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From Chelsea to Liverpool, Premier League transfer moves of the summer so far

By Harry Edwards

From Chelsea to Liverpool, Premier League transfer deals of the summer so far

Published: 16:14, 24 June 2020

For obvious reasons, the usual hustle and bustle of the summer when it comes to transfers has been somewhat subdued.

But that doesn’t mean there haven’t been deals (some high-profile, others less so). Below is a selection of some of the Premier League outgoings and incomings of the summer of 2020 so far.

1. Hakim Ziyech

From: Ajax
To: Chelsea

It was so long ago that some may have already forgotten, especially given the more recent signing of Timo Werner, but in February Hakim Ziyech agreed to join Chelsea.

The Moroccan international will link up with his new club this season as the Eredivisie is already over and represents an exciting option for Frank Lampard’s growing attacking portfolio. The 27-year-old scored 48 goals and registered 82 assists in 165 matches for Ajax, winning the club’s Player of the Season award twice.

2. Timo Werner

From: RB Leipzig
To: Chelsea

The most high-profile so far has to be Timo Werner joining Chelsea from RB Leipzig. The Blues matched his Β£47.5m release clause and the German striker will be linking up with his new club at the end of the Bundesliga season, forgoing participation in the remainder of the Champions League competition.

This season, Werner became the first German player to score 26+ goals in a single Bundesliga campaign since Mario Gomez in 2011/12. He also managed a hat-trick of both goals and assists in a 8-0 thrashing of Mainz.

3. Pape Gueye

From: Le Havre
To: Watford

This is technically a ‘done deal’, but that doesn’t mean the transfer will actually happen.

Towards the end of April, Watford confirmed the signing of French midfielder Pape Gueye from Le Havre on a five-year deal.

The 21-year-old’s contract with Le Havre was set to expire this summer, and he had supposedly been subject to interest from the likes of Marseille, Sevilla, AC Milan, Udinese and Arsenal, with his Le Havre contract running out in the summer. But Gueye, who has been described as a combination of N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba, appeared to have opted for Watford.

That was until he issued a statement in which he announced “the end of all contractual links to Watford,” citing bad advice from his previous representative. His new agent said their were “possible irregularities in his contract” and that the document was not binding. The Premier League club disagree and, according to the Watford Observer, still plan to register him next month.

4. Mario Pasalic

From: Chelsea
To: Atalanta

After six years on the books at Chelsea, Mario Pasalic has officially left the club without making an appearance, joining Atalanta.

The Croatian midfielder was highly-rated upon his arrival at Chelsea but work permit problems prevented him from playing, and thus he was sent on loan. His past two seasons have been spent with Atalanta, where he has become a big part of their squad as they first qualified for the Champions League before reaching the quarter-finals. And now Bergamo is his permanent home, with Atalanta having exercised an option in the loan agreement.

5. Maarten Stekelenburg

From: Everton
To: Ajax

Maarten Stekelenburg will call time on his Everton career this summer, returning to the Netherlands to join Ajax once his contract is up this summer.

The 2010 World Cup finalist has been backup to Jordan Pickford at Goodison Park over the past few seasons, making just three appearances across all competitions since the Englishman made the move on 2017. Stekelenburg will remain with Everton until the delayed end of the Premier League before moving to Ajax.

6. Morgan Schneiderlin

From: Everton
To: Nice

Another looming Everton departure, Morgan Schneiderlin has called time on his three-year Toffees career having initially joined from Manchester United in 2017.

The French midfielder played 88 times for Everton in total but his appearances have been limited this season, featuring in just 15 of Everton’s 30 Premier League matches.

7. Danel Sinani

From: F91 Dudelange
To: Norwich City

It remains to be seen whether Norwich will be playing in the Premier League or Championship next season. But which ever division they take part in for 2020/21, Danel Sinani will be with in the squad. The signing of the 23-year-old attacking midfielder, a Luxembourg international, was announced in April.

He joins from Europa League frequenters F91 Dudelange. While playing for them, Sinani had the other of scoring the first-ever goal for a Luxembourg team in the group stage of a major European competition, netting against Olympiacos in 2017.

8. Pedro Chirivella

From: Liverpool
To: Nantes

Shortly before the Premier League resumed, champions-elect Liverpool announced Pedro Chirivella would be leaving the summer at the end of June, Nantes the destination.

The Spanish midfielder spent seven years at Anfield, making 11 first-team appearances, including six this season and captained Liverpool in their Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat to Aston Villa when the Reds fielded a youth team so the seniors could take part in the Club World Cup.

9. Pablo Mari

From: Flamengo
To: Arsenal

At the same time they announced David Luiz’s new contract, Arsenal also confirmed they had signed Pablo Mari on a permanent “long-term deal”.

Mari joined the Gunners on loan from Flamengo in January and made three appearances for Mikel Arteta’s side, including a start against Manchester City following the resumption of the Premier League. Although the game, and Mari’s season, was hampered by injury to the centre-back, Arsenal appear to have faith in the 26-year-old’s abilities.

10. Cedric Soares

From: Southampton
To: Arsenal

Alongside Luiz’s new deal and the Mari news was the permanent purchase of Cedric Soares, who has spent his entire loan from Southampton injured.

Unlike Mari, Cedric is yet to play for Arsenal sign his January move from the south coast, but the Portuguese international is expected to provide backup and competition for Hector Bellerin.