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Confirmed Transfers 19/20

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    Mateo Kovacic - Chelsea (£40m)

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    Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce we have completed the permanent signing of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid.

    The Croatian World Cup finalist moved to Stamford Bridge on loan last summer
    and was a regular in our midfield, helping us to a Europa League triumph and a third-place finish in the Premier League.

    Kovacic has now signed a five-year contract and will be a member of our squad for 2019/20.

    Kovacic said: ‘I really enjoyed my season on loan with Chelsea, I feel comfortable at the club and like London and the Premier League very much. I am very happy to be able to join permanently.

    ‘We had a successful year, winning the Europa League and I hope I can make a big contribution in the coming seasons.’

    Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘Mateo proved what an accomplished player he is during his season on loan with us and we are delighted to welcome him to the club on a permanent basis.

    ‘He already possesses extensive experience at club and international level and we are sure he will be a big success with Chelsea over the next five years.'

    Kovacic made 51 appearances for Chelsea last season, 36 of them starts, playing primarily on the left of midfield in Maurizio Sarri’s 4-3-3 formation
    where he was an important supplier of passes to top goalscorer Eden Hazard.

    The 25-year-old contributed significantly to our Europa League-winning campaign, starting in 10 of the 15 games, including the final in Baku, and making two further substitute appearances. He was a standout performer against Arsenal in Azerbaijan and was involved in three of the goals in our 4-1 win.

    Prior to his signing for Real Madrid four years ago, Kovacic was at Inter Milan in Italy and before that, Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia, for whom he has won 52 caps.
     
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    Craig Dawson - Watford (£6m)

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    The Hornets have moved to strengthen their ranks by completing the permanent signing of Craig Dawson from West Bromwich Albion.

    The defender has agreed terms on a four-year deal with Watford, keeping him at Vicarage Road until the summer of 2023.

    A former England Under-21 international who also represented Team GB at the 2012 Olympics, Dawson has a wealth of Premier League experience, having racked up more than 150 top-flight appearances for the Baggies.

    The 29-year-old is comfortable in either a central defensive position or at right-back and in total played in 225 games during nine years at the Hawthorns, having spent time with Rochdale and Bolton earlier in his career.

    He becomes the Hornets’ first new recruit ahead of the 2019/20 Premier League season.
     
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    Jark Clarke - Tottenham (£9m plus add ons)

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    We are delighted to announce the signing of Jack Clarke from Leeds United.

    The 18-year-old has agreed a contract with the Club until 2023
    and will return to the Championship side on loan for the 2019/20 season.

    Born in York, the winger came through the ranks at Leeds and made his breakthrough last season under Marcelo Bielsa, playing 25 times and scoring two goals as the Whites reached the Championship Play-Offs.

    The teenager was also named the Leeds United Young Player of the Year for his performances.

    Jack said: “I’m delighted to join Tottenham and in the short term I’ll be giving my all to hopefully help Leeds win promotion.”


    Jark Clarke - Leeds Utd (loan)

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    Leeds United are pleased to announce the loan signing of Jack Clarke from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

    Clarke completed a permanent move to Tottenham on Tuesday, but now returns to Elland Road until the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

    Last season Clarke made 25 appearances for the Whites, scoring two goals and providing two assists.

    The 18-year-old will return to training with Marcelo Bielsa’s side with immediate effect.
     
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    Pablo Sarabia - Paris St Germain (€18m)


    Adrien Rabiot - Juventus (free transfer)
     
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    Gelson Martins - Monaco (reportedly €30m)
     
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    He good?

     
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    Yes, unfortunately so.  Class MF.
     
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    Just saw this on Twitter :p

    Another Kante?
     
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    Luuk de Jong - Sevilla (€15m including add ons)

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    Sevilla FC and PSV Eindhoven have reached an agreement the transfer of Dutch striker Luuk De Jong to the Nervionenses. The player arrived in Seville this morning and passed his medical, before signing a Sevilla FC contract that will keep him at the Club until 2023.

    Born on the 27th of August 1990, he was grown in the academies of DZC 68' and De Graafschap, making the leap to Eredivisie with the latter when he was barely 18 years old in the 08/09 season. After just 20 matches in the Dutch elite, he was signed by FC Twente in the 09/10 campaign.

    In his first days in Enschede, De Jong debuted in the Europa League and finished his first season with 21 matches played (scoring 7 goals and winning an Eredivisie title). A year later, he would take another step, this time debuting in the Champions League, lifting the Dutch cup and scoring no less than 20 goals. His impressive performances would capture the attention of Bert van Marwijk, who handed him his international debut at just 20 years old. His defining breakout season would come in 11/12, when scoring 32 goals - 25 in Eredivisie.

    It wouldn't be long before Borussia Monchengladbach came knocking, signing the player in the 12/13 season. De Jong would score eight goals between the Bundesliga and Europa Leauge. One year later, lacking minutes, he would move to Newcastle United before returning home to the Netherlands in the summer of 2014 when he signed for PSV.

    There, he has played four magnificent seasons, winning three Eredivisie titles, two Dutch Super Cups
    and laying definitive claim to a spot in the Dutch national team. With PSV, he has scored an impressive 112 goals in 204 official appearances, finishing top goalscorer of Eredivisie last season for his efforts.
     
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    Denis Suarez - Celta (€12.9m plus add ons up to €3.1m)

    Article: Spaniard Suarez, 25, came through Celta's academy and played for the reserves before moving to Manchester City aged 17 but he never played a competitive game for the Premier League side.

    He returned to Spain in 2013 to join Barcelona's reserve team and then went out on loan to Sevilla and Villarreal before finally breaking into Barca's first team in 2016, making a total of 16 La Liga starts for the Catalans in two campaigns.

    Suarez did not start a league games last season and went on loan to Arsenal in January but his second spell in England was overshadowed by injuries as he failed to break into the starting lineup at the London side, making six substitute appearances.
     
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    Bobby Adekanye - Lazio (free transfer)

    Article: Lazio have officially signed former Liverpool winger Bobby Adekanye on a free transfer.

    Although Lazio have yet to announce the transfer, Adekanye’s four-year contract has been deposited with Lega Serie A.

    The 20-year-old scored three goals and provided two assists for Liverpool’s reserve team last season but left without playing a competitive game for the club.

    He was born in Nigeria but represents Netherlands at Under-20 level and spent time in Barcelona’s youth academy.

    They like Liverpool players, don't they?

    Jake Bidwell - Swansea (free transfer)

    Article: SWANSEA CITY HAVE COMPLETED THEIR FIRST SIGNING OF THE SUMMER FOLLOWING THE ARRIVAL OF DEFENDER JAKE BIDWELL, SUBJECT TO INTERNATIONAL CLEARANCE.

    The left-back becomes the first addition to the squad under new head coach Steve Cooper, with Bidwell signing a three-year deal at the Liberty Stadium after his contract expired at QPR.

    After putting pen to paper today at the club’s Fairwood training base, he will link up tomorrow with the first-team squad during their pre-season tour in Spain.

    Following Martin Olsson’s departure this summer, Cooper has strengthened his left-back options with Bidwell set to compete with Wales international Declan John for that position.

    Bidwell joins the Swans on the back of a successful spell at QPR, with the 26-year-old having featured in the Hoops’ 3-0 defeat in SA1 last season.

    He made 130 appearances, scoring four goals, during his three-year spell at the London club.

    That came on the back of two loan spells and a permanent switch to Brentford, for whom he helped win automatic promotion to the Championship and was named in the PFA League One Team of the Year in 2013-14.

    Southport-born Bidwell started his career at Everton at the age of 11 and went on to captain the Toffees to a Premier League academy title.

    His one and only first-team appearance for the Merseysiders still sits in the history books as he became the club’s youngest player to represent Everton in European competition when he played against BATE Borisov in the Europa League in 2009.


    Damien Johnson - Blackburn (First Team Technical Coach, Head of Player Development)

    Article: Rovers are pleased to announce that Under-23s head coach Damien Johnson has been promoted to the role of first team technical coach and head of player development.

    Johnson, who came through Rovers’ youth ranks and went on to make over 80 appearances in blue-and-white between 1997 and 2002, returned to the club as an Academy coach in April 2015.

    The former midfielder moved up to the Senior Training Centre that summer to take charge of the Under-21s and guided the development squad to the Premier League 2 Division 2 title in 2017-18.

    Last season, Johnson steered Rovers Under-23s to a fifth-place finish in the PL2 top flight, as well as securing the Lancashire FA Senior Cup for the first time since 2011 courtesy of a 2-0 victory over local rivals Burnley in the final.

    The 40-year-old has also played a pivotal role in the development of a number of Rovers’ rising stars in recent years and will continue to do so in his new role.

    David Raya, Ryan Nyambe, Lewis Travis and Scott Wharton have all made the successful step up to first team football under Johnson’s watch, whilst fellow Academy graduates Dan Butterworth, John Buckley, Joe Grayson and Tyler Magloire all made their senior debuts for the club last season.

    The former Northern Ireland international, who earned 56 caps for his country, is looking forward to this new chapter in his coaching career, with the 2019-20 Championship campaign now just over a month away.

    "I'm delighted, it's a fantastic opportunity for me to take on the role,” said Johnson.

    "When I was asked about stepping up, it was a chance I just couldn't turn down.

    "It was a very tough decision to leave the Under-23s. I've said before that it's a job I've really enjoyed, working with the likes of Stuart Jones, Tony Carss and the rest of the staff at the Academy.

    "Tony (Mowbray) and I spoke at length about the role and what's needed, and it was something that really excited me. To work with the gaffer, who is so supportive, is a fantastic opportunity.

    "It's a club that has played a huge part in my career, both as a player and a manager, and gave me my first opportunity in first team football.

    "It's vitally important to continue the pathway for players from Under-23s football to the first team, which is something we've done a lot over the years.

    "The players need to make that transition from development squad football to the first team and that's the challenge for them."
     
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    Christopher Jullien - Celtic (€8m)

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    CELTIC Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of Christopher Jullien, who has joined the club on a four-year deal from Toulouse.

    The highly-rated central defender moves to the Scottish Champions after three years with the French side, where he made over 100 appearances, scoring eight goals.

    The 26-year-old, who began his career with Auxerre before a three-year spell with German side, SC Freiburg, will now take up a new football challenge with the Treble Treble champions.

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon said: “We are absolutely delighted to bring Christopher to Celtic. He is a quality player with great attributes and we are very much looking forward to him joining the squad and working with him.

    “We’ve got a squad of great quality already here at the club, who have achieved incredible success over the past few seasons, but it’s always good to add further quality to the group, and that’s what we’ve got with Christopher.

    “I know the players will be delighted to welcome him into the squad, and I know he will be keen to play his part in the seasons ahead as we look to deliver further success for our supporters.”
     
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    Tanguy Ndombelé - Tottenham (€60m plus add ons up to €10m)

    Article: We are delighted to announce the signing of Tanguy Ndombele from Olympique Lyonnais.

    The France international central midfielder has signed a contract with the Club until 2025.


    Ndombele, 22, started his professional career at French side Amiens in Ligue 2, before moving to Olympique Lyonnais on loan in August, 2017, and permanently in the summer of 2018.

    He made 96 appearances in total for the Ligue 1 side and registered 16 assists.

    Having represented France at Under-21 level 10 times, Ndombele made his senior international debut in October, 2018, and has played for his country on six occasions.
     
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    Stefano Sensi - Inter Milan (loan for €5m with option to buy for €25m)

    Article: Stefano Sensi is officially a new Inter player. The Italian midfielder has joined the Nerazzurri on loan with a clause to make the switch permanent.

    The 23-year-old midfielder has spent most of his life around football. He was 13 when he left his hometown of Urbino to move to the Rimini youth set-up. As it is for everyone, it was tough to leave home at a young age but perseverance is one of Stefano Sensi’s best traits. It allowed him to pave his way and take his place in the upper echelons of the game, overcoming hurdle after hurdle while following his dream.

    Sensi moved to Cesena where he continued to play youth football before a loan at Lega Pro side San Marino where he was given the captain’s armband at just 18. There, he made 61 appearances and scored ten goals, often playing in attacking midfield. That was followed by a season in the first team at Cesena before Sassuolo signed him in 2016. In three seasons there, he made 68 appearances and scored five goals.

    Sensi has shown himself to be someone who loves team play and he takes on responsibility. His vision and intelligence on the pitch previously earned him the nickname of ‘maestro’.

    He has two Italy caps to his name and one international goal. An exciting new adventure now awaits him in an Inter shirt, best of luck to him from all the Nerazzurri supporters. #WelcomeStefano!
     
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    Gabriel Martinelli - Arsenal (£6m)

    Article: Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli is joining us from Ituano Futebol Clube on a long-term contract.

    Gabriel has made rapid progress during his short time at Ituano. Since making his debut in November 2017 aged just 16 years and nine months, the young forward scored 10 goals from his 34 appearances for the Sao Paulo-based club.

    The 18-year-old’s development was also recently acknowledged by the Brazilian national team, with a call-up to the full squad for a training camp in May ahead of the Copa America.

    Gabriel was voted as the 2019 Best Newcomer and also a member of the 2019 Team of the Year for the Campeonato Paulista - the football league for the state of Sao Paulo.

    The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.

    Gabriel will shortly join up with his new team mates for pre-season training.


    Tomas Kalas - Bristol City (£8m)

    Article: City have secured the permanent return of last season’s loan star Tomas Kalas for a club-record fee.

    The 26-year-old has penned a four-year contract in BS3 after City beat off competition from several clubs for his signature.

    Kalas was on loan at Ashton Gate from Chelsea during the 2018/19 season and instantly became a popular and dominant figure at the heart of City’s defence.

    The Czech Republic international made 41 appearances in City colours, contributing to 11 clean sheets.

    Kalas becomes the seventh signing this summer and City Chief Executive Mark Ashton said: “We are thrilled Tomas has committed his future to Bristol City for a club-record fee and I know it is a signing which City supporters have been eagerly hoping for.

    “A player of Tomas’ stature naturally attracts a lot of interest but we worked hard to secure his services which I believe shows a lot about our ambition. All credit as well to Chelsea who have been excellent to deal with regarding Jay (Dasilva) and now Tomas.”

    Head Coach Lee Johnson said: “We saw last season the qualities he brings and Tomas is exactly the type of player we want to build our team around. Not only is he a fantastic footballer but someone with a winning mentality.

    “A lot of credit should go to Mark Ashton, Jon Lansdown and the City Board for the hard work in making this happen.”

    After signing for Chelsea in 2010 Kalas rejoined former side Sigma Olomouc on loan before spending two seasons at Vitesse Arnhem. He spent the first of two loan spells at FC Cologne before he was recalled to his parent club and made his Chelsea debut in a 2-0 win against Arsenal in October 2013.

    Kalas would return to the German club on loan though, before having a temporary spell at Middlesbrough, helping the Smoggies reach the Premier League. He then spent the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons with Fulham, whom he also helped win promotion to the top flight, before his loan spell in BS3.


    Colin Bell - Huddersfield (Assistant Head Coach)

    Article: Huddersfield Town has today appointed Colin Bell to the role of Assistant Head Coach.

    The Leicester-born 57-year-old brings vast experience from 30 years of coaching to Jan Siewert’s backroom staff.

    Colin was a defender in his playing days but has made his career as a successful coach in Germany after hanging up his boots.

    He has worked in the men’s game in Germany for 23 years, enjoying success as Head Coach of TuS Koblenz over a seven-year period before becoming Assistant Head Coach at 1. FC Köln in the Bundesliga; a role he held from 1996 to 1999.

    Colin left to lead one of Germany’s biggest clubs, Dynamo Dresden, as Head Coach for the 1999/00 season before steering FSV Mainz 05 II to the main rounds of the domestic cup for four successive years; a new record in the country for a second team.

    He then returned to Koblenz to revolutionise the Club’s Academy setup, whilst still serving as Assistant Head Coach, from 2006 to 2011.

    Bell then led FFC Frankfurt as they won the Women’s Champions League in 2005 following a domestic cup win the previous year, earning him further high-profile jobs in the Women’s game.

    The first ever Englishman to complete his coaching badges in Germany, Colin was named in the 10-person shortlist for FIFA Women’s World Coach of the Year for his achievements at Frankfurt.

    He joins the Terriers from his post as Head Coach of the Republic of Ireland’s women’s team, which he has held since 2017.

    Huddersfield Town Head Coach Jan Siewert explained:

    “I’m so happy to be able to welcome Colin to Huddersfield today.

    “He has a fantastic reputation in Germany as a top-quality coach, that he’s really earned. He’s been a Head Coach, a supporting coach and the head of Academies at very high levels and can offer us so much.

    “We first met when he was at TuS Koblenz and he was a big help to me early in my coaching career. We’ve kept in touch ever since and I’m delighted he has accepted the offer to come and help us here at Huddersfield Town.

    “Not only is he a great coach, but he will also be great around the players on a day-to-day basis.

    “I’m really excited to have him with us at PPG Canalside today.”
     
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    Sandro Ramirez - Real Valladolid (loan)

    Article: Real Valladolid have completed the season-long loan signing of out-of-favour striker Sandro Ramirez from Everton, it has been confirmed.

    The striker has been badly out of form since leaving Malaga in the summer of 2017, netting just once in 60 appearances in all competitions - for Everton against Atalanta in November 2017.

    The former Barcelona forward – who scored 14 goals in 30 La Liga appearances in the 2016/17 season for Malaga after joining from the Blaugrana – before joining the Toffees in a €6m move.

    Sandro failed to find the net in 26 appearances during a loan stint with Real Sociedad last campaign while he also did not register in front of goal in 18 Sevilla outings prior to that.
     
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    Wesley Moraes - Aston Villa (£22m)

    Article: Wesley has arrived in the UK as he gets set for the first day of pre-season training in the morning.

    The striker, our new record signing, has been granted a work permit.

    He’ll now prepare for our return to the Premier League with a week at Bodymoor Heath under the watchful eye of Dean Smith before flying out for a tour of the USA.

    He’ll be joined tomorrow by fellow new boys Jota and Matt Targett as well as the returning Kortney Hause and Anwar El Ghazi.
     
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    Erik Durm - Eintracht Frankfurt (free transfer)


    Dominik Kohr - Eintracht Frankfurt (reportedly €10m)
     
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    Thiago Mendes - Lyon (€26.5m plus add ons up to €4.5m)


    Luke Freeman - Sheff Utd (reportedly £5m)

    Article: Chris Wilder has made a decisive first move in the summer transfer window, with the signing of one of the Championship's top performers in recent seasons.

    Luke Freeman arrives at Bramall Lane on a three-year deal, with the Blades paying QPR an undisclosed club record fee for the 27-year-old midfielder.


    Freeman scored eight goals in 48 appearances for the R's last term and netted against United when the two teams met at Bramall Lane in February 2018.

    The Dartford-born operator began his career at Gillingham, prior to moving to Arsenal as a teenager. He featured heavily for both the Gunners second string and U18s as he progressed through the ranks in North London.

    Loan spells at Yeovil Town and Stevenage furthered Freeman's development, before he completed a permanent switch to the latter in January 2012, where he went on to make over 100 appearances.

    Bristol City came calling in June 2014 and in his first season at Ashton Gate, Freeman helped the Robins win promotion to Championship and lift the EFL Trophy.

    As he was at Stevenage, Freeman provided a regular source of goals from the midfield engine room in the West Country, prompting QPR to secure his services for an undisclosed fee in January 2017.

    Statistically, Freeman has impressed many onlookers in the second tier since and having been monitored by boss Chris Wilder for a long period of time, he becomes United's first signing ahead of returning to the Premier League.

    Of the signing of Freeman, boss Wilder remarked: "Luke gives us balance off his left foot. His stats add up and all the eyes we've had on him have come back with glowing reports.

    "He's one of the best players in the Championship and he can play in a number of positions. Luke is ideal to complement what we already have at the club, I think he will be a good fit for us."

     

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