Soccer / football transfers
Sanchez joins Tottenham in club-record deal
Tottenham's long wait for a summer signing ended with the announcement of a move for Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez subject to a medical and the granting of a work permit. The 21-year-old Colombian centre back has put pen to paper on a deal until 2023 for a reported club-record £42million fee. He is the first player to join Spurs this summer and his arrival comes after much debate about the club's transfer policy during the off-season.
Valencia sign Murillo from Inter
Valencia have signed defender Jeison Murillo from Inter Milan. The Colombia international spent two seasons with Inter after impressing at the Copa America in 2015, but couldn't find space in new coach Luciano Spalletti's setup. Murillo played a total of 102 games for Inter, scoring five times. He has scored once in 25 international appearances for his country.
Valencia earlier on Friday completed the signing of Arsenal centre-back Gabriel. Both players will be presented by the club on Saturday.
Matuidi joins Juventus
France midfielder Blaise Matuidi completed his move from Paris Saint-Germain to Juventus. The 30-year-old has signed an three-year deal. Matuidi arrived in Turin for a medical on Wednesday but the move finally went through on Friday. No financial details were given, but Juventus will reportedly pay PSG €20million plus bonuses for the player, who had a year left on his contract.
Fiorentina sign Pezzella on loan
Fiorentina have signed Argentinian defender German Pezzella from Real Betis on loan with an option to buy. The 26-year-old, who joined Betis from River Plate two years ago, has represented his country at Under-20 and Under-23 level.
Boateng returns to Germany
Eintracht Frankfurt have completed the signing of Kevin-Prince Boateng on a free transfer. Earlier this week, the former Ghana international terminated his contract at Las Palmas and returns to the Bundesliga on a three-year deal. The midfielder, 30, will replace injured Mexico international Marco Fabian, who was ruled out for the remainder of 2017. Boateng is reunited with coach Niko Kovac and sporting executive Fredi Bobic at Frankfurt, having been at Hertha Berlin with them.
Everton seal club-record deal for Sigurdsson
Everton has signed Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea for a club-record fee. One of the Premier League's most drawn-out transfers this summer was completed on Wednesday, with the 27-year-old Sigurdsson signing a five-year deal for a transfer fee that British media reported to be 45 million pounds. Wayne Rooney, Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klaassen are other attacking players to have joined Everton since the end of last season, as part of an outlay of around 135 million pounds on new players.
Gradel joins Toulouse on loan
Bournemouth winger Max Gradel has joined Toulouse on loan until the end of the season. The Ivory Coast international could make his debut for Toulouse against Neymar's Paris St-Germain on Sunday. Former Leeds United player Gradel, 29, joined the Cherries from French side St Etienne in 2015 and signed a new four-year contract the following year. He made just 13 appearances last season - and did not start any Premier League games - though he did feature for his country at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Behrami completes Udinese move
Valon Behrami has left Watford to sign for Udinese. Behrami, 32, has signed a two-year deal with the Serie A club who, like Watford, are owned by the Pozzo family. The Switzerland midfielder made 44 appearances in all competitions for the Hornets, having joined from Hamburg in July 2015. Udinese become Behrami's sixth Italian club, following stints with Genoa, Hellas Verona, Lazio, Fiorentina and Napoli.
Fiorentina sign Simeone on five-year contract
Fiorentina have signed striker Giovanni Simeone, the son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego, from Genoa. Simeone, 22, scored 11 Serie A goals for Genoa last season and helps reinforce the forward line at the Stadio Artemio Franchi following the sale of Federico Bernardeschi to Juventus. A statement published on Fiorentina's website on Wednesday evening said Simeone had committed to the Tuscans until 2022.
Bacca joins Villarreal on loan
Colombia striker Carlos Bacca joined Spanish club Villarreal on a one-season loan from Milan. The 30-year-old returns to a Spanish league where had a highly successful two-year spell with Sevilla, winning two Europa League titles and scoring 49 goals in 108 games before joining Milan for €30m. Bacca scored 14 goals for the Seria A club last season.