Welcome to the first summer edition of Rapid Fire Transfers! Of course, with the transfer not officially open, no deals were officially put through, but many were already agreed upon. Here is Part 1 of all the notable deals going through on July 1.
German Pezzella – Real Betis -> Fiorentina – 9M E – The 26-year old Argentinean CB moves from Spain to Italy permanently after 35 appearances for Fiorentina in the 17/18 season. The former Copa Sudamericana and Copa Libertadores winner had spent the season at Fiorentina for a loan fee of 500,000 E.
Nordi Mukiele – Montpellier -> RB Leipzig – 16M E – The 20-year-old French RB makes a high-profile move to Leipzig after 39 appearances with Montpellier in Ligue 1 and the 2 French Cups. Montpellier turns a nice profit on the youngster who scored an average 7.2 rating on WhoScored for his Ligue 1 appearances. They bought him from Stade Laval for 1.5M E in 2015.
John Terry – Aston Villa -> Free – The 37-year old Terry spent the season in Villa’s failed Playoff attempt to reach the Premier League and will mull over his options going forward.
Martin Dubravka – Sparta Praha -> Newcastle Untied – 4M E – Dubravka spent the second half of the 17/18 season on loan at Newcastle and conceded 11 goals in 12 games and posted 4 shutouts. He had gone to Newcastle for a loan fee of 2M E in January.
Jose Manuel Arnaiz – Barcelona B -> Barcelona – Promotion – Arnaiz will be moving to the main squad following a 21 cap, 6 goal, 4 assist season with the second team. He also made 5 appearances for the Catalan side with a 5′ appearance in January in the league against Levante and played in 4 Copa del Rey games and scored 3 goals. The 23-year-old LW moved from Real Valladolid last summer to the Barca academy or 3.4M E.
Sergi Palencia – Barcelona B -> Barcelona – Promotion – Palencia follows suit with Arnaiz after a 31 goal, 2 assist season in LaLiga 2. The 22-year old RB has spent his entire youth career at Barcelona and won the UEFA Youth League with the U19 side in 13/14.
Marc Cucurella – Barcelona B -> Barcelona – Promotion – The teenage LB spent just a season at Barca B after coming from the Juvenil squads. Cucurella made 37 appearances in LaLiga 2, along with a 7-minute appearance against Real Murcia.
Ivan Marcano – Porto -> Roma – Free Transfer – Marcano moves to Italy after 4 successful seasons with Porto. The Portuguese Champion registered 46 total caps for Porto this season, including 7 in the Champions League.
Demba Ba – Goztepe -> SH Shenhua – Free Transfer – The former Chelsea, West Ham and Newcastle man continues to yo-yo around. In 2015, Demba Ba moved from Besiktas to Shenhua for 13M E. He then moved back to Besiktas on loan for 6 months in 2017. At the winter deadline this year, Demba Ba moved to Goztepe on a free. He made 13 appearances in the Super Lig and scored 7 goals, but will move back to Shenhua on a free transfer.
Mathieu Flamini – Getafe -> Without Club – The former Milan and Arsenal man had spent just 4 months with Getafe after signing on a free. After being released from Arsenal in 2016, Flamini spent the 16/17 season with Crystal Palace before spending the first half of this season without a club.
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