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Silly Season: Shaqiri Done Deal For Stoke

We have about three weeks left of the transfer window for the major European soccer leagues. Silly Season has been anything but boring this summer and here are some of the latest transfers and rumors as teams head into the new season.

Stoke City finalized a deal for Inter Milan winger Xherdan Shaqiri for a club-record fee of $20 million. Shaqiri leaves Inter after just eight months with the club, as they signed him from Bayern Munich in the January transfer window.

Shaqiri, 23, featured in 20 games for Inter last season, and scored three goals. The Swiss international has 47 caps for his country and 17 goals. He signed a five-year contract with Stoke and was presented on Tuesday. He was seen in the stands on Sunday as Stoke lost 1-0 to Liverpool, and that was a clear indication that the club was closing in on a player that they have wanted for a long time.

“It’s no secret that we have been pursuing Xherdan for some time now and we are delighted to have finally secured his signature,” Stoke Chief Executive Tony Scholes told stokecityfc.com.

Galatasaray is on the hunt for Paris Saint-Germain’s Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic according to Fotomac.com. The site has spoken to Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola who confirms that the club has contacted him about the services of his client.

“Galatasaray wants Zlatan. But it’s not up to me, but PSG,” Raiola said. “I’ve gotten an offer from Galatasaray regarding Zlatan. They call me and I give them some information. That’s all I can say for now.”

Ibrahimovic is on the last year of his deal with PSG, and spoke with SI.com about the possibility of a move to the MLS in the future during PSG’s preseason tour in the United States.

AC Milan has signed central defender Alessio Romagnoli from AS Roma. The club announced that Romagnoli has signed a five-year deal after passing the medical exams on Tuesday.

Romagnoli, 20, spent last season on loan at Sampdoria where he played in 30 league games. The transfer fee is said to be around $26.5 million for the U-21 Italian international. Romagnoli represented Italy in the U-21 European Championship this summer.

Milan CEO Adriano Galliani welcomed the new player on the team’s website.

“Welcome Alessio, you’ve signed a contract with us until the 30th of June 2020 and we’re really happy about this. You’re young, 20 years old, and for this reason we think you have all the time ahead of you to become one of our leaders, one of those great defenders from the Milan school, one of those to be proud of at San Siro. A warm welcome from all of us at Milan and good luck Alessio.”

The Daily Mail reports that West Ham United are interested in Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez. The 27-year-old Mexican international spent last season on loan at Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga, but found himself coming off the bench for most of his 33 appearances for the Merengues.

Real opted to not exercise their right to make Hernandez deal permanent and so he returned to Old Trafford during the summer.

West Ham are reportedly willing to pay close to $19 million for Hernandez, who was an unused substitute for United in the 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Opening Day. West Ham are searching for a new forward after the injury to Enner Valencia, who is said to miss up to 12 weeks.

The Guardian reports that Manchester City has placed a second bid for Wolfsburg’s Kevin De Bruyne. The new offer for the 24-year-old Belgian international is said to be $62 million up front and another $11 million in add-ons.

De Bruyne had a phenomenal season last year with Wolfsburg as they finished runner-up to Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga. De Bruyne scored 10 goals and added 20 assists in 34 league games.

De Bruyne has previously played in the Premier League for Chelsea in, but only played in three league games during his time with the club.

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