Summer Transfer Round-up - 2021/22
It's that time of the year again, every football supporters favourite period of the season. The summer transfer window. A time where huge records are made for teams to break them with astronomical fees. We see it every single year and this season I'm sure will be no different.
We're here to focus on PSV Eindhoven though. We'll be taking a look at the relatively small number of signings they've made up to deadline day (6) and how they can improve the squad going forward into a season many consider the club to be favourites to take him the Eredivisie league title.
In first as you've already probably guessed is Robben's biggest signing so far in his tenure. Curtis Jones has joined up with the first team for a fee 21.5M Euros. A hefty fee for a Dutch side to pay however relatively small when considering how much quality the Scouser possesses.
In the deal, a 54M pound buy back clause has been inserted by Liverpool meaning if PSV were to sell back to the reds, a 33M profit would be made on the deal. Effectively turning the move into an extremely profitable loan.
Curtis is said to be very excited with the move relishing the opportunity of getting a lot of first team football with great success on the cards, and if performances go his way - A return to his boyhood club.
Robben is said to be a huge fan of the boy, seeing a lot of himself in the young attacker and it's told he'll be best deployed in the first team either through the middle or on the left wing where Cody Gakpo and Ihattaren usually reside.
It will be interesting to see how all three of these young starlets fit in together.
One of the bargains of the window comes in the form of Xavier Mbuyamba from Barcelona. The Catalans who recently knocked PSV out of the Champions League knockouts gave all their efforts to offer Xavier a new contract and keep him at the club, but were rebuffed by his ambition to leave the Spanish giants in a bid to get more playing time.
Something that he can be absolutely assured of coming into Holland for Eindhoven who finished runners up to last years title winners Ajax. Mbuyamba's fee comes in at exactly 1 Million Euros which for a player with so much class and potential in theory is quite absurd.
It's expected to begin with that the central defender will 2nd fiddle to the two that currently start - Pavlovic and Morato - David Vinhas is also a regular face so it seems the club are fairly stacked for quality at the back.
And third, all the way from Turin, Juventus we have Antonio Botta arriving for a fee of 7M. The right winger clearly has bags and bags of potential and with Madueke on the right he'll still find it relatively difficult to break into the first team but it's expected he'll certainly get game time from the bench and who knows, challenge Madueke all the way for his place.
Now, flying all the way from Robben's favourite talent pool SL Benfica. We've got Olivier Lefevre. Reports have come in stating that the Portuguese attacking midfielder has joined for 1.7M and will act as second in command to Ihattaren despite being just 17 years old.
Robben places a lot of faith in Ihatteren's fitness consistency and doesn't seem to believe a top quality player in back up is required to chip away at the increasingly powerful Ajax.
The boy's got potential, we know that but he's also fairly decent in the here and now. Expect to see Olivier quite soon in this team. Let's see how the youngster gets on.
From Pachuca, Mexico. Miguel Acosta. Not a player that instantly hits you with the words superstar but a fine looking prospect none the less coming in for 600K. This one seems more of a future cash cow but depending on how he develops maybe one day we'll see him break into the first team.
That being said with Malen and Fabio Silva occupying top spot and Araujo struggling to make the cut, it's likely that this one's got a long long way to go.
Last but not least, Michel Seck. Brought in from Diambars FC in Senegal, this young defender is travelling far from home to stake a claim for a career outside of his home continent. The young lad joins for just 60K and it's hoped that given time he'll turn into one of the leagues better defenders.
Questions have been asked as to whether the best place to play him would be in defence or elsewhere - Namely central midfield. A fantastically cheap deal with all the makings of a wonderful player. We're all anxious to see how he fairs.
Join us next time for a run down on this years player sales and seasonal preview!