Summer Transfer Updates
The summer transfer window is officially closed and teams across Europe had their hands full this past 24 hours trying their last ditch effort to secure a deal. It was certainly notable for the many players that did change clubs, but was also noteworthy for those who stayed put.
Here is a look at the officially deals signed in the past 24 hours:
Thomas Partey to Arsenal
It’s Partey time in London! This has been the headliner, with the Gunners triggering the 50 million euros (sh 6 billion) release clause to pry him free from Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid. The deal was further enhanced with Lucas Torreira who signed with Atletico Madrid on a loan deal.
The 27-year-old Ghanaian international has been on Arsenal’s sights all through the summer transfer window and expectations will be set high to see if he can perform in the Premier League’s upper echelon under the guidance of Mikel Arteta.
Matteo Guendouzi, who had not featured in a match day squad for Arsenal since June 2020, also joined Hertha Berlin on loan for the 2020/21 season.
Cavani,Telles, Facundo to Manchester United
For weeks, Manchester United fans pitched camp on the club’s official social media handles begging the persons-in-charge to secure more signings. The long pursuit of Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho fell through as Dortmund did not budge in their initial set price.
However, Porto left back Alex Telles and PSG forward Edinson Cavani have officially joined the Red Devils, now linking up with fellow new signing Donny Van de Beek, who joined from Ajax earlier in the summer.
The club has also offloaded Chris Smalling on a permanent move to Roma for 15 million euros (sh 2 billion).
In a move for the future, Manchester United signed the 18-year-old Ivory Coast winger, Amad Traore who will likely join the club in January.
Another 18-year-old , Facundo Pellistri, will also be heading to the Old Trafford from Club Atletico Penarol on a five-year-contract, with an option to extend for a further year.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expressed his delight at signing the Uruguay international.
“Our scouts have followed Facundo for a long time and we believe that he will be a real talent for the long term. Whilst we understand it will take time for him to adapt to the English game, he is capable of having an impact with his pace and ability to beat his opponent, “ Solskjaer stated.
Other major signings in Europe:
Theo Walcott has joined Southampton from Everton on loan.
Raphinha has joined Leeds United from Rennes.
Tiemoue Bakayoko has joined Napoli from Chelsea on loan.
Eric Choupo Moting has joined Bayern Munich from PSG.
Douglas Coasta has joined Bayern Munich from Juventus on loan.