As is customary in a bustling transfer market, the final day is always filled with activity and witnesses intriguing deals. Here, we’ve compiled information on eight last-minute transfers that have garnered significant interest:
Atletico Madrid made two noteworthy transfers on the closing day. Saul Niguez was sent on loan to Chelsea, with the option for the “Blues” to secure his permanent transfer for 40 million euros at the season’s end. While Manchester United was also interested, Thomas Tuchel’s team ultimately secured the Spaniard.
In another eleventh-hour move at Wanda Metropolitano, Atletico welcomed back Griezmann. After two challenging years at Camp Nou, the Frenchman will once again don the capital team’s jersey. Griezmann’s return is in the form of a loan until the season’s end, with a purchase option set at 40 million euros.
Luuk de Jong
Barcelona enlisted Sevilla’s striker, Luuk de Jong, on loan until the season’s conclusion as a replacement for Griezmann. The 31-year-old Dutch forward, who triumphed in the Europa League during his first season with Sevilla, participated in 48 matches last season, scoring nine goals.
While not Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid proudly announced the signing of a French talent at the market’s end. The “Galacticos” will pay 31 million euros, with an additional nine in bonuses, for the 18-year-old Rennes midfielder, who was also a target for other European powerhouses.
Two years after his departure to Everton, Moise Kean makes a comeback to Juventus. The 21-year-old forward, who spent the previous season at Paris Saint-Germain, will play in Turin on a two-season loan. Juventus is hopeful that Kean can fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.
Colombian striker Radamel Falcao returns to La Liga, where he previously excelled with Atletico Madrid. The 35-year-old terminated his contract with Galatasaray and signed a one-season deal with Rayo Vallecano.
French right-back Serge Aurier departs Tottenham as a free agent, four years after joining from PSG. The 28-year-old is expected to return to France and sign with reigning champions Lille.
In the final minutes, Tottenham secured the services of right-back Emerson Royal. The “Spurs” paid 30 million euros for the Barcelona player, who signed a five-year contract. Emerson’s departure from Camp Nou occurred just 29 days after his initial presentation, with his value doubling in this short period, as Barcelona had paid 14 million euros for him at the start of July.