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Lukaku to Messi: Top Five Transfers from 2021 Summer Window

It’s been a summer transfer window unlike any other as some of the biggest names in world football have been on the move before the deadline day, some of which the fans would have never envisaged before. Whether it was the second spell for Romelu Lukaku or Cristiano Ronaldo for their respective English clubs, or the move away for Lionel Messi from his boyhood club, the 2021 transfer window saw some record-breaking moves. 

With the summer window finally over, we look at five moves that have caught the eye of the world. 

 

ROMELU LUKAKU 

Inter Milan to Chelsea

Reigning European champions, Chelsea went all out to get the number nine who they think could help them win the Premier League. Romelu Lukaku is in the form of his life and ticks all the boxes for Chelsea with their current squad. To think that Jorginho was their highest goalscorer in the Premier League last season tells you how much they needed a proper striker and in Lukaku they have got exactly that. He has got up and running already with his Man of the Match performance in his first match against local rivals, Arsenal. Surely a contender for the Golden Boot award for this season. 

 

CRISTIANO RONALDO 

Juventus to Manchester United

The only man who outscored Romelu Lukaku in the Serie A last season was the world’s all-time highest goalscorer, Cristiano Ronaldo. He is back at Old Trafford and the faithful have never been more bullish about their chances in the league in the past few years. This story unfolded in the most dramatic manner. When news broke that Ronaldo is going to join the blue side of Manchester, all hell broke loose at Old Trafford. They did everything possible to sabotage this move and get their man because Ronaldo only looks good in red. 

It will be interesting to see where he would fit in this current United system and whether he could play alongside Edison Cavani or just one of them would start. One thing the Red Devils can be certain of is that Ronaldo will score a truckload of goals this season. Whether that will be good enough for them to win the league, only time will tell. 

 

JACK GREALISH 

Aston Villa to Manchester City

Talking about the other side of Manchester, the Cityzens broke the British transfer record in pursuit of signing Aston Villa’s captain Jack Grealish. The winger is the most hyped British player currently and Pep Guardiola sees a player who he can improve in the coming years. He adds goals, creativity and flair to this City side and looks at home already.

 

DANIEL JAMES

Manchester United to Leeds United

The surprise name on this list would be the Welsh winger Daniel James, but Leeds United have finally got their man. The news of Jadon Sancho and Ronaldo signing for Manchester United meant that James was always going to find it difficult to get a place in the starting lineup with the plethora of wingers in the squad. 

Leeds almost made this move work a couple of seasons back but it failed to materialise in the final few moments on the transfer deadline day. This time around the situation was a bit different. They were no longer dealing with Swansea City and in contrast, Manchester United wanted to offload a few players in that position. James is just 23 and is a player Marcelo Bielsa would relish working with and improving some facets of his game. 

 

LIONEL MESSI

FC Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain

Not seeing Lionel Messi wearing that famous number 10 kit in Barcelona colours was a day no football fan saw coming. The circumstances of the transfer also added to the curiosity. Both the player and the club wanted this relationship to continue but the wage bill at Barcelona was so exorbitantly high that the league couldn’t permit them from registering Messi. 

Now a free transfer, there were very few clubs who could afford to make this move possible. PSG saw this glorious opportunity of signing the best player in the world on a free transfer and pounced on it immediately. The forward line of Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr and Kylian Mbappe has the potential to be the best the world has ever seen.

 

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