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Transfer news: 10 done deals you might not know are happening this summer, including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Man City


Aaron Ramsey may be heading to Juventus in the summer but he’s still giving his all for Arsenal.

The Welsh midfielder, 28, can’t be faulted for his effort, even though he knows he’ll be swapping London for Turin on a free transfer.

Ramsey will end his 11-season spell with Arsenal and join Juventus.

His joy at scoring the opener against Tottenham Hotspur in his last north London derby – a fixture he has previously excelled in – shows Ramsey is not resting on his laurels.

Ramsey isn’t the only player with his future already decided, though, with numerous players across Europe set to join new clubs.

Some deals you may not even know had gone through, so here at talkSPORT.com we’ve picked out 10 of the best summer transfers which have already been signed and sealed.


Aaron Martin (Espanyol) to Mainz

The Spaniard has spent the season on loan with the Bundesliga club and had impressed enough by November that they were delighted to trigger a permanent deal, which came into effect after 10 appearances.

Once linked with Manchester United and Man City, the 21-year-old full-back who has four assists in 25 games, is well rated and it’s hoped he’ll kick on with the mid-table German outfit.

“The progress of Aaron Martin is how we imagined it,” Rouven Schroder, the Mainz sporting director, said.

“He is a quality player who immediately stepped up, while he is also young and has potential.

“We hope to see future advances in his development.”

Aaron Martin in action for Mainz

Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew) to Manchester City

Already in the books, 23-year-old Steffen is set to move to the Premier League this summer but, like Ramsey, isn’t holding back before his move.

He’s got two clean sheets to his name in three games for Columbus as he hopes to leave a legacy at the club.

Previously of Freiburg in Germany, Steffen was MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2018 thanks to a career-high 10 clean sheets and his move to City is worth around £7million.

He’s not willing to sit around and play second fiddle to Ederson either.

He insists: “I’m confident in my abilities and what I can do if I continue to work hard and focus. I don’t really care what other people think.

“I want to get there as soon as possible and compete. Or whenever that happens, I think I’ll be ready. And they know I’m ready to compete

“I trust in Man City and what plans they have for me. If everything works out and everything falls into place, anything can happen.”

Can Steffen make an impact at City?

Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht) to Wolverhampton Wanderers

He may not have played regularly to begin with but the Belgian midfielder has recently become a firm fixture at Wolves during his initial loan spell.

Dendoncker, 23, will sign for the Premier League side permanent in the summer for £12million but while it was thought he could be loaned out or sold on, he may now be a core member of Nuno Espirito Santo’s first XI.

Dendoncker is doing well with Wolves.

Emil Audero (Juventus) to Sampdoria

Another loan made permanent, Audero, 22, will now join Samp for around £17million in the summer.

The talented young goalkeeper has done well in his breakout Serie A season, keeping nine clean sheets in 28 appearances.

He’s one of a number of talents Juve are selling on with Stefano Sturaro, Alberto Cerri, and Andrea Favelli all moving on for decent money in the next transfer window.

Audero has been impressive between the sticks in Serie A.

Danny Ings (Liverpool) to Southampton

It’s been an injury hit season for the striker but when playing he’s looked like doing the business for the Saints, netting seven goals in 18 Premier League appearances.

His £20million move will go through in July and should help the Saints as they look to drive on next year in the top-flight under Ralph Hasenhuttl.

If injuries hadn’t hit then Southampton would likely be safe from relegation by now.

Franck Kessie (Atalanta) to AC Milan

Yes, we know he’s been rocking the Rossoneri jersey for two seasons now but his permanent deal will only start this summer.

He’s performing well under the stewardship of Gennaro Gattuso as he acts as pivot for team-mates to play around, while his driving runs make him a fine counter attacking force.

AC Milan already paid around £7million for the loan and will now stump up about £20million to complete it.

There have been reports Arsenal could snap him up upon arrival.

The midfield powerhouse could be a wanted man in the summer.

Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart) to Bayern Munich

His performances as a relative unknown helped France win the World Cup in 2018 and, unsurprisingly, German giants Bayern have swooped for his signature.

He might be thankful he’s already been snapped up given Stuttgart could possibly be relegated this term.

Pavard will cost the Bundesliga behemoths £31million though, so he’s not quite on the bargain level of other recent signings.

Who could forget Benjamin Pavard’s World Cup wonder goal?

Rodrygo (Santos) to Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane may already have Vinicius Junior at his disposal but he’ll have another gifted young winger coming in this summer.

The Santos starlet netted eight goals and added three assists and will cost the club £40million when the deal goes through.

He’s already switched squad numbers twice at his current side and now wears Neymar’s old No.11.

The talented Brazil Under-20 international will want to make an impact like Vinicius Junior.

Eder Militao (Porto) to Real Madrid

The first signing of Zidane’s second managerial era at the Bernabeu, Militao has had an exceptional debut season with the Portuguese giants.

He’s gone from promising right-back to superstar centre-back in less than a year and is the perfect blend for a modern ball-player in the position.

At 21, Militao is strong, quick, and skilful and able to outmanoeuvre even the toughest of strikers.

Can he manage another step up so quickly and with the pressure of a £42million transfer fee?

Militao has risen to the top quickly at Porto.

Frenkie de Jong (Ajax) to Barcelona

The Spanish clubs have got their major business done early by the looks of it with De Jong’s deal done in January.

He’ll cost around £65million initially, while there may also be add-ons to come for the Dutch giants if he excels.

If his display against Real Madrid in the Champions League as the Eredivisie side ran out 4-1 winners at the Bernabeu is anything to go by, De Jong will a fantastic signing.

De Jong looked fantastic up against Luka Modric.

 

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