There are plenty of big names who are among the summer signings for 2022/23. The busy transfer window saw billions of dollars traded. Therefore, it is easy to lose track of all the switches.
It’s easy to recall names and major transfers like Haaland, Núñez and Lewandowski, all of whom made blockbuster moves. However, some of the more discreet transfers go unnoticed.
Of course, it is impossible to predict the future. That being said, here are some of those quieter names to watch this season.
Underrated summer signings entering 2022/23
Sven Botman (Lille to Newcastle, $40m)
In light of Newcastle’s takeover from the Saudi Public Investment Fund, the Magpies are continuing their impressive recruitment drive. The 22-year-old centre-back has attracted interest from other clubs, including AC Milan. It’s a steep amount, but the young defender has proven his worth for Lille over the past two seasons. Indeed, he held the title of the best duel success rate in Ligue 1 for the 2020/21 season. That season, Botman played a key role in helping Lille win the Ligue 1 title. Additionally, Botman played in 37 of Lille’s 38 matches that season, Lille conceded only 23 goals.
Newcastle will be hoping to continue their upward trajectory in hopes of realizing their European ambitions. Eddie Howe’s side seem to be a perfect fit for the Dutchman. His tremendous aerial prowess serves the team’s tactics well. Then, his tactical intelligence and physical toolbox play a vital role in his transition to the Premier League. Newcastle are a common dark horse for a big jump up the Premier League table. Botman could be a full summer signing for Newcastle’s 2022/23 season.
Dodo (Shakhtar Donetsk to Fiorentina, $16 million)
The Brazilian full-back was a frequent rumored name. Impressive performances in the UEFA Champions League have caught the eye of some of Europe’s biggest clubs. In 52 Ukrainian Premier League matches, the young Brazilian has scored 15 goals. As a full-back, that’s certainly an impressive tally. His fast pace and forward runs are surely an asset to Vincenzo Italiano’s side. Moreover, his defensive prowess is also not underestimated.
Odriozola’s exit left a big void in La Viola’s side. However, for just $20m after bonuses, Dodo is an incredible move for Fiorentina.
Luka Jović (Real Madrid to Fiorentina, free transfer)
Another signing from Fiorentina should be highlighted. Their affair this summer is exceptional on paper. Luka Jović certainly didn’t set the Bernabéu on fire during his spell at Madrid. However, its past quality is undeniable. Few forget the Serbian’s magical 18/19 season. His 27 goals in all competitions took Frankfurt to the semi-finals of the Europa League.
The striker has shown sporadic sparks of that magic over the past two seasons. Still, The Viola I hope consistent playing time will directly contribute to more consistency in his performance. Whatever the outcome, on paper this deal seems like a no-brainer for Fiorentina. In the deal, Real Madrid pay half of the Serbian’s salary. He also waived any transfer fees.
Jovic scored four goals on his debut for Fiorentina. Clearly, exciting times are ahead for the rest of Italiano’s men.
Nahuel Molina (Udinese to Atlético Madrid, $22m)
The Argentine full-back was the best performing defender across the top five leagues last season. Aged just 24, the right-back scored seven goals and provided two more assists for Udinese last season. Playing a vital role in the survival of the team, his shelling down the right side will be a valuable asset to Diego Simeone’s side, especially on the counter-attack.
Atletico Madrid complete the deal for Nahuel Molina! Personal terms now fully agreed. Nehuen Pérez joins Udinese on a permanent contract as part of the negotiation. 🚨🇦🇷 #Atleti
Udinese and Atletico are now discussing the final formula and payment terms. pic.twitter.com/NgVDWnqXaS
— Fabrice Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 15, 2022
Atlético have beaten many other signing contenders. The undisclosed fee hovers around $22 million. Moreover, midfielder Nehuén Pérez goes the other way. The Argentina international hopes to play under Simeone ahead of the World Cup. Linking up with former Udinese captain and fellow Argentine Rodrigo De Paul will further ease Molina’s transition to Atlético Madrid.
Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich to Lyon, free transfer)
Tolisso’s time at Bayern hasn’t been as star-studded as many expected. Even then, the Frenchman was a very important player in the German team. Unable to secure a starting spot due to constant injury setbacks, the Frenchman will hope a return to his boyhood club will see an improvement in his performance. Leaving Lyon for Bayern 5 years ago for a whopping $46m, Tolisso was able to rack up 14 trophies for the Bavarian side.
Lyon fans will be delighted to see the return of the midfielder, who joins striker Alexandre Lacazette in what has been a nostalgic summer for the French side. With Nicolás Tagliafico also joining for a meager $5 million this week, Lyon are looking to return to the Champions League places. Anything is better than the disappointing 2021/22 campaign.
Nico Schlotterbeck (Freiburg to Borussia Dortmund, $22m)
Schlotterbeck’s signing has certainly made waves in the German media. However, as the defender is relatively unknown internationally, there is insufficient media coverage of his transfer. The 22-year-old defender is tied for the highest percentage of duels won this season with compatriot (and new team-mate) Niklas Süle. The German duo will be looking to bolster Dortmund’s defence, which has been at the heart of their woes in recent seasons.
For just $22 million, Dortmund got one of, if not the, greatest German talents in this position. With the signing of Matthijs de Ligt for rivals Bayern Munich, Der Klassiker will be a defensive spectacle packed with young talent at all levels.
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