An unbelievable finale to the magnificent summer transfer window and the Manchester United hoopla

September 1, 2021

Pragmatism was not the order of the day as it was the last day of the summer transfer window and the situation had been maddening. 31st August 2021 was the most anticipated day of the International football market and it sure did not disappoint us as with all the last-minute signings and negotiation drama. Moreover, it took us some time to get the hang of it. So for your convenience here are some key points to take away from these high-voltage nail-biting events. Here we go- 

1. Antoine Griezmann re-joins Atlético Madrid from FC Barcelona for a season-long loan with an obligation for the transfer to become a permanent deal worth 40 million Euros. This was one of the most talked-about last-minute transfers after Barcelona’s poorly managed financial situation led to Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba to take pay cuts to financially accommodate and register Sergio Aguero for the season. Although a swap deal with Joao Felix was put forward by the Barcelona board, Atlético had no interest in selling or putting out the 21-year-old Portuguese forward on loan. 

2. Saúl Niguez joins Chelsea from Atlético Madrid on loan for 5 million Euros with a buy option for 40 million Euros. Thomas Tuchel is surely strengthening his arsenal of ammunition to effectively run the team for Premier League glory this season.

3. Luuk de Jong, 31-year-old Dutch International joins FC Barcelona on a loan from Seville FC. This deal comes as a shock for all the Barcelona fans as Ronald Koeman finally made his mind to keep more strikers at his disposal after Lionel Messi’s departure.

4. Paris Saint-Germain does not respond to Real Madrid’s 200 million Euro bid for Kylian Mbappé. The French forward stays with PSG this season and Real Madrid has to wait for another year to try to sign him as a free agent from PSG. 

5. Pablo Sarabia joins Sporting CP on loan from PSG. Contract details have not been disclosed yet.

Pablo Sarabia

6. Santiago Munoz, a 19-year-old Mexican forward joins Newcastle United on an 18 month deal from Santos Laguna with an option to buy. Well, you read that right. This feels like a scene out of the 2005 film Goal! where the name of the protagonist was also Santiago Munoz who was a Mexican immigrant living with his grandmother, father, and brother in suburban Los Angeles. In the movie, the hero travels to Newcastle upon Tyne with the recommendation from ex-player and scout Glen Foy and eventually ends up succeeding and playing for Newcastle United FC. Now coming back to reality, this Santiago Munoz made his debut for Santos Laguna (which is a Mexican club) a year ago and has represented Mexico in CONCACAF U-17 Championships in 2019 in which he scored 5 goals. He has a lot of pressure and expectations building up around him due to his fictional namesake but let’s hope this young guy turns out to be the best version of himself on the pitch for Newcastle United.

Real life Santiago Munoz

Now, let’s talk about Manchester United’s three summer signings and how this is going to affect the atmosphere around the Premier League. United’s three new faces namely- Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, and Cristiano Ronaldo now earn more than thirteen entire Premier League squads. The trio will cost the club 62.4 million Pound annually. Arsenal can be on top of the spenders’ list but the Red Devils have made history after no major wins in the previous seasons. The kind of powerful and talented squad at Ole’s disposition this year can in the long run eventually be United’s season. A lot of hype around the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo and the nuances of his agent Jorge Mendes some top European journalists confirmed that the whole negotiation talks with City could have all been for imposing pressure on the United board to start the transfer talks for Ronaldo. What’s the actual story we will never know but one thing is certain this years’ summer transfer window was like no other. Two of the greatest players of all time moving on to other clubs and Mbappe’s deadline day transfer twist was all hard pills to swallow but now that everything being almost settled we can concentrate on the International break now and look forward to an exciting and scintillating season ahead!

Ronaldo’s first picture as the new United signing