A couple of days ago, I created a quiz about some of the top confirmed transfers. That quiz can be found here, and in it, I mention some of the more well-known players who have earned transfers, such as Leroy Sané and Timo Werner.
However, there are many players that have been bought that have gone unnoticed by many, despite being quality transfers. Here are three of the best that people will be noticing soon enough:
Antony, São Paulo FC to Ajax
This is an incredible move for Ajax. With Hakim Ziyech leaving Ajax for Chelsea and Dušan Tadić getting older, Ajax needed a good young winger and they got one in São Paulo FC forward Antony. Antony, who is only 20 years old, has been capped nine times by Brazil at U23 level and contributed to ten goals last year in the Brazilian Série A, yet Ajax managed to get him for almost $2,000,000 under his market value. Absolute steal.
Martin Terrier, Lyon to Stade Rennais
Another great prospect, Terrier is just 23 but has played in 121 games, contributing to 29 goals. However, Terrier, like Lyon, had a down season and contributed to just three goals in Ligue 1 this year as Lyon slumped to seventh, out of contention for a European competition spot.
Terrier will be in the Champions League next season, though, as he jumped ship and signed with French club Stade Rennais. Stade Rennais have made it a habit of finishing in a Europa League spot, having been in one for the past two seasons. However in the shortened French Ligue 1 season, Stade Rennais finished in third place, good enough for a Champions League spot, and Terrier will almost definitely play a huge role as Rennais will try to repeat that next season.
Mike Trésor Ndayishimiye, NEC Nijmegen to Willem II
Unless you are from Belgium, you probably don’t know Mike Trésor Ndayishimiye. Trésor Ndayishimiye, who was born in Belgium but also has Burundi citizenship, came through the ranks at Belgian club Anderlecht’s youth academy until 2018, when he was released. Second-tier Dutch side NEC Nijmegen signed Trésor Ndayishimiye the summer he was released, and he went on to play 31 games for the club, contributing to ten goals. He was loaned out to Dutch first-tier side Willem II, where Trésor Ndayishimiye starred, scoring 12 goals and getting six assists. Willem II have decided to make his loan deal permanent for $550,000 – almost eight times less than his market value. And the best part of it all is that Trésor Ndayishimiye is only 21 years old.
There are many transfers that have not gone through yet, so keep checking to see if I write about those in the near future.
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