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11 done deals you might have missed this week

By Harry Edwards

Published: 18:47, 25 July 2022

As we edge towards the end of July, pre-season tours are coming to a close and teams are starting to prepare for their new league campaigns.

Germany’s second tier has already kicked off, while the EFL starts this week before the likes of the Premier League, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 get underway in just under two weeks. Despite club football returning, there is still a lot of focus on the summer transfer window.

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Barcelona are flexing their muscles and reading Todd Boehly’s Chelsea transfer wishlist, while a number of Premier League clubs are making vital additions ahead of the new season. Of course, there are the big moves, but what of the ones that may have flown under your radar (we’ve all been there).

We’ve rounded up some of the most interesting ones for you here.

Sekou Mara

To: Southampton
From: Bordeaux
Fee: £9.4m

Southampton have been very busy in the summer transfer window and most recently made Sekou Mara their sixth first-team signing. The 19-year-old striker scored six goals in 26 Ligue 1 appearances last season for Bordeaux, averaging 0.60 per 90 minutes in a struggling side. Once Bordeaux were relegated, and then demoted to the third-tier, you would have expected clubs to circle around the likes of Mara with Southampton winning that particular battle.

Dani Alves

To: Pumas
From: Barcelona
Fee: Free

Dani Alves’ second spell at Barcelona was a brief one and he has said his goodbyes after just eight months and 15 appearances across all competitions, with one goal and three assists. He moves back to the Americas with Mexican side UNAM Pumas (FIFA fans will know them for their badge), and will potentially play against Barcelona in the Joan Gamper Trophy next month.

Ben Mee

To: Brentford
From: Burnley
Fee: Free

Ben Mee is an experienced Premier League centre-back and was a big part of Sean Dyche’s Burnley side that had made themselves top-flight mainstays over the years. But while Burnley will be playing in the Championship this season, Mee remains in the Premier League, signing for Brentford on a two-year deal with Thomas Frank looking to replicate Dyche’s work in making the Bees a household name.

Aro Muric

To: Burnley
From: Man City
Fee: £2.5m

Talking of Burnley, the Clarets are preparing for life in the Championship and life under new manager Vincent Kompany. One of the best defenders in Premier League history, Kompany is a Manchester City legend and has been using that to his benefit this summer. Goalkeeper Aro Muric is Burnley’s third signing from Man City, joining CJ Egan-Riley and Taylor Harwood-Bellis (loan) in signing for the Clarets.

Jarrad Branthwaite

To: PSV
From: Everton
Fee: Loan

Everton really need to strengthen this summer but they have spent more time letting players leave than they have recruiting. Jarrad Branthwaite is one of the players allowed to leave, albeit only on loan, joining PSV for the 2022/23 season. The 20-year-old played just eight times for Everton’s first team last season and is embarking on his second loan spell, after representing Blackburn in the second half of the 2020/21 campaign.


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Ben Davies

To: Rangers
From: Liverpool
Fee: Undisclosed

Remember when Liverpool had a centre-back crisis and signed Ben Davies from Preston for £1.6m in 2021? Of course you do. Remember when Davies donned the Liverpool red shirt and fulfilled his purpose in Jurgen Klopp’s side? Of course you don’t, because that didn’t happen. Eighteen months after signing, Davies leaves Liverpool for Rangers without playing a game and just eight appearances on the bench (four of which came in the Champions League where Klopp was allowed to name 12 subs).

Jonathan Clauss

To: Marseille
From: Lens
Fee: £6.8m

Jonathan Clauss is a name many will know due to his special cards on FIFA 22’s Ultimate Team, but he is a very good wing-back who was linked with a move to the likes of Chelsea over the summer. After all, he was the third-highest chance creator in Ligue 1 last season. But it’s Marseille who secured the Frenchman’s signature as they look to build a team capable of juggling the Champions League and Ligue 1.

Nicolas Tagliafico

To: Lyon
From: Ajax
Fee: £3.4m

After what feels like years of being linked with a move away from Ajax, Nicolas Tagliafico has finally left the club. The Argentinian has been linked with a number of Europe’s biggest clubs over the years and was regarded as one of the top left-backs playing in the continent. And now he’ll be plying his trade in Ligue 1 with Lyon, joining on a three-year deal.

Takefusa Kubo

To: Real Sociedad
From: Real Madrid
Fee: £5.2m

After three seasons, Tafekusa Kubo’s time as a Real Madrid player is up. Joining from FC Tokyo in the summer of 2019, Kubo never actually played for Real Madrid, spending there years on loan at Getafe, Villarreal and Mallorca. Next season he will be at his fifth Spanish club, but this time on a permanent basis, signing for Real Sociedad.


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Luis Suarez

To: Marseille
From: Granada
Fee: £8.5m

No, not that one. Colombian Luis Suarez scored eight goals and recorded four assists in La Liga last season but his efforts were not enough to prevent Granada’s relegation. And while the Spanish side will be preparing for life in the second flight, Suarez remains in one of Europe’s top five leagues, making the move to France to join the rebuild at Marseille.

Filippo Ranocchia

To: Juventus
From: Monza
Fee: Loan

Filippo Ranocchia is yet to make a first team appearance for Juventus and will now spend the 2022/23 season on loan at Monza, his third temporary move away from the Old Lady. Filippo is actually the second Ranocchia that Monza have signed this summer, also bringing Andrea Ranocchia in from Inter Milan – but they aren’t related.

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