The longest transfer window of the calendar year is underway, and with it comes plenty of excitement.
After a year of understanding team strengths and weaknesses aided by the January transfer window, clubs now have much more time to scout and negotiate with players who could bolster the squad.
So which players are on the move to another club? Here’s everything you need to know about the transfer window and the deals that have been made across the major leagues:
What is the transfer window?
Unlike the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL, acquiring new talent for soccer clubs works a little differently. The summer transfer window typically lasts from mid-June to Sept. 1, depending on the league.
During this period, clubs try to acquire players from another club through either a transfer fee, loan or loan-to-buy option. A transfer fee indicates a permanent switch of clubs, while a loan is essentially a club borrowing a player for either a short term (from the summer to January or January to summer), one full year or two full years. The transfer fee is agreed on between the clubs, which is separate from the contract the club pays the player to have them on the team’s books.
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A loan-to-buy option allows the teams to agree on a fixed price that would allow the borrowing club to make a permanent deal on the player after the loan term ends. Another option is a free transfer. When a player’s contract is expiring that summer and no extension has been agreed to, another club can swoop in and sign that player to a new contract without paying a transfer fee to the parent club.
How many transfer windows are there?
There are two transfer windows in total. Along with the one in the summer, there is also the January transfer window that allows for mid-season acquisitions, though it’s a period where fewer deals are made because of game scheduling, traveling and other roadblocks that make negotiating tougher.
MLS, however, has its season at a different time than Europe’s major leagues. MLS also has two transfer windows: the primary window that ran from Feb. 10 to May 4 and the secondary window that will start in July.
When does the transfer window open?
All major leagues have varying opening transfer window dates, though deals have already been officially confirmed by some clubs. The deals won’t be confirmed by the leagues until July 1. Here is when the transfer window officially opens for the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1:
- Premier League: Opens June 10 and closes on Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. ET
- La Liga: Opens July 1 and closes on Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. ET
- Serie A: Opens July 1 and closes on Sept. 1
- Bundesliga: Opens July 1 and closes on Sept. 1 at 12 p.m. ET
- Ligue 1: Opens June 10 and closes on Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. ET
As aforementioned, MLS has a secondary summer transfer window that goes from July 7 to Aug. 4 with the regular season ending on October 9.
Which players have transferred to a new club?
Transfers have already been abundant across the major leagues, and there will only be more on the horizon. Here’s a list of marquee soccer players who have begun a new chapter in their professional careers during the 2022 transfer window (all transfer fees via Transfermarkt):
ST Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City – $66 million
CDM Aurélien Tchouameni – AS Monaco to Real Madrid – $88 million
ST Darwin Núñez - Benfica to Liverpool – $82.5 million
LW Sadio Mané – Liverpool to Bayern Munich – $35.2 million
CM Paul Pogba – Manchester United to Juventus – free transfer
RW Federico Chiesa – Fiorentina to Juventus – $44 million
LB Nuno Mendes – Sporting CP to Paris Saint-Germain – $41.8 million
CAM Brenden Aaronson – RB Salzburg to Leeds United – $36.1 million
CB Diego Carlos – Sevilla to Aston Villa – $34.1 million
ST Karim Adeyemi – RB Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund – $33 million
CB Niklas Süle – Bayern Munich to Borussia Dortmund – free transfer
CB Antonio Rüdiger – Chelsea to Real Madrid – free transfer
LM/LWB Ivan Perisic – Inter Milan to Tottenham – free transfer
ST Joaquín Correa – Lazio to Inter Milan – $25.9 million
CB Nico Schlotterbeck – SC Freiburg to Borussia Dortmund – $22 million
CAM Philippe Coutinho – FC Barcelona to Aston Villa – $22 million
CM Mattéo Guendouzi – Arsenal to Marseille – $12.1 million
CDM Boubacar Kamara – Marseille to Aston Villa – free transfer
CB Giorgio Chiellini – Juventus to Los Angeles FC – free transfer
LW Lorenzo Insigne – Napoli to Toronto FC – free transfer
ST Adam Hlozek – Sparta Prague to Bayern Leverkusen – $14.3 million
RB Noussair Mazraoui – AFC Ajax to Bayern Munich – free transfer
LB Matt Targett – Aston Villa to Newcastle United – $19.2 million
LW Hee-chan Hwang – RB Leipzig to Wolverhampton – $18.3 million
LW Jérémie Boga – Sassuolo to Atalanta BC – $24.2 million
LW Jayden Braaf – Manchester City to Borussia Dortmund – free transfer
GK Matt Turner – New England Revolution to Arsenal – $7 million
RB Rasmus Kristensen – RB Salzburg to Leeds United – $13.2 million
CAM Fabio Carvalho – Fulham to Liverpool – $6.4 million
CDM André Zambo Anguissa – Fulham to Napoli – $16.5 million
RW Douglas Costa – Juventus to LA Galaxy – free transfer
CM Héctor Herrera – Atlético Madrid to Houston Dynamo – free transfer
GK Robin Olsen – Roma to Aston Villa – $3.8 million
GK Fraser Forster – Southampton to Tottenham – free transfer
ST Alexandre Lacazette – Arsenal to Lyon – free transfer
ST Divock Origi – Liverpool to AC Milan – free transfer
CB Cameron Carter-Vickers – Tottenham to Celtic – $7.7 million
CM Ryan Gravenberch – AFC Ajax to Bayern Munich – $20.35 million
RW Marquinhos – São Paulo to Arsenal – $3.85 million
CDM Nemanja Matić – Manchester United to Roma – free transfer
CM Yves Bissouma – Brighton to Tottenham – $32.12 million
CAM Fábio Vieira – FC Porto to Arsenal – $38.5 million
CB Merih Demiral – Juventus to Atalanta BC – $22 million
CDM Xaver Schlager – Wolfsburg to RB Leipzig – $13.2 million
CDM Marc Roca – Bayern Munich to Leeds United – $13.2 million
GK Gavin Bazunu – Manchester City to Southampton – $15.4 million
RB Calvin Ramsay – Aberdeen to Liverpool – $5.38 million
CB Nayef Aguerd – Stade Rennais to West Ham – $38.5 million
RW David Neres – Shakhtar Donetsk to Benfica – $16.8 million
CM Marcos Antonio – Shakhtar Donetsk to Lazio – $$8.8 million
CB Armel Bella-Kotchap – VfL Bochum to Southampton – $11 million
CAM Mario Götze – PSV Eindhoven to Eintracht Frankfurt – $4.4 million
ST Cucho Hernández – Watford to Columbus Crew – $10.5 million
GK Nick Pope – Burnley to Newcastle – $12.65 million
ST Taiwo Awoniyi – Union Berlin to Nottingham Forest – $22.5 million
CM Enzo Fernández – River Plate to SL Benfica – $11 million
ST Julio Enciso – Libertad to Brighton & Hove Albion – $12.76 million