The 2022 transfer deadline witnessed shocking deals completed at the stroke of time as the transfer window closed on Thursday, 1st September 2022. Clubs scramble with last-minute moves to broker deals and bring primed targets.
As the Premier League and the 2022/23 football season kicked off across major leagues in Europe. The 2022 Transfer window opened on June 10, but most transfers were effected from Friday 1 July.
The transfer window was finally shot with significant moves and signings completed immediately.
FutballNews takes a look at the top 10 shocking signings completed by some top clubs in Europe to beef up their squad for the season.
Pierre-Emerick Aubamenyang €14m + Xabi Alonso, Barcelona to Chelsea
Pierre-Emerick Aubamenyang’s move from Barcelona to Chelsea is the most dramatic of deadline deals. Chelsea indicated an interest in the former Arsenal striker a few days before the deadline. Intensive negotiations on Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st yielded immense results, with the Gabon international returning to the Premier League club to play again under Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea. Chelsea signed Aubamneyang on a two-year contract for €14m, with Marcos Alonso included in the deal.
Marcos Alonso Chelsea to Barcelona
Another shocking 2022 deadline transfer is the dramatic switch of Marcos Alonso. Alonso has played for the Blues since 2016 and has scored 25 goals in his 157 appearances. After a mutual agreement with Chelsea, Alonso’s Chelsea contract was terminated to facilitate his move to Barcelona as part of the Aubamenyang deal.
Denis Zakaria Juventus To Chelsea
Denis Zakaria’s loan move from Juventus to Chelsea is another top headline on deadline day. The 25-year-old Swiss midfielder is joining the Blues on a season-long loan transfer with an option of a permanent transfer. Before joining Chelsea, Zakaria made 11 appearances for Juventus scoring a goal.
Hector Bellerin Arsenal To Barcelona
Hector Bellerinn is one of the oldest players at Arsenal. He joined the Gunners in 2012 and has played for ten years for the club. Bulletin played 183 games, scoring 8 goals. He joined Barcelona on September 1, after mutually terminating his Arsenal contract.
Memphis Depay Choses To Stay At Barcelona
Depay is another shocking deadline day development. Although he is not moving to any club, Depay confirmed a burning transfer issue concerning his Barcelona future. He has made it clear that he wants to stay at Camp Nou despite rumors linking him to an exit.
Arthur Melo Juventus to Liverpool
The 26-year-old Brazilian midfielder has joined Liverpool from Juventus on loan. Melo has played for Barcelona for two years since 2018, making 48 appearances and scoring 3 goals. He has made 42 appearances for Juventus since 2022 and has achieved a plan for the Old Ladies of Turin. Melo is joining Liverpool on a season-long deal worth €4.5m, and there is a buy option pegged at 37.5m after the one-year loan.
William Corinthians to Fulham
Willian returned to the English Premier League on transfer deadline day. This time, it is not to Arsenal or Chelsea. Willian will bring his wealth of experience to the newly-promoted side, Fulham. Willian made his mark in the Premier with Chelsea, where he made 234 appearances, scoring 33 goals. Willian is joining Fulham on a one-year contract after the termination of his corinthian contract.
Kennedy Chelsea to Rayo Valladolid
26-year-old Brazillian winger Kennedy is another top deal on the transfer deadline day. Kennedy has been a regular loanee since he joined Chelsea in 2015. He has made only 16 appearances for the club. The remaining years have been spent on loan spells. Kennedy has joined newly-promoted La Liga club Rayo Valladolid on a season-long deal.
Justin Kluivert Roma To Valencia
Justin Kluivert’s deadline day switch is another major transfer that shocked pundits. Justin would have moved to Fulham but was denied a work permit, which automatically canceled his proposed move to Fulham opening the way for a switch to La Liga side Rayo Valladolid. A €15m buyout clause has been added to Kluiverts’ loan deal to Rayo Valladolid.
Andre Gomes Everton to Lille
29-year-old former Valencia and Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomez has made headlines on deadline day after joining Lille of France from Everton on a loan deal. Andre Gomes made 61 appearances for Everton without scoring a goal. He had scored 7 for Valencia and scored three times for Barcelona. His poor run of form has compelled the Merseyside club, Everton, to send the player on loan to Lille. Andre Gomes is on a season-long loan deal.