The English transfer window may have closed, but done deals are still coming in thick and fast elsewhere in Europe.
Some of the continent’s biggest clubs are still working to bring in new recruits. Indeed, it’s been a particularly busy week for Bayern Munich, who have done business with the likes of Barcelona and Celtic in recent days.
Mario Balotelli is also on the move again, while Chelsea have parted ways with a long-serving player they somehow barely got to know.
Here are 15 of the most notable done deals you may have missed this week.
We are delighted to announce the signing of Stephan #Lichtsteiner! ✍️
Welcome to FCA! ❤️💚⚪ pic.twitter.com/hr7IxCnVWf
— FC Augsburg English (@FCA_World) August 19, 2019
Lichtsteiner didn’t make much of an impression at Arsenal last season, often seeing his younger teammates Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles preferred at right-back. The veteran defender didn’t renew his contract with the Gunners, instead leaving on a free transfer and finally joining German side Augsburg this week.
IT'S DONE! ✍️
Welcome to The Valley (finally!), Tomer Hemed!
— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) August 19, 2019
Hemed was still contracted to Brighton when the transfer window closed, ending his chances of joining another English club this summer – or so it seemed. Rather unusually, the Israel international still managed to join Championship new boys Charlton by agreeing to terminate his Brighton contract. He has signed a one-year with the Addicks.
To: Bayern Munich
Fee: Loan (£7.78m)
OFFICIAL: Barcelona have confirmed Philippe Coutinho will move to Bayern Munich on loan for the 2019/20 season.
Bayern Munich will pay an €8.5m loan fee with an option to buy for €120m next summer. pic.twitter.com/yt3EoNMa5y
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) August 19, 2019
Having reportedly snubbed a return to England with Arsenal or Tottenham before the window closed, Coutinho agreed to join Bayern for the remainder of the season over the weekend. Bayern said they would not be revealing the financial details of the deal before Barcelona blurted it out anyway: the Bundesliga champions will pay a £7.78m loan fee and can sign Coutinho permanently for £109.84m next summer.
Super Mario is back in Italy with his hometown club Brescia, who he has joined on a free transfer after leaving Marseille. Balotelli only joined Marseille in January this year, but the Ligue 1 side were unable to convince the striker to stay in France. His one-year deal with Brescia will automatically renew if the club avoids relegation to Serie B.
From: Borussia Monchengladbach
To: Bayern Munich
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 16, 2019
French talent Cuisance spent the last two years at Borussia Monchengladbach, making 39 appearances across all competitions. The 20-year-old has now made the biggest move of his young career, joining German champions Bayern for £11m. He will hope to break into the first-team and compete for a place in France’s senior side.
To: Bayern Munich
— Morrrryyy (@LiamMorrison05) August 17, 2019
Cuisance isn’t the only promising youngster Bayern have brought in this month. Morrison, who only turned 16 in April, has gone straight into Bayern’s development squad after leaving Celtic and is unlikely to make his senior debut for the Bavarians for some time, though it’s certainly exciting for Scottish football to see an Under-17’s international join one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
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Steven Nzonzi has completed an initial loan move to Turkish side @Galatasaray.
Good luck, Steven! #ASRoma
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) August 16, 2019
Constantly linked with a return to England during his days with Sevilla, former Blackburn and Stoke midfielder Nzonzi finally left Spain for Roma last summer. A relatively unsuccessful spell in Italy, however, has already come to an end. The Frenchman has joined Turkish side Galatasaray on loan for the remainder of the season.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 15, 2019
Steven Gerrard will hope Andy King’s Premier League-winning experience with Leicester can help Rangers to genuinely challenge Celtic for the Scottish title this season. King spent part of last season on loan at Derby County but an ankle injury meant his stay was cut short. Now fit again, he could become a key part of Gerrard’s team at Ibrox.
From: RB Salzburg
Welcome, Diadie! 👋🏽💙#TSG Hoffenheim has signed Diadie Samassékou from Austrian serial champions RB Salzburg! The 23-year-old international player from Mali is the seventh newcomer into Alfred #Schreuder's team. He will sign a contract until 30 June 2024. pic.twitter.com/JQ6eugjcEN
— TSG Hoffenheim EN (@achtzehn99_en) August 15, 2019
Hoffenheim have spent part of their Joelinton money on Samassekou, who played a starring role for RB Salzburg in the Austrian top-flight last season. The 23-year-old can count scoring directly from a corner for Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations among his list of achievements this year – it was his first international goal.
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) August 16, 2019
It took a bit of time for Lyon to finalise a £23.1m deal for Reine-Adélaïde. That’s because Arsenal were offered the chance to match Lyon’s offer as part of a clause agreed with Angers when he left the Emirates permanently in the summer of 2018. Reine-Adélaïde scored three goals from midfield in Ligue 1 last term.
To: Real Betis
📣 OFFICIAL | Borja Iglesias, new #RealBetis player 📝🤝
Welcome, @BorjaIglesias9! 🐼😊
— Real Betis Balompié (@RealBetis_en) August 14, 2019
Former Espanyol manager Rubi enjoyed working with Borja Iglesias so much, he convinced his new club Real Betis to strike a £19m deal for the striker. Iglesias scored 17 La Liga goals last season and joins Nabil Fekir in a group of exciting new recruits at Betis, mostly funded by the sale of Giovani Lo Celso who will join Tottenham permanently next summer.
Wissam Ben Yedder
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) August 14, 2019
Manchester United have been linked with Ben Yedder ever since the striker impressed against them for Sevilla in the Champions League in 2017/18. But the Frenchman has chosen his homeland as his next destination, joining lowly Monaco. He couldn’t help his new club avoid a second straight defeat at the beginning of the new Ligue 1 season.
— AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) August 14, 2019
It appears Sevilla used their talks with Monaco over Ben Yedder to ensure they got something in return. Lopes, who spent time with Benfica and Manchester City before moving to France, will now play senior football in Spain for the first time. He has signed a five-year contract with Sevilla.
All the best for the future, Kenneth. 👊
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 13, 2019
Omeruo’s strange Chelsea career has finally come to an end. Over the last few years, the centre-back has gone out on loan to clubs in Holland, England and Turkey, earned 51 international caps for Nigeria but has never made a first-team appearance for Chelsea. He spent last season on loan at Leganes and has now joined the Spanish club permanently.
From: Inter Milan
To: Bayern Munich
DONE DEAL: Bayern Munich have confirmed the signing of Ivan Perišić from Inter Milan on a season-long loan with an option to make the transfer permanent. pic.twitter.com/QJqeVNWUOT
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) August 13, 2019
Yet another player who could have rocked up in England in the not so distant past, former Manchester United and Arsenal target Perisic has finally left Inter, joining Bayern in a season-long loan. He will effectively function as Franck Ribery’s replacement if he continues to play off the left and is also seen as an alternative to Leroy Sane, who proved impossible to prise from Manchester City.