Jovetic scores twice but Ramirez controversy continues: How the Premier League's summer transfer targets fared last week

From Ligue 1 to Serie A, English sides are chasing players who featured in matches across Europe in the past seven days - but how did they all get on?
By Oliver Platt

The transfer deadline is looming large, with one last week of football across Europe representing the final opportunity for managers to assess targets and players to impress in an attempt to tempt interested clubs. brings you both the best and the worst individual displays from throughout the week as we track those who could be moving to the Premier League this summer.


If Manchester City target Stevan Jovetic was disappointed to hear from Fiorentina co-owner Andrea Della Valle that his future would not be discussed until next summer, he did not show it. The Montenegro international scored two goals to lead his team to a 2-1 victory over Udinese.

Defender Matija Nastasic, who, along with Jovetic, has also been linked with a move to the Premier League champions, took some time to adjust to the physicality of Udinese's play but settled in as part of the Viola's new-look defence as the match wore on.

In Germany, Lewis Holtby starred for Schalke in their away clash against Hannover. The midfielder, whose father is English, provided the assist from which Klaas-Jan Huntelaar equalised for Huub Stevens' team before latching on to Jermaine Jones' cross to put the Gelsenkirchen club ahead. They could not hold on, though, with Adrian Nikci ensuring the spoils were shared with a late goal.

The much sought-after midfielder Yann M'Vila played his part in securing a late 3-2 triumph for Rennes over Bastia. M'Vila lined up a 30-yard shot that might have troubled goalkeeper Macedo Novaes even before Mevlut Erding redirected the ball into the net with a header as it flew past him.

Stephane Mbia, who looks set to join QPR as Joey Barton seeks a move in the other direction, played what Marseille president Vincent Labrune labelled his last match for the south-coast club against Montpellier and signed off by helping to secure a 1-0 victory over the defending Ligue 1 champions.

His team-mate Loic Remy, reportedly a target of Tottenham and Newcastle, appeared as a late substitute and worked a late opportunity to double the lead but could not find the target, while Jordan Ayew, who scored two goals against Sheriff in the Champions League in midweek to seal a 2-1 first leg win and has been linked with Reading, also came off the bench.

On target in Portugal was Brazil striker Hulk, who bagged Porto's third goal in their 4-0 rout of Guimaraes at the Estadio do Dragao to no doubt impress the likes of Chelsea and City, who have been tracking the attacker this summer.


Bologna lost 2-0 to Chievo Verona without star winger Gaston Ramirez, whose proposed move to Southampton continues to stall. "His head isn't in the game," coach Stefano Pioli said, and it was later revealed that the Uruguayan was threatening not to play in further matches in order to push his transfer through.

The Real Madrid careers of Kaka and Ricardo Carvalho look to be coming to an end. Neither player was included in Jose Mourinho's matchday squad as the defending La Liga champions were consigned to a surprise 2-1 loss against Getafe on Sunday evening.

VVV-Venlo defender Maya Yoshida, who impressed for Japan at the Olympic Games, has been linked with moves to Southampton, Aston Villa and Celtic but endured a difficult day in the Eredivisie as his side suffered a 4-2 defeat at the hands of ADO Den Haag. The 24-year-old did, however, assist VVV's opening goal in the ninth minute.

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