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2 ‘bad luck’ deals and 2 ‘bargain’ deals in the summer 2022 market

14 Jun 2022 | 16:26 | News

2 “unfortunate” deals

1. Aurelien Tchouameni (Monaco to Real Madrid) – €100mReal Madrid sign Aurelian Chuameni from Monaco for €80m (+€20m in extras). The French defensive midfielder has plenty of potential suitors, including several European giants. That’s why Real Madrid decided to break the safe and sign him.

Joe Ameni is a very good defensive midfielder who excels in tracking and interception. His main strengths are cutting and holding the ball in midfield. But Chuameni still has a long way to go to become a reliable player for Real Madrid.

Joe Ameni is currently the fourth most expensive player in Real Madrid history. He’s also unlikely to start for the Blancos next season, given Casemiro’s performance in 2021/22.

The 22-year-old needs to improve his distribution and shooting. It would be a big deal if Real Madrid signed him for half the price they paid.

2. Darwin Nunes (Benfica to Liverpool) – €100m
Liverpool are known to be very sensible when it comes to transfers. That’s why the €80m (plus €20m in extras) they paid to sign Darwin Nunes from Benfica seems a misnomer.

Nunes has undoubtedly had a breakthrough season in the Portuguese league. In the 2021/22 season, he represented Benfica in 41 appearances, scoring 34 goals and providing 4 assists. He also played well in the Champions League, scoring 6 goals in 10 appearances.

Nunes also had a solid performance against Liverpool in the quarter-finals. But the truth is, the young Uruguayan striker may not be the major upgrade Liverpool already have.

Diogo Jota has proven that he can be a reliable shooter. Mohamed Salah won the Premier League Golden Boot with Liverpool last season.

Nunes will need time to adapt to the Premier League, which has proven to be a tough league for forwards in the past. Names like Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku or Alvaro Morata are good examples.

2 “bargain” deals

1. Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona to Aston Villa) – €20mWhile Philippe Coutinho could be the biggest transfer failure in Barcelona’s history, he could be a real boon for Aston Villa. The Brazilian midfielder impressed during his loan spell with the Premier League side, who have now signed him permanently for €20m.

With his release clause of €40m and Aston Villa only losing €20m, Coutinho is a real bargain. If Gerrard can get his former team-mate to play close to the level we saw at Liverpool, it could be one of the deals of the year.

2. Erling Haaland Dortmund to Man City – €60 million
Dortmund know they will not be able to keep Erling Haaland beyond this summer. Almost all of Europe’s top teams want to sign Haaland. Manchester City eventually bought him for 60 million euros.

The Norwegian striker is already world-class at the age of 21. He’s like the missing piece in Guardiola’s puzzle, one that can be taken apart effortlessly in the Premier League.

Haaland’s release clause was initially reported at 75 million euros. Manchester City could have bought him for less than that. Therefore, Haaland is likely to be the most valuable transfer of the summer.

Dang Nguyen