From Guedes to Kostic: 17 done deals you might have missed this week
Football is back all across Europe as Serie A and La Liga join the Premier League, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 in kicking off their 2022/23 campaigns.
However, we still have a couple of weeks to go until the transfer window closes, with plenty of teams using these opening matches to learn where they need to strengthen.
This week’s biggest deal was Everton parting with over £30m to bring Belgian midfielder Amadou Onana on board from Lille, with the 20-year-old making his debut in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa. Timo Werner also ended a miserable spell with Chelsea by returning to the home comforts of RB Leipzig.
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But more deals are going through by the day, so here are 17 you may have missed this week:
1. Goncalo Guedes
Check out Goncalo Guedes' first training session with the pack.
— Wolves (@Wolves) August 12, 2022
A Portuguese star moving to Wolves? Well, I never!
Goncalo Guedes became the latest Seleção player to move to Molineux, leaving Valencia for a whopping £27.5m. Still only 25, Guedes arguably still has his best years ahead of him, but joins with an impressive CV that includes 36 goals and 30 assists in 178 games for Valencia and seven strikes in 31 senior caps for Portugal.
The forward made his debut as a second-half substitute in Wolves’ 0-0 draw at home to Fulham on Saturday.
2. Issa Diop
From: West Ham
Fulham were a goalscoring machine in the Championship last season but if they’re to avoid another relegation from the Premier League, they’ll need to ensure defensive solidity. The £15m signing of French centre-back Issa Diop should help in that regard, joining with over 120 games in English football under his belt with West Ham United.
3. Mohamed Camara
From: RB Salzburg
After a couple of weeks of being linked with Everton, Mali international Mohamed Camara has completed a move to Monaco. The £12.6m fee paid for the 22-year-old could end up being seen as quite the bargain, whether Camara remains in Monaco long-term or is sold for a profit.
4. Filip Kostic
From: Eintracht Frankfurt
A matter of weeks ago, it looked nailed-on that Filip Kostic would join West Ham. Then again, it always felt unrealistic to expect a player of his quality to surrender the Champions League football on offer at Eintracht Frankfurt. That has turned out to be the case, with Kostic sealing a move to Italian giants Juventus, who have paid just £14.5m for the Serbia international.
Isco x Lopetegui ⚡️
Reunited once more! 🤝 pic.twitter.com/gw9vDbwGSh
— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) August 9, 2022
From: Real Madrid
Fee: Free transfer
After nine years, over 350 games, five Champions League titles and three La Ligas, Isco has finally departed Real Madrid, joining Spanish rivals Sevilla on a free transfer. Sevilla have been on the fringes of the La Liga title race over the past couple of years, so perhaps the guile and creativity Isco can offer will push them a little close to Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
6. Mikkel Damsgaard
Brentford have seriously strengthened their left flank with the signing of Mikkel Damsgaard from Sampdoria. You’ll remember Damsgaard for his goal for Denmark during their 2-1 defeat to England in the semi-finals of the European Championships last summer. At club level, Damsgaard — still only 22 — joins following a 49-game spell with Sampdoria, during which he scored twice and provided four assists.
7. Marcos Senesi
Marcos Senesi has attracted some serious interest from across Europe over the past couple of years but in the end, it was Bournemouth who managed to pull him away from Feyenoord for £12.6m. The defender should add plenty of aggression to the Cherries’ backline upon their Premier League return.
8. Alexis Sanchez
From: Inter Milan
Fee: Free transfer
The post-Arsenal Alexis Sanchez tour continues as the Chilean forward joins French giants Marseille, ending a 109-game spell with Inter Milan that yielded 20 goals and a Serie A title. At 33, we all know Sanchez is at his best, but France could be a good spot for him to remind us all of his true quality.
9. Conor Coady
Welcome to Everton, Conor Coady! 🔵 pic.twitter.com/GBCmKgtAwr
— Everton (@Everton) August 8, 2022
With Frank Lampard sticking to a back three, Everton needed some centre-backs with experience in that system. Especially since both Yerry Mina and Ben Godfrey came down with serious injuries during their opening-day defeat to Chelsea.
There are few more experienced than Conor Coady, who led the Wolves defence for years in that set-up. The England international joins the Toffees on loan for a year with the option to make the transfer permanent.
10. Emmanuel Dennis
To: Nottingham Forest
Everton were also linked with Emmanuel Dennis for some time but, in the end, the Nigerian became the latest in a very, very long line of players to join Nottingham Forest this summer. £20m is a handsome sum to pay, and if reports are to be believed, Forest are still nowhere near done in the market yet.
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11. Anthony Modeste
To: Borussia Dortmund
From: FC Köln
Due to the tragic news of Sebastien Haller requiring chemotherapy, Borussia Dortmund needed a new striker with Erling Haaland having joined Manchester City. BVB have opted to pay just £4.2m to bring Anthony Modeste on board from FC Köln, where the former Blackburn Rovers man scored 79 goals in 157 appearances across two spells.
12. Matthew Hoppe
After a torrid time in Mallorca, Matthew Hoppe needed a fresh start. He’ll get just that after completing a move to Middlesbrough, where he’ll join fellow American Zack Steffen, who is on loan from Manchester City. Hoppe still holds hopes of making Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT squad for the World Cup, but he’ll have to hit the ground running in front of goal.
13. Dries Mertens
💊 Yeni transferlerimiz Lucas Torreira ve Dries Mertens, sponsor hastanemiz Liv Hospital Vadistanbul şubesinde sağlık kontrollerinden geçti. ✅ pic.twitter.com/sInLginvfx
— Galatasaray SK (@GalatasaraySK) August 8, 2022
Fee: Free transfer
Napoli lost Italian forward Lorenzo Insigne to Toronto FC earlier this summer and, now, have allowed another legendary forward to leave with Dries Mertens joining Galatasaray on a free transfer. The Belgium international played a massive 390 games across all competitions in Naples, scoring 148 goals and assisting another 90, helping Napoli win two Coppa Italia titles.
As you’ll notice in the above tweet, Mertens is joined in Istanbul by former Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira.
14. Malang Sarr
It was always going to be tough, but from the moment Chelsea signed Kalidou Koulibaly, you knew Malang Sarr would struggle to get games this season. Instead, the 23-year-old will once again be loaned out, this time to Monaco in his homeland.
15. Cheikhou Kouyate
To: Nottingham Forest
From: Crystal Palace
Fee: Free transfer
As we mentioned, Forest have been busy this summer. One of their more understated arrivals has been that of Cheikhou Kouyate from Crystal Palace on a free transfer. Able to play in defence and in midfield, Kouyate will add plenty of versatility and experience to the Forest ranks.
16. Luca Pellegrini
To: Eintracht Frankfurt
Following the sale of Kostic, Eintracht Frankfurt quickly agreed to bring Luca Pellegrini in the opposite direction as a replacement on the left flank. The 23-year-old Italian was unable to break in at Juventus after joining from Roma in 2019 but should get plenty of chances during this one-year loan.
17. Arnaud Kalimuendo
𝐃𝐞𝐠𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐫 𝐦𝐚𝐭 @a_kalimuendo ! 👋 pic.twitter.com/8xdV4P7Kjw
— Stade Rennais F.C. (@staderennais) August 11, 2022
Arnaud Kalimuendo is one of the most exciting prospects in French football but it was always going to be hard breaking in at PSG with the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar around. Not to mention strong links to Man Utd striker Marcus Rashford. Instead, the 20-year-old will continue his development at Rennes following a £21m transfer. Kalimuendo will look to build on a 2021/22 loan spell at Lens that yielded 13 goals in 35 games across all competitions.