After the European transfer window closed earlier this week, it’s now time for football to do the talking once again.
Some of Europe’s elite, including the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, scrambled around to complete last-minute business while some went the other way and looked to offload their deadwood.
Here, Eagleseye Footy has taken a look at the winners and losers of what was another hectic transfer window…
They successfully managed to keep hold of Neymar, who was linked with a sensational return to Barcelona or a move to arch rivals Real Madrid. Thomas Tuchel will be desperate for the Brazilian to put the drama behind him and kick on as they go in the hunt for their first ever Champions League crown.
Meanwhile, they wrapped up a season-long loan deal for the dangerous Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi on deadline day, while also acquiring the services of a new No 1 in Keylor Navas from Real Madrid.
After the departure of star man Antoine Griezmann to La Liga rivals Barcelona, there were concerns Atletico may lose their magic up top but Diego Simeone has recruited brilliantly for the long-run with some exciting arrivals.
The pick of Atletico’s signings is 19-year-old Joao Felix from Benfica for £113million, but they have also produced astute business with the likes of Kieran Trippier for £20m from Tottenham and Mario Hermoso from Espanyol, who has slotted in seamlessly alongside Jose Gimenez at the back to fill the void left by Diego Godin.
INTER MILAN AND ANTONIO CONTE
This could be the start of a revolution at the San Siro under new manager Conte, after making a number of key signings that could help the club push on and become one of the most exciting teams in Europe again.
Conte clinched the services of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez (on loan) this summer and they could provide a real cutting edge for Inter. They also signed the likes of Godin on a free transfer in defence from Atletico. And they’ve made the perfect start in Serie A, picking up maximum points from their first two games.
ZINEDINE ZIDANE AND PAUL POGBA
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane may have done his business early, bringing in the likes of Eden Hazard for big money from Chelsea and Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy and Co but the failure to sign Paul Pogba – his biggest priority in the transfer window – might just leave him with a sense of regret.
Zidane agreed to come back as manager during a hugely disappointing campaign last term and wanted assurances he would be given a big say in the rescue operation. His main target was Pogba – following the arrival of Hazard – and Madrid’s failure to land him will frustrate the manager hugely after the Frenchman even looked to force through a move to the Bernabeu and publicly admitted he wanted to leave Manchester United.
Unfortunately it’s the price you pay for developing one of the most exciting young teams in Europe and reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League. Ajax have followed in the footsteps of Monaco and lost two of their key players from last term to European giants looking to kick on.
Erik ten Hag saw classy Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong depart to Spanish giants Barcelona, while former captain and imposing centre-back Matthijs de Ligt left for Serie A champions Juventus after bursting onto the biggest stage in style. It will be an extremely challenging year for Ajax as they look to continue their renaissance in Europe.
It was a summer of discontent for Neymar, who was desperately searching for a route out of PSG after struggling to settle in both on and off the pitch in Paris following his world-record £198m move back in the summer of 2017. After reporting back late to pre-season training, he tried to force through a sensational return to Barcelona.
However, it didn’t come to fruition as the Ligue 1 giants played hardball over their star name. And now Neymar must put the transfer saga behind him to ensure he doesn’t cut a lonely and unpopular figure in the French capital. A long season awaits for him but if he can kick on and prove his worth, all may be forgiven by PSG supporters.