Soccer / football transfers
Higuain close to Juventus move
Following months of speculation Gonzalo Higuain finally appears to be on his way out of Napoli after Serie A rivals Juventus triggered the centre forward's buy out clause of €94m. Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Liverpool had all been linked to the 28-year-old, who last season scored 36 league goals. Higuain has completed a medical with the champions and all that remains is confirmation from the clubs that the Serie A transfer record has been broken.
Granada sign Ochoa on loan
Granada have signed Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa on a season-long loan from Malaga. The 31-year-old will be presented next Tuesday after training with his new team-mates for the first time. Ochoa, who joined Malaga from Ajaccio in 2014 after starring for Mexico at the World Cup, has struggled to oust Carlos Kameni from the number one spot at La Rosaleda. He made all 11 of his appearances in LaLiga last season after Kameni suffered a knee injury.
Liverpool signs Wijnaldum
Liverpool have signed attacking midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle on a long-term deal. The Dutch international will fly out to join the team in the USA for pre-season training. The Magpies were relegated to the Championship last season but Wijnaldum made a positive impression nonetheless, scoring 11 goals in 38 appearances. Capped 30 times by the Netherlands, the 25-year-old arrived in England from PSV Eindhoven last summer, having previously played for Feyenoord.
Varela joins Frankfurt on loan
Manchester United's Uruguayan defender Guillermo Varela has joined Eintracht Frankfurt for 2016-17. The 23-year-old right-back moved to United from Atletico Penarol in 2013 for an undisclosed fee and had a season on loan with Real Madrid's reserves. He made his senior United debut against West Ham in December and has made a total of 10 starts for the first team.
Djuricic joins Sampdoria on loan
Sampdoria have signed Serbia international Filip Djuricic on a season-long loan from Portuguese champions Benfica. The Serie A side have the right to make the 24-year-old attacking midfielder's move permanent at the end of the campaign. Djuricic, who has 24 international caps, began his career in his homeland with Radnicki Obrenovac before making almost 100 appearances in the top tier of Dutch football with Heerenveen. He moved to Benfica in 2013 but struggled for first-team football in Portugal and spent time on loan with German club Mainz, Premier League Southampton and Belgian side Anderlecht.
Deportivo secure Carles Gil loan
Attacking midfielder Carles Gil has left Aston Villa and joined La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna on a one-year loan deal. The 23-year-old Spaniard joined Villa from Valencia in January 2015 on a four-and-a-half year contract. Gil scored two goals in 28 appearances for Villa last season as they were relegated from the Premier League for the first time since 1987. Romanian forward Florin Andone is also set to join Deportivo from Cordoba in the next few hours.
Liverpool complete Manninger deal
Liverpool have completed the signing of goalkeeper Alex Manninger on a free transfer. The 39-year-old has put pen to paper on a one-year contract with the Reds following his departure from Augsburg at the end of last season. He will provide back-up to Simon Mignolet and fellow new arrival Loris Karius, who arrived from German club Mainz. A former Austria international with 34 caps to his name, Manninger has also represented clubs such as Arsenal, Fiorentina, Udinese and Juventus during his career.
Rob Holding joins Arsenal
Arsenal have agreed to sign young defender Rob Holding from Bolton Wanderers on a long-term contract. The 20-year-old enjoyed a promising first senior campaign in 2015/16, making 30 appearances for Bolton and winning the club's player of the season award. Capable of playing at either centre-back or full-back, Holding was called up to Gareth Southgate's England Under-21 squad at the end of the season and was part of the successful side at the Toulon Tournament in France.
Dortmund sign Schurrle from Wolfsburg
Borussia Dortmund have announced the transfer of Wolfsburg winger Andre Schurrle, their eighth new arrival this summer. The Germany forward has agreed a five-year contract. Schurrle leaves Wolfsburg only 18 months after joining them from Chelsea, where he had been deemed surplus to requirements by then-manager Jose Mourinho. Dortmund will reportedly pay around €30m for the 25-year-old, who made 62 appearances for Wolfsburg and scored a total of 13 goals, setting up a further 10.
Barcelona sign Andre Gomes for €50m
Barcelona have agreed a €50m deal with Valencia for Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes. The 22-year-old made 77 appearances for Valencia in two seasons after joining from Portuguese side Benfica. He has also earned 13 international caps with Portugal in less than two years. Gomes becomes the Catalan's fourth summer signing following the arrivals of Denis Suarez, Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne.