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Confirmed Transfers 20/21

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    Callum Wilson - Newcastle (£20m)

    Article: Newcastle United are delighted to announce the signing of striker Callum Wilson from AFC Bournemouth.

    The 28-year-old joins the Magpies for an undisclosed fee and has signed a contract that will keep him at St. James’ Park until summer 2024.

    Callum Wilson said: "From the minute I knew that Newcastle were interested, it was definitely something that appealed to me.

    "It's a massive club with great history. Along the years, they've had great strikers so if I can emulate half of what they've done, I'd like to attempt that.

    "I believe in my ability as a player. As a striker I think it's important to set yourself goals long term and short term, and I'm hoping to achieve them.

    "With the players around me, I believe we can get the goals we need as team and I want to help contribute to that."

    Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce said: "Callum is somebody I've admired for a long time and I'm delighted to get him.

    "He has done fantastically well at Bournemouth and was deservedly playing centre forward for England less than two years ago.

    "The club has worked ever so hard to get Callum here and we have beaten off competition from a number of clubs.

    "I'm grateful the club has made it happen. Lee Charnley and those behind the scenes deserve a lot of credit."

    Wilson began his career at hometown club Coventry City, rising through the club’s academy and enjoying loan spells at Kettering and Tamworth before scoring 23 goals in 55 senior appearances for the Sky Blues.

    After moving to AFC Bournemouth in 2014, Wilson fired the Cherries to promotion in his first season – scoring 20 goals in 45 Championship outings – before becoming the South Coast club’s talisman in the Premier League.

    His performances brought full international recognition in November 2018, with Wilson scoring on his England debut against the United States at Wembley.


    Ryan Fraser - Newcastle (free transfer)

    Article: Newcastle United are delighted to confirm the signing of Scotland international winger Ryan Fraser.

    The 26-year-old has signed a five-year deal at St. James' Park and joins Steve Bruce's side after leaving AFC Bournemouth in June.

    Fraser will once again team up with former Cherries teammate Callum Wilson, with the England striker also sealing a move to the Magpies on Monday.

    Ryan Fraser said: "I'm absolutely buzzing for it - I came down to see the place the other day and it was all just good things; the manager, the place, the fans, the messages I've been getting.

    "It was just a no-brainer, really, to play in such a big stadium with such passionate fans, and being back up in the north again is big as well.

    "So I'm really looking forward to it and I just cant wait to show everyone what I can do, help the team and help us get back to where we belong."

    Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce said: "I'm delighted to bring Ryan to Newcastle United. We have held off big competition to get his signature and that says a lot about what this club has to offer.

    "His ability and his contributions on the pitch speak for themselves and I'm looking forward to seeing him getting to work in a Newcastle shirt.

    "He has wonderful chemistry on the pitch with Callum Wilson, which excites me, and I hope it excites our supporters ahead of the new season."

    Born in Aberdeen, Fraser began his career with his hometown side in the Scottish top division, signing professional terms in summer 2010 and making his first team debut as a 16-year-old.

    After catching the eye in the opening months of the 2012/13 campaign, Fraser secured a switch to AFC Bournemouth and he would help his new club to climb from League One to the Premier League in the space of just two-and-a-half seasons.

    A loan spell at Ipswich Town followed before Fraser returned to the South Coast to become an integral part of Eddie Howe's side, registering 14 Premier League assists during the 2018/19 season - second only to Chelsea's Eden Hazard.

    After 208 appearances for the club, Fraser’s contract at the Vitality Stadium expired in June 2020.
     
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    Abdoulaye Doucoure - Everton (reportedly £25m)

    Article: Abdoulaye Doucoure has completed a transfer to Everton from Watford for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-year deal until the end of June 2023 with a Club option for a fourth season.

    The French midfielder, 27, becomes the Blues’ third major signing in four days following the arrivals of Brazil international Allan and Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez, both 29.

    "I have been waiting a long time to come here and now it has happened so I am very happy," Doucoure told evertonfc.com.

    "I had some interest from other clubs but from the beginning when Everton showed an interest in me I told my agent to focus on Everton.

    "It was the only club I wanted to join.

    "Everton has a big history in English football and it is a good club for me to have a step up in my career.

    "I am very happy now to be an Everton player and very excited for the future."

    Arriving at Watford from Stade Rennes in February 2016, Doucoure spent the remainder of that season on loan in Spain with Granada before establishing himself in the Hornets' midfield the following campaign.

    He played 129 Premier League games across his four full seasons at Vicarage Road and was directly involved in 29 goals, scoring 17 and assisting 12.

    "I can bring my energy - I am a powerful player, I can run a lot, all the game," said Doucoure.

    "I can add goals as well. I will try my best to score goals and help the team.

    "It is an ambitious project here and it was a big part of my decision, having [Director of Football] Marcel [Brands] and the coach Carlo Ancelotti wanting me.

    "When you come to a club you want the manager and, of course, the Board to support you.

    "It was the case with Everton and I was very eager to come here.”

    Doucoure, capped by France at every age-group level from Under-17 to Under-21, added: “I know a lot of things about Everton. I know the blue colour is something very important here and the Club’s history.

    “I want to thank the fans for their support already - now I can’t wait to start on the pitch.”
     
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    Aleksandar Kolarov - Inter Milan (€1.5m)

    Article: Aleksandar Kolarov is officially an Inter player. The Serb joins on a permanent deal from Roma.

    You never get used to war, but to sirens you do. Or at least, that was the case for Aleksandar Kolarov and his friends. They were 14 years old and life in Belgrade was certainly different for them than it was for their contemporaries. No, it was punctured with air-raid sirens. Schools, closed. Days were spent playing football on the street, waiting for the siren’s wail. This was challenged up to a certain point, though: the free football played by these lads went on past midnight, past the curfew. Passion and obsession, in a positive sense.

    Aleksandar, born in 1985 and with a long career in the game behind him, has a visceral love for the football. From the Red Star Belgrade academy to Inter, via Čukarički Stankom, OFK Beograd, Lazio, Manchester City and Roma. Above all though, via his back garden and games with his brother Nikola. Two games in particular: first, the two brothers would place the ball in the middle and race, from opposite ends, to contest it, like in water polo. Then, free kicks, looking for an impossible angle, with the neighbours waiting to shout at the boys from their balconies.

    From the left full-back position, his game is one of motivation and discipline. And an air of seriousness that Aleksandar has always carried, at the cost of coming off a little surly. That he is not, he is simply Kolarov: a lover of the football, conscious of his own ability and with a desire, even at 35 years of age, to add pages to a story, which has seen him become captain of Serbia, of which he is very proud.

    This is Aleksandar Kolarov: not just free kicks, which everyone knows so well. But a new Interista. #WelcomeKolarov
     
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    Jamal Lewis - Newcastle (£15m)

    Article: Highly-rated full-back Jamal Lewis has become Newcastle United's fifth signing of the summer after joining the Magpies from Norwich City.

    The 22-year-old Northern Ireland international has signed a five-year contract at St. James' Park after earning rave reviews for his performances last season despite the Canaries' relegation from the Premier League.

    Lewis, who started his youth career with his hometown club, Luton, before joining Norwich's Academy in 2014, won a Sky Bet Championship title-winners' medal with the East Anglian side in 2018/19 and was also named in the league's Team of the Season before further enhancing his reputation in the top flight last term.

    He is the third full international to join Newcastle United this week, following England forward Callum Wilson and Scotland star Ryan Fraser, whose signatures were confirmed on Monday.

    Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce said: "Jamal is a very exciting prospect. I watched him flourish in the Championship two years ago and he made a real fist of it in the Premier League last season.

    "He is only 22 years old and has a wonderful future ahead of him so I hope he is a Newcastle United full-back for years to come.

    "It's been a great week for us with incoming players. We have had to be patient but these players improve us, which is key."

    Lewis, speaking to NUFC TV, added: "It was a little bit unexpected but it was something that I was obviously looking forward to when I heard that there was serious interest, so I'm delighted to be here now.

    "Newcastle's such a great club with such history and I knew it was an opportunity I would love to take with both hands."
     
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    Jayden Bogle & Max Lowe - Sheff Utd (~£10m)
    Ethan Ampadu - Sheff Utd (loan)



    Article: Chris Wilder has added two exciting wing-backs to his squad, with the long-term signings of Derby County duo Jayden Bogle and Max Lowe.

    Both players have penned four-year deals at Bramall Lane with United paying the Rams an undisclosed combined fee for their services.

    On the double deal, a delighted Wilder remarked: "The Championship has been a great recruitment area for us and I wanted to bring some young players in who will provide competition for places.

    "Jayden and Max will put huge pressure on George (Baldock) and Enda (Stevens). It was important we got the right characters, the right type of players, ones who are athletic and technically very good, both are modern day wing backs and I'm looking forward to working with them.

    "We've got a clear plan and identification of what we need and we're still going through that process. We're not just signing players because other people are in for them, we're signing these players because they fit into what we are about.


    "It's game on for everyone, it's not a warning, it's a fact and yet again I have to thank the board for making the two permanent signings happen because it's a great bit of business for the football club."

    Bogle had spells at Reading and Swindon Town before moving to Pride Park in January 2016.

    Having impressed consistently for Derby's U18s and U23s when selected, the attacking full back was promoted to the first team ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

    Under then boss Frank Lampard, the England U20 international went on to make 50 appearances in a season that saw the Rams lose to Aston Villa in the play-off final at Wembley.

    Bogle arrives at Bramall Lane having amassed 90 senior games at the age of just 20.

    Meanwhile, Lowe came through Derby's academy system and turned professional at Pride Park in June 2015.

    Comfortable anywhere down the left-hand side, his senior debut came in the EFL Cup in 2016, converting the decisive penalty in a 14-13 shootout win for the Rams against Carlisle United.

    The 23-year-old, who has represented England at numerous youth levels, has played close to 50 times for Derby, whilst more recently he has impressed in the SPL whilst on-loan at Aberdeen during two loan stints at Pittodrie.


    Article: United have made a third signing of the day, with Chris Wilder adding a versatile Welsh international to his squad.

    Chelsea's Ethan Ampadu, who can play in a number or defensive and midfield roles, arrives at Bramall Lane on a season-long loan deal, following the arrival of Derby County duo Jayden Bogle and Max Lowe.

    Of Ampadu, Wilder commented: "Ethan is an outstanding young player for Chelsea, and we've worked really hard to get his signature for the season.

    "We need to thank Frank Lampard and the people at Chelsea for helping making this happen. We've got a good relationship with them and they know we're going to take good care of him.

    "It's an important season for Ethan and playing in the Premier League for us is a good move for everyone. He brings a lot of qualities to the group and he's someone we've tracked for two or three seasons."

    The Exeter born operator began his career at his hometown club and made his senior debut for the Grecians as a 15-year-old in an EFL Cup tie against Brentford in August 2016.

    In the summer of 2017, the Blues came calling for Ampadu's services and when he made his Stamford Bridge debut a few months later he became Chelsea's youngest debutant in over a decade.

    In 2018, the now 13 times capped Wales international, penned a new five-year deal in the capital and was sent out on-loan to RB Leipzig by Frank Lampard to further his development last season.
     
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    Alphonse Areola - Fulham (loan with option to buy)

    Article: The Club is delighted to announce the signing of Alphonse Areola on loan from Paris Saint-Germain.

    The goalkeeper will remain at Craven Cottage for the duration of the 2020/21 season, with Fulham holding an option to make the move permanent.

    After the deal was finalised, Areola told FFCtv: “I am very happy everything is done. Scott Parker called me and I had a good feeling. He said he really wanted me.

    “Fulham is a historic club in London and I have heard a lot about the stadium.

    “I hope this season will be a good one for us. I want to bring my energy and do everything for this team to keep us where we belong to be.”

    Tony Khan added: “I’m thrilled to welcome Alphonse Areola to our Fulham family! Alphonse has experience at the very highest level, as he’s played in France’s national team, won the league title with PSG, had success at RC Lens, Bastia and with Villarreal, and most recently he played for Real Madrid as they won La Liga last season.

    “We’re excited that he’s joining us, and he’ll be an excellent addition to our squad as for our Premier League campaign ahead! Come on Fulham!”

    The 27-year-old arrives in SW6 with an enviable CV having won the World Cup with France two years ago, while he has also won domestic titles both in his homeland and Spain.

    Born in Paris, Areola was signed by PSG at a young age, before spending time at the illustrious Clairefontaine football centre.

    He made his senior debut for the club in their 2012/13 title winning season, in a side which featured the likes of David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    Areola spent the subsequent three seasons out on loan, enjoying success with each team that he represented.

    First he helped Lens win promotion from Ligue 2 and was subsequently named as the division’s best goalkeeper, before seeing Bastia to a respectable mid-table finish in Ligue 1 and a runner-up spot in the French equivalent of the League Cup.

    2015/16 saw Areola move to Spain where he played a significant role in what was a fantastic year for Villarreal. In addition to finishing fourth in La Liga, they also reached the Semi-Final of the UEFA Europa League.

    That form saw him return to Paris, where he soon established himself as the club’s first choice goalkeeper, going on to add two more Ligue 1 winner’s medals to his collection in 2018 and 2019.

    He started last season as PSG’s first choice, before the arrival of Keylor Navas saw him move to Real Madrid on loan as part of the deal. He featured nine times during his spell at the Bernabeu, as Real won La Liga for the first time in three years.

    Having represented France at every age group – during which time he collected an Under-20 World Cup winner’s medal – Areola made his debut for the senior side in 2018 and now has three caps to his name.

    He was also a member of Les Bleus squad which was triumphant at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

    Areola's honours list:

    4 x Ligue 1
    1 x La Liga
    2 x French Supercup
    2 x League Cup
    2 x French Cup
    1 x Spanish Supercup
    1 x World Cup
    1 x Under-20 World Cup


    Kenny Tete - Fulham (€3.2m pluss 10% sell-on clause)

    Article: The Club is delighted to confirm the signing of Netherlands international defender Kenny Tete.

    Right-back Tete has signed from Lyon for an undisclosed fee on a four-year deal, with a Club option to extend by a further 12 months.

    “It is a great feeling. I feel blessed to be here,” the 24-year-old said to FFCtv. “I cannot wait to start my new journey and meet my new teammates.

    “I heard of Fulham’s interest and I was bowled over. I spoke with people around me and knew quickly I wanted to leave Lyon and join Fulham.

    “The team is back in the Premier League now and I will give 100 percent to keep us there.”

    Tony Khan also commented: “I’m excited to announce the permanent transfer of Kenny Tete to Fulham Football Club.

    “With the addition of Kenny, we’ve strengthened our squad to compete in the Premier League. He’s a young player with great experience, and I’m thrilled that he’s joining us on a long contract.

    “I’m confident that with his talent and his desire to win, he’ll be a great asset for us now and in future seasons. Come on Fulham!”

    Tete arrives fresh from a fantastic UEFA Champions League campaign, with Lyon making their way to the Semi-Finals having eliminated some big sides along the way.

    The Dutch international should feel right at home in SW6 as he too knows how to knock Juventus out of Europe, featuring in both games as Lyon triumphed over the Old Lady across two legs.

    He also helped them to dispatch Manchester City 3-1 in the Quarter-Finals, before Lyon’s valiant effort was brought to an end by eventual winners Bayern Munich in the Semis.

    Tete helped Lyon to a 4-1 win in their first game of the current season last Friday, which proved to be the last of his 82 appearances for the club.

    Prior to his time in France, Tete was a regular for Ajax, his local side having been born in Amsterdam.

    He made his debut for the senior side in the 2014/15 season, and went on to make 55 appearances for the Club, including helping them reach the 2017 Europa League Final.

    Having represented the Netherlands at youth level up to Under-21, he made his full international debut a day after turning 20 and has now gone on to win 13 caps. Tete was a member of the Dutch squad for the recent Nations League matches.
     
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    Michy Batshuayi - Crystal Palace (loan)

    Article: Michy Batshuayi has joined Crystal Palace on a loan deal from Chelsea until the end of this season.

    The Belgium international striker returns to Selhurst Park following a successful loan spell at the back-end of the 2018/19 season, where he scored six goals in 13 appearances for the Eagles.

    Batshuayi, 26, netted twice on international duty for Belgium on Tuesday night before finalising his move back to south London, taking his international tally to an impressive 18 goals in 30 games. His club record stands at 120 goals in 325 senior appearances across several top divisions in Europe.

    Club Chairman Steve Parish said: "I am absolutely delighted to welcome Michy back to Crystal Palace. He is a player we’ve long admired, as well as being an immensely popular figure with everyone here during his last successful spell with us.

    "With other top European clubs vying for his services it is immensely pleasing that Michy chose to come back to help us up the table as well as cementing his place in the Belgium squad for next summer's Euros."

    Roy Hodgson added: "I am very happy we have secured Michy on a season long loan. He made a great impact at the club in his previous loan spell, albeit only five months long, displaying a goal scoring threat which we very much needed at that time and we are confident he will produce again.

    "As a player who will help to convert our chances in to goals, Michy will be another valuable addition to the two new signings we have made this summer. It’s another boost for the players and fans alike, and I’m sure everyone will join me in saying welcome back Michy."

    Batshuayi, who reclaims the Palace number 23 shirt, said: "I feel like I’m home now, so it’s good. But I need to do a good season here, to work a lot with my teammates and I want to do my best here.

    "It’s not my first time here. I know the teammates, I know the gaffer, I know how the club works here. For me, it’s the best decision.

    "I'm happy, the coach is happy, my teammates are happy. Let's get to work."
     
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    Giacomo Bonaventura - Fiorentina (free transfer)

    Article: Fiorentina are pleased to announce that Giacomo Bonaventura has signed a contract with the club.

    Giacomo was born in San Severino Marche on 22 August 1989. He has played for Atalanta and AC Milan in Serie A, making 184 appearances and scoring 35 goals over the last six years with the Rossoneri.

    The new Viola midfielder has also collected 14 Italy caps.
     
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    Branislav Ivanović - West Brom (free transfer)

    Article: Albion have secured the services of Premier League and Champions League winner Branislav Ivanović.

    The Serbian defender has penned a one-year deal following his departure from Russian giants Zenit Saint Petersburg, where he spent the last three-and-a-half seasons.

    Ivanović arrives at The Hawthorns with a wealth of Premier League experience having enjoyed nine trophy-laden years at Chelsea, winning three league titles, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Europa League, three FA Cups, one League Cup and one FA Community Shield.

    Ivanović has appeared at two FIFA World Cup finals for Serbia – 2010 in South Africa and 2018 in Russia – and is his nation’s most capped player with 105 appearances.

    The defender will wear the No.20 shirt.

    “The Premier League is the best league in the world,” said Branislav.

    “I need to challenge myself and I am ready for the challenge. I am really happy to be back playing in the Premier League.

    “I hope I am going to be successful here.

    “I have a lot of ambition and I want to prove a lot of things. I will give everything for the team.”

    Baggies boss Slaven Bilić believes the signing of Ivanović will be a big boost to his squad.

    “He’s a great addition for us, a team who are newly promoted in the Premier League. He ticks all the boxes for us.

    “He's done everything in his career - it's been magnificent. We're delighted. He adds quality and experience on the pitch and off the pitch.

    “So it is not only him, it is him plus the influence he will have on not just defenders but the whole team around him. That's why we targeted him as one of our prime targets.

    “It’s a great signing for us.”
     
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    Emiliano Martinez - Aston Villa (£20m)


    Kamil Jóźwiak - Derby (undisclosed fee)

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    Derby County have today strengthened their attacking options with the signing of Poland international wideman Kamil Jozwiak, subject to EFL and international clearance.

    The 22-year-old winger has joined Derby from Polish top-flight side Lech Poznan for an undisclosed fee.

    Jozwiak has signed a four-year contract with the Rams which will run until the summer of 2024, which will see him link up with his international team-mate Krystian Bielik in Derby’s squad.

    The wideman could make his debut for Derby in Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture at Luton Town, subject to the relevant clearance.

    Jozwiak spent the early part of this month with the Poland national side, where he appeared and impressed in their UEFA Nations League matches against Holland and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

    He started both games to take his senior international appearances up to three, having made his first appearance for his country in November 2019 against Slovenia.

    Speaking about Jozwiak’s signing, manager Phillip Cocu said: “We are very happy to announce the signing of Kamil Jozwiak.

    “He is an exciting player with a huge amount of potential. Kamil is 22, so he has his best years ahead of him and he will be an important player for us.

    “Kamil is someone we have closely watched over a long period of time and as a full international for Poland, we believe we are making an excellent addition to our squad.”

    Jozwiak is a product of Lech Poznan’s youth system and he made his professional debut for the club in February 2016 at the age of 17.

    His first season on the first-team stage, the 2015/16 season, saw him claim silverware as Lech Poznan won the Polish SuperCup.

    Jozwiak came off the bench for the final 15 minutes of their 4-1 victory over Legia Warsaw, before enjoying a loan spell at GKS Katowice during the following season to gain first-team experience.

    He returned to his parent club and went on to record more than 100 appearances across all competitions and established himself as a key player during the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons.

    Lech Poznan finished second in the Polish top-flight in 2019/20, three points behind champions Legia Warsaw, and as a result qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round.

    Jozwiak playing a key role in his best season to date which resulted in his making his first-ever senior international appearance for Poland in November 2019.

    Across all competitions he made 39 appearances, chipping in with nine goals – the club’s second highest goalscorer in the campaign - and a further seven assists.

    On the international stage, Jozwiak has three senior caps to his name for Poland and will be pushing to make their squad for the upcoming re-arranged UEFA European Championships in the summer of 2021. Prior to making his international bow, he was capped by his country at every level from Under-16s right through to the Under-21s.
     
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    Pervis Estupiñán - Villarreal (£15m plus add ons)

    Article: Villarreal CF and Watford FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of Pervis Estupiñán, who will wear the yellow shirt for the next seven seasons. The Ecuadorian defender will be presented at 4pm CEST as a new Yellows player at the Training Ground. Media outlets can take part in the online press conference.

    Danger and precision for the left wing

    Pervis Josué Estupiñán Tenorio (Esmeraldas, Ecuador, 21/01/1998) is a left-back who has a great capacity for joining attack and is a great striker of the ball. Both qualities make him an excellent assist provider thanks to his precision putting balls in from the left flank.

    Aged just 22, Estupiñán has vast experience in Spanish football. Despite joining from Watford FC, the Ecuadorian defender spent last season on loan at CA Osasuna, where he provided seven assists in 30 games.

    He has also played for other Spanish clubs such as Granada CF, UD Almería and RCD Mallorca.


    Crysencio Summerville - Leeds United (undisclosed fee)

    Article: Leeds United are pleased to announce the signing of winger Crysencio Summerville.

    The Dutchman has joined the club from Eredivisie outfit Feyenoord for an undisclosed fee.

    Summerville has penned a three-year contract at Elland Road, running until the summer of 2023.

    Last season the winger spent time on loan at ADO Den Haag, where he made 21 Eredivisie appearances, scoring two goals.

    The 18-year-old has also been capped at youth level by the Netherlands at Under-16, 17, 18 and 19 level.

    He becomes the latest young player to join the club during the summer transfer window, following the arrivals of Cody Drameh, Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood and Dani van den Heuvel and will link up with Mark Jackson’s Under-23 side.
     
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    Tony Gallagher - Toronto FC (loan)

    Article: Toronto FC announced today that the club has acquired Scottish defender Tony Gallacher on loan from Liverpool FC for the remainder of the 2020 MLS season. Gallacher will occupy an international roster slot and join the club pending receipt of his ITC (International Transfer Certificate). Gallacher has already received his P-1 Visa and completed the mandatory quarantine period under local government and MLS health and safety protocol.

    “Tony is a young, promising defender that will provide us with additional depth on our backline for the remainder of the year,” said Toronto FC General Manager Ali Curtis. “We feel his character and personality will fit well within our group.”

    Gallacher, 21, joins Toronto FC from reigning English Premier League Champions, Liverpool. Gallacher joined Liverpool in the 2018 January transfer window and made his senior team debut on December 17, 2019 in a League Cup loss to Aston Villa. He made 32 appearances for Liverpool’s U-23 team, scoring two goals with one assist over two seasons. Prior to joining Liverpool, Gallacher played for Scottish club, Falkirk F.C. He made his debut on November 28, 2015 and went on to make 26 appearances for the club. Gallacher played his youth football at Forth Valley Academy before joining Falkirk F.C.

    Gallacher has represented his native Scotland at various youth levels including U-16, U-17 and U-19.
     
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    Marash Kumbulla - Roma (loan for €5m + Mert Cetin, Matteo Cancellieri and Aboudramane Diaby on loan, with obligation to buy at €18m + add-ons)

    Article: AS Roma are delighted to announce the signing of defender Marash Kumbulla.

    Kumbulla, 20, joins the club from Hellas Verona on an initial two-year loan deal that runs until 30 June 2022.

    As part of the negotiations, two-year loan arrangements for players Mert Cetin, Matteo Cancellieri and Aboudramane Diaby to go in the opposite direction and join Verona have also been agreed.

    When the costs of all loans are weighed against each other, the net cost to Roma is €2 million.

    The overall transaction also includes various obligations, based on the meeting of certain targets, to make all four transfers permanent.

    Assuming the four deals are all completed, the net cost to the Giallorossi will be €13.5m.

    The deal for Kumbulla also includes a number of specific performance-related bonuses, based on the achievements of both the player and the club, that are worth up to a maximum of €3.5m.

    Should the conditions be met to make the transfer permanent, Kumbulla has agreed a contract with the club that runs until 30 June 2025.

    “Roma represents an opportunity, and a challenge, impossible to turn down,” said Kumbulla.

    “I was convinced by the plan the club has in place and I had no hesitations about making this choice - I will do everything to ensure I don’t disappoint those who have shown their belief in me.”

    A product of the Hellas Verona academy setup, Kumbulla made his debut for the club in August 2018.

    Last season, as Verona returned to Serie A, he played 25 times in the league to help Ivan Juric’s side to an impressive top-half finish.

    Born in Peschiera del Garda, near Verona, Kumbulla opted to represent the country of his parents at international level.

    Having represented Albania at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level, he made his senior debut for his country last year.

    “Marash was one of our top targets and we are delighted to have signed him,” said club CEO Guido Fienga.

    “With him, we are bringing to Roma a young talent who stood out last season – and a player who possesses all the attributes to form, alongside others, a key part of the group we are building for the future.”

    Kumbulla may yet make his debut for the Giallorossi against his old club – Roma travel to face Hellas Verona in the first game of the 2020-21 Serie A season on Saturday.

    He will wear the No. 24 shirt.
     
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    Ki-Jana Hoever - Wolves (£9m plus add ons up to £4.5m & 15% sell-on clause)

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    Wolves have signed exciting young defender Ki-Jana Hoever on a five-year deal from Liverpool.

    The 18-year-old Dutchman was highly thought of during his two years at Anfield and now provides Nuno Espirito Santo with another option in central defence and at right-wing-back.

    Having learnt his trade in his home nation with AZ and Ajax, Hoever joined the current Premier League champions in 2018 and made two first-team appearances in red.

    Jurgen Klopp handed the then 16-year-old his debut at Molineux, in Wolves’ Emirates FA Cup victory over the Merseyside club back in January 2019.

    A full debut followed this time last year, as Hoever marked his first start with a goal as Liverpool beat MK Dons 2-0 in the Carabao Cup.

    That towering header at Stadium MK made the Dutchman Liverpool’s fourth youngster ever goalscorer, behind Ben Woodburn, Michael Owen and Jordan Rossiter.

    On the capture, Wolves executive chairman Jeff Shi said: “Ki is a young player who can play both centre-back and right-back, with high potential to become a top footballer.

    “He played against Wolves in the FA cup game in 2019 when he was only 16 years old, and impressed us very much.

    “Ki is a talent we have bought for the long-term future, but he can also give the first team a fresh and potent option immediately. Welcome to the pack, Ki.”


    At international level, Hoever has represented Holland at four separate age groups, up to under-18s, who he currently earns selection for.

    A winner of the European Under-17 Championship with Holland, Hoever also impressed at the Under-17 World Cup in Brazil last autumn, where his nation finished fourth.

    Quick across the ground, strong in the air and comfortable in possession, Hoever’s quality and versatility will prove invaluable inside Nuno’s squad.

    Now, the youngster comes into the Wolves group and will be eligible to make his debut at the London Stadium against West Ham United next Sunday.
     
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    Bertrand Traoré - Aston Villa (£17m plus add ons up to £2m)

    Article: Aston Villa is delighted to announce the signing of Bertrand Traore from Lyon for an undisclosed fee, subject to international clearance.

    The 25-year-old Burkina Faso international has a strong pedigree with top-level playing experience at Ajax and Chelsea before his move to Lyon three seasons ago, where he has played over 100 games competing for the Ligue 1 title and in the Champions League.

    Dean Smith said: “We’re delighted that Bertrand has chosen to come to Villa. He’s a player with immense talent who will really enhance our attacking options.”
     
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    Sergio Reguilón - Tottenham (reportedly €30m)

    Article: We are delighted to announce the signing of Sergio Reguilón from Real Madrid.

    The 23-year-old left-back has signed a contract with the Club until 2025 and will wear the number 3 shirt.

    A product of the youth system at the Bernabeu,
    Sergio spent two separate spells on loan at Spanish Segunda División B side UD Logroñés between 2015 and 2017 before returning to become a regular for Real Madrid's 'Castilla' second-string team, also in Segunda División B, in 2017/18, playing a number of games as their captain.

    He made his first team debut for Real against CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League in October, 2018, before earning his La Liga debut against Real Valladolid the following month and remained a regular member of their matchday squad during the 2018/19 season as Los Blancos won the FIFA Club World Cup. He made 22 appearances for Real Madrid in total.

    Sergio impressed during a season-long loan at Sevilla last season, where he made 38 appearances in all competitions and scored three goals as they won the UEFA Europa League and finished fourth in La Liga. He played five times in Sevilla's European triumph, starting the final as they beat Internazionale Milano 3-2 in Cologne and earning a place in the UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season.

    Sergio's performances last term earned him a first call-up for the Spanish national team in October, 2019, and he won his first cap earlier this month, when he started Spain's 4–0 win over Ukraine in the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League.


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