Argentina striker Mauro Icardi has joined Paris St-Germain on a season-long loan deal from Inter Milan.
The 26-year-old has also signed a two-year contract extension at Inter, but French champions PSG have the option to make the move permanent for a reported fee of 65m euros (£59m).
Icardi has scored 124 goals in 219 appearances for the Italian side.
“I will give everything to help my new team go as far as possible in all competitions,” he said.
“Paris St-Germain has become an international football powerhouse, attracting some of the greatest players in recent years.
“The momentum is strong in Paris, ambitions are high and I am sure that we have everything here to go even further.”
The arrival of Icardi follows the signing of goalkeeper Keylor Navas from Real Madrid.
The summer transfer window threw up a few surprises and plenty of money was splashed, but which clubs were the smartest and who got the best deals?
Remember Moneyball – the film in which Brad Pitt recruits baseball players for the Oakland A’s based on data analytics?
Well, London-based investment company Carteret Analytics think they have found a formula for footballers, and even use their system to advise three Premier League clubs on potential new signings.
According to findings from this summer’s moves, Arsenal might have overpaid for Nicolas Pepe, Everton should have got more for Idrissa Gueye and a newly promoted team got the bargain of the window.
How does it work?
Carteret Analytics use their system to advise seven clubs in England’s top two tiers as well as 12 leading clubs from Europe and the rest of the world.
The data centres on the ‘intrinsic value’ of a player – a calculated fee based on performances for the selling club and the projected impact on the buying club, as well as taking into consideration their prime age (usually 26-30).
This is essentially the monetary value of the player’s contribution to winning football matches and how influential he is to creating and preventing goal-scoring opportunities.
By assessing the intrinsic value, clubs can determine how much money they want to receive for a player and likewise, how much they are willing to spend on any new players.
Have Arsenal carried out bad business?
Arsenal took centre stage on transfer deadline day – selling forward Alex Iwobi to Everton and bringing in Chelsea centre-back David Luiz and Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney. But how did they end up in the ‘bad business’ category?
Iwobi’s intrinsic value while at Arsenal went up to £46.26m but he was sold for just £27.36m, suggesting the sale was undervalued by almost £19m.
Arsenal signed Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe from Lille for a club record fee of £72m – a whopping £21.77m over his intrinsic value figure.
And they were sold short on teenage defender William Saliba from Saint-Etienne and let go of former captain Laurent Koscielny to Bordeaux for more than £20m under his projected fee.
But Arsenal did bring in cover for Koscielny at good value. Chelsea’s Luiz was rated at £34.8m but Unai Emery’s team brought him in for just £7.8m – not bad for a Premier League and Champions League winner with years of experience in the English top flight.
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*All figures cited by Transfermarkt. Not enough data on Scottish football to determine an accurate intrinsic value for new signing Kieran Tierney.
Was Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s transfer a fair one?
Despite losing one of their best young players, Crystal Palace actually had a pretty good transfer window, according to Carteret Analytics’ data.
As well as keeping hold of key attacker Wilfried Zaha, Palace bought Swansea striker Jordan Ayew for just £2.5m – a figure well below his intrinsic value.
They also received a good sum for full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, though run the risk of his potential exceeding the projected value at Manchester United.
Wan-Bissaka, sold for £49.5m, had an intrinsic value of just £23.32m at Palace. That value is expected to rise to £43m at United but that is still short of the fee they paid for him.
Everton bought well but sold poorly
Everton raised eyebrows with their signing of 19-year-old forward Moise Kean from Italian champions Juventus. And they got a pretty fair deal, paying just £4m over his projected value, as well as fighting off competition from the likes of Borussia Dortmund.
They also did well to bring in Manchester City’s Fabian Delph for under £9m. The versatile England international had a value of £54.58m to his selling club.
Midfielder Andre Gomes’ permanent move from Barcelona cost just £22.5m too, a much lower fee than his intrinsic value to Everton. And of course, the signing of Arsenal’s Iwobi was another good piece of business.
But Everton were not as shrewd when it came to selling. Midfielder Idrissa Gueye’s move to Paris St-Germain fell £26m short of his intrinsic value.
Shrewd business from Bournemouth and Wolves
The best business took place among clubs outside of the Premier League’s top six.
As well as Crystal Palace impressing, last season’s FA Cup semi-finalists Wolves were smart when signing loan players on permanent deals.
Mexican striker Raul Jimenez, who scored 15 goals in 37 games last season, was signed from Benfica for a club record £34m – a good deal because his intrinsic value was rated at £43.37m.
They also paid less for Belgian midfielder Leander Dendoncker’s value by £16.13m after he joined on a permanent deal from Anderlecht.
Elsewhere, Bournemouth brought in Huddersfield midfielder Philip Billing for £15m – half of his projected value fee – and sold defender Tyrone Mings to Aston Villa for an overpayment of £5m more than his rating.
Norwich bag a bargain, Spurs sell cheap
Premier League new boys Norwich City got the steal of the summer.
They bought Sam Byram from West Ham for just £747,000. He was valued at £27.7m by the selling club but is significantly lower for Norwich at £7m. They have still secured a player with Premier League experience for just over 10% of his monetary value though.
And at Leicester, they bagged a good deal for Newcastle’s Ayoze Perez. The 26-year-old was sold for £13m less than his intrinsic value for the Foxes.
So who got ripped off? Well, Tottenham sold defender Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid at an undervalue of over £40m.
The England international was valued at £61m while at Spurs, a rating which increases for the buying club.
Manchester City won the Community Shield on penalties after edging Liverpool in an entertaining game in front of a raucous Wembley.
Van Dijk – one of three Liverpool players nominated for the Fifa Best award last week – was unlucky not to equalise when his shot went over Bravo but hit the underside of the bar and bounced onto the line.
But the Dutchman did set up Matip’s equaliser after City failed to sufficiently clear Jordan Henderson’s free-kick.
Salah really should have won the game for Liverpool. One shot looped off Zinchenko and hit the roof of the net, before he took advantage of Rodri’s mistake only to be denied by Bravo.
And the big moment was when he had a shot saved by Bravo, but turned the rebound over the keeper into what appeared to be an empty net before the fantastic intervention of Walker.
On to penalties it went and Bravo’s save from Wijnaldum was the difference.
What can we read into the Community Shield?
It is probably foolhardy to draw too many conclusions into the game.
City and Liverpool produced one of the great title races last season, with Pep Guardiola’s side beating Klopp’s men by 98 points to 97.
Another great battle is expected, and there is no doubt this is now a big rivalry, a new ‘derby’ between two of Europe’s great sides.
Before the game there were the usual mind games by the managers, barbs about spending from Klopp that Guardiola did not appreciate.
Both clubs’ anthems – You’ll Never Walk Alone and Blue Moon – were passionately and deafeningly booed by the opposition fans.
Guardiola got so animated at giving instructions at one stage during a break in play that he came onto the pitch and was shown a yellow card, one of football’s new laws this summer.
But in terms of the football itself, many players were missing full fitness after shortened pre-seasons. The Copa America, Africa Cup of Nations and Uefa Nations League finals have all been this summer.
Sergio Aguero, Mane and Ederson were among the men who will come back into their respective teams. And fitness levels too will improve as the season goes on.
Man of the match – Claudio Bravo
‘No team can dominate for 90 minutes’
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on BT Sport: “An incredible final from both sides. No team can dominate for 90 minutes. We had real good moments. In the last 15 minutes we were exhausted and they had chances to win the game.
“It was a good test for both teams. It’s nice for the players to realise what they will face this season. At this level the difference is nothing. One penalty, one point.
“Manchester United will be back, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea… I don’t know what will happen.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on BT Sport: “Wow, it was a really good performance, a powerful one in the second half. Both teams had a similar pre-season. I spoke to Kevin de Bruyne after the game and we both said we don’t really know where we are yet.
“The least we deserved was the equaliser, one save decided it and I cannot be disappointed today. The performance was much more important than a win. We know we are still here, we can still play proper football.”
VVD finally beaten – the key stats
- Manchester City have won the Community Shield for a sixth time and are the first side to retain the trophy since Arsenal in August 2015.
- City are the first side to win the Community Shield having won both the Premier League and the FA Cup in the previous season since Arsenal in August 2002 (beating Liverpool 1-0).
- Including penalty shootout defeats, only Manchester United and Chelsea (nine each) have ended up on the losing side on more occasions in the Community Shield final than Liverpool (seven – level with Arsenal).
- In all competitions, Man City have won just two of their last 13 meetings with Liverpool (D4 L7), however they are unbeaten in their last three games against the Reds (W1 D2).
- Raheem Sterling’s opener for Manchester City was his first goal against his former side Liverpool in what was his 11th appearance against them across all competitions.
- Virgil van Dijk was dribbled past for the first time in his last 65 competitive appearances (by Gabriel Jesus) for Liverpool, since Mikel Merino did so for Newcastle in March 2018.