9 European transfers you might have missed: Tonali, Kalou, Kolarov…

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With the likes of Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish dominating the newspaper gossip columns every day, it can be easy to miss the transfers that actually happen. 

The strange circumstances this summer have meant a lot of creative accounting, plenty of free transfers and some clubs forced to make do with what they already have. But that’s not to say there hasn’t been any intruiging transfer business going on.

With that in mind, here’s a round-up of nine European transfers you might have missed this summer.

Sandro Tonali

The highly-rated 20-year-old has already earned three caps for Italy, so it was only a matter of time that he moved to a bigger club than Brescia.

The midfielder has just signed on an initial loan deal with AC Milan, with a permanent deal to likely follow in 2021. He’s drawn comparisons to Andrea Pirlo, but we reckon that’s just because of his beautiful mane of hair.

Tonali reportedly asked childhood hero Gennaro Gattuso for permission to wear his old No.8 shirt at the San Siro, which perhaps gives you a better idea of his playing style.

Felix Correia

We were going to include Juventus’ signing of Schalke’s USA midfielder Weston McKennie in this, but then we spotted Juve had signed a Manchester City player we’d never heard of in a swap deal involving another player we’d never heard of.

Nineteen-year-old winger Correia has joined the Turin giants after a season on loan in the Dutch second tier from City, while 18-year-old forward Pablo Moreno has moved to the Etihad having previously been on the books at Barcelona.

We look forward to never hearing about either player again.

Aleksandar Kolarov

On the subject of just how ignorant we’ve been this summer – in our defence, the never-ending football has made it quite difficult – Kolarov’s transfer from Roma to Inter had completely passed us by too.

The left-back, now 34, has signed a one-year deal at the San Siro with the option of another 12 months and joins the ever-increasing number of aged former Premier League players in Antonio Conte’s creaking squad.

They announced it with a gloriously batsh*t video, too.

Caio Henrique

Henrique has played just a single competitive game for Atletico Madrid but makes this list mainly for his exploits for Leeds United in our most recent Football Manager save.

The Brazilian left-back has spent three separate loan spells back in his home country while at Atleti but will finally get the chance to establish himself in European football after joining Monaco in an €8million deal.

He’s already a cult hero in our eyes, whatever happens.

Thomas Meunier

The versatile Belgian, a key part of Roberto Martinez’s Red Devils side that reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, left perennial French champions PSG in the summer after letting his contract run down.

He might have been a handy player for the Parisians to have in the latter stages of the Champions League, but by that point he’d already signed for Borussia Dortmund.

Patrik Schick

The highly-rated Czech Republic international impressed on loan at RB Leipzig last season, scoring 10 goals in 22 Bundesliga appearances, earning him a permanent move from Roma to Germany.

But Leipzig missed out on his signature, with Bayer Leverkusen using some of the funds they received for Kai Havertz to sign him for a reported fee of €26.5million.

Salomon Kalou

We cannot tell you just how into Kalou leaving Hertha Berlin to play for Brazilian outfit Botafogo we truly are.

The new Clarence Seedorf, we’ve always said that.

(Hertha are a European club, so this is fine and not just a tenuous link to plug one of our old articles, honest.)

READ: Clarence Seedorf in Brazil: A perfect swansong in his football utopia

Nuri Sahin

A key player under Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, Sahin’s career hasn’t quite hit the heights some expected when he left the Westfalenstadion in 2011, with underwhelming stints at Real Madrid and on loan at Liverpool followed by a failure to recapture his best form on his return to Dortmund in 2014.

He’s spent the last two seasons at fellow Bundesliga side Werder Bremen but was pushed to the periphery last term and was released in the summer. The former Turkey international will play in the Super Lig for the first time in his career this season, having signed for Antalyaspor.

Jonathan Panzo

The Brockley-born defender was once tipped for big things at boyhood club Chelsea but left the Blues for Monaco in 2018, with no clear pathway to the first team.

Senior opportunities also found difficult to come by at the Ligue 1 club, and he spent a portion of last season on loan at Belgian side Cercle Brugge.

Panzo, who has represented England at five different youth levels, will be hoping this is the year he gets his chance, signing with Dijon for an undisclosed fee.


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