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The Most Expensive Transfers – Summer 2020

One of the most exciting things about soccer is undoubtedly the transfer windows. Bringing in new talent is always fun. Today we’ll analyze some of the most expensive transfers from the Summer Transfer Window. All transfer information comes from Transfermarkt: https://www.transfermarkt.us/statistik/saisontransfers

5. Miralem Pjanic – $66 million

Miralem Pjanic moved from Juventus to Barcelona for a fee of approximately $66 million. When this move was first announced I admit I was very confused. Pjanic is a quality player but at the age of 30 it’s most likely that he will not be making another big money move in the future. For that reason, it seems like Barcelona may have overpaid for his services. This is even more likely when taking into account that he isn’t even a guaranteed starter. With Arthur moving in the opposite direction for only a few million more, this move was questionable at best for Barcelona.

4. Ruben Dias – $74.8 million

Ruben Dias slots in at number four on our list of most expensive transfers. The latest in a long line of expensive defenders for Manchester City, Dias cost $74.8 million. So far, the move seems to be worth it. Ruben Dias has been a steady force for City since he joined the team. His partnership with both Aymeric Laporte and John Stones could be positive for a City team that has struggled mightily in defense. Only time will tell in the end if Ruben Dias can push on to become a world class player.

3. Victor Osimhen – $77 million

One of the more surprising moves of the window was Victor Osimhen to Napoli. The surprising part wasn’t the actual move but the price point. Osimhen has been touted as someone with the potential to be a superstar. With that in mind, Osimhen can easily end up justifying the price tag. But at the moment it seems like Napoli may have paid too much. So far this season, he has 2 goals and 1 assist in 6 appearances. At just 21 years of age, there’s clearly room to grow. Napoli must hope that he can realize his potential.

2. Arthur – $79.2 million

The other half of the Juve – Barca swap, Arthur comes in at number two on the most expensive transfers list. At 24 years of age, Arthur is about to hit his prime years. It seems at first glance that Juve made a shrewd move in swapping the aging Pjanic for Arthur. It should take some time for Arthur to adapt his game to the Serie A. When he does get comfortable he should be a star in the Juventus midfield for years to come.

1. Kai Havertz – $88 million

Kai Havertz moving from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea is officially the most expensive transfer. He may be worth every penny for Chelsea as they look to remake their team. At only 21 years of age, Havertz has tons of room to grow. He also has the potential to become a world class midfielder. The price tag may seem a bit much at the moment. But as Havertz continues to get playing time, his performances should improve. All of the attacking talent that was brought in by Chelsea this window could drastically change their performances in the near future.

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Premier League

What is going on in the Premier League: Table Update

Over the last few seasons it seemed like there were a few teams who would separate themselves early in the season as the true contenders. The usual suspects include Liverpool, and Manchester City, amongst some of the other teams in the normal top 6. Through 6-7 games this season that is definitely not the case. Here at Beer Belly Soccer, we’ll be delving into the current table and discussing what is going on in the Premier League.

Liverpool

At the top of the table through 7 games is Liverpool. While they are considered the odds on favorite to win the league, this season has not quite gone as planned. A gigantic injury to Virgil Van Dijk has left a major hole in the center of their defense. So while Liverpool’s offense looks just as dangerous as ever, they have been leaking goals in defense. A possible move in the January transfer window for a replacement center back could be exactly what they need to secure the title.

Manchester City

As with Liverpool, Manchester City has been having problems in defense since Vincent Kompany left the team. Guardiola’s squad hopes that the recent signing of Ruben Dias will prove to be vital as he looks to form a solid partnership with Aymeric Laporte. Currently in 10th with a game in hand, they will be looking for better performances from here on out.

Leicester City

Could we be in for a repeat of the 2015-2016 in which Leicester surprised everyone to finish with the title? They have looked to be one of the strongest teams in the Premier League this season and currently find themselves only 1 point off of 1st. If they can continue to push forward and bring in a few signings in January, we could be looking at a future title winning team.

Tottenham

Tottenham find themselves in a strange position as this point in the season. In 3rd place with 7 games played, they seem to be one of the stronger teams at the moment. But they have struggled to close out games, already dropping points that they should be easily retaining. As long as they can stay near the top, the hope is that Jose Mourinho will sort everything out in time for Tottenham to be considered a real contender.

Chelsea

The team who strengthened the most over the course of the summer, are currently in 7th place and 4 points off the lead. It was always a worry that bringing in this many new faces would take some time to gel, and that seems to be the main problem so far. In terms of talent, Chelsea may have the most impressive team in the Premier League. It will be up to Frank Lampard to get everybody onto the same page and make a strong push to the top.

Best of the Rest

There is only 6 points separating 13th placed Crystal Palace from 1st placed Liverpool, so in theory any team in the top 13 can consider themselves a contender. Of the teams not listed above; Arsenal, Everton, Wolves, and Aston Villa seem most likely to at least challenge for European spots. Aston Villa may be the most surprising of the group, as they sit only 4 points off the lead with a game in hand. With the right amount of consistency, any of these 4 teams could make a serious run for the title in a year without any dominant teams.

You can find the updated Premier League table at the Premier League’s official website, linked here: https://www.premierleague.com/tables