10 Transfers You may Have Missed

James Budgen

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Jean-Philippe Gbamin → Trabzonspor (loan)

Joining from Mainz in 2019 for a fee of £25 million at 23 years old, big things were expected of Gbamin in defensive midfield, but instead, he may go down as Everton’s worst transfer in their history after just making eight appearances for the club in three seasons, completing 90 minutes just twice and once in the Premier League, with injuries and rehabilitation plaguing his time at the Toffees.

Gbamin has a great opportunity to resurrect his career, joining the Turkish champions on loan, and it may be his last chance to make an impression to his parent club after failing to impress them in his loan spell to CSKA Moscow in the second half of last season.

Lewis Grabban → Al-Ahli Saudi (free)

Despite several offers to remain in England and at Nottingham Forest, Lewis Grabban has made the decision to move to Saudi Arabian second-tier side Al-Ahli as a free transfer on a one-year deal after playing a massive role in Nottingham Forest’s promotion push.

Despite missing the business end to the season with injuries, Grabban’s goals in the first half of the season propelled Forest to be in contention with the promotion, scoring 12 goals in 23 starts.

Since making his debut in the 2005/06 season for Crystal Palace, Grabban has made 542 appearances in England and Scotland, scoring 168 goals, with the majority coming for Forest, scoring 56 goals for the club.

Bertrand Traoré → Istanbul Basaksehir FK (Loan)

Just two years after joining Aston Villa from Lyon for around £17 million on a four-year contract, Bertrand Traore has already fallen out of favour at the club, with the winger making just nine appearances in the Premier League last season, with only five coming under Steven Gerrard, despite making 36 appearances the season before.

With Gerrard not using a formation with wingers, it makes sense for Traore to depart to feature in a team regularly, and with Başakşehir in the Europa Conference League, he will have plenty of opportunities to prove himself to the Villa hierarchy.

Marc Bartra → Trabzonspor (£1 million)

Despite initially rejecting a move to the Turkish champions, which doubled his salary, Marc Bartra was persuaded by the higher-ups at Real Betis to move to Trabzonspor after problems registering new signings because of La Liga salary restrictions.

Despite taking a backwards step in league stature, Bartra is still a quality centre-back, making 146 appearances for the Spanish side in his five seasons at the club, and at just £1 million, it is a bargain for the Turkish side.

Jasper Cillessen → NEC Nijmegen (£900,000)

Valencia have been another Spanish side struggling with the wage limits introduced by La Liga, being forced to cut the wage bill, with Jasper Cillessen as one of the biggest earners, his departure felt necessary, especially with him being replaced as their no.1 keeper.

Cillessen still has the quality to play for many good teams in Europe’s top leagues, but instead decided to return to the club that gave him his first opportunity in club football twelve years ago.

Isco → Sevilla (free)

A few years ago a move for Isco would’ve been one of the biggest stories of the transfer window, but after falling out of favour at Real Madrid in the past few years, his move to Sevilla has gone under the radar.

Isco made 353 appearances for Los Blancos, winning the Champions League five times and La Liga three times in his nine years at the club, but has ended up leaving for free after his contract expired with him just making three starts in the league last season.

Christian Benteke → DC United (£5 million)

After ten years in England, Christian Benteke has made the switch to the MLS from Crystal Palace for £5 million to be the main man in Wayne Rooney’s side, signing a two-year contract, with the option of another year with DC United.

Benteke has played for three Premier League clubs, making 320 appearances, scoring 96 goals, with his transfer fees to English sides amounting to £78 million.

Ademola Lookman → Atalanta (£8 million)

Despite his breakout season coming for Charlton in the 2015/16 season and making his Premier League debut in 2017, Ademola Lookman is still just 24 years old and has an opportunity in Italy to finally get regular first-team football.

Lookman has spent the past two seasons on loan in the Premier League with Fulham and Leicester City from RB Leipzig, after just making just 24 appearances for the German side, but now has an opportunity to thrive at a club where he knows he will be there next season.

Dani Alves → Pumas UNAM (free)

After a sensational return to Barcelona at 38 years old, Dani Alves was expecting to return to Catalunya for another season under former teammate Xavi, but the manager decided he wasn’t needed, with Alves then taking up an offer to join Mexican side Pumas.

Dani Alves is the most successful player in football history, with 43 trophies to his name, is not having a great time in Mexico though, with rumours of him moving already, with Pumas only winning once in 12 games so far this season, with the players being booed off by their own fans.

Luka Jovic → Fiorentina (free)

Real Madrid’s summer of 2019 is definitely one of the more interesting in recent times, spending a total of £320 million, with some transfers ending well, namely Eder Militao and Rodrygo, but £160 million was spent on Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard.

Jovic was signed £56 million, but only ever made seven league starts for Los Blancos, scoring three goals, with Karim Benzema rightly keeping him out of the side and now the Serbian, who still is only 24 years old, has now left to join Fiorentina on a free transfer, with Madrid getting a percentage of the next sale.

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