As the summer transfer window comes to an end across Europe, the flurry of activity in the market has seen some of the most surprising and remarkable deals being finalized.
Players, agents, managers and directors have been close to their phones making sure they are well equipped both on and off the field for the coming season ahead. The pressure to get these deals finalized and turned around has been great but come September 2nd, the window closes for another summer and the focus switches to the pitch.
Here at 23 Capital we have been closely following our new namesakes who’ve decided to follow in the footsteps of the great players with the number 23 shirt: David Beckham, Michael Jordan, and Shane Warne to name a few. We were inspired by these athletes’ approach to creating new opportunities and their commitment to their team, and now this season a new generation will join the “23 Club”. Below we look at some of the players who have moved clubs in the biggest deals across Europe and adopted the great ‘23’ shirt:
Ferland Mendy – Lyon to Real Madrid
The French international has consistently been one of the best left-backs across Europe and his performances for Lyon last season caught the eye of the decision-makers at the Bernabéu. Reportedly fighting off fellow new boy Eden Hazard to the famed shirt number, he has now joined the likes of David Beckham as a famous Real Madrid no.23.
Kieran Trippier – Tottenham Hotspur to Atletico Madrid
Across the Spanish capital at their rivals, another player has decided to take the 23 jersey. The England right back is Atlético's first English player in 95 years. His signing has capped a busy summer in the market for Diego Simeone’s side as they restructure to challenge for La Liga again.
David Luiz – Chelsea to Arsenal
One of the more surprising last-minute moves of the window, as the iconic Brazilian centre-back moved to north-London in a deal reportedly brokered by their first ever technical director at the Emirates, Edu.
Ismaïla Sarr – Rennes to Watford
The Senegalese breakout star of Ligue 1 last season is a product of the Génération Foot academy which also produced Liverpool’s Sadio Mané and will join an ambitious group of players for the upcoming season.
The work that has gone on behind the scenes across the football sector to finance these deals and finalize them with effective real time capital solutions cannot be underestimated. 23 Capital’s team of specialists are seeing more institutional financial interest in football than ever before. The structuring of transfer deals, stadium rebuilding and other footballing financial programmes across Europe are becoming more complex, which is why our deep sector knowledge provides the financial and capital solutions that our sporting clients need.