Transfer Update – 7/18/15

Clockwise from the upper left: Ivan Cavaleiro, Éder, Nani, and Bruma

With the transfer window now open, some of the rumors that have filled the news in June have become true. Now more than two weeks into the transfer window, clubs have wasted no time finalizing deals. Here are the most noteworthy transfers thus far this window.

Éder – Braga to Swansea

After three injury-ridden seasons at Braga,  Éder has moved north to English Premier League side Swansea City. According to reports, Swansea dropped around €7 million on Éder, and his role at the club will most likely be similar to Nélson Oliveira’s, when he was on loan last season. Éder will see competition for the starting spot from Bafetimbi Gomis, who staked a claim last season for a starting spot with some fine performances.

Nani – Manchester United to Fenerbahçe

After an eight-year stay in England, Nani has left the country for Turkey. The sometimes brilliant winger has traded Manchester United for Fenerbahçe in a €5.9 million deal. Nani’s time at Manchester United has been over for some time, many fans would agree, which made a move away unsurprising. At Fenerbahce, Nani will meet up with fellow compatriots Raul Meireles and Bruno Alves.

Ivan Cavaleiro – Benfica to Monaco

Heading over to France, Monaco have continued to add to their stockpile of Benfica’s young players. After their capture of Bernardo Silva last season (which turned out superbly for the French side), Monaco has sealed the transfer of Ivan Cavaleiro from Benfica for a fee of €15 million. Cavaleiro impressed last season at Deportivo, where he was on loan from Benfica. And after a solid showing at the U-21 Euro, the winger was heavily linked with a move to Monaco; a move that has come to fruition. And with Monaco’s Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco’s move away to Atletico Madrid, space has opened up nicely for Cavaleiro.

Bruma – Galatasaray to Real Sociedad (loan)

After a long and protracted saga, Bruma has left Turkey (most likely for good) for Spain. The winger, once hyped to be “the next Ronaldo,” had not enjoyed his time in Turkey. Scarce playing time, indifferent form, and injuries have seen Bruma’s development slowed at Galatasaray. Now, Bruma has joined Real Sociedad, the team managed by former Manchester United head coach David Moyes. Though initially a loan deal, Real Sociedad has the right to purchase Bruma for an undisclosed fee.

Diogo Figueiras – Sevilla to Genoa (loan)

Not many Portuguese players plying their trade abroad can fly under the radar, or at least in such a way as Diogo Figueiras has. After an impressive season at Pacos Ferreira under Paulo Fonseca in the 2012/2013 season, Figueiras earned a move to Sevilla. Since joining Sevilla, Figueiras has lifted the Europa League trophy twice and has amassed almost 50 league appearances for the Spanish outfit. Not too shabby, eh? Now, new-look Genoa has secured the right-back’s loan with an option to buy. But if we are to predict this season based off of last season, Figueiras could be utilized further up the field, as Genoa coach Gian Piero Gasperini favored a three-man defense last season.

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