The countdown to the start of the European football season has begun. Clubs across the continent are making their final preparations before the big kick-off. Condition is the primary focus of the training ground, but behind the scenes, the scramble for last-minute transfers continues before the final transfer window on September 1.
As usual, a lot of money has been spent in the English Premier League. Midfield transfers have dominated this summer, and many teams are trying to resolve issues in this area of the pitch ahead of the new season.
Top flying club Liverpool FC have rocked their roster by signing World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton and midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai from Germany’s RB Leipzig. However, the unexpected losses of their captain Jordan Henderson to Al-Ettifaq and dominant midfielder Fabinho to Al-Ittihad sees the need for an extra new face or two.
There was a lot of action in Manchester too. Manchester City bid farewell to captain Ikay Gundogan. The three-time winner left for Barcelona just weeks after lifting the club’s first European Cup. At Old Trafford, United raid rivals Chelsea for England international Mason Mount. The academy graduate fell out of favor at Stamford Bridge last season.
The biggest signing ever is undoubtedly Declan Rice’s move to Arsenal. Ultimately, he received a club-record transfer fee of £105m to persuade West Ham to sell him. After finishing second in the league last season, Gunners fans believe this signing will be the fairy dust they need to finish at the top of the table next year.
“The autograph statement is absolutely stunning. It’s a statement I’ve rarely seen in my life as an Arsenal fan,” said Alex Batt, Arsenal fan and GiveMeSport Academy Manager.
“He added a lot of depth to our midfield, which was a really weak spot last year. The defensive midfielder can play from box to box and even as a defender if needed. He stands out as a signing of the summer. And not just for Arsenal.”
In Spain, Real Madrid has managed to own one of the most popular properties in Europe. British star Jude Bellingham had a few options when leaving German club Borussia Dortmund. He could have gone to the Premier League, where Liverpool and champions Manchester City are known fans. However, he chose the Bernabeu, reminding him that Madrid is the ultimate destination for the continent’s young and brightest talents. At the signing ceremony, Bellingham was given the iconic number 5 jersey, previously worn by legendary club player and coach Zinedine Zidane.
Spanish journalist Jorge Lopez-Torrecilla told Football Now, “Number 5 is very important in Real Madrid.” Players like Zidane and Fabio Cannavaro wore that jersey that showed their will to succeed in Madrid. He is not afraid of difficulties. He knows what’s at stake. He will not only aspire to be the best midfielder in the club, but to be the best midfielder in the world.”
Meanwhile, the most important move in France was Lionel Messi, who won the 2022 FIFA World Cup. After spending two years in Paris, he failed to reach the heights previously seen with Barcelona in Spain. The living legend has chosen a new challenge in MLS with David Beckham’s expansion team, Inter Miami.
A signature of this size would undoubtedly increase the popularity of American football. Lizzy Becherano of 90min Football believes the US is unprepared for the ‘Messi fever’.
“I don’t have time for the average American to fully understand the global impact that Messi will have on Major League Soccer. It’s about to turn the league into an international stage.”
“Inter Miami is playing in a relatively small stadium in Fort Lauderdale right now. Now, when capacity is not compared, you will have fans coming from all over the world to see Messi play as the Nou Camp. I don’t think the country as a whole is how global Inter Miami is a brand. He realized he was about to become.”
It’s been a transfer window full of conversations and the season hasn’t even started yet. With record moves in the Premier League. New stars take their place in La Liga. The superstar that is Lionel Messi surprised us all and went to the USA. Plus, an influx of players is making their way to the new kid on the Saudi Arabian football block. With the summer transfer window still open, there is still time for players to sign on the dotted line.