Soccer / football transfers
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg moves to Schalke
Schalke have announced the loan signing of midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Bayern Munchen. The 20-year-old Denmark international, who signed for the German champions in 2012, will remain at Schalke until the end of the season. Hojbjerg spent the second part of last term on loan at Augsburg, scoring two goals in 16 league matches during that spell.
Milan snap up Kucka from Genoa
Milan have completed the signing of midfielder Juraj Kucka for a fee of around €3m. The 28-year-old Slovakian international, who secured a move from Sparta Prague to Genoa in 2011, has put pen to paper on a four-year contract. Added to the signings of Carlos Bacca, Luiz Adriano, Andrea Bertolacci, Alessio Romagnoli and Mario Balotelli, Kucka's arrival would take the Serie A club's spending to €88.5 million.
Sunderland confirm Toivonen loan deal
Sunderland have signed Sweden midfielder Ola Toivonen on a season-long loan from Rennes. The 29-year-old joined the French side in January 2014 scoring 14 goals in 46 league appearances, and he also has a wealth of experience at international level having won over 40 caps for Sweden. Toivonen was at Dutch champions PSV from 2009-14, winning the domestic Cup and Dutch Super Cup with the club.
Heung-Min Son joins Tottenham
Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder Heung-Min Son for a reported €30m. The South Korea international, 23, who can play out wide or in a more central role, has played 62 Bundesliga games for Leverkusen and scored 21 goals, adding five goals in 19 Champions League appearances. He came through the ranks of Hamburg's youth academy and moved to Leverkusen in 2013 for a reported €10m.
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Leverkusen sign Kevin Kampl from Dortmund
After losing Heung-Min Son to Tottenham, Bayer Leverkusen have completed the signing of Kevin Kampl from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund. Kampl, 24, arrived in Dortmund in the last winter transfer period but failed to make a major impact. He previously played in Salzburg under coach Roger Schmidt, who is now in Leverkusen. The Slovenia attacking midfielder signed a five-year deal.
Roque Santa Cruz returns to Malaga
Cruz Azul striker Roque Santa Cruz has re-joined Malaga on a season-long loan, just eight months after originally leaving the club to join the Mexican side. The 34-year-old hit 17 goals in 70 games for Malaga between 2012 and 2014, before joining Cruz Azul at the end of last year. Santa Cruz has enjoyed a long career in Europe, where he played for the likes of Bayern Munich and Manchester City.
Marseille sign Lucas Silva from Madrid
Marseille have signed midfielder Lucas Silva from Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal, but without a purchase option for the French football club. Silva moved to the Bernabeu from Cruzeiro in his native Brazil in January but the midfielder was surplus to requirements for new Madrid coach Rafa Benitez for the coming campaign. The 22-year-old made nine appearances under ex-coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Gilardino joins Palermo
Striker Alberto Gilardino will return to Serie A permanently after Palermo announced his arrival from Guangzhou Evergrande. Gilardino, 33, joined coach Marcello Lippi at Chinese Super League champions Evergrande last July but spent the second half of the 2014-15 season on loan at Fiorentina. Gilardino scored six goals in 17 matches in all competitions for Guangzhou, while he netted four Serie A goals in 14 appearances during his loan spell at Fiorentina.
PSG confirm Kurzawa signing
Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of defender Layvin Kurzawa from Monaco for a fee believed to be in the region of €22m. On Wednesday, PSG boss Laurent Blanc revealed a deal was close for the left-back and he has now put pen to paper on a five-year deal, which ties him to the club until 2022. The 22-year-old shone last season as Monaco reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Frosinone sign Tonev
Aleksandar Tonev has joined Frosinone from Aston Villa on a permanent deal. Bulgaria winger made just 8 starts and only 20 appearances in total for Villa after signing from Lech Poznan in 2013. He was loaned out to Celtic last season, playing 16 times, and never featured for Villa under current boss Tim Sherwood.