It was one of the busiest summer transfer windows in years, and a lot of big transfers may have gone unnoticed. Atletico Madrid pulled out an 11th hour signing from the French league, while there were some departures from the Eredivisie that you may not have taken heed of. Here are ten transfers to help avoid those “when did he sign for…?” moments.
Kevin Gameiro – PSG to Sevilla
After two seasons at wealthy Paris St Germain, French striker Kevin Gameiro moved to Sevilla in July for €7.5million.
He scored 19 goals in those two seasons, and was hotly linked with a move to the Premier League – with Liverpool, Arsenal and Newcastle all mentioned.
Gameiro has already notched two goals in three games for Sevilla.
Dries Mertens – PSV to Napoli
One of Rafael Benitez’s first pieces of business after taking over at Napoli was the signature of Belgian striker Dries Mertens.
The 26-year-old has been scoring goals in the Eredivisie for a number of years, and on the back of an 18-goal season, Napoli felt happy to spend €10million on the player in an attempt to fill the boots of Edinson Cavani. Of course, they also signed Gonzalo Higuain to give him a hand.
Bernard – Atletico MG to Shakhtar Donetsk
Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk spent €25million on the Brazilian early in August. The winger has ten caps for the Brazilian senior team, and at just 20-years-old has a huge ceiling for Donetsk to perhaps cash in in a few seasons.
Along with Fred and Douglas Costa, he’s one of ten Brazilians in the squad.
Geoffrey Kondogbia – Sevilla to Monaco
Monaco took their summer spending above €160million with the signing of French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia.
The 20-year-old, along with Paul Pogba, was one of the stars of the show at the U20 World Cup this summer – where France triumphed.
Kondogbia joins for €20million after one season in La Liga. He’s a tough, physical midfielder who can also also play in defence.
Kevin Strootman – PSV to Roma
Another move from the Dutch Premier League that you may have missed.
Kevin Strootman has been a regular in the national team for quite a while, including during the European Championships. An experienced player but just 23-years-old, he’ll shore up the Roma midfield after his €17million transfer. Manchester Utd fans were disappointed to miss out on him.
Raul Albiol – Real Madrid to Napoli
Rafael Benitez wasn’t long solidifying his defence with the €12million signature of Albiol. The experienced Spanish international is just entering his prime as a defender, and played briefly for Benitez when he began his career at Valencia.
Albiol was an immediate success at Real, but fell out of favour after the arrival of Jose Mourinho.
Guilherme Siqueira – Granada to Benfica
Remember Liverpool looked like they were going to sign this left back? Well, Real Madrid appeared to be very close to signing him, so close that Fabio Coentrao was off to Manchester United.
Both deals fell apart, and the Brazilian is off to Benfica on a season long loan deal.
Kevin-Prince Boateng – AC Milan to Schalke
The German club paid around €15million for the Ghanaian attacker, after he handed in a transfer request at the San Siro.
The former Portsmouth and Tottenham man had three good seasons in Serie A, and had even scored two goals for Milan this season in the Champions League qualifiers.
Josuha Guilavogui – Saint Etienne to Atletico Madrid
The Spanish side had a decent deadline day, signing Toby Alderweireld from Ajax as well as Josuha Guilavogui from Saint Etienne.
The defensive midfield player has been a mainstay in the French club’s midfield for the last couple of seasons, and will slot straight into the Atletico starting eleven.
Gareth Bale – Tottenham to Real Madrid
This one slipped right under the radar, as Real Madrid submitted a late transfer window bid for the Welshman, who will provide backup to Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria.