Soccer / football transfers
Moenchengladbach sign Traore
Borussia Moenchengladbach has signed winger Ibrahima Traore from Stuttgart. Traore will join the club next season on a four-year contract. His contract with Stuttgart runs out at the end of this season. The French-born Guinea international has scored six goals in 71 matches for Stuttgart.
Bayern sign midfielder Sebastian Rode
Bayern have confirmed the summer transfer of Eintracht midfielder Sebastian Rode. The 23-year-old has agreed a four-year deal running until summer 2018 after the expiry of his current contract. Rode joined Eintracht from local rivals Kickers in 2010 and helped them to promotion in 2011/12 before reaching this season's Europa League round of 32.
Dortmund buys back Sahin
Borussia Dortmund says its officials informed their Real Madrid counterparts on the sidelines of the Champions League quarterfinals that the Bundesliga club will use an option to buy back midfielder Nuri Sahin. The German-born Turkey midfielder helped lead Dortmund to the first of two consecutive Bundesliga titles in 2011 and then left for Real Madrid, where his career was slowed by a knee injury. Following a spell on loan at Liverpool, he returned to Dortmund in January 2013 on a loan deal through the end of this season.
Dortmund signs striker Ramos
Borussia Dortmund has signed Colombian striker Adrian Ramos from Hertha Berlin for next season. The 28-year-old, who scored 32 goals and set up 18 more in 89 league appearances for Hertha, has agreed a four-year deal effective July 1. German media reported a transfer fee in the region of 9 million euros. Ramos has 16 goals in the Bundesliga this season. Only Bayern striker Mandzukic and Dortmund forward Lewandowski, both with 17, have more.
Barcelona seal Halilovic deal
Barcelona have officially announced the transfer of Croatia midfielder Alen Halilovic from Dinamo Zagreb for an initial €2.2m fee. The 17-year-old will join the Catalan club on a five-year contract in June and will start in the reserves. Capped three times by Croatia, Halilovic has struck five goals in 37 league games for Dinamo. He became Croatia's youngest player when he made his international debut against Portugal in a friendly last June.
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.