1. Arthur Melo – FC Barcelona to Juventus FC – €72 million
It has been a summer of upheaval at Juventus FC. Despite clinching a 9th straight Serie A title last campaign, a disappointing last sixteen exit to Olympique Lyonnais in the UEFA Champions League saw manager Maurizio Sarri shown the door by the club hierarchy. Former Juve playing hero Andrea Pirlo has been named Sarri’s replacement, promoted up from the club’s reserve side without even managing them in a game. The pressure is on Pirlo to deliver, likewise, it also falls onto the shoulders of the club’s big summer signing Arthur Melo.
The 24 year-old Brazilian arrived at FC Barcelona in the summer of 2018 with a strong reputation from Brazilian giants Gremio. However, his two seasons in Catalunya with Barca were gradually considered a disappointment. Melo has therefore been moved on by the Catalan club and Juve is his new club, as part of the deal that takes Miralem Pjanic from Juve to Barca. Faced with intense competition for a starting central midfield berth at the Turin outfit, can Melo win a place in the midfield and then fulfil at last the potential he showed pre-Barca in his homeland.
2. Achraf Hakimi – Real Madrid to FC Internazionale – €40 million
2019/20 will go down as a “what could have been” campaign for FC Internazionale. Antonio Conte’s team finished runners-up to champions Juventus, however, the margin was only one point, Inter ruing many a missed opportunity to have won a