Soccer / football transfers
Man. Utd. 22.3.18
Zlatan leaves Manchester United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has left Manchester United after the club agreed to terminate his contact early. Ibrahimovic, 36, scored 29 goals in 53 appearances for the Red Devils but has played only seven times since damaging cruciate ligaments last April. The former Sweden striker's contract was due to expire in the summer.
"Great things also come to an end and it is time to move on after two fantastic seasons with Manchester United," he wrote on Instagram. "Thank you to the club, the fans, the team, the coach, the staff and everybody who shared with me this part of my history." Ibrahimovic is yet to announce his plans but there has been intense speculation recently that he will join Major League Soccer outfit LA Galaxy.
Atletico M 27.2.18
Carrasco and Gaitan seal moves to China
Atletico Madrid have announced that Nicolas Gaitan and Yannick Carrasco have left the club to join newly-promoted Daliam Yinfang in the Chinese Super League. Both players have struggled for consistent first team football this season, Gaitan not featuring in La Liga since November and Carrasco being used largely from the substitutes bench.
Slimani joins Newcastle on loan
Islam Slimani has sealed a loan move to Newcastle from Leicester until the end of the season. The striker, the Foxes' £30million record signing, joins to help the Magpies' battle against relegation. Newcastle have also signed Slovakia goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on loan from Sparta Prague until the end of the season with the option to make the deal permanent.
West Ham 1.2.18
West Ham sign Oladapo Afolayan
West Ham United have snapped up Solihull Moors sensation Oladapo Afolayan on a three-and-half-year deal. The 20-year-old forward has completed a move to the London Stadium for an undisclosed fee. Afolaya, who scored 26 goals in 38 matches for Moors since he was spotted playing for Loughborough University, will initially link up with West Ham's under-23s side.
Palace sign striker Sorloth
Crystal Palace have signed striker Alexander Sorloth from Denmark's Midtjylland on a four-and-a-half-year contract on transfer deadline day, increasing competition for their misfiring Belgium target man Christian Benteke. Sorloth has scored 15 goals in 26 games this season, while Benteke has managed only two so far, including the opener in Palace's 1-1 draw at West Ham United on Tuesday.
Mangala moves to Everton on loan
Everton have signed France centre back Eliaquim Mangala on loan until the end of the season from Manchester City subject to clearance from the Premier League. The 26-year-old, who joined City from Porto in 2014 and spent most of last season on loan in Valencia, has made nine league appearances this season, including five from the bench. He is Everton's third signing of the January window, following the arrivals of winger Theo Walcott from Arsenal and striker Cenk Tosun from Besiktas.
Real Soc. 31.1.18
Moreno completes Real Sociedad transfer
Roma defender Hector Moreno has joined Spanish club Real Sociedad on a permanent transfer. The Mexico international has joined the Liga side for a transfer fee of €6 million. Moreno, who joined the Giallorossi from PSV Eindhoven in the summer, played six games for the club in all competitions.
Tottenham complete Moura signing
Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of winger Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain for a fee of €28 million. The Brazil international has signed a deal until 2023 at Spurs after being told he could find a new club. Lucas joined PSG for £33.5m from Sao Paulo in 2013 but has made just six substitute appearances this season following the summer signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. The 25-year-old has scored 46 goals and added 50 assists in 229 appearances for PSG, winning 13 domestic trophies in France, including four league titles.
Giroud completes transfer to Chelsea
Olivier Giroud has completed his transfer to Chelsea for £18million. The French striker has now signed an 18-month contract at Stamford Bridge, where he will provide much-needed competition for the struggling Alvaro Morata. Giroud has found it hard to win his place in the Arsenal starting XI this season, with manager Arsene Wenger preferring to start Alexandre Lacazette in his place. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's arrival to the Emirates has forced the 31-year-old, who was keen to stay in London despite Borussia Dortmund links.
Aubameyang joins Arsenal in record deal
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has completed his move to Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund on a long-term contract for a club-record fee, understood to be €68m. The 28-year-old has signed a long-term contract with the Gunners. Aubameyang, who scored 98 goals in 144 Bundesliga games for Dortmund, is a replacement for Alexis Sanchez following the Chilean's move to Manchester United. Aubameyang leaves Germany under a cloud following a string of disciplinary issues in the Bundesliga.