The Premier League transfer window shut down on 8th August, and now fans can look forward to the real football.
Throughout the transfer window, we witnessed a lot of transfers in the Premier League. Some of them have been obvious moves, while some came out of nowhere
We look at five most unexpected transfers to Premier League this summer:
5 – Patrick Cutrone – AC Milan to Wolves for €18m
A couple of years ago, Patrick Cutrone was regarded as the future superstar of AC Milan. The young striker enjoyed a spectacular breakthrough season in 2017-18 with Rossoneri as he scored 18 goals in all competitions. However, the next season didn’t go according to the plan for the Italian. AC Milan signed Krzysztof Piątek as a first-choice striker in January and Cutrone had to be dropped as Piatek’s playing style was very much similar to his. When Marco Giampaolo took charge of Milan this summer and made it clear that Cutrone doesn’t feature in his plans, the 21-year-old had no options but to look for new challenges.
Wolves took full advantage of the situation and signed him for a knockdown price of €18m.
4 – David Luiz – Chelsea to Arsenal for €8.7m
This transfer deadline day deal came out of nowhere. A day before the transfer, absolutely no reports were linking the centre-back with a move to the Gunners. However, Arsenal managed to strike a deal at quite a reasonable price for such an experienced defender. The transfer was a strange one as Chelsea might have ended up helping their direct competitors for a top-four place.
3 – Kieran Trippier – Tottenham to Atletico Madrid for €22m
English players seldom make a switch to Spanish football, and hence, it was a huge surprise when an England international decided to make the switch. Trippier joined Diego Simeone’s side in a €22m move, on a three-year deal.
It remains to be seen whether the 28-year-old manages to impress the La Liga fans.
2 – Moise Kean – Juventus to Everton for €30m
Moise Kean has followed an almost similar trajectory to Patrick Cutrone. Much like Cutrone, Moise Kean is a young and talented forward. The 19-year-old scored six goals in 13 Serie A appearances last season, and he has already netted a couple of goals for the Italy national team.
However, he was deemed surplus at Juventus as Serie A giants as the Italian giants have several established names in the squad.
1 – Nicolas Pepe – Lille to Arsenal for €80m
At the start of the window, no one had thought that the Gunners would be able to sign someone as expensive as Pepe. At the start of the transfer window, the Arsenal fanbase was told that their club’s transfer budget only stands at £45m. Hence, no one would have imagined in their wildest dreams that they would be able to break their transfer record on a player who was wanted some of the top European clubs. Undoubtedly, Arsenal have won this transfer window, and for obvious reasons, their fans are overjoyed.