Transfer window: which European clubs have made the best signings so far?

The window officially opened on 1 July but most clubs have been busy for weeks, so catch up with the deals you may have missed from Europe’s top five leagues

The summer transfer window is now officially open and from Chelsea to Chievo, every top-flight team is looking to strengthen. In reality, deals have been going through since the end of last season, with more than £1bn spent already in England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. Our transfer interactive covers all the latest deals but here are the biggest moves of the summer so far:

Premier League

The champions Chelsea made their first signings of the summer on Saturday – bringing in Willy Caballero and the 16-year-old Ethan Ampadu. Antonio Conte’s side have also agreed a fee with Roma for the centre-back Antonio Rüdiger, who is expected to join next week. After John Terry’s long goodbye last season, the centre-back has joined Aston Villa. There have been plenty of other outgoings, with £20m Nathan Aké and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic joining Bournemouth, who have also signed Jermain Defoe – 16 years after the striker scored in 10 consecutive games for the Cherries.

Manchester City began the transfer window with a bang, signing Bernardo Silva from Monaco before May was out. Pep Guardiola has also added the goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica and the spending is expected to continue with three full-backs released. Dani Alves is set to team up with Guardiola again having left Juventus. Across town, Manchester United have spent £30m on the Swedish defender Victor Lindelof – their only summer signing so far.

Liverpool’s transfer window has been mixed – away from the Virgil van Dijk fiasco, Jürgen Klopp has broken the club transfer record to sign Mohamed Salah as well as Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke. It’s neighbours Everton who have really cut loose, spending more than £60m on Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Sandro Ramírez and the Belgian striker Henry Onyekuru. Burnley defender Michael Keane is also expected at Goodison Park in the next week.

Mohamed Salah has joined Liverpool for a club record £36.9m, eclipsing the £35m they paid for Andy Carroll.
Mohamed Salah has joined Liverpool for a club record £36.9m, eclipsing the £35m they paid for Andy Carroll. Photograph: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

It has been far quieter in north London; Tottenham are yet to make a signing, while Arsenal picked up Sead Kolasinac on a free – and the Gunners are closing in on Alexandre Lacazette. Just up the M1, Watford have been busier. The new manager, Marco Silva, has signed Will Hughes and Tom Cleverley for £8m each, with Kiko Femenía and goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann joining on frees. A fair way further up the M1, Leicester City have spent £17m on Hull defender Harry Maguire.

West Brom have kicked off July with a seven-figure signing – Jay Rodriguez joins for a reported £12m from Southampton, who signed Polish defender Jan Bednarek on Saturday. Darren Fletcher has moved from Albion to Stoke City on a free, while Swansea City have signed Dutch back-up keeper Erwin Mulder. West Ham United have picked up Pablo Zabaleta after his Manchester City farewell, with Burnley and Crystal Palace the only sides yet to make a move.

Everton have made a number of high-profile signings
Everton have made a number of high-profile signings Illustration: The Guardian

The newcomers Brighton and Huddersfield Town have begun building for survival. Chris Hughton has signed German midfielder Pascal Gross and the Australia keeper Mathew Ryan. David Wagner has broken the Terriers’ transfer record twice, bringing in the £4.4m striker Laurent Depoitre and sealing a permanent move for Aaron Mooy for £8m. A permanent deal for Christian Atsu aside, Rafa Benítez is yet to stretch Mike Ashley at Newcastle United this summer.

La Liga

The Spanish and European champions Real Madrid show no sign of letting up – paying almost £40m for the Brazilian 16-year-old Vinícius Júnior. Barcelona are yet to make any major moves, losing the homegrown winger Cristian Tello and gaining the homegrown winger Gerard Deulofeu, who returns from Everton for £10m. Atlético Madrid are banned from making any signings this summer, while Sevilla have bought back Éver Banega from Internazionale. Villarreal have signed Sporting’s versatile defender Rubén Semedo and Manchester City prospect Enes Unal, with Mateo Musacchio leaving for Milan.

Real Sociedad have spent £6.2m on the Real Madrid centre-back Diego Llorente while Espanyol have acquired the forward Pablo Piatti from Valencia. After a disappointing 2016-17 season, Real Betis have splashed out, signing Tello, Víctor Camarasa and Sergio León for £13m in total. Alavés have lost manager Mauricio Pellegrino but made four signings – the most intriguing of which is Enzo Zidane, cut loose by his dad at Real Madrid.

Rúben Semedo
Rúben Semedo has signed for Villarreal from Sporting. Photograph: Boris Streubel/UEFA via Getty Images

Valencia remain in need of rebuilding, with only midfielder Nemanja Maksimovic arriving so far. Deportivo La Coruña have signed Guilherme from Udinese after a year on loan, with local rivals Celta Vigo spending £3.5m on the Argentinian striker Maxi Gómez. Basque underdogs Eibar have brought in three players for a combined £1.5m, while Leganés have signed Greek defender Dimitris Siovas for £2.4m. Eibar continue to make the best of their resources, signing three players for a combined £1.5m. Promoted Getafe have picked up former Liverpool forward Dani Pacheco, and Girona are expected to raid Manchester City’s youth academy for loan deals.

Serie A

Roma have been by far the busiest of last season’s top three. The giallorossi have bought Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons, Mexican centre-back Héctor Moreno, Dutch right-back Rick Karsdorp and re-signed Lorenzo Pellegrini but are £60m in credit with the departures of Rüdiger, Salah and Leandro Paredes, who has joined Zenit. Napoli and Juventus have been busy rubber-stamping loan moves. The champions have signed Juan Cuadrado and Medhi Benatia permanently; Napoli have paid agreed fees for Marko Rog and Nikola Maksimovic.

Roma have seen plenty of comings and goings in this window
Roma have seen plenty of comings and goings in this window Photograph: The Guardian

Milan have spent big in the hope of becoming a Serie A title contender again. Franck Kessié, Musacchio, Fabio Borini and Ricardo Rodríguez come in, with the £33.5m Portugal striker André Silva the headline name. Neighbours Internazionale have a healthy bank balance, having signed only Torino’s Daniele Padelli amid a raft of departures. Lazio have bought the winger Adam Marusic and sold Etrit Berisha to Atalanta, last season’s surprise package.

Atalanta have lost Kessié to a loan deal but have added a host of new signings, including centre-back José Palomino and former Cardiff striker Andreas Cornelius. Fiorentina have spent £15m on signings, with £7.1m going on the Palmeiras defender Vitor Hugo. Sampdoria have also spent big, with the £12.8m striker Gianluca Caprari arriving from Inter and Nicola Murru from Cagliari, who have also bought an Inter player in Senna Miangue.

Torino have ended their interest in Joe Hart, instead signing Salvatore Sirigu on a free from PSG. Udinese and Bologna have raided relegated Palermo for Giuseppe Pezzella and Giancarlo González respectively, while top-flight debutants Benevento have signed Gravillon and striker Massimo Coda. The bulk buy of the window so far belongs to Chievo, who set up a five-player deal with Cesena. Luca Garritano looks the pick of their three acquisitions.

Ivory Coast’s Franck Kessié
Franck Kessié has joined Milan on a two-year loan deal from Atalanta. Photograph: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images


Bayern Munich have wasted little time in seeking to extend their dominance, breaking their transfer record to sign the Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso. Serge Gnabry has arrived for £7m, as have the Hoffenheim pair Niklas Süle and Sebastian Rudy, whose deals were agreed in January. Kingsley Coman has also made his move from Juventus permant. Borussia Dortmund have a new coach in Peter Bosz and have strengthened their squad, signing Freiburg forward Max Philipp, Omer Toprak and £10.5m midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud. There have been no high-profile departures – yet.

RB Leipzig face a battle to hold on to the stars of their breakthrough season and Davie Selke has left for Hertha Berlin. The club have spent £11m on the winger Bruma from Galatasaray as they prepare for the Champions League. Fellow top-four finishers Hoffenheim have been quiet, with West Ham flop Havard Nordtveit their highest-profile signing so far. Köln have signed Jhon Córdoba and kept hold of Anthony Modeste – for now. Freiburg head to the Europa League without Philipp or Vincenzo Grifo, but have brought in midfielder Pascal Stenzel from Dortmund.

Dortmund have bought well but will they be forced to sell?
Dortmund have bought well but will they be forced to sell? Photograph: The Guardian

Selke has been joined at Hertha by Karim Rekik and MatthewMathew Leckie,while Eintracht Frankfurt have spent £7.1m on striker Sébastien Haller, who scored at a rate of one goal every other game at Utrecht. Schalke have struck permanent deals for Nabil Bentaleb and Yevhen Konoplyanka, and signed Deportivo’s Pablo Insua. Bayer Leverkusen paid £1.8m for Dominik Kohr from Augsburg, who in turn picked up Fabian Giefer from Schalke. Mönchengladbach have lost some key names but have gained Denis Zakaria from Young Boys – and Reece Oxford on loan from West Ham.

After needing a play-off to stay in the top flight, Wolfsburg have made five signings, including US centre-back John Brooks for £17.6m. Fellow strugglers Hamburg have signed André Hahn and the Germany Under-21 keeper Julian Pollersbeck, while Mainz have acquired 32-year-old keeper René Adler. Werder Bremen have spent £4m on Swedish left-back Ludwig Augustinsson, while Stuttgart have signed Japanese striker Takuma Asano on loan from Arsenal but lost Alex Maxim to Mainz. Fellow promoted side Hannover have added depth in Gladbach’s Julian Korb and Hoffenheim midfielder Pirmin Schwegler.

Youri Tielemans, pictured playing for Anderlecht against Spurs, has joined Monaco.
Youri Tielemans, pictured playing for Anderlecht against Spurs, has joined Monaco. Photograph: BPI/REX Shutterstock

Ligue 1

The champions Monaco have seen plenty of activity, with promising midfielder Youri Tielemans arriving for £21.6m and Valère Germain joining Bernardo Silva in departing, the striker moving to Marseille. Leonardo Jardim faces a long summer trying to halt the revolving door. PSG are yet to spend anything, while Nice’s biggest signing so far is playmaker Pierre Lees-Melou, bought from Dijon for £1.8m.

Lyon have been busier, spending their kitty from Bayern on Bertrand Traoré, Fernando Marçal and the Real Madrid striker Mariano Díaz – thought to be a replacement for Lacazette. Lille have spent £8.8m on São Paulo’s Luiz Araújo, with his club-mate Thiago Mendes set to follow. Nicolas Pépé arrives from Angers, who have also lost forward Famara Diédhiou to Bristol City.

Bordeaux have signed versatile Danish midfielder Lukas Lerager, PSG full-back Youssouf Sabaly and Guingamp forward Alexandre Mendy. The Breton club have reinvested that cash on five new signings, including former Derby winger Abdoul Camara. Caen have signed Stef Peeters for £1.3m and released Steed Malbranque. Promoted sides Troyes, Amiens and Strasbourg have picked up a host of cut-price signings in a bid to stay in the top flight.


Niall McVeigh

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