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A double Portuguese swoop for Wolves: 10 done deals you might have missed

By Harry Edwards

Published: 12:30, 4 August 2019

As we enter August, top-level club football gets closer to starting, with the Premier League just one week away.

With teams preparing for their opening games of the season, some big transfer moves are being made, as Arsenal showed in their recent £72m signing of Nicolas Pepe.

Manchester United are also reportedly about to make a big-money signing of their own in Harry Maguire, a deal worth £80m.

But while these big names are dominating the headlines, there are some deals that fall by the wayside and often skip attention until they are lining up for their new teams.

So, to keep you up to date, we’ve picked out 10 deals you might have missed over the past few days.

1. Pedro Neto

From: Lazio

To: Wolves

Fee: £10.8m

Wolves will be looking to avoid following in the footsteps of Burnley last season and manage to juggle a potential Europa League campaign with the Premier League.

As a result, Nuno Espirito Santo has been looking to bolster his squad as the Premier League transfer window enters its final week. Portuguese winger Pedro Neto, 19, became the sixth signing of the summer, joining from Lazio.

2. Bruno Jordão

From: Lazio

To: Wolves

Fee: £7.2m

Arriving at the same time as Neto, 20-year-old midfielder Bruno Jordao followed his Lazio team-mate to Wolves, further adding to the club’s Portuguese contingent.

It is expected both will start out with Wolves’ U23 side but, as the season goes on, expect both to play some part for the first team, especially if they do reach the Europa League group stage.

3. Reece Oxford

From: West Ham

To: Augsburg

Fee: £3.6m

It was a move in the making for some time, but Reece Oxford has finally left West Ham on a permanent deal.

The 20-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan with Augsburg, making nine appearances, and has now made that move permanent, signing on a four-year contract.

Of his move, Oxford said: “I’m delighted to have joined Augsburg on a permanent basis. I felt very comfortable in the city during my loan spell last season and would like to take the next step in my development here.”

4. Malcom

From: Barcelona

To: Zenit

Fee: £36m

Just one year on from signing for Barcelona, Malcom’s time at the club is up. The Brazilian never really got running at the Nou Camp, starting just 11 of his 24 appearances across all competitions.

Now, Malcom will be hoping to get his career back on track with Zenit, signing on a five-year deal, with the Russian Premier League having already started.

Malcom’s departure has now further improved the chances of Barcelona re-signing Neymar.

5. Krystian Bielik

From: Arsenal

To: Derby

Fee: £9.5m

While Arsenal have been focusing a lot of their efforts on signing Pepe, the club have recently said goodbye to Krystian Bielik.

The 21-year-old joined Arsenal in 2015 but failed to make a single Premier League appearance, spending last season on loan at Charlton Athletic.

And he has now made a permanent move away, joining Derby County for a reported club record fee.

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6. Radja Nainggolan

From: Inter

To: Cagliari

Fee: Loan

Antonio Conte has wasted little time in stamping his authority at Inter Milan, keeping Mauro Icardi away from his team.

Another player to fall victim to Conte’s ruthless changes is Radja Nainggolan. The Belgian midfielder, who is never far from controversies, will spend the next season on loan at Cagliari – the team he represented between 2010 and 2014.

7. Dani Alves

From: PSG

To: Sao Paulo

Fee: Free

Football’s most decorated player, Dani Alves has a new club. The Brazilian, who has won 41 major honours in his career, left Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the 2018/19 season.

With interest from the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City, Alves opted for a return to Brazil, joining Sao Paulo on a two-and-a-half-year deal. The right-back will don the no.10 jersey.

8. Kevin-Prince Boateng

From: Sassuolo

To: Fiorentina

Fee: £890k

Spending the second-half of last season on loan at Barcelona, Kevin-Prince Boateng was not expected to stay at the Nou Camp.

But he has not stayed with Sassuolo either, joining fellow Serie A side Fiorentina on a permanent deal.

9. Andre Schurrle

From: Borussia Dortmund

To: Spartak Moscow

Fee: Loan

Clearly not in Lucien Favre’s plans at Borussia Dortmund, Andre Schurrle is going on his second loan move in as many years, after spending last season with Fulham. This time, he’s joining Spartak Moscow

The German struggled upon his return to the Premier League and was unable to help save the Cottagers from relegation.

10. Dodi Lukebakio

From: Watford

To: Hertha Berlin

Fee: £18m

Dodi Lukebakio played just 15 minutes of competitive football for Watford’s first team but that hasn’t stopped the Hornets from earning £18m for his sale.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan in the Bundesliga with Fortuna Dusseldorf and scored a hat-trick in a 3-3 draw with Bayern Munich. His performances were enough to persuade Hertha Berlin to step in, adding the Belgian to their ranks.

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