At 11.59 pm on Tuesday evening, the transfer counter of the KNVB stood at 609, the total number of transfers on the Dutch football market this summer. It was therefore the quietest football transfer summer since 2016, the football association reports Wednesday. Then 582 transfers were registered. A few minutes before midnight, the transfer of FC Groningen player Gabriel Gudmundsson to the French LOSC Lille was the last transfer that came around.
On Deadline Day, the last day of the transfer window, 46 more transfers around Dutch clubs were completed. A total of 227 football players changed from the Dutch professional club. 175 new players from foreign clubs can be admired in the Eredivisie or the Keuken Kampioen Division in the coming season, 207 players just made a transfer from a Dutch club to a competition elsewhere. It is not immediately clear how much money was involved in these transfers in total.
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The last transfer day was particularly busy for FC Groningen. The club brought in five more players, one on loan, and sold midfielder Azor Matusiwa in addition to Swedish left back Gudmundsson. He leaves for the French Stade Reims. Matusiwa was not the first Eredivisie purchase from the French club this summer, Heerenveen attacker Mitchell van Bergen already left for Reims. French clubs Olympique Nice (Pablo Rosario and Calvin Stengs), AS Monaco (Myron Boadu) and Stade Brest (keeper Marco Bizot) also shopped in the Netherlands.
The departure of PSV talent Mo Ihattaren also came to an end on the last transfer day. After weeks of speculation, the Italian top club Juventus took over the midfielder annex attacker, who barely got to play at PSV. He is rented directly to Sampdoria. Feyenoord was also active on the last day. The Rotterdam club brought in two players on a rental basis with the Belgian striker Cyriel Dessers (Racing Genk) and the English talent Reiss Nelson (Arsenal). Ridgeciano Haps and Wouter Burger just left, to the Italian Venezia and the Swiss FC Basel respectively.
Within the Netherlands, the transition of Steven Berghuis was also striking. He was taken over by Ajax from Feyenoord at the beginning of July, where he was a defining player for a number of seasons. The transfer involved an amount of 4 to 5.5 million euros. After the transfer was completed, Berghuis and his family received dozens of threats.
Internationally, too, last transfer summer resulted in remarkable changes. For example, the Argentine attacker Lionel Messi left FC Barcelona after two decades. He signed a million-dollar contract with Paris Saint-Germain in August. The transfer of Messi’s eternal rival, the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, also caused a stir. After twelve years, he returns to Manchester United, the club where he broke through.