As European club football began its new season for 2017-18 one of the more unusual decisions the sport’s governing bodies still refuse to contemplate is that of closing the player transfer window to coincide with the big kick-off.
And as such, speculation continued to thrive, as did the quite public unsettling and pursuit of unsecured targets, all whilst teams and coaches simultaneously attempt to concentrate on the matter in hand – and supposedly, the point of it all – to gain victory by scoring more goals than the opposition on the pitch.
Neymar’s £200m transfer from Barcelona to PSG provided the shock factor and was the high (or low, depending on your viewpoint) mark of an eye-watering summer transfer window were fullbacks have changed hands for £50m and the ‘average joe’ price now starts at £10m at the very least.
Of course, here on fantasista 10 we were only concerned with playmakers (and the like) that swapped shirts; but with more money having been made available – and being spent – than ever before, it’s been easy to lose track of all of their movements. So here’s our quick reminder list for your perusal – if we’ve missed anyone, please let us know below!
Bernardo Silva (POR) Monaco to Manchester City – £43.6m
Mathieu Valbuena (FRA) Lyon to Fenerbahce – £1.3m
Hakan Calhanoglu (TUR) Bayer Leverkusen to Milan – £22m
Antonio Cassano (ITA) Free agent – Verona – Free agent (just eight days after joining Verona, Fantantonio briefly retired, left his new clun and has unretired, becoming a free agent again)
James Rodríguez (COL) Real Madrid to Bayern Munich – loan
Wesley Sneijder (HOL) Galatasaray to released – Nice (player and club mutually cancelled contract then moved to Nice)
Camilo (BRA) Botafogo to Internacional – £1.5m (plus player swap)
Also of interest…
Neymar (BRA) Barcelona to PSG – £200m
Federico Bernardeschi (ITA) Fiorentina to Juventus – £35.7m
Emre Mor (TUR) Borussia Dortmund to Celta Vigo – €13m
Samir Nasri (FRA) Manchester City to Antalyaspor – £3.7m
Juan Iturbe (ARG) Roma to Club Tijuana – loan
Wayne Rooney (ENG) Manchester United to Everton – free
Gylfi Sigurdsson (ICE) Swansea City to Everton – £45m
Stevan Jovetic (MON) Inter Milan to Monaco – £10m