The transfer market in football has been reopened since 1 January. Despite the coronacrisis, many clubs are still looking for reinforcements. See below an overview of contract renewals, rumors and completed transfers.
Defender Te Wierik returned to FC Groningen
Mike in Wierik after half a year with FC Groningen. The 28-year-old central defender traded last summer the Northern Eredivisionist for Derby County, which ranks the second highest level in England. At that club, where trainer Phillip Cocu was fired in November, Te Wierik only took four competition duels into action.
Te Wierik signed a contract for 3.5 years with FC Groningen, for which he released three years earlier. In total he has more than three hundred matches in paid football behind his name.
“ In my view, we have done excellent business with Mike back, both for the short and long term,” says Technical Director Mark-Jan Fledderus.
“ Mike can quickly join the group. We know his qualities and he is familiar with our way of working, so we not only add value to our selection, but also get more options in defensive terms. We also want to have Dutch players with the necessary experience in our selection after this season. With the long-term recording of Mike, we have ensured part of the stability within our selection.”
Balk per direct from FC Groningen to FC Utrecht
FC Utrecht has received third acquisition of this transfer period. After Benamar and Ter Avest, Remco Balk will strengthen selection.
The attacker would be transferred free this summer, but is now immediately taken over from FC Groningen, if medical inspection does not result in an obstacle.
AC Milan has striker Mandzukic within
Mario Mandzukic plays the next six months for AC Milan. The leader in the Italian Serie A confirmed the arrival of the Croatian striker on Tuesday. Mandzukic, who played for Juventus between 2015 and 2019, should become the stand-in for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Until now, the Swedish striker only came into action in eight duels but scored twelve times in it.
Mandzukic (34) left for Qatar at the end of 2019 where he started playing for Al-Duhail. That wasn‘t a success. In seven duels he played for the club, the attacker only got to score once. But the Croatian, who played the World Cup Final with his country in 2018, had already gained a reputation as a goalscorer at VfL Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich, Atlético Madrid and Juventus. In five seasons at the Italian club, he won 162 duels and 44 goals. For his country he scored 33 times in 89 international countries.
‘Real Madrid has a contract of 44 million euros ready for David Alabaa‘
It has been hanging in the air for a while, but according to the Spanish media it is now round. David Alaba moves to Real Madrid as a free player this summer.
Last year Alaba took the treble with Bayern (national title, DFB-Pokal and Champions League), but indicated that he did not want to sign a new contract in Munich. The Austrian all-rounder was allowed to talk to other clubs from 1 January, since he will end the contract next summer.
“ We have done everything we can to reach an agreement,” says Bayern-boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge about the situation. “We had many conversations and wanted an answer by the end of October. That didn’t happen, and I don‘t know if we’re going to speak again. Our offer was fair, but he did not accept it.”
There were a lot of top clubs at Alaba. From PSG to Juventus and Manchester City, but according to rumors Real was always option number one for the 28-year-old Austrian. According to Marca, among others, an agreement has now been found between the two parties. The Royal would have a four-year contract worth 44 million euros (i.e. 11 million a year) ready for Alaba. In the meantime, he would have passed the medical tests successfully.
The arrival of Alaba would put some pressure on Sergio Ramos. The Madridian captain has been stuck in negotiating a contract extension for some time and sees a strong competitor with Alaba.
PEC Zwolle also binds rightback Van Wermeskerken
Sai van Wermeskerken has renewed his contract with PEC Zwolle. The 26-year-old rightback signed until 2023. He had an expired contract with the number 13 of the Eredivisie.
“ I am well in my place here, so for me it is a logical step to renew my contract”, Van Wermeskerken says. “In addition, my personal ambition is to give everything in the coming period, in order to qualify for a place in Japan‘s national selection. I look forward to the future here in Zwolle, with the focus of course on the secondseason half, in which I want to show myself even more.”
Van Wermeskerken has both a Dutch and a Japanese passport.
Previously, PEC Zwolle also managed to bind Eliano Reijnders, Dean Huiberts and Sam Kersten to the club for longer.
FC Emmen captures transfer-free teen from Peru
FC Emmen has contracted another new player. It is the 18-year-old midfielder Didier la Torre. The teenager from Peru signs a contract at the gates of the Eredivisie until the summer of 2023, with an option for an additional season.
La Torre was under contract with Allianza Lima until 31 December 2020. He makes transfer-free the transfer to Drenthe.
“ Didier is a great talent in Peru and we have been following him for several months,” explains Chairman Ronald Lubbers. “We see him above all as an investment in the future, but with his speed and passing movements he can prove his worth this season too.”
FC Emmen captured three players at the weekend: Wing striker Kerim Frei, his brother Elias Frei, a left-back, and defender Jean-Pierre Rhyner.
Jack Wilshere signed contract at Bournemouth
6:30 p.m.: Jack Wilshere was once one of Arsenal’s great English talents, but as of today he plays in the Championship, the second level in England. The 29-year-old midfielder has committed himself to Bournemouth, which is third state.
Wilshere was released earlier in the 2016/2017 season for the club from South England. Until last season, he was under contract with West Ham United, but since he left last summer he was clubless.
ADO Den Haag records Croatian midfielder Gomelt
15.27 hours: ADO Den Haag has captured midfielder Tomislav Gomelt. The 26-year-old controller from Croatia comes over from Serie A-Club Crotone and signs a contract until the end of the season at Cars Jeans Stadium.
Gomelt signed with Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, which loaned him to Royal Antwerp and Bari. After clubs like Cluj and Dinamo Bucharest in Romania, he played for Crotone since 2019, with which he promoted last season to Serie A.
“When I got the chance to join this beautiful club, I wanted to grab it right away,” says Gomelt. “I think my playing style fits ADO Den Haag and the Eredivisie. At Crotone I mainly played as a defensive midfielder, but I can actually fill all the roles on the midfield. I want to get as many points as possible and stay in the Eredivisie.”
Chelsea rents Drinking Water to Kasimpasa
14.06 hours: Danny Drinkwater plays for the rest of the season on a rental basis for the Turkish Kasimpasa. The 30-year-old midfielder didn‘t get much to play at Chelsea. Drinking water was part of the Leicester City team that stunted in 2016 by becoming champion of England.
Jeroen Lumu does not sign at FC Den Bosch, but at 12.29 pm in Malta
: FC Den Bosch presented Jeroen Lumu last week, but the attacker and the club said goodbye to each other within a day. The player has now found a new employer in Malta.
The 25-year-old is now on FC Floriana, which makes the arrival official on Facebook. Whether the number eleven of the Maltese Premier League is fully aware of his mini-adventure in North Brabant is still a question. According to Floriana’s report, his latter club is at least the Georgian FC Saburtalo.
Three newcomers have to save FC Emmen from degradation
19:50 p.m.: Kerim Frei, his brother Elias Frei and Jean-Pierre Rhyner have to save FC Emmen from degradation from the Eredivisie in the second half of the season. Shortly after the defeat against Vitesse (1-4), the number recently announced the arrival of the trio.
Kerim Frei (27) played for FC Emmen before. Last season, the Turkish-Swiss wing striker was rented from Istanbul Basaksehir at the end of January. As a result of an injury and the outbreak of the coronavirus, he came to only four duels for FC Emmen, which has now been sold. He signed for a season and a half.
The seven-year younger Elias Frei, a left-back, comes across transfer-free from the Swiss FC Lucerne. He, too, joined the club for a season and a half.
The 24-year-old Rhyner is rented until the end of the season from the Spanish club Cádiz, ending in La Liga. The central defender has both a Swiss and Peruvian passport. It can be taken over definitively after the season.
FC Emmen took only 5 points in the first seventeen duels. The Drenthe club has not yet won and must fear degradation.
See here an overview of all transfers prior to January 16th.