There’s no other way to put it. FC Copenhagen has seen better weeks.
First the Danish champs crashed out of the Champions League qualifiers in heart-breaking fashion, and then top scorers Dame N’Doye and Jonas Wind both ran into long-term injuries.
But the Lions moved quickly with the news of the injuries and secured Uruguayan striker Michael Santos from Spanish side Malaga.
Santos, 26, has two international caps to his name and has spent the past three years in Spain playing La Liga and La Liga2 football. FCK seems to have gained a good link to Spain, also signing Pep Biel in a record deal earlier this month (scroll down to read more).
He will get a chance to make his debut tonight when FCK take on FC Riga in the Europa League playoff in Telia Parken Stadium.
So long to long Paul
Meanwhile, Superliga title challengers FC Midtjylland are on the brink of selling forward Paul Onuachu to Belgian champions Genk in the deal reported to be around 50 million kroner.
The tall Nigerian scored 17 goals in 30 Superliga appearances for the Wolves last season.
Outside Denmark’s borders, winger Uffe Bech has joined Greek giants Panathinaikos from German side Hannover 96.
Read about previous transfer deals below
It was a big transfer weekend for Danish football as the two national team players Mathias Zanka Jørgensen and Lasse Schøne both found new clubs.
Zanka, 29, joined Turkish giants Fenerbahce from Huddersfield in a deal worth a reported 18 million kroner.
Meanwhile, the 33-year-old Schøne, who was part of the brilliant Ajax Amsterdam run in Champions League last season, left the Dutch champions for Serie A outfit Genoa.
Elsewhere, FC Midtjylland have told captain and long-time club man Jakob Poulsen that he is free to find another club on a free transfer (provided he signs for a team abroad).
Finally, young keeper Lukas Bornhøft Jensen has signed a deal with Premier League side Burnley. Jensen, 20, has enjoyed spells with Helsingør and HIK in the past.
Read about previous transfer deals below
FC Copenhagen have bolstered their squad ahead of key Champions League qualification fixtures by signing Pep Biel from Real Zaragoza for 5 million Euro – a record signing by a Danish club.
The 22-year-old Spaniard notched six goals and four assists last season for Zaragoza and is expected to replace right winger Robert Skov, who left the Lions for Hoffenheim last month.
“He did very well for Zaragoza last season, where he was often decisive with goals and assists. We have followed him for a while, because we knew that we might need a replacement if we sold Robert Skov,” said FC Copenhagen boss Ståle Solbakken.
“By Danish standards, he’s an expensive player, but if we perform well with Pep in a key role, it can be both a sporting and financial success for us in the long run.”
Biel has been given shirt number 16 and could feature in next week’s critical Champions League qualifier against Red Star Belgrade.
In Denmark, the summer signing period was supposed to be about Christian Eriksen finally landing his big move away from Tottenham.
Rumours came and went about Real Madrid, Juventus, PSG, Atletico Madrid and Manchester United falling in … and then out of love with the Danish midfielder. Now, with August on the horizon, Eriksen remains a Spur.
But there has been plenty of other action about thanks to a summer period brimming with record signings – perhaps the most summer deals involving Danish players and clubs in years. Deals were trickling in all over the shop.
Just today saw two monster signings involving Danish players thanks to winger Robert Skov completing a big move from FC Copenhagen to Hoffenheim in a deal worth an estimated 90 million kroner and midfielder Phillip Billing joining Bournemouth from Huddersfield for a tidy fee of around 120 million.
Then there was the biggest one so far. Really, raise your hand if you’re not Danish and had heard of Joachim Andersen two years ago. If yes, you must be a Football Manager fanatic because there was no way it was in the cards he would set a new Danish transfer record.
But that’s precisely what he did as Lyon shelled out a record 225 million kroner to lure the defender away from Sampdoria. Sure, an Eriksen transfer will end up surpassing Andersen’s record, but the mental thing is he still hasn’t won a cap for Denmark!
Some of the other notable moves by Danes playing abroad include Andreas Cornelius making a Serie A switch from Atalanta to Parma, Martin Braithwaite joining Leganes in La Liga from Middlesbrough, Rasmus Nissen leaving Ajax for RB Salzburg, Kenneth Zohore joining West Brom from Cardiff, Asger Sørensen joining Nuremburg from RB Salzburg, Jonas Lössl joining Everton from Huddersfield, Younes Namli leaving Zwolle for Krasnodar and Brentford continuing their love of Danish delights by inking Christian Nørgaard and Mathias Jensen from Fiorentina and Celta Vigo.
In the Danish Superliga, reining champs FC Copenhagen were considerably active … and lucrative. Aside from shipping off Skov, the Lions also sold Slovakian defender Denis Vavro to Lazio in a deal worth around 80 million kroner and Finnish keeper Jesse Joronen to Brescia for about 40 million.
FCK has made moves to replace the key players, such as bringing in the likes of Victor Nelsson and Karlo Bartolec from FC Nordsjælland, Jens Stage from AGF Aarhus, Sten Grytebust from OB Odense, Karl-Johan Johnsson from Guingamp and Bryan Oviedo from Sunderland. And another signing is likely following Skov’s departure.
Other notable Superliga deals include title challengers FC Midtjylland signing Brazilian left back Paulinho from Bahia and getting Guinean striker Sory Kaba to sign on from Dijon. FC Nordsjælland signing Kian Hansen from FCM was also a surprise deal, to say the least.
The crazy thing is there’s still over a month to go before the transfer window closes, so keep an eye out for further updates on this page.