Five transfers you may have missed including; a Spanish prospect, an Olympic Gold Medallist, a Premier League fan favourite, a Scandinavian star seeking redemption, and a Euro 2020 winner!
By Ersen Kayin – 12th August 2021.
The 2021/22 season is looming, as fans returned to club football duties following a surreal Euro 2020 hangover.
In this transfer window, we have already seen Ligue 1 powerhouses Paris Saint Germain sign Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Ramos, Lionel Messi and Italian hero Gianluigi Donnarumma.
While Manchester City signed Jack Grealish for £100 Million, Chelsea resigned Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku for a similar fee.
These transfers are already well known.
But there are five transfers that you football fans may have missed ahead of the new season.
Brahim Diaz – Real Madrid to AC Milan – Loan with option to buy
Former Manchester City prospect Brahim Diaz re-joined Champions League side AC Milan on a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid.
The transfer also features an option to buy which means the Rossoneri can buy the player. However, Real Madrid also inserted a buy-back clause should Brahim join the Italian side on a permanent deal.
The Spanish star of Moroccan heritage grabbed four goals and four assists in 27 appearances for Milan.
His form earned him his first cap for La Roja in June where he scored in the 4-0 win over Lithuania.
The two-footed forward now 22, continues to raise his stock at an Italian side on the up.
The Nike athlete also posted his gratitude over his return to Italy via his Instagram account which has 1.8 million followers.
“Happy to be back, thank you for all the love I received <3 #ForzaMilan.”Brahim on Instagram
Brahim Diaz will wear the number 10 shirt with aims to achieve similar legendary status as Ruud Gullit, Carlo Ancelotti, and Clarence Seedorf.
Does Brahim have similar potential as his successors or will the number be too big to handle for the youngster? Comment below.
Renato Augusto – Beijing Guoan to Corinthians – Free transfer
Renato Augusto, 33, returned to his native country and resigned for Corinthians on a free transfer from Chinese side Beijing Guoan on a one-and-a-half-year contract.
The 33-cap international played 116 games for the Imperial Guards and scored 35 and assisted 35 for the Super League team.
The Sao Paulo based side are currently managed by former Arsenal and Barcelona full-back Sylvinho.
They won the Campeonato Brasileiro in 2017 for the 11th time.
Augusto also netted eight times and provided 14 assists in his first spell at the Whites before departing for Guoan in 2015.
Did you know, Renato won gold in the Olympics against Germany via a penalty shootout in 2016 in Rio?
The midfielder had previously played for Bayer Leverkusen and Flamengo, therefore, provides exceptional experience.
Corinthians currently sit 12th in the Brazilian Serie A, having accumulated 18 points from 15 games. He joins fellow playmaker Giuliano De Paula who departed Istanbul Basaksehir in mid-July.
The gold medallist posted a 50-second video of the Corinthians jerseys and a letter with Brazilian handwriting to his 942,000 followers with the caption:
“Just give me the sign that I’ll come back from anywhere… #Vaicorinthians.”Renato Augusto on Instagram
Will Augusto retire at the 11-time Brazillian league champions? Comment below.
Pablo Hernandez- Leeds Utd to C.D. Castellon S.A.D – contract expiry
The 36-year-old midfielder signed for CD Castillon, where he starred for their youth side.
He returned to his home city following a superb illustrious international club career.
The Spaniard played in Spain, Wales, England, United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
In 2012, Hernandez joined Premier League side Swansea and won the League Cup under Michael Laudrup, before departing for Qatari side Al Arabi in 2014.
He returned to England and signed for then Championship side Leeds following spells at Al Nasr, Rayo Vallecano, and Al Arabi, and featured 151 times for the Yorkshire Whites in the second tier.
He scored 34 goals and assisted his teammates 38 times as they achieved promotion in 2020. He left with 175 appearances 36 goals and 41 assists in total, more than at any other club in his career.
The Spaniard achieved four caps for his nation, but his last cap was in 2010, almost 11 years ago.
The legend of Yorkshire posted an in-depth thank you note to Leeds fans and followers on Instagram.
On the 26th of July, Hernandez announced his return with the caption:
“So happy to be back home!!! I’ll give anything for this shirt!!! Thank you for the welcome and support to all Orelluts! See you in Castalla!!! PPO.”Pablo Hernandez on Instagram.
His current side was founded in 1922. From Huesca, they play in the 3rd tier of Spanish football after relegation last season.
Will Pablo achieve promotion with his hometown side? Comment below.
Joshua King – Everton to Watford – Free transfer
Another transfer that’s gone under the radar is former Manchester United footballer Joshua King.
King, now 29, signed for Watford on a free transfer from Everton in July.
King signed a two-year contract with an option of a one-year extension for the Hornets.
The former Bournemouth hitman can play in multiple positions in the attack: left-wing, centre forward, right-wing and attacking midfield, but is primarily a second striker.
The Norwegian also has 59 caps and 17 goals for the Scandinavian nation.
The Oslo born star has Gambian heritage as his dad is from Gambia.
True or false, Joshua King played in Germany as a youngster?
Answer at the end of the section.
The 2017 Norwegian player of the year follows Dapo Mebude, Peter Etebo, Danny Rose, Ashley Fletcher, Imran Louza and, Mattie Pollock through the Vicarage Road doors.
Watford earned promotion to the Premier League last season with a second-place finish in the Championship.
The former Man Utd striker, featured in two games for the Red Devils; a 1-0 loss against Galatasaray in the Champions League in 2012, and a nine-minute cameo in 2009 as Man Utd edged out Wolves in the League Cup 1-0. This was enough to give the forward a League Cup medal for Sir Alex Ferguson’s reds.
The forward adds vital Premier League experience for the Yellow and Blacks as he has 172 appearances in five seasons in the first tier, with 161 appearances at Bournemouth.
It’s an imperative transfer for King, he only featured in 11 appearances for Everton in his sixth-month spell at the Merseyside club in 2021.
King only managed three goals and two assists last season. But only in the FA Cup: A brace vs Oldham and a solitary goal vs Crawley Town, with an assist each for Bournemouth last season.
To his 133,000 followers, King posted a picture of himself with the badge and revealed:
“Buzzing to be joining Watford, I can’t wait to get going again & feel the atmosphere at Vicarage Road.”Joshua King on instagram
King also revealed that 13 is his shirt number for the season, via the hashtag ‘jk13’ on the caption.
13 is an unlucky number for some, but will it be the opposite for the Watford signing?
Can Joshua King add to his 48 goals and 15 assists in the Premier League and help his new club avoid relegation to the Championship this season?
TRUE or FALSE? Joshua King played in Germany?
The answer is true.
Joshua King signed for Borussia Monchengladbach on loan from Manchester Utd in the 11/12 season primarily for their B team.
However, he managed two appearances in the Bundesliga and featured in 18 minutes in total for the Gladbach side.
Salvatore Sirigu – Torino to Genoa – Free Transfer
Italian veteran and Euro 2020 winner Salvatore Sirigu joined Genoa as a free agent from Torino.
The 27 capped Italian signed a one-year contract in the Northwest Italian side in early August.
The 34-year-old comes with vital experience to the Rossobis having illustrated 441 appearances in professional football.
In 2007, Sirigu began his professional career at Palermo, and after two loan spells at Cremonese and Ancona respectively, he played 78 times at the former Serie A side alongside Javier Pastore and Edinson Cavani before departing for PSG in 2011.
The Italian had four seasons at Paris Saint Germain and accumulated 190 appearances, 84 clean sheets, and 13 trophies. This includes four successive Ligue 1 titles, two French Cups, three French League cups and four French Super Cups from 2011-12 to 2015-16.
That is his most successful spell despite winning a Euro 2020 medal this year.
Sirigu departed PSG in 2016 for Sevilla and played 20 games for Sevilla and joined Torino a year later. He played 152 times for the Serie A side, before leaving the club this summer having just avoided relegation to Serie B.
The free signing will wear number 57.
“It’s the house number of the place where I was raised with my brothers and sisters in Sardinia.” Sirigu revealed in a press conference.Salvatore Sirigu in a press conference following his transfer to Genoa.
If you had the opportunity, would you have signed Sirigu? Comment below.
Other transfers that have gone under the radar
- Alfreza Jahanbash – Brighton to Feyenoord – £950,000
- Steven Burghuis – Feyenoord to Ajax – £4.7 Million
- Kevin Gamiero – Valencia to Strasbourg – Free Transfer
- Ricky Van Wolfswinkel – FC Basel to Twente – Free Transfer
- Dalbert – inter Milan to Cagliari – Loan
Which transfer excites you the most? Share your opinions.