The 2019 summer transfer window has closed in all of Europe’s major leagues. Here are the final updates and news on the biggest deals.
PSG lands Real Madrid’s Navas, Inter’s Icardi
Navas has won three Champions League crowns and a La Liga title during his time at Real Madrid, but was always likely to leave after the club signed Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea in 2018. The Costa Rican international been given the No. 1 shirt after Gianluigi Buffon’s departure back to Juventus this summer.
Icardi, meanwhile, gets his desired move away from Inter after vocalizing his discontent for months. The loan deal includes and option to buy, and there’s no denying Icardi’s talent, which will make PSG’s already potent attack even more dangerous.
USMNT striker swapping England’s second tier for Italy’s
Andrija Novakovich, who has earned three caps for the United States men’s national team, has signed with Serie B side Frosinone on a three-year contract.
Novakovich scored 11 goals in 30 appearances last season for Fortuna Sittard of the Dutch Eredivisie, where he was on loan from Reading in the English Championship. The 22-year-old spent most of his four years with Reading on loan, and now gets a fresh start.
He was called up to the USMNT on four separate occasions in 2018, but hasn’t been called up by manager Gregg Berhalter since his appointment last December.
Frosinone has yo-yo’d in and out of Serie A the past half-decade, so Novakovich has a chance to help both his club and his national team chances going forward.
Chicharito: I want to prove myself at ‘great’ Sevilla
Mexican international Javier Hernandez has completed his move to Sevilla, signing a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee after handing in a transfer request Friday at West Ham.
The 31-year-old was formally introduced on Monday, and he praised the “great” club and said Mexican teammate Miguel Layun, who spent a season on loan at Sevilla, helped sell him on the move.
Hernandez is Mexico’s all-time leading scorer with 51 goals, and he’s played for some of the world’s biggest clubs like Manchester United and Real Madrid. Now he joins Sevilla, which won three straight Europa League titles from 2014-16 and reached the Champions League quarterfinals in 2018 but finished sixth in La Liga last season.
Sevilla lost its top three scorers and 63 combined goals this summer due to sales or loan deals expiring, so “Chicharito” will get ample opportunity.
Barcelona sends Rafinha on loan to Celta Vigo
After starting Barcelona’s last two La Liga matches, midfielder Rafinha is off to Celta Vigo on a season-long loan.
Celta Vigo confirmed the news on Twitter Monday. Rafinha tore his ACL last November but worked his way back to fitness, playing in five preseason matches for Barcelona and appearing in every league game thus far.
In order to complete the loan deal, Barcelona extended Rafinha’s contract by one year through June 30, 2021, according to Marca. If Rafinha had played well at Celta Vigo, the Catalan giants could have lost him for nothing.
A product of Barcelona’s La Masia academy, the 26-year-old Rafinha appears to have run out of chances to make an impression. Barcelona loaned him to Inter Milan during the winter window in 2018 and are sending him away once again.
Arsenal’s Mkhitaryan headed to Roma on loan
Henrikh Mkhitaryan will spend the season in Serie A, as Arsenal and Roma have agreed to a loan deal for the 30-year-old attacker.
Roma will pay a loan fee and Mkhitaryan’s wages, but there is no option or obligation to buy, according to the BBC.
The club tweeted out pictures of Mkhitaryan’s arrival in the Italian capital Monday. He was likely going to lose his place in Arsenal’s first-choice side with manager Unai Emery looking to get younger players more experience, so the deal was in everyone’s best interest.
Bakayoko returning to Monaco on loan from Chelsea
Tiemoue Bakayoko has not lived up to the promise that prompted Chelsea to pay $48 million for him two years ago.
So now he’s headed back to the club where that promise was nurtured.
Bakayoko will spend the season on loan at Monaco, where the 25-year-old midfielder won Ligue 1 in 2017 and helped Monaco reach the Champions League semifinals.
He spent last campaign at AC Milan on loan, and doesn’t appear to be in new Chelsea manager Frank Lampard’s plans. A successful season in Monaco could help Chelsea recoup a reasonable fee for his sale next summer.
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