A rundown of all of the major Premier League transfers on European Deadline Day, including Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s surprise move, Man United moving on another underperformer, and Bobby Duncan getting his much desired move away from Liverpool.
You thought it was all over? Well, it is now.
While English professional football has dispensed with the usual transfer deadline day at the end of summer, moving it forward to the first week of the season, just about every other European country still abies by it.
That’s a whole other month for clubs around Europe to get their business done, but it also gives Sky Sports a third deadline day to get excited about. Whose bright idea was that?!
The major Premier League transfers on European Deadline Day:
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Arsenal to AS Roma – loan
It’s been a tough few years for the Armenian in England, as moves to Arsenal and Manchester United didn’t quite work out. He’s now in Italy where he’ll play for the home of Premier League castoffs, Roma, although he doesn’t exactly look thrilled about it.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has arrived in Rome… ✈️👋 pic.twitter.com/APvE8igkMp
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) September 2, 2019
Matteo Darmian – Man United to Parma – £1.3m
The clearout continues. The Italian full-back is the sixth first-team player to be sent away this summer.
Benvenuto Matteo @DarmianOfficial! ✍🏻💛💙
— Parma Calcio 1913 (@ParmaCalcio_en) September 2, 2019
Javier Hernandez – West Ham United to Sevilla – £7.3m
With Sebastien Haller making such a big impact for the Hammers already, there’s no room for Javier Hernandez. He’s gone back to LaLiga, where he joins Sevilla.
— West Ham United (@WestHam) September 2, 2019
Bobby Duncan – Liverpool to Fiorentina – £1.8m
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) September 2, 2019
The academy striker pushed so badly to make his “dream” come true and move to Anfield from Man City just last summer, but after scoring 25 goals for the youth side last season, the 18-year-old wanted to be anywhere but. He will now play in Serie A with La Viola.
— ACF Fiorentina (@acffiorentina) September 2, 2019
Fernando Llorente – Free Agent to Napoli
The former Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City striker waited until the last possible moment to do so, but Fernando Llorente has found his new club in Naples, Italy.
— AurelioDeLaurentiis (@ADeLaurentiis) September 2, 2019
Florin Andone – Brighton to Galatasaray – loan
Just over a week since he was sent off for a shocking challenge against Southampton, Florin Andone has been sent on loan to Turkey. That move is good news for Irish football fans, as Aaron Connolly will now become the third choice striker at Brighton.
Galatasaray confirms the signing of Florin Andone from @OfficialBHAFC on a temporary move.
— Galatasaray EN (@Galatasaray) September 2, 2019
Asmir Begovic – Bournemouth to Qarabag – loan
The Bosnian goalkeeper has fallen way down the pecking order at Bournemouth, with Eddie Howe not including Begovic in the matchday squad for any of the club’s matches so far this season. His loan deal lasts until January, when he will presumably look for a permanent deal away from the south coast.
— Qarabağ FK English (@FKQarabaghEN) September 2, 2019
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson – Man United to Tranmere Rovers – loan
The Manchester United defender has moved to the Wirral to get some minutes under his belt. He has made 14 appearances for the Red Devils, but the last of those came in May 2016.
Welcome, Cameron! 👊
— Tranmere Rovers FC (@TranmereRovers) September 2, 2019
Kenedy – Chelsea to Getafe – loan
OFICIAL | Robert Kenedy se une a la familia azulona.
— Getafe C.F. (@GetafeCF) September 2, 2019
There will be, as it stands, three outgoings from Chelsea today: Kenedy to Getafe, Baba Rahman to Real Mallorca and Piazon to Rio Ave (all loans).
No plans for Batshuayi to leave #cfc
— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) September 2, 2019
Ryan Kent – Liverpool to Rangers – £7m
Four-year deal for Ryan Kent. Contract signed #RangersFC
— Bruce Archer (@Bruce_Archer89) September 2, 2019
Beyond the Premier League
Martin Skrtel has his contract at Atalanta cancelled.
The former Liverpool defender was only at the club for one month and made exactly zero appearances.
— Bruno Bottaro (@br1bottaro) September 1, 2019
The Italian club, who are set to face Manchester City in the Champions League this year, have lined up Sevilla’s Simon Kjaer on loan as his replacement.
Giocatore dell’Atalanta – sono felice. Forza #Atalanta⚫️🔵 // Happy to be an @Atalanta_BC player – and happy to be "back home" in Italy.
#Atalanta3uropa #GoAtalantaGo #SerieATIM pic.twitter.com/xkHAXpqQrx
— Simon Kjær (@simonkjaer1989) September 2, 2019
Falcao leaves the peaceful surrounds of Monaco, moves to the madness of Istanbul
Like seemingly every European footballer of a certain vintage, Radamel Falcao is trying out Turkish football. And just look at the reception he got form the Galatasaray fans:
This is how 25,000 Galatasaray fans greeted Radamel Falcao as he touched down in Istanbul 🙌🔥🇹🇷 pic.twitter.com/FD8zlX0zyg
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) September 2, 2019
Keylor Navas finally leaves Real Madrid for PSG
The Costa Rican’s days at the Bernabeu have been numbered ever since Thibaut Courtois shuttled in from Chelsea last year, despite the fact it is believed manager Zinedine Zidane prefers Navas. The goalkeeper averaged a trophy every 12 games in Madrid. Not a bad ratio, as Tim Sherwood would say.
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) September 2, 2019
The Icardi soap opera finally moves on from Inter Milan
An undoubtedly talented individual, but the Argentine brings a whole lot of baggage and drama to a dressing room that already has Neymar in it. Get the popcorn ready.
Breaking | Mauro Icardi has signed his contract with PSG. (C+)
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) September 2, 2019
Former Fulham goalkeeper joins PSG
Despite conceding a million goals for the Cottagers in the Premier League last season, Sergio Rico has bagged himself a loan move to Paris from Sevilla, his parent club.
Welcome to the capital 😉🎂
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) September 1, 2019
Other notable deals:
- Adalberto Peñaranda – Watford to KAS Eupen – loan
- Jake Hesketh – Southampton to Lincoln – loan
- Jimmy Dunne – Burnley to Fleetwood – loan
- Nikola Kalinic – Atletico Madrid to AS Roma – loan
- Patrik Schick – AS Roma to RB Leipzig – loan
- Rafinha – Barcelona to Celta Vigo – loan
- Wesley Hoedt – Southampton to Antwerp – loan
- Sam Hughes – Leicester City to Salford City – loan
- Roderick Miranda – Wolves to Famalicao – loan
- Kelechi Nwakali – Arsenal to SD Huesca – permanent