Done Deal: Transfer activity from August 30
Every day between now and the end of the European transfer window, we’ll detail every remarkable signing in our Done Deal report. On Friday, we saw a spike of activity, with major deals seeing affecting players across in each of Europe’s five biggest leagues:
Cardiff City - The Bluebirds pulled the trigger on a move for Nacional of Uruguay’s Maximiliano Amondarain, a 20-year-old defender who has appeared for his country at U-20 level. He moves on a four-year deal.
Southampton - 30-year-old midfielder Dean Hammond, not expected to have much of an impact on Mauricio Pochettino’s team, has been loaned to Championship side Leicester City.
Tottenham Hotspur - The long-rumored move of Steaua Bucharest’s Vlad Chiriches was finally finalized on Friday. The 23-year-old Romanian international will give André Villas-Boas some much-needed depth in the middle. Christian Erikson and Erik Lamela’s transfers were also finalized, putting Spurs’ summer spending at €118 million in transfer fees alone. I sure hope they find a way to offset that cost.
Augsburg - The Bavarians secured the season-long loan of Arkadiusz Milik, a 19-year-old Polish striker from Bayer Leverkusen.
Bayer Leverkusen - Out with one striker, in with another, as Bayer’s taken on big Eren Derdiyok, the Swiss international returning on loan to the club he left a season ago. The striker had moves to Hoffenheim.
Schalke - Kevin Prince Boateng, two days after scoring twice to help Milan qualify for Champions League, has moved to Germany, in the process calling the Bundesliga the best league in the world. The fee was undisclosed.
Stuttgart - In another surprise move, Stuttgart sold their captain, Serdar Tasci, to Dinamo Moscow in Russia. Again, the fee was undisclosed.
Milan - The Rossoneri have added veteran striker Alessandro Matri from Juventus, paying €11 million to take on a player who’d been squeezed out by the Bianconeri’s summer dealings.
Monaco - Another huge purchase for the newly-promoted club sees sought-after midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia move from Sevilla, signing a five-year deal after Monaco hit his €20 million release clause.