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Top 5 transfers of the week from around Europe

With the transfer window now open, teams all over Europe have begun revamping their teams with players coming in and out.

Along with the countless number of rumours, there have already been some significant moves in the top leagues.

With over five weeks left in the window, expect the rumours to continue and the big money moves to keep rolling in.

Let’s take a look at five of the most interesting transfers from around Europe over the last seven days.

Marc Guehi – Chelsea to Crystal Palace

Age: 21

Transfer fee: £20m

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The England U-21 international put pen to paper on a five-year deal with the Eagles, ending his 14 year stay with boyhood club, Chelsea.

Guehi climbed the ranks in Chelsea’s youth system and was given an opportunity to gain experience on loan at Swansea City in the Championship last season.

The Ivory Coast-born defender made 40 appearances for the Swans, keeping 17 clean sheets whilst helping his side reach the playoff final.

It was up for debate whether this impressive loan would force him into Chelsea’s plans for this season, but Chelsea made it clear that he was available for the right price.

Crystal Palace on paper seems a perfect fit for Guehi to develop. An established Premier League club, based in London, where game time will be guaranteed.

Palace’s rebuild has been helped massively with the addition of Guehi, with the potential he has, £20m could end up being a fantastic deal.

Olivier Giroud – Chelsea to AC Milan

Age: 34

Transfer fee: £1m

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Veteran forward Olivier Giroud has struggled to find consistent game time at Chelsea but has been effective, nonetheless.

The all-time French goal scorer managed 39 goals in his three years at the Blues, but only scored 4 in the whole of last season.

Particularly effective in European competitions, Giroud scored some vitally important goals in both the Europa and Champions League.

Giroud leaves Chelsea after winning an FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League medal.

The move to AC-Milan certainly suits both parties.

Chelsea are looking to improve their forward options, and it gives Giroud a chance to play for a huge club at Champions League level.

With Giroud being 34, he will be hoping to make an instant impact in Milan and be a part of France’s World Cup squad next winter.

Rodrigo de Paul – Udinese to Atlético Madrid

Age: 27

Transfer fee: £31.5m

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The 27-year-old maestro has been on the radar of Europe’s top sides for the last few years now and has finally settled on a new club in Atlético.

Having just played an integral role in Argentina’s Copa America victory, de Paul is in the form of his life.

Spending five years at Serie A side Udinese, de Paul became one of the best midfielders in the league, mainly operating in the attacking areas.

With a respectable 33 goals & 33 assists in his career for Udinese, he has got the big move he deserved.

Under Simeone at Atlético, de Paul can become a real key player in the side.

Atlético are known for their solidity and de Paul’s ability to play central and wide, along with his work rate, makes him a great fit.

£31.5m in today’s market is a sensible price and with de Paul now reaching his prime years, this could pan out to be a very good signing for the La Liga champions.

Gianluigi Donnarumma – AC Milan to PSG

Age: 22

Transfer fee: Free

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The Euro 2020 player of the tournament has been in the news a lot over the last few weeks.

His penalty heroics carried his team to the Euro 2020 title and now just days later he has completed a huge move to Paris Saint-Germain.

The 22-year old has already clocked up over 250 appearances for AC Milan and looked well on the way to becoming a lifelong club legend.

However, it seems Donnarumma decided to opt for a new challenge instead of remaining with AC, a decision the Milan fans did not like at all.

The other main issue with fans was losing the goalkeeper on a free transfer due to his contract expiring. It has been seen as a poor business move by the AC board to let a prize asset go for no fee.

Nonetheless, PSG have another world-class keeper on their hands for years to come, with the first issue being the choice between Donnarumma or Keylor Navas.

For PSG it is certainly a nice problem to have.

Albert Sambi Lokonga – Anderlecht to Arsenal

Age: 21

Transfer fee: £15.75m

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Albert Sambi Lokonga will be a new name to many football fans, but if his potential is anything to go by, he could well be a known name for years to come.

The 21-year old central midfielder has just signed a five-year deal at Arsenal, with the North London side paying Anderlecht just over £15m.

Some may see that as a high fee for a relatively unknown player, but Arsenal’s scouting history is strong and they certainly see a star in the making.

The 6 feet tall Belgian has been a first-team regular at Anderlecht for the last two seasons, playing in a two-man pivot.

Lokonga has great technical ability and is the key linking defense into attack playing on the half turn.

He may be one for the future for Arsenal, but expect him to get some game time this season to showcase what he can do.

These five transfers were just a few of a long list of confirmed deals in the last week alone.

It is sure to be an interesting month ahead with plenty more transfers like this to be done.

Expect the European giants, in particular, to continue to spend big this Summer in their pursuit of glory.

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