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16 done deals you might have missed this week

By CJ Smith

Published: 10:51, 30 July 2019

The transfer window is motoring along nicely, with deals being completed left, right and centre.

For English clubs, the time to get their business boxed off is now, with the window closing on August 8, while the rest of Europe has a few more weeks yet to remain active in the market.

Last week saw another flurry of transfers being completed, with some fetching a high price, while others were on more of a modest budget.

At Squawka, we’ve picked out 16 deals you might have missed.

1. Ademola Lookman

From: Everton

To: RB Leipzig

Fee: £16.2m

He never quite looked settled in an Everton shirt – despite a remarkable debut goal against Man City in 2017 – and, now, Ademola Lookman has completed a permanent transfer to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig. Lookman scored five goals in 11 games on loan at Leipzig in 2018 and rumours of a permanent move have persisted ever since.

The young winger is obviously delighted with his move, too, declaring on his arrival: “I’m very happy to be back in Leipzig and to be back with my teammates. I didn’t have to think too long about returning here. I enjoyed my previous spell a lot and followed RB Leipzig’s results last season.”

2. Douglas Luiz

From: Manchester City

To: Aston Villa

Fee: £15m

The player who couldn’t get a work permit at Manchester City, an English club, gets one and signs for Aston Villa, another English club. Strange? Don’t worry, former Villa striker Darren Bent was equally as confused.

“That’s probably the strangest part, that Manchester City couldn’t get it over the line even though he’s a City player, but Aston Villa are confident that they can,” he said. Regardless, it’s another big signing for Dean Smith, who seems determined to flesh out his options and make sure Villa remain a top-flight club for as long as they did last time.

3. Joelinton

From: Hoffenheim

To: Newcastle United

Fee: £40m

Newcastle are making something of a habit of breaking their transfer record now. Granted, Magpies fans would probably rather see Rafa Benitez still in the St James’ Park dugout, but the £40m capture of Joelinton – a fee eclipsing that which they paid Atlanta United for Miguel Almiron (£20m) – should go a long way to easing the pain.

The last Brazilian striker to switch Hoffenheim for England – Roberto Firmino – turned out to be a raging success, so it will be interesting to see how much Steve Bruce can get out of Joelinton alongside Almiron, especially following the departure of Ayoze Perez.

4. Dani Ceballos

From: Real Madrid

To: Arsenal

Fee: loan

Most of you probably didn’t miss this transfer but for those of you who did, it definitely needs mentioning. How Dani Ceballos couldn’t get a regular game at Real Madrid – especially last season when they were quite simply useless – is a real mystery.

However, the 22-year-old – who played a key role in Spain’s Uefa Under-21 European Championship-winning campaign this summer – will now get his chance to show the world what he can do on loan at Arsenal. The only worry for the Gunners is if he turns out to be so good, Zinedine Zidane wants him back.

5. Vincent Janssen

From: Tottenham Hotspur

To: Monterrey

Fee: £5.6m

Vincent Janssen, one of Spurs’ forgotten men in recent times, has finally left the club to join Mexican giants and 2019 Concacaf Champions League winners, Monterrey.

He joins the club having scored a grand total of just two Premier League goals for Spurs and faces stiff competition to get into Monterrey’s forward line from Dorlan Pabon and Rogelio Funes Mori, brother of Ramiro. But even if this move doesn’t work out, he’s unlikely to get bored of the glorious views on offer at the Estadio BBVA.

6. Jake Clarke-Salter

From: Chelsea

To: Birmingham

Fee: loan

Here we go again. New manager, new transfer restrictions, same old Chelsea. Jake Clarke-Salter captained England’s unsuccessful Under-21 Euros side this summer and now finds himself out on loan for the fourth time in his career. At 21 years old, time is pressing on for the defender who simply must impress in the Championship.

7. Matt Miazga

From: Chelsea

To: Reading

Fee: loan

But it’s not just Clarke-Salter heading out on loan from Stamford Bridge. USMNT international defender Matt Miazga, fresh off the back of reaching the 2019 Gold Cup final, has been shipped back out to Reading, where he ended last season on loan.

The 2016 signing of this two-time MLS Supporters Shield winner seems like an age ago now and at 24, it seems safe to say he won’t be getting a look in at Chelsea.

8. Lewis Baker

From: Chelsea

To: Fortuna Dusseldorf

Fee: loan

Yes, you guessed it, another loan from Chelsea. This particular venture is Lewis Baker’s eighth stint away from Chelsea, where he’s only played one senior game to date and, just like Miazga, it’s hard to see this 24-year-old making any progress in London. That said, a stint in Germany should be a fun one for Baker.

9. Filipe Luis

From: Atletico Madrid

To: Flamengo

Fee: free

Diego Simeone has had his work cut out trying to reshape his Atletico Madrid squad and the latest departure is 33-year-old left-back, Filipe Luis.

Luis has been a stalwart for Atleti for years now, even despite his failed stint at Chelsea, and returns to his native Brazil where he’ll likely see out his career with Campeonato Carioca champions, Flamengo.

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10. Pedro Obiang

From: West Ham United

To: Villarreal

Fee: £7.2m

Pedro Obiang has had a very decent four years at West Ham United but has now departed for Spain, joining Villarreal for around £7.2m. The midfielder is sure to add some edge to the Yellow Submarine and leaves with the blessings of West Ham fans after a classy farewell message.

“I am indebted to you for bringing me to the club and helping me to achieve a dream of mine – playing in the Premier League, a dream which I have now fulfilled with West Ham.”

Pedro Obiang

11. Miranda

From: Inter

To: Jiangsu Suning

Fee: free

It’s a big-name signing heading to Jiangsu Suning, just not quite the one they were all hoping for. Gareth Bale remains at Real Madrid – for now at least – but Brazil international centre-back Miranda has completed his move after mutually agreeing to end his contract at Inter.

The 34-year-old was a part of Brazil’s Copa America-winning side this summer and despite his age, should add plenty of experience and sophistication to the Chinese Super League.

12. Trezeguet

From: Kasimpasa

To: Aston Villa

Fee: £9m

Trezeguet was one of the highlights of Egypt’s prematurely ended Afcon 2019 campaign and now heads to newly-promoted Aston Villa for a fee of around £9m.

His trickery and dribbling make him a full-back’s nightmare and if he hits his stride in the Premier League, could be a very shrewd acquisition for the Villains.

13. Jesus Vallejo

From: Real Madrid

To: Wolves

Fee: loan

Wolves impressively finished seventh last season but are certainly not resting on their laurels. Talented young Spanish defender Jesus Vallejo has become Nuno Espirito Santo’s latest recruit, signing from Real Madrid on loan.

The 22-year-old has played 19 times for the Real Madrid first team and has been capped 40 by Spain at youth level. He should offer great competition for the likes of Conor Coady and Willy Boly in Wolves’ back-three.

14. Sebastian Rode

From: Borussia Dortmund

To: Eintracht Frankfurt

Fee: £3.6m

From Frankfurt, to Munich, to Dortmund, to Frankfurt. Sebastian Rode certainly gets around in Germany. After successfully rediscovering his form on loan at Frankfurt at the end of last season, Rode has now made his stay at the Commerzbank-Arena permanent once again.

The 28-year-old is a talented passer and tough tackler and should play a much bigger role back at Frankfurt than he did in Munich or Dortmund. And his £3.6m fee really made this a no-brainer for Die Adler.

15. Dean Henderson

From: Manchester United

To: Sheffield United

Fee: loan

It looked, for a short time at least, like Dean Henderson might just stick around at Old Trafford and become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice goalkeeper this season. Alas, that won’t happen with David de Gea looking more likely to remain United’s go-to guy between the sticks following Henderson’s departure.

That said, the England Under-21 international won last season’s Championship Golden Glove with 21 clean sheets and how he translates that form against Premier League strikers will be an intriguing watch.

16. Aleix Vidal

From: Sevilla

To: Alaves

Fee: loan

Aleix Vidal’s return to Sevilla was supposed to be a jump start for Aleix Vidal after what can only be described as three nightmare seasons with Barcelona. However, the right-back made just 11 La Liga appearances for the Andalusian side last season, only five of which came from the start.

As a result, the 29-year-old has switched to Alaves on loan, where he is far more likely to get regular minutes on the pitch.