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Transfer deals you might have missed this week, from Everton’s veteran to Aston Villa’s statement

By Squawka News

Transfer deals you might have missed this week, from Everton's veteran to Aston Villa's statement

Published: 19:14, 16 July 2023

Another week of the transfer window has gone by, with clubs around the world strengthening their squads ahead of a big season.

It’s safe to say Arsenal have dominated the last week, confirming the transfers of both Declan Rice and Jurien Timber in a serious show of strength to the rest of the Premier League. PSG have also been busy, bringing in Lucas Hernandez from Bayern Munich following on from their signing of Lee Kang-in from Mallorca.

The Saudi machine has rolled along as well, with Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic the latest to make the very, very lucrative move.

But naturally, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here are some more transfers you might have missed this week:

Christian Pulisic

To: AC Milan

From: Chelsea

Fee: £20m

Okay, so this is one you probably didn’t really miss, but it definitely deserves a mention. Christian Pulisic has all the tools to be an elite player but injuries completely wrecked his Chelsea career. However, he has a new opportunity at AC Milan and the clips emerging from training show a player sharp, fit and eager to impress. This could be where we really see the making of Pulisic — and £20m feels like a bargain for the Italian giants.

Ashley Young

From: Aston Villa

To: Everton

Fee: Free

At 38, he’s young in name only, but Ashley Young will remain a Premier League player for another season after agreeing a one-year deal with Everton. It’s not exactly the sort of signing that’ll inspire Evertonians to believe their club can avoid a third straight relegation battle, but his experience and versatility should offer Sean Dyche decent value.

Tahith Chong 

To: Luton Town

From: Birmingham City

Fee: £4m

Luton Town have been understandably busy strengthening their squad this summer as they prepare for life in the Premier League. The latest through the door is former Manchester United winger Tahith Chong, who joins for a reported club-record £4m fee following a promising season in the Championship with Birmingham which yielded four goals and five assists in 38 appearances.

Lois Openda

To: RB Leipzig

From: Lens

Fee: £36.5m

One of the much bigger moves of the summer so far, Lois Openda has joined RB Leipzig for a club-record fee believed to be around £36.5m plus significant add-ons. Openda is fully deserving of his big move after finishing fourth only to Kylian Mbappe (29), Alexandre Lacazette (27) and Jonathan David (24) in the Ligue 1 Golden Boot race with 21 goals, firing Lens to an incredible second-place finish — just a single point behind winners PSG.

Manor Solomon

To: Tottenham Hotspur

From: Shakhtar Donetsk

Fee: Free transfer

Manor Solomon made an excellent impact on loan at Fulham during the second half of last season, hitting five goals in 24 matches across all competitions — including four goals in 19 Premier League outings.

The Israel international has earned an extended stay in London but he’ll instead be heading north to Tottenham, who have signed him on a free transfer after his contract with Shakhtar came to an end.

Daniel Maldini

To: Empoli

From: AC Milan

Fee: Loan

At least for now, the Maldini dynasty at Milan has come to an end. For the first time since 1954, the Rossoneri will have no Maldini at the club with Daniel joining Empoli on loan, following the departure of father Paolo — son of fellow Milan legend Cesare.

There’s still time for Daniel to make his way at the San Siro but this loan at Empoli must go perfectly.

Romain Faivre

To: Bournemouth

From: Lyon

Fee: £12.9m

Bournemouth have signed one for the future here, bringing 24-year-old midfielder Romain Faivre on board from Lyon. The Frenchman will return to his homeland on loan for 2023/24, rejoining Lorient, where he played 17 times in the second half of last season, scoring five goals.

Rodolfo Pizarro

To: Released

From: Inter Miami

Fee: N/A

All the talk in MLS this summer has been about Inter Miami’s signing of Lionel Messi and, to a lesser extent, Sergio Busquets. However, to make way for this star-studded duo, the Herons have had to wave goodbye to Rodolfo Pizarro, terminating the Mexico international’s contract by mutual consent. There will be no shortage of interest in Pizarro from both MLS and Liga MX.

Sepp van den Berg

To: Mainz

From: Liverpool

Fee: Loan

Sepp van den Berg still hasn’t quite hit the heights that were expected of him a couple of years ago, but he’ll get another chance to prove his worth, moving to Jurgen Klopp’s old club in the Bundesliga, Mainz.

Yann Bisseck

To: Inter

From: AGF Aarhus

Fee: £6m

Much of the focus for Inter this summer is on signing a new striker, especially with Romelu Lukaku looking set to reject them in favour of rivals Juventus.

For now, however, they’ve made a move to strengthen at the other end of the pitch, signing German centre-back Yann Bisseck from Danish club AGF Aarhus. Bisseck’s star has fast been on the rise and it feels like just a matter of time before he converts his extensive youth international experience for Germany into a senior cap.

Pau Torres

To: Aston Villa

From: Villarreal

Fee: £33m

As Aston Villa prepare for an unexpected but very welcome European campaign, they’re giving their full and understandable backing to Unai Emery, who has made an incredible impact.

A huge statement of intent has been made with the signing of Spain international centre-back Pau Torres, with Villa fending off interest from some massive European clubs to complete an initial £33m transfer.