In the last of our series about this fascinating transfer window, we take a look at the most surprising moves. Did you predict any of these?
Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus to Manchester United (€15m)
Manchester United are perhaps being romantic by resigning the 36-year-old, as they don’t need another forward. He also isn’t the same player as fans remember between 2003 and 2009. However, just keeping him out of the hands of rivals Manchester City, as well as the potential for shirt sales may be reasons enough to sign him.
Antoine Griezmann – Barcelona to Atlético Madrid (loan)
Barcelona signed Griezmann for €120m in 2019 and the transfer was funded by taking out loans and mortgaging against future income. In a surprising display of bad business, Barcelona have now loaned him back to title rivals Atlético for €10m with an obligation to sign him permanently for €40m.
Hakan Çalhanoğlu – AC Milan to Inter Milan (free)
With 172 appearances over the past 4 seasons, Çalhanoğlu has been a key player for AC Milan and it’s a shock to see him move to the club’s fiercest rivals, Inter. He will improve their attack and the club have done well to sign him on a free transfer.
Georginio Wijnaldum – Liverpool to Paris Saint Germain (free)
PSG did well to land a quality midfielder like Wijnaldum on a free transfer and from under the noses of Barcelona. It’s surprising that the Dutchman didn’t see a future for himself under Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman, but PSG will be happy to have him and Liverpool will be sad to see him depart.
Raphael Varane – Real Madrid to Manchester United (€41m)
With Sergio Ramos leaving on a free transfer, Madrid need to have a plan now they’ve allowed his centre-back partner to move as well. €41m is a decent fee these days, especially as his contract was due to expire in 2022, but the Madrid club now have two massive holes to fill in defence.