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From McNeil to Scamacca: 14 done deals you might have missed this week

By J Smith

Published: 17:08, 31 July 2022

The Football League is back and the Premier League returns next week, so it’s no surprise to see the transfer market move into overdrive. 

Lisandro Martinez joining Manchester United and Jules Kounde snubbing Chelsea for Barcelona have dominated the headlines. But right across Europe, clubs are working hard to strengthen their squads for the 2022/23 slog.

Here are 14 more deals you might have missed this week:

Domagoj Vida 

To: AEK Athens
From: Besiktas
Fee: Free

After four-and-a-half years and three trophies, Croatian centre-back Domagoj Vida has called time on his spell at Turkish giants Besiktas, making a short journey across the border into Greece with AEK Athens. Now 33 years old, Vida is still going strong and will be looking to use his time in Athens to keep match-fit and add to his 98 caps for Croatia at the World Cup later this year.

Jose Angel

To: Real Sporting
From: Osasuna
Fee: Free

11 years after he left for Roma, Jose Angel is back with Real Sporting.

The veteran was supposed to be the next Spanish full-back sensation but never quite hit the heights. Nevertheless, he’s enjoyed a solid career with the likes of Real Sociedad, Porto and Osasuna. Angel mutually terminated his contract with the latter in order to return to Sporting, signing on a two-year deal with an option for a third.

Dwight McNeil

To: Everton
From: Burnley
Fee: £20m (including bonuses)

He probably won’t individually replace Richarlison, but Dwight McNeil now takes his considerable potential to Everton, signing from Burnley for £20m. The 22-year-old forward managed just one assist and no goals for the Clarets last season, but his underlying numbers suggest a far better player in a struggling side, with McNeil excelling in terms of chances created, expected assists and dribbles. McNeil made his Everton debut from the bench in a 3-0 win over Dynamo Kyiv on Friday, scoring a wonderful first and heading home shortly after to complete a brace.

Ruben Vinagre

To: Everton
From: Sporting CP
Fee: Loan

Providing the assist for that McNeil header was former Wolves defender Ruben Vinagre, who completed a loan move from Sporting CP the day before his English teammate. The Portugal youth international will offer competition and back-up to Vitaliy Mykolenko at left-back, with added Premier League experience.

Orel Mangala

To: Nottingham Forest
From: Stuttgart
Fee: £12.7m

Nottingham Forest’s summer overhaul continues as Orel Mangala becomes their 12th signing this window. The 24-year-old midfielder joins after a spell with Stuttgart lasting over 100 games and his stock is high having recently won his first two caps for the Belgian national team. If that is any indicator of his talent, the £12.7m fee Forest have paid for Mangala should turn out to be a bargain.

David Raum

To: RB Leipzig
From: Hoffenheim
Fee: £25m

After weeks of being linked with Bayern Munich, David Raum has completed a switch to Bundesliga rivals RB Leipzig. £25m is the fee believed to have been paid for the full-back, who is fast becoming a key figure with the German national team. It’s thought Bayern retained an interest until the end, but Leipzig were much more firm with making an offer.

Nordi Mukiele

From: RB Leipzig
Fee: £13.5m

As one full-back joins RB Leipzig, another leaves with PSG paying £13.5m for Nordi Mukiele. The 24-year-old had an approach from Chelsea but, by the player’s own admission, never gave it a second thought with his eyes set solely on PSG. Mukiele returns to his homeland after playing 146 games for Leipzig and will now look to cement his place in the French national team ahead of the World Cup.

Oscar Mingueza

To: Celta Vigo
From: Barcelona
Fee: £2.5m

After a couple of years as a squad player for Barcelona, Oscar Mingueza now departs to Celta Vigo for a small fee. At just 23, there’s plenty of time for Mingueza to develop and fulfil the talent he clearly has, and Celta — who finished 11th in La Liga last season — might just be the perfect spot for him to do that.

Gianluca Scamacca

To: West Ham
From: Sassuolo
Fee: £35.5m

West Ham’s search for a centre-forward is finally over, with Gianluca Scamacca completing his transfer from Sassuolo. The 23-year-old Italy international arrives in London after scoring 16 goals in 38 games across all competitions last season. That represents his best return so far and Scamacca still has a lot to prove, but he’s certainly not short of potential.

Nahuel Molina 

To: Atletico Madrid
From: Udinese
Fee: £13.4m +Nehuen Perez

One of the longest-running transfer sagas in Europe this summer has finally drawn to a close, with Nahuel Molina finally swapping Atletico Madrid for Udinese — though he came close to joining Italian giants Juventus at one point. The left-back is now a regular for Argentina and scored eight goals for Udinese last season, so should offer Atletico plenty in the final third. Centre-back Nehuen Perez moves in the opposite direction as part of the deal having spent last season on loan with Udinese.

Chris Richards

To: Crystal Palace
From: Bayern Munich
Fee: £10.6m

Crystal Palace have added an exciting young centre-back to their ranks with United States international Chris Richards. The 22-year-old FC Dallas product showed plenty of promise in Germany with Bayern Munich and loan spells at Hoffenheim, but needed a permanent home this season in order to ensure he makes the plane to Qatar. Selhurst Park could be a wonderful place for Richards to step up his development.

Mathys Tel

To: Bayern Munich
From: Stade Rennais
Fee: £25m

If you haven’t heard his name yet, head straight to Google. Bayern Munich have paid a whopping £25m to bring 17-year-old Mathys Tel aboard from Stade Rennais. The teenager already has 10 games under his belt in senior club football but his most impressive exploits so far have definitely come on the international stage, where Tel has scored 10 goals in 15 games for France across U-17 and U-18 levels.

Kevin Mbabu 

To: Fulham
From: Wolfsburg
Fee: £4.7m

After suffering relegation in each of their last three Premier League campaigns, Fulham have been working hard to strengthen this summer in a bid to remain in the top flight. Swiss full-back Kevin Mbabu is their latest addition from Wolfsburg and, for just £4.7m, could prove to be a very smart signing thanks to his quality on both sides of the ball.

Marcus Forss

From: Brentford
To: Middlesbrough
Fee: £3m

Middlesbrough have been very busy arming themselves for a promotion push this summer. Marcus Forss is the latest to join the ranks, signing from Brentford for the £3m. The Finland international has a good record outside the English top-flight despite struggling in the Premier League last year, and has already made his Boro debut as a second-half substitute in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Brom.