Liverpool are leading the way with a couple of tasty transfers this summer while some other big beasts are stocking up for the new season – here’s a top five
1) Naby Keita to Liverpool
On top of wish lists for many top European clubs, yet secured by Liverpool early on. A quick, crisp deal, to give Jurgen Klopp the kind of dynamic midfielder he needs to up Liverpool’s game. Replacing James Milner and Jordan Henderson, even for just half of the matches, with smart rotation will be key, and Keita has everything to become the next big thing at the Merseyside club. Looking at what Klopp has done in terms of player growth over the years, this can only be exciting for Liverpool fans.
2) Stefan De Vrij to Inter
One of the top three defenders in Serie A, joining for free and from one of the main rivals to Champions League football in the season that just ended and potentially in the upcoming campaign. A brilliant piece of transfer business by the Nerazzurri directors, who secured him even before the season was over, to see Inter with one of the best centre-back pairings in the country with De Vrij next to Milan Skriniar. Building a solid defensive block is the first, vital step in the construction of a winning team, and Inter’s aim to return to the glories of the past.
3) Emre Can to Juventus
The definition of the modern midfielder, a combination of physical strength and quality, able to play as a holding midfielder and playmaker. Exactly what the Bianconeri needed, and on a free transfer. The German is young and could turn out to be a great investment if Juve decide to sell him in the future. He’ll need to adapt to Serie A and to Massimiliano Allegri’s football, but he’s got everything to succeed and is in the best possible scenario: at a club who wins in Italy and that can afford to calmly wait for him to be at his best.
4) Fabinho to Liverpool
Another young and exciting reinforcement for Klopp’s Liverpool. Fabinho can be the holding midfielder of the future, potentially a much better player than Henderson, adding pace to the midfield and bringing in more quality.
Many clubs wanted him, and getting the business done early, as well as showing off the glamour of a Champions League final gave Liverpool the edge in the chase. If the German manager is able to fit him and Keita in the team quickly, the Reds on paper have the best side to give Manchester City some trouble next season.
5) Leon Goretzka to Bayern
Yet another product of one of the most talented eras of German football, another extremely modern box-to-box midfielder that will add strength, quality and options to the Bavarian central midfield. He has experience in the Bundesliga, experience with the national team, and at 23 this is an investment that could prove to be really worth it. Bayern needed to rejuvenate the squad, whilst maintaining the German identity and the level of quality: Goretzka seems like the perfect fit.