It has been a whirlwind summer in terms of transfers, with some interesting deals taking place all across Europe.
For some players, a move this summer meant reuniting with a particular former teammate, so let’s take a look at 7 or the more high-profile cases of this…
7. Mehdi Benatia and Douglas Costa
Moroccan international defender Mehdi Benatia spent two full seasons at the Allianz Arena, but never really threatened to hold down a regular first-team spot and was sent on loan to Juventus last season, making the deal permanent over the summer.
While Benatia’s exit from Bavaria was hardly surprising, Brazilian winger Douglas Costa, who had performed well since signing from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2015, was unexpectedly shown the door this summer too, joining the centre-back amongst the Serie A champions’ ranks.
6. Pepe and Ricardo Quaresma
After a decade with Real Madrid, no-nonsense defender Pepe swapped the Spanish capital for Besiktas, with the Turkish side even using his former teammate at Porto, Ricardo Quaresma,to announce his arrival via social media.
In addition to playing with the eccentric winger for the Portuguese national side, with whom they both helped to emerge victorious at Euro 2016, Pepe will now line up alongside Quaresma week in, week out.
5. Benjamin Mendy and Beranrdo Silva
Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy were not left apart very long – 23 days to be exact – as Manchester City finally ended their long-term pursuit of the latter by announcing his arrival at the Etihad.
A few weeks earlier Mendy’s teammate at Monaco, Portuguese playmaker Bernardo Silva, was also unveiled by the Citizens and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will be hoping the pair can produce the same sort of magic as they did last season in the Champions League.
4. Emmanuel Adebayor and Gael Clichy
A relatively new addition to the highest level of Turkish football, Istanbul Basaksehir have made a statement again this summer, by bringing in high-profile names to a club which was only formed in 1990.
Two of those that came through the doors at the Fatih Terim Stadium are Emmanuel Adebayor and Gael Clichy. The duo, who both made their name at Arsenal, are now in the twilight periods of their careers.
3. Mario Balotelli and Wesley Sneijder
Both Mario Balotelli and Wesley Sneijder were part of Inter’s historic treble-wining season during the 2009/10 campaign, but each one took a rather different path there after, with the Dutchman spending the next five years in Turkey with Galatasaray.
The Italian striker, meanwhile, went back and forth between the Premier League and Serie A before eventually finding salvation with Nice. The bad boy has now been joined in the south of France by Sneijder and will play again together in the Champions League this season.
2. Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante
Leicester City’s incredible title in two seasons ago had a lot to do with the hard-working partnership of Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante in midfield and the latter, who earned the PFA Player of the Year award as a result, was captured by Chelsea for £30m soon after.
The French international proved to be a snip as he played a crucial role in delivering the title to the Blues and his former partner in crime has now followed suit, signing for the Blues for a reported £35m.
1. Dani Alves and Neymar
Undoubtedly the biggest story of the summer, Neymar’s record-breaking move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain has countless side stories, one of which is his reunion with former Barca man and international teammate Dani Alves.
Alves, who only arrived in the French capital himself a few weeks before Neymar, spent last season at Juventus and faced off against the 25-year-old superstar in the Champions League final.