With the 21/22 transfer window done, Sammy rounds up exactly who joined FFC this summer and who departed.
In total, five players arrived at Motspur Park to bolster Marco Silva’s side.
This list only refers to first team men’s players and all fees are according to Transfermarkt, so don’t necessarily reflect the complexities of how the transfer is paid.
Nathaniel Chalobah – £3m from WatfordEmbed from Getty Images
At the age of 26, and following four years with the Hornets, Nathaniel Chalobah has joined Fulham on a two-year contract. He is a product of Chelsea’s academy, who shipped him on loan six times during his seven years with the club.
Nathaniel generally plays as a deeper midfielder, known for his tough tackling and will likely provide cover for Seri at the base of midfield. He has one cap for England, playing six minutes and 54 seconds of England’s 3-2 win over Spain in the Nations League back in 2018.
Domingos Quina – Loan from WatfordEmbed from Getty Images
We know less about Domingos, but he’s a hotly-tipped 21 year old, also from Watford, who first broke on to the scene at West Ham United. In three years at Watford he’s played just over 20 times, he also had a brief loan spell at Grenada earlier this year.
He was originally born in Guinea-Bissau, but has represented Portugal at youth level. He generally plays as an attacking midfield, and will most likely compete with Fabio Carvalho for the starting number 10 role.
Quina has joined on loan for this season, with a reported £5m option should Fulham achieve promotion this summer.
Harry Wilson – £12.6m from Liverpool
Announced at the same time as the Gazzaniga deal, Harry Wilson joined from Liverpool on a five-year contract. He’s an attacking midfield, who has played much of his career on the wing. Despite being 24, he’s got experience of playing for numerous major clubs including Cardiff, Derby and Bournemouth.
The nature of the deal is a complex one that has officially remained confidential between the clubs, but from what we know, the deal is effectively a loan with an obligation to buy this year, and even involves the compensation Liverpool were ordered to pay Fulham for Harvey Elliot’s transfer in 2018.
Rodrigo Muniz – £7.2m from Flamengo
The signing that took most of the summer. Our elusive Brazilian striker who eventually signed from Flamengo. Seems to be somebody that Marco Silva personally rated very highly and wanted to club to sign, despite competition from other illustrious clubs and Middlesbrough.
At 20 years old, he’s clearly one for the future, and it will be hard to know how this one goes, but he has a high ceiling, and if Silva’s track record of purchasing Brazilians is anything to go by, we should be in for a treat.
Paulo Gazzaniga – Free from Tottenham
It was an awkward arrival for Gazzaniga, who while clearly a talented goalkeeper at Championship level, didn’t arrive at Fulham to be second choice, which was not music to the ears of the many Fulham fans who wanted Marek Rodak to be number one this year. At 29, Paulo brings an extra level of experience to our goalkeeper department – he will also be keen to assert himself as the number one choice at a club after so many years of understudying in North London.
In total there were six players to leave Fulham this summer, either on permanent, loan or free transfers.
Aboubakar Kamara – £3.15m to Aris Saloniki
After four whirlwind years at Fulham, Aboubakar’s time finally came to an end as he joined Greek side Aris Saloniki for £3.15 million, one of the highest transfers in Greek football history.
Despite featuring against Middlesbrough, it was clear that Abou wasn’t in Marco’s serious plans, and despite some important goals and moments for Fulham, he maybe just didn’t quite have the level of quality and composure to really cut it at top Championship/lower Premier League level.
Stefan Johansen – £630k to Queens Park Rangers
After impressing on loan at Loftus Road last season, Stef Jo finally bid farewell to Fulham after five years in SW6. He played an instrumental part in our first promotion campaign in 17/18, but sadly he never quite lived up to those heights again. He seemed to be reborn down in Shepherd’s Bush, and whilst it’s never nice to sell a loved player to a rival club, it’s good to see Stefan enjoying his football again. Although reign it in on October 16th yeah, Stef?
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa – Loan with option to Napoli
For a moment this summer, we maybe allowed ourselves to dream that Anguissa might fancy sticking around in the Championship, but in reality I think we all knew that Anguissa had no intention of playing second tier football. Despite his desire to leave, he did actually play a decent amount of minutes for FFC, including a nonchalent 45 minute cameo against Millwall at the Den which left us all purring at times.
In the end, it was Napoli who decided to take on the swaggering Cameroonian midfielder, and they have an approximate £15m option if they wish to purchase him at the end of the loan. The Whites have extended Frank’s contract to 2024, probably for financial fair play reasons to lower the FFP hit should he leave next summer, it also protects the amount we can get for him should Napoli decide not to take up the option.
Maxime Le Marchand – Free transfer to StrasbourgEmbed from Getty Images
A cult hero, but ultimately not somebody who ever truly cut the mustard at Fulham. The well-renonwed “nicest bloke at Fulham” finally has a move back to his homeland, where hopefully he will get some more minutes.
Marcus Bettinelli – Released (moved to Chelsea)
An academy product, who also was a star in the 17/18 promotion side, but another one who now found himself surplus to requirements in SW6. A loan spell to Middlesbrough last season was not as effective as hoped, and that was possibly the final nail in the coffin as far as Marcus’ time at Fulham was concerned.
The nature of his departure, with very little contact from the club clearly irked Marcus – you can hear more about that in our special podcast with him from earlier this summer.
Kevin McDonald – Released
With McDonald’s ongoing kidney treatment and subsequent operation, it was not a huge shock to see Kevin McDonald’s name on the released list, but there was still an element of sadness to see KMac depart Craven Cottage after five wonderful years at the club. A stalwart midfielder, who screened Stefan Johansen and Tom Cairney so magnificently in 16/17 and 17/18, he played 116 times for the club.
McDonald’s future is uncertain for now, but it would not be a surprise to see much more of Kevin in the near future, either in the dugout or in a studio.