8. Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan) – €78 million
Romelu Lukaku’s precarious future has finally seen its most predictable conclusion. The Manchester United striker sealed a switch Inter Milan in much hustle and bustle on the eve of the transfer deadline day of the Premier League. As for Antonio Conte, the Italian has finally got the striker he chased vehemently during his time as Chelsea boss.
Lukaku’s departure was imminent given his abysmal performances for United last season. As per the reports, the Belgian was never a fitting piece in Solskjaer’s jigsaw and hence a transfer was inevitable.
Having seen a swap deal to Juventus fall through, Lukaku has now joined the revolution in Milan amidst many expectations. While the gigantic fee speaks volumes about his importance, it also invites the pressure of being a reliable goalscorer. Apparently, Lukaku is armed enough to face such a challenge as he kickstarts a new chapter of his career in Italy.
7. Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal) – €79 million
On the eve of the transfer window, Arsenal had st Munichtedthat Unai Emery would be given only €50 million to spend this summer. However, Raul Sanllehi beat the likes of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain to sign Nicolas Pepe for a club-record €79 million fee.
The Ivory Coast attacker is, needless to say, a valuable addition to the Gunners’ squad. He can operate in multiple positions across the frontline. Alongside Aubameyang, Lacazette and Ozil, he will definitely form a fearsome quartet the opponents need to watch out for.
Pepe banged 22 goals in the Ligue 1 last season and registered 11 assists. That’s not all, though. Apart from Leo Messi, he is the only man to notch double figures in both the goals and assists charts. Arsenal’s opponents have a good reason to be aware, don’t they?