Soccer / football transfers
Sommer to join Monchengladbach
Basel goalkeeper Yann Sommer will join Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer for a fee believed to be around €6m. The 25-year-old has agreed a five-year contract with the Bundesliga club. Sommer has won the last three Swiss Super League titles. He is likely to travel to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where he is expected to back up Swiss first-choice keeper Diego Benaglio.
Nemanja Vidic to join Inter Milan
Inter Milan have announced that centre-back Nemanja Vidic will join the club in the summer when his contract with Manchester United expires. The 32-year-old had already revealed his decision to leave Old Trafford after eight and a half seasons, during which he has won five Premier League titles, three English League Cups, the 2008 UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup. Vidic, capped 56 times by Serbia, was linked with a number of major European clubs, among them Juventus, Monaco and Galatasaray, but has opted for a move to Inter.
Puyol confirms Barcelona exit
Barcelona captain Carles Puyol will leave the club at the end of the season after a 15-year career at the Camp Nou. The 35-year-old Spain defender was contracted until 2016, but reached an agreement with the Catalans to rescind his contract early. Puyol has made 593 appearances for Barca since making his senior debut in 1999. He has won six league titles, three Champions League titles and two Spanish Cups.
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Wendell to join Leverkusen
Bayer Leverkusen have signed left-back Wendell from Brazilian side Gremio with effect from next season. The 20-year-old has agreed a five-year deal until the summer of 2019. According to Brazilian newspapers, Wendell cost Leverkusen €6.5m. He was advised to join Leverkusen by compatriot and former Bayern Munich star Ze Roberto, who now plays for Gremio.
Borussia M. sign Fabian Johnson
Borussia Monchengladbach has signed American midfielder Fabian Johnson from Bundesliga rival Hoffenheim starting with the 2014/15 season. Johnson, who has received a four-year contract, comes as a free agent. Although he won the European title with Germany's Under-21 team in 2009, Johnson later decided to play for the United States. He has 91 Bundesliga games for Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim.
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Vidic confirms Man United departure
Serbia defender Nemanja Vidic says he will leave Manchester United when his contract expires at the end of this season. Inter Milan have already been suggested as a potential destination for the 32-year-old centre-back, who made his United debut in 2006. Another centre-back, the 35-year-old Rio Ferdinand, might also have no future at the club beyond this season, while 40-year-old midfielder Ryan Giggs is nearing the end of his playing career and is already on the coaching staff.
Otamendi set to join Valencia
Valencia will sign Argentina central defender Nicolas Otamendi for an undisclosed fee from Porto at the end of the season. The 25-year-old has agreed a five-year contract at Mestalla, having won three Portuguese Liga titles and the 2011 UEFA Europa League while at Porto. Otamendi, who has 16 international caps, has scored 8 goals in 77 league appearances for Porto since his 2010 move from Velez Sarsfield.
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Diego returns to Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid have signed midfielder Diego from Wolfsburg for a reported €1.5m. The 28-year-old, whose contract with the Bundesliga club was set to expire in the summer, had long been linked with a return to Atletico, where he spent a successful season on loan in 2011-12. Atletico made the move after freeing up a space in their squad by loaning midfielder Josuha Guilavogui back to St Etienne for the rest of the season. Diego joined Wolfsburg in 2010 from Juventus. He made a total of 77 appearances, scoring 19 goals and creating a further 19.
Berbatov joins Monaco on loan
Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov has joined Monaco on loan until the end of the season, despite reported interest from Spurs and Arsenal earlier in the window. Falcao's injury doubled with Lacina Traore joining Everton on loan left the French club short up top. The 33-year-old Berbatov, who is out of contract this summer, has scored five goals in 19 games this season.
Inter signs Hernanes from Lazio
Inter have confirmed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Hernanes from Lazio for an initial fee believed to be in the region of €18 million, potentially rising to €20m depending on performance-related bonuses. The player has signed a contract that will expire in June 2018. The 28-year-old spent four years with Lazio, playing 154 matches for the Biancocelesti and scoring 40 goals.