Spanish football said goodbye to the Argentine Lionel messi, signed by Paris Saint-Germain, suffered the frustration of Real Madrid that could not bring the French Kylian Mbappé (PSG) and lived at the last minute the bomb of the return of the Frenchman Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) to Atlético de Madrid, whose transfer was confirmed after the departure of Saúl Ñíguez on loan to English Chelsea.
Messi and Mbappé’s market became Griezmann’s on the last day. The Frenchman returns, two years later, to Atlético de Madrid on loan. Before, Atlético loaned Saúl Ñíguez to English Chelsea until the end of the season. And with the departure of Griezmann, Barcelona activated the arrival of the Dutch Luuk de Jong, on loan from Sevilla.
We’re delighted to welcome @saulniguez to the club on a season-long loan! ✍️#Hi Saul 🇪🇸
– Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 31, 2021
A concatenated operation that began to sound in the afternoon, at night it seemed practically closed, but at the time of the closing of the market, at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, August 31, it did not appear on the official LaLiga website. Everything was settled, until half an hour later the employer confirmed that the operations had arrived on time and the delay was due to the documentation review. The latest bomb from a catatonic market.
Mbappé, the signing that did not materialize
In the struggle of the greats of Spanish football with PSG, Real Madrid chased the arrival of Kylian Mbappé, who last Sunday scored two goals against Reims in Messi’s debut. According to the French newspaper L’Equipe, the white team came to offer 200 million euros for him, but the Qatari owners of the Parisian team did not give their arm to twist.
The whole of the Parisian capital not only took the captain and maximum banner of Barcelona. He also did the same with Real Madrid‘s Sergio Ramos, who ended his 16-season stint at the white club on June 30, after failing to reach an agreement to renew for the duration of the next contract, as the club offered one year and Ramos wanted to sign two.
The Sevillian defender gave his version of the disagreement on June 17. “In the last conversations I accept the offer with the lower salary and I am told that there is no longer an offer … I don’t know why the offer expired,” he explained then. On July 8 he agreed to his transfer to PSG for the next two seasons. He has not made his debut due to injury.
The French central Raphael Varane also took the exit door of Real Madrid, heading to Manchester United English for 40 million, and the Norwegian Martin Odegaard stayed at Arsenal in exchange for 35.
Griezmann will go back to be mattress
The current champion of LaLiga Santander, Atlético de Madrid, starred in the bombshell at the end of the market: the return of Griezmann and the departure of Saúl to Chelsea, both by way of loan. One operation was necessary for the other to be a reality. Despite the suspense, it was both.
🇫🇷 @AntoGriezmann He will wear our shirt again after the agreement reached between our club and Barcelona for his loan.
Welcome, Antoine! 🤙
➡ https://t.co/NZcnFfJqp8 pic.twitter.com/nFsJIxZgSy
– Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) August 31, 2021
In addition to these movements, Atlético invested around 65 million between Argentine midfielder Rodrigo de Paul (Udinese) and Brazilian forward Matheus Cunha (Hertha from Berlin). The French goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte also arrived, on loan from Monaco, and the Brazilian Marcos Paulo (Fluminense), free, sent on loan to the Portuguese Famalicao.
Active as every summer in the summer market, Sevilla reinforced each line, with Serbian goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic (Eibar); defenders like the Argentine Gonzalo Montiel (River Plate) and the Swedish Ludwig Augustinsson (Werder Bremen); midfielders such as the Danish Thomas Delaney (Borussia Dortmund) and the Argentine Erik Lamela (Tottenham), and the striker Rafa Mir (Wolverhampton). All for less than 40 million. Bryan Gil left for Tottenham from Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, for 25 million and with the arrival of Lamela as part of the payment, and De Jong at the last minute, heading to Barcelona.
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