Premier League Transfer Window Weekly Roundup: 6/27-7/3
By Nyle Farooqui
Matt Turner to Arsenal:
On June 27th, Arsenal announced that they signed 27 year old USMNT goalkeeper Matt Turner from the New England Revolution to a long-term contract. According to The Athletic, Arsenal and New England agreed a base fee of under slightly $7M, with further potential add-ons. The MLS side will keep a sell-on percentage. Matt Turner will be the backup to Aaron Ramsdale, he will however be looking to challenge him for the starting role. FBRef indicates that the American goalkeeper is a great shot-stopper and penalty kick stopper. However, there are areas that he can improve on such as when he receives the ball. It will be interesting to see how much game time Turner will get at Arsenal. Will this be a similar situation to USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen at Man City? This is a question that is definitely on the mind of USMNT fans.
Alphonse Areola to West Ham:
On June 27, West Ham announced that they signed 29 year old French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on a permanent five year deal from Paris-Saint Germain. According to The Athletic, it was an £8m deal. Areola made 18 appearances for West Ham while on loan from PSG last season. Breaking the Lines sees him as a keeper that is brave and effective at stopping crosses, along with being a great shot-stopper. This is a good signing for West Ham. Areola provides experience as he has played in the Champions League. An acquisition of a top class goalkeeper that will be able to help West Ham defensively.
Sven Botman to Newcastle United:
On June 28th, Newcastle United announced that they signed 22 year old Dutch center back Sven Botman from Lille to a 5 year contract. It is a €37M deal for the young talent. The pursuit from Newcastle for Botman was lengthy as the Premier League side showed interest in him since January. Many other clubs such as AC Milan were linked to him, but the race to sign him is finally over. According to scoutedftbl, Botman has a great physical profile as he is 6’5 and he is comfortable with the ball at his feet. Along with that, the Dutch defender is aerially strong and capable of scoring from set pieces. Scoutedftbl does note however that Botman is slow on the turn and is flat-footed in wide areas so those issues will have to improve, this is not a huge problem as Botman is young and he will continue to improve. This is a great signing for Newcastle that will truly help them bolster their defense. Botman is a defender that is already great for his age but he has the ceiling of being a world class defender at the elite level.
Richarlison to Tottenham Hotspur
On July 1st, Tottenham Hotspur announced that they signed 25 year old Brazilian forward Richarlison from Everton to a £60M deal. He joins Tottenham on a five year deal. Richarlison scored 10 goals in 30 Premier League games last season as he helped Everton avoid relegation and stay in the Premier League. According to the Coaches’ Voice, Richarlison is a very technical and direct player. He is good in the air, causing trouble for opponents (Coaches’ Voice). Signing a player like Richarlison was not a need for Tottenham as their attack is already full of quality with players like Harry Kane, Dejan Kulusevski, and Heung-min Son. Richarlison will have to outperform Dejan Kulusevski in order to take his place. However, Richarlison is a player that will add depth to this Tottenham side. It is crucial to have depth if you want to be in the top 4. This is Tottenham’s fourth signing of the summer transfer window.
Stefan Ortega to Manchester City:
On July 1st, Manchester City announced that they signed 29 year old German goalkeeper Stefan Ortega to a 3 year deal as a free agent. Ortega most recently played for Arminia Bielefield. Ortega will serve as the backup keeper to Ederson. The German goalkeeper has similar attributes to Ederson. Ortega played more passes than any goalkeeper in Europe’s top 5 leagues this season (The Athletic). Ortega had the second best save percentage in the Bundesliga as he saved 73% of shots faced and second for goals prevented with a 5.41 xG (The Athletic). He is known for making remarkable saves, he made more saves than any other goalkeeper in the Bundesliga last season (The Athletic). A good signing for Man City as the future for Zack Steffen at Man City is uncertain, reports suggest that he could be on his way to Middlesborough on loan.
Dean Henderson to Nottingham Forest:
On July 2nd, Nottingham Forest announced that they signed 25 year old English goalkeeper Dean Henderson from Manchester United to a one-year loan. According to Omar Garrick of The Athletic, Nottingham will pay Henderson’s full salary over the course of the one year loan. According to OneFootball, Henderson is a reliable goalkeeper as he had seven clean sheets in the final seven games of the season during Sheffield’s fight for promotion in the 2019/20 season. He is known to be great at saving penalty kicks as he has been able to save quite a few of the penalties he has faced in his young career (OneFootball). Henderson is also known to be a great shot-stopper as well. Another signing from Nottingham Forest that really shows their ambition. They first signed striker Taiwo Awoniyi and they have now signed a young but promising goalkeeper in Dean Henderson.
James Tarkowski to Everton:
On July 2nd, Everton announced that they signed 29 year old English defender James Tarkowski as a free agent to a 4 year contract. He most recently played for Burnley, a side that most recently couldn’t avoid being relegated from the Premier League. According to Chun Hang, Tarkowski is known to have great awareness and positioning (Chun Hang). Along with defensive actions, Tarkowski is also an aerial threat (Chun Hang). He does a great job making sure that the ball does not go into the net, Tarkowski clears or blocks the ball (Chun Hang). A good signing for Everton as they will need to improve their defense after conceding 66 goals last season. Tarkowski provides experience and reliability. This is the first signing for Everton this summer. With Richarlison now at Tottenham, Everton will have funds to spend on signing more players and they must do so in order to improve from last season.
Fábio Carvalho to Liverpool FC:
On July 3rd, Liverpool announced that they signed 19 year old Portugal U-21 international Fábio Carvalho from Championship side Fulham FC to a 5 year contract. According to The Athletic, the fee is £5M, with a further £2.7M in add-ons and a 20% sell-on clause. Carvalho was a standout in the Championship last season with Fulham with 10 goals and 8 assists in 36 matches. The young Portuguese talent is seen as a versatile player. According to Portuguese Football Analysis, Carvlaho is a player with technical talent. He is capable of receiving the ball and turning well. Carvalho is capable of dealing with pressure and creating space for himself and others (Portguese Football Analysis). He is a calm finisher. A good signing for Liverpool as Carvalho is a player that can help Liverpool now but also develop more as a player. Jurgen Klopp’s side shows with a signing like this that the club is not just focused on the short-term, but the long-term.
Giulian Biancone to Nottingham Forest:
On July 3rd, Nottingham Forest announced that they signed 22 year old French defender Giulian Biancone on a three-year deal from Ligue One side Troyes. According to The Athletic, it is a fee of £5M. Biancone is a defender that is seen as versatile as he is also able to play as a right back. This is now Nottingham’s 3 signing of the summer transfer window ahead of their first season in the Premier League since the 1998-99 season. The help is that Biancone will be able to help Nottingham have a suitable backline for their return to the Premier League.