Top transfers of summer 2021 transfer window

Sun 10 October 2021 | 20:29

Who are the best transfers of the 2021 summer transfer window? Which players have managed to steal the headlines over the summer? Follow us below as we provide all the details you might need to know about all the big transfer deals that have gone through.

Football has always been fun for everyone both on and off the pitch, especially during transfer windows as clubs try their best to sign their dream players before the window shuts for good. With everything that we have witnessed so far, we dare say that the 2021 summer transfer window has been by far the best transfer window of all time.

Yes, we got to see the likes of Sergio Ramos, Sergio Aguero, Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish move to new destinations, but that alone would not have made this season’s summer transfer window the best of all time. What makes it the best is the fact that we witnessed history as two of the greatest players of all time found new homes for themselves. Both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo made shock moves by joining Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United respectively.

Of course these players are not the only ones on the list of

top transfers of summer 2021 transfer window

as there have been numerous big signings that are worth mentioning on this list. Surely many of you are eager to find out more about the summer transfer window 2021. So without further ado, here is everything you need to know about the top signings of the new season.

Best transfers of the 2021 summer transfer window

Here are all the top transfer deals that have been completed over the summer.

Dayot Upamecano

  • Transfer: RB Leipzig – FC Bayern

  • Transfer fee:  €42.5M

Bayern Munich

already had a problem in the defense last season before David Alaba’s departure. Such a gap in defense caused the Bavarians to use the Austrian defender in the center instead of his usual position on the left. Now, with Alaba’s transfer to Real Madrid, Bayern Munich have gotten their hands on a brand new center-back by signing Dayot Upamecano from

RB Leipzig

for a massive fee of €42.5 million. The Bundesliga sides actually agreed on a transfer deal several months ago while the 2020-21 season was still underway.

The 22-year-old French center-back is certainly one of the most talented defenders of the new generation. But we will have to wait and see if he can deliver on what his transfer fee has promised. Upamecano made more than 40 appearances for RB Leipzig last season as their main center-back and helped them even challenge Bayern Munich in Bundesliga, which is probably why they opted sign him before it was too late and make him one of the

top transfers of summer 2021 transfer window


Ibrahima Konate

  • Transfer: RB Leipzig – Liverpool

  • Transfer fee: €40M

RB Leipzig somehow managed to lose both of their promising defenders in the same window and both defenders actually managed to make it to the list of

best transfers of the 2021 summer transfer window

. While Upamecano joined Leipzig’s league rivals Bayern Munich, Ibrahima Konate was sold to Liverpool for €40 million. Konate has been the only big singing that the reds have made so far, but it seems that the 22-year-old French center-back is all that Jurgen Klopp needs to succeed in the Premier League once again.

Summer transfer window 2021 is jam-packed with world-class defenders moving to new clubs and Konate is one of those world-class defenders. Even though he made far less appearances for Leipzig than Upamecano last season, he still managed to play a crucial role in his former club’s title race against

Borussia Dortmund

and FC Bayern. Konate has signed a five-year deal with the Reds and will have to prove himself in order to earn a starting position alongside Klopp’s favorite choices.

Georginio Wijnaldum

  • Transfer: Liverpool – PSG

  • Transfer fee: Free transfer

No team could have possibly had a better transfer window than Ligue 1 runners-up

Paris Saint-Germain

, who somehow managed to sign the likes of Sergio Ramos, Gini Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Lionel Messi and Achraf Hakimi all in a single transfer window. All of these players are obviously included on the list of

top transfers of summer 2021 transfer window

. As one of the players that joined PSG early on despite heavy interest from Barcelona was Gini Wijnaldum, who joined the French side from Liverpool on a free transfer deal.

It was certainly a good business move from PSG as they have now signed one of the best central midfielders in Europe for free. The 30-year-old has still got so much to offer for the next four or five years at least, which is why his transfer is also a good investment by PSG. The question is, however, how will Pochettino get to implement Wijnaldum into his star-studded squad?

Daniel James

  • Transfer: Manchester United – Leeds United

  • Transfer fee: €29M

Next on our list of top transfers of summer 2021 transfer window is Daniel James, who many believe is the best signing

Leeds United

could have made for the new season. James is one of the most promising youngsters in the UK and is surely capable of becoming a world-class winger one day. The England-born Welsh forward began his career as a professional footballer at Swansea, before making his first big move to

Manchester United

for reportedly €17 million.

James somehow actually managed to become a regular starter at United in the 2019-20 season by making more than 40 appearances for the Red Devils. However, he did not manage to build up on his previous success as he got less play time last season. He made a total of 74 appearances for United and managed to score 9 goals and provide 9 assists in the process. Now that Leeds have paid almost €30 million to sign the exciting prospect, James will surely be eager to prove his worth at this new club.

Eduardo Camavinga

  • Transfer: Rennais – Real Madrid

  • Transfer fee: €31M

Kylian Mbappe’s transfer to

Real Madrid

seemed almost complete as the Spanish giants were willing to pay more than €190 million to Paris Saint-Germain for his signature. But in a surprising turn of events, Real Madrid took a U-turn by opting to sign another exciting prospect instead. There were rumors around Los Blancos wanting to sign 18-year-old sensation Eduardo Camavinga, but no one could have suspected that Florentino Perez would suddenly decide to sign the youngster instead and waiting for Mbappe’s contract at PSG to end at the end of the current season.

Real Madrid paid €31 million to sign Camavinga from Stade Rennais, which is actually considered a bargain in today’s market as the Frenchman’s market value is estimated to be more than €50 million. After earning a promotion to Rennai’s senior side in 2018, Camavinga went on to make a total of 88 appearances for the French side, scoring 2 goals and providing 5 assists while proving himself to be one of the most promising central midfielders of the current generation. Real Madrid did a good job by snatching him up early and signing him in the

summer transfer window 2021


Ben White

  • Transfer: Brighton – Arsenal

  • Transfer fee: €58.5M

According to all


fans who have been voicing their concerns on social media, the Gunners have had one of the worst transfer windows of all time. Even though that is quite an exaggeration, Mikel Arteta and his new signings have got a lot to prove in the coming months, especially since they were not even able to score a single goal in the first three Premier League games of the new season.

Arsenal have somehow actually managed to spend the most money in the summer, even more than Manchester City and Chelsea, and €58.5 million of their transfer fee expenditures has been spent on bringing Ben White to London.

The 23-year-old center-back is considered to be one of the top transfers of summer 2021 transfer window simply because of his massive transfer fee. Of course that is not to say that he is not worth that much money. The Englishman made a total of 36 appearances in the Premier League last season and is quite versatile when it comes to playing on a multitude of positions at the back.

Martin Odegaard

  • Transfer: Real Madrid – Arsenal

  • Transfer fee: €30M

The player who once made the headlines as the youngest ever player to play for Norway at Senior level at the age of 15 and signed a professional contract with Real Madrid not long after has now departed from Spain to join Arsenal on a permanent deal. Martin Odegaard was once destined for greatness as a part of Los Blancos.

But after spending several seasons on loan at clubs such as Heerenveen, Vitesse,

Real Sociedad

and then Arsenal, he knew it was time to find a new home as his Spanish home did not seem to need him that much. After spending a season on loan at Arsenal and impressing everyone as one of the few good players in the team, Odegaard has now finally made his move permanent until 2025. The Gunners made the Norwegian talent one of the top transfers of summer 2021 transfer window by paying €35 million plus add-ons to acquire his services.

Memphis Depay

  • Transfer: Lyon – Barcelona

  • Transfer fee: Free transfer

Next on our list of best soccer transfers 2021/2022 is Memphis Depay, who claims to have signed for the favorite club of his childhood. Depay is currently one of the most lethal strikers around and has still got several years in himself as he is only 27 years old. Having impressed the world as a prolific center-forward at

PSV Eindhoven

, Depay joined Manchester United for €34 million in 2015.

However, his time as a Red Devil was not at all what he had hoped for as he fell from the heights he had previously reached, becoming one of the worst forwards out there. Thankfully, though, the Dutch goal scorer managed to return to his prime after moving to Olymmpique Lyonnais for €16 million in 2017. Now that he has joined Barcelona on a free transfer deal, a heavy burden is put on his shoulders as the main goal scorer of the club after Lionel Messi’s departure in the summer.

Raphael Varane

  • Transfer: Real Madrid – Manchester United

  • Transfer fee: €40M

Few or maybe no one could have guessed that Real Madrid would one day choose to let go of both of their world-class defenders in the same transfer window. With their captain and club legend Sergio Ramos joining Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer deal, Real Madrid cashed in on Raphael Varane by letting him join Manchester United for quite a cheap price of €40 million.

With the likes of Harry Maguire and Virgil van Dijk moving to the Premier League as some of the most expensive signings of all time, it was quite surprising to see Real Madrid let go of their best defender for such a low price.

The 2018 World Cup winner basically won it all during his time at the Spanish Capital. He won 4 Champions League trophies and 3 La Liga titles alongside several other major trophies while Manchester United struggled along the way. Now, as one of the best signings of soccer transfers 2021/2022, the Frenchman will be helping the Red Devils to push for more domestic and continental glory.

Achraf Hakimi

  • Transfer: Inter – PSG

  • Transfer fee: €60M

Achraf Hakimi’s story is sort of similar to Martin Odegaards as both were promising youngster at Real Madrid, but both were destined to find greatness at other clubs outside of Spain. Hakimi gained prominence as one of the best right-backs in the world during his time at


, who had signed him from Real Madrid in 2020. Now, after spending only a single season at the Italian club and helping them win the Scudetto and end Juventus’ reign over Serie A, the Moroccan right-back has joined Paris Saint-Germain for a massive transfer fee of €60 million.

Considering the fact that the Parisians somehow managed to land Lionel Messi, Wijnaldum, Sergio Ramos and Donnarumma for free, perhaps Hakimi’s transfer fee might have been a little expensive. But if you take a look at how much other clubs are spending on new signings nowadays, Hakimi’s transfer fee would certainly feel well-earned.

Antoine Griezmann

  • Transfer: Barcelona – Atletico Madrid

  • Transfer fee: On loan

Next on our list of best soccer transfers 2021/2022 is Antoine Griezmann, who is certainly going to have a tough time earning back the love and respect he lost the day he joined Barcelona from

Atletico Madrid

. After joining the Catalan side for a whopping fee of €120 million back in 2019, the Frenchman went on to spend three disappointing and subpar seasons at Barcelona. Even though his overall stats were not bad at all, the numbers were just not good enough for a club in Barca’s magnitude.

That is why he has now returned to Atletico Madrid on a loan deal until 2022 with the option to buy. The 2018 world champion made a total of 102 appearances for the Blaugrana and managed to score 35 goals and provide 17 assists in the process. We will have to wait and see if he can return to his glory days and somehow earn back the lost respect in Madrid.

Gianluigi Donnarumma

  • Transfer: AC Milan – PSG

  • Transfer fee: Free transfer

Amongst all the top transfers of summer 2021 transfer window, there is only one goalkeeper and that one keeper is none other than Gianluigi Donnarumma. The 22-year-old is clearly the present and the future of Italy at such a young age and is destined to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time if he keeps up performing in the same way he does now. The Italian goalkeeper gained prominence rising up the ranks at

AC Milan

’s youth academy before finally joining the club’s senior side in 2015.

He then went on to make a total of 251 appearances for the Serie A side, getting 88 clean sheets in the process. Such an amount of experience at such a young age shows how crucial he has been for his teams so far in his career. PSG were actually quite lucky to snatch another world-class goalkeeper for free, despite him having a market value of over €65 million. We are all eager to see the 2020 European champion in action at Parc des Princes.

Sergio Ramos

  • Transfer: Real Madrid – PSG

  • Transfer fee: Free transfer

It is uncanny how many of the top transfers of summer 2021 transfer window have joined Paris Saint-Germain. Perhaps no one could have imagined seeing Sergio Ramos play for any other club than Real Madrid. His blood flowed white and everyone knew that. But for some reason, Florentino Perez suddenly decided that the legendary center-back was too old for the club. At the age of 35, Sergio Ramos has already won it all. But he is definitely eager to win more trophies at his new club.

As one of the greatest center-backs of all time, Ramos made a total of 671 appearances for Real Madrid, scoring a massive 101 goals and providing an impressive 49 assists in the process. The Spaniard even scored several crucial goals in the dying moments of historic matches, including the very late equalizer in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid, which helped Los Blancos win their long-awaited La Decima.

David Alaba

  • Transfer: FC Bayern – Real Madrid

  • Transfer fee: Free transfer

It is quite uncanny to see how many of the best footballers in the world have joined new clubs on free transfer deals in the same transfer window. One such example is David Alaba, who decided to join Spanish giants Real Madrid from Bayern Munich after conquering Europe and winning the treble on two separate occasions with the Bavarians. The 29-year-old Austrian is without a doubt one of the best defenders in the world thanks to his agility and strength, which has given him enough versatility to play both as a left-back and a center-back.

He is also capable of playing as a midfielder or even a winger at times, which has been very useful for the Austria national team time and time again. Alaba has already made three appearances for Los Blancos and has managed to make his first assist in La Liga. Certainly he will prove to be a vital part of Ancelotti’s plans as there is literally no one else to fill his shoes at the back following Varane and Ramos’ departure.

Jack Grealish

  • Transfer: Aston Villa – Manchester City

  • Transfer fee: €117M

If we don’t include the most expensive signing of the summer 2021 transfer window on our top signings list, then why are we even here? Jack Grealish made the headlines after he broke the record as not only the most expensive signing in Manchester City history, but also the most expensive signing in the Premier League history.

Grealish had quite a stellar performance at Aston Villa last season as he helped the club through and through by making a total of 213 appearances and scoring 32 goals in the process. Of course it was not until the 2019-20 season that he finally decided to up his game and become one of the best wingers in the world.

With an eye-watering transfer fee of €117 million, fans will be expecting quite a lot from the Englishman from now on and the 26-year-old seems to be on the right path after all. He has already made 4 appearances for Manchester City, scoring a goal and providing an assist in the process.

Romelu Lukaku

  • Transfer: Inter – Chelsea

  • Transfer fee: €115M

If it weren’t for Jack Grealish, Romelu Lukaku would have become the most expensive signing in Premier League history. Of course he is still the one who holds the record for the highest accumulated transfer fee of all time with more than €300 million spent by several clubs over the past several years. Lukaku was simply brilliant last season at Inter as he helped the club achieve the impossible by ending Juventus’ reign over Serie A and winning the league title after more than decade.

The Belgian center-forward made a total of 95 appearances for Inter and went on to score 64 goals and provide 16 assists in the process. These stats were certainly more than enough for Chelsea to decide to make Lukaku one of the top transfers of summer 2021 transfer window. He has already scored a goal in his first two matches and will be hoping to get even more goals in the coming weeks.

Jadon Sancho

  • Transfer: Borussia Dortmund – Manchester United

  • Transfer fee: 85M

After several years of speculation and rumors, Jadon Sancho has finally joined Manchester United as one of the most expensive signings of the season. While he was initially a Manchester City youngster, the Red Devils kept a close eye on the winger throughout the years that he spent at Borussia Dortmund honing his skills.

Having joined the German side for almost €8 million in 2017, he signed for Manchester United for ten times more than what Dortmund had initially paid for the Englishman. Sancho is one of the greatest talents in England right now and considering the fact that he is only 21 years old, the England international has got quite a bright future ahead of himself.

Sancho made a total of 137 appearances at Dortmund and somehow managed to score a massive 50 goals and provide a phenomenal 64 assists in the process. We will have to wait and see if he can repeat those numbers in the Premier League as well or not.

Sergio Aguero

  • Transfer: Manchester City – Barcelona

  • Transfer fee: Free transfer

Martin Tyler shouting “Aguerooooo” will forever echo in the footballing halls of fame as one of the greatest moments in the Premier League. Having made history at Manchester City by helping the club achieve their dreams of winning the English league, Aguero has now moved on in search of new challenges after spending then years with the Cityzens.

The Argentinian center-forward joined City from Atletico Madrid for a massive fee of €40 million and has now joined Barcelona on a free transfer deal. Unfortunately for Aguero, however, he will not get the chance to play alongside his friend Lionel Messi as his international teammate left Barcelona to join PSG only a couple of weeks after Aguero signed for the Catalan club.

Lionel Messi

  • Transfer: Barcelona – PSG

  • Transfer fee: Free transfer

History has been written in the 2021 summer transfer window as we have witnessed one of the greatest and most loyal players of all time switch colors by joining Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona. Lionel Messi the live representation of what Barcelona stood for and what they believed in. The Argentine’s and the Spanish club’s fates were intertwined as none could exist without the other.

Having spent more than 17 years playing for Barcelona’s senior side – during which he made a total of 779 appearances and scored an unbelievable 672 goals and provided 301 assists in the process – Messi finally moved on after La Liga’s regulations prevented Barcelona from signing a contract extension with the 2021 Copa America winner due the Catalan side having already exceeded the league’s maximum wage limit.

Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Transfer: Juventus – Manchester United

  • Transfer fee: €15 million

Who would have thought it would one day be possible to sign Cristiano Ronaldo for only €15 million? The world-class striker, who has been the only player able to challenge Lionel Messi for over a decade, has now returned to where it all started in England. While there were rumors that Ronaldo was going to sign for Manchester City and the Portuguese goal machine actually seemed eager to join Pep Guardiola’s side, all it took was a phone call from Sir Alex Ferguson to convince Ronaldo to join Manchester United instead.

After spending three not-so-great seasons at Juventus thanks to the club’s lack of European trophies, Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to challenge for everything once again alongside his new teammates. During his first spell as a Red Devil, the now 36-year-old made a total of 292 appearances and managed to score 118 goals while providing 69 assists in the process. How many goals and assists do you think he will rack up in his second spell?




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