SOFIANE FEGHOULI to Galatasaray: The Algeria playmaker’s stock has fallen significantly after an underwhelming spell in England with West Ham United and that’s understandable; after all, he managed just 11 starts in the Premier League. At 27, he still ought to have his best years ahead of him, and if Galatasary can get Feghouli back to anything close to his best, he looks set to be an absolute steal at €4.25 million.
KAMOHELO MOKOTJO to Brentford: Admittedly, the Brentford have endured a miserable start to the season, while the sale of Jota to Birmingham City on deadline day represents a significant blow to their Championship prospects this term. However, in nabbing Mokotjo from FC Twente, they may have picked up one of the coups of the summer and one that’s gone largely under the radar.
SERGE AURIER to Tottenham Hotspur: While the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Jean Seri and Riyad Mahrez ultimately stayed put this window, one of Africa’s superstars did get a move; with Aurier swapping Paris Saint-Germain for Spurs, it represents a great deal for Tottenham, who reinvested less than half of the money they made from Kyle Walker.
DOMINIC SOLANKE to Liverpool: Currently, Solanke remains an unproven quality in the Premier League, having only played 19 minutes in the top flight since moving to Anfield in the summer. However, he’s demonstrated his quality on loan at Vitesse Arnhem and at both the Euro U-17 and the U-20 World Cup, and has the potential to be a magnificent talent. Liverpool’s decision to let Divock Origi go on loan to Wolfsburg demonstrates just how much faith Jurgen Klopp has in the Anglo-Nigerian frontman, while the fee – understood to be £2-3 million. It will be fascinating to see how the former Chelsea man develops in Liverpool’s superb attacking line-up alongside the likes of Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
FRANCK KESSIE to AC Milan: Leonardo Bonucci may be the new face of the Milan revolution, but don’t be surprised if in 10 years’ time we look back and identify Kessie as one of the key catalysts in the Rossoneri’s return to prominence in Italian – and European – football. The Ivorian midfielder was signed from Atalanta on a two-year loan deal with an obligation to buy, despite reported interest from heavyweights including Manchester United, Chelsea and AS Roma.
*WrYta Amenyoh Raphael*