Transfer cycle comes to a halt: hectic pace in the premier league, Chelsea spiraling out of control

Transfer cycle comes to a halt: hectic pace in the premier league, Chelsea spiraling out of control

Millions again fled football clubs and their managers during the winter transfer window, which ended yesterday with a particularly busy deadline for Dutch clubs.

For example, some well-known names returned to the first league at the last minute. Former Feyenoord commentator Elvis Manu may soon be seen at FC Groningen, who signed the attacker on loan from Bulgaria’s Botev Plovdiv.

Norwegian striker Bjørn Johnsen, a sensation who scored nineteen goals and finished second at ADO Den Haag in the 2017/2018 season, traded Montréal for SC Cambuur.

Another big name has returned to his old home at the last moment: Marco van Ginkel is moving from PSV to Vitesse, the club where it all started for him. Van Ginkel meets Davy Proepper, Nicolas Isimat-Mirin and coach Phillip Cocu in Arnhem.

PSV did the same on its last transfer day: Belgian international Thorgan Hazard came on loan from Borussia Dortmund and Patrick van Aanholt from Galatasaray. Van Aanholt will replace Philipp Max, who also joined Eintracht Frankfurt on loan on Tuesday.

And AZ managed to lure Sparta-Rotterdam reveal Sven Mijnans on a transfer.

Which transfers caught your eye the most last winter? The best known name has already found a new club on 30 December. Making it impossible for himself at Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Saudi club Al-Nassr.

“To take football in Saudi Arabia to the next level,” the 37-year-old Portuguese said in his presentation. But his monstrous salary probably played a role too: allegedly 70 million euros a year, possibly up to 200 million.

Ronaldo’s free transfer from Manchester caused a noticeable musical bowel movement: the Portuguese’s void was filled by Wout Weghorst, who was loaned from Burnley to Beşiktaş but joined Erik ten Hag’s team.

Weghorst’s vacancy in Turkey was taken by Cameroonian striker Vincent Aboubakar, who was later replaced by Ronaldo at Al-Nassr.

four orange international

Weghorst is one of four Orange internationals to change clubs after the World Cup. Good for three goals in Qatar, Cody Gakpo traded PSV for Liverpool a week after the World Cup final. It brought the Eindhoveners around 50m euros.

Daley Blind left Ajax on a free transfer and under his age and was surprisingly picked up by Bayern Munich. Memphis Depay transferred from FC Barcelona (backup bank) to Atletico Madrid for supposedly three million euros.

PSV tried to bring Depay back to Eindhoven last month, but the Orange attacker wanted to see what the transfer window would bring, general manager Marcel Brands said on Tuesday.

press in PSV

Eindhoven residents didn’t have to let Gakpo go alone last month. Noni Madueke also went to Chelsea for a large sum (40 million euros). Bruma (via Fenerbahce to SC Braga), Yorbe Vertessen (on loan to Union Sint-Gillis) and Ki-Jana Hoever (returned to Wolverhampton Wanderers) also left.

Hazard, Van Aanholt and Portuguese forward Fábio Silva, who was released on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, who previously loaned him to Anderlecht, filled the gaps in Ruud van Nistelrooij’s selection.

Rest in Feyenoord

Patient PSV hopes to get on with the newcomers. Leader Feyenoord is already in the process of recovery and was limited to only one player acquisition last month: defender Neraysho Kasanwirjo, bought for 1.5m euros from FC Groningen.

The Rotterdam team would have liked to strengthen their midfield with Ramiz Zerrouki. However, FC Twente reined in his leg and did not let the Algerian star go, despite Feyenoord’s various attempts.

Feyenoord also aimed his arrows at Thomas van den Belt at the last moment, but PEC remained at Zwolle.

“Silence” in Ajax

Ajax has also been mostly quiet over the past month, at least when it comes to transfers. Blind’s departure was turbulent, Lucas Ocampos’ departure was rather swift, Lisandro Magallán’s disappearance was quiet. On Deadline Day, Viktor Jensen moved to FC Utrecht and Belgian international junior Mika Godts was signed by KRC Genk.

Goalkeeper Jay Gorter joined Aberdeen on loan on the last day of the game. Argentine world champion Gerónimo Rulli, who came from Villarreal for 8 million euros, has secured a permanent place under the bar at Ajax.

Other Dutch clubs, especially sc Heerenveen, did not stand still. The club announced five acquisitions: defender Jeffrey Bruma and forwards Pelle van Amersfoort, Ché Nunnely, Daniel Karlsbakk and Osame Sahraoui.

Selling Amin Sarr to Olympique Lyonnais for 11 million Euros, the club filled its wallet.

In addition to Mijnans, AZ signed Djordje Mihailović (Montréal) and goalkeeper Matthew Ryan (FC Copenhagen) last month. Eredivisie No. 5 FC Twente saw Chritso Tzolis return to Norwich to take over Alfons Sampsted from FK Bodø/Glimt on a free transfer. But the tukkers will be especially happy if Zerrouki stays.

Chelsea takes the cake

There was also a lot of work done abroad during the winter transfer window, but it wasn’t really a sensational hit. However, there was one club that stood out in the transfer arena: Chelsea.

Rich owner Todd Boehly’s club already has Madueke (€40m), Mychajlo Moedryk (100m), Benoît Badiashile (38m), Malo Gusto (30m, immediately re-leased), Andrey Santos (12.5m) and David Fofana (12 million) and João Félix for 11 million Euros.

Enzo Fernández joined them on the last day. The Argentine midfielder joined Chelsea from Benfica for €121 million, a record fee for an English club.

Jorginho left Chelsea on Delivery Date Day. The Italian midfielder has joined Premier League leaders Arsenal for just under €12 million. Former Ajax player Hakim Ziyech was on his way to Paris Saint-Germain, but Londoners were late with the paperwork.

He can still go to a country where the transfer market closes later, such as Portugal or Turkey.

Source: NOS

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