It has been just over a week since my last summary of the wheeling and dealing in Belgium, and it’s safe to say it’s picked up rather than slowed down! I’ve counted 21 transfers and loan deals involving Pro League clubs, only to wake up to another one this morning, which I will come to in a moment. A couple of deals are pretty big too, mainly because of the clubs involved.
What I mean by that is the announcement of 2 huge deals yesterday. Firstly, Pieter Gerkens left Sint Truiden to move to Anderlecht in a €4 million deal, mainly because the player has stepped up and I felt a move was definitely on the cards going by the season he had. And then Nany Dimata has sadly left Belgium altogether and went east to Wolfsburg in Germany! Massive deal worth around €10 million! Oostende can do sommuch with that money going into next season, but as long as they keep Knowledge Musona, I think they’ll still compete at the top end.
Other deals involving big clubs, mainly outside the country, include Keres Masungo moving from Mechelen to Roma, Sebastien Pocognoli moving to Standard Liege from West Brom, Richairo Zivkovic coming to Oostende from Ajax and a deal I didn’t write about amongst the Zulte Waregem deals completed so far on Saturday, Soualiho Meïté joining Youri Tielemans at Monaco. So plenty happening in Belgium regarding ins and outs and big clubs across Europe too.
I’m going to talk about Club Brugge though for a moment. Ivan Leko is still trying to put his squad together this pre season and this week the door has been opening and closing. In came Guillaume Hubert from Standard Liege, maybe to challenge Ethan Horvath for the No. 1 spot at the club? And also, announced this morning was the signing of Marvelous Nakamba from Vitesse Arnhem to replace legend Timmy Simons! The Zimbabwean signed a four year deal at the Jan Breydel Stadion and will prove to be a good athlete, along with hoping to add real quality. Out of the club went Nikola Storm in another loan deal and Sebastien Bruzzese permanently moving to Kortrijk. The 28 year old has been at some very big clubs in Belgium but has been made surplus to requirements at Brugge, hopefully finding a real home in Kortrijk!
Without literally discussing every signing, there has been money spent and papers signed, with more to come that’s for sure!