Football Features

Transfer deals you might have missed this week, from Marseille reunion to a familiar name back in Serie A

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 19:55, 2 July 2023

Transfers are being concluded thick and fast this summer.

A number of big deals involving Premier League clubs — notably Liverpool’s most recent midfield recruit Dominik Szoboszlai arriving from RB Leipzig — have been hashed out and there’s more to follow with boyhood pals Declan Rice (West Ham to Arsenal) and Mason Mount (Chelsea to Man Utd) waiting for the green light.

In the meantime here are nine moves taking place this week some of which you might have missed.

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Conor Coady

From: Wolves

To: Leicester

Suffering the ignominy of relegation, seven years after being crowned Premier League champions, has focussed the mind of Leicester City who are seeking an immediate return with Pep Guardiola’s former Manchester City coach Enzo Maresca installed at the helm. Given the gruelling nature of Championship football, they can do with resolute footballers up and down their spine, bringing in Conor Coady feels like a smart acquisition. Coady had spent last season on loan at Everton but after dramatically staying up the Toffees decided not to take up an option to sign him permanently. He’s since left Wolves, ending an eight-year association, and penning a three-year contract with the Foxes.

Harry Winks

From: Tottenham

To: Leicester

Retaining the services of James Maddison was an unlikely endeavour and Leicester has since watched him join Tottenham but that wasn’t the only transaction between former title rivals. Harry Winks, a one-time Sampdoria player, has gone the other way. He departs his childhood team having made 203 appearances in all competitions scoring five goals and creating six more.

Diego Moreira

From: Benfica B

To: Chelsea

Stamford Bridge feels like it has its own revolving door with so many incoming and outgoing players. However, not all of them have been high-profile, Chelsea for their reputation of splashing the cash has been renowned to sign promising talents across Europe and elsewhere. Diego Moreira fits that profile. The 18-year-old winger, dubbed a ‘defensive animal’, was part of Portugal’s squad at this summer’s U21 Euros and it remains to be seen whether he sticks around Chelsea’s first team or is loaned out as so many emerging players have experienced before.

Marcus Thuram

From: Borussia Mönchengladbach

To: Inter

There will be a Thuram playing in Serie A for the first time in over two decades. Lilian’s eldest son has followed in his father’s footsteps but will not be representing Parma or Juventus instead Marcus will be turning out for Inter having ended a four-year association with Borussia Mönchengladbach. Thuram joins the Champions League finalists on a free transfer and will be looking to build on the 46 goals mustered across 175 previous top-flight appearances.

Geoffrey Kondogbia

From: Atlético Madrid

To: Marseille

We are set for a reunion on the southern French coast with Geoffrey Kondogbia linking up with former Valencia manager Marcelino; during their previous time working together Kondogbia featured in 67 matches subsequently registering five goals and creating five more from defensive midfield. Kondogbia has previous Ligue 1 memories having made over 100 appearances for AS Monaco and RC Lens combined.

Nicolas Jackson

From: Villarreal

To: Chelsea

Following a beyond disappointing campaign it’s going to be fascinating watching Chelsea under Pochettino in this forthcoming season. The makeup of his regular starting eleven will also be worth keeping an eye on. Nicolas Jackson’s arrival from Villarreal has raised some eyebrows but he’s shown his worth through 12 goals in 34 league matches for the Yellow Submarine.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

From: Chelsea

To: Milan

In the end, Ruben Loftus-Cheek never could quite break through and establish himself at his boyhood club, the 10-time England international was handed ample opportunities but injuries often reared their ugly head. Incoming head coach Mauricio Pochettino, who is overseeing a mega clearance, obviously never factored RLC into his plans and the Cobham academy graduate now looks forward to getting back on his feet in Milan where he reunites with former teammate Fikayo Tomori.

Andy Diouf

From: Basel

To: Lens

This is a critical summer for Lens who are set to play Champions League football something the club hasn’t experienced in over twenty years. Stijn Spierings, Neil El Aynaoui, Morgan Guilavogu and Angelo Fulgini have already joined with Andy Diouf being the statement acquisition. He joins from Swiss outfit FC Basel where he bagged three goals and seven assists in 57 appearances from his central midfield position. His previous European football experience came last term in the UEFA Conference League. Diouf was ever-present in Basel’s semifinal run last term (three goals and two assists in 14 outings).

Ethan Laird

From: Man Utd

To: Birmingham City

In total Ethan Laird ultimately made two appearances (both coming in the Europa League), totalling 112 minutes, for boyhood club Manchester United but a long-term future there became remote following numerous loan spells. The 21-year-old right-back now has a permanent home at Birmingham City, in fact, he’s no stranger to playing second-division football having previously turned out for QPR, Bournemouth and Swansea City.

Fábio Carvalho

From: Liverpool

To: RB Leipzig

So much noise was made regarding Fábio Carvalho swapping Fulham for the bright lights of Liverpool but his time in Merseyside hasn’t exactly seen him pull up any trees. The 20-year-old midfielder-cum-forward is not part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans heading into the forthcoming season hence being loaned out to RB Leipzig, a move that has nothing to do with Dominik Szoboszlai coming the other way. Leipzig will be hoping this latest temporary Premier League acquisition is more productive than when Arsenal midfielder Emile Rowe Smith turned up several years ago.