Category: Transfers

Feyenoord close to announcing the signing of Gijs Smal

Feyenoord is already starting to think about forming its squad for next season and the Rotterdam club is very close to announcing the signing of Gijs Smal. The 26-year-old full-back, who belongs to FC Twente, will not renew his contract with the Tukkers and will be free at the end of this season.

Gijs Smal will arrive to replace Marcos López. The 24-year-old Peruvian will leave Feyenoord at the end of this season, after spending two seasons wearing the Stadionclub shirt.

Gijs Smal, born in De Rijp, left FC Volendam and signed for FC Twente for free at the start of the 2020/21 season. He was an important player at Enschede, especially last season. In 34 Eredivisie appearances, he scored two goals and provided ten assists. This season, he has just one assist in 16 games.

FC Twente wanted to keep Gijs Smal at the club, but were unable to reach an agreement on renewing his contract.

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Chelsea loan Ian Maatsen to Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund announced the signing of Ian Maatsen from Chelsea. The 21-year-old left-back played twelve matches this season with the Blues shirt.

At Borussia Dortmund, PSV’s next opponent in the UEFA Champions League, Ian Maatsen will meet Donyell Malen. The two already know each other from the Dutch national team. Ronald Koeman called up Ian Maatsen last year, but the defender has yet to take the field in the Netherlands shirt.

The Yellow Wall wanted to buy Ian Maatsen, but Chelsea didn’t accept it.

“It will be a loan period, there are no other options. It was not possible to obtain a purchase option in the agreement,” said the Borussia Dortmund director.

“Due to personal problems, we had to strengthen in the left-back position this winter. Ian Maatsen fits the bill. He brings a lot of speed, has a strong left leg and can be used in different positions” concluded the German director.
The fifth-placed team in the Bundesliga was looking for a left-back due to Julian Ryerson’s injury and participation in the African Cup.

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Ajax request return of Kian Fitz-Jim

Ajax have requested the return of Kian Fitz-Jim. Currently in fifth place in the Eredivisie, the Amsterdam team has reached an agreement with SBV Excelsior regarding the early return of Kian Fitz-Jim. The Kralingers first wanted to sign a player to replace the departed Kian Fitz-Jim, before releasing the midfielder to return to the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

At the start of this season, Kian Fitz-Jim was loaned to SBV Excelsior for a season. The Amsterdam club included in the contract the option to request the midfielder’s return at any time.

The reason SBV Excelsior delayed Kian Fitz-Jim’s return was because the Kralingers first wanted to bring in a replacement. This week, the Rotterdam club announced the signing of Kenzo Goudmijn.

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Almere City FC announce signing of Christopher Mamengi

After nine seasons wearing the FC Utrecht shirt, Christopher Mamengi leaves the Utregs and signs for three seasons with Almere City FC for the Eredivisie dispute. The Dutch defender, born in Amersfoort, will try his luck at the newly promoted club to the elite of Dutch football.

At FC Utrecht, Christopher Mamengi was unable to establish himself in the first team and accepted an offer from Zwarte Schapen to compete in the biggest competition in Dutch football. In the first team of FC Utrecht, Christopher Mamengi played only one game.

Christopher Mamengi is the fifth player to leave FC Utrecht and sign with Almere City FC in their history. He rounds out the roster with players like Jonas Arweiler, Gianluca Nijholt, Enzio Boldewijn and Leon de Kogel. The most recent player to have made this move was Jonas Arweiler who in the 2021/22 season left Stadion Galgenwaard to play at Yanmar Stadion.

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Chuba Akpom signs with Ajax for five seasons

Sven Mislintat is still working to reshape AFC Ajax for this new season. The German director got a deal with Middlesbrough and the Amsterdam club announced the signing of Chuba Akpom. The English striker signs for five seasons with the Godenzonen. The Godenzonen paid 12 million and 300 thousand euros to have the 27-year-old striker.

Chuba Akpom was the main striker of the second division of England and consequently of Middlesbrough. With Boro’s shirt, Chuba Akpom scored 34 goals in 82 matches. It was at PAOK in Greece that he had the greatest streak of games. In Greece, there were 131 games played and 29 goals scored.

Formed in the youth ranks of Arsenal, he had only twelve games signed with the shirt of the Gunners. As well as playing in England and Greece, he also played in Belgium for St. Truiden.

The last time Middlesbrough had sold a player to Ajax was in the 2010/11 season when Egypt striker Mido was released to sign for Ajacieden. And this is only the third English player to wear the shirt of the Amsterdammers. Charlie Setford and Ray Clarke were the other two players who previously played for the Amsterdam side.

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PSV buys Jerdy Schouten for twelve million euros

PSV Eindhoven continues to reinforce its team for this new season and mainly to seek a place in the group stage of the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League. The new reinforcement that lands in Eindhoven is the steering wheel, Jerdy Schouten. The 26-year-old Dutch midfielder leaves Italy’s Bologna for 12 million euros. Jerdy Schouten returns to Dutch football after spending four years in Italy.

In Italy, Jerdy Schouten managed to develop very well. He played over a hundred games for Bologna and scored only two goals. It was in Italy that he managed to be called up by the Dutch national team. Jerdy Schouten was revealed by ADO Den Haag and also played for SC Telstar. This is the first time that PSV has bought a player from Bologna in Italy.

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Sven Zitman leaves PEC Zwolle and signs with TOP Oss

TOP Oss announced the signing of Sven Zitman from PEC Zwolle. He signs until the end of the 2024/25 season with Ossenaren and with the option of automatic renewal for another season. The expectation is that already in this weekend’s round, he can enter the field for TOP Oss.

The 21-year-old midfielder was at PEC Zwolle last season and has a contract with the Blauwvingers until the end of next season. The Zwollenaars had already informed the athlete that they would no longer count on him for the sequence of the season.

“We are extremely happy with the arrival of Sven Zitman. He will bring great strength to our team in pursuit of our goals throughout this season. He is technically very experienced and able to read the game well” said TOP Oss director of football Linton Posthumus.

“I am very happy to sign with TOP Oss. I hope to get on the field as soon as possible and I want to help TOP Oss to seek access to the Eredivisie” said Sven Zitman.

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FC Twente announces reinforcement for the defensive system

FC Twente have announced the signing of Alec Van Hoorenbeeck. The 24-year-old defender stays until the end of this current season and should return to KV Mechelen in Belgium, the club to which he belongs. This is his return to the Netherlands, considering that in the 2020/21 season, Alec Van Hoorenbeeck was loaned to Helmond Sport of the Keuken Kampioen Divisie.

With the shirt of KV Mechelen, he played 55 games and did not score a single goal. At Helmond Sport, he played 39 games and scored three goals. He joins FC Twente with an option to buy at the end of his loan.

“We had been looking for a defender to play on the left for some time and with the arrival of Alec Van Hoorenbeeck we filled that gap. He also plays as a left winger. Alec Van Hoorenbeeck is comfortable with the ball at his feet, is quick and has good stature. We are sure that he will quickly adapt to the club and to Dutch football” said FC Twente Director Arnold Bruggink.

The last time FC Twente had a Belgian in its squad was between 2017 and 2020, when Jorn Brondeel left Belgium’s Lierse SK and played only 21 games during that period. In August 2020, he was released and signed for Willem II. And the last time KV Mechelen sent a player to FC Twente was in the 1999/00 season, when Jan Verlinden was sold to the Enschede club.

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Roy Kuijpers is the new signing of NAC Breda

After a year and a half defending the colors of RKC Waalwijk, Roy Kuijpers leaves the Mandemakers Stadion to sign with NAC Breda and return to compete in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie. At the age of 23, Roy Kuijpers signs until the end of the 2024/25 season, with the option of automatic renewal for another season.

In that one and a half year with the Waalwijkers shirt, Roy Kuijpers played 31 games and scored three goals. Furthermore, he was part of the squad that kept RKC Waalwijk in the Eredivisie during these last two seasons.

Before arriving at RKC Waalwijk, Roy Kuijpers was featured with FC Den Bosch in the Dutch second division. He also played 31 games for the White and Blue Dragons and scored twelve goals.

The last player who made this move to leave RKC Waalwijk and sign with NAC Breda was the German center forward Mario Bilate in the 2020/21 season.

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Nathan Tjoe-A-On leaves SBV Excelsior

Swansea City have completed the signing of Nathan Tjoe-A-On for €348,000. He will still go through work and visa approval. The 21-year-old joins Swansea City from SBV Excelsior and signs a three-year contract with the England second-tier side. He will wear the number 21 shirt at Swansea City.

Nathan Tjoe-A-On was brought up through the youth ranks of SBV Excelsior and made his Kralingers first-team debut in 2019. He was instrumental in helping SBV Excelsior return to the Eredivisie, after all, in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie 2021/22 , he was an absolute starter for the Rotterdam club.

With the shirt of SBV Excelsior, Nathan Tjoe-A-On made 57 official matches for the main team and scored just one goal. This will be his first experience away from the SBV Excelsior and away from Holland.

At Swansea City, he will be team-mates with Joël Piroe. The Wales club is a team famous for betting on Dutch players. Erwin Mulder, Mike van der Hoorn, Luciano Narsingh, Leroy Fer, Jonathan de Guzmán, Dwight Tiendalli, Michel Vorm, Marvin Emnes, Cedric van der Gun, Ferrie Bodde, Dorus de Vries, Nico Schröder and Kees de Boer were the Dutch wore the Swansea City jersey throughout the team’s history.

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