The free transfer window opened in Finland today, and Veikkausliiga champions Peimari United took full advantage by securing the signatures of six new players. Levan Sikharulidze, Giovanni Terrani, Aapo Halme, Julian Chabot, Luka Ilic and Florian Miguel all joined the Paimio-based club on free transfers, having been without a club for a few months each. No compensation fees were paid to any of the players' former clubs, with Peimari United required only to pay signing-on fees and agent fees in the process.
is one of Georgia's top prsopects. At eighteen years old, 196cm tall striker has been capped 24 times for Georgia's U21s team, scoring 6 goals. Sikharulidze previously played for Georgia side Dinamo Batumi, making 57 appearances and scoring 17 goals in the process. Skiharulidze was a target for Manchester United and Chelsea, but chose to join Peimari United due to the club's history of bringing youth players through to senior football.
Sikharulidze has been told to train with the club's youth team until the beginning of next season, when the club can then make space for him in the senior squad. Sikharulidze is seen as a very different option to current strikers, who have pace in abundance. Sikharulidze isn't the paciest of players, but is very physically capable. His finishing ability is of a top standard, and Sikharulidze is seen as the 'next Edin Džeko'
joined to bolster the team's wide attacking strengths. The twenty-eight year old Italian attacker was a product of the Inter Milan youth team. He left the club in 2013 to play for Serie C side Monza, after signing for a transfer fee of €500, where he made his senior debut and went on to make 15 appearances for the club. A loan spell Pro Latria in 2014/2015, where he made 28 appearances, was followed up by a free transfer to AS Lucchese Libertas, where he spent two seasons at the club. After 60 league appearances for Lucchese, Terrani signed for Perugia Calcio in January 2017 for €40,000. Terrani played a key role for the side as he made a total of 94 league appearances for the club in both Serie B and Serie A. Terrani, unfortunately, suffered a broken leg in 2020, which ruled him out for the entire 2020/2021 season. Terrani was released after the 2021/2022 last season, and signed for Peimari United.
Terrani provides the perfect skill-set for an inside forward. Quick off the mark, Terrani is also very creative. His goal scoring and creating ability makes him a deadly attacker, and he is also a fairly hard-working player too. Terrani is likely to become a key player for Peimari United, with immediate effect.
is the only Finnish player of the six new signings. The twenty-four year old central defender has two Finnish caps to his name, and was once considered to by the 'next Sami Hyypiä'
. Part of the FC Honka Espoo youth academy, he made his senior appearance for the club in 2014. Halme joined HJK the following season, and made 29 Veikkausliiga appearances for the Veikkausliiga side before joining English side Leeds United for €550,000 in January 2018. Halme played for Lillestrøm SK and Mansfield Town on loan, but never made a senior appearance for Leeds. Halme was released by Leeds in July of this year, and has now since joined Peimari United.
A very competent defender, Halme also has height on his side. Standing at 193cm, Halme is a very astute physical presence. Reasonably competent on the ball, Halme fits into Peimari United's style of playing from the back. He is a notable upgrade on current defenders at the club, and is likely to play an important part in Peimari United's future.
was also signed to improve defensive quality. The twenty-four year old German central defender joined on a free transfer after leaving Dutch side FC Groningen in the past summer. A product of Frankfurt's youth academy, Chabot joined RB Leipzig in 2014. However, he failed to appear for the senior team and left to Holland to join Sparta Rotterdam in 2017. He impressed in his debut season for the club, making 20 Eredivisie in his one-and-only season for the club before joining domestic rivals FC Groningen for €950,000 in 2018. Chabot made 12 senior appearances for the club before departing this summer, with Peimari United looking to offer him a second chance.
Chabot's height and strength makes him an incredibly talented player in the air. Standing a 195cm, Chabot is much larger than the average player in the Veikkausliiga, and is sure to become a threat from set-pieces. Chabot is expected to start alongside Aapo Halme in the centre of the team's defence, making a huge shift from last season.
The high-profile signing of the six was definintely Luka Ilic
. The young Serbian attacking midfielder was available on a free transfer, having been released by Manchester City in the summer. A product of the academy of Crvena Zvesda (Red Star Belgrade), Ilic joined Manchester City for €3,500,000 in 2017. He spent the 2017/2018 season on loan back at his own club, where he helped his side lift the Serbian SuperLiga, as he made his professional debut in the process. Loan spells at Crvena Zvezda, NAC Breda, FK Vojvodina, Čukarički Stankom and Wigan Athletic saw Ilic garner a total of 156 appearances in all competitions over the five seasons.
Ilic left Manchester City at the end of his contract in July in search of regular first-team football, and Peimari United are prepared to offer him just that. Once rated as Serbia's top up-and-coming prospect in years, Ilic can play behind the striker, out wide or in midfield. His creative ability is underlined by his ability to pick a pass and create and finish moves. He is expected to become a leading player in the Veikkausliiga.
The final of the six signings was Florian Miguel
. The twenty-six year old French defender, born in Bruges, France, was a product of Tours FC. He made his senior league debut for Tours FC in Ligue 2 during the 2014/2015 season, and went on to make 93 Ligue 2 appearances before leaving for Ligue 1 side Nîmes Olympique in 2018. Miguel made 34 Ligue 1 appearances across four seasons for Nîmes Olympique before leaving at the expiration of his contract in the summer of 2022.
The defender is equally competent as a left back as he is in central defence, although he is likely to play on the left side of defence. He is physically well-rounded and is adept at attacking and defending. His incredible defensive prowess, however, will help solidify Peimari's defence during tough European fixtures, with the side already owning the best defensive record in the Veikkausliiga last term.