The transfer market closes at midnight this Friday, but a lot can still happen, especially on the final day.
The final hours of the summer transfer window always bring many surprises. This is the time when some clubs become more active and the most complex files are settled.
While we wait for the final result of the long Randal Kolo Muani soap opera at PSG, let’s focus on ten key transfers made on the final day of the summer transfer window:
10 – Alessandro Nesta
On 31 August 2002, the Italian defender was transferred from Lazio Rome to AC Milan for 31 million euros. The Roman club’s accounts in red, Lazio’s emblematic captain finds himself almost at the close of the transfer window to link up with the Rossoneri in the Lombard capital.
Then a young defender at Sevilla FC, the Spaniard was transferred to Real Madrid on 31 August 2005 for 27 million euros and became Real’s first recruit of a new era, headed by Florentino Pérez.
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8 – Kelor Navas
In the last hours of the 2019 summer transfer window, the Costa Rican goalkeeper, a three-time European champion with Real Madrid, signed for PSG on a four-year deal in exchange for Alfonso Areola, who had gone on loan to the Merengues.
7 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic
On 31 August 2004, it was a major transfer in the last hours of the transfer window. The striker leaves Ajax Amsterdam and joins Juventus Turin for 16 million euros. In an increasingly fragile situation in the Dutch capital, the Swede leaves for Italy after three years ago he was the most expensive player ever bought by Ajax.
6- Wayne Rooney
31 August 2004, the beginning of a legend. At just 18, Wayne Rooney left Everton to join Manchester United for €37 million. The Englishman would go on to play 13 seasons at Old Trafford and become the top scorer in the Red Devils’ history.
5 – Anthony Marshall
August 31, 2015 has become synonymous with thunderbolts. At only 19 years old, the French striker who recently appeared in Ligue 1 was transferred from AS Monaco to Manchester United for at least 80 million.
4 – Mesut Ozil
On 1 September 2013, despite all odds, the German midfielder was transferred from Real Madrid to Arsenal for 47 million euros, at the last minute of the transfer window. A poor start that shook the Madrid locker room.
3 – Gareth Bale
On the same day, Real Madrid signed the arrival of Welshman Gareth Bale from English club Tottenham for 101 million euros. It was the largest transfer ever made by a Madrid club at the time.
2 – Ronaldo Nazario
On 31 August 2002, after protracted negotiations and an increasingly difficult situation at Inter, notably due to a number of injuries, the Brazilian striker left Inter Milan and joined Real Madrid in the last hours for 45 million euros.
1 – Kylian Mbappe
On the last day of the 2017 summer transfer window, the young French genius, who had revealed himself a few months earlier at Monaco, was transferred from the principality to Paris SG for 180 million euros. The capital club made the second most expensive transfer in history, after registering the record arrival of Neymar for €222 million a few weeks ago.
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