The summer transfer window has shut. A lot of clubs wheeled and dealed on the last day of Silly Season. Here are some of the latest big signings throughout Europe.
Manchester United shelled out a whopping £36 million for AS Monaco striker Anthony Martial. The 19-year-old Frenchman became the most expensive teenager in British soccer. Martial scored nine league goals for Monaco in the French Ligue 1 last season and is currently with the French national team in hopes of receiving his first cap in the coming international friendlies against Portugal and Serbia.
“I’m very happy because it’s a big club in England,” Martial said to manutd.com. “I’m very proud. I’m very happy because I worked hard for this and my family is very happy about it.”
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 1, 2015
Inter Milan has been extremely active during the summer, and the team added three more players on the last day of the Italian transfer window on Monday. The club signed Felipe Melo from Galatasaray on a permanent deal along with signing Alex Telles, also from Galatasaray, and Adem Ljajic from Roma on season-long loans with the option to make the moves permanent after the season.
“I’m sure that Felipe Melo will further strengthen our midfield options with his physical prowess and battling qualities. Roberto Mancini knows him very well and will be able to harness his technical ability, combative spirit and experience,” Inter president Erick Thohir said to ESPN FC.
“Telles will add quality and youth to our side. He’s a young, pacy full-back — a good fit for our squad — and he’ll be able to lend us a big hand with his offensive and defensive ability.
“Ljajić knows Serie A very well and that will help him slot into our squad easily. With his attacking skills and determined approach, he has what it takes to perform at the highest level and I’m sure he will do that at Inter.”
Wolfsburg paid a club-record fee of £25.5 million for Schalke 04 midfielder Julian Draxler. The 21-year-old German spent four years in Schalke’s first team and made his debut for the club at 17 years old. Draxler appeared in 171 games for Schalke, scoring 30 goals. He will be seen as the replacement for Kevin De Bruyne who left Wolfsburg for Manchester City on Sunday. Draxler signed a five-year deal with Wolfsburg
— VfL_Wolfsburg (@VfL_Wolfsburg) August 31, 2015
West Ham added four players at the Premier League deadline on Tuesday. Nikica Jelavic, Michail Antonio, Victor Moses and Alex Song will all call East London home.
Jelavic joins the team from Championship side Hull City. The 30-year-old striker has previous Premier League experience from his time with Everton and Hull. He also has a relationship with manager Slaven Bilic. Jelavic spoke to whufc.com about his new club.
“I am very excited to be signing for West Ham United, especially as it is a big Club and I didn’t know until a couple of days ago that I would have the opportunity to come here.
“I’ve played for Slaven before for the Croatia national team and he is a great manager and a great man. I am really happy and delighted to be working with him and all his staff again.”
Antonio, 25, joins West Ham from Nottingham Forest. The winger signed with Forest last August and scored 19 goals in 54 appearances for the club. After spending his career in the lower leagues, he will now get a chance to prove himself in the Premier League.
The club also made season-long loan deals for Victor Moses (Chelsea) and Alex Song (Barcelona). Song spent last season on loan with the Hammers and made 28 league appearances. Moses recently signed a new four-year deal with Chelsea after spending last season on loan at Stoke City.
One of the summer’s biggest deals took place on Sunday when Manchester City finalized a £55 million deal for Belgian Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg. De Bruyne, 24, is the second highest transfer paid by a Premier League side, only behind Manchester United’s £59.7 million transfer of Angel Di Maria last summer.
De Bruyne had a phenomenal season with Wolfsburg last season in the Bundesliga, scoring 10 goals and a tied Bundesliga record of 20 assists. This will be De Bruyne’s second spell in the Premier League after spending two years with Chelsea before leaving for Wolfsburg in January 2014.