The summer transfer window has seen plenty of bargains with many clubs looking to offload players in the current financial market to make way for incoming transfers and here we take a look at some of those.
Joe Hart crossed the border to join Celtic from Tottenham Hotspur following the Premier League outfit signing Atalanta shot-stopper Pierluigi Gollini. The former England international arrived at Celtic Park for just £1m on a three-year deal. Hart, who won the Premier League title twice in his time at Manchester City and is a four-time Golden Glove winner will offer his new club experience and, on his day, a world-class shot-stopper.
This summer, Everton managed to sign the likes of Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend for a combined fee of £1.7m. Townsend’s contract had expired at Crystal Palace, meaning that he was a free agent and able to reunite with his former manager at Newcastle United, Rafael Benitez who clearly has a lot of faith in the former Tottenham and England winger. Whilst, Gray had spent just six months at Bayer Leverkusen following a January transfer and has added pace to an Everton side that lacked it and has already started to show his potential, scoring twice in his first three league appearances for the Toffees.
Moussa Sissoko is also another Premier League bargain who has links to Tottenham, having left Spurs for just £3m to Watford to replace Will Hughes who has signed for Crystal Palace for £6m. The 32-year-old has 70 caps for France as well as 260 Premier League appearances to his name, providing Watford with athleticism and experience in the middle of the pitch, something that is vital for newly promoted sides.
Barcelona’s signing of Memphis Depay is up there with some of the very best signings of the summer transfer window having joined the Catalonian club on a free transfer from Lyon. The Netherlands international had a good Euro 2020 campaign and arrives at the Nou Camp following 76 goals and 55 assists in 178 matches for the Ligue 1 outfit and has already started to prove his worth at Barca with two goals and one assist in three appearances.
In relation to Barca, we saw one of the most unexpected transfers of all time, as Lionel Messi left the Nou Camp following registration and financial issues at the club. The 34-year-old had been at the club since February 2001 and look destined to be a one-club man, but, when Barca were unable to register the Argentinian who had just won the Copa America with his nation, he had no choice other than to join a new club, of which PSG was the chosen destination. In his time at the Nou Camp, he won 35 major honours, scoring 672 and creating 305 assists in 778 matches.
Messi was not the only bargain that PSG managed this summer, as they also signed Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Gini Wijnaldum on free transfers from Real Madrid, AC Milan and Liverpool.
Both of the Milan clubs saw bargain signings up-front, as Olivier Giroud joined AC from Chelsea for just £1m with add-ons, whilst Inter sealed the signing of former Manchester City and AS Roma striker Edin Dzeko on a free transfer with £1.8m bonuses going to Roma based on performance and club achievements. Giroud is perhaps one of the most underrated players in the Premier League era, having scored 90 league goals, as well as bagging 46 in 110 caps for France. Dzeko joins Inter on a short-term deal in order to help the club financially as a replacement for Lukaku, the Bosnian has already proven himself as a good striker in this league, scoring 77 in 168 Serie A matches for Roma.