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Notable transfers in Europe after third week of January

  • Published at 12:36 pm January 21st, 2021
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Here is a list of the notable signings made across Europe in the third week of January, 2021

German international of Turkish descent Mesut Ozil joining Fenerbahce from Arsenal headlined what was a busy week of transfers in the European leagues.

Compared to the first week of January, which was relatively quiet on the transfer front, major European football leagues...

Posted by Sports Tribune on Thursday, 14 January 2021

Here is a list of the notable signings made across Europe in the third week of January, 2021: 

Alongside the transfer of Ivorian Amad Diallo to Manchester United from Atalanta, there were some notable transfers in the first week of January as the transfer window opened in 2021.

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Chelsea loan Drinkwater to Kasimpasa until end of season

Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater has been loaned to Turkish side Kasimpasa until the end of the season, the Premier League club announced Monday.

Drinkwater has failed to establish himself in the Chelsea first team and has not played for the London club since a Community Shield appearance in 2018.

The 30-year old, who was signed from Leicester City in 2017, has spent loan spells at other top flight sides such as Burnley and Aston Villa.

Danny Drinkwater

Drinkwater was rarely selected by former manager Maurizio Sarri, who said in 2019 that the England international had no future at the club since he did not suit his style of play.

Drinkwater had also been charged with drink driving and banned in 2019 while his Burnley debut was also delayed after he damaged his ankle ligaments in an altercation outside a nightclub.

Kasimpasa are 15th in the Turkish Super Lig, six points above the relegation zone.

Wilshere rejoins Bournemouth on short deal

Former West Ham United midfielder and free agent Jack Wilshere has returned to Bournemouth, signing a contract until the end of the season, the second-tier Championship club said Monday.

Wilshere made 27 appearances for Bournemouth when he was loaned to the south coast club from Arsenal in the 2016-17 season.

The 29-year old began training with Bournemouth last month to maintain his fitness levels after his contract at West Ham was terminated during the close season after two years with the London side.

Jack Wilshere (L)

Wilshere joined West Ham from Arsenal on a three-year deal in 2018, hoping to resurrect his injury-plagued career, but made only 19 appearances in all competitions as groin and ankle injuries limited his game time.

The former England international, who last played for his country in the 2016 European Championship, made 197 appearances for Arsenal and won the FA Cup twice.

Bournemouth are third in the Championship table on 42 points, eight points behind leaders Norwich City, after 24 games.

Mandzukic signs for Milan on free transfer

AC Milan have signed veteran Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic on a free transfer until the end of the season, with an option to extend the contract for a further year, the Serie A club confirmed Tuesday.

Mandzukic has been without a club since last summer when his contract at Qatar's Al-Duhail was terminated by mutual consent. 

He scored one goal in seven appearances in the Middle East.

Mario Mandzukic

The 34-year old had spent the previous four years at Juventus, scoring 31 league goals in 118 Serie A appearances, and returns to Italy to line-up in an experienced Milan attack alongside 39-year old Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ibrahimovic expressed happiness to Sky Sport Italia when asked about Mandzukic's imminent arrival following Milan's win at Cagliari Monday.

Mandzukic will be handed the iconic No 9 shirt at his new club.

Huntelaar returns to Schalke from Ajax

Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar rejoined Schalke 04 from Ajax Amsterdam on a short-term deal Tuesday, with the 37-year old tasked with adding firepower to the Bundesliga club to help in their relegation fight.

Huntelaar returns to Schalke having played for the German club from 2010-17. 

The former Netherlands international scored more than 100 goals for the Bundesliga side and also won the German Cup in 2011.

Klaas Jan Huntelaar

He joins a relegation-threatened Schalke side who are rooted to the bottom of the standings with seven points after 16 games.

Huntelaar has signed a contract until the end of the season.

Huntelaar, who won the league title with Ajax in 2019, is Schalke's second signing of the winter transfer window following the arrival of defender Sead Kolasinac on loan from Premier League club Arsenal.

Kolasinac back to help bottom side Schalke

Bundesliga bottom side Schalke welcomed back Arsenal loanee Kolasinac Saturday.

Having joined Arsenal in 2017, Kolasinac, a product of Schalke's academy, returns on loan until the end of the season to help the club fight relegation after nearly 30 consecutive years in Germany's top flight.

Sead Kolasinac

Kolasinac made 123 appearances for Schalke from 2012 until 2017.

Sokratis in the market after Arsenal end deal

Arsenal have agreed to terminate Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos' contract by mutual consent, the Premier League club said Wednesday.

Sokratis has not played for Arsenal this season after being left out of their Premier League and Europa League squads. 

His contract was due to end in June this year.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos

The 32-year old, who joined the London club from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in 2018, played 69 games in all competitions for Arsenal and helped them win the FA Cup last season.

Arsenal are 10th in the table with 27 points after 19 games.

Strootman back in Italy with Genoa loan

Dutch international Kevin Strootman returned to Serie A last week after joining struggling Genoa on loan from French club Marseille until the end of the season.

The 30-year old midfielder left Roma for Marseille in 2018 after five years in the Italian capital.

Kevin Strootman (R)

Strootman only started one game this season at the Ligue 1 side.

Genoa are just above the Serie A relegation zone with 14 points from 17 games.

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