DECRYPTION – Several great European teams are working during this summer transfer market with the aim of regaining their former glory. Focus on the situation of Juventus, Barcelona, Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund.
Juventus, reconquers the throne of Italy
The old woman is sicker than ever: two years ago Juventus let the Scudetto escape their Milan rivals (Inter in 2021 and AC Milan in 2022). Beyond the results below, it is the entire collective system of Turin that has stood out in recent months. The return of Massimiliano Allegri to the bench of Juve did not cure the ills of the bianconeri. Last season, the Turinese finished their campaign without any trophies won: finals lost in the Italian Cup and Super Cup, elimination in the round of 16 of the Champions League against Villarreal and a discreet 4th place in the Series A.
With the confirmed casualties of Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala, the page has gone down in the recent history of the club. To reconnect with the taste for national domination, which made its legend for more than 10 years, the Turin board recorded the arrival of Angel Di Maria (without a contract with PSG) and the return of Paul Pogba (out of contract with Manchester United). ).
President Andrea Agnelli, and his right-hand men Maurizio Arrivabene, Pavel Nedved and Federico Cherubini continue to work on several important dossiers, such as Kalidou Koulibaly, Nicolo Zaniolo and Leandro Paredes.
- Arrivals : Paul Pogba, Angel Di Maria
- Departures Giorgio Chiellini, Merih Demiral, Rolando Mandragora, Federico Bernardeschi, Paulo Dybala, Douglas Costa, Gianluca Fabrotta (loan)
Barcelona, stabilizes Xavi’s project
After a great first season for Xavi on the bench of FC Barcelona and a surprising 2nd position in the League, Barça must strengthen their staff to bring regularity and cohesion to the current project led by Xavi and the young managers who are ‘are developing (Gavi, Pedri, Ferran Torres). Recent Italian champion, Franck Kessié is committed to bringing experience and a considerable physical impact to Barça’s team game. The Danish Andreas Christensen left Chelsea at the end of his contract to settle in Catalonia.
Other files still have to find an answer to see it more clearly: the probable but still awaited arrival of Robert Lewandowski, the almost confirmed extension of Ousmane Dembélé, the signing also close to Raphinha. A beautiful recruitment in perspective, during a summer as important as necessary. Something to put a smile on the face of Barça fans after two years of sadness, disappointment and anger.
- Arrivals : Andreas Christensen, Franck Kessie
- Departures : Adama Traoré, Dani Alves, Luuk de Jong, Philippe Coutinho, Rey Manaj, Clément Lenglet (loan)
Man Utd, rebuilds under ten Hag
Great sweep of the technical team and Manchester United found a consistent basis: accompanied by his loyal assistants, Erik ten Hag, coveted by a large number of European clubs, has moved this summer to Old Trafford, determined to launch a solid project in the long run by providing a clear game identity and above all a regularity in the results that the Red Devils are sorely lacking (6th in the Premier League last year). If the transfer window remains fairly quiet in terms of arrivals, however, the cleaning has begun with several exits.
He has already left his mark since taking office, in terms of hiring Tyrell Malacia, a very promising left-back who comes from Feyenoord. The rest of the tracks are players that the Dutch coach knows well: Frenkie De Jong, of course, but also Antony or Lisandro Martinez of Ajax. Great potentials that could be easily adapted to the Hag ten system.
The first images of Ten Hag in training show that he has a real desire to trust the Mancunian training center, one of the best in Europe. This is an offensive coach who has already announced that he wants to organize the attack around a trio Bruno Fernandes – Jadon Sancho – Marcus Rashford, to which we must add a great scorer if the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo is recorded.
- Arrivals : Tyrell Malacia
- Departures : Paul Pogba, Andreas Pereira, Dean Henderson (loan), Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata
Borussia Dortmund, coach after Haaland
Borussia Dortmund were not really in crisis but with the departure of Erling Haaland to Manchester City, the low season promised to be more than essential to hope to do better than to embody the eternal dolphin of the Bavarians. It is never easy to tackle a transition after the departure of your best player: the management of the yellows and blacks has managed to minimize the damage to ensure a certain continuity in your project, integrating a dose of renewal.
In the arrivals, Edin Terzic’s team can be pampered with an offensive double more than attractive on paper, formed by Sébastien Haller (32 goals in 2022), arrived this summer from Ajax and Karim Adeyemi (23 goals in 2022), young German. nugget from RB Salzburg who signed up for BVB during this summer transfer period.
Young people in power in Dortmund? In fact, this is where Signal Iduna Park players have to focus their new season if they want to overthrow Bayern Munich from their eternal German throne. With Jude Bellingham (19), Youssoufa Moukoko (17) but also Donyell Malen (23), the offensive zone is far from being abandoned by the Norwegian. Haaland’s march is just an episode that needs to be dampened, not the end of a cycle.
- Arrivals : Sébastien Haller, Karim Adeyemi, Nico Schlotterbeck, Niklas Süle, Marcel Lotka, Salih Özcan
- Departures : Erling Haaland, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Axel Witsel, Steffen Tigges, Roman Bürki