Writer: Elijah Folsom
Summer Transfer Window Recap
This year’s summer transfer window in international soccer was absolutely insane. There was over 4.7 billion dollars spent internationally on players. Most of these purchases were from small scale teams that never have a chance at playing in the Champions League, but even the smallest amount of money can help these teams win.
We saw that, last year, Paul Pogba was purchased by Manchester United from Juventus for a record shattering 105 million British pounds, which equates to just over 140 million U.S. dollars. This blew soccer fans’ minds. To think that a team would actually pay over a 100 million British pounds for a player was insane. So, you could imagine how crazy it was when PSG purchased Neymar From FC Barcelona for over 263 million dollars. Neymar is one of the greatest soccer players in the world today and could lead PSG to win multiple titles and potentially a spot in the Champions League final. He is considered to be the third best player in the world at the moment, and it doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere only being 25.
Neymar was a huge loss for Barcelona, breaking up the great trio of Messi, Suarez, and Neymar. Without him it leaves a huge gap at the left-wing position for Barcelona. Who better to fill that gap than another young wing that can produce like Dembele. Barcelona also got a “deal” on him by only paying a little over a hundred million dollars for him. He is only 20 years old and has made a huge splash in world soccer already by starting for Dortmund last season. He scored 6 goals in 22 games on one of the biggest stages in the world against some of the best competition in the world.
Another massive transfer was between two premier league clubs, Everton and Manchester United. Romelu Lukaku has emerged as one of the best strikers in the world. Last year, for Everton, he carried the offensive firepower for the team and was the third top goal scorer in the league last year. He is a nightmare matchup that no defense wants to mark.
All of the money spent this year will make a huge difference in the win column around the globe, and world soccer has big change coming this season.