Some interesting transfers have already been completed this season

Ranking the 5 best signings made in the transfer window so far

David James
EXPERT COLUMNIST

#3 Gianluigi Donnarumma - Free Agent (AC Milan) to Paris Saint-Germain

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Italy v England - UEFA Euro 2020: Final

PSG were lacking in a few areas last season and they seem intent on plugging all their gaps in this transfer window. With Gianluigi Donnarumma joining the club, PSG may well have pulled off the steal of the summer.

I’m utterly shocked that AC Milan have allowed Donnarumma to leave on a free transfer. At 23 years of age, Italy’s Euro hero has a brilliant career ahead of him and could easily be worth £100 million in the transfer market.

The French giants have also signed Sergio Ramos this summer and while the Real Madrid centre-back could solve some of their defensive challenges, Donnarumma could make a bigger difference in the long term. PSG won’t be content with a league title this season and have already made a statement of intent on the European front.


#2 Raphael Varane - Real Madrid to Manchester United

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Raphael Varane is on the verge of joining Manchester United and could complete his medical this weekend. He’s another internationally renowned defender and his statistics at only 28 years of age are quite scary, to be honest.

Varane has never really been the focal point at Real Madrid but could prove to be a game-changer at Manchester United. He’ll certainly have an impact on that changing room and his incredible experience could prove invaluable to the Red Devils’ cause.

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There have been a few questions over Harry Maguire’s credentials but it’s safe to say that he’s proved his mettle as an excellent defender at the Euros. Manchester United have always had serial winners in their squad and Varane’s contributions could help Solskjaer win some silverware this season.


#1 Jadon Sancho - Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United

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Jadon Sancho’s transfer is monumental to Manchester United. The Red Devils haven’t won a lot of silverware in recent years and their fans will not be particularly happy about the current situation. Sancho’s transfer is a big statement from Manchester United and will bolster their chances in the Premier League.

Jadon Sancho might not be an era defining signing at Manchester United but he can certainly have an impact on the big stage. He received limited opportunities at the Euros but we all saw what he could do with the ball at his feet. Sancho has been an incredible player for Borussia Dortmund and has already proven his worth in the Bundesliga.

The fact that Manchester United are now knocking on Europe’s door is quite ironic when you consider that they were leading the way a few years ago. With Sancho’s arrival, however, the Red Devils can go a step further and mount a title bid this season.


Honorable mentions

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Both Real Madrid and Barcelona have dropped their levels recently and seem to be in the same camp at the moment. Barcelona have signed Memphis Depay on a free transfer but the club is in so much flux that a single addition might not make as much of a difference.

Depay is certainly a great signing but with Barcelona still dependent on Lionel Messi, the Dutchman might not be able to restore their former glory in Europe. Real Madrid have also signed an experienced player in David Alaba but still have some work to do to become contenders in Europe.

I reckon the UEFA Champions League could be a bit like the Lord of the Rings this year. It has all the makings of a brilliant movie script, with all these warriors being amassed by different camps in the transfer market. PSG, Manchester City and Chelsea seem to have most of them at the moment, but this transfer window could certainly shake things up and pull a few surprises in the coming weeks.


Also read: Fabrizio Romano's Transfer Roundup: Chelsea's plans for the transfer window, Arsenal complete signing and more

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