10 intriguing transfers you might have missed this summer
Emre Can to Juventus
This transfer has been on the cards for some time now, with Can’s refusal to sign a new contract at Liverpool paving the way for his exit on a free transfer this summer. Juventus, who have signed the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Sami Khedira and Dani Alves for nothing in recent years, have handed the Germany international a four-year deal as they seek to bolster their midfield options ahead of 2018/19.
Liverpool, for their part, have already made additions in the engine room, acquiring Fabinho from Monaco and Naby Keita from RB Leipzig.
Vicente Guaita to Crystal Palace
Palace were chasing Getafe goalkeeper Guaita for much of the January transfer window but were unable to get a deal over the line. They did, however, agree a pre-contract with the soon-to-be free agent, who officially becomes an Eagle on July 1.
Curiously, Guaita has continued to be linked with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid despite having already agreed terms with Palace, who could still sell the Spaniard for a profit. That’s unlikely to happen, though, so we can expect to see the 31-year-old challenging Wayne Hennessey for the No.1 jersey at Selhurst Park next term.
Santi Cazorla to Villarreal?
There were fears that Cazorla may never play professional football again after a hellish few years, with injury limiting the Spanish schemer to just 23 Premier League appearances in the last three seasons – and none at all in 2017/18.
His exit from Arsenal was confirmed in May, but Cazorla’s career may not be over just yet after former employers Villarreal invited him to spend pre-season with the Yellow Submarine. The midfielder, who came through the youth ranks at El Madrigal and made 228 first-team appearances for the club, could yet earn a contract if he’s able to prove his fitness.
Stuart Armstrong to Southampton
Southampton have been frequent shoppers in Glasgow in recent times, with Armstrong following the path laid by Fraser Forster, Victor Wanyama and Virgil van Dijk in swapping Celtic Park for St Mary’s. The midfielder has signed a four-year deal on the south coast, with Saints exchanging £7m for his services.
Armstrong won four Premiership titles, two Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups after joining the Bhoys from Dundee United in 2015. Southampton boss Mark Hughes cited his desire to “add a greater goal threat to the team” as one of the key reasons for signing the 26-year-old.
Joao Carvalho, Diogo Goncalves to Nottingham Forest
Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis seems to have signalled his intent a year after taking control at the City Ground, splashing out a club-record fee of £13.2m for Carvalho and landing former Benfica team-mate Goncalves on a season-long loan with an option to buy.
Both 21-year-olds – Portugal U21 internationals – are represented by super-agent Jorge Mendes, who was influential in Wolves’ promotion to the Premier League last term. Forest fans will no doubt be excited by the ambition their club is showing in the transfer market as they seek a return to the top tier after a 20-year absence.