Leo Messi may have stayed exactly where he was, but there were still some big Argentinean deals this summer – many in one Russian direction
The major European transfer markets closed this week and amid the record breaking money being thrown around, plenty of Argentinians were on the move. Outstanding young players and members of Jorge Sampaoli’s squad are among the list with Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg prominent in the deals. Here are the top ten most expensive transfers of the window.
10 – Juan Foyth
Estudiantes to Tottenham Hotspur – €9 million
If after only a handful of senior appearances Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham Hotspur are battling for your signature, it’s clear that you have something. 19-year-old centre back Juan Foyth eventually completed his move to Spurs after being personally persuaded by Mauricio Pochettino. One of the top defensive prospects in the country, the elegant, ball-playing defender should provide Tottenham with years of service.
9 – Emiliano Rigoni
Independiente to Zenit St. Petersburg – €9 million
The last of Zenit’s five Argentinians to join, Emiliano Rigoni finally makes the leap to Europe after an outstanding campaign with Independiente. Lightening quick, two-footed and with an eye for goal, Rigoni struck eleven goals for El Rojo last season and aside from attracting the interest of Roberto Mancini has now made it into Jorge Sampaoli’s Argentina squad
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