Football Features

15 done deals you might have missed this week

By Steve Jennings

Published: 14:41, 28 August 2019

With just days to go until the European transfer window closes, clubs across the continent are getting late deals done to bolster their squads for the new season.

The English deadline has come and gone, but Premier League clubs are still doing business of their own by clearing their squads of deadwood and unwanted players.

Leicester City have seen a couple of big names leave on loan in recent days, while players previously linked with English clubs have completed moves to Europe’s other major leagues.

Here are 15 of the most notable done deals you may have missed this week.

Yohan Cabaye

From: Free agent (last at Al-Nasr)
To: Saint-Etienne
Fee: Free

Cabaye has been without a club since leaving UAE club Al-Nasr back in January. The former Newcastle United and Crystal Palace midfielder has returned to his native France with Saint-Etienne, where he will soon come up against PSG, the club he spent a year-and-a-half with before moving to Palace.

Joao Mario

From: Inter Milan
To: Lokomotiv Moscow
Fee: Loan

Joao Mario spent a productive loan spell at West Ham United in 2017/18 but returned to Inter last season, playing 22 times across all competitions. The Portugal international has now been sent on loan to Lokomotiv Moscow to make room for the seemingly inevitable arrival of Alexis Sanchez at the San Siro.

Adil Rami

From: Marseille
To: Fenerbahce
Fee: Free

Rami was sacked by Marseille for ‘gross misconduct’ earlier this month following a number of disputes with the club. He missed a training session last season through what was believed to be injury, only to appear on a French TV game show the same day. The 33-year-old has signed a one-year deal with Fenerbahce with an option to extend by another year.

Bas Dost

From: Sporting Lisbon
To: Eintracht Frankfurt
Fee: £6.3m

Dost was a decent enough goalscorer at Wolfsburg, for whom he bagged four goals in a single Bundesliga match against Bayer Leverkusen in 2014. But he became even more clinical after joining Sporting, scoring 93 goals in 125 appearances for the club before leaving for Eintracht Frankfurt this week as a replacement for Luka Jovic and Sebastien Haller.

Adrien Silva

From: Leicester
To: Monaco
Fee: Loan

Having to wait months to play for Leicester after signing for the club because of late paperwork proved to be a bad omen for Silva’s time in England. The midfielder barely featured for the Foxes, joining Monaco on loan last season. He has returned to the French club for another loan spell and will hope to get his career back on track.

Renato Sanches

From: Bayern Munich
To: Lille
Fee: £22.5m

Renato Sanchez enjoyed something of a renaissance last season, featuring prominently for Bayern in his most positive campaign since leaving Benfica as a teenager. However, after voicing his desire to play more regularly the 22-year-old has joined Lille, who will be glad to bring in a big name following the departure of Nicolas Pepe.

Ashley Williams

From: Everton
To: Bristol City
Fee: Free

Wales captain Williams spent last season on loan in the Championship with Stoke City, returning to Everton in the summer before being released from his contract. Bristol City have now signed the 35-year-old on a deal that runs until mid-January, which is likely to be extended if all goes well.

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Hirving Lozano

From: PSV
To: Napoli
Fee: £34.4m

Hirving “Chucky” Lozano impressed in the Champions League last season, notably against Tottenham Hotspur, and he subsequently found himself linked with a host of English clubs. But it is Napoli who have taken advantage of the Premier League window closing early by swooping to sign Lozano for a club-record fee this week.

Fraser Forster

From: Southampton
To: Celtic
Fee: Loan

Having seen his stock fall over recent years, losing his place between the sticks for Southampton to Angus Gunn and Alex McCarthy, Fraser Forster has returned to where he made his name, joining former club Celtic on loan until the end of the season. He conceded once on his debut on Sunday in a 3-1 win over Hearts.

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou

From: Tottenham
To: Besiktas
Fee: £4.5m

Nkoudou somehow lasted three years at Tottenham despite failing to make any kind of impact. He provided one assist last season before leaving for Monaco on loan in January, his second loan spell away from Spurs after a stint with Burnley in 2017/18. Besiktas have now signed the Frenchman for a cut-price fee.

Daniel Sturridge

From: Liverpool
To: Trabzonspor
Fee: Free

Sturridge appeared to be returning to somewhere near his best at the beginning of last season, but form and fitness issues blighted his campaign yet again and Liverpool opted against renewing his contract in the summer. The England international, who turns 30 in September, has signed a three-year deal with Trabzonspor in Turkey.

Davide Zappacosta

From: Chelsea
To: Roma
Fee: Loan

Despite the club’s transfer ban, Chelsea have allowed a few senior plays to leave this summer to help Frank Lampard streamline his squad. Zappacosta, who joined the Blues from Torino two years ago, has returned to Serie A with Roma sealing a loan deal for the full-back. He has two years remaining on his Chelsea deal.

Islam Slimani

From: Leicester
To: Monaco
Fee: Loan

Following loan spells with Newcastle United and Fenerbahce, Slimani has left Leicester on a temporary basis once again, joining Monaco until the end of the season – but there is an option to buy this time. The Algerian scored on his Ligue 1 debut for the club, who are looking to avoid being embroiled in a relegation fight again this term.

Franck Ribery

From: Bayern Munich
To: Fiorentina
Fee: Free

Ribery’s departure marks the end of an era at Bayern, who also lost Arjen Robben to retirement at the end of last season. The Frenchman’s arrival at Fiorentina is big news in Italy, and at 36 he will be hoping to enjoy a swansong in Serie A before his career comes to an end in the next couple of years.

Emmanuel Adebayor

From: Istanbul Basaksehir
To: Kayserispor
Fee: Free

Adebayor has joined the ninth club of his career and his second Turkish outfit, Kayserispor. The former Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham striker left Istanbul Basaksehir at the end of last season after scoring 28 goals in 76 appearances. He has signed a one-year contract with his new employers.