#7 Kai Havertz/Timo Werner to Chelsea
RB Leipzig had signed Timo Werner in 2016 from VfB Stuttgart for €10 million. Though they couldn't do much about Werner's situation since he had a release clause and Chelsea were willing to trigger it, they still made a big profit from his sale.
As for Chelsea, they desperately needed yet another star striker and they definitely have signed one of the most promising young attackers in the game. Werner has also looked promising in his outings for the Stamford Bridge outfit so far.
Chelsea were also able to pay for the transfer by using the funds from the Alvaro Morata transfer, the payment of which happened this summer though the deal had been agreed with Atletico Madrid in the 2019 transfer window.
Kai Havertz is a joy to watch on the football pitch. His delicate touches and flicks will improve Chelsea's game in and around the final third and though they had to break the bank to secure his services, it's an investment that is expected to pay dividends in the near future.
#6 Sergio Reguilon to Tottenham Hotspur
That Zinedine Zidane did not want Sergio Reguilon back at Real Madrid after his loan spell at Sevilla was no reflection of the young left-back's abilities. He is an attacking fullback who loves to shuttle up and down the flanks and can also whip in some delightful balls into the box.
He fits a Jose Mourinho system to the T. To make things better, Tottenham Hotspur were able to sign him for €30 million though it has been reported that Real Madrid have a €45 million buy-back clause.
Manchester United were also interested in the fullback. However, since they remained committed to the Jadon Sancho pursuit in which they ultimately failed, they were not willing to pay €30 million for Reguilon particularly when Real Madrid wanted to insert a buy-back clause.
#5 Ben Chilwell to Chelsea
Ben Chilwell was expected to make the switch from Leicester City to Chelsea as soon as the latter's interest in the youngster started getting widely documented. Chilwell had burgeoned into one of the most promising fullbacks in the English top-flight and Chelsea did well to get their man.
Leicester had initially insisted on Chelsea paying £80 million in order to sign him. However, their post Covid restart slump saw them miss out on a Champions League spot and ended up having to sell Chilwell for £50 million; which is still a lot of money.
Chelsea have Marcos Alonso and Emerson on their payroll but both had been in quite underwhelming in recent times. So Chilwell is a great addition to the team.
#4 Thiago to Liverpool
It's not every summer that a playmaker of Thiago's quality is available for around £20 million. In fact, it is almost unheard of in recent times. But Jurgen Klopp has got such an exciting project going on at Anfield that the continental treble winner Thiago decided that if he were to seek a fresh challenge, he was going to Merseyside.
Thiago is 29-years-old and still has quite a few years left in his tank and is one of the best midfielders in the world. The only criticism that Liverpool have faced of late is that they do not have enough creativity in midfield to complement their incredible frontline.
Now, Jurgen Klopp has found a £20 million world-class solution. They also pipped Manchester United to Thiago's signing and that just makes the deal sweeter.Published 06 Oct 2020, 16:46 IST