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Silly Season Update: van Persie Leaving United for Fenerbahce

It’s like Christmas in July for all soccer fans that enjoy silly season with transfers flying left and right. Here are some of the latest deals and rumors from around the soccer world.

Robin van Persie is said to be leaving Old Trafford and Manchester United. The 31-year-old Dutchman is heading to Turkey and Fenerbahce according to the Daily Mail. Fenerbahce has also bought a United players this summer as they made a deal for Nani earlier in the week. We don’t know an official price tag on the striker, but he will be a huge coup for Turkish soccer.

Van Persie has represented Arsenal and United in the Premier League and has scored 144 Premier League goals. He also has 49 goals in 98 caps for the Dutch national team.

West Ham has made a deal with Juventus for defender Angelo Ogbonna. The 27-year-old Italian will be a welcomed addition to the Hammers, as they won out against several clubs for Ogbonna’s signature who has signed a four-year contract with the London club.

Ogbonna has played 41 games for Juventus during the past two seasons and made his Serie A debut at age 18 for Torino. He also has 10 caps for the Italian national team.

Newcastle is closing in on midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum as he’s at the club for medical testing. The 24-year-old Dutch international has played for PSV since 2011 and was a big part of the team that won the Dutch league last season. In total, Wijnaldum has played 220 games in the Dutch league for Feyenoord and PSV, scoring 63 goals.

Wijnaldum has 11 caps for the Dutch national team and has also represented the Dutch at U-15, U-17 and U-21 level. Newcastle had a poor finish to last season, barely avoiding relegation, and surely needs a quality player like Wijnaldum.

Another player that might be leaving PSV is Oscar Hiljemark. The Swedish midfielder had an impressive Under-21 European Championship campaign with Sweden as they won the tournament after beating Portugal on penalties in the final. Hiljemark, 23, is in Italy undergoing medical testing with Serie A side Palermo.

Hiljemark came to PSV in 2013 from Swedish side Elfsborg, and has represented the Swedish national team on six occasions in addition to the 37 caps for the U-21 side.

Aston Villa has signed midfielder Idrissa Gueye from French side Lille. The 25-year-old Senegalese international was praised by manager Tim Sherwood on Villa’s website.

“He’s been one of the best young midfielders in France for the last few seasons and there were a lot of teams trying to sign him this summer,” said Sherwood. “I believe we are signing a player who is hungry to succeed, is entering what should be his best years and is perfectly suited to the Premier League.”

Gueye spent five years with Lille and has 24 caps for Senegal. The signing of Gueye is a clear sign that Villa is close to selling Fabian Delph to Manchester City.

Crystal Palace has completed a deal for Yohan Cabaye from Paris Saint-Germain. The 29-year-old French midfielder left the Premier League and Newcastle last year to go back to France, but he found himself wanting a bigger role as he had limited playing time with the French Ligue 1 champions.

Cabaye played for Newcastle between 2011-2014, and will now move to London as Palace gets a high-quality player. Cabaye has 38 caps for the French national team and is one of many players that are looking to have a good campaign and make it to the European Championship in France next summer. Cabaye has signed a three-year deal and he’ll be reunited which manager Alan Pardew that he played for at Newcastle.

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