The 2022 summer transfer window is in full swing and we’ve had plenty of movement in the last week.
Obviously everyone knows about Raphinha finally joining Barcelona from Leeds, or Raheem Sterling’s second switch between “Big Six” clubs as he left Manchester City for Chelsea, and the one-in-one-out at Spurs as Clement Lenglet joined on loan and Steven Bergwijn departed for Ajax.
|Summer transfer odds 22/23: To sign for before 3rd September||Sky Bet|
|Cristiano Ronaldo to Sporting CP||5/1|
|Antony to Man Utd||8/13|
|Christian Pulisic to Newcastle||6/1|
|Frenkie de Jong to Man Utd||5/2|
|Youri Tielemans to Arsenal||10/11|
|Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Chelsea||2/7|
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But what about the moves you haven’t heard about? The lesser-known done deals that have had their oxygen sucked up by the bigger moves?
We’ve rounded up some of the most interesting ones for you here.
With Raphinha off to Barcelona, Leeds were in need of some wing wizardry so recruited Sinisterra. The Colombian bagged 12 goals and seven assists in the Eredivisie last season as well as completing a league-high 107/152 take-ons. Seems good!
✍️ #LUFC is delighted to announce the signing of Colombian international Luis Sinisterra from Feyenoord
— Leeds United (@LUFC) July 7, 2022
To: Istanbul Basaksehir
World Cup winner and all-around footballing legend Mesut Ozil had a messy end to his time at Fenerbahce, where they dissolved his contract two years from expiry. However it will take more than that to keep Mesut Ozil down as just 29 minutes after being officially released, it was announced he has signed a one-year deal with Istanbul Basaksehir, where he will hope to recapture some of the magic he displayed a decade ago.
Joe Aribo’s versatility and goalscoring prowess helped guide Rangers all the way to the Europa League final last season. They also convinced Southampton to bring him south of the border, where he should add some punch to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
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To: Crystal Palace
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Crystal Palace knew they needed to sign someone to replace Conor Gallagher, and they’ve opted to bring in Cheick Doucouré from Mali. He’s a rangy midfielder who should add a lot of industry and guile to to the Palace midfield.
To: Nottingham Forest
Neco Williams was too good to be Trent Alexander-Arnold’s forever-back-up but not good enough to dislodge him. A transfer was always the probable endgame for him, and now he gets to shine in a new-look Forest side being coached by the excellent Steve Cooper.
To: Nottingham Forest
From: Bayern Munich
Heads were turned when Bayern Munich signed Omar Richards from Reading, but his time in Germany didn’t develop as well as he would have liked and so he’s back in England, where he will join Williams as part of Forest’s new-look defence.
Welcome to Nottingham Forest, Omar Richards ❤️
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) July 10, 2022
From: Manchester United
Andreas Pereira is actually quite a good midfielder. He’s just not as good as he thinks he is and, more pertinently, not good enough for the level Manchester United want to be at. Still, for Fulham he could really shine.
Sevilla have moved quickly to replace Diego Carlos and they’ve found another tough-tackling Brazilian to do it. Marcao showed what he could do with Galatasaray and in Julen Lopetegui’s low-risk system he could thrive.
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From: Real Madrid
Luka Jovic was a serious hot prospect when Real Madrid signed him from Eintracht Frankfurt but he never really settled in Spain and now he’s finally gone. His stock is so low Fiorentina picked him up for no fee (but Real Madrid will retain 50% of any sale). What’s more, it took him just one game to score more times in a Fiorentina shirt (four) than he did in 51 for Real Madrid (three).
Angel Di Maria
Remember Angel Di Maria? The Manchester United flop who has been excellent for every other club he’s played for? His long PSG adventure came to and end and under cover of darkness, he’s slipped away to Juventus, where he will be hoping to link up successfully with Dusan Vlahovic.
Nathan Collins has been showing a lot of promise for Burnley, so much so that they were comfortable letting Ben Mee leave. Well now they’ve lost Collins, too, as Wolves have signed him up, grabbing themselves a perfect partner (and eventual heir?) for Conor Coady.
Collins 𝐈𝐍! ✍️
— Wolves (@Wolves) July 12, 2022
Keane Lewis-Potter had himself a breakout season in 2021/22, scoring 12 times for Hull in the Championship. Of players aged 21 and under in the Championship, only Brennan Johnson scored more times (18) than he managed to. Brentford have themselves a livewire.
From: Inter Milan
Remember Arturo Vidal? The mohawked Chilean who has menaced midfielders all around Europe and South America for the last decade has finally left the European game, departing Inter Milan and going to Flamengo (where he’ll probably replace Andreas Pereira, who was there on loan last season).
Farewell, Arturo! You and your madcap ways will be missed.
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