The 2021 summer transfer was undoubtedly the most chaotic, wild and astonishing window we have ever seen in football. The two greatest players of modern football – Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – have switched sides. While Manchester United fans celebrated Ronaldo’s homecoming in the last week of the transfer window, the Ligue 1 fans were delighted to see Messi in Paris.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal was the biggest spender in this window. However, it was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side that created the most buzz on the internet with their signing -be it five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo, 2018 World Cup winner Raphael Varane or the England sensation Jadon Sancho.
Man United’s rival Chelsea and Man City were also busy. While City added Jack Grealish to their squad, Chelsea brought Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, in France, Ligue 1 giants brought Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos, Euro 2020 winner Gianluigi Donnarumma and Achraf Hakimi to their squad amongst others.
Here are the 15 most talked-about signings from the 2021 summer transfer window:
Man United resigned their legend Cristiano Ronaldo from Serie A giants Juventus for €15m initial fee plus €8million in add-ons. Just 24 hours before United confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Juve, Ronaldo was rumoured to be heading to Etihad Stadium. And, perhaps it’s CR7’s fairytale return to the Red Devils that this deal has created so much buzz on the internet.
Another high profiled transfer was PSG locking Lionel Messi for free from Barcelona. The Argentine striker was forced to move on from the only club he has ever known due to Barcelona’s ridiculous wage bill and La Liga’s financial fair play (FFP) rules.
Chelsea has resigned Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan in another Premier League reunion for €115m.
Manchester United has signed an able winger in England’s Jadon Sancho. The Red Devils have brought him to Old Trafford for €85m from Borussia Dortmund.
Jack Grealish was signed by Premier League champions Manchester City for £100m from Aston Villa.
In another fairytale reunion, Antoine Griezmann has returned to Atletico Madrid from Barcelona on a loan deal.
Raphael Varane moved to Manchester United from Real Madrid for €41m.
Gianluigi Donnarumma has joined Paris Saint Germain from AC Milan on free transfer.
In another high profile deal, Sergio Ramos left Real Madrid on a free transfer to join PSG.
Achraf Hakimi was signed by PSG for €70m from Inter Milan.
Sergio Aguero has joined Barcelona from Manchester City on a free transfer.
Dayot Upamecano signed with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich from RB Leipzig for €42.5m.
Georginio Wijnaldum left Liverpool for PSG on free transfer.
David Alba joined Real Madrid from Bayern Munich for free.
Memphis Depay was signed by Barcelona from Lyon for free.