Football Features

11 done deals you might have missed this week

By William Eldridge

Published: 12:01, 11 June 2019

Now we’re over a week into June, the summer transfer window is slowly starting to step up a notch as clubs make preparations for next season.

Of course, the internet and football world has many transfer rumours floating around at present, with different stories released each day attempting to preempt the next acquisition.

Here is a list of 11 confirmed transfers that took place this week, all of which are deals you might have missed among the rumour mill that is the summer transfer window.

1. Jota

From: Birmingham City

To: Aston Villa

Fee: £4 million

Swapping from one rival to another doesn’t always go down too well – especially in the Midlands – but midfielder Jota has decided to jump up a level to the Premier League along with play-off winners Aston Villa.

The former Brentford man has played Championship football every year since 2014 but now has the chance to showcase his abilities under Dean Smith at the highest level.

2. Gary Gardner

From: Aston Villa

To: Birmingham City

Fee: Undisclosed

In return, Birmingham did at least get a player for their troubles. Villa midfielder Gary Gardner decided that game time in the Premier League may have been hard to come by so opted to try his luck with their city rivals.

The 26-year-old has 186 appearances in all competitions throughout his career but will now look to press on and help Birmingham replicate the fortunes of Villa next season.

3. Roberto Soriano

From: Villarreal CF

To: Bologna

Fee: £6.8m

Having spent the second half of the 2018/19 season on loan at the Serie A outfit, Bologna decided to make Soriano’s time in Italy permanent, bringing him in from La Liga side Villarreal.

The midfielder is a former Bayern Munich youth player who has eight international caps with Italy to his name.

4. Giovanni Di Lorenzo

From: Empoli

To: Napoli

Fee: £8.5m

After impressing across two seasons with Empoli, Giovanni Di Lorenzo now has the opportunity to impress for the Serie A runners-up.

Able to play in both defence and midfield, the 25-year-old could prove to be a valuable asset to Carlo Ancelotti’s side who will once again attempt to overtake Juventus as the most dominant force in Italian football.

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5. Koffi Djidji

From: Nantes

To: Torino

Fee: £4m

Missing out on a top-six finish due to three humble points, Torino are already planning on closing the gap by bringing in 26-year-old defender Koffi Djidji on a permanent deal.

The now ex-Nantes man spent last season on loan with Torino, making 17 league appearances which clearly convinced coach Walter Mazzarri to take up the option to buy clause included in his loan deal.

6. Anwar El Ghazi

From: Lille

To: Aston Villa

Fee: £8m

Aston Villa have certainly got their transfer window wide open with last season’s loanee Anwar El Ghazi making his stay in England permanent following his success last season.

The winger scored in Villa’s play-off final victory over Derby County and has gone on to sign a four-year contract with the Villans.

7. Nico Ibañéz

From: San Luis

To: Atletico Madrid

Fee: Undisclosed

With a flurry of departures already announced by Atletico this summer, it makes a nice change to see someone make the switch to the Spanish capital rather than away from it.

Netting 22 goals in 43 games this season, Nico Ibañéz’s arrival could be a blessing in disguise for Atletico, who have a long history of bringing in strikers who quickly establish themselves as club legends.

8. Jonjoe Kenny

From: Everton

To: Schalke

Fee: Loan

There seems to be a small contingent of young English players making their way to Germany to develop their game in one of the most respected leagues in the world.

Jonjoe Kenny is the latest to make the switch, with the defender heading to Schalke on a season-long loan in the hopes of progressing further, with regular football at Goodison Park perhaps beyond him at present.

9. Joe Mason

From: Wolves

To: MK Dons

Fee: Free

The well-travelled striker has found himself a new home after various loan deals saw him deemed unworthy of a place in the ambitious Wolverhampton Wanderers set-up.

With three caps for the Republic of Ireland under his belt, the 28-year-old is at a point in his career where he simply needs to play regular football.

10. Enock Kwateng

From: Nantes

To: Bordeaux

Fee: Free

The talented young defender amassed 40 first-team appearances for Nantes before a reported fall-out with the club led his contract to expire, and Bordeaux to pounce.

Aged just 22, Kwateng now has the platform to build upon his 42 caps for France at various youth levels, with his overall ambition to surely break into the senior squad.

11. Pascal Stenzel

From: Freiburg

To: Stuttgart

Fee: Loan

After failing to breakthrough at Borussia Dortmund, Pascal Stenzel enjoyed reasonable success at Freiburg, who clearly feel the player needs further development elsewhere.

Step forward Stuttgart, who crumbled out of the Bundesliga via the play-offs as they continue their trend of yo-yoing between Germany’s top two divisions.