen some notable names making big moves to new clubs. Some of the signings were more surprising than others, and some signings cost way more than others. Today I’m going to be recapping some of these transfers and rating the top ten best picks. 

10. Mahmoud Dahoud to Brighton

After Brighton’s fantastic breakout season in the Premier League, it’s no wonder they lost some star power after their astonishing performances, most especially in Moises Caicedo and Mac Allister. With these two departures, the addition of Dahoud from Dortmund at only 27 years old on a free transfer would be considered a steal. Dahoud, still entering his prime, may exhibit some of his exceptional on-the-ball control, known in Brighton’s possession system. Now, it’s a matter of time to see if he can fill the shoes of World Cup winner, Mac Allister, with his similar build and play style. 

9. Houssem Aouar to Roma

A poor ending to Roma’s season saw they lost the Europa League Finals to Sevilla. Roma struggled in creating a play from the midfield and Houssem Aouar of Olympic Lyon slotted right into the team. He can provide for some creativity and ball distribution with a more attack-oriented style, as opposed to the two deep midfielders, Roma currently play with Matic and Cristante. This free transfer is another steal, with Aouar being a hot target last summer in the likes of Premier League clubs going after him.

8. Raphael Guerreiro to Bayern Munich

The third free transfer on the list is Portuguese International Raphael Guereiro, from Dortmund to Bayern. Bayern appeared keen on letting go of left-back Alphonso Davies. It is said that Guerriero could easily replace him. His 12 assists from left-back this season proved he can be a game-changer, along with strikers like Mane and Muller at the end of those crosses. It was considered a smart signing by Bayern Munich to obtain an attack-oriented fullback at only 29 years of age.  

7. Marcus Thuram to Inter Milan 

This move is the most underrated signing. Marcus Thuram caught the attention of the world in the previous World Cup in France. He is young, at only 25 years old, and stands strong at 6’4. He netted 16 goals in 30 appearances for his former club, Borussia Monchengladbach. He could be a key replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who is likely to take his leave this summer. Another striker leaving Inter is Edin Dzeko. Thuram can excel in the Italian League with his size and force to uphold the ball alongside Lautaro Martinez, the two could be a clinical duo to look out for. Once again, this would be another free transfer due to his expiring contract. 

6. Mac Allister to Liverpool 

No man has as much pressure against him as Mac Allister making a move to Liverpool. After missing out on the chance to sign Jude Bellingham from Dortmund, Liverpool found a player just as good in the World Cup winner. All season, Mac Allister was key for not only Brighton but for Argentina. The club signed him for $43 million until 2028, which in today’s market is a bargain. In 35 games, the midfielder was able to slot 10 goals. Liverpool desperately needed reinforcements in their midfield. The new number ten could be a valuable sign for the Reds. 

5. Christopher Nkunku to Chelsea

If there were ever a team that needed a transfer to work out, it would be Chelsea. The previous attacking signings of Mudryk, Sterling, Lukaku, and Havertz have not cut out for the Blues. Nkunku netted 20 goals in 25 matches for their former club, RB Leipzig. For $60 million, Chelsea is hopeful that this signing may help them get back to a top-six spot after a highly disappointing season with only 29 goals, which is an all time low.

4. Mateo Kovacic to Manchester City

For $25 million, Manchester City found the perfect replacement for Gundogon. The Croatian midfielder, who has played for the likes of Real Madrid and Chelsea, along with winning multiple Champions Leagues, is experienced enough to fill the number eight role for the club. Kovacic, De Bruyne, and Rodri are still one of the best midfield trios in the world. To keep it short and simple, this is a solid signing.  

3. Ilkay Gundogon to Barcelona

Barcelona appears as if they are back and ready to conquer Europe once again with the free signing of Ilkay Gundogon. The German midfielder was arguably one of the best players in the World for Manchester City. After winning the treble with the club, the 32-year-old veteran and captain of the club is set to help Xavi’s side make a run into the Champions League. After seven years on Manchester City, he’s won every possible title with head coach, Pep Guardiola. What a signing this is for the Spanish side!

2. Jude Bellingham to Real Madrid

Real Madrid is not playing around. They are on their way to making top signings a priority this summer. The 19-year-old, English midfielder will be influential when filling the shoes of Luka Modric. Bellingham will face a lot of pressure from the Spanish media, especially at a young age. The average age for a Real Madrid player is 24 years old. Bellingham had an exceptional season with Dortmund and England in the World Cup. The hefty $100 million transfer fee is a sign that Los Blancos have faith in the wonder-kid. Let’s see how the most expensive transfer so far this summer pans out. 

1. Lionel Messi to Inter Miami

The MLS has one of the best players in the world within their league. Messi transferring to Miami is huge for American soccer and will be considered a stepping stone to advancing the league and gaining worldwide attention. After the announcement, all of Miami’s home and away game tickets were sold out within days. The seven-time Balon D’or winner and reigning World Cup champion will show his stardom to the league that most Americans have never seen before. This transfer is by far the most important signing in the soccer world. 

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