6 Clubs Who Have Had Their Squads Picked Apart as Badly as Monaco by the Summer Transfer Window

For many clubs around Europe the transfer window is not a time of great optimism and hope but a period of dread and crisis. A genuinely exciting Monaco team full of youthful promise and attacking verve has been torn apart and divided up by the dominant powers of the continent. However, the Champions League semi-finalists are far from the only side to start the new season with more than a few unwanted personnel changes. Here are six clubs whose fans must get shivers down their spines every time...


While the pillaging of Monaco has taken the headlines, Lyon's hierarchy might have preferred to skip the summer holidays this year and jump straight from May into September.

Alexandre Lacazette finally left his boyhood club after 275 games and 129 goals to join Arsenal, Corentin Tolisso became Bayern Munich's record signing, while first teamers and squad fillers: Emanuel Mammana, Maxime Gonalons, Mathieu Valbuena, Nicolas N'Koulou, Christophe Jallet, Maciej Rybus and Rachid Ghezzal all moved on to pastures new for a combined total of around £100m.

Only around a third of that has been re-invested so far, with Bertrand Traore and Mariano Diaz the men bought to fill Lacazette's goal void. There has been little to no attempt to restock the midfield, as the former giants of French football put their faith in 20-year-old Lucas Tousart.

Bayer Leverkusen

An uncomfortable domestic season didn't get any easier as Leverkusen entered Jim White's favourite time of year.

The club's spine has taken a bit of a battering this window, with top scorer Javier Hernandez leaving for West Ham, Hakan Calhanoglu to AC Milan and Omer Toprak to Bundesliga rivals Dortmund. 

Fortunately for Die Werkself, exciting prospects Jonathan Tah, Benjamin Henrichs and Julian Brandt remain on the books despite near-constant speculation...although there is still time for that to change.


Under Gian Piero Gasperini Atalanta surprised most by finishing fourth in Serie A in 2016/17 - nine points better off than AC Milan.

However, money talks and the pull of San Siro is strong - so off went Andrea Conti and Franck Kessie as part of Milan's summer splurge.

The departures might have been stomached more easily if Roberto Gagliardini hadn't already made the short trip to Milan with the other tenants of San Siro in January. Meanwhile Mattia Caldara's future has already been settled for next summer with Juventus securing the young defender for a potential €25m (all add ons included) - less than half the price of one John Stones.

Benelux duo Marten de Roon and Timothy Castagne are tasked with filling the Kessie and Conti shaped holes at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia.

Hull City

Relegation from the Premier League often means a feeding frenzy on your club's best players but, similar to Braga, Tigers' fans will be disappointed at where some of their best chose to go instead of staying on Humberside.

Little could be done to prevent star defenders Harry Maguire and Andrew Robertson from leaving for Leicester and Liverpool - although a combined total of just £20m may look very generous in the near future. 

£16m for Sam Clucas from Swansea is better business, but losing Tom Huddlestone and Curtis Davies to Championship rivals Derby makes less sense, while Ahmed Elmohamady also stayed in England's second tier with Aston Villa.

The inability to extend or make permanent the loan signings of Lazar Markovic, Andrea Ranocchia or Oumar Niasse has left them short on options, with...ahem Fraizer Campbell and Kevin Stewart being the only big(?) incoming transfers of the window. 


It is kind of mandatory for Portuguese clubs to give up their best players at the end of every season, but that doesn't mean it stings any less.

More than the actual personnel out the door, however, Braga fans will be a little aggrieved and confused at the places their stars have gone.

Last season's top scorer Rui Fonte left for the English Championship with Fulham, while attacking midfielder Pedro Santos joined Columbus Crew. Gone are the days, it seems, when only a few top tier clubs command the cash and status to tempt Primeira Liga talent away.

Also gone are Rodrigo Battaglia to rivals Sporting CP and Juankar in a permanent deal to Malaga, while key loan signings Artur Jorge and Fede Cartabia returned to their parent clubs.


Think your team has had a poor summer? Spare a thought for poor Malaga.

The 2013 Champions League quarter finalists have undergone another summer of unwanted change in their role as one of La Liga's many selling clubs.

Following Sandro Ramirez's breakout season - in which he bagged more league goals than Neymar or Benzema - he was sold to Everton for the princely sum of...umm £5.4m.

The former Barça youth teamer with the low release clause was followed out the door by the team's two best midfielders in Ignacio Camacho and Pablo Fornals - to Wolfsburg and Villarreal respectively.

Fan favourite Carlos Kameni also left after a falling out with manager Michel and experienced forward Charles went to Eibar on a free transfer. Oh, he also scored the winner on his return on the season opener.

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