Soccer / football transfers
De Vrij joins Lazio
Lazio have completed the signing of Netherlands defender Stefan de Vrij from Feyenoord. The 22-year-old joins the Serie A outfit on a five-year deal after passing a medical in Rome. De Vrij impressed at the recent World Cup as Netherlands made it to the semi-finals. He started each of his country's seven matches in Brazil and already boasts 19 international caps.
Lukaku joins Everton in club record deal
Everton have completed the permanent signing of Romelu Lukaku, 21, from Chelsea in a club-record deal. Lukaku, who enjoyed a successful season-long loan at Goodison Park last term, has put pen to paper on a five-year contract after the clubs agreed a fee of €35m. Lukaku scored 15 goals in 31 Premier League appearances for Everton last season, helping the Merseyside outfit to a fifth-place finish in Martinez's first campaign in charge.
Southampton sign Bertrand on loan
Southampton have completed a season-long loan for Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand. Following last season's successful loan spell at Aston Villa, the 24-year-old left-back has been shipped out once more, despite Ashley Cole's departure to Roma. The Saints have also included a clause giving them the chance to make the switch permanent if he can impress his new manager Ronald Koeman.
Liverpool confirm signing of Divock Origi
Liverpool have completed the signing of Belgium striker Divock Origi but the 19-year-old will immediately be loaned back to French club Lille for next season. The youngster impressed at the World Cup but had been on the Reds' radar long before that, having been tracked since he featured for his national team's under-15 side. The club said he had signed a "long-term deal" without giving details. British media put the transfer fee at €12.6 million.
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Hull City complete double swoop
Hull City have announced a double signing, with defenders Harry Maguire and Andrew Robertsom moving to the KC Stadium. Maguire, 21, has joined from League One outfit Sheffield United for a €3.2m fee. Scotland international Robertson, 20, has cost the Tigers €3.6m from Dundee United. Both players have signed three-year deals, with the club having the option to extend their contracts by a further year.
William Matheus moves to Toulouse
Toulouse have announced the signing of Brazilian defender William Matheus on a four-year deal. The 24-year-old moves to the Ligue 1 outfit from Cianorte. Matheus, who can play at left-back or centre-half, began his professional career with Figueirense and has played for nine clubs in his homeland.
Valdez signs for Frankfurt
Eintracht Frankfurt have completed the signing of striker Nelson Valdez. The 30-year-old has penned a two-year deal after spending last season with Al-Jazira in the United Arab Emirates while also going out on loan at Olympiacos. The Paraguayan has also played for Borussia Dortmund, Hercules, Rubin Kazan and Valencia, and will be reunited with head coach Thomas Schaaf who he played under at Werder Bremen.
Jordan Ayew joins Lorient
Lorient have announced the signing of Marseille forward Jordan Ayew. The 22-year-old Ghana international has signed a four-year contract with the Ligue 1 club after struggling for first-team opportunities at the Stade Velodrome. The 22-year-old is following in his older brother's footsteps as Andre Ayew, 24, spent a season on loan at Lorient in 2008/09.
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Granero joins Sociedad
QPR midfielder Esteban Granero has finalised a permanent move to Real Sociedad. The 27-year-old, who spent time on loan with the La Liga side last season, has signed a long-term deal after QPR accepted an undisclosed fee from Sociedad. The former Real Madrid player, who moved to London in 2012, was loaned to Sociedad last season but only made four appearances after suffering a cruciate ligament injury.
Bakayoko moves to Monaco
Monaco have signed Stade Rennais midfield Tiemoue Bakayoko for a fee believed to be in the region of €8m. The 19-year-old has joined on a five-year contract after an impressive breakthrough season with Rennes, for whom he made 28 appearances in all competitions in 2013/14.