AFHQ Transfer Wrap – August

Over much of August, Africans from around the continent and across Europe, have made interesting moves to different clubs, some for the promise of game time while big money was a sizable factor for others.

Here are of the biggest transfers from AFHQ starting with…

Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford to FC Cincinnati – Free)

Bafana Bafana international Kamohelo Mokotjo recently made a move to the MLS to join Jaap Stam’s FC Cincinnati on a free transfer.

The midfielder’s contract at the Championship club was not renewed and although the ‘Bees’ were one game away from gaining Premier League promotion, they couldn’t overcome Fulham in the play-off final. The 29-year-old signed a one-year deal.

Samuel Tetteh (Red Bull Salzburg to New York Red Bulls – Loan)

Wide forward Samuel Tetteh was initially doubtful about playing in the United States, but he told AFHQ, that he looks forward to a new chapter in his career.

The 24-year-old made a loan move from RB Salzburg to sister club New York RB, after scoring and assisting 14 goals in all competitions (seven goals, seven assists) in Austria.

Bernard Mensah (Kayserispor to Besiktas – Loan with a €4.5-million option to buy)

From suffering relegation to joining a UEFA Champions League regular, Ghanaian midfielder, Bernard Mensah, traded Kayserispor for Besiktas.

With the Black Eagles short on a serious goal threat in the forward areas, Mensah could add a much-needed spark to help his new employers challenge for the Super Lig title next season.

Nayef Aguerd (Dijon to Rennes – €4-million)

The Moroccan international completed his move from Dijon to the red and black of Rennes and will look to play a key role in the squad as his new club are set to play in the UEFA Champions League in their history. The 24-year-old signed a four-year deal.

Yaw Yeboah (CD Numancia to Wisla Kraków – €450 000)

Having played for 12 clubs over his short career thus far can winger Yaw Yeboah, settle at club number 13 in Wisla Kraków? The 23-year-old has been shifted about all over Europe after joining the Manchester City academy at the age of the 17, but with time on his hands and a three year deal with the 13-time Polish champions, Yeboah could grow into one of the continent’s finest exports.

Ramadan Sobhi (Huddersfield Town to Pyramids FC – €5-million)

Egyptian international Ramadan Sobhi has hit the headlines over his transfer to wealthy Egyptian outfit, Pyramids FC.

Although the championship side was expected to buy the 23-year-old from Al Ahly once his loan deal had expired at the end of the season, they went against it, giving the Cairo-based outfit the opportunity to splash the cash on the player and offered him a three-year deal worth €4.2-million.

Mohammed Salisu (Real Valladolid to Southampton – €12million)

English Premier League outfit Southampton strengthened their defence with the signing of 21-year-old centre-back, Mohammed Salisu from Real Valladolid.

A constant fixture in a side that finished their LaLiga campaign in 13th, he penned a five-year deal on the south coast of England.

Jackson Muleka (TP Mazembe to Standard Liege – €2.5 million)

Goal machine Jackson Muleka left African giants TP Mazembe to join Belgian giants, Standard Liege.

Muleka has become one of the continent’s most prolific strikers ending last season as with an impressive total of 24 goals and adding another nine in the CAF Champions League (five goals, four assists).

Despite the 2019/20 Linafoot season ending prematurely, he was still able to bag 12 goals in 20 games before signing a four-year deal with the Jupiler Pro League side.

Lyle Foster (AS Monaco to Vitoria S.C – €1.5 million)

South African junior international Lyle Foster traded the plush surroundings of Monaco for Portugal in a five-year contract.

After being subjected to very little game time in Ligue 1 and playing in Belgium on loan at Cercle Brugge K.S.V., the 2020 European golden boy nominee will be aiming to start as a regular at the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques.

Victor Osimhen (Lille to Napoli – €50 million)

Nigerian starlet Victor Osimhem completed one of the biggest African transfers in history after Napoli paid Lille paid a hefty €50 million to bring the 21-year-old to Serie A.

After being linked with several European giants including Liverpool, the Naples side secured his services. In a premature season in France, the deadly forward still found the back of the net 18 times and assisted six times, while last season he scored 20 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions.