Soccer / football transfers
RB Leipzig 28.8.16
Burke makes Leipzig switch
Nottingham Forest winger Oliver Burke has completed a move to Red Bull Leipzig. The day after scoring for Forest in a 3-1 win over Leeds, the 19-year-old was unveiled by Leipzig with the fee reported to be in the region of €15million. Burke was reportedly a target for Premier League giants Arsenal and Liverpool, but he has instead opted to put pen to paper on a five-year deal at Leipzig.
West Ham 28.8.16
West Ham sign Simone Zaza on loan
West Ham have confirmed the transfer of Simone Zaza from Juventus. The Italian striker joins on an initial €5m loan deal, although West Ham have the option to make his contract permanent for a further €20m at the end of the season. The 25-year-old, who began his career at Atalanta, scored five goals in 19 matches for Serie A champions Juventus last season, impressing sufficiently to win a place in Italy's Euro 2016 squad under new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.
Joao Mario joins Inter for €45m
Portugal international Joao Mario has joined Inter from Sporting in a €45 million deal. The 23-year-old midfielder, who was part of the Portugal side that won the 2016 European Championship, passed his medical on Friday before agreeing personal terms.
It has been reported that Inter originally wanted a €10m loan plus a €35m obligation to buy in 2017. But Sporting released a statement on Saturday that said: "We have reached an agreement with Inter Milan for the transfer of the player Joao Mario for €45m, of which €5m is dictated by objectives."
Wenger confirms signings of Mustafi and Perez
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed the club have completed the signings of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi and Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez. Speaking after the 3-1 win over Watford at Vicarage Road, the Frenchman revealed the club had to work hard to get the deals completed and there was no more transfer business planned before the window shuts on Wednesday. Mustafi and Perez are expected to cost around €41m and €20m respectively.
Pasalic joins AC Milan on loan
After successfully passing his medical on Saturday, midfielder Mario Pasalic has joined AC Milan on loan for the 2016/17 season. The Rossoneri made the move official after fears regarding the Croatian's back were put to rest, opening the door for his move from Chelsea. The 21-year-old joins on an initial loan, with Milan holding first refusal on the player should the Blues decide to sell him next summer.
Pereira joins Granada on loan
Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira will spend the season on loan with Granada after the two clubs agreed on a season-long transfer. The 20-year-old Brazilian, who made 13 appearances during Louis van Gaal's time in charge of United, trained with his new team-mates in Spain on Friday. Pereira scored in Jose Mourinho's opening pre-season friendly at Wigan Athletic with a superb drive but the Portuguese manager feels his development will be better served by getting more regular playing time elsewhere.
Pescara sign Aquilani
Pescara have signed former Italy international forward Alberto Aquilani from Sporting, the club confirmed on Friday. The 32-year-old will have 30 percent of his rights retained by the Portuguese club. Aquilani has been capped 32 times for Italy since his debut in November of 2006, scoring five goals. He scored five times in 32 appearances for Sporting last season.
Douglas joins Gijon on loan
Barcelona have confirmed that right-back Douglas has joined fellow La Liga side Gijon on a season-long loan. Douglas, 26, joined Barca for €5.5m two years ago from Sao Paulo and has played eight times for the first team. Sporting, who avoided relegation on the final day of the last campaign, are obliged to play Douglas regularly while he is at El Molinon, although the specific details were not revealed. Sergi Samper has also left Barca on a season-long loan deal, joining Granada.
Sevilla seal Sirigu loan signing
Sevilla have completed the signing of Salvatore Sirigu on a one-year loan deal from Paris Saint-Germain. The Italian goalkeeper played 190 matches for PSG, but only three of those appearances came in Ligue 1 last season after he lost his place to Kevin Trapp following the latter's arrival from Eintracht Frankfurt. Sirigu, 29, will have to battle Sergio Rico for the starting spot at Sevilla after becoming their 10th signing for the 2016/17 campaign.
Stambouli signs for Schalke
Schalke have strengthened their midfield by snapping up French midfielder Benjamin Stambouli from Paris Saint-Germain. The 26-year-old made 39 competitive appearances for PSG but has been deemed surplus to requirements in the French capital. Stambouli has signed a four-year contract in Gelsenkirchen. He is the second midfielder to have joined Schalke this week following the loan arrival of Nabil Bentaleb from Tottenham.