Wednesday, 31 August 2016

OFFICIAL: Balotelli leaves Liverpool for Nice on permanent deal

Liverpool and Mario Balotelli have finally ended their malfunctioning association, with the striker signing for Nice on a free transfer.

The 26-year-old was only due to be out of contract next summer, but the Reds pushed to get him off the books completely 737 days after taking a £16 million gamble on the Italian.

The Ligue 1 side had originally slated a season-long loan for Balotelli, but negotiations continued well into deadline day for a more permanent solution, which was agreed after he passed a medical. 

OFFICIAL: Chelsea re-sign David Luiz from PSG for £38m

Chelsea have completed the signing of Brazil international David Luiz from Paris Saint-Germain for £38 million (€45m).

The 29-year-old returns to Stamford Bridge just two years after leaving Chelsea, who opened talks with their ex-player on Tuesday. 

Luiz has signed a contract and completed a medical according to sources close to some sources but details have yet to emerge over the length of the deal.

OFFICIAL: Wilshere joins Bournemouth on loan

England midfielder Jack Wilshere will seek to reignite his career away from Arsenal after agreeing a season-long loan move to Bournemouth.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has allowed Wilshere to go in search of first-team football elsewhere as he bids to get back on track following a series of injury setbacks that have seen him fall out of favour for club and country. 

And the Cherries have taken full advantage, seeing off competition from Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and West Ham to land the 24-year-old on deadline day.

OFFICIAL: Leicester sign Slimani from Sporting CP

Leicester City have completed the signing of Algeria striker Islam Slimani from Sporting CP.
Slimani joins the Premier League champions on a five-year deal after they agreed a club record fee of €30million, plus an additional €5million dependent on objectives, with Sporting.

He scored 27 goals in 33 Primeira Liga appearances last season as Sporting finished second, drawing reported interest from Arsenal as well as Leicester.

The striker was in tears after Sporting's 2-1 win over Porto on Sunday, in what proved to be his final appearance for Jorge Jesus' men.

Wilshere wants Bournemouth move

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is leaning towards a loan move to Bournemouth after holding talks with Eddie Howe.
Source: Daily Mirror

OFFICIAL: Mangala joins Valencia on loan

Valencia have completed the signing of Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala on a season-long loan deal.
The Frenchman arrives at the Mestalla Stadium as a replacement for Shkodran Mustafi, who joined Arsenal on Tuesday.

OFFICIAL: Chelsea sign defender Marcos Alonso

Chelsea have completed the signing of defender Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina, the Italian club have confirmed.

Algeria release Slimani for Leicester medical

Algeria have released Sporting CP forward Islam Slimani from international duty to undergo a medical with Leicester City.

The Premier League champions have been heavily linked with a double swoop for Sporting stars Slimani and Adrien Silva before the transfer window closes on Wednesday, with reports suggesting the deals could be worth in excess of £50million.

And the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) confirmed on their official Instagram page that Slimani was undergoing examinations before being united with national-team colleague Riyad Mahrez at club level.

OFFICIAL: Stoke City agree Martins Indi loan

Stoke City have made their third signing of transfer deadline day with a loan move for Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi.

David Luiz in London to clinch €45m Chelsea return

David Luiz has travelled to London to undergo a medical and secure a return to Chelsea for £38 million (€45m).

Chelsea launched a bid for the Brazil international on Tuesday, offering Paris Saint-Germain £32m for the centre-back.

However, PSG demanded an increase in the offer, with the French champions and the Blues reaching an agreement over a £38m, including bonuses.

Premier League Club Make Ambitious £32m Bid For Odion Ighalo

West Brom could be set to splash the cash on transfer deadline day by moving for two players totalling £53million – with the deals underpinned by the possible sale of Saido Berahino.

The Baggies have been desperate to bring in new players this window and were booed off the pitch following Sunday’s tedious 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough.

However, after the £13million arrival of Nacer Chadli from Tottenham on Tuesday, the club is now being linked with a £32million swoop for Watford striker Odion Ighalo and Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, who is expected to cost £21million.

OFFICIAL: Kenneth Omeruo Completes Loan Move To Turkey

Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo is thrilled to have joined newly-promoted Turkish top flight club Alanyaspor on a season-long loan deal.

The Nigerian international underwent a successful medical at his new club after arriving in Turkey early Wednesday morning.

Manchester City Outcast Completes Loan Move To Stoke City

Stoke City have finalised the loan signing of Wilfried Bony. The Manchester City striker has joined the Potters for a £2million loan fee with Stoke paying his £120,000-a-week wages.

Bony, whose move to City never really sparked into life, seemingly spoke about the move on Twitter on Wednesday.

The Ivorian took to Twitter for a second time after his move was formally confirmed by Stoke.

Camp Updates: Mikel, Others Share Their Delights As Training Continues

Kelechi Iheanacho is pleased to rejoin his Nigeria international teammates in camp for Saturday's 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania in Uyo.

Iheanacho who could make his fifth appearance for the senior national team joined up with the squad on Tuesday. 

He took to Twitter to share his excitement representing his country.

Brozovic rejects lucrative Chelsea offer

Marcelo Brozovic has turned down a contract offer from Chelsea in order to sign a new deal with Inter.

The Blues had a £25 million bid for the 23-year-old accepted by the Nerazzurri, but the player turned down the chance to move to the Premier League outfit.  Although Chelsea offered the midfielder a bigger wage than Inter, he has opted to remain at San Siro.

Brozovic's agent, Miroslav Bicanic, encouraged a bidding war over his client, after making Inter's valuation for Brozovic known to Chelsea officials.

OFFICIAL: Torino complete Hart swoop

Joe Hart has completed a season-long loan deal to join Torino after falling out of favour with new Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

The England international goalkeeper found himself second choice behind Willy Caballero for City's opening games of 2016-17, with Claudio Bravo's arrival from Barcelona seemingly demoting Hart to third choice.

Hart arrived in Turin on Tuesday, with the loan moved confirmed on transfer deadline day.

Sissoko allowed to leave France camp amid Spurs rumours

Moussa Sissoko has been given permission to leave France's training base to conclude a transfer away from Newcastle United.

The 27-year-old midfielder, who featured as part of France's squad at Euro 2016, has been heavily touted for a move away from Newcastle since a string of impressive displays towards the end of the tournament.

Speculation linking Sissoko with a move to Real Madrid has since died down and Tottenham are reported to be the frontrunners for his signature.

Adebayor in Fulham talks

Fulham are in talks to sign free agent Emmanuel Adebayor. The striker was released by Crystal Palace earlier this summer.
Source: Sky Sports

'Vieira is disgusted by Wenger attitude' - Petit

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has hit out at Arsene Wenger and claims Patrick Vieira is disgusted by the treatment he has received from his ex-manager.

Petit and Vieira won the Premier League title together in 1997-98, but the former has questioned why a number of Gunners favourites have not been given coaching opportunities at the Emirates Stadium.

Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Tony Adams and Vieira have all had to cut their coaching teeth elsewhere having not been offered roles they were comfortable with in north London.

Moyes targets Pogba's brother for Sunderland

David Moyes is to make an attempt to sign centre-back Florentin Pogba - older brother of Paul Pogba - from St Etienne, The Sun reports.

PSG line up £50m Benzema bid

Paris Saint-Germain will test Real Madrid's resolve with a £50 million offer for Karim Benzema, according to The Sun.

Isco: I'm staying at Real Madrid

Isco has dismissed the possibility of making a last minute move away from Real Madrid, insisting he is staying put.

The midfielder's future has been the subject of a lot of speculation throughout the summer, with even Zinedine Zidane not ruling out a transfer away for the Spain international.

Tottenham have been heavily linked with Isco, who has been unable to nail down a regular spot in the Madrid first-team.

Fabregas rejects deadline day Milan move

AC Milan have made an approach for Cesc Fabregas but the Chelsea midfielder is not interested in moving to Serie A.

Vincenzo Montella is a fan of the Spain international, who has not started any of the Blues' Premier League games thus far this season, but sources have confirmed that Fabregas is reluctant to leave Stamford Bridge and will subsequently remain at the club until at least January.

Mangala passes Valencia medical

Eliaquim Mangala is on the cusp of joining Valencia on a season-long loan from Manchester City after passing his medical, according to the Manchester Evening News.

OFFICIAL: Werder Bremen sign Arsenal's Serge Gnabry

Werder Bremen have announced the signing of Arsenal's Serge Gnabry.

The 21-year-old has secured a permanent return to his homeland on Wednesday and cites regular first team football as the reason for his decision to leave the Emirates.

Chelsea close to agreeing a loan move for Abdennour

Chelsea are close to an agreement for Aymen Abdennour on a season-long loan deal from Valencia. 

The Blues will include an option to buy the 27-year-old in the contract after missing out on him last season, when he moved to Spain from Monaco.

Meanwhile, the Liga outfit plan to replace the Tunisia international with Manchester City's Eliaquim Mangala. 

Guardiola: No club plays better than Barcelona

Pep Guardiola was full of praise for Luis Enrique and Barcelona, insisting no one in world football plays better than the La Liga champions ahead of Manchester City's clash with them. 

The Catalan will come up against his former side after City were drawn against them in the group stage of this season's Champions League. 

It will mark the third and fourth time Guardiola will face the Catalan club since departing at the end of the 2011-12 season and will be looking to reverse a losing record.

OFFICIAL: Samir Nasri joins Sevilla on loan

Manchester City have announced that Samir Nasri has joined Sevilla on a season-long loan.
The French midfielder was said to be close to a move to Turkish side Besiktas, but Sevilla were able to capture him ahead of the close of the transfer window.

Sevilla sporting director Monchi revealed that Nasri is a player they have "been chasing all summer", but that City had instead opted to hold onto him.

But the Europa League holders were able to complete a deal, with Nasri undertaking a medical on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

OFFICIAL: Arsenal announce Lucas Perez signing

Arsenal have completed the signing of forward Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna.

Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed on Saturday that the 27-year-old, along with Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, had agreed terms, with the official confirmation on Tuesday.

The Premier League club have not revealed any details surrounding the fee - believed to be in the region of £17million - or the length of the deal.

Juventus secure loan agreement with Chelsea for Cuadrado

Juan Cuadrado will complete a loan move from Chelsea to Juventus in the next 24 hours after the clubs agreed a deal on Tuesday.

The Bianconeri have attempted to re-sign the Colombian winger, who won an Italian double with them on loan last season, all summer.

Negotiations had appeared to bog down on multiple occassions but it appears there has been significant progress made, as Chelsea are now prepared to send him back to Turin on loan with obligation to buy.

OFFICIAL: Arsenal's Chambers joins Middlesbrough on loan

Arsenal defender Calum Chambers has agreed a season-long loan move to fellow Premier League outfit Middlesbrough.

The 21-year-old was moved on to the newly-promoted outfit to gain more first-team experience, given he was likely to struggle for time at the Gunners following Shkodran Mustafi's arrival.

Chambers had travelled to Middlesbrough's Rockliffe Park training ground on Tuesday to undergo his medical before sealing his move, much to coach Aitor Karanka's delight.

Pochettino calls Isco as Tottenham prepare swoop

Mauricio Pochettino has identified Isco as an ideal signing for Tottenham and already been in touch with the Real Madrid outcast, AS reports.

The Spain international is frustrated with a lack of first-team opportunities at the Bernabeu under Zinedine Zidane, with multiple players ahead of him in the pecking order.

Chelsea to make £32m bid for David Luiz

Chelsea are set to make a £32 million bid for Paris Saint-Germain defender David Luiz just two years after they sold him for £50m, according to The Daily Mail.

The Brazil international joined the French champions in 2014 from the Stamford Bridge side, setting a new record transfer fee paid for a defender.

Chelsea seal €27m Marcos Alonso deal

Marcos Alonso will fly in for his medical at Chelsea after the club agreed a €27 million deal with Fiorentina for the defender, reports Sky Sports.

Antonio Conte finally looks set to land a reinforcement at the back, after his side were turned down for multiple names over the summer.

FA charge Aguero with violent conduct

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been charged by the Football Association with violent conduct after an elbow on West Ham defender Winston Reid.

The Argentina international is now facing a suspension that would rule him out of the upcoming derby against Manchester United on September 10.

Aguero has been punished for catching Reid with his arm in Sunday's 3-1 win over West Ham at the Etihad Stadium.

OFFICIAL: Chelsea's Kenedy joins Watford on loan

Chelsea winger Kenedy has completed a season-long loan move to Watford.
The Brazilian joined the Blues last summer and he secured a work permit after impressing in pre-season, particularly against Barcelona. 

In total he made 20 appearances for the club last season, which including scoring the fastest goal of the Premier League after 39 seconds against Norwich. 

OFFICIAL: Arsenal complete Mustafi signing

Arsenal announced the signing of centre-back Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia for an undisclosed fee on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old's transfer was confirmed after manager Arsene Wenger announced that the completion of paperwork was the final hurdle to clear following Saturday's 3-1 win over Watford.

Wenger had been under pressure for a perceived lack of activity in the window but can now count on Mustafi to bolster a defence that has lost Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista to injury.

Balotelli set to join Nice on loan

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is set to join Ligue 1 side Nice after rejecting a return to Italy with Palermo. 

Balotelli had flown to Nice in order to discuss a potential deal while local outlet Nice-Matin report that a potential deal could be sealed in the coming hours. 

It is still currently unclear whether the move for Balotelli, whose contract expires at the end of the season, will be a transfer or a loan, with the striker's wages reportedly causing a problem.

Sevilla hijack Besiktas' Nasri move

Sevilla have joined the race to sign Samir Nasri from Manchester City as Besiktas struggle to convince the Frenchman to move to Turkey.

Besiktas sent a five-man delegation to England on Monday and had hoped to return home with Nasri aboard their private plane.

But Nasri is thought to prefer the idea of a move to Sevilla and Jorge Sampaoli's side are now favourites to get a deal done before Wednesday's deadline.

Rooney to quit international football after World Cup

Wayne Rooney has revealed he is set to retire from international football after the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

Rooney has retained the England captaincy under new manager Sam Allardyce and will lead the team against Slovakia in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday.

But the Manchester United forward has confirmed the next World Cup will be his international farewell, insisting his "mind is made up" that it is the right time to quit.

Schweinsteiger has no 'personal problems' with Mourinho

Bastian Schweinsteiger insists he has no "personal problems" with Jose Mourinho and reiterated his desire to force his way into Manchester United's first-team.

The German midfielder joined from Bayern Munich in July 2015, but has fallen out of favour under new manager Mourinho and has been training with the reserves.

Mourinho's treatment of Schweinsteiger has drawn criticism in some quarters, particularly Bayern's executive chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Tottenham plan late raid for Newcastle's Sissoko

Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko has emerged as a late transfer target for Tottenham, according to The Standard.

OFFICIAL: Barcelona sign €30m Valencia striker Alcacer

Barcelona have announced the signing of Spain striker Paco Alcacer from Valencia on a five-year deal, with Munir El-Haddadi moving in the opposite direction on a season-long loan.

Alcacer, 23, was omitted from the Valencia side that lost 1-0 to Eibar on Saturday and underwent a medical at Barca on Monday before completing a move worth an initial €30million.

Barca could pay €2m more in add-on fees and have inserted a €100m buy-out clause into Alcacer's deal at Camp Nou.

Wilshere can leave Arsenal on loan

Arsenal will allow Jack Wilshere to leave on loan this season with a view to gain more first-team football.
Source: Sky Sports

Former Dolphins Striker Emem Eduok Joins Turkish Club

Emem Eduok has joined Turkish club Kasimpasa SK till the end of the season with the option for an extended year’s deal.

The Turkish club announced the capture of the Nigeria forward on their official website Monday.

The 22-year-old former Dolphins striker was released by Esperance after his first-team appearances became limited.

Joseph Yobo Opens Football Academy In Prisons In Lagos

Ex-Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo has launched a football academy in prisons to help secure the release of inmates.

Yobo on Saturday, August 27 was at the Ikoyi Prisons where he launched his new initiative with his Joseph Yobo Foundation in collaboration with Sisters Cities .

PHOTOS: Sulley Muntari Is Intimidating Accra Town With His ₦270 million Ride

Former Ghanaian international Sulley Muntari is the talk of the town of Accra after  spending big on $900,000 monster AMG's car.

The purchase happened last year and it caused quite a storm especially with then upset AC Milan fans who vented on him for his lavish outlay whilst he was not producing lavishly on the pitch.

Bravo left out of Chile squad for personal reasons

Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo has been left out of the Chile squad for the upcoming international break owing to personal reasons.

Chile have qualifiers against Bolivia and Paraguay lined up as they seek to reach the 2018 World Cup, but will play the double-header without their captain.

A statement by the Asociacion Nacional de Futbol Profesional confirmed Bravo, who joined City from Barcelona on Thursday, is unavailable.

Hart to join Torino in Italy, says his agent

Joe Hart's agent has confirmed the goalkeeper will join Torino as he nears his Manchester City exit.

Hart has been pushed down the pecking order at the Premier League side following the appointment of Pep Guardiola and the purchase of Claudio Bravo from Barcelona,leading him to seek an exit from the Etihad Stadium.

The England international experienced an emotional farewell when he was made captain for the Champions League play-off second leg against Steaua Bucharest.

He's been a massive help - Sterling reveals Guardiola impact

Manchester City star Raheem Sterling lauded manager Pep Guardiola for his "massive help" in turning his form around.
The England international has been instrumental in helping City win their opening three Premier League games this season, including netting a brace in Sunday's 3-1 victory over West Ham.

While Guardiola has played down the influence he has had on the 21-year-old, Sterling has revealed the former Barcelona coach has been key and reiterated his admiration for the Catalan.