Monday, 21 July 2014

Latest football news, transfers and updates in Europe:

Hello again everyone; welcome to my latest blog post where I have the latest football news, transfers and updates in Europe this week.

I hope to have at least one clear update post out every week, but enough of the introduction - here it is. 

First off, here is the latest transfers, news and rumours -

DONE DEAL: QPR have confirmed the signing of Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on an initial one-year contract deal; signing on a reported fee of £70,000-a-week.
Rio Ferdinand has joined QPR on a 1 year contract deal, leaving United after 12 years of service
Hero: Rio is a big name player in England, and his experience in defence will be appreciated
Signing the contract: Rio posted a video on his personal website on how it's like during a transfer
Ferdinand had this to say on his deal to join QPR:

"QPR was the first professional club to ever sign me, and there are great memories for me here - for my family.

I can't wait to meet-up with my new team-mates and I have already started keeping fit for the new season; so bring on the opening game against Hull City at Loftus Road."

For more on the Rio to QPR deal, click the following link -

NEWS RUMOUR: Despite recently signing a new contract deal, it appears that French full-back Patrice Evra may move to Juventus, who have reportedly made a formal approach to Manchester United for his services. 

Evra is currently in England, while the majority of the United squad (apart from those who are injured or still on World Cup leave) have flown to the USA for their pre-season tour.

Rumours are running rampant over his future, will he stay or will he go?

LATEST: Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has hinted that Croatian defender Dejan Lovren could leave the club this summer, after the centre-back admitted that he wanted to leave because the club "lacked ambition" and "sold their key players".

Lovren is unsettled at Southampton, and wants to leave the club; with Liverpool very interested
He said: "I don't want to lose Lovren, but if he leaves, he will go for a top price."

Reports: Crystal Palace midfielder Jose Campana is currently having a medical with Italian club Sampdoria, Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom is set to join West Brom on a season-long loan deal and Arsene Wenger has confirmed that if Thomas Vermaelen does leave the club, he WILL replace him.

DONE DEAL: FC Porto have confirmed the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro on a season-long loan deal.

The young defensive-midfielder has been a bit-part player at the Bernabeu since he joined in 2013 for £5million pounds; making 12 league appearances last season and the majority of those were off the substitutes' bench or not the full 90 minutes.

FC Porto are one of the best teams in Portugal, and joining them is a smart move for a talented youngster who has a lot to prove.

First-team experience: Casemiro is a talented young midfielder, who needs more playing time
FEE AGREED: Liverpool are set to announce a deal to sign QPR striker Loic Remy, who spent the whole of last season playing for Newcastle on-loan from the newly-promoted club.

Remy could be set for a move to LFC, £8million could be a real steal for one of the league's most clinical strikers last season.
A clause in his contract states that he is allowed to speak to clubs in the Champions League, and since Liverpool had qualified for European competition for this upcoming season, they were allowed to talk to the French striker. 

They have reportedly agreed a fee around £8.5million pounds to buy Remy, who will help bolster their attack after the sale of Luis Su├írez to Barcelona for £75million pounds a few weeks ago.

FACT - Remy scored 14 goals in the Premier League this past season, 32% of Newcastle's goals throughout the campaign.

STAYING: Manchester City defensive-midfielder Yaya Toure has vowed to remain in Manchester, despite months of trying to attract attention from European clubs that he reportedly was unsettled and wanted to leave.

Toure was City's talisman last season; having scored 24 goals and creating 9 assists 
He said: "I want to stay, I will always honour my contract - I don't think about all this speculation. It's a big pleasure to stay and enjoy the next season, the fans have always been good to me." 

That will be a big boost for City, they were worried that they would have had to replace their star man if he wanted to leave. He was heavily-linked with a move to PSG or Barcelona; but don't be surprised if rumours continue. 
GOING NOWHERE: Juventus have ruled out any possible moves for their star midfielder Arturo Vidal, as Manchester United have been linked with him.

Juventus are doing their utmost best to keep hold of Vidal, who is linked to a move to United..
Vidal said he wants to play for a "prestigious, successful club" so why not stay at Juve? They have already confirmed that he is not for sale, but it is obviously not going to stop United from trying to unsettle the Chilean, who is one of the best midfielders in the world.

DONE DEAL: It was reported a few weeks ago that the deal was done, but they were unable to confirm the announcement until his parent club were able to sign a replacement.

They have now, and Arsenal HAVE confirmed the signing of Newcastle right-back Mathieu Debuchy, for a reported transfer fee of £10million pounds.

Debuchy is Arsenal's second summer signing of the window, after Sanchez's arrival last week.
He is expected to be a short-term replacement for Bacary Sagna, who left the club at the end of the season to join rivals Manchester City.

He will probably be first choice right-back for 3 or 4 years to give the likes of Bellerin and Jenkinson the time to develop.

This is what Debuchy had to say: "I am very happy to be at Arsenal and such a big club - really excited to get going at the start of the new season. I have joined Arsenal because they are one of the biggest in the world, I am proud to wear these colours.

Was it hard to leave Newcastle? Yes, of course. I only spent a year and a half (at Newcastle) and it was an extraordinary experience at a club with great fans. I thank them because they really supported me during my time and I hope they understand that I had a huge opportunity which I simply could not refuse."

FEE AGREED: Swansea have reportedly agreed a transfer fee with Tottenham for their midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, who had a successful loan spell at the club in 2012. 

Meanwhile, Swansea's young talented full-back Ben Davies is set to join Spurs for £10million pounds.

INJURY NEWS: Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has confirmed that he will be fit enough to start full training with the rest of the Arsenal squad again towards the end of August, with Euro 2016 qualifiers starting in September.

Walcott is set for a full recovery from the injury that has kept him out of action since January
He will miss the start of the season, but should be available again in mid-September. 

DONE DEAL: Newcastle have completed the signing of Holland international and full-back Daryl Janmaat for a reported transfer fee of around £5million pounds from Feyenoord.

He performed well recently at the 2014 World Cup with the Netherlands; and he has the potential to be a bargain signing for Newcastle who have made a statement of intent, they know that they were not at their best last season and they need to rectify it.

Complete: Newcastle have now signed 6 players so far, Janmaat could be a bargain at £5million!
NEWS RUMOUR: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly said that he is interested in bringing young wonderkid defender Raphael Varane to Stamford Bridge. 

Rumoured interest: Mourinho wants to take Varane to Chelsea, but he won't be cheap!
The Real Madrid centre-back is on their shortlist of players, and they are keeping an eye on his situation.

FEE AGREED: According to reports in the media, Arsenal have agreed a £3.2million pound deal with French club Nice for their goalkeeper David Ospina, who was a standout performer for Colombia during the World Cup.

Ospina's performances at the WC have helped his career; he could be on his way to Arsenal
DONE DEAL: Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Atletico Madrid left-back Filipe Luis on a three-year contract deal, a transfer fee of between £15-20million pounds has been agreed.
Pen to paper: Luis has joined Chelsea on a three-year contract deal from Atletico
His arrival coincides with the departure of long-serving full-back Ashley Cole, who left for Roma
This is what Luis had to say on the deal: "This move is a dream come true for me, I now have the opportunity to play for Chelsea, and also in the Premier League.

I'm very happy and looking forward to getting started and giving my best for the team during the coming seasons."

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS: Newcastle's attacking midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa has reportedly been fined up to £1,600 pounds after he reported to pre-season training overweight. 

Shame: Technically speaking, Ben Arfa is one of Newcastle's most talented players
This picture of Ben Arfa has surfaced online, amid rumours of his weight gain over the break
He is set to contest the club's decision to fine him, and is yet to be given a squad number for the new season - finding himself in a tricky situation with the new season only a few weeks away.