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European Transfer Deadline Day Review

The European Transfer Window is now closed, some interesting moves happened on deadline day and I will be reviewing them, along with the biggest deals and the ones that didn’t get completed from across Europe.

Alexis Sanchez’s nightmare at Manchester United has come to end with the forward making a loan move to Inter Milan.

Interestingly, it is reported that United will pay 6 million towards Sanchez’s wages and the deal does not include an option to buy, which means, if Sanchez were to rediscover his form in Italy, United could demand a bigger fee for the Chile international at the end of his loan.

Sanchez arrived at United on big wages (the best-paid player in the Premier League) and big expectation but the spell couldn’t have gone worse. At Arsenal he was outstanding, being the player that made things happen for the gunners, he departs united having scored only three goals.

Supporters had long accepted that this was a move that just didn’t work but there is still confusion as to why. Sanchez got more goals than assists in each of his seasons at Arsenal but that statistic was reversed in both of his campaigns with United.

At Arsenal, he had a shot more often than he created a chance for a team-mate. At United, he created a chance for a team-mate more often than he had a shot.

Last season, Sanchez actually lost possession less often than ever before. In part, that’s because he stopped dribbling. It was an inversion of what had made him such a good player and goes some way to explain why there was such a dramatic change in his from.

Sanchez moved to United in a swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan in January 2018.

However, Mkhitaryan has now also moved on – in perhaps one of the more surprising departures as he joins Roma on a season loan.

During his time at the Emirates, Mkhitaryan has scored nine goals in 56 games, he was always a good option for Arsenal but now it appears they are preferring to bring through youth prospects like Reiss Nelson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock.

Roma also added several other players to their squad during a busy summer window, including the loan signings of Davide Zappacosta from Chelsea and Chris Smalling from Manchester United.

They also signed Atletico Madrid’s former Blackburn forward Nikola Kalinic on loan for the season.

Smalling’s departure from United is a strange decision for me as I rate him higher than United defenders Phil Jones and Eric Bailly, who can never stay injury-free.

United also waved a permanent farewell to Matteo Darmian, who signed for Parma on a four-year contract. United are expected to receive £3.6m from the deal and have inserted a sell-on clause.

Another Premier League departure saw Javier Hernandez leave West Ham to join Sevilla in a deal worth close to £8m, with the Mexican signing a three-year contract.

I am a fan of Hernandez and thought he should’ve got more playing time, but he would be the second choice again this season and he clearly wants more game time. It does leave the Hammers slightly short upfront.

Although Fernando Llorente’s contract expired earlier this summer, the Spaniard said goodbye to Tottenham after it was confirmed the striker joined Napoli on a two-year deal.

Southampton’s, Mario Lemina and Brighton’s, Florian Andone joined Galatasaray.

Chelsea’s, Kenedy headed to Getafe, and Leicester winger, Rachid Ghezzal moved to Fiorentina.

North of the Border

Rangers re-signed Ryan Kent, on a permanent deal, having impressed on loan from Liverpool last season.

The £7.5m deal, sees him become the second most expensive signing in the club’s history after Tore Andre Flo, in my eyes is money well spent.

Celtic completed a move for Kilmarnock left-back, Greg Taylor, who joined for an undisclosed fee, as well as signing Manchester City defender, Jeremie Frimpong on a four-year deal and Republic of Ireland Under-21 defender, Lee O’Connor from Manchester United.

And finally on a domestic front, the busiest club of them all…

After successfully negotiating the sale of the club and remaining in the EFL, there was more good news for Bolton Wanderers as they made NINE signings on deadline day alone.

Winger, Thibaud Verlinden and midfielder, Liam Bridcutt joined on loan from Stoke and Nottingham Forest respectively. Will Buckley rejoined the club as a free agent after initially leaving at the end of last season.

Other free transfers saw Chris O’Grady join from Oldham, Ali Crawford from Doncaster, Josh Emmanuel from Ipswich, Daryl Murphy from Nottingham Forest, Joe Bunney from Northampton, while veteran defender Jake Wright signed on loan from Sheffield United.

Around Europe:

Having lost the No 1 battle at Real Madrid to Thibaut Courtois, Keylor Navas upped sticks and joined Paris Saint-Germain for an undisclosed fee, signing a four-year contract with the Ligue 1 champions. The deal also saw Alphonse Areola move the other way on a season-long loan with the option to buy.

Another major move saw Mauro Icardi sign a new three-year deal with Inter Milan but also join Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan. According to Sky in Italy, PSG will pay the Serie A side an initial loan fee of 5m euros and will have the option to make the move permanent next summer for 65m euros.

Other eye-catching transfers saw Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic join Azerbaijan club side Qarabag on loan until January and Arvin Appiah left Nottingham Forest to join Almeria, the Segunda Division side tweeting ‘Sorry Man Utd’ when announcing the signature. As a Forest Fan I am happy that we have gained £8 million for the deal, for a player that only recently made his full debut, and continue to make significant money from the youth academy following the sales of Oliver Burke (£12m) Ben Brereton (£8m) and this summer Ben Osborn for an undisclosed fee believed to be around 3-4 million.

The Deals that didn’t happen

After an intense summer of speculation, Neymar is staying at PSG. It was widely expected he would return to La Liga with either former club Barcelona or bitter rivals Real Madrid.

However, talks over a sensational return to Barcelona broke down, while Real Madrid failed to agree on terms for the Brazilian.

Neymar was so keen to move he was even reportedly willing to pay £17.7m (€20m) towards securing a deal, as a consequence he has not played a minute for PSG so far this season and how the fans react should he play – having booed him earlier this season – will certainly be one to watch out for later this month.

Besides Neymar, there were several other big-name moves which failed to materialise this summer, with Paul Pogba, Christian Eriksen, Bruno Fernandes and Ivan Rakitic all remaining at their respective clubs.

Pogba had been linked with Real Madrid as well as a return to Juventus, but the midfielder is staying at Old Trafford, while Eriksen – who admitted in July he would “like to try something new” – remains a Spurs player amid reported interest from Real and PSG.

Sporting captain, Fernandes was wanted by both United and Spurs, Rakitic, meanwhile was attracting interest from Juventus.

Juventus ran out of time in their bid to sign Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi, while Dejan Lovren remains a Liverpool player amid interest from Italian clubs.

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How are the Sky Blues doing in the transfer window

The Sky Blues are still very busy in the transfer window this season, as Mark Robins looks to set his sights on promotion back to the Championship after a seven year absence.

However, they are going to have to do it without centre back and academy graduate Jordan Willis, who has left the club to join Sunderland, following goalkeeper and academy graduate, Lee Burge.

Coventry have also sold striker Conor Chaplin to Championship side, Barnsley for an undisclosed fee, which has gave fans confidence in Bright Enobakhare returning to the club, now that Robins has a bit of money to play with.

The Sky Blues are also linked with Nottingham Forest striker, Tyler Walker, the 22-year-old and formed England under-20s man looks to sign on a season long loan with the club.

If manager, Robins manages to bring Enobakhare and Walker to the club, Coventry City have every chance of challenging for promotion this season.

Mark Robins loves a transfer window

With the transfer window only being opened for a month, Coventry City manager has already made eight new signings.

Robins has been busy with revamping the Sky Blues squad for the upcoming 2019/20 season signing Kyle McFadzean, Marko Marosi and Ben Wilson.

As well as these additions in the past two weeks Robins has signed another five players.

The first out of these fives players was full-back, Fankaty Dabo from Chelsea on a free agent. An exciting new signing brought in from the Premier League side, as Coventry City assistant manager and the former Chelsea development manager, Adi Viveash, uses more of his contacts to attract more young, exciting Chelsea players.

The second one was winger, Wesley Jobello, who was signed for an undisclosed fee from Gazélec Ajaccio. A tricky, pacey winger, who won Ajaccio fans over, was a real steal for Robins as the manager looks to improve his squad with overseas players.

The next one to sign for the Sky Blues was centre-back, Josh Pask, who was signed from West Ham United on a pre-contract. The young defender, looks to gain more first team experience as he joins up with the League One side. The 21-year-old spoke about signing for the club, “As soon as I found out they were interested in signing me, I couldn’t not take the offer.”

Centre midfielder, Dan Bartlett, was the next one to follow, who was snapped up from Southampton on a free agent. The 18-year-old spent a trial period with the club and has reached an agreement to sign permanently. Development manager, Jason Farndon said, “He is technically very good and controls the tempo of the game from midfield and he also has the ability create goals and also score them, so he will be real asset to the group next season.”

The most recent addition is winger, Gervane Kastaneer, who was bought for an undisclosed fee from NAC Breda. The most exciting of all the transfers this summer was a shock signing from the Sky Blues. Head of recruitment, Chris Badlan spoke on the transfer and said, “Effectively, he shouldn’t really be playing in League One, he should be playing higher, he’s one where I know his agent really well and rang him up, expecting him to say no.”

With the recruitment of eight players already brought in from Robins, the job is still not over from the Sky Blues gaffer and the fans are in for a really interesting transfer window.

The transfers rumours continue at Coventry City

The summer transfer window is well and truly running and the Sky Blues look to add to their squad that had a successful return to League One last season.

As the rumour mill continues on the incomings and where the club will play this season, it is also the outgoings that may concern Coventry City fans this summer.

The Sky Blues manager, Mark Robins has had an overhaul of players this season, releasing nine players including; academy products; Lee Burge, Chris Camwell, Reece Ford and Billy Stedman who left alongside substitute goalkeeper, Liam O’Brien; fans favourites, Tom Davies and Jack Grimmer also left to find more first team football; veteran players, Stuart Beavon and Toni Andreu were also realised, respectively.

However, one of Robins’ aims this season would be keeping defender, Jordan Willis, who has been offered a new contract to stay at the club, the lad from Coventry has been linked at a number of Championship clubs for a few seasons, but he has remained loyal to his boyhood club, now his contract is up it could mean his time is up at the Sky Blues.

The club are still waiting on Willis’ response, but chief executive, Dave Boddy is hopeful Willis stays and is surprised that the defender hasn’t left the club yet as he believed that the former skipper had an offer on the table from another club.

For many Coventry City fans, Willis will be seen like a new signing as a player of his quality, the Sky Blues will do very well to keep him.

With the Sky Blues hoping to keep a hold of Willis, the club are also looking to swoop in for newly promoted side, Tranmere Rovers forward, Connor Jennings, who has attracted a lot of attention after his impressive season in League Two last year.

The 27 year old scored the only goal in the 2019 League Two play-off final against Newport County to give Tranmere back-to-back promotions.

Coventry City, however, face a challenge from promotion rivals Portsmouth and Rotherham United for the signature of Jennings.

Robins’ main aim for the new season would be a forward as the team struggle last season with goals, despite the club finishing just outside the play-offs.

Is Jennings going to be that man?

Which midfielders should Tottenham sign in the summer window?

On June 1st 2019, Tottenham Hotspur played Liverpool FC in the Champions League final, unfortunately losing 2-0 after a first half penalty from Mohammed Salah and a second half finish by Divock Origi. However, if you were to suggest that Spurs would have ended up with a top 4 finish and a shot at winning the Champions League after being the first ever club to not make a signing in a transfer window since the current format came into existence in 2003, it would have been considered a bold prediction to say the least. In fact, it is their last signing, Lucas Moura, who has been instrumental in their run, scoring a hat-trick to come back against Ajax and secure Tottenham’s place in the final.

However, there were times during their last campaign where their lack of squad depth started to affect their performance after a slew of injuries, and this contributed to their poor end to the season. This was evident in their midfield. Therefore, if they do decide to spend big in the summer, this might be the area they choose to focus on. We have identified 3 transfers Spurs could invest in to address this dilemma.

Giovanni Lo Celso

Lo Celso appears to be Tottenham Hotspurs first target of the summer, with BBC Sport reporting that they had submitted a £53 million bid for the player. Lo Celso spent last season on loan from PSG with Real Betis and impressed with his crucial performances, Betis exercised their option to buy the player. Lo Celso was Betis’ topscorer in the league with 9 goals and contributed 4 assists and is probably seen by Tottenham as the perfect successor to Moussa Dembele. Since the Belgian began to suffer from recurrent injuries and then eventually moved to Chinese outfit Guangzhou R&F, Spurs have been missing an elite level ball progresser in their midfield, but they may have found their answer in Lo Celso.

According to Whoscored, across the 2018/19 season Lo Celso contributed to 2.1 tackles and interceptions per game while completing 2 dribbles and 0.8 key passes. Comparing this to Dembele’s 2017/18 season where he contributed 2.5 tackles and interceptions a game, 2.4 dribbles and 0.6 key passes, we can clearly see the similar traits that Tottenham see in the young Argentinian midfielder. Signing Lo Celso will allow Tottenham to quickly turn defence into attack and allow for more effective transitional play. He provides the North London outfit with a different option in midfield to what they currently have with Wanyama, Winks and Dier and therefore would be a fantastic signing.

The midfielder has a £88 million release clause meaning Tottenham may have to bid more in order to get their man, but if they were to secure the signing it would be a quality move.

James Maddison

With the future of Christian Eriksen’s career increasingly in doubt (the Danish midfielder’s contract expires in 2020) Tottenham may have to spend big in the transfer market to find a replacement. Eriksen joined for a bargain fee of £12 million in 2013 and has performed spectacularly for the Lilywhites, most recently scoring 8 goals and registering 12 assists in the 2018/19 Premier League season. His creative output cannot be understated and is an important part of the Tottenham offensive line, therefore it is important they replace him. Enter James Maddison.

When Leicester spent £24 million on the young English midfielder, they probably did not realise they were making the signing of the season. His numbers were impressive in the Championship; he scored 14 goals and provided 8 assists, while completing 2.8 key passes a game and 2.4 dribbles, but it was common belief that his numbers would suffer as he stepped up to a bigger league. However, while his goals and assists dropped to 7 and 7 respectively, Maddison has taken the league by storm this season, he has kept his average of 2.8 key passes a game (0.7 more than Eriksen has at Tottenham) and more importantly, according to Opta Sports, he was the only player to create 100 chances in the Premier League this season.

It would take a large bid to part Leicester with what can now be considered their prized asset, but if he was to move it seems he would almost seamlessly fit into Tottenham’s offence.

Tanguy Ndombele

The final target that I feel needs to be addressed is that of Tanguy Dembele. The transfer links to the French midfielder are not in short supply, with both Manchester City and Manchester United apparently being interested in the midfielder. But what would he offer Tottenham?

Tanguy Ndombele is a high energy midfielder, who has registered 1 goal and 7 assists for Lyon in Ligue 1 this season. The midfielder you could most compare him to in Tottenham’s midfield is Mousa Sissoko, who seems a completely new player this season, with his pressing ability making him the engine to an otherwise stationary Tottenham midfield. However, Sissoko turns 30 this year and has arguably left it a little too late to enter the form of his life and there is no guarantee that he will continue this form into next season, due to his track record of inconsistency. Tottenham may look to replace him with what looks to be the younger, hungrier model who has a much higher ceiling.

Ndombele registered 2.8 tackles and interceptions per game last season and completed 1.9 dribbles per game, so like Lo Celso he is highly press resistant and would allow Tottenham to quickly counter.  With this transfer it appears it will be either/or between Ndombele and Lo Celso as neither would likely want to play second string. Transfermarkt.com values Ndombele at 50 million euros, so if Betis were to push for Tottenham to play Lo Celso’s release clause, he may be the slightly cheaper option. With the purse strings appearing to be tight due to the construction of Tottenham’s new stadium, this may appeal to Levy and the rest of the board.