In the most important leagues in Europe, the transfer window has been closed since Tuesday evening. With the exception of England and Paris Saint-Germain, even clubs with big names and a successful history were handicapped by the Corona crisis. In addition to transfer-free transfers, the lending vehicle proved to be a trend.
Taking players under contract for a year or two without paying high transfer fees has been a good idea for sports directors of many clubs in the past weeks and months. Sometimes a loan is followed by a purchase option, sometimes even an obligation to fully assume the transfer rights. The forerunner for this has been the Italian Serie A for years, in which those responsible have been relying for years on being able to ensure better-looking balance sheets with loan transfers.
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In the summer of 2021, other leagues discovered this instrument more and more for themselves. Among other things, even the English clubs, which have actually presented themselves so willing to pay. On Deadline Day, for example, Saul Niguez moved from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea in this way. The reigning Spanish champions secured what is probably the most spectacular loan transfer of the past switching period: the return of Antoine Griezmann from FC Barcelona was still largely ruled out on Monday. Of course, the world champion cannot be absent from the top 11 of the summer loans fussball.news has put together.
The top 11 summer loans
Tor: Alexander Nübel, AS Monaco
The Crown Prince of Manuel Neuer at FC Bayern is supposed to collect match practice under Niko Kovac in the Principality and is set as the clear number 1 at the start of the season. This, however, with so far moderate success, Monaco missed among other things the group stage of the Champions League.
Right defender: Alessandro Florenzi, AC Milan
In the summer, a number of right-backs moved on loan, including Hector Bellerin for Real Betis and Alvaro Odriozola for Fiorentina. In this team, however, the place is reserved for European champion Florenzi, who is already on his third loan from AS Roma at Milan after FC Valencia and Paris Saint-Germain.
Innenverteidiger: Cristian Romero, Tottenham Hotspur; Merih Demiral, Atalanta
The Argentine Romero is reportedly moving to London as a result of a one-year loan from Atalanta for at least 50 million euros. This could make the defender, whom the Bergamaschi had previously signed from Juventus, the most expensive player on this list. Atalanta also got the replacement from Juventus: The Turkish EURO participant Demiral was previously also in discussion with Borussia Dortmund. His purchase option should cost 25 million euros.
Left-back: Nuno Mendes, Paris Saint-Germain
PSG played like no other club in the summer. Lionel Messi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos and Georginio Wijnaldum all came on a free transfer, Mendes was loaned by Sporting in exchange for Pablo Sarabia and the bonus of a few million euros. The 19-year-old top talent could cost PSG 40 million euros in the future, it is said.
Central midfield: Saul Niguez, Chelsea FC; Manuel Locatelli, Juventus
The top 11 of the summer loans with Saul and European champion Locatelli would definitely not be lacking in playing strength. How the Spaniard will be in the midfield of Thomas Tuchel remains open at first. Locatelli was the declared dream player for returning coach Massimiliano Allegri at Juve.
Flügelspieler: Pablo Sarabia, Sporting; Cengiz Under, Olympique Marseille
Sarabia will face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League with Portuguese champions Sporting. The 29-year-old was a valuable role player in the star ensemble in Paris for two years. For Ünder, it is the second loan in a row from Roma. After a season at Leicester City, he is now trying his hand at OM. In the first three games, the Turk scored three goals. So the prospects are good that an existing purchase obligation will take effect.
Forwards: Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid; Moise Kean, Juventus
Griezmann is certainly the biggest name to have switched clubs on loan in the summer. Hard to imagine that there is a way back for the French to FC Barcelona. Atletico can reportedly bring him home for 40 million. Kean is also back at his old place of work at Juventus, should help close the gap that Cristiano Ronaldo tore when he moved to Manchester United. As with Locatelli, there is almost certainly a purchase obligation that should bring Everton 28 million in.