The start of the new season in the top European leagues is getting closer and closer, with the Premier League kicking off this weekend. The transfer window is still open for another three weeks as clubs try to make some last-minute improvements. Here are some of the latest done deals and rumors.
Manchester United Sets New Record With Pogba Signing
The Paul Pogba transfer saga finally got an end, with the French midfielder returning to Manchester United for a record fee of £89 million. Pogba makes his return to Old Trafford after leaving the club for Italian giants Juventus back in 2012.
The 23-year-old French international won four straight Serie A titles during his stint in Italy, but is excited to move back to Manchester.
“I am delighted to rejoin United,” Pogba told the club’s website. “It has always been a club with a special place in my heart and I am really looking forward to working with José Mourinho. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Juventus and have some fantastic memories of a great club with players that I count as friends.
“But I feel the time is right to go back to Old Trafford. I always enjoyed playing in front of the fans and can’t wait to make my contribution to the team. This is the right club for me to achieve everything I hope to in the game.”
Man City Completes Stones Deal
Manchester City has completed a £47.5 million move for England defender John Stones from Everton, making him the most expensive defender in Premier League history.
Stones, 22, spent three seasons at Everton after joining the club in 2013 from Barnsley. He made 95 appearances in all competitions for the Toffees.
City has been very active on the market, bringing in a lot of younger players like Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus. Stones revealed that playing for manager Pep Guardiola played a big part in his decision to join City.
“I always know there’s a lot of improvement for my game personally,” Stones said.
“I think it’s 110 percent the right decision to play under him [Guardiola]. I’m so thankful I’ve got this chance to come here, train with the best and improve day in, day out. He’s a winner and that’s what’s going to rub off on everyone.”
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 9, 2016
Arsenal Agrees To Personal Terms With Mustafi
Arsenal has come to an agreement with Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, but the clubs are still negotiating about the price for the German international.
Reports from Sky Sports say that the 24-year-old has agreed to personal terms with the Gunners, as they look to bring in a replacement for injured defender Per Mertesacker. Mustafi is said to be valued around £30 million by his Spanish club. Mustafi has been capped 12 for the German national team.
Sunderland Signs Man United Duo
Sunderland has confirmed the signings of defenders Paddy McNair and Donald Love from Manchester United for a combined fee of £5.5 million.
The two 21-year-olds have signed four-year deals with the Black Cats. McNair made 27 appearances for United during his two seasons with the first team. Love made his debut last season, featuring in two Premier League games.
Former Manchester United manager David Moyes recently took over at Sunderland for Sam Allardyce, and he was pleased to have signed the two youngsters.
“Paddy is a young, athletic player who is improving all the time,” Moyes told the club’s official website. “He has experience for Northern Ireland and we want to bring as many international players to the club as we can.
“Donald comes highly recommended and is another young player who I hope can develop and improve here.”
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) August 11, 2016
Everton Brings In Williams To Replace Stones
With Stones joining Manchester City, Everton has brought in Welsh international Ashley Williams from Swansea City as his replacement for an undisclosed fee.
Williams, 31, spent eight seasons with the Swans, with the past five of them in the Premier League. He’s signed a three-year deal with Everton. Williams revealed that he’s excited to work with new Everton manager Ronald Koeman.
“I’ve had eight great years at Swansea and, for me, the new challenge was something I felt I needed, so I’m delighted to have joined Everton,” Williams told the club’s official website.
“Everton is a great club with an unbelievable manager – a world legend in football – and I believe the Club is going in the right direction. This is something I wanted to be a part of.”