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Done deals you may have missed on European deadline day

By James Richards

Published: 15:47, 2 September 2019 | Updated: 17:33, 29 September 2019

With deadline day comes chaos – and rarely the good kind.

The final day of the European transfer window has players sitting at transport hubs waiting for a call from their agent while managers and their recruitment teams appear bleary-eyed after spending 48 hours huddled around computer screens hoping to get one last deal over the line.

As the madness ensues it can be hard to keep abreast of all the done deals speeding over the metaphorical line. But fear not, as Squawka is on the case.

Below are the European deadline day completed deals you may have missed:

Javier Hernandez

From: West Ham

To: Sevilla

Fee: Undisclosed

Javier Hernandez has left the Hammers after 16 goals in 55 Premier League outings. The 31-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Spanish club. He is Mexico’s all-time record goalscorer with 51 strikes in 108 matches and will be looking to fight for a place in the first-team after finding chances in London limited so far this season.

Vlad Chiriches

From: Napoli

To: Sassuolo

Fee: Loan

The Romanian centre-back has joined fellow Serie A side Sassuolo on loan from Napoli after the Partenopei brought in Kostas Manolas to play as their main defender alongside Kalidou Koulibaly. The Neroverdi will look to the former Spurs man to bring some strength and physicality at the back, having become their 14th signing of the summer.

Matteo Darmain

From: Manchester United

To: Parma

Fee: £3.6m

Parma have signed Man Utd full-back Matteo Darmain as they continue to build after hard times off the field. He played just six times for Man Utd last season and was limited to 60 Premier League appearances in the four years he spent at Old Trafford and returns to Serie A football for the first time since impressing with Torino. The defender has signed a contract until the summer of 2023.

Fernando Llorente

From: Unattached (last played for Spurs)

To: Napoli

Fee: Free

Fernando Llorente has signed with Serie A side Napoli after leaving Tottenham earlier this summer. The Spaniard joins his eighth club and will be familiar with the Italian top-flight after a successful two-year stint with Juventus between 2013 and 2015. He played sporadically for the last couple of years but only managed two goals in 36 Premier League games but netted 13 times in 66 overall.

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Arvin Appiah

From: Nottingham Forest

To: UD Almeria

Fee: Undisclosed

The Nottingham Forest winger has signed for Spanish Segunda division side UD Almeria despite there being reported interest from Manchester United. The 18-year-old is fast and skilful and the club are delighted to have signed such a promising young player from the grasp of a European giant, something they were quick to stress on both social media and their official website.

Appiah made six appearances for the Championship club last season and has signed a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Radamel Falcao

From: AS Monaco

To: Galatasaray

Fee: TBC

The Colombian star was met with 25,000 adoring fans when he turned up at the airport to sign for the Turkish giants. This deal is very typical of the Turkish Super Lig in that it is a big deal for a player the wrong side of 30 but has been met with huge approval by supporters.

Falcao hit 15 goals in Ligue 1 last season for Monaco and has had spells in the Premier League with both Chelsea and Man Utd. His most prolific spell came in a two-year stint at Atletico Madrid between 2011 and 2013 where he bagged 52 La Liga goals in just 68 games.

Sergio Rico

From: Sevilla

To: Paris Saint-Germain

Fee: Loan

The goalkeeper has signed on loan in the capital with an option to buy. Deemed surplus to requirement at Sevilla the 26-year-old was on loan at Fulham during their ill-fated season in the Premier League and will be eyeing up a challenge for the No.1 jersey in Paris. He made over 100 La Liga appearances for Sevilla in a five-year span.

Simon Kjaer

From: Sevilla

To: Atalanta

Fee: Loan

The Danish defender joins the Italian side on loan after they announced the contract of Martin Skrtel had been cancelled. Kjaer has been with Sevilla for the last two season and has experience of playing in Italy with both Roma and Palermo. He has played 89 times for the Danish national side including appearances at two World Cups and a European Championship.

Marcus McGuane

From: Barcelona

To: Telstar

Fee: Loan

It is not often that a player from Barcelona decides to join a side in the Dutch second tier but Telstar have announced the addition of English youngster Marcus McGuane on loan. The former Arsenal man has struggled to get near the Catalan side’s first team since making the switch from London and will be looking to kick start his career with some much needed game time in the Netherlands.

André Silva

From: AC Milan

To: Eintracht Frankfurt

Fee: Loan

It just never quite worked out for Andre Silva at AC Milan whom he temporarily leaves having made 41 appearances and subsequently netting 10 goals. It was one better at Sevilla where he played a game less on loan recently. His time in southern Spain would be remembered for a stunning introduction. As the Portuguse forward became the first player to score a hat-trick on his La Liga debut in the 21st century.

Ante Rebić

From: Eintracht Frankfurt

To: AC Milan

Fee: Loan

Going the opposite way: from Frankfurt to Milan is Croatian forward Ante Rebić who played a pivotal role in Eintracht’s run to the Europa League semi-finals last season. His departure means the Bundesliga outfit would have said goodbye to their three musketeers – including Sebastien Haller (West Ham) and Luka Jovic (Real Madrid) – this summer.

Patrik Schick

From: AS Roma

To: RB Leipzig

Fee: Loan

Roma have been busy this summer with no fewer than 11 players arriving at the Stadio Olimpico meaning a number would need to make way. One of those is Patrik Schick who departs on loan to RB Leipzig having bagged eight goals across 58 matches for the giallorossi.

Keylor Navas

From: Real Madrid

To: Paris Saint-Germain

Fee: £13.6m

Keylor Navas had the enviable task of succeeding legendary Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas and to some extent he’s done credibly well having played a role in Los Blancos winning three consecutive European Cups. the arrival of Thibaut Courtois last summer felt like the writing on the wall and the Costa Rican international can start anew at highly ambitious undisputed French champions PSG.

Mario Lemina

From: Southampton

To: Galatasaray

Fee: Loan

What a couple of months it has been for Mario Lemina who began the summer having been linked with Man Utd and Arsenal before ending it by joining Turkish giants Galatasaray. The 26-year-old Gabonese midfielder threatened to pull trees at St Mary’s, whom he joined from Juventus, but it never came together.

Not lacking in self-belief, Lemina curiously posted a video compilation of himself on social media amid reports linking him with a move away, Galatasaray – who have been active during this window – may have stumbled across it and felt it was a chance worth taking. They’re paying a €1m loan fee and can make the move permanent but will set them back €16m.

Mauro Icardi

From: Inter Milan

To: Paris Saint-Germain

Fee: Loan

It seemed Mauro Icardi was an Interisti for life when he was made captain shortly after his falling out and recoupling with the club’s ultras. However, the Argentine marksman is now persona non grata following his wife and agent Wanda Nara disparaging comments directed at management and Icardi’s teammates last season. Incoming boss Antonio Conte wants nothing to do with him and the 26-year-old must start afresh at PSG initially on loan.

Yannick Bolasie

From: Everton

To: Sporting CP

Fee: Loan

Yannick Bolasie recently accused Everton boss Marcos Silva of playing with his career like lego, so will be delighted to have secured another temporary switch away from Goodison Park.

The 30-year-old does not appear to have a future on Merseyside, having also spent part of last term with Anderlecht and Aston Villa in an effort to receive regular game time.

His Toffees deal is winding down, so he can’t ride the loan wave forever.

Nicklas Bendtner

From: Rosenborg BK

To: FC Copenhagen

Fee: Undisclosed

‘Lord Bendtner’ has a new club, having left Norwegian champions Rosenborg to pen a short-term deal with FC Copenhagen.

The transfer sees the 31-year-old move to his home-city club and, having scored 35 goals in 86 games for Rosenborg, his new employers will be hopeful his decent run of form continues.

Fingers crossed for an Arsenal reunion in the Europa League knockout stages.

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