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11 done deals around Europe you might have missed

By Harry Edwards

11 done deals around Europe you might have missed

Published: 11:30, 5 August 2020

The 2019/20 season is not yet over, with Champions League and Europa League action still to come, but that hasn’t stopped teams from getting deals done in the transfer market.

Already, big clubs have made movements with Bayern Munich signing Leroy Sane, and Jude Bellingham’s move to Borussia Dortmund just some of the deals made in July.

As we creep into August, the deals do not show any sign of stopping, with Manchester United embroiled in a nicely-building transfer saga for Jadon Sancho and Chelsea still aiming to sign Kai Havertz.

But what of the deals that have been done around Europe in recent weeks, that you might have missed? We’ve got you covered.

1. Ferran Torres

From: Valencia
To: Manchester City

We’ll start with the biggest confirmed deal of the month so far, with Ferran Torres moving to Manchester City from Valencia for an initial fee of £20.87m. The 20-year-old winger is considered to be one of Spain’s brightest young prospects but saw his reputation take a hit when he was blamed for Valencia manager Marcelino’s exit early in the season.

But now in England, Torres will be key to replacing Leroy Sane at the Etihad.

2. Dejan Lovren

From: Liverpool
To: Zenit

Shortly after lifting the Premier League title with Liverpool, Dejan Lovren called time on his Anfield career, moving to Russian side Zenit St Petersburg.

The Croatian defender spent six years at Liverpool after joining from Southampton in 2014, adding a Champions League winner’s medal to his league title – enjoying spells in the first team.

3. Adam Lallana

From: Liverpool
To: Brighton & Hove Albion

Another Liverpool departure following their title win, Adam Lallana returned to the south coast of England in signing for Brighton on a three-year deal.

Like Lovren, Lallana spent six years at Liverpool after signing from Southampton and enjoyed a good start to life at Anfield. However, the Englishman’s impact in the team under Jurgen Klopp was hampered by various injury problems. Now, he will be looking to do his best to ensure Brighton remain a Premier League side.

4. Victor Osimhen

From: Lille
To: Napoli

Just one season after signing for Lille, Victor Osimhen is on the move again, joining Italian side Napoli for a reported fee of €81.3m.

In his only season in France, the Nigerian international had a wonderful campaign, scoring 18 goals in 38 games across all competitions, including two in the Champions League.

5. Angel Gomes

From: Manchester United
To: Lille

Early in the summer, there were conversations surrounding the future of Angel Gomes who, it was revealed, would not be signing a new contract at Manchester United.

The highly-rated midfielder only made six first-team appearances for the Red Devils last season, with most of his minutes coming in the Europa League. Lille were the club to win the race for his signature, securing the teenager on a five-year deal, though he will spent the first season on loan at Boavista.

6. Alexander Schwolow

From: Freiburg
To: Hertha Berlin

Fans who watched the Bundesliga’s early return in May will have become accustomed to the performances of Alexander Schwolow in the Freiburg goal. The 28-year-old was instrumental in Freiburg’s push for a Europa League spot, although the club ended up missing out. But his performances caught the eye of Hertha Berlin, who will be looking to use the goalkeeper in their own quest to move up the Bundesliga.

7. Dimitri Foulquier

From: Watford
To: Granada

Premier League fans may remember Dimitri Foulquier for his disastrous first half of the season with Watford, in which he played just 58 minutes. Unfortunately for the defender, 33 of those minutes came at the Etihad and saw Watford concede six goals – with Foulquier being substituted before half-time.

He was sent on loan to Granada for the remainder of the season, helping them qualify for the Europa League and will remain with the club, signing permanently.

8. Alvaro Negredo

From: Al-Nasr
To: Cadiz

Newly-promoted La Liga side Cadiz have added to their attack ahead of the new campaign by signing veteran striker Alvaro Negredo.

The 34-year-old has spent the past two seasons in the United Arab Emirates with Al-Nasr, scoring 26 goals in 37 games.

9. Wes Foderingham

From: Rangers
To: Sheffield United

With Dean Henderson likely to stay at Manchester United for the 2020/21 campaign, Sheffield United have needed to sign a new goalkeeper to replace the young Englishman.

One they have looked to is 29-year-old Wes Foderingham who spent the past five years at Rangers, playing 143 times, although he was backup to Allan McGregor under Steven Gerrard

10. Santi Cazorla

From: Villarreal
To: Al Sadd

The end of the 2019/20 La Liga season saw Santi Cazorla call time on his second spell with Villarreal, having reminded everyone of the quality he had despite an injury-plagued past few years.

The 35-year-old has now moved to Qatari side Al Sadd.

11. Burak Yilmaz

From: Besiktas
To: Lille

Part of their plan to replace Osimhen, Lille have secured the signing of Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz from Besiktas.

The 35-year-old may not provide the youthful that Osimhen had, but was directly involved in 20 league goal in his final season for Besiktas.