Africa

The African Players Who Made Deadline Day Moves

From Choupo-Moting to Thomas Partey, we take a look at the African players who secured deadline day moves across Europe.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Paris St-Germain to Bayern Munich) Free

Choupo-Moting secured his deal to join Bayern Munich until June 2021. The 31-year old striker has a German passport and has represented the country at youth level including the 2008 U19 and 2011 U21 Uefa Championships.

He earned his first Cameroon call-up in 2010 and was part of the Indomitable Lions squads for 2010 and 2014 World Cups. He has played for Mainz, Schalke and PSG among others.

Rachid Ghezzal (Leicester – Besiktas) Loan

Ghezzal also secured a loan deal to join Turkish giants Besiktas from English Premier League side Leicester City. He began his career at Lyon in October 2012 before joining Monaco in August 2017.

Born in France, in 2013, he received the call from France U20 to compete in the Toulon Tournament. He later chose to play for Algeria, scoring his first goal in March 2016 against Ethiopia.

Amad Diallo (Atalanta to Man Utd) £37.2m

Amad Diallo Traoré, born 11 July 2002, will join Man United in January with the deal subject to him passing a medical, agreeing personal terms and being granted a work permit.

The Ivorian, in 2019, became the first player born in 2002 to score in the Serie A. He started out at Boca Barco’s youth team in September 2014 before joining Atalanta youth team in 2015. Hewas born in Ivory Coast, before moving to Italy around the age of 10.

Albert Adomah (Nottingham Forest – QPR) Free

Ghana international Albert Adomah joined English Championship side Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer. His two-year deal comes few days after he cancelled his time at Nottingham Forest.

The right winger has represented Ghana national team, and has also featured for Barnet, Bristol, Middlesbrough, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Cardiff (loan) etc.

Sofiane Boufal (Southampton to Angers) free

Sofiane Boufal completed a move to French side Angers from English Premier League side Southampton on a free transfer. This will be his second spell at the club and has also featured for Lille in Ligue 1.

Boufal made his debut for the Morocco on 26 March 2016 starting in a 1-0 African Cup of Nations qualification victory against Cape Verde. He withdrew from Morocco’s squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations due to injury but he has represented Morocco at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Bongani Zungu (Amiens – Rangers) Loan

Zungu has joined Steven Gerrard’s Rangers on a season-long loan deal from French side Amiens. He has 29 South Africa caps including five of at the 2019 African Cup of Nations Finals.

He made his debut for South Africa against Burkina Faso on 17 August 2013, and has also played for University of Pretoria, mamelodi Sundowns, Vitoria Guimares before joining Amiens in 2017.

Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid – Arsenal) £45.3m

Thomas Partey joined the Gunners on a long-term contract. The 27-year-old midfielder had been with Atletico since 2012 where he made 188 appearances, winning both the Europa League and Super Cup in 2018, and was a Champions League runner-up in 2016.

Partey has represented Ghana at two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. He was named into the CAF Team of the Year in 2018, and won Ghana Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019.

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