The summer transfer season is already underway, with 577 deals completed in the top five European leagues at the time of writing. A mind-boggling €1.20 billion has been spent to make these transactions a reality. The transfer market is as busy as a squirrel, with Jadon Sancho returning to England with the red half of Manchester this time, and PSG splashing large wages here and there.
However, with the Euros providing some of the finest football in decades and the joy of witnessing Lionel Messi romp to his first international title, the majority of media attention was focused on these historic occurrences. As a result, numerous behind-the-scenes moves escaped public scrutiny.
Roundup of managerial transfers
In the Premier League, Rafa Benitez surprised Liverpool fans by taking over as manager of Merseyside rivals Everton. Marco Silva has been hired as the new manager of Fulham, succeeding Scott Parker, who has joined rival Championship club Bournemouth. Meanwhile, Nuno Santo landed the Spurs position, forcing former Benfica manager Bruno Lage to stand in for the Portuguese at Wolves. In addition, Patrick Viera has made an unexpected return to London as Crystal Palace’s new manager.
We’ve got another tracksuit manager in the PL and we should all be grateful for that https://t.co/Lt3plBeaZN— curt (@Curt_goff) July 17, 2021
In other news, Ancelotti was named Real Madrid manager for the second time. Inter Milan signed Simone Inzaghi, while Lazio hired out-of-work Maurizio Sarri as his replacement.
Similar transfer rumors involving many players have slipped beneath the radar in the last two months. Here are five such moves that went relatively unnoticed:
Spartak Moscow has signed #5 Victor Moses.
Who would have guessed Victor Moses had a contract with Chelsea as recently as July 1st? Moses spent the first six years of his Blues career on loan at various clubs before joining Spartak Moscow for a cost of €4.5 million, which is at least a million less than his current market value.
The Nigerian was the subject of four Chelsea bids, all of which were rejected by his old club, Wigan Athletic. The Latics eventually accepted the fifth proposal, which was in the region of €10.5 million, allowing Moses to go from the DW Stadium to Stamford Bridge.
Victor Moses goal today ⚽️ https://t.co/j7Vw6yAfID— CarefreeYouth (@CarefreeYouth) July 11, 2021
In his early years at Chelsea, he largely played on the wings, and he contributed 15 goals in his debut season. After the arrival of Antonio Conte in the 16/17 season, Moses was finally able to secure a starting berth, although as a wing-back.
This two-year stay in the first team was divided between loan spells at Liverpool, West Ham, Inter Milan, and other clubs. His most recent loan was to his current club, Spartak Moscow, which resulted in a permanent transfer.
Nicolás González, #4, to Fiorentina
After basically starting at the bottom, Nicolás González has seen a gradual ascent in his career. After a few of seasons battling in Argentina’s top two divisions, he moved to Stuttgart in 2018. González was relegated in his first season in Germany after playing 30 league games for a squad that finished two places from the bottom.
Nico’s performance in the Bundesliga convinced his international coach, Lionel Scaloni, to include him in his preliminary 28-man team. However, the Argentine rose to notoriety after a string of strong performances in the Copa America 2021. Fiorentina signed the left-footed winger for €27 million shortly after the start of the coveted competition.
González is a very youthful 23-year-old with the potential to become a complete attacker. Injuries derailed his final season at Stuttgart, limiting him to only 15 league games. With Duan Vlahovi firing on all cylinders, González has the potential to form a dangerous partnership with the young Serbian provided he can stay fit.