The top football transfers during 2019

Football is the most popular sport in the world. Every fan is nervously waiting for each new season to come. Player transfers are one of the things that interest the fans. Rumors fly around about them all year long, but until the transfer is announced, we can't be sure of anything. In this article, I will list the top football transfers during 2019.

The transfer windows are different for every league. Here are the periods:

European transfers timetable

Not all leagues open and close at the same time. Some open earlier than others. Each team can sign players if the league has ended, but they can't disclose them until the official transfer market opens in each country. The top leagues' time tables are:

  • Bundesliga – from July 1 until September 2
  • Premier League – from May 16 until August 8
  • La Liga – from July 1 until September 2
  • Serie A – from June 11 until September 2
  • League 1 – from June 11 until September 2
  • Primeira Liga – from July 1 until September 22
  • Super Lig – from June 8 until August 30
  • Eredivisie – from June 11 until September 2

American transfers timetable

Most European leagues are known for searching for talent internationally. The most popular of these leagues and their timetables are:

  • Major League Soccer – from July 9 until August 7
  • Liga MX – from June 14 until September 5
  • Superliga Argentina – from July 3 until September 24
  • Brasileirao – from July 1 until July 31

Notable transfers

Hundreds of transfers took place in 2019, so in this article, I will only list the few most notable ones.

  • We will start with the highest transfer fee during 2019, Real Madrid acquired Eden Hazard, and they paid over €120,000,000. The young Belgium star plays as a Left Winger. People compare him to players like Neymar and Sadio Mané.
  • FC Barcelona gained a few new transfers this year. The club paid almost two-hundred million euros for Antoine Griezmann who plays center-forward position and Frankie De Jong, on the central midfield position.
  • Bundesliga's Bayern Munich also gained some new players. The most notable names of which are Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Hernández, though Coutinho is only on loan for one season.
  • João Félix, the nineteen-year-old Portuguese star was transferred to Atlético Madrid for the notable fee of €126 million. The second striker signed a seven-year contract so that we will be seeing a lot of him in Atletico matches.
  • Another famous name on our list – Nicolas Pépé. He signed a five-year contract with Arsenal. The right-winger is often compared to players like Manchester City's Bernardo Silva and Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry.
  • Luca Jovic, the Serbian center-forward is another addition in the collection of Real Madrid. He was the youngest player with five goals in one match in the Bundesliga.
  • The youngest captain in the history of Ajax Amsterdam and a player with many awards, Matthijs de Ligt, is Juventus's newest addition. The team paid more than €85 million for the young center-back.


We can all go back to hating them now

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer — yeah, don’t worry about it, we all get it wrong — has taken over England’s most historically celebrated team. Yes, that one exactly, the one that used to play 12 at the back, under You Know Who.

It’s a relief for most people* (most people…don’t like United). Not because we didn’t like Mourinho and Pogba’s scandals, oh no, we obviously enjoyed the gossip. And not because we felt bad beating them, it was definitely exciting to finally, for once in the history of the world, look down on them. Also not because it wasn’t amusing to make fun of a friend who fans Man U the day after a match where they had lost to a team fighting relegation, and make them relive the story in full detail. No, it was because, sadly and also incredibly, we had created a sort of pity for the team, especially the players.

You know, who doesn’t love Paul Pogba, or Marcus Rashford, the intelligent and lovable Juan Mata, or even the struggling Luke Shaw. After some time of the Mourinho regime, we realized that, well, put simply, his days are over. He had a team full of superstars, even managing to almost completely ruin Alexis Sanchez. His instructions were to keep the ball in front of you, even if the other team has it, and, maybe, if you’re not on the goal line, maybe try and create some chances. Instead of being to attack and make quick passes, find open lanes, see the space to lob the ball into, and try and get the ball back when not in possession.

Of course, his tactics weren’t all not working. Apart from all the scandals, they did end 2nd place in the Premier League the second season he was in charge. But although they did only concede one more goal than their rivals, Manchester City led by the one and only Pep (who ended in 1st place), there was one big difference, in fact, it was the difference. They scored  38 goals less. So yeah, you get the point.

Manchester, a big city with two big teams with a whole lot of history. But what separates them now? Two undoubtedly proved coaches, with some history between each other. Pep having previously managed Barcelona at the same time as Mourinho managed Real Madrid. It was their second rivalry as coaches, but why did Mourinho fall off this time? It’s really not to complex of a process. Natural selection: one adapted, one didn’t. Pep was playing probably the most modern, advanced, and intelligent football ever played, while Mourinho was — and I really don’t hate to say it — doing the complete opposite.

But anyways, let’s get back to the future. The Norwegian coach’s boys are back on track. Our beloved Paul has scored more goals under Solksjaer than under Mourinho this season. There’s not much rocket science to the reasoning behind this newfound success. He was just let out of prison, and he’s creating lots and lots of crime again, ready to create more.