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13 done deals you might have missed this week as Chelsea confirm another loan

By Harry Edwards

Transfer done deals: Summer moves you might have missed | Squawka

Published: 12:14, 22 September 2020

The past weekend saw the remainder of Europe’s top five leagues return and focus has largely shifted back to on-pitch events.

However, there are still two weeks left in the summer transfer window and deals continue to be done despite the 2020/21 campaign being underway. With football fans being treated to games practically every day, some of the smaller (but still important) transfers may have passed even the most eagled eyed fans by.

The lack of attention paid to these deals often leads to ‘Wait, he plays for them now?!’ moments when watching football games not including your own team. But that’s why we’re here to help.

Here are 13 done deals you might have missed from the past week….

Gonzalo Higuain

From: Juventus
To: Inter Miami

Welcome to Miami. That 23-year-old song (hands up, who feels old?) probably didn’t play when Gonzalo Higuain confirmed his move to Inter Miami, but the Argentinian is the MLS club’s latest Designated Player. Higuain joins former Juventus teammate Blaise Matuidi in Miami and will be looking to propel David Beckham’s franchise up the MLS standings.

Cengiz Under

From: Roma
To: Leicester City

Prior to their 4-2 win over Burnley on Sunday evening, Leicester City confirmed the signing on Cengiz Under on loan from Roma, with a WWE-themed Undertaker tweet. The Turkish winger will spend the 2020/21 season at the King Power Stadium but Leicester do have the option to buy Under next summer.

Emiliano Martinez

From: Arsenal
To: Aston Villa

Emiliano Martinez impressed in the latter parts of last season for Arsenal, helping them win the FA Cup and Community Shield in the place of injured Bernd Leno. But the German’s return put Martinez’s chances of regular football in doubt, and the Argentinian has joined fellow Premier League club Aston Villa as a result. He go off to the prefect start by saving a penalty in the victory over Sheffield United.

Bertrand Traore

From: Lyon
To: Aston Villa

Another Aston Villa signing this past week saw former Chelsea youngster Bertrand Traore return to the Premier League. The Burkina Faso international joins from Lyon, with whom he spent three years, scoring 33 goals in 126 games and formed part of their exciting young attacking line. Traore previously made 16 appearances for Chelsea’s first team, scoring four goals including two in the Premier League during the 2015/16 campaign.

Ki-Jana Hoever

From: Liverpool
To: Wolverhampton Wanderers

Perhaps lost in the excitement of Diogo Jota’s big move to Liverpool, Reds fans also had to say goodbye to Ki-Jana Hoever. The 18-year-old Dutch defender was regarded as one of the top prospects in Liverpool’s academy but first-team chances were limited with Trent Alexander-Arnold ahead of him, and the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez in the centre of defence. As a result, Hoever has been allowed to leave permanently, and will be looking to break into Wolves’ back three in the long term.

Davide Zappacosta

From: Chelsea
To: Genoa

Fresh from his loan move to Roma last season, Davide Zappacosta is back in Serie A on a temporary basis, this time joining Genoa. The deal was officially announced on Saturday and just one day later Zappacosta was in the starting XI for his new club, in their Serie A opener at home to Crotone. Not only did he start for Genoa, but Zappacosta also scored the third goal of the 4-1 win, an excellent solo effort to announce himself to his new club’s supporters.

Arijanet Muric

From: Manchester City
To: Girona

Many of you will already know about the connection between Manchester City and Girona, with the pair both part of the City Football Group, So it will come as no surprise to see goalkeeper Arijanet Muric sent on loan to the Spanish club for the season. The 21-year-old, who only signed on Friday, is yet to make his competitive debut but did feature in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Real Zaragoza on Saturday.

Yoshinori Muto

From: Newcastle United
To: Eibar

Yoshinori Muto has not had the best time in Newcastle since joining from Mainz in 2018, with very little game time coming his way and scoring just twice in his 28 appearances across two years. The arrival of Callum Wilson from Bournemouth has seen Joelinton relegated to a bit-part role already but it also saw Muto leave the club. The Japanese forward has been sent on loan to La Liga side Eibar, sitting on the bench for their opener.

Chuba Akpom

From: PAOK
To: Middlesbrough

After two years in Greece with PAOK, during which he won the league unbeaten, Chuba Akpom is back in England having signed for Middlesbrough. The Arsenal academy product was added to a Boro side that saw Rudy Gestede and Lukas Nmecha leave over the summer, with only Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher to call on. The duo did manage to score 24 goals between them last season, but Akpom will add some threat with 10 across all competitions for PAOK in 2019/20.

Daniel Ayala

From: Middlesbrough
To: Blackburn Rovers

From an in to an out at Middlesbrough, Neil Warnock’s side allowed Daniel Ayala to leave the club on a free transfer, with Blackburn Rovers snapping the former Liverpool youngster. One of Rovers’ biggest problems last season, aside from the injury to Bradley Dack, was their defending, so Ayala will be a good addition to the club. He did not feature in their win over Wycombe Wanderers but is expected to become a part of their squad soon.

Taiwo Awoniyi

From: Liverpool
To: Union Berlin

Taiwo Awoniyi joined Liverpool as an 18-year-old in 2015 and is yet to make an appearance for the Reds at any level, spending the past five seasons on loan. And he has just been sent on his sixth loan spell, this time joining Union Berlin. But it isn’t as sinister as it may seem, with Awoniyi currently ineligible for a work permit.

In an interview with Sportinglife.ng last year, following his move to Mainz, Awoniyi revealed he was given two years by Jurgen Klopp to acquire a work permit and earn a chance at finally representing Liverpool, which would take him to the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

Marash Kumbulla

From: Hellas Verona
To: Roma

AS Roma opened their Serie A campaign on Saturday with a goalless draw away to Hellas Verona, despite the hosts being without Marash Kumbulla, one of their key defenders from last season. That’s because he was on the opposing bench having joined AS Roma on loan on Thursday. Kumbulla was one of the most sought-after young defenders of the summer transfer window and joins Roma on a two-year loan with an obligation to buy. Kumbulla already appears to be familiar with Roma’s defensive style, having revealed he watched Chris Smalling to try and learn from him during his own loan in Serie A.

Yann M’Vila

From: Saint-Etienne
To: Olympiacos

Once one of the most highly-sought after midfielders in Europe, Yann M’Vila is on his sixth club after joining Olympiacos from Saint-Etienne. The 30-year-old, who previously had a spell in loan in the Premier League with Sunderland, spent two years in France, playing 91 games for Saint-Etienne having also enjoyed his time there with Rennes at the start of his career. M’Vila has already made his Olympiacos debut, playing the first half of their 3-0 league win over Asteras Tripoli.