ROUND-UP: Major African transfers so far
Africa Football Shop’s transfer zone (AFSTZ) rounds-up the major transfer deals involving Africans across Europe and Asia.
With less than a fortnight since the opening of the window in some major leagues, there has been several transfers involving “big name” African players. Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan becomes the eight highest paid footballer, Ba opts for China over England, Eto’o moves to Turkey as Ayew finds a new home in Wales.
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan moved from Al-Ain to Shanghai SIPG with a reported weekly wage in excess of $350,000 making him the highest earning African footballer. Gyan signed a two-year deal with the Chinese Super League side on Thursday.
Former Newcastle United striker Demba Ba has joined has also moved to China. The striker joined Shanghai Shenhua from Besiktas with many Africans already looking forward to the Shanghai derby. He’s joined in China by DR Congo’s Jeremy Bokila who completed his move to Guangzhou R&F from Terek Grozny.
Wilfried Kanon penned a four-year contract with Lille from Eredivise side Ado den Haag linking up with former Elephants head coach Herve Renard however, the deal has collapsed due to a failed medical. The defender will remain in The Netherlands.
Giannnelli Imbula followed Andre Ayew out of the exit door at Marseille after sealing a four-year deal with FC Porto. The 22-year-old Congolese striker is expected to fit in the shoes of Jackson Martinez.
Four-time African player of the year and former Barcelona and Chelsea star, Samuel Eto’o joined newly promoted Turkish Super Lig side Antayalspor on a three-year deal from Seria A side Sampdoria after joining Welter Zenga’s side from Everton in January.
Championship side Leeds United completed the signing of Ivorian defender Sol Bamba permanently from Parlemo. Bamba joined Leeds on-loan from Parlemo in January. The 30-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the option for a third year.
Sammy Ameobi, 23, has signed on a season-long loan from Newcastle to Cardiff City. The winger had earlier committed himself to a two-year contract with the Magpies. Sammy is the younger brother of former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi.
Nigerian midfielder Joel Obi has completed his transfer to Serie A rivals Torino from Inter Milan.
Former FIFA U-20 winner and Ghana international Samuel Inkoom has joined Portuguese side Boavista FC on a free transfer after staying out of action for six months following his exit from MLS.
Malian international Yacouba Sylla completes switch from Aston Villa to French Ligue 1 club Stade Rennes on a four-year contract. Sylla played for three seasons at the Villa Park before signing this deal which will keep him in France till 2019.