De Ligt, Felix and the top 20 transfers of summer market

Goal runs through the most impressive deals of the window, ranking the players in terms of potential, price, form and the buyer's needs


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    #20 Luka Jovic: Eintracht Frankfurt to Real Madrid €60m (£55m/$66m)

    With one eye on the future, Real Madrid splashed some serious cash to sign Serbian striker Luka Jovic. 

    At 21, he is certainly a good prospect and scored 17 Bundesliga goals last season for Eintracht Frankfurt.

    Jovic is still, however, very raw and has yet to impress for Real, meaning Karim Benzema's starting spot up front is not looking under any threat right now.

  2. #19 Lucas Hernandez: Atletico to Bayern €80m (£72m/$88m)

    A World Cup winner with France, Lucas Hernandez swapped Atletico Madrid for Bayern Munich over the summer to reinforce the Bundesliga champions' backline. 

    While demanding a hefty transfer fee, the 23-year-old still has his best years ahead of him and will play a key role for the Bavarians this season. 

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    #18 Aaron Wan-Bissaka: Crystal Palace to Man Utd €55m (£50m/$60m)

    Though hardly cheap for a 21-year-old right-back, Aaron Wan-Bissaka fills a gaping hole in Manchester United's backline and his early performances have shown that he's capable of bringing plenty to Old Trafford, in both attack and defence. 
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    #17 Dani Ceballos: Real Madrid to Arsenal (loan)

    The one issue with Dani Ceballos' arrival at the Emirates from an Arsenal perspective is that he has only joined on loan.

    The Real Madrid midfielder has already become a firm favourite with Gunners fans, thanks in no small part to the fact that he racked up two assists on his first start, against Burnley.

  5. #16 Julian Brandt: Leverkusen to Dortmund €24m (£22m/$26m)

    After six seasons with Bayer Leverkusen, Julian Brandt has joined Borussia Dortmund.

    The 23-year-old attacker has been a consistent, exciting talent in Germany and can give Dortmund's frontline yet another X-factor this season. 

    With more potential to tap into, Brandt has arrived for a relatively small sum and already proved he can have a big impact after scoring on his debut for Lucien Favre's side. 

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    #15 Harry Maguire: Leicester to Man Utd €88m (£80m/$96m)

    Desperately needing to strengthen their backline, Manchester United had to make Harry Maguire the most expensive defender in history to land him and that price tag will put added pressure on the centre-back's broad shoulders.

    But, given the England international is a proven Premier League performer and already boasts all the attributes the Red Devils have been lacking in defence, the 26-year-old is a necessary and relatively safe investment. 

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    #14 Joao Cancelo: Juventus to Man City €66m (£60m/$72m)

    Secured as part of a swap deal with Juventus for Danilo, Joao Cancelo will give Manchester City's right flank a dangerous new dimension and provides depth in a position where it was needed.

    Essentially, the English champions have signed an attack-minded player who should prove ideally suited to Pep Guardiola's brand of football, while at the same time clearing out some dead wood – a win-win.

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    #13 Romelu Lukaku: Man Utd to Inter €80m (£73m/$88m)

    After a frustrating final season at Old Trafford, Romelu Lukaku sealed a move to Italy with Inter

    The Belgian looks determined to impress under Antonio Conte and has already netted twice in two games. 

    So, while he may be Inter's most expensive ever signing, Lukaku is already silencing his doubters and showing why Conte believes he'll prove a bargain buy.

  9. #12 Adrien Rabiot: PSG to Juventus (free)

    A top-class midfielder in his prime for free? Juventus must still be pinching themselves after snaring Adrien Rabiot for nothing from PSG.

    The midfielder had his issues in France, meaning there are concerns over how he'll settle in Italy and react if and when he's asked to sit on the bench, but the 24-year-old's potential is huge.

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    #11 Moise Kean: Juventus to Everton €27.5m (£25m/$30m)

    One of the more unexpected transfers of the summer but one that could pay off handsomely for Everton.

    At just 19, Moise Kean showed at Juventus last season that he has a keen eye for goal and, if he can settle in England and adapt to the physicality of the English game, he could prove both a sporting and commercial goldmine for the Toffees.

  11. #10 Antoine Griezmann: Atletico to Barcelona €120m (£109m/$131m)

    Barcelona's front-line has received a timely and exciting boost in the form of Antoine Griezmann. 

    After five seasons of scoring regularly for Atletico Madrid, the 28-year-old has been brought to Camp Nou to forge a lethal attack alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. 

    The Frenchman has already scored twice, in Barca's 5-2 win over Real Betis, but having arrived for such a big sum, Griezmann has to fire fairly freely if he is to fully justify his transfer fee. 

  12. #9 Philippe Coutinho: Barcelona to Bayern €8.5m (£7.8m/$9.3m) loan

    With Bayern Munich in need of attacking reinforcements, they've done very well to land Philippe Coutinho on loan.

    The Brazilian struggled to shine at Barcelona over the past year but should prove an excellent addition to Niko Kovac's side. 

    It's a move that has the potential to see Coutinho return to his brilliant Liverpool form and, in the process, fill a creative void at Bayern. 

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    #8 Tanguy Ndombele: Lyon to Tottenham €62m (£55m/$68m)

    After going more than a year without spending any cash, Tottenham dipped into their savings to land French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele and he looks to be a worthwhile investment.

    The former Lyon man already appears capable of giving Spurs' midfield an extra dimension, even scoring on his Premier League debut to get fans excited about what lies ahead for him this season. 

  14. #7 Nabil Fekir: Lyon to Real Betis €20m (£18m/$22m)

    Considering Liverpool were on the verge of signing Nabil Fekir for €60m (£55m/$66m) last summer, Real Betis have managed one hell of a coup by signing him for a third of that fee from Lyon.

    While the Frenchman hasn't hit the heights of his 2017-18 season over the past year, he still played a hand in 16 of Lyon's league goals last campaign and has the potential to have a huge impact at Betis. 

    Indeed, he's already started the season strongly, scoring twice across his first three league appearances. 

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    #6 Frenkie de Jong: Ajax to Barcelona €75m (£68m/$82m)

    Voted the Champions League's best midfielder last season, Frenkie de Jong has moved from Ajax to Barcelona over the summer to add even more depth to the Catalans' squad, though the deal was agreed earlier in the year.

    It's easy to understand why the Blaugrana moved so quickly to sign the versatile Dutchman. De Jong is still only 22 and looks set to only improve at Camp Nou with the likes of Lionel Messi in front of him. 

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    #5 Mauro Icardi: Inter to PSG (loan)

    After being frozen out at Inter, Mauro Icardi has secured a much-needed move away from Milan and now finds himself with French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

    The 26-year-old scored 29 Serie A goals in the 2017-18 season before his club struggles began and arrives in Paris with Thomas Tuchel's frontline currently plagued by injury.

    Though arriving on loan, PSG reportedly have a €65m (£59m/$71m) option to buy him at the end of the season – a modest fee should he fire freely in front of goal over the coming months. 

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    #4 Nicolas Pepe: Lille to Arsenal €79m (£72m/$86m)

    After bagging 22 goals and 11 assists in Ligue 1 last season for Lille, Arsenal can't be blamed for splashing the cash on Nicolas Pepe.

    The 24-year-old was unstoppable in France and if he can channel that form in England, he'll give the Gunners a truly electric front three. 

    His first foray outside of France, Pepe's big transfer fee could prove a bit of a gamble but it's one that will pay dividends if he is able to step up this season. 

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    #3 Eden Hazard: Chelsea to Real Madrid €100m (£91m/$109m)

    One of the summer's most inevitable transfers saw Eden Hazard finally complete his dream move to Real Madrid from Chelsea.

    The brilliant Belgian hasn't come cheap but the Blancos won't be complaining about the dent he's made in their bank balance if he produces his very best form.

    After some concerns over his conditioning during pre-season, Hazard missed the start of the campaign through injury, so the pressure is now on the winger to hit the ground running when he returns to action.

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    #2 Matthijs de Ligt: Ajax to Juventus €75m (£68m/$82m)

    After scoring the winning goal for Ajax in their Champions League quarter-final tie with Juventus last season, Matthijs de Ligt has now linked up with the Bianconeri, who beat off stiff competition from Barcelona and PSG for the signature of one of the brightest prospects in Europe.

    The 20-year-old began his Serie A career on the bench, at Parma, and endured a difficult debut against Napoli last weekend but with veteran centre-half Giorgio Chiellini having been ruled out of action for months with a serious knee injury, De Ligt is now set to become the cornerstone of the Old Lady's backline.

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    #1 Joao Felix: Benfica to Atletico Madrid €126m (£113m/$138m)

    The most sought-after teenager in the world, Joao Felix had several big clubs scrambling to sign him but it was Atletico Madrid that came out on top. 

    After a breakout season with Benfica, the 19-year-old arrives in Spain with plenty of expectation but even more potential.

    The fee is historically big for one so young but, with a goal and assist already to his name in La Liga, it's clear the teenager is more than capable of living up to his price tag.