Nine Deadline Day transfers from Europe you may have missed
It did not really feel like Deadline Day, considering English clubs have until October 16 to complete domestic signings, but Monday was still a busy day filled with plenty of transfers, as well as many that didn’t come off.
Arsenal signed Thomas Partey, Manchester United recruited three players and Leeds United started a Twitter row by bringing in Raphinha. Considering the sheer volume of deals being completed, it would be easy to miss out on some of those taking place.
Fear not, as here are nine European transfers you may have missed on Deadline Day.
To many, Nikola Kalinic is the bloke who was sent home by the Croatian national team for refusing to be subbed on, subsequently missing out on their run to the World Cup final. To Hellas Verona, he’s their new signing.
Despite that debacle, he had spent the last two seasons at Atletico Madrid and then on loan at Roma. But he failed to make much of an impact for either. All the man wants is to start some football matches.
Paris Saint-Germain didn’t show their usual extravagance in the transfer window this summer. Mauro Icardi making his loan permanent was the biggest move, while Moise Kean joined on loan from Everton and Rafinha moved from Barcelona – two exciting players, but neither with much game time recently.
Among the others is Danilo Pereira, who has come in on loan from Porto. Temporarily signing a 29-year-old holding midfielder who isn’t a big name was never going to grab the headlines. It will be intriguing to see how he is used, though, with the likes of Idrissa Gueye, Leandro Paredes and Marco Veratti already available to Thomas Tuchel.
Watford are back in the Championship, which means one thing: players going back and forth between Vicarage Road and Udinese.
The Hornets had already brought in Stipe Perica, Francisco Sierralta and William Troost-Ekong from the Serie A outfit this transfer window, but before Deadline Day, Roberto Pereyra was the only player they’d sent back.
So, to even things out a bit, and to give Gerard Deulofeu the top-flight football he deserves, the Spaniard has gone out on loan there.
Before the Eredivisie season was null and void, AZ Alkmaar were threatening to take the title off of Ajax, sitting behind them by just eight goals. Oussama Idrissi played an integral part in making that happen, scoring 13 goals and assisting a further five from the wing. That included a clinical finish in a 2-0 win over the Amsterdammers just before coronavirus put a stop to everything.
Having had the opportunity to potentially lift a trophy taken away from him, he has now headed off to Sevilla, where he is pretty much guaranteed to win the Europa League at some point.
Diego Perotti has been allowed to leave Roma for free to join Turkish giants Fenerbahce, completing what is a wonderful mishmash of an attacking line-up. The 32-year-old will link up with the likes of Mbwana Samatta, Enner Valencia and Papiss Cisse in Istanbul.
The Turkish Super Lig can be very fun, and with Fenerbahce having had a solid start to the season – sitting second after four games – it should be entertaining to see whether this attack can propel them to the title.
RB Leipzig are the kings of taking players failing at big-name clubs and combining them with gems, transforming them into a cog in their relentless machine. Last term, Christopher Nkunku and Patrick Schick were brought in from Paris Saint-Germain and Roma respectively for that purpose.
Now, they have plucked another struggling talent on loan from Stadio Olympico, with Justin Kluivert having managed just 18 minutes across Roma’s first three league games. Their aim will be to extract the sort of exciting talent that was showcased during his time at Ajax.
Home is where the heart is, at least for Ajax players. There are plenty of stars who have left the Johan Cruyff Arena before returning later on in their careers, with Daley Blind and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar among those to do just that.
Davy Klaassen has now joined that cohort, as he goes back to the club he led to a Europa League final. This comes after he endured a tough final season with Werder Bremen, in which the club stayed up on goal difference in the Bundesliga relegation play-off.
Luca Zidane has flown from underneath his dad’s wing, joining Rayo Vallecano on a two-year deal. Even with Zinedine around, the 22-year-old stopper couldn’t get much game time, representing the first-team twice, conceding four goals.
After completing a loan spell with Racing Santander, he is now off to make his own way in the world and will be hoping to help Rayo get out of Segunda Division and back into La Liga.
Hoffenheim bringing in Sebastian Rudy on loan from Schalke is a solid move but isn’t one that’s going to catch too many headlines. The 30-year-old has represented Germany 29 times and has a Bundesliga title to his name.
The midfielder is still very much capable of contributing, having made 31 Bundesliga starts last term. Therefore, this could turn out to be a shrewd signing, even if it is only a loan deal.