The summer transfer market window is closed. SL Benfica was the most spending club, but it was also the one that earned the most.
While the pandemic threatened the hopes of a buoyant transfer market, the truth is that there has been no shortage of big transfers this summer. The transfer window closed this Tuesday in most European countries and we are now looking back at the main changes.
Portuguese teams registered some weight inputs and outputs. Some spent more than others, but the overall balance is quite positive, especially for the so-called ‘big three’.
Sporting CP spent just 12 million euros on signings Manuel Ugarte to Famalicão (€6.5 million) and Ricardo Esgaio to Sporting de Braga (€5.5 million). The remaining reinforcements — Rúben Vinagre, Pablo Sarabia e John Virginia — arrived on loan.
On the last day of the market, Sporting lost one of the main pieces of the team after giving up Nuno mendes to Paris Saint-Germain. The Parisians paid €7m for the loan, with an option to buy €40m at the end of the season.
Luis Maximiano left for Granada (€4 million) and Josep Misic left for Dinamo Zagreb (€2 million). Antunes, Lumor e Ivanildo Fernandes they came out at no cost. Tiago Ilori, Gonzalo Plata, Pedro Mendes, Valentin Rosier, Pedro Marques, Eduardo Henrique, Rodrigo Battaglia, Rafael Camacho, Andasz Sporar, Luiz Phellype, Idrissa Doumbia e Eduardo Lent they were borrowed.
Matthew Oliveira terminated contract and João Pereira finished career. João Mário ended the loan from Inter and left for Benfica.
FC Porto lived in Pepe his biggest signing this summer, paying 15 million euros for Grêmio’s Brazilian. Wendel arrived from Leverkusen (€4 million), Bruno Costa was recovered from Portimonense (€2.5 million), Fabio Cardoso was purchased from Santa Clara (€2.2 million) and Marko Grujic arrived on loan from Liverpool (€1 million).
In the opposite direction, Chidozie was sold to Boavista for 5 million euros. Moussa Marega e Ewerton they came out at no cost. No place on the team, Fernando Andrade, Diogo Leite, Mamadou Loum, Tick, Shoya Nakajima e Romario Baró they were borrowed.
Once again, SL Benfica was once again the most spending team in this transfer market. The ‘eagles’ proceeded to hire Roman Yaremchuk, for 17 million euros; purchased Soualiho Meïté by 6 million; and they gave 1.5 million for Gil Dias. Rodrigo Pine e João Mário arrived at the Light without any cost.
Valentino Lazaro was lent by Inter, while Nemanja Radonjic it arrived on loan from Marseilles.
At the same time, Benfica was the club that earned the most in Portugal in this transfer market, with almost 50 million euros in sales.
Peter was sold Shakhtar Donestk for 18 million euros; Luca Waldschmidt went to Wolfsburg for 12 million; Nuno Tavares left for Arsenal for €8m; Franco Cervi was sold to Celta de Vigo for 4 million; Lucas fell went to Sharjah FC for 2 million; Hadjuk Split got Filip Krovinovic by 1.5 million; and Alfa Semedo went to Vitória SC equally for 1.5 million.
Carlos Vinícius, Ilija Vukotic, Tiago Dantas, Nuno Santos, Florentino, Tomás Tavares, Chiquinho e Whom they were borrowed. Jardel e Andreas Samaris terminated with the ‘incarnate’.
Out of the ‘three big ones’, there are other movements that stand out, namely in Braga. the Minho sold Same Costa to Almería, for 5.25 million euros, and Fransergio to Bordeaux, 4.5 million euros. In the opposite direction, they reinforced themselves with Iuri Medeiros, Mario González e Lucas Mineiro, costing 1.5 million each.
Famalicão sold yet Anderson Silva to Beijing Guoan, for 2 million.
Internationally, the transfer of Jack Grealish for Manchester City, for 117.5 million euros, it was the most expensive of this season. Below are the hirings of Romelu Lukaku, Jadon Sancho, Achraf Hakimi, Ben White, Upamecano e Raphaël Varane, among others.
Still, it is impossible to bypass transfers from Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain and from Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United.
Despite having been hired at ‘zero cost’, Messi will cost 122 million euros to the Welsh emblem. The albiceleste international has a stratospheric salary of about 41 million euros per season.
In turn, the Portuguese international signs a contract valid for two seasons, with one more option. United paid 15 million euros plus 8 million for goals.
Daniel Costa, ZAP //