The summer transfer window for the 2021/2022 season can compare easily to a Hollywood movie. In fact, if a script of this transfer window were written prior, we would have laughed it off as a melodrama. Jack Grealish’s 100-million-pound move to Manchester City from Aston Villa was the headline of the transfer window at a point, and it did not feel like any more could happen. However, the events that followed quickly tilted the spotlight from the English winger as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, the most dominant players in world football over the past decade moved from their respective clubs in this same window. How many times in the history of football have the two best players in the world moved in the same window? Your guess is as good as mine. In subsequent paragraphs, details about the top transfers in this window are given.
The first major news of the transfer window was the agreement between Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund for winger, Jadon Sancho. The 21-year-old who left Manchester City as a teenager to establish himself as a superstar for German side Borussia Dortmund returned to the red side of Manchester for a fee rumoured to be around 73 million pounds. Manchester United fans celebrated this transfer as the last piece of the puzzle. Finally, they bought a natural right-winger.
Their neighbours decided to prove their dominance by aiming to get both Jack Grealish and Harry Kane at the same time. Even though they were not able to secure the services of the latter, the arrival of Jack Grealish created its own buzz, a buzz that did not last for long though. Just a few days after the signing of Grealish, Barcelona announced that Lionel Messi would be leaving as they could not find a solution to their financial crisis and an agreement could not be reached by both parties. Immediately French giants PSG, and Manchester City were identified as the two most likely clubs for the diminutive magician. Messi was eventually signed by PSG, and analysis from experts assert that had Manchester City not signed Grealish, they would certainly have battled PSG for the signing of the Argentine.
The next move, that caused so much noise came from the reunion of London-based side Chelsea with Belgian striker, Romelu Lukaku. “Big Rom” as he is fondly called left Inter Milan to join the club he left a decade ago for a fee reported to be around 97 million pounds. Many already see the Belgian as a natural successor to club legend, Didier Drogba and the Ivorian endorsed the signing on his social media handles. The European Champions will feel they have finally got a striker to convert the chances that they create.
Just as we thought it could not get any better, Cristiano Ronaldo announced that he would be leaving Juventus. Immediately, Manchester City, who had pulled out of the race to sign Harry Kane identified the Portuguese as a good fit for the central forward position. However, the intervention of Sir Alex Ferguson meant that CR7 returned to his boyhood club. In a post on Instagram, the five-time ballon d’Or winner stated that Manchester United was his club of firsts- where he won his first league title, first Uefa Champions League, first golden boot, and first ballon d’Or, whilst commending the efforts of Sir Alex in getting him to re-sign for United.
On deadline day, Saul Niguez moved to Chelsea on loan and Antoinne Griezmann reunited with former boss Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid. However, these transfers would have been spoken of more if they happened in a different transfer window – one devoid of Messi and Ronaldo moving.
Erling Braut Haaland and Kylian Mbappe, arguably the two most sought-after youngsters in world football featured heavily in the news with reports linking them to teams like Chelsea, Manchester City, and Real Madrid. The failure of these two and a certain Harry Kane to move means that we could have another very exciting transfer window in the future.