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Silly Season Update: Milner Heading To Liverpool

Another summer filled with transfer rumors in the world of soccer. Silly Season is the perfect fix for all soccer junkies during the time most of the European leagues are on break. Here are some of the latest signings and rumors.

James Milner is leaving Manchester City after five seasons and will sign with Liverpool on July 1 when his contract expires. The 29-year-old English international will be a welcomed addition to Pool’s midfield and has sparked rumors that Raheem Sterling might be on his way out.

Tom Cleverley will leave Manchester United and Old Trafford and continue his career with Everton as the 25-year-old midfielder has agreed to a five-year contract with the Merseyside club. Cleverley’s contract with United expires at the end of month and spent this season on loan at Aston Villa.

Another Manchester United player that could be on the move is Robin van Persie. According to Football Italia, Lazio is trying to buy the 31-year-old striker. Van Persie still has a year left on his contract, but after a disappointing season with limited playing time, van Persie is reportedly thinking about his future. The reported price for van Persie is rumored to be around $17 million.

Another done deal is Paulo Dybala’s transfer to Juventus from Palermo. The Argentinian striker got his definitive breakthrough in Serie A this season and scored 11 league goals in 22 games. The 21-year old has signed a five-year deal, and is one of the biggest talents in Italian soccer and he will now get a chance to play in the Champions League next season with the Italian champions.

Andre-Pierre Gignac is rumored to be heading to the Premier League. The 29-year-old striker scored 21 goals for Marseille in Ligue 1, and was second in the league in scoring behind Alexandre Lacazette. The Mirror reports that Gignac is the prime target for West Ham and with Gignac being available on free transfer he would cost them anything in transfer fee. Gignac is said to be waiting with a decision to see who will take over as manager at West Ham.

The Mirror also reports that Andrea Pirlo is close to a move to the MLS and New York City FC. The Juventus and Italian national team star would be the third Designated Player on the team together with Frank Lampard and David Villa. The Champions League Final could be Pirlo’s last game with the club. Despite being 36-years old, Pirlo still has the technique and passing game to dominate in Serie A and in Europe, so he would be a big boost for the MLS.

Sami Khedira is set to join Juventus and be the replacement for Pirlo according to The Guardian. Khedira will leave Real Madrid on free transfer as his contract is about to expire. He was very open about his disappointment with the club and the way they treated him during his time at the club. Juventus could put up a stellar central midfield next season with Khedira, Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal. The 28-year-old German international has several suitors including Manchester United, but it looks like he will join the Italian champions.

Inter Milan is said to be interested to bring Nani to Milano according to the Daily Mail. The 28-year-old Portuguese winger belongs to Manchester United but spent last season on loan at Sporting Lisbon where he scored 11 goals in 34 appearances. He signed a new five-year deal in 2013 when David Moyes took over as United manager but was deemed unwanted when Louis van Gaal took over.

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