Chelsea and Manchester City Finalize New Signings: Transfer Roundup
With many players having now returned from the World Cup, transfer season has well and truly kicked off. Here’s a roundup of all the latest transfer talk from the Premier League and major European leagues.
First up – a few done deals.
Manchester City have announced the signing of goalkeeper Willy Caballero from Málaga on a three-year deal. The deal, fee undisclosed, sees the Argentine stopper reunite with his former gaffer Manuel Pellegrini. Caballero was considered one of La Liga’s finest keepers, and the competition this season between he and Joe Hart will be interesting, to say the least.
Chelsea have secured the services of Croatian teenager Mario Pašalić. The midfielder, who made 36 appearances last season for Hajduk Split, joined his new teammates on Wednesday for their first pre-season training session. Pašalić, Chelsea’s third signing of the summer after Cesc Fàbregas and Diego Costa, may be loaned out this season.
Tom Ince has signed a two-year contract with Hull City. The winger had long been admired by a string of Premier League clubs, including Liverpool and Tottenham, as well as Serie A’s Internazionale. Ince spent three seasons with Blackpool, in which he won a Football League Young Player of the Year award, in 2013, before finishing last season on loan at Crystal Palace.
On Wednesday, Fulham announced the departure of midfielder Pajtim Kasami. Signed by Greek side Olympiakos for an undisclosed fee, the 22-year-old Swiss will be best remembered for scoring one of the goals of the 2013/14 season in a 4-1 away win over Crystal Palace.
Now to some deals which appear to be close to completion.
Patrice Evra is on the brink of a permanent move to Juventus, according to multiple sources. A £1.5million offer is thought to have been made, but Manchester United are holding out for closer to £2million.
Meanwhile, Napoli are set to land Swansea City’s Michu on a season-long loan. Negotiations between the two clubs were confirmed on Wednesday by Michu’s representatives, and the Spanish forward has not joined Swans teammates on the club’s pre-season US tour. Already looking for a replacement, the Swans have launched a bid of around £5million for Watford striker Troy Deeney.
Staying in South Wales, left-back Ben Davies is rumored to be on his way to Tottenham Hotspur. However, the proposed deal for Davies, along with goalkeeper Michel Vorm, in exchange for Gylfi Sigurdsson has been rebuffed. It looks as though Spurs will have to instead stump up around £10million for Davies alone.
Liverpool are on the cusp of a famous double-swoop for Divock Origi and Lazar Marković, for £10million and £25million, respectively. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers appears to be shrewdly reinvesting the windfall from Luis Suárez’s imminent move to Barcelona, which could be announced within the next 48 hours.
However, World Cup star Xherdan Shaqiri will slip through Rodgers’ fingers. The ‘Alpine Messi’ looks set to be a Roma player next season, where he’ll link up with ex-Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole.
Finally, and quite uncharacteristically, Arsenal could be about to announce a bit of early-summer business. Chilean forward Alexis Sánchez is apparently on his way to the Emirates. But, at the risk of sending Gooners everywhere into full-scale delirium, Arsène Wenger doesn’t seem to be stopping there. He fancies his chances of snagging Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira, which would see Mikel Arteta head to Fiorentina.