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Confirmed Transfers 19/20

Discussion in 'The Football Forum' started by King Binny, May 9, 2019.

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    Xavi Simons - Paris St Germain (€130k)
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    Highly rated midfielder Xavi Simons has announced he is leaving Barcelona and will join Paris Saint-Germain after failing to reach an agreement with the Catalan club over a new contract.

    PSG announced the signing of the 16-year-old on Tuesday to a deal through 2022. Barca will only receive €130,000 in development rights as the player's terms expired last month.

    He becomes the latest in a long line of players who have decided to pursue their careers away from Barcelona in recent years. Mateu Morey and Sergio Gomez [Borussia Dortmund], Eric Garcia and Adrian Bernabe [Manchester City] and Robert Navarro [Monaco] are other recent examples.

    "I leave a part of me in Barcelona and a part of Barcelona will always be with me," Simons wrote in a post on social media on Tuesday. "It's a complicated day for me because nobody likes to say goodbye.

    "And less so when you need to say goodbye to the place that's been your home."

    The Dutch youth international, whose father, Regillio, was also a professional footballer, joined Barca's academy as a seven-year-old.

    He has gained a big following online as he has progressed through the age groups during the last few years -- he has 1.6 million followers on Instagram -- because of his distinctive hair and the fact he shares a name with ex-Barca midfielder Xavi Hernandez.

    Barca offered Simons, who is represented by agent Mino Raiola, a new deal earlier this summer which would have seen him rotate between the under-19 A and B teams. However, they were unwilling to make any more assurances than that.

    They also weren't willing to go the extra mile financially, despite bucking the trend earlier this year by offering midfielder Ilaix Moriba an unprecedented amount for 16-year-old within the club's academy.

    Coaches working at La Masia told ESPN FC they considered Simons a "good player" but not one they would go of the out of the way to keep hold of. Another source said that "all of the top UK and German scouts have watched him a lot, because of his profile. None made an offer of any variety."

    Simons' move to PSG will add more fire to the relationship between the Ligue 1 champions and Barca. Earlier this month ESPN FC exclusively revealed that the Catalans had beaten PSG to the signing of English forward Louie Barry.

    Meanwhile, the two clubs continue to negotiate a possible Camp Nou return for Neymar. Barca have not yet made an offer but the Brazil international's entourage are confident they will put together a package to tempt PSG before the end of the transfer window.
     
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    Vincent Janssen - Monterrey (£10m)

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    We have reached agreement with Mexican side C.F. Monterrey for the transfer of Vincent Janssen.

    The Netherlands international striker joined us from AZ Alkmaar in the summer of 2016 and made 42 appearances, scoring six goals as well as spending time on loan at Fenerbahce.

    We wish Vincent all the best for the future.
     
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    Trezeguet - Aston Villa (£8.75m)

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    Aston Villa is delighted to announce the signing of Mahmoud Hassan for an undisclosed fee, subject to a work visa and international clearance.

    Known as Trezeguet, the winger moves to Villa Park from Turkish side, Kasimpasa.

    The 24-year-old started his career with Al Ahly in Egypt before moving to Europe to sign for Anderlecht. He enjoyed a further loan stint with Mouscron in Belgium prior to a switch to Turkey.

    A regular at international level for Egypt, he has just returned from the African Nations Cup where he made four appearances, scoring once.

    Head Coach Dean Smith said: “We’re really excited to work with ‘Trez’. I’ve watched him a number of times.

    “He’s the type of wide player that we have been looking for who is direct, causes problems for the opposition in the final third and scores goals.”


    Jake Clarke-Salter - Birmingham (loan)

    Article: The Club beat off significant competition for the England Under-21s Captain.

    Clarke-Salter spent last season on loan to Vitesse Arnhem, impressing just like fellow new Blues recruit Dan Crowley did in the Eredivisie.

    The centre-half went to watch Blues in their pre-season friendly at Bristol Rovers on Saturday and that helped seal the deal for Pep Clotet.

    Other Championship clubs were keen on his signature, but the 21-year-old decided on joining the revamped Blues.

    The terms of the loan allow Clarke-Salter to appear for Blues in both the EFL and FA Cup.

    From Carshalton, Clarke-Salter joined Chelsea's Academy at the age of nine and progressed through the ranks in impressive style.

    He made his Premier League debut aged 18 in a 4-0 win at Aston Villa.

    Clarke-Salter lifted two UEFA Youth League titles with Chelsea, three FA Youth Cups and was part of the England squad that triumphed at the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea in 2017.

    He was loaned to Bristol Rovers in 2016/17 to gain competitive experience, where he suffered a fractured arm.

    He appeared for Chelsea in the EFL Cup in September 2017 before heading out again on loan, to Sunderland, in January the following year.

    Having held talks with Steven Gerrard at the Toulon Tournament about a move to Rangers, Clarke-Salter instead opted for Holland and Vitesse for the 2018/19 campaign.

    He was honoured to be named England Under-21 skipper for the European Championship in Italy in June but the tournament didn't go as hoped for Aidy Boothroyd's side.

    Among Clarke-Salter's qualities are the ability to read the game well, being comfortable and confident in bringing the ball out in possession and leadership, marshalling those around him defensively.

    He has an excellent eye for, and can execute well, a long-range pass.

    At 6ft 1in, Clarke-Salter can cope with the physical requirements needed of a centre-half and he ranked high in the Eredivisie for clearances.
     
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    Tom Dele-Bashiru  - Watford (free transfer)

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    Watford Football Club is pleased to announce the signing of Nigerian Under-20 international Tom Dele-Bashiru on a six-year deal after his contract expired at Manchester City.

    The central midfielder made his senior debut for City in the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Leicester City in 2017/18, coming on for Phil Foden in the 91st minute.

    He has also played extensively in the UEFA Youth League, Premier League 2, FA Youth Cup and the Checkatrade Trophy for the Citizen's youth sides.

    The 19-year-old midfielder is Manchester-born, and has represented both England and Nigeria at youth level, scoring for the Super Eagles in the Under-20 World Cup against Qatar in May.

    He joins as the Hornets' second first-team recruit this summer, after Craig Dawson moved to Watford from West Bromwich Albion.


    Marko Rog - Cagliari  (loan iwth obligation to buy at €15m)
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    Cagliari have officially signed Marko Rog from Napoli, on loan with obligation to buy, for a reported €15m.

    The transfer was announced this evening with a curious video, which depicted Rog as a character from Spanish series La casa de papel, re-released on Netflix in English as Money Heist.

    Croatia international Rog has signed a contract with the Sardinians to June 2024.
     
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    Eljif Elmas - Napoli (€16m plus add ons up to €1.5m)

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    Eljif Elmas has joined Serie A side Napoli from Fenerbahce, the Turkish club have announced.

    The North Macedonia international has joined the Italian club for €16 million (£14m/$18m), with an additional €1.5m in performance-based bonuses.

    Fenerbahce will also receive a maximum of €1.5m if Napoli decide to sell Elmas in the future.

    The 19-year-old had been linked with the Serie A club throughout the transfer window, and he will now fill the midfield void left by Amadou Diawara's transfer to Roma, with Marko Rog's also heading to Cagliari.

    "Eljif, who wears our uniform at a young age and who is proud of being a supporter of Fenerbahce, carries our coat of arms with his potential and loyalty to our colours. Wish you a future full of success," Fenerbahce said in a statement.

    "We believe that our footballer will represent Fenerbahce and our country in the best way in his new team."

    Elmas joined Fenerbahce from North Macedonian side Rabotnicki in 2017.

    He scored four goals in 29 league appearances last season as Fenerbahce finished sixth in the Super Lig.

    The midfielder rejected the opportunity to represent Turkey, and instead made his North Macedonia debut in a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Spain at the age of 17.

    He scored his first goals for his country with a brace in a 3-1 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Latvia earlier this year.

    The transfer was expected as Napoli had been chasing Elmas for some time, while the midfielder was left out of Fenerbahce's recent pre-season tour of Austria.

    Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has already spent big this summer, bringing in Greek defender Kostas Manolas from Serie A rivals Roma for €36 million (‎£32m/$41m).


    Takashi Inui - Eibar (€2m)

    Article: Eibar have completed the signing of Takashi Inui from Real Betis in a €2m deal, a year after he exited the Basque club.

    Los Verdiblancos confirmed the exit of the player on Wednesday with El Desmarque subsequently reporting the transfer fee for the Japan international - who moved to the Seville-based club on a free transfer last season.

    “Real Betis Balompié and SD Eibar have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Takashi Inui,” confirmed the Betis statement.

    “The club appreciates the services provided by the Japanese midfielder in the season in which he has belonged to Real Betis and we wish you the best of luck in your future profession.”

    After three impressive seasons with Eibar and a strong showing at last summer’s World Cup, the midfielder’s stock was high when joining the Andalusian club on a free transfer, but he only made 14 appearances across all competitions last season.

    He subsequently joined Alaves on a loan deal until the end of the campaign but has now returned to Eibar permanently.


    Andreas Skov Olsen - Bologna (€6m)

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    Bologna have officially signed winger Andreas Skov Olsen from Nordsjaelland for €6m.

    Skov Olsen has put pen to paper on a five-year contract with Bologna and becomes their latest buy after the likes of Takehiro Tomiyasu, Jerdy Schouten and Stefano Denswil.

    The 19-year-old caught the eye for Denmark at the European Under-21 Championship, posting a goal and an assist.

    He is left-footed and netted 27 times in just 51 appearances for Nordsjaelland.
     
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    Patrick Kluivert - Barcelona (Director of Youth Football)

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    Patrick Kluivert is returning to FC Barcelona after signing a contract on Thursday to become the new director of youth football until June 2021. The agreement was formalised at the club offices in the presence of the directors with responsibilities for youth football, Silvio Elías and Xavier Vilajoana.

    The Dutchman, now 43 years of age, played for the club from 1998 to 2004, scoring 145 goals in 308 games, making him one the highest goalscorers of all time in a Barça jersey. A Liga winner in 1998/99, Kluivert has gone to work in several roles as a coach and technical secretary, most recently as assistant to his compatriot Clarence Seedorf at the helm of the Cameroon team that went to the African Cup of Nations.

    "I am very happy to be back home and looking forward to this new era, with the challenge of keeping Barça among the top teams in the world” he said after putting pen to paper. “I grew up at the Ajax academy, which is very similar to La Masía, and I think I can do a lot for the development of young Barça players.”


    Ademola Lookman - RB Leipzig (£22.5m)

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    Ademola Lookman is back at RB Leipzig. The 21-year-old rejoins the club permanently from FC Everton after a loan spell in the 2017/18 season. Lookman has signed a 5-year contract until 2024 and will wear shirt number 17.

    Lookman provided five goals and four assists in only eleven appearances in the second half of the 2017/18 season while on loan at Leipzig. After returning to Everton, the attacker made 21 appearances in the Premier League and three cup appearances, scoring three goals and assisting a further two.

    The Englishman, who has Nigerian roots, has progressed through the three highest levels of the England youth set-up (U21, U20, U19).

    Sporting director MARKUS KRÖSCHE:
    “We’re very pleased that we’ve finally signed Ademola Lookman. It was a long process all in all, especially as we wanted to sign him last summer. Nevertheless, we remained determined and that paid off for us. Ademola convinced us immensely during his time on loan here and will now quickly re-integrate and further enhance our attacking play with his dynamic ability.”


    new signing ADEMOLA LOOKMAN:
    “I’m very happy to be back here and would like to pick up where I left off in the first half of 2018. I’m naturally looking forward to seeing my new teammates again and want to help the team celebrate even more success. I can finally play in the Red Bull Arena again, in front of an excellent crowd and set of fans. I’d also like to thank God, the fans and RB Leipzig that my transfer was made possible.”


    Brief fact file:
    Date of birth: 20th October 1997 in London (England)
    Age: 21 years old
    Nationality: England
    Preferred foot: Right
    Height: 1.74m
    Weight: 78kg
    Position: Attack | Attacking midfield

    Former clubs:
    07/2018 until 08/2019: FC Everton
    02/2018 until 06/2018: RB Leipzig (loan)
    01/2017 until 01/2018: FC Everton
    2014 until 2017: Charlton Athletic
    2008 until 2014: Waterloo FC (Youth team)

    stats:
    Premier League: 36 Games | 1 Goal | 2 Assists
    Championship: 24 Games | 5 Goals | 1 Assist
    FA Cup: 6 Games | 3 Goals
    Bundesliga: 11 Games | 5 Goals | 4 Assists
    Europa League: 6 Games | 2 Goals
    U21 National Team (England): 11 Games | 1 Goal


    Jordan Ayew - Crystal Palace (€3m)

    Article:
    Ghanaian striker Jordan Ayew has joined Palace from Swansea City on a three-year deal subject to international clearance, following the forward’s season-long loan spell with the south London club last season.

    The 27-year-old, who made 20 appearances (including 14 starts) in the Premier League for Roy Hodgson’s side, returns to Palace off the back of an impressive Africa Cup of Nations tournament, where he notched two goals in Ghana’s four games in the competition – as well as a successful penalty in his side’s shoot-out defeat to Tunisia in the last round of 16.

    Upon completing his transfer to Palace, Ayew revealed his excitement at being back in red and blue ahead of the 2019/20 season, which begins on August 10 with the Eagles’ Premier League opener with Everton. Ayew, who has exactly 100 Premier League appearances and 16 goals under his belt, said: "I am very happy [to have returned]. I really enjoyed myself last season.

    "I enjoyed the stadium, the fans, the boys - they were really good to me - everything here was positive and that's why I decided to continue with Crystal Palace."

    Manager Roy Hodgson said: "We are delighted to secure Jordan's services for another three seasons at Crystal Palace. He has proved himself as a dedicated and hard-working member of the squad, and certainly played his part in the club securing its highest ever Premier League points tally in the last campaign."
     
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    Douglas Luiz - Aston Villa (reportedly £15m)

    Article: Aston Villa is delighted to announce the signing of Douglas Luiz subject to a work permit.

    The Brazilian midfielder arrives from Manchester City for an undisclosed fee.

    Luiz was named Player of the Tournament at this summer’s prestigious Toulon Tournament as he helped Brazil U21s win the competition.

    Having come through the ranks at hometown club Vasco da Gama, Luiz was snapped up by City in 2017 although he never played a game for the reigning Premier League champions.

    He spent the past two seasons on loan at Girona, racking up nearly 50 appearances for the Spanish side.

    Head Coach Dean Smith said: “Douglas is an extremely talented young player with an outstanding pedigree who I am sure will fit nicely into our style and system of play.”
     
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    Dani Ceballos - Arsenal (loan)

    Article: Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos is joining us on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.

    The 22-year-old made 13 La Liga starts for Real Madrid last season.

    Head coach Unai Emery said: “We’re excited to see Dani join us. He is a talented player with big technical ability, creativity and precision.”

    Dani joined Sevilla's youth system in 2004 at the age of eight, and went on to play for his hometown club, CD Utrera, and completed his development in Real Betis, where he signed his first professional contract in February 2014, while still a junior.

    In July 2017, Dani signed for Real Madrid on a six-year deal, making his competitive debut a month later.

    The central midfielder is also a Spanish international and won his first cap in September 2018, scoring his first goal for his country two months later.

    The highly-rated creator also took part in this summer's European Under-21 Championship, scoring two goals as Spain lifted the trophy.

    Dani will be wearing the No 8 shirt and will be available to make his debut at the Emirates Cup this Sunday. Tickets are available here.

    You can get your Ceballos 8 shirts right here.

    The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.


    Timo Baumgartl - PSV (undisclosed fee)

    Article:
    After eight years at the club, Timo Baumgartl has left VfB Stuttgart and moved to Dutch Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven. The 23-year-old joined the Cannstatt club in summer 2011 and enjoyed great success with the youth teams, winning the Under-17 Bundesliga in 2013. One and a half years later, on 8 November 2014, Baumgartl made his first-team debut in an away match at Werder Bremen. He went on to become a key figure in the team that won promotion back to the Bundesliga in 2017.

    In total, Baumgartl made 86 top-flight appearances for VfB, as well as 29 in Bundesliga 2, six in the DFB Cup and 23 for the club’s U21 side in the third tier. His performances have also earned him international recognition and he was part of the Germany U21 squad that recently finished runners-up at the European Championship.

    Sporting director Sven Mislintat: “Timo is a perfect example of how you can successfully make the step up from youth to first-team football at VfB. Because of the performances he’s produced for VfB, he deserved for us to speak openly and respectfully about his desire to move and his future career path. We’ve agreed to his request to move to PSV Eindhoven, thank him sincerely for his many years of service to VfB and wish him all the best in his personal and footballing future.”
     
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    William Saliba - Arsenal (£27m)

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    Highly-rated French defender William Saliba is joining us from Ligue 1 club Saint-Etienne on a long-term contract.

    The much sought after centre half will spend a season back on loan at Saint-Etienne before joining our squad next summer.

    Head coach Unai Emery said: “We’re delighted William is joining us. Many teams wanted him but he decided he wanted to come to us and be part of our future. He will stay in France next season for more experience and then we look forward to him joining our group.”

    William signed his first contract at the age of 17. He made his professional debut with Saint-Etienne in a 3–2 Ligue 1 win over Toulouse on September 25, 2018. His performances earned him a further 13 starts in Ligue 1 last season.

    The 18-year-old is also a French youth international, having recently been called up to the his country's under-20 squad.

    The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.


    Leroy Fer - Feyenoord (free transfer)

    Article: Former Swansea City captain Leroy Fer has joined Feyenoord on a one-year contract.

    The 29-year-old midfielder was released by the Championship side in May 2019, ending a three-year stay after signing from Queen's Park Rangers.

    The Netherlands international has been training with Feyenoord, having come through the Dutch Eredivisie side's youth system before joining FC Twente.

    "My heart is here. I'm very happy to be back," Fer told the Feyenoord website.

    "I feel stronger and fitter and I will do everything in my power to get back to my old level as soon as possible, in order to have a great season with Feyenoord."
     
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    Ben Osborn - Sheff Utd (reportedly £5m)

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    Summer signing number six is in the building... Ben Osborn is a Blade.

    "We are delighted that he is a Sheffield United player," said boss Chris Wilder, who has swooped into the Championship for a third time for a signing following similar moves for Luke Freeman and Callum Robinson.

    "He's been a fantastic player for Forest in the Championship and I know for certain that two or three clubs in January were sniffing around to take him. He's got a lot of attributes that will help us, going forward, and we're looking forward to him pulling on a red and white shirt.

    "Ben is an intelligent footballer, he plays a number of positions and has got that attitude that he will slot in wherever. But he'll want to nail down a position and he's going to put enormous pressure on a few of our players who might think they're cemented into the team and that's how it's got to be, I've said all along, it raises everybody's standards. We are putting together a group that's got to be competitive in arguably the best division in the world.

    "We're not getting flustered with people talking about where we are getting our players from, we're delighted with the work we've done, I'm really excited and seeing the players we've got in the building already, from Jags to the likes of Ravel (Morrison), Lys Mousset, Callum Robinson, Luke Freeman and now Ben Osborn."

    Derby-born Osborn started his career with the Rams, before joining Forest's Academy at the age of nine. Deployed mainly as a left-back during his first season in the U18s, Osborn was voted the Reds Academy Player of the Year, earning himself a new contract in the process in April 2012.

    Osborn was promoted to Forest's first team and made his debut in March 2014 against Ipswich Town.

    Capped by England at various youth levels, Osborn has become one of the Championship most consistent performers in his position and offers versatility.

    During his decade at the City Ground, Osborn has made over 200 appearances, scoring 15 goals.

    Osborn signs a three year deal after an undisclosed fee was agreed with Nottingham Forest.


    Dean Henderson - Sheff Utd (loan)

    Article:
    The formalities of the deal to bring Dean Henderson back to be Bramall Lane have been completed - much to the delight of the goalkeeper and Chris Wilder.

    The 22-year-old has signed a season-long loan deal with the Blades following discussions with his parent club, Manchester United.

    As can be seen in the video above, Henderson is delighted to return after his exploits lastb season and boss Wilder is equally thrilled.

    "Dean was always our number one target," said Wilder. "We've had to fight to get a good deal and that's part and parcel of our approach in the transfer market. All of us, from myself, to the coaching staff, to the player and the supporters want him playing for us in the Premier League and with a lot of hard work we've made that happen."

    Prior to joining the Blades for the entirety of the 2018/19 season, Henderson had furthered his footballing development with successful loan spells at Shrewsbury Town and Grimsby Town.

    Henderson was an ever-present between the sticks in United's promotion-winning campaign last season, making a number of crucial saves at key times.

    The 22-year-old kept a total of 21 clean sheets last term, which saw him win the Sky Bet Championship Golden Glove award.

    The fans' favourite firmly established himself as number one for England's U21s and started all three group games for Aidy Boothroyd's Young Lions in the European Championships earlier this summer.

    He is the seventh summer signing, following Luke Freeman, Phil Jagielka, Callum Robinson, Ravel Morrison, Lys Mousset and Ben Osborn into Bramall Lane.


     
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    Jesus Vallejo - Wolves (loan)

    Article: Wolves have signed Real Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo on a season-long loan.

    The 22-year-old becomes Wolves’ first signing of the transfer window, on the back of captaining Spain to under-21 European Championship glory this summer.

    The loan spell with Wolves will be Vallejo’s third away from the Bernabeu, where he moved in 2015 from Real Zaragoza.

    Following a temporary return to his former club, the youngster experienced the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt, playing regularly during the 2016/17 campaign.

    Vallejo made seven of his 19 Madrid appearances last season and recovered from injury to net his first La Liga goal against Villarreal in May.

    Internationally, the defender has played for four levels of Spanish youth sides, including 22 times for the under-21s, who he currently captains.

    Vallejo is already familiar with Wolves’ Jonny Otto, after the pair played together on seven occasions for Spain’s under-21s in the past.

    After Wolves qualified for the Europa League this campaign, Vallejo’s experience of the Champions League with Madrid will be beneficial to Nuno and his squad.

    Now in Wolverhampton, Vallejo watched his new team mates in action against Crusaders at Molineux on Thursday and could make his debut in the second leg next week.
     
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    Herve Renard - Saudi Arabia (Head Coach)

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    Herve Renard, who won the Africa Cup of Nations with both Zambia and Ivory Coast, has been unveiled as Saudi Arabia's new national team coach.

    Renard stood down as Morocco's coach earlier this month after the team's early exit from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

    The 50-year-old had taken to social media in the past week to dispel rumours about his next post, saying it would "not be on the African continent."

    He was thrilled to share the news of his Saudi role after it had been announced on Monday.

    "Happy to start a new adventure in Saudi Arabia on a new continent!" Renard wrote.

    The Saudi team highlighted Renard's achievements in Africa when unveiling him as their new coach.

    "The first coach in history to achieve the African Cup with two different teams," they announced as they listed his accomplishments.

    Renard guided Zambia to Nations Cup success in 2012 and followed it up by coaching Ivory Coast to the trophy three years later.

    In his last role, Renard took Morocco from 81st in the Fifa world rankings to 47th.

    He led them to two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, and to the World Cup in Russia in 2018 - the first time the Atlas Lions had played at the global event for 20 years.

    His hopes of winning a third Africa Cup of Nations title were dashed after defeat to Benin in the last-16.

    Renard's new team, Saudi Arabia, are currently 68th in the Fifa rankings.
     
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    King Binny Very Well-Known Honorary Member

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    Philip Billing - Bournemouth (£15m inclusive of add ons)

    Article: AFC Bournemouth have completed the signing of Danish central midfielder Philip Billing.

    The 23-year-old arrives from SkyBet Championship side Huddersfield Town for an undisclosed fee and has put pen to paper on a long-term contract.

    Billing becomes the Cherries’ third new arrival of the summer, following defenders Lloyd Kelly and Jack Stacey through the door at Vitality Stadium.

    After joining Huddersfield’s youth set-up in 2013, Billing quickly rose through the ranks at the West Yorkshire-based club, making his first team debut in April 2014.

    He made 91 appearances in all competitions for the Terriers, scoring six goals, and picked up the club’s Players’ Player of the Year and Players’ Young Player of the Year awards last season.

    “I’m delighted to become an AFC Bournemouth player,” said Billing.

    “As soon as I heard of the club’s interest, there was never any doubt in my mind.

    “It was an easy decision to make to come into a squad which is full of talented, international players and working with a manager of Eddie Howe’s quality.

    “This is an exciting step forward for me and I can’t wait to get started.”

    AFC Bournemouth chief executive, Neill Blake, said: “Philip may be young but already has a wealth of first team experience, including two seasons in the Premier League.

    “He is incredibly talented, has already proved himself at the highest level and has much more to come.

    “Philip will add competition and further quality to our central midfield positions and this is another exciting addition to our squad.”
     
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    King Binny Very Well-Known Honorary Member

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    Idrissa Gueye - Paris St. Germain (£29m)

    Article: Paris Saint-Germain is pleased to announce the signing of Idrissa Gueye. The midfielder has signed a four-year deal until 30 June 2023, becoming the 8th Senegalese player in the club's history, the 53rd from an African country.

    The 29-year-old African Cup of Nations finalist returns to France four years after leaving Lille Olympic Sporting Club, where he played from 2010 to 2015 (176 appearances, 6 goals and 5 assists), winning the French League and Cup double in 2010-2011.

    After coming through the ranks at the Diambars Institute in Senegal, the Dakar-born midfielder left Lille for the Premier League, first signing for Aston Villa (2015-2016, 38 matches, 1 goal), then at Everton Football Club (2016-2019, 108 matches, 4 goals, 5 assists), where "Idri" made a name for himself as one of the best midfielders in England.

    A Senegalese international since 2011, Idrissa Gueye has won 69 caps (4 goals) for the Teranga Lions now managed by former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Aliou Cissé.

    The club welcomes Idrissa to Paris and wishes him a successful career with Paris Saint-Germain.

    "I’m immensely proud to sign for Paris Saint-Germain,"said Idrissa Gueye on signing his contract. “After focussing on the AFCON with Senegal, I wanted to give a new boost to my club career by joining Paris Saint-Germain, one of the most structured and ambitious sports projects in Europe. I’d like to thank the directors, the coach and his staff for the confidence they have shown in me. I will do everything to justify the faith they have shown in me and to integrate into this talented squad. And of course I can’t wait to take in the amazing atmosphere of the Parc des Princes, which impressed me during my first seasons in France!”
     
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    King Binny Very Well-Known Honorary Member

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    David Webb - Huddersfield (Head of Football Operations)

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    Huddersfield Town can confirm that David Webb will join the Club as Head of Football Operations on 19 August 2019.

    Webb will join the Club from Swedish top-flight side Östersunds FK, where he has held the role of Technical Director since October 2018.

    As the Head of Football Operations, David will work closely with Head Coach Jan Siewert and Head of Recruitment Josh Marsh, reporting to the Board all aspects of the football operation including recruitment, performance, scouting, analysis, sports science, medicine and the Academy.


    David has experience of different high-level roles at several Premier League clubs, as well as in European football.

    Two years as Head of Player Recruitment at AFC Bournemouth, when he managed senior recruitment operations and strategy alongside Eddie Howe, preceded a move to Tottenham Hotspur in 2017, where he was Head of Elite Player Identification for the Under-21 to Under-15 players.

    Ahead of joining Östersunds FK, Webb worked as a consultant on First Team strategy and players for German Bundesliga side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Spanish La Liga side Real Betis.

    David started his career in Academy football, coaching at Crystal Palace for three years before taking a similar role at Spurs. He moved into the strategic side of the game in 2007 as a Youth Coordinator at Millwall; a role he occupied whilst consulting for Bayer Leverkusen.

    He also spent three years as a Performance Scout at Southampton, where he focused on the Under-16s up to and including the First Team.


    Huddersfield Town Chairman Phil Hodgkinson commented:

    “I’m very happy that we can welcome David to Huddersfield Town today. I felt it was important that we took our time to get this appointment right and I’m confident that we have.

    “As Head of Football Operations, David will take the strain off our Head Coach, Jan Siewert, by ensuring that all supporting football departments, including our recruitment operation, run as effectively as they can. This will allow Jan to concentrate on his core duty; ensuring the players are as prepared as possible to go out and win.

    “David’s track record speaks for itself. He’s held key roles across the top divisions in England, Germany and Spain, and will add real experience, skills and hunger to the Club.

    “It is important to stress that our Head of Football Operations works alongside the Head Coach here; it is a partnership, not a case of the coach reporting into a Sporting Director. Equally, our excellent Head of Recruitment Josh Marsh will continue to be a key member of the behind-the-scenes team at the Club, as he has been all summer.”
     
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    King Binny Very Well-Known Honorary Member

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    Patrick Cutrone - Wolves (€18m plus add ons up to €4m)

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    Wolves have made exciting young Italian striker Patrick Cutrone their latest new signing ahead of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.

    The 21-year-old centre forward has put pen to paper on a four-year deal and becomes the second new face to arrive at Molineux this summer following the loan signing of Jesus Vallejo from Real Madrid last week.

    Spending his entire career coming up through the ranks of AC Milan, Cutrone made his senior debut for the Italian national team in 2018 after appearing at every level of youth international football for his country.

    The striker made his inaugural appearance for Italy in a 2-0 friendly defeat to Argentina in March last year and was also an unused substitute against England in the same month.

    Wolves sporting director Kevin Thelwell was delighted the club have signed the talented young Italian. “Patrick is an exciting signing at a very exciting period for this football club.

    “We have a strong philosophy under the leadership of Nuno of bringing in the right type of people and developing young talent while staying humble and grounded as individuals, and we feel Patrick perfectly fits into our philosophy.

    “We are very pleased to have a player of Patrick’s ability join the club and look forward to him being a part of Nuno’s squad in another historic season for Wolves.”

    A boyhood fan of Milan, Cutrone joined the Rossoneri when he was just nine-years-old, progressing through the age groups before signing his first professional contract in 2015 ahead of making the step-up to the under-19 side.

    Cutrone was promoted to the senior Milan side two years later, making his debut by coming off the bench in a 3-0 home win against Bologna in Serie A and scoring his first senior goal in a Europa League qualification game against Romanian side Universitatea Craiova at the start of the 2017/18 season.

    In the subsequent two seasons, Cutrone has become a regular member of the Milan starting line-up, made 90 appearances in red and black while scoring 27 time and making seven assists.

    The forward moves to Molineux on the back of a 2019 European U21 Championships where he made three appearances for Italy and scored in the final group game win over Belgium.
     
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    rurikbird Part of the Furniture Honorary Member

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    Wow, that could be a big loss for Everton. For all the attacking talent they’ve signed, they risk being soft in the middle unless they sign Wanyama or someone similar as a replacement.

    UPD: Just saw they are linked to Mainz’s Gbamin - a CB/DM who was linked with us last season. That would sort it.
     
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    doctor_mac My cowboy name is Garland Justice Moderator

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    I thought Gueye was very very good last season.  I had an idea City might even move for him.
     
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    Yea he's been very important for them. It's a decent fee like, but whoever they sign they'll surely be worse off
     

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