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15 deadline day deals you might have missed

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 23:09, 1 September 2023

Another summer transfer window has come and gone with September 1 marking the final day of any significant business.

With hours ticking down before the market shuts down for at least a few months several acquisitions, many in the works it felt all summer, were finally announced.

Cole Palmer

From: Man City

To: Chelsea

Transfers between English football’s ‘big six’ clubs are becoming commonplace. Manchester City and Chelsea have already conducted business this summer Mateo Kovacic swapping Stamford Bridge for a spot in the champion’s squad. Heading the other way is City academy graduate Cole Palmer who at one point looked to have broken into Pep Guardiola’s first team. However, competition for places and lack of playing time (six goals across 41 appearances) saw the England U21 star move down south. Palmer, who is capable of playing behind the striker or from out wide, should add depth to Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Altay Bayindir

From: Fenerbahce

To: Man Utd

Before this summer no Turkish player had represented Manchester United, but that should change real soon with the signing of Altay Bayindir, who had been with Fenerbahce since 2019 and should provide competition for United’s first-choice goalkeeper Andre Onana following Dean Henderson’s departure.

Nuno Tavares

From: Arsenal

To: Nottingham Forest

Having come through at Benfica many had big hopes for Nuno Tavares after he joined Arsenal though his time at the North London club was marred with inconsistency. While on loan at Marseille the former Portuguese U21 international saw the Gunners move on and it seems any chance of cementing a berth in Mikel Arteta’s squad is long gone. Now back in England, he’ll spend the remainder of this season at Nottingham Forest.

Leonardo Bonucci

From: Juventus

To: Union Berlin

Union were the Bundesliga’s surprise package last term. The Berlin-based club are looking forward to a first Champions League campaign where they’ll face Napoli, Real Madrid and Braga. So, in preparation, the onus was on strengthening their squad this summer. Robin Gosens, Diogo Leite, Kevin Volland, Lucas Tousart, Brenden Aaronson and Mikkel Kaufmann have joined but they saved the best for last with serial winner Leonardo Bonucci joining the fray.

Matheus Nunes

From: Wolves

To: Man City

The loss of Kevin De Bruyne ensured Man City were to dip back into the market for another midfield body. Matheus Nunes being identified shouldn’t be surprising given Pep Guardiola’s admiration. Following a Champions League round of 16 meeting with Sporting, which saw City run out 5-0 winners, the Spaniard singled out Nunes for praise. “Matheus Nunes is one of the best players in the world today. Despite the difficulties and some mistakes, I have to be very satisfied because we took a big step towards the next round. Nunes is one of the best at the moment.”

Clement Lenglet

From: Barcelona

To: Aston Villa

It’s going to be a while before Tyrone Mings returns to playing first-team football. The influential Aston Villa centre-back leaves a void in Unai Emery’s defence which the hope Clément Lenglet is able to fill. It means the much-maligned Frenchman, contracted to Barcelona, remains in England’s top division albeit temporarily. Lenglet spent last season on loan at Tottenham where his performance often left a lot to be desired.

Ansu Fati

From: Barcelona

To: Brighton

Another side preparing to make their European debut. Brighton will feature in the Europa League, drawn into Group B alongside Ajax, Marseille and AEK Athens. Despite the daunting task at hand, Roberto De Zerbi’s men are favourites to progress, and their attack has been strengthened with the addition of Ansu Fati, who at one point was heralded as Barcelona’s next emerging star. Injuries, though, stifled his development and with no place in Xavi’s plans the 20-year-old will look to get back on track at one of English football’s most exciting teams.

Sergio Reguilon

From: Tottenham

To: Manchester United

After long-term injuries to Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia, Manchester United were forced into the market for a new left-back. Step forward Spanish international Sergio Reguilon, who has joined the Red Devils on a season long loan deal from Tottenham. The 26-year-old wasn’t fancied by previous boss Antonio Conte, spending the end of the last campaign back in LaLiga with Atletico where he made 11 appearances, mainly from the bench. He had returned to North London hoping to persuade Ange Postecoglu to give him a chance, but it seems he is no longer required in N17.

He is the first player Daniel Levy has allowed to join Manchester United since Dimitar Berbatov left for Manchester in 2009 with Frazier Campbell heading the other way.

Callum Hudson-Odoi 

From: Chelsea

To: Nottingham Forest

For whatever reason it really hasn’t worked out for Callum Hudson-Odoi at Stamford Bridge. A lot was expected of the winger when he burst into the side back in 2018 after winning the U18 Premier League and the FA Youth Cup with the academy, but after a positive start, the now 22-year-old found himself down the pecking order. After a loan spell with German outfit Bayer Leverkusen last season, it is now time to leave the club he joined as boy 16 years ago and get his career back on track.

In 2019, he became the second youngest player in Premier League history to provide an assist in three consecutive games after Michael Owen and will be hoping to shine once again in the English top flight with Nottingham Forest.

Hirving Lozano

From: Napoli


Four years after leaving the Dutch side, Chucky has returned to PSV with a Serie A title and a Coppa Italia under his arm. The Mexican spent two years in Eindhoven from 2017 to 2019 after leaving Pachuca, scoring 34 goals and providing 16 assists in just 60 Eredivisie appearances, lifting the league title in 2017/18 where he finished as the club’s top goalscorer. The 28-year-old made 32 appearances last season as Napoli won the Scudetto for the first time in 33 years, finishing a whopping 16 points ahead of second place Lazio.

Joao Cancelo 

From: Man City

To: Barcelona

Having fallen out with Pep Guardiola, Joao Cancelo will spend another season on loan, this time with Catalan giants Barcelona. The Portuguese spent City’s historic treble winning campaign with Bayern Munich, where he provided four assists in 15 Bundesliga appearances and ended up with a Premier League winners medal as well as a Bundesliga one.

Joao Felix 

From: Atletico Madrid

To: Barcelona

One Joao on loan for the season wasn’t enough for Xavi, so he added another Portguese international to his squad. After a disappointing campaign with Chelsea in 2o22/23, Joao Felix will be hoping to get his career back on track in LaLiga after not being part of Diego Simeone’s plans at Atleti. He will fill the void left by Ousmane Dembele who left for Paris and Ansu Fati who has been sent to Brighton to regain his form and fitness.

Sofyan Amrabat

From: Fiorentina

To: Man Utd

Manchester United needed midfield re-inforcements after their less than impressive start to the season and the news that Mason Mount won’t be returning anytime soon. They’ve decided to add a ball winning machine in Sofyan Amrabat to help Casemiro in the middle of the park and allow Bruno Fernandes more freedom. The Moroccan had an incredible World Cup campaign in December, winning possession 57 times, the most by any African player at a single tournament since 1966 and a host of teams were after his signature.

A move never materalised however, but their loss is Erik ten Hag’s gain.

Ryan Gravenberch

From: Bayern

To: Liverpool

Ryan Gravenberch will be looking to get his promising career back on track at Anfield after a torrid time in the German capital. The 21-year-old started just two league games for Bayern last season after his big money move from Ajax and will be hoping a move to the Premier League and the tutelage of Jurgen Klopp will help him show just what the Bavarians are missing.

Luka Jovic

From: Fiorentina

To: Milan

As well as Sofyan Amrabat, Serbian forward Luka Jovic has also left Fiorentina, joining Serie A rivals Milan. The former Real Madrid man has struggled to get his career back on track after catching Los Blancos’ eye at Eintracht Frankfurt, but did score six goals and provide three assists in 1,529 minutes of Serie A football last term, which is his best return since he left the Bundesliga.