It has been a very eventful transfer window so far with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo going to Juventus but one thing I have noticed is the amount of high profile goalkeeper transfers there has been.
After their Champions League disappointment due to two errors made by Loris Karius it was never in doubt Liverpool were going to help strengthen this position before the start of the new season. The reds had trouble to find a really good goalkeeper since Pepe Reina left in 2013 with Simon Mignolet and Karius coming under attack from the media following a line of errors each.
Jurgen Klopp has looked to Serie A to find a replacement and has splashed the cash on Brazilian No. 1 Alisson Becker. A goalkeeper who Liverpool put seven past over the two legs of the Champions League semi final. Alisson cost £66.8 million, which was a new transfer record for a goalkeeper.
Chelsea have recently broken this record as they have met the release because of Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga who has cost the London club £71 million. Real Madrid have agreed a deal to sign World Cup Golden Glove winner Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea to compete with Keylor Navas for a starting position in the side with Mateo Kovacic going the other way on a season long loan.
One of the best goalkeepers of all time and former world’s most expensive Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has made the switch over from Juventus to PSG after 17 years with the Old Lady. He will add experience to a squad that has done so well domestically but have not managed to perform at the European stage as of yet.
Former PSG boss Unai Emery, now new Arsenal boss, has also seen that to challenge for the league you need to have strong foundations and that starts with the goalkeeper and so has brought in Bernd Leno from Bayern Leverkusen for £22.5 million, which is a good deal especially when Leno has been consistent throughout his 233 appearances with the Bundesliga side.
As it is well known, former England number one Joe Hart has always been out of the picture with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola since he took over. After two loan spells Hart’s 12-year stay with City is over now that he has been sold to Burnley for £3.5 million. With Tom Heaton and Nick Pope both out of side due to injury, this could be Hart’s chance to regain his form and prove the doubters wrong.
The more surprising transfers have included Lee Grant and Rob Green going to Manchester United and Chelsea, I’m not sure anybody saw that coming by the end of last season. In addition, long standing Portugal No. 1 Rui Patricio has gone to newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers.
This amount of high profile transfers could indicate a shift in times, by saying this I mean that the role of the goalkeeper has changed a lot over the past 15 years or so with the last line of defence not being there just to catch crosses and stop shots but also play as another outfield player by being good with their feet and have good distribution.