Monaco have been using their Kylian Mbappe money to enhance a weakened squad. Golovin and Geubbels top their list of summer signings.
Kylian Mbappe (19) – Monaco to PSG (€135 million)
Last season, Mbappe signed for PSG on an initial loan deal with an obligation to buy. That obligation came into effect this summer, which is why France’s World Cup hero is here on this list.
Thilo Kehrer (21) – Schalke to PSG (€37 million)
Kehrer is a talented, versatile defender, but that hardly justifies the bloated price tag. Thomas Tuchel must know something we don’t. It’ll be interesting to see how the youngster adjusts to life in France and whether he copes with the pressure that comes with such a fee.
Aleksandr Golovin (22) – CSKA Moscow to Monaco (€30 million)
Monaco surprisingly won the battle with Chelsea for the signature of the highly touted attacking midfielder Aleksandr Golovin. He was known as the most gifted youngster in Russian football before the 2018 World Cup, but became known to the rest of the world after. Immediately after joining Jardim’s team, Golovin sprained his ankle in training, an injury which will keep him out for about a month.
Willem Geubbels (17) – Lyon to Monaco (€20 million)
The sale of Thomas Lemar allowed Monaco to go after the most talented youngster in French football – 17-year-old Willem Geubbels. Paying €20 million for a 16-year-old (turned 17 five days ago) might seem crazy now, but after Kylian Mbappe, doubting Monaco is not advisable.
Duje Caleta-Car (21) – RB Salzburg to Marseille (€19 million)
The Croatian center back impressed during RB Salzburg’s memorable Europa League semi-final run last season, enough so that the club’s semi-final opponent Marseille decided to purchase the 21-year-old for €19 million.
Jean-Eudes Aholou (24) – Strasbourg to Monaco (€14 million)
Aholou was signed to replace the experienced Joao Moutinho, who left Monaco to join Premier League’s Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Danilo (22) – Braga to Nice (€10 million)
The situation is similar with Danilo Barbosa, who was brought in to replace the departed Jean-Michael Seri (Fulham).
Myziane Maolida (19) – Lyon to Nice (€10 million)
Lyon already gave one forward away to Monaco (Geubbels), so it’s somewhat confusing they opted to let go off another one. That’s none of Nice’s concern, though. They get a striker who could grow into one of Ligue 1’s best.
Jordan Amavi (24) – Aston Villa to Marseille (€10 million)
Amavi enjoyed a fine campaign for Marseille as a loaned player last season, convincing the club to sign him on a permanent deal.
Antonio Barreca (23) – Torino to Monaco (€10 million)
Barreca was signed to be Monaco’s new starting left back. He’s another one of Monaco’s scouting department bargains.
Just like Bundesliga’s, Ligue 1’s transfer window shuts down on August 31, so there’s still plenty of time for new players to usurp the top 10 list.