The Goalkeeper Transfer Merry-Go-Round

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The Goalkeeper Transfer Merry-Go-Round

The Goalkeeper Transfer Merry-Go-Round

Article last updated on 23rd of April 2019


A good goalkeeper could potentially pull a team out of a seemingly impossible rut, which is why every club vies for the best every transfer window. When a goalie is transferred, it usually starts a knock-off effect as each team that sells a goalkeeper has also to buy a goalkeeper to replace that keeper.

This season has seen some major transfers, that would definitely change the dynamic if the teams for months to come. Bonus, see Giroud’s player review.


Liverpool goalkeeper transfer

Last summer, Liverpool had signed Roma’s Alisson Becker and was the first team to make a move causing Roma to sell and look for alternatives. It seems likely that Becker is likely to stay at Anfield for a while, as they've got him down for a long term contract, which at the time, broke the record for the most expensive goalkeeper transfer.

 Safe to say that they needed a strong goalie, as they lacked in that department. The Brazilian keeper has been performing phenomenally the past season and is sure to bolster the squad. They'll be hoping to win their first Premier League title with him by their side.

But how will Roma replace their number 1? They did by buying Robin Olsen for under 10 million. The Swedish shot-stopper will look to replicate Alisson’s rise to fame just as the Brazilian did in the last three seasons. Liverpool may have to sell one if not both their other keepers with other clubs (Barcelona, etc.) expressing interest.

Chelsea goalkeeper transfer

Chelsea sold Thibaut Courtois with only a year remaining on the keeper’s contract and with him unwilling to sign a new deal or extension. His reason is he wants to be with his family in Spain, and Real Madrid signed the keeper for £35 million. Keylor Navas could easily slip to number 2 or leave the club in search for more playing time.

To replace him, they signed Kepa Arrizabalaga from Atletico Bilbao for a record-breaking fee of £71.6m last August, making him the most expensive keeper in the world. The young Spanish international signed a seven-year-long contract with The Blues, which means that he's probably going to stick around at Stamford Bridge for a while.

Kepa is already very good at what he does, and given the fact that he's so young, he has a lot of untapped potentials. They've had a fairly shaky Premier League season so far, but Kepa did play an instrumental role in getting Chelsea into the Europa League semi-finals, and the Carabao Cup finals, although his little outbursts didn't really help anyone.

It was recently revealed that Kepa was not Chelsea's first choice. According to reports, the had their sights set on signing Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid and were willing to dish out a fee of £87 for him. Miguel Angel Gil, however, wasn't having any of that and refused to part with his star keeper.

Real Madrid goalkeeper transfers

Real Madrid signed Thibaut Courtois this season after seven years at Stamford Bridge, for a fee of £35 million. He signed a six-year deal with Los Blancos, but his future Real Madrid is murky. Rumors have already sprung up, linking Courtois with a move away from the club.

After having expressed a desire to return home, he's been having trouble adjusting to Spanish soil. It has been reported that head coach Zinedine Zidane is slowly losing faith in the Spain International. It has been speculated that he could be transferred to Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, where hopefully, he will fare better.

Arsenal goalkeeper transfer

Bernd Leno joined the Gunners last summer, for £22.5 million. Prior to his signing, Leno played for the Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen, and quickly established himself as the first choice keeper, just after Petr Cech.

He seems to be fitting right in at Etihad, as his form has been pretty impressive so far, and was even named Player of the Month this March. Arsenal has been doing very well so far, and could very well qualify for the Champions League.

Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper transfer

Goalie Rui Patricio was signed to the Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier this season from Sporting Lisbon. Following an attack by fifty fans last May, the Portugal International, along with nine other Sporting players terminated their contracts. He was gladly picked up by the Wolves, where he is set to stay for the next few seasons if all goes right.

Juventus goalkeeper transfer

Mattia Person has secured a move to Serie A giants, Juventus from Genoa on a four-year contract. The 25 year-old Italy international raked up a deal of £15 million.

Juventus needed to invest in a good set of goalkeepers following the departure of Gianluigi Buffon to Paris Saint Germain, after he had been with them for years. Person might have wait on the sidelines for the rest of the season following a shoulder injury this year that required surgery.

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