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Confirmed Transfers 19/20

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    Tom Heaton - Aston Villa (£8m)

    Article: Aston Villa is delighted to announce the signing of Tom Heaton from Burnley.

    The England international joins up with Villa for an undisclosed fee.

    Once on the books at Manchester United, Heaton spent the early part of his career on loan at a number of clubs in the UK and abroad before signing a permanent deal with Cardiff City.

    Following a brief stint with Bristol City, he made the move to Burnley in the summer of 2013.

    In his time at Turf Moor, Heaton captained the club and was named Player of the Year for 2016/17.

    His form for the Clarets earned him caps for England and he was part of the most recent Three Lions squad for this summer’s Nations League finals.

    Head Coach Dean Smith said: “I am delighted that Tom is joining Aston Villa.

    “He’s done fantastically well for Burnley over the past few years and his experience and knowledge of the Premier League will be a major asset to us this season.”




    Marvelous Nakamba - Aston Villa (£11m)

    Article: Aston Villa is delighted to announce the signing of Marvelous Nakamba from Club Brugge.

    The 24-year-old midfielder joins the club for an undisclosed fee.Nakamba started his career in his homeland of Zimbabwe before getting his first taste of European football with Nancy in France.

    He has since gone on to play for Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands and Club Brugge in Belgium, playing Champions League football with the latter.

    On the international stage he represented Zimbabwe at the recent African Cup of Nations.

    Head Coach Dean Smith said: “Marvelous fits the criteria of the type of player we were looking for.

    “He’s very mobile, he’s very good in possession and he will fit in with our style of play.”


    Dodi Lukebakio - Watford (€20m)

    Article: Just as the squad arrived back in Berlin from the training camp, they were greeted by a new player: Dodi Lukébakio has joined the club. The 21-year-old has arrived in Berlin from Watford. “Dodi Lukébakio is a dynamic attacker, who not only scores goals, but can also make them too. He proved his quality last season in the Bundesliga. We’re pleased that we convinced him to sign for Hertha BSC and believe that he will help our team greatly,” said sporting director Michael Preetz.

    The young Belgian striker was clearly pleased after signing his long-term deal at the club. “Hertha is a big club in Germany and showed a lot of interest in me. I knew very quickly that I wanted to join the club. I want to play a lot of football here and score loads of goals,” commented the new signing, who will wear the number 28 at Hertha.

    Lukébakio spent last season on loan at Fortuna Düsseldorf, scoring ten goals in 31 games, as well as adding four assists. The winger, who can also play up front, also scored four goals and created one in the three DFB-Pokal games. He came through RSC Anderlecht’s youth academy, eventually making his professional debut for the Belgian record champions in the 2015/16 Jupiler Pro League. After going on loan to FC Toulouse and then Sporting Charleroi, he moved to Watford in late 2018. The Belgian U21s international only made one appearance in six months for Watford, before moving to Germany. He has scored four goals in 17 U21s caps for the ‘Red Devils’. Lukébakio is Hertha’s fourth summer signing after Dedryck Boyata, Eduard Löwen and Daishawn Redan.
     
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    Nicolas Pépé - Arsenal (€80m plus bonuses)

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    Winger Nicolas Pepe has become our record signing after joining us from Ligue 1 club Lille.

    The 24 year-old Ivory Coast international completed the paperwork on his move on Thursday. He will wear the No.19 shirt.

    Head coach Unai Emery said: "Nicolas is a highly-rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe.

    "Signing a top-class winger has been one of our key objectives in this transfer window and I'm delighted he's joining.

    "He will add pace, power and creativity, with the aim of bringing more goals to our team."

     
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    Dani Alves - Sao Paulo (free transfer)
     
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    Oli McBurnie - Sheff Utd ( £20m)

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    The Blades have significantly smashed the club's transfer record to ensure that August 2019 will be regarded as a momentous month in the history of Sheffield United Football Club.

    It can now be reported that United's tenacious bid to secure the services of striker Oli McBurnie has been successful. The formalities of the four-year deal for the Yorkshireman have been concluded after an undisclosed fee with Swansea City was agreed.

    It is the fourth time United has broken the club's transfer record this summer
    and comes at the start of a month that sees Chris Wilder's side begin an exciting campaign in the Premier League.

    McBurnie, a 23-year-old Scottish international, has been a long-time target and boss Wilder is thrilled with his new arrival.

    He said: "We've had to be patient and work very hard to get Oli to Bramall Lane but I am confident he will be a tremendous success.

    "We need options at the top of the pitch and Oli, as anyone who has watched a significant amount of Championship football will tell you, offers plenty in that area. He fits the profile of our transfer policy this season and is an age where his better years are ahead of him - hopefully he and the club can continue to grow together.

    "I'm delighted with the transfer business over the summer, Oli is a big piece of the jigsaw, and the squad is shaping up ready for what will be a long and demanding season."

    The United chief added: "Over the years, we've had the stigma of a selling club and, of course, there will be sales in the future, but it should be noted that we are a buying club, we've spent a significant amount and the owners deserve a huge amount of credit for the way they have sanctioned our assault on the transfer market."

    Signing number eight, McBurnie, started his career at Bradford City, making his debut for the Bantams as a 17-year-old as a substitute in the FA Cup, before joining Swansea City for an undisclosed fee in July 2015.

    In January 2018, he joined Barnsley on-loan until the end of season and scored nine times, including one against the Blades, in 16 starts, despite the Tykes being relegated.

    Last term, the 6ft 2ins frontman caught the eye in south Wales, netting 24 times in 49 appearances in all competitions, netting winning goals for the Swans in both games against United.


    Internationally, McBurnie has earned seven full caps for Scotland, making his debut against Costa Rica in 2018 under Alex McLeish, having featured heavily for the U21s.

    He follows Luke Freeman, Phil Jagielka, Callum Robinson, Ravel Morrison, Lys Mousset, Ben Osborn and loanee Dean Henderson into Bramall Lane.


    Krystian Bielik - Derby (£10m)
    Article: Poland Under-21 international Krystian Bielik has become the latest addition to Derby County’s squad as the start of the 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship edges closer.

    Bielik, a midfielder who is also capable of playing in defence, has joined the Rams on a five-year contract, subject to EFL approval, after an undisclosed fee was agreed with Premier League side Arsenal.

    The 21-year-old starred during a loan spell with Charlton Athletic last season as they gained promotion to the Championship.

    He was an influential figure as the Addicks finished third in the League 1 table and overcame Sunderland in the Play-Off Final.

    As a result of his impressive season he attracted interest from clubs not only in England but across Europe.

    Bielik could make his Derby debut in the season-opener at Huddersfield Town next Monday evening (7:45pm kick-off) and is the Rams’ fourth signing of the summer transfer window following the arrivals of Graeme Shinnie, Kieran Dowell and Matt Clarke.

    Reacting to the signing, manager Phillip Cocu said: “We’re very happy to announce the signing of Krystian Bielik.

    “He is a young player at the age of 21 and it is a permanent deal which I think is a very good investment for the club. I am very happy he has joined the team.

    “He will get better and develop, but for his age he is a very good player.”

    Bielik joined Arsenal from Polish side Legia Warsaw in January 2015 at the age of 17 for a reported fee of £2.4 Million after impressing in their first-team set-up.

    His first appearance for Arsenal’s first team came towards the end of 2015 as he came off the bench for Arsenal in an EFL Cup tie at Sheffield Wednesday.

    Another EFL Cup appearance, in a 4-0 thrashing of Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in September 2016, was then followed by a loan switch to Birmingham City in January 2016 and he made ten appearances for the Blues before returning to North London.

    Injuries limited his game time in another loan spell, at Walsall in the second half of the 2017/18 campaign, before a successful stint in League 1 with Charlton Athletic last season.

    Bielik made 34 appearances in all competitions and scored four goals as Charlton reached the League 1 Play-Off Final and defeated Sunderland 2-1 at Wembley Stadium to secure promotion to the Championship.

    He produced a Man of the Match performance against the Black Cats, with Lee Bowyer’s side coming from behind to claim a last-gasp victory.

    In English club football to date, Bielik has made 46 appearances and scored four times.

    On the international stage, Bielik has represented Poland at various youth levels and was part of the Poland Under-21 side at the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championships.

    Although Poland didn’t make it past the group stages, Bielik did score in their victories against Italy and Belgium.


    Matt Clarke - Derby (loan)

    Article: Derby County have strengthened their defensive options in the lead-up to the start of the 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship season with the signing of central defender Matt Clarke, subject to EFL approval.

    Clarke, 22, has joined the Rams on a season-long loan deal from Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion.

    The defender, who joined Brighton earlier this summer after an impressive spell at Portsmouth, is Derby’s third summer recruit following the arrivals of Graeme Shinnie and Kieran Dowell earlier in the transfer window.

    His addition further adds to the options that manager Phillip Cocu will be able to call upon at the heart of the Rams’ backline.

    Clarke, the Portsmouth supporters’ Player of the Year for the last two seasons, could make his debut for Cocu’s side in the Rams’ season-opener at Huddersfield Town next Monday at the John Smith’s Stadium (7:45pm kick-off).

    Reacting to the signing, Cocu said: “I am glad that Matt has joined us for the season.

    “Matt is capable of playing a good passing game, short or long, he has a good presence and is physical in the air which is what you need in a centre-back.

    “We like to play from behind and build up so that gives us more options to play that way.”

    Clarke began his career with Ipswich Town and came through the youth ranks at Portman Road. He made his professional debut in August 2014, in the EFL Cup against Crawley Town, before signing his first professional contract a month later.

    The defender then linked up with Portsmouth, then in League 2, on loan in August 2015 to gain further first-team experience and he went on to spend the entire 2015/16 campaign at Fratton Park, before signing on a permanent basis in the summer of 2016.

    Clarke was an influential figure in the Portsmouth side that claimed the League 2 title in 2016/17, with the defender making 36 appearances in all competitions as they recorded the best defensive record in the division.

    He, and Pompey, quickly adapted to life in League 1 as they finished in 8th place in 2017/18. Portsmouth went one step further in 2018/19 as they claimed a top six spot and reached the play-off semi-finals, while they were also the winners of the Checkatrade Trophy Final against Sunderland at Wembley Stadium.

    Clarke’s performances and influence, despite his young age, saw him wear the captain’s armband for Pompey and he began to attract interest from clubs in the Premier League.

    His move to the top-flight was secured earlier this summer as he became Graham Potter’s first signing at Brighton & Hove Albion for an undisclosed fee.

    Clarke has made 180 appearances in club football to date as well as chipping in with nine goals.
     
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    Malcom - Zenit St Petersburg (£41m + sell on clause)

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    Zenit St Petersburg have signed Brazilian winger Malcom from Spanish champions Barcelona for an initial fee of £41 million, the two clubs announced on Friday.

    The 22-year-old, who joined the Catalans last season from French club Girondins Bordeaux, made 24 appearances for Ernesto Valverde's side last season, scoring four times in all competitions.

    "Barcelona and Zenit St Petersburg have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Malcom. The Russian team will pay Barcelona 40 million euros plus 5 million euros in variables," the La Liga club said in a statement.

    "Barcelona retains an interest in case of a future sale of the Brazilian."

    Everton reportedly made a late £40 million bid for Malcom after failing to land Wilfried Zaha but their interest came too late.

    The Brazilian will join a Zenit side who finished top of the Russian Premier League last season, meaning they will play Champions League football this term.


    Reece Oxford - Augsburg (£2.1m)

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    Augsburg have signed English defender Reece Oxford from West Ham on a four-year deal.

    The 20-year-old - who made his Hammers first-team debut at the age of 16 - spent the second half of last season on loan at the Bundesliga outfit, making eight appearances.

    England under-20 international Oxford previously had loan spells at Reading and Borussia Monchengladbach.

    "I am very happy that a solid change to Augsburg has worked out," said Oxford.

    "I have felt very comfortable in the city and the club for the past six months and would now like to take another step in my development in the Bundesliga."

    Oxford became West Ham's youngest first team player when he made his debut in the Europa League in 2015 at 16 years and 198 days, before making his Premier League debut the following month.

    He made 17 first team appearances in all for the Hammers, his last coming in January 2018 against Crystal Palace.

    Augsburg managing director Stefan Reuter said: "We are glad that we can sign a player in Reece who already knows the club and knows which values we live in Augsburg.

    "We are convinced that he will strengthen us in the coming years."
     
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    All the best to Malcolm, hope he restarts his career after a disastrous move to Barca.

    What happened to Reece Oxford? He looked amazing at 16, now he costs 2M.
     
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    Perhaps Malcolm should've gone to Roma instead. Reece Oxford apparently had only 1 year left on his contract. Looks like the trend of young English players moving to Bundesliga is continuing.

    Everton have signed Idrissa Gueye's replacement.

    Jean-Philippe Gbamin - Everton (reportedly £27.5m)

    Article: Jean-Philippe Gbamin has joined Everton on a five-year deal after completing his transfer from Mainz 05 for an undisclosed fee.

    The 23-year-old defensive midfielder has penned a contract with the Blues until the end of June 2024 and the excited Ivory Coast international has promised to “give everything on the pitch” for Everton.

    “It’s a big moment with a lot of emotion and now it’s on me to prove on the pitch why they bought me,” Gbamin told evertontv.

    “I’m excited because Everton is a great club here in England with a big history and ambition so I didn’t think for more than a moment - I wanted to come here.

    “I like to go in the duels. I like to run a lot and tackle. I also pass good and have a good transition. All the rest, the fans will see. I will give everything on the pitch.”

    Gbamin becomes Everton’s fourth summer signing after Andre Gomes, Jonas Lössl and Fabian Delph.

    Manager Marco Silva said: “Jean-Philippe is a player who has developed really well during the last three seasons and achieved a very good level of performance playing in a high level competition like the Bundesliga.

    “He is ready for this challenge - to come and help us to keep getting better. He is full of ambition to play for Everton, fits with our model and he will give us different solutions in our midfield.”
     
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    Cracking transfer window for Everton, it has to be said.
     
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    Malcolm’s move to Barcelona truly was disastrous. Definitely should’ve moved to Roma.
     
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    Maybe that ought to be a caution to the Latin American players that Barcelona and Real Madrid aren't the shiny promised lands they seem to be.
     
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    Adam Webster - Brighton (£20m + add ons up to £5m)

    Article: Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of defender Adam Webster from Bristol City, on undisclosed terms.

    The 24-year-old has agreed a four-year deal with the club, having passed a medical at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre earlier today.

    Head coach Graham Potter said, “Adam is a player the club has been aware of for sometime, and someone we came up against last season at Swansea City.

    “He is a quality defender, comfortable on the ball, fits the profile of the type of player we want to bring to the club, and he was very keen to join us.

    “He is still relatively young, but has good experience from the number of games he has played. Predominately a centre-half, he can also play at right-back, and he will bring additional competition alongside our existing defensive options.”

    Born in Chichester, West Sussex, Webster began his career just across the Hampshire border with Portsmouth; before moving to Ipswich Town in 2016, with Albion defender Matt Clarke moving in the opposite direction as part of the deal.

    Webster has made more than 200 senior appearances, with around half at Championship level. He played 47 times last season for City, after joining from Ipswich a year ago, scoring three goals.

    He has also represented England at under-18 and under-19 level, where he will have worked alongside Albion’s technical director, Dan Ashworth.


    Moise Kean - Everton (€32m + add ons up to €8m)

    Article: Moise Kean has signed for Everton from Juventus for an undisclosed fee, agreeing a five-year deal until the end of June 2024.

    The 19-year-old Italy international striker – regarded as one of the brightest young talents in Europe – becomes the Blues’ fifth summer signing after midfielders Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin and keeper Jonas Lössl.

    Kean says he is honoured to join Everton and wants to bring his winning attitude to a club that matches his ambition.

    “I am very proud and honoured to wear the Everton shirt. I will give my best to this team,” Kean told evertontv.

    “I was convinced to sign because Everton is a club looking to the future and so am I. I know about the size of the Club. It has big ambition and I will work very hard to help us fulfil what we want to achieve.

    “I am used to winning and I want to bring this winning attitude to the team. I hope I will be very good on the field and bring the fans joy.”

    Kean made 13 appearances and scored six goals in Juventus’s Serie A winning campaign last season to fix his reputation as one of Europe’s most exciting young strikers.

    The teenager made his league debut for the Turin club aged 16, replacing fellow forward Mario Mandzukic against Pescara in November 2016.

    Kean inked his name in the record books when, making his full senior international debut against Finland in a European Championship qualifying match in March, aged 19 years and 23 days, he became the youngest player to score for Italy since 1958.

    Everton manager Marco Silva said: “A striker was one of our priority signings this summer.

    “Moise is strong, fast, with many good qualities as a striker and he is just 19 years old. He has talent and he is ready to work, ready to improve our squad and gives us different solutions.

    “Of course he was at a big club, now he’s come to another big club and is ready to fight for this challenge and to give everything to Everton Football Club.”


    Junior Firpo - Barcelona (€18m + add ons up to €12m)

    Article: FC Barcelona and Real Betis have reached an agreement for the transfer of Junior Firpo for an amount of 18 million euros plus 12 million euros in variables.

    The player will sign a contract with the club for the next five seasons, until June 30, 2024, with a termination clause of 200 million euros.

    On Sunday, the player will accompany, during the Peñas World Congress, the rest of the new additions to the first team squad for the 2019/20 season; the Junior Firpo's first day as a blaugrana.

    At only 22 years of age (August 22, 1996), Junior Firpo is a left-back of great promise. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Junior moved to Málaga aged six. There he played for various local clubs such as Atlético Benamiel and Puerto Malagueño.

    In the summer of 2014, he joined Real Betis and made his way through the youth categories at the club. On February 12, 2018, he made his first team debut against Deportivo la Coruña, and, as a starter, was key in the 1-0 win at the Riazor. From then on, he played almost every match until the end of the league season.

    In the 2018/19 campaign, he played 29 matches (24 in the league, four in the Europa League and one in the Copa del Rey), scoring three goals. They came in the draw against Celta Vigo, at the Camp Nou during the 3-4 win over Barça, and against Real Sociedad (1-0). He also provided five assists.

    Despite being born in the Dominican Republic, he is a Spanish international with the U21 team. He was part of the squad that won the U21 European Championship in 2019, and, as a key player, contested three games in the tournament.

    His height, speed and precision make him one of the most promising left-backs in European football. One of the young talents that shone brightest during the past year in the league, Junior is a real handful for rival defences.

    His electric pace and his tireless running see him quickly recover his defensive position. In addition, he is comfortable when in possession and links well with his team mates, a fundamental part of Barça’s game.


    Ismael Bennacer - AC Milan (€16m)

    Article: AC Milan (the Club) announces the signing of Ismaël Bennacer from Empoli FC. The Algerian midfielder has signed a deal until 2024 with the Rossoneri.

    Born in Arles, France, on December 1st 1997, Bennacer began his football career in the Youth team of Ligue 2 Club Arles-Avignon, where he made his debut with the first team in 2014. In summer 2015 he moved to Arsenal, where he collected 23 appearances with the Under-23 team and made his debut with the first team in the same year. In January 2017, he moved on loan to Ligue 2 team Tours, making 16 appearances and registering 1 goal. Later, in 2017, he signed for Empoli FC.

    Ismaël initially represented France at Under-18 and Under-19 level, before opting to play for Algeria from 2016. He has earned 16 caps with the Algerian national team, including 7 appearances in the recent 2019 Africa Cup of Nations , where Ismael has been named the Player of the Tournament, helping his team lift the trophy for the first time in 29 years.
     
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    Radja Nainggolan - Cagliari (loan)

    Article: Inter Milan midfielder Radja Nainggolan has joined Serie A rivals Cagliari on loan until the end of the season.

    The 31-year-old former Belgium international returns to the club where he spent four years from 2010, making 137 appearances.

    Nainggolan had only joined Inter last summer from Roma and played 29 league games last season.

    He was capped 30 times for Belgium, scoring six goals, before retiring from international duty in 2018.


    Neal Maupay - Brighton (£20m)

    Article: Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of striker Neal Maupay from Brentford, on undisclosed terms.

    The 22-year-old Frenchman has been a long-term target of the club and has agreed a four-year contract, after passing his medical at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre earlier today.

    Head coach Graham Potter said, “Neal is a talented striker, with good strength and pace, and he is a goalscorer. He will add an extra dimension to our existing forward options, and we are delighted to have completed the transfer.

    “The club has been monitoring Neal and has been aware of his ability for some time. Separately I was also aware of his obvious ability at Swansea, and came up against him in the Championship last season.

    “His record in the Championship has been exceptional, with 41 goals across the last two seasons, and now his challenge is to transfer that to the Premier League.”

    Born in Versailles, Maupay began his career in the Cote D’Azur with Nice, where he made his first-team debut at the age of 16 in 2013. After 44 games for Nice, he moved to St Etienne at the age of 18.

    While with St Etienne, he also spent time on loan with Brest, and made more than 100 appearances in France, most as a teenager. He moved to England in 2017, when he joined Brentford.

    Maupay scored 41 goals in two seasons at Griffin Park, making 75 starts and 20 substitute appearances in a total of 95 games for the Bees.

    He’s also been capped by France at under-16 to under-21 levels; and last season was voted Brentford’s Supporters’ Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year. He also won the 2018/19 EFL Player of the Year at the London Football Awards.
     
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    Gonçalo Cardoso - West Ham (£2.7m)

    Article: West Ham United are delighted to announce the signing of highly-rated Portuguese defender Gonçalo Cardoso for an undisclosed fee.

    The Hammers beat off competition from a number of top European clubs to complete the transfer of the 18-year-old centre-back from Primeira Liga club Boavista on a five-year contract with an option to extend for a further year.

    Cardoso, who started 15 league games last season and was part of the Portugal side which finished runners-up at the 2019 UEFA European U19 Championship finals in July, is looking to take his game to the next level at London Stadium.

    "I am very excited and it’s a dream come true," said the teenager, who will wear the No20 shirt.

    "I always dreamt of coming to England and now I’m here at this big, historic club, so I’m very happy.

    "I’m an aggressive player, a little bit different on the pitch than off it. I’m calm, and I like to have the ball and build the game from the back.

    "I’m here to work and to help the team reach their goals."

    Hammers Director of Football Mario Husillos added: “We are very pleased to welcome Gonçalo to West Ham United. He is a young player at the very beginning of his career, having made the breakthrough to senior football with Boavista only last season.

    “Our scouts in Portugal have watched his development very closely for some time now and we are very happy to have secured his transfer.

    “He has made excellent progress at both club and international level, playing for Portugal in the European Under-19 Championship final this summer.

    “He is of course a player for the future, with a lot of potential in front of him, but we feel he is ready to be with the first team squad from both a physical and technical point of view.

    “He has a very good character and mentality, and speaks good English, which will help him to settle more quickly as a young player arriving in a new country.

    “We look forward to seeing Gonçalo continue his development with us and wish him much success in the future at West Ham United.”

    Born in the city of Marco de Canaveses in northern Portugal, Cardoso played for local clubs AD Marco 09 and Penafiel as a schoolboy before joining Porto-based Boavista at the age of 16 in 2017.

    The 6’2 defender was promoted quickly through the ranks at the Estádio do Bessa, making his debut two weeks short of his 18th birthday in a 1-0 Primeira Division victory over Desportivo Aves on 7 October last year.

    Such was Cardoso’s impact that Boavista kept five clean sheets in his first seven starts, with only Sporting Lisbon and Porto finding a way to score past him in those games.

    In all, the teenager kept eight clean sheets in 15 appearances as The Panthers finished eighth in the Primeira Division table, while he also appeared in all three ties as Boavista reached the Portuguese Cup round of 16.

    Cardoso’s promise was also recognised at international level, as he made his debut for Portugal U19s in a friendly win in Armenia in November 2018.

    A first international goal arrived in June this year, in a 3-2 victory over England, before he added two more in Portugal’s run to fifth place at the Toulon Tournament, and another in his country’s group-stage win over Italy at the UEFA European Championship finals.

    West Ham United would like to welcome Gonçalo to the Club and wish him every success for his career in Claret and Blue.


    Harry Arter - Fulham (loan with option to buy)
    Article: The Club is delighted to confirm the loan signing of Harry Arter from AFC Bournemouth.

    The deal keeps the 29-year-old at Craven Cottage for the duration of the 2019/20 season, and could be made permanent next summer.

    An industrious and committed central midfield player, Arter played a starring role as Bournemouth won the Sky Bet Championship title in 2015, and was subsequently named as both the Club’s and the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year.

    That was the second time Arter had helped the Cherries to a promotion, after they finished as League One runners-up in 2013.

    Upon signing, Arter said: “I’m delighted to be here. Fulham is a fantastic club with a lot of ambition who want to get back to the Premier League, and I hope I can help them achieve that this season.”

    Tony Khan added: “Harry Arter’s arrival at Fulham Football Club will strengthen our midfield and gives us another experienced and proven player who’s contributed to his former club’s promotion from the Championship.

    “Harry’s a great fit for our squad, and we believe he’ll help us achieve our main objective, a return to the Premier League. Come on Fulham!”

    Arter will wear the number 18 shirt this season.

    A London boy, Arter came through Charlton Athletic’s academy before joining Woking in the summer of 2009. He was only in non-league for one season, though, with his performances attracting the attention of Eddie Howe and his staff at Bournemouth.

    A key component in the Cherries midfield as they climbed the leagues, Arter has made 255 appearances for the club, while he’s also chipped in with 29 goals and 20 assists.

    After playing 69 times in the Premier League for Bournemouth, he got further top flight experience under his belt last season on loan at Cardiff City.

    Eligible to represent the Republic of Ireland through his grandparents, Arter won his first cap in June 2015, and now has 15 senior caps to his name.


    Gary Cahill - Crystal Palace (free transfer)

    Article: Former England centre-back Gary Cahill has joined Crystal Palace on a two-year deal.

    The hugely experienced and decorated 33-year-old departed Chelsea this summer after seven and a half seasons with the Blues – winning almost everything there is to win in the club game: including the Champions League in his first season, two Premier League titles, two Europa League cups, two FA Cups and a League Cup.

    Cahill was born in Dronfield, Derbyshire, and began his professional career with Aston Villa.  However, his first professional game was a decade and a half ago for Championship side Burnley, having been loaned out by Villa. His first England appearance came in 2010 against Bulgaria, and he would go on to be given the captaincy five times for his country – the first of which was in 2015 under Roy Hodgson. He joined Bolton Wanderers in 2008, before making the switch to Chelsea in 2012 where he played a key role in a hugely successful period for the west London side.

    With 61 England caps and 516 club games to his name – including 349 Premier League appearances, Cahill brings a wealth of experience to south London and said upon signing: "I’m glad to be here, I think it’s a good opportunity for me to continue my career in the Premier League, and to play in a good, exciting team. There are some very exciting, talented players here. I’m looking forward to the challenge."

    Cahill was unveiled by the club wearing the hugely anticipated new third kit, which features a modern interpretation of the famous Palace sash.  He added: “I’m hungry to prolong my career as long as I possibly can – I feel like I’m in great shape and whoever I play for, I’d like to think that I give it 110% and leave everything out there - so hopefully that will be good enough for the manager, my team-mates and also the fans.”

    Commenting on the club's third signing of the window, chairman Steve Parish said: "Gary is an exceptional professional and a fine addition to our squad. Adding a former England captain and a proven winner at the highest possible level to our ranks will definitely boost everyone at the club and add greater depth to our talented squad. I'm sure that Gary will also provide great leadership within Roy’s squad as we prepare for another competitive season in the top flight."

    Roy Hodgson added: “I’m delighted that Gary has joined us. He’s a fantastic footballer who brings a wealth of international and Premier League experience. Having worked alongside Gary during my time as England manager, I know that he is going to be a valuable asset and I’m so happy to be working with him again.”
     
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    Laurent Koscielny - Bordeaux (£4.6m)

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    Laurent Koscielny is leaving us to join Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.

    The centre back has made 353 appearances for us since signing from Lorient in 2010. He was part of our Emirates FA Cup-winning squads in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

    Laurent, who started his career in the French second division at Guingamp in 2004, has played 51 matches for France and was entering the final year of his current contract with us. We decided to sanction his move to Bordeaux once we agreed acceptable transfer terms.

    We thank Laurent for his contribution to the club and wish him all the best for the future.

    The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.


    Ibrahim Amadou - Sevilla (loan with option to buy)

    Article:
    Norwich City are delighted to announce the signing of Ibrahim Amadou from Spanish club Sevilla on a season-long loan deal, with an option to buy next summer.

    Amadou, 26, becomes City’s fifth signing of the window after the loans of Patrick Roberts and Ralf Fährmann and permanent transfers of Josip Drmić and Sam Byram.

    Amadou is primarily a defensive midfielder but can be deployed as a centre-back.

    Speaking to canaries.co.uk, Amadou said: “I’m happy to play for Norwich because I know they just got promoted to the Premier League with a lot of points in the Championship.

    “It’s a new challenge for me and I would like to discover more about the Premier League.

    “When I was young, it was a dream to play in the Premier League but the more I grew up, the more it became an objective.

    “I had this opportunity right now and I’ve decided to take it. I will try to do my best in the Premier League.

    “I had interest from clubs in other countries, but my priority was to play in the Premier League.

    “I’ve spoken to the [Head] Coach. He seems like a good coach who will give me the opportunity to play.

    “I will have to show what I can do and make a good impression.”

    The former French youth international began his career with Nancy before moving to Lille in 2015. He joined parent club Sevilla last July and made 29 appearances in all competitions last season.


    Amadou arrived in Norfolk on Tuesday evening and trained with his teammates for the first time at Colney Training Centre on Wednesday.

    He added: “I know that the Club has invested in the Training Centre and wants to invest more - that’s a good thing.”

    “I look forward to getting to know everybody better. The sooner I do that, the sooner I become part of the team.”


    Carl Jenkinson - Nottingham Forest (undisclosed fee)

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    Nottingham Forest are delighted to announce the signing of England international defender Carl Jenkinson.

    The right back moves to The City Ground for an undisclosed fee from Premier League side Arsenal, penning a three-year contract.

    The 27-year-old came through the ranks at Charlton Athletic before signing for The Gunners in 2011, going on to make 70 appearances in all competitions,
    including in the Champions League and Europa League and was part of the squad which finished runners-up in the Europa League last season.

    Having featured for both England and Finland at youth level, Jenkinson made his debut for The Three Lions in 2012 against Sweden, and also added to his top flight experience during a two-season loan spell at West Ham.

    Jenkinson now joins The Reds and is available for this Saturday’s visit to Elland Road to face Leeds United.
     
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    Danny Welbeck - Watford (free transfer)

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    The Hornets are delighted to confirm the signing of England international forward Danny Welbeck on a free transfer.

    The former Manchester United and Arsenal man has agreed a permanent contract with the Hornets and further bolsters Javi Gracia’s squad ahead of the start of the 2019/20 Premier League season.

    Welbeck, 28, has scored 16 goals in 42 appearances on the international stage with England, last appearing for the Three Lions last September.

    He represented his country at Euro 2012 and World Cup 2014, and was also part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad that reached the semi-finals at last summer’s World Cup in Russia.

    Having come through Manchester United’s youth system, Welbeck scored on his league debut as a 17-year-old and went on to play 142 times for the Red Devils, winning the Premier League and two League Cup trophies.

    He moved to Arsenal for a reported £16m in 2014 and made 126 outings for the Gunners, including starting the 2017 FA Cup final win over Chelsea, before leaving the Emirates Stadium at the end of last season.
     
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    George Johnston - Feyenoord

    Article: George Johnston has completed a permanent transfer to Feyenoord.

    The 20-year-old centre-back, who captained Liverpool’s U23s for a large part of last season, signed for the Eredivisie club on Wednesday.

    A Scotland U21 international, Johnston joined the Reds’ Academy at the age of nine and progressed to become a regular in the U18s in the 2016-17 season.

    He then made the step up to U23 level in 2017-18, a campaign during which he also started every game in the club’s run to the UEFA Youth League quarter-finals.

    Everyone at Liverpool wishes George good luck at his new club.
     
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    Joao Cancelo - Man City (€ 28m plus Danilo)

    Article: Manchester City have completed the signing of Joao Cancelo from Juventus.

    The Portuguese defender has penned a deal which keeps him at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2025 and follows Angelino and Rodri to become Pep Guardiola’s third signing of the summer.


    “City are a fantastic club, with a brilliant manager and I am delighted to be here,” he said after agreeing personal terms and completing his medical.

    “Everything about them has impressed me, from the facilities, to their style of play.

    “I am always looking to develop my game and win trophies and I believe I can do that here, so now I’m really looking forward to the new season and testing myself in the Premier League.”

    Whilst in Turin, Cancelo established himself as one of Serie A’s best full-backs and City’s Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, believes he can make a valuable contribution to the reigning Premier League champions.

    “Joao is a fine player and an excellent attacking full-back who will provide us with a real threat on the right-hand side,” he said.

    “We have been impressed with his progress and have no doubt he can continue to shine here in Manchester.

    “He fits the profile of player we want here at Manchester City. His best years are ahead of him, he’s technically proficient and has the physical attributes we desire.

    “I am delighted we have secured his signature.”

    Comfortable on either flank and also capable of playing in a more advanced position, Cancelo provides great delivery from wide areas and boasts exceptional athleticism, using his pace to good effect in both offensive and defensive situations.

    His professional career began with Benfica, where he progressed through their academy and won the 2013 Portuguese U19 Championship alongside Bernardo Silva.

    He made his senior debut the following season, when the Lisbon giants claimed a domestic treble, but joined Valencia on a year-long loan in 2014/15 and did enough in 13 games to convince Los Che to make the deal permanent.

    He went on to play 77 times over the next two campaigns before heading off on loan again, this time to Inter Milan, where he thrived.

    Cancelo’s form convinced Juventus to swoop for him last summer and he continued to impress in Turin, winning praise for his committed attacking play which yielded one goal and five assists in 34 games as Juve lifted an eighth successive Serie A title.

    He followed that up with his first taste of international success, winning the inaugural UEFA Nations League title with Portugal this summer.

    Everyone at Manchester City welcomes Joao to the Club and wishes him the best of luck throughout his time here.


    Danilo - Juventus

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    AGREEMENTS WITH MANCHESTER CITY
    Turin, 7 August 2019 - Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces that these agreements have been finalized with Manchester City Football Club:
    • definitive acquisition of the registration rights of the player Danilo Luiz da Silva for a consideration of € 37 million payable in three financial years. Juventus and the player have signed a 5-year contract of employment until 30 June 2024;

    • definitive disposal of the registration rights of the player João Pedro Cavaco Cancelo for a consideration of € 65 million to be paid in three financial years. The economic effect is positive for about € 28.6 million, net of solidarity contribution and auxiliary expenses.
     
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    Djibril Sidibe - Everton (loan with option to buy)

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    World Cup winner Djibril Sidibe has joined Everton on loan from Monaco for the 2019/20 season.

    The Blues have an option to buy the explosive right-back, who was part of France’s triumphant squad at last summer’s World Cup, at the end of the campaign.

    Sidibe becomes the Blues’ sixth signing of the summer after keeper Jonas Lössl, midfielders Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin, and striker Moise Kean.

    Sidibe was an integral component of Monaco’s Ligue 1 title-winning team in 2016/17 following his move from domestic rivals Lille.

    The 27-year-old joins Everton after contributing directly to 27 goals – scoring six – in 114 games in all competitions for Monaco.

    He told evertontv: “I was very happy to hear a historic and big club like Everton was thinking of signing me.

    “It was very easy for me. I did not have to reflect for too long before making my decision to come here.

    “Everton are recruiting with the intent to win trophies and play on the biggest stage.I am 100 per cent motivated and ready to help the Club achieve its goals and to achieve my own individual goals.”

    Sidibe represented France at youth level before being given his senior debut against Italy in September 2016. He has been on the winning side in 11 of his 18 France appearances, losing only twice, and scored his one international goal in a 3-2 friendly win over England in June 2017.

    Everton manager Marco Silva added: “Djibril has fantastic experience, winning titles and playing many matches in a competitive league. He is a World Cup winner and he has the hunger to achieve much more in his career.

    “It is important to have different options in each position and with Djibril and Seamus [Coleman] we now have two high-quality right-backs.

    “Djibril has also shown to me he has a real desire to play for Everton and be part of the big things we are trying to create.”



    Victor Camarasa - Crystal Palace (loan with option to buy)

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    Spanish midfielder Victor Camarasa has joined Crystal Palace on a one-year loan deal from La Liga side Real Betis, with the south London club also having an option to buy the 25-year old at the end of this season.

    Camarasa began his journey through the youth ranks with his hometown club Valencia CF aged just seven – at the same Academy which helped develop Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita - before joining Atlético Levante UD in 2012, with whom he began his senior career. Having played for Levante's reserve team, Camarasa earned his first-team debut against Recreativo de Huelva in 2013. During his time with Levante, Camarasa also featured for Spain Under-21s on four occasions.

    In 2017, he joined Real Betis before being loaned to then-Premier League side Cardiff City the following summer. With the Bluebirds, Camarasa played in 33 matches, scoring five goals and registering four assists to help him secure recognition as Players' Player of the Season and pick up the club’s Goal of the Season award for a remarkable effort against Leicester City.

    Having put pen to paper in south London, the 25-year-old said: "I am very happy to be here, and I’m so excited to start with the group. I think Palace has great players and it is a great club. I’m going to work hard to play football, and I hope that the fans are excited with my football.”

    Manager Roy Hodgson said: “Víctor is a player we were keen to sign and I’m delighted he’s decided to join us. He is a strong and technically gifted midfielder and will be a great addition to the team.”

    Chairman Steve Parish added: “I’m delighted that we’ve signed Victor, and we think he will further improve the quality of our squad. He is a talented, exciting player who will offer us creativity in the midfield.”
     
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    Great name - Marvelous Nakamba - Aston Villa (£11m)

    I see Junior Fripo (sp?) went to Barca in the end for €16 million. Did we ever table a bid?
     

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