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The start of the new season in the top European leagues are getting closer and closer, with the Premier League already underway and Italy and Spain kicking off this weekend. The transfer window is still open for another two weeks as clubs try to make some last-minute improvements. Here are some of the latest done deals and rumors.
Burnley Signs Defour For Club-Record Fee
Premier League newcomers Burnley signed Belgian international Steven Defour for a club-record £7.35 million from Anderlecht.
The 28-year-old midfielder has signed a three-year deal with the Clarets. Defour spent the two past seasons with Anderlecht in the Belgian league after spending two years in Portugal with FC Porto. He’s been capped 46 times by the Belgian national team.
“I hope I can bring my experience to the team and the club to stay in the Premier League,” Defour told the club’s official website.
“I’m looking forward to every game. The atmosphere around the league is fantastic and everyone across the world has seen the Premier League, so I am very proud to be a part of that.
“It is a new challenge for me, but I like that.
“It has been a long few weeks, but I am very happy to be here.
“When I knew that Burnley was interested, I took some time to look into the club and I saw some interesting stuff.
“I also called a friend of mine who plays at Brentford and he told me Burnley was the best team in the Championship and that it would be a really good choice for me.”
Everton Completes Bolasie Move
Everton completed a move for Yannick Bolasie, getting the winger from Crystal Palace for a reported initial fee of £22.5 million.
The 27-year-old French-born Congolese international joins the Toffees on a five-year contract after spending the past four years in London with Palace.
“I’m looking forward to putting on the Everton shirt,” Bolasie said. “This is a big club and I know all about it from having played against them over the years.
“For me, it was a no-brainer to come here. But now that I’ve come to Everton, the job is not done. I’ve got to work hard and feel my way in. I’m ready and up for the challenge.”
Aston Villa Adds Defender Chester From WBA
Aston Villa has signed centre back James Chester from West Bromwich Albion as Roberto Di Matteo tries to rebuild the squad in an effort to push for a promotion spot in the Championship.
Chester, 27, joins Villa after spending one season with WBA. He’s coming off a disappointing league campaign with the Baggies, only making 12 league appearances. But he went on a great run with the Welsh national team in the Euros, reaching the semifinals.
“I don’t think anyone imagined it would be that good,” Chester told the Birmingham Mail about Wales’ run at the Euros.
“It was a special experience and one that I will look back on in years to come.
“For me, last year was difficult.
“Mentally I was in a place that I had never been before.
“I was doubting every decision I was making so to show what I was all about on the biggest stage I have ever played on was good for my confidence.
“It set me up well to come to such a big club here.”
Swansea Brings In Borja Baston For Club-Record Fee
Swansea City finalized a club-record £15.5 million move for Spanish striker Borja Baston from La Liga side Atletico Madrid.
The 23-year-old Spaniard signed a four-year deal with the Swans. The £15.5 million transfer fee sets a new club record, breaking the £12 million they paid for Wilfried Bony back in 2013.
“There is pressure, but it is good pressure,” Baston told Swansea’s official website. “I want to repay the transfer fee paid for me with good performances and results.
“It’s difficult to set a target of goals, but my mantra is take it goal by goal. Hopefully I can score a lot of goals.”