11 done deals around Europe you might have missed
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
Here we go! We’re delighted to announce the signing of @FerranTorres20 from Valencia on a five-year deal ✍️
🔵 #ManCity | https://t.co/axa0klD5re pic.twitter.com/hzCbdoRsxL
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 4, 2020
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
Welcome to Saint Petersburg, @Dejan06Lovren! 👋 pic.twitter.com/CS17q5GV0j
— FC Zenit in English✨ (@fczenit_en) August 2, 2020
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
😁 It’s official!
✍️ Albion are delighted to announce the signing of Adam Lallana on a three-year contract!#BHAFC 🔵⚪️
— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) July 27, 2020
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
💙 #ForzaNapoliSempre pic.twitter.com/miFie1wyoO
— Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) July 31, 2020
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
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
Welcome to Hertha, Alexander #Schwolow! 🔵⚪
The goalkeeper joins the club from Freiburg on a long-term deal ✍️#hahohe pic.twitter.com/9VVlHX8Pol
— Hertha Berlin (@HerthaBSC_EN) August 4, 2020
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
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
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
✍️ Chris Wilder has moved quickly to bolster United’s goalkeeping ranks for next season with the addition of Wes Foderingham on a three-year contract.
The 29-year-old signs at Bramall Lane having left Glasgow Rangers at the end of May.
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) July 17, 2020
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
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
🔴 Welcome Burak Yılmaz ! Our new 🇹🇷 striker joins us on a two-year deal 🙌 pic.twitter.com/TYKTqjr02n
— LOSC Lille EN (@LOSC_EN) August 1, 2020
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.