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Notable transfers in Europe in fourth week of January

  • Published at 01:09 pm January 28th, 2021
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Here is the list of the notable transfers in Europe in the fourth week of January, 2021

In what was a busy week in the European transfer market, Real Madrid loaned Martin Odegaard to Arsenal for the rest of the season among several other deals.

Here is the list of the notable transfers in Europe in the fourth week of January, 2021: 

Udinese recruit Llorente from Napoli

Udinese have completed the signing of experienced striker Fernando Llorente from Napoli, the Serie A club announced Wednesday.

The 35-year old has signed a contract until June 2022 in Udine after one-and-a-half seasons in Naples.

A World Cup and European Championship winner with Spain, Llorente won three Serie A titles with Juventus between 2013 and 2016 before spells in England with Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur.

Fernando Llorente

The Spaniard joined Napoli from Spurs on a free transfer in the summer of 2019 and scored four goals in 24 appearances across all competitions in his debut season, but he has been limited to 56 minutes of competitive action without a goal in the 2020/21 campaign.

Udinese are 14th in the Serie A standing and have struggled for goals this season, scoring 20 in 19 matches, the third-lowest total in the league behind Parma (14) and Genoa (19).

Leverkusen sign Frimpong from Celtic

Bayer Leverkusen confirmed Wednesday the signing of Dutch defender Jeremie Frimpong from Scottish giants Celtic in a transfer reportedly costing around 11m euros ($13m).

The 20-year old has signed with the Bundesliga club until June 2025.

He is Leverkusen's second Dutch signing this month after defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah joined from Manchester United.

Jeremie Frimpong

Right-back Frimpong, a product of Manchester City's academy, will cover for Santiago Arias, who is sidelined by a long-term ankle injury.

Frimpong will miss Saturday's Bundesliga match at RB Leipzig due to a quarantine period after arriving from the UK.

He should first be available for next Tuesday's German Cup match against fourth-tier minnows Rot-Weiss Essen in the last 16.

Kagawa moves to PAOK after Zaragoza stint

Former United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has signed for PAOK Thessaloniki in an 18-month deal, the Greek Super League club announced Wednesday.

PAOK did not reveal any financial details of the deal for the 31-year old, who has played almost 100 times for Japan since making his international debut as a teenager in 2008, scoring 31 goals.

Kagawa moves to Greece after his contract was rescinded at former club Real Zaragoza in October last year.

Shinji Kagawa

After beginning his career at Cerezo Osaka in 2006 Kagawa made his name in Europe at Borussia Dortmund, where in two spells he scored 60 goals in over 200 appearances for the Bundesliga club, winning two league titles and two German Cups.

He moved to England in 2012 and played over 50 times for United, winning the 2013 Premier League title - in Sir Alex Ferguson's final season as manager - before returning to Dortmund two years later. 

He played another five years for Dortmund before moving to Zaragoza in the summer of 2019 after a spell on loan at Turkish team Besiktas earlier that year.

Cologne sign Meyer from Palace

Former Germany international Max Meyer returned to the Bundesliga Wednesday after signing with Cologne following the midfielder's departure from Crystal Palace this month by mutual consent.

The 25-year old, who last played in the Bundesliga for Schalke 04 before leaving for England in 2018, signed a contract until the end of the season.

Meyer had struggled at Palace.

Max Meyer

Meyer won four caps for Germany, his last one dating back to 2016.

Cologne, who said Meyer accepted a considerable pay cut to join, are in 16th place on the relegation playoff spot, five points above Mainz 05 in 17th.

Musacchio switches from Milan to Lazio

Lazio have completed the signing of defender Mateo Musacchio from AC Milan, the Serie A club announced Wednesday.

The Argentinian center back has moved to Rome on a permanent deal, but a club statement did not reveal the length of his contract.

Musacchio, who has been capped six times by his country, has made one appearance in Serie A this season since recovering from ankle surgery in December.

Mateo Musacchio

He departs Milan with two goals from 75 appearances in all competitions since joining from Spanish club Villarreal in 2017.

Lazio are seventh in the Serie A standing, nine points behind Milan in first place.

Mitroglou joins Aris from Marseille

Greek international striker Kostas Mitroglou has signed an 18-month contract with Aris Thessaloniki after leaving Olympique de Marseille by mutual consent, the Super League club announced Tuesday.

Mitroglou, 32, returns to Greece after he was let go by Marseille having last played for the club in January 2019.

Kostas Mitroglou

He was loaned to PSV Eindhoven last season following a brief stint with Galatasaray.

The former Olympiakos and Fulham forward has scored 17 goals in 65 appearances for his country.

Sevilla sign Papu Gomez from Atalanta

Sevilla have signed Argentina attacking midfielder Alejandro Papu Gomez from Atalanta, the Liga side said Tuesday.

A Sevilla statement said the 32-year old had signed a deal at the club until June 2024, without disclosing a transfer fee.

Newspaper Marca said Sevilla had agreed to pay five million euros ($6.08m) plus an extra two million in variables for the 32-year old, who could make his debut at Eibar Saturday.

The Argentine had been with Serie A side Atalanta since 2014, scoring 59 goals with 71 assists in over 250 appearances.

Papu Gomez

He captained the Italians to qualification for the Champions League for the first time in 2019 when they reached the quarter-finals.

The team secured a second consecutive top-four finish last season but Gomez had a bitter fallout with coach Gian Piero Gasperini in December.

The row began during a 1-1 draw with Midtjylland in the Champions League on Dec. 1, with Gasperini later saying Gomez had struggled to adapt to changes he wished his side to make during the game.

He dropped Gomez in favor of Swiss international Remo Freuler and the Argentine had not featured for Atalanta since a 1-1 draw with Juventus on Dec. 16.

Villa recruit Sanson from Marseille

Aston Villa have signed midfielder Morgan Sanson from French Ligue 1 side Marseille on a 4-1/2 year deal for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club said Tuesday.

The 26-year old, who played for Le Mans and Montpellier before joining Marseille in 2017, helped them reach the Europa League final in 2018 and a runner-up finish in the French top flight last season.

Morgan Sanson

British media said Villa had paid around 14m pounds ($19.22m) for the versatile Frenchman who has made more than 150 appearances in all competitions for Marseille.

Sokratis joins Olympiakos after Arsenal exit

Former Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has joined Olympiakos Piraeus on a deal until the end of the 2022-23 season, the Greek Super League champions said Monday.

The Greece international last week had his Arsenal contract cancelled by mutual consent with six months left.

Sky in Italy had reported that Serie A side Genoa and Spain's Real Betis were interested in signing Sokratis but he has chosen to return to Greece to join Olympiakos.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos

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

Olympiakos are top of the Greek Super league with 48 points from 18 games, 11 points clear of second-placed AEK Athens.

They face PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League last 32.

Wolves sign Jose on loan from Sociedad

Wolverhampton Wanderers have signed Brazilian striker Willian Jose on loan from Spain's Real Sociedad until the end of this season, the Premier League club said Saturday.

Wolves said they have the option of a permanent deal for the 29-year old, who has scored 62 goals in 170 appearances for the La Liga side. 

Jose scored two goals in Wednesday's 2-0 Copa Del Rey victory over Cordoba.

Willian Jose

A former U-20 World Cup winner with Brazil, Jose has had loan spells with Santos, Gremio, Real Madrid and Real Zaragoza, among other teams, before joining Sociedad in 2016.

He will bolster the attack of Nuno Espirito Santo's side, who are without Raul Jimenez after the Mexico striker underwent surgery on a fractured skull he sustained in a clash of heads with Arsenal's David Luiz in November.

Jose will wear the No 12 shirt.

Hoffenheim's Larsen loaned to Anderlecht

Denmark winger Jacob Bruun Larsen has left Hoffenheim to join Anderlecht on loan until the end of the season, the Belgian club announced Saturday.

Bruun Larsen first arrived in the Bundesliga at Dortmund in 2015, at the age of 16, before moving to Hoffenheim in January last year.

Jacob Bruun Larsen

This season, the now 22-year old, who has one cap for Denmark, has played two Bundesliga matches for Hoffenheim and appeared once in the Europa League.

Arsenal fan Ryan delighted with loan from Brighton

Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan said joining the club he backed as a youngster is a surreal experience that has filled him with great pride, after the 28-year old sealed a loan switch to Premier League side Arsenal from Brighton and Hove Albion.

Ryan was a regular in the Brighton goalmouth since joining from Valencia in 2017 but fell out of favor with manager Graham Potter last season and the opportunity to spend the rest of the current campaign with Arsenal proved too good to resist.

Mat Ryan

Ryan, who is Australia's first-choice goalkeeper, will now compete for a starting berth with Arsenal's Bernd Leno.

Milan sign Tomori on loan from Chelsea 

Serie A leaders Milan have signed centre back Fikayo Tomori for the remainder of the season from Chelsea with an option to make the deal permanent, the Italian club said Friday.

Canadian-born Tomori began his career at Chelsea's academy and played 27 games in all competitions for the London club following his senior debut in 2016.

The 23-year old, who made four appearances for Chelsea this season, has also had loan spells at Brighton, Hull City and Derby County.

Fikayo Tomori

Earlier Friday, former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said Tomori, who has one England cap, was not being played regularly as the club had five center backs in the squad.

Milan top Serie A with 43 points after 18 games, three points above Inter Milan.

Fiorentina rope in Kokorin from Spartak

Serie A outfit Fiorentina have signed Spartak Moscow's Russia forward Alexander Kokorin on a three-and-a-half-year contract, the Russian club said in a statement last week.

Kokorin, 29, has scored two goals and had two assists in 10 games in all competitions for Spartak this season.

Alexander Kokorin

He was jailed in Russia in 2019 for his involvement in an assault on two civil servants, including a trade ministry official, and an altercation with the driver of a television presenter.

Parma complete signing of Milan’s Conti

Parma have signed Milan right back Andrea Conti on a deal until June 2025, the Serie A club announced last week.

Andrea Conti

The 26-year-old Italian, who has made three league appearances this season, will initially move on loan before making the move permanent at the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

Palace sign Mateta on loan from Mainz

Palace have signed French striker Jean-Philippe Mateta from Bundesliga side Mainz on an 18-month loan deal, the Premier League club said last week.

The 23-year old has scored 10 goals in 17 appearances this season. 

He was part of the France team that reached the semi-finals of the U-21 European Championship in 2019.

Jean-Philippe Mateta

Palace chairman Steve Parish said the club had followed the development of Mateta, who began his career at French third-tier side Chateroux before joining Ligue 1 Olympique Lyonnais.

Mateta had a loan spell at Le Havre before moving to Mainz in 2018, scoring 27 goals for the German club in 71 games.

Palace said they have an option to make the move permanent.

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