Soccer / football transfers
Dorrans joins Norwich on permanent deal
Graham Dorrans has turned his loan spell at Norwich City into a two-year deal after helping the club win promotion to the Premier League. The midfielder left West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed fee 48 hours after he appeared as a substitute in Norwich's Championship play-off final victory over Middlesbrough at Wembley.
The 28-year-old had been on loan at Carrow Road since February, during which he made 18 appearances for Alex Neil's side. He joined West Brom from Livingston in 2008 and made 189 appearances, scoring 26 times.
Cancelo completes permanent Valencia move
Joao Cancelo has joined Valencia on a permanent basis after impressing during his loan spell from Benfica. The Portugal Under-21 international initially moved to the Mestalla in August 2014 on a season-long loan. Cancelo has subsequently made 10 La Liga appearances this season and has done enough to convince Valencia to hand him a lengthy contract until June 2021.
Castro signs for Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund have signed Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Gonzalo Castro. The 27-year-old has signed a four-year deal after opting to leave Leverkusen following 286 Bundesliga appearances, joining a Dortmund side set for a major rebuild after Jurgen Klopp's departure. His arrival at Dortmund will provide cover in the midfield should Ilkay Gundogan depart as is expected during the close-season.
Tottenham sign Wimmer
Tottenham Hotspur have made their first move of the summer transfer market by signing Austrian international Kevin Wimmer. The 22-year-old central defender played his last game for his present club, Koln, on Saturday. The fee is thought to be around €6m. The deal is expected to be formally confirmed within the next two weeks with Wimmer agreeing a four-year contract to move to White Hart Lane.
Xavi confirms Al Sadd transfer
Xavi Hernandez will leave Barcelona at the end of the season to join Qatari club Al Sadd, the veteran midfielder confirmed on Thursday: "I'd like to announce that I'm leaving Barca after this season. The decision is definitive yet difficult. I've been at the club for almost 25 years but this is the time for me to leave. I have a thrilling project in Qatar - I will play for Al Sadd the next two seasons. I also have an enthusiastic project in the Aspire academy [a sporting academy based in Qatar]. I will be able to work towards becoming a coach or a sporting director in the future."
Ast. Villa 19.5.15
Sinclair signs for Aston Villa on permanent deal
Aston Villa have completed the permanent signing of winger Scott Sinclair from Manchester City after his successful loan spell. He has penned a four-year deal. The 26-year-old has already spent more than three months at Villa Park, having joined on loan in January. Villa will pay €3.5m as part of the terms of an agreement which detailed that, should Villa avoided relegation, they were committed to signing Sinclair on a permanent deal.
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Depay completes Man United medical
Memphis Depay has completed his Manchester United medical ahead of his summer transfer. As expected the 21-year-old, who has never had a serious injuries in his professional career, completed the procedure without any problems. The Red Devils confirmed the deal had been finalised on Monday evening. Eredivisie champions PSV revealed earlier this month they had accepted a bid for the Dutch international.
Tottenham sign Kevin Wimmer
Tottenham have begun their squad shake-up for next season by finally completing the signing of Koln central defender Kevin Wimmer. The 23-year-old Austria international will become a Spurs player on June 1. Manager Mauricio Pochettino wants at least nine players out of his squad by the start of next season. These include the likes of Roberto Soldado, Emmanuel Adebayor and Paulinho.
Dybala set for Juventus move
Palermo forward Paulo Dybala will join Juventus this summer, according to his coach Giuseppe Iachini. Dybala, Palermo's leading scorer, has been a reported target of Premier League sides Arsenal and Manchester City. However, Iachini says the 21-year-old will remain in Serie A and play for Juve next season.
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De Gea agrees five-year Real Madrid contract?
David De Gea has agreed a five-year contract with Real Madrid, according to Spanish newspaper Marca. All that needs to be completed, according to the report, is a transfer fee between the two clubs, with United wanting as much as 40 million pounds, while Real are keen to keep the figure around 30m.
Louis van Gaal admitted on Friday the club had drawn up a list of possible replacements for the Spanish shot stopper, with Tottenham star Hugo Lloris, Chelsea's Petr Cech and Stoke's Asmir Begovic all of interest.