PSG sign Schalke defender Thilo Kehrer for £33m

Paris Saint-Germain have completed the signing of Thilo Kehrer from Schalke for £33m on a five-year contract. The 21-year-old, who is a Germany U-21 international, will wear the number 4 jersey at the Ligue 1 champions. He told PSG’s official website: “It is with much joy and ambition that I have signed for Paris Saint-Germain. “Everyone in Europe knows how strong and exciting the Paris Saint-Germain project is and I couldn’t think of a better club for me to continue my progression and reach my objectives. ✍️#WillkommenKehrer pic.twitter.com/QisVLl1uHs — Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside)…

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Atletico Madrid ease past rivals Real to win 4-2 in Uefa Super Cup

Saul Niguez and Koke scored in extra time as Atletico Madrid fought back to beat city rivals Real Madrid 4-2 and win the UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn on Wednesday, as Julen Lopetegui got off to a losing start with the European champions. Real had earlier looked set to win the trophy in their first competitive game since the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane when a Sergio Ramps penalty put them 2-1 up in the second half. That came after Karim Benzema cancelled out Diego Costa’s first-minute…

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Valencia complete €16m signing of Gameiro from Atletico Madrid

Kevin Gameiro has completed his €16m move to Valencia from Atletico Madrid, and is in line to make his debut against his former employers when his new club’s LaLiga campaign gets underway Monday week. The 31-year-old has signed a three-year contract at the Mestalla and becomes Valencia’s second striker acquisition in quick succession after the loan arrival of Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea. The France international initially joined Atletico in 2016 after impressing at Sevilla, but was rarely Diego Simeone’s first choice striker as he played second fiddle mostly behind Antoine Griezmann, and Diego Costa…

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Petr Cech in row with Bayer Leverkusen over Twitter remarks

Petr Cech has become involved in a row with Bayer Leverkusen after the German club appeared to criticize his performance in Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Manchester City. Cech struggled with new manager Unai Emery’s demands to play the ball out of defence and almost scored an own goal after mis-hitting a back pass from Matteo Guendouzi. With Arsenal having spent £19.2m on former Leverkusen number Bernd Leno in the summer, it was slightly surprising to see Cech given the nod ahead of the German. A video of Cech almost scoring an…

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Valencia vs Atletico Madrid – An exciting start to the new La Liga season

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The new season of La Liga kicks off this weekend on an exciting note as Valencia host Atletico Madrid at Mestalla on Monday night. Both sides are coming on the back of strong seasons, and both have high aspirations this season. It would be an interesting encounter between two powers of Spanish football. After finishing a couple of seasons in the bottom-half, Valencia did well to finish fourth under Marcelino last season. The Spaniard manager has done an incredible job by guiding Los Che back into Champions League football in…

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Barcelona target Nzonzi demands Sevilla exit as speculation grows

Steven N’Zonzi has made it clear to Sevilla that he wants to be sold, club director of football Joaquin Caparros has confirmed, as he continues to be linked with a move to Barcelona and Serie A outfit AS Roma. N’Zonzi joined Sevilla from Stoke City in 2015 and has gone on to establish himself as a mainstay in the heart of the club’s midfield, and was a member of France’s World Cup winning squad this summer in Russia. N’Zonzi was strongly linked with a return to the Premier League last…

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Thibaut Courtois joins Real Madrid from Chelsea

Real Madrid have completed the signing of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea for £31.5m on a six-year contract. Courtois had a year remaining on his Chelsea contract and did not report for training with the club this week as he held out for a move to the Champions League holders. Courtois lifted two Premier League titles during his time at Stamford Bridge and is keen to continue winning silverware. “I’m coming into a club that has just won three Champions Leagues in a row and it’s important to keep winning all…

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Athletic Bilbao say Kepa Arrizabalaga’s £71m buyout clause has been met

Kepa Arrizabalaga’s €80m (£71m) buyout clause has been met, Athletic Bilbao have announced, as the goalkeeper appears on the verge of a world record move to Chelsea. The LaLiga club confirmed the 23-year-old’s release clause has been activated and his contract terminated, although there is no mention of Chelsea. The fee is a world record for a goalkeeper, surpassing the £65m paid by Liverpool to Roma for Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker last month. Chelsea have made Kepa their number one target to replace the want-away Thibaut Courtois who has stayed away from pre-season…

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Barcelona complete signing of Arturo Vidal for £27m from Bayern Munich

Barcelona have completed the signing of Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich in a £27m deal after agreeing personal terms with the Chile midfielder. The 31-year-old, who moved to Germany in 2015 from Juventus for £32m, met Barça officials last week and passed his medical after being granted permission to leave by the new Bayern manager, Niko Kovac. Italian side Inter Milan were considered frontrunners for Vidal’s signature but Barcelona swooped in to make the midfielder their fourth summer signing following the arrivals of Clement Lenglet from Sevilla and the Brazilian…

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Samir Nasri’s doping ban extended from six to 18 months after Uefa win appeal

Samir Nasri has had his doping ban increased from six to 18 months following Uefa’s ethics and disciplinary inspector’s decision to appeal the original sentence that was deemed too lenient. Nasri was given the ban in February after receiving an intravenous treatment at a Los Angeles clinic in breach of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) rules. Uefa’s ethics and disciplinary inspector argued that ban was insufficient and on Wednesday the European governing body extended his suspension to 18 months. The ban is backdated to 1 July, 2017, even though Nasri has…

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Barcelona sign Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet

Barcelona have signed Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet for £32m on a five-year contract after the club met his release clause. The 23-year-old had long been linked with a move to a bigger club after impressive performances with Sevilla whom he joined from French side Nancy in January 2017, and scored four goals in 52 games last season. Lenglet, who has been capped at all levels of youth football for France but missed out on Didier Deschamps World Cup squad, now has a £265m release clause in his Barcelona contract.   Barcelona…

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Fulham seal sensational Seri swoop for club record fee

Fulham have completed the signing of Jean Michaël Seri from Nice for a club-record fee in the region of £25m, on an initial four-year contract with a further option for one year. The west London club have beaten off stiff competition from several European clubs to sign Seri, who was on the verge of a move to Barcelona last summer. Chelsea, West Ham, Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal were thought to be interested in the Ivory Coast international but Slavisa Jokanovic’s side have acted decisively to make him their first summer…

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Cristiano Ronaldo joining Juventus in €100m deal from Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo is joining Juventus after the Italian club agreed a €100m (£88.3m) fee for the Portuguese forward with Real Madrid. The 33-year-old is set to sign a four-year deal in Turin reportedly worth a staggering £500,000/week. “Real Madrid CF communicates that, in response to the will and request expressed by the player Cristiano Ronaldo, he has agreed to transfer to Juventus FC,” read a statement on the club’s website. The player and his agent, Jorge Mendes, met the Juventus chairman, Andrea Agnelli, in Greece where he is on holiday, on…

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Fernando Torres joins Japanese side Sagan Tosu

Former Liverpool, Chelsea and Spain striker Fernando Torres has signed for Japanese side Sagan Tosu on a free transfer after his contract at Atletico Madrid expired last month. The 34-year-old rejoined his boyhood club in 2014 for a second spell after spending time on loan at AC Milan. Torres made his final appearance for Atletico as a 90th minute substitute in the 3-0 Europa League final victory over Marseille back in May. “I have had offers from France, Germany and even one from Spain but at no point did I…

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Barcelona sign Arthur on six-year deal from Gremio

Barcelona have completed the £35.5m signing of Brazilian midfielder Arthur from Gremio on a six-year deal. The 21-year-old who has yet to be capped by Brazil at senior level has a buyout clause in his contract set at £355m. “FC Barcelona and Gremio de Porto Alegre have agreed the transfer of the player Arthur Henrique Ramos de Oliveira Melo, following the agreement the two clubs reached in March,” read a statement on Barcelona’s website. “The agreement will see the Brazilian player immediately join the squad.” Arthur started his career at his…

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Luis Enrique named Spain coach on two-year deal

Spain have named Luis Enrique as their new head coach after Fernando Hierro stepped down from temporary charge following their last-16 World Cup exit to Russia, the Spanish Football Federation (SFF) announced on Monday. Enrique, who has been on a sabbatical since leaving Barcelona last year, signed a two-year contract. Spain sacked Julen Lopetegui just two days before their opening World Cup game against Portugal in Sochi because he took the Real Madrid job. Spain’s newly-installed sporting director, José Francisco Molina, said: “We need a successful coach, who’s modern and who knows the game…

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Paulinho rejoins Guangzhou Evergrande on loan 11 months after Barcelona move

Paulinho has sealed a loan move back to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande just 11 months after joining Barcelona for €40 million, both clubs have announced. The Chinese Super League champions have an option to buy after the expiration of the loan deal. Paulinho’s move to Barcelona raised many eyebrows last summer and he was seen as a trailblazer for players who moved to China and could find their way back to European top flight football. He played 49 times during his solitary season at the Camp Nou scoring 9 goals in…

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Paris St-Germain complete signing of Buffon from Juventus

Paris St-Germain have signed former Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon on a free transfer. Buffon, 40, left Juventus at the end of last season, ending a 17-year stay at a club where he played 656 times. The nine-time Serie A winner has signed a one-year deal with the French champions with the option for a further 12 months. “I know what dreams PSG and its fans have in their hearts,” he said. “I am going to bring all my energy, all my experience and all of my thirst to…

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Cristiano Ronaldo set for sensational Juventus switch

Cristiano Ronaldo is on the cusp of sealing a sensational move to Juventus from Real Madrid, according to multiple media reports in Portugal, Italy and Spain. The five-time Ballon D’or winner cast doubt on his future at Real in the immediate aftermath of winning the Champions League for the third successive year, and it appears a move to the Italian champions is inching ever closer. According to Portuguese newspaper Record, Ronaldo is set to sign a four-year contract in Turin and a €100m deal is set to be confirmed in…

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Achraf Hakimi set for loan move to Borussia Dortmund

Real Madrid right back Achraf Hakimi is on the verge of a loan move to Borussia Dortmund for at least two seasons, according to media reports in Germany and Spain. The Spanish giants have completed the €40m signing of Real Sociedad defender Alvaro Odriozola, and the Spain international’s arrival means there will be limited opportunities for Hakimi next term. BILD says the 19-year-old Morocco international is Dortmund’s first choice at right back and he will spend the next two seasons at the Signal Iduna Park. With Dani Carvajal, Nacho and Odriozola…

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Real Madrid sign Alvaro Odriozola from Real Sociedad

Real Madrid have completed the signing of Real Sociedad defender Alvaro Odriozola for a fee in the region of €40m. The 22-year-old has signed a six-year contract with the Spanish giants and is expected to provide competition for Dani Carvajal at right back. The arrival of Julen Lopetegui appears to have played a part in the right back’s move as he is a huge admirer. The former Spain manager selected Odriozola in Spain’s 23-man squad to the World Cup ahead of the likes of Hector Bellerin and Sergi Roberto. Real Sociedad had…

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Barcelona deny former president bought illegal liver for Abidal

Barcelona have taken the extraordinary step to deny that former president Sandro Rosell illegally bought a liver for ex-France defender Eric Abidal. Abidal, 38, who is now the club’s technical secretary, had a transplant in 2012 after a tumour was found in his liver. Reports in Spain claim Rosell, who was arrested for money-laundering in 2017, purchased the organ on the black market. Barcelona say they “roundly deny any irregularity in the matter. “The club are saddened by the lack of rigor in the spreading of such information about such a sensitive issue.”…

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Real Madrid deny transfer agreement for Mbappe with PSG

Real Madrid have denied they have agreed a deal with Paris Saint-Germain to sign striker Kylian Mbappe. Media reports circulating said the Champions League champions had agreed a fee for the teenage sensation who’s currently on national team duty with the French national team at the ongoing World Cup in Russia. “Real Madrid has not made any offers to PSG or the player and regrets the dissemination of this type of information,” a club statement read. “Given the information published in the last hours referring to an alleged agreement between…

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UEFA announce decision to review PSG FFP ruling

PSG are once again under scrutiny from football authorities after UEFA announced a decision to review the ruling that cleared the club of breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations. The Ligue 1 champions had only last month been deemed to be in line with FFP rules after an investigation into transfer contracts and management related accounts at the club by UEFA’s club financial control body (CFCB). Although transfer activity at the Parisian club would still be under monitoring, PSG were largely in the clear. But on Tuesday UEFA said the chairman…

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Manchester United complete goalkeeper Lee Grant signing

Manchester United have completed the signing of goalkeeper Lee Grant from Stoke City on a two-year deal. The 35-year-old, who previously had two spells with Derby County and has also kept goal for Sheffield Wednesday and Burnley, had impressed in the Premier League over the past two years with Stoke. The move opens the door for third choice goalkeeper Joel Pereira to leave Old Trafford on loan to gain some experience during the 2018/19 season. Grant only played three league games last season after playing second fiddle to Jack Butland…

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