Real Madrid and Barcelona once again dominated this transfer window. However, Atletico Madrid and Juventus were not far behind in this race for signing talented players. Real Madrid signed Hazard early. Barcelona snapped up Griezmann. Atletico Madrid splashed a great sum to land Joao Felix this summer. With these big signings by the three best Spanish clubs, La Liga is going to be a very interesting league this season. Barcelona easily won the last 2 league titles, but has huge competition for the title this year.
The odds for Barcelona retaining the title are 8/13 (according to Bet365), 4/6 (according to William Hill), and 2/3 (according to Sky Bet).
Real Madrid are a 13/8 shot to land the Liga title according to Bet365. While Ladbrokes have given them 7/4 odds for the same outcome. You can enjoy a list of sports bookie bets at thebookiesoffers.co.uk- the best place for all the lucrative bonuses and offers of all the top bookmakers.
1- Joao Felix (£113m)
Portugal gave us one of the best strikers of all time in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo, and now the country has produced another superstar in Joao Felix. At least, Atletico Madrid thinks so who splashed £113m to get his services.
Several top European clubs were interested in signing the 19-year-old striker, Only Atletico Madrid could shell-out such a hefty sum.
Last season, Felix scored an astounding 20 goals in all competitions for Benfica, including even a hat-trick in the Europa League.
2- Antoine Griezmann (£108m)
Whenever we talk about big signings, we almost always mention Barcelona or Real Madrid. Los Blancos had already signed Eden Hazard at the beginning of this transfer window, so Barcelona spent a bigger sum on Antoine Griezmann and stole the headlines.
Griezmann played a vital role last summer to help France win the World Cup, having earned 4 goals to his name. The French international has now joined Barcelona to play alongside Lionel Messi after spending 5 highly successful seasons at Atletico Madrid.
However, Atletico Madrid are not satisfied with the payment and so they have filed a complaint against the Catalans. According to Atletico, Barcelona waited until July 1 to sign Griezmann when the release clause would drop. However, a deal was struck much earlier between the Catalans and the player.
3- Eden Hazard (£88m)
Eden Hazard had long been linked with Real Madrid, and finally this summer he made a successful transfer to the Bernabeu. He will now be trying to fill the boots of Cristiano Ronaldo which is a great challenge for the Belgian.
4- Lucas Hernandez (£80m)
Besides Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid saw the departure of another high-profile player in Lucas Hernandez leave the club. Hernandez first joined Atletico as an academy player in 2007. He then rose through the ranks to make 67 appearances for the first-team.
Bayern Munich has been dominating the Bundesliga for many years. They have signed Hernandez to help them claim Champions League glory this season. The Bundesliga giants splashed a record fee of £80m to get the French defender who will bring some solidity at the back.
Hernandez’s record signing didn’t come without a hitch though, for the club came to know about his knee injury during the physical. However, he expects to start playing for the first-team at the beginning of this season.
5- Matthijs de Ligt (£67m)
Juventus failed to land the Champions League trophy last season. Despite signing the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo who was impressive himself but the others were a disappointment. Now that they have signed Matthijs de Ligt for £67m, they will make one serious run at the Champions League.
Many European clubs were interested in getting his signature but he chose Juventus to play under Maurizio Sarri. He was the captain of Ajax last season. The team who stunned the whole world by their amazing performances against Real Madrid and Juventus in the Champions League. At such a young age, he possesses all the best qualities of a great defender. Juventus are lucky to have him in their ranks now.
The Italian club has been on a buying spree this summer. Cristian Romero (Genoa), Luca Pellegrini (AS Roma), and Merih Demiral (Sassuolo), all arriving in this transfer window. While Aaron Ramsey, Gianluigi Buffon, and Andrien Rabiot have all joined Juventus as free agents this year.