Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Paper Talk - Latest transfer rumours, news updates and done deals:

Hello again everyone and welcome to my latest blog post - another transfer-related post, and the first of July, with the transfer window officially being opened yesterday.

Clubs are free to make transfer offers, discuss terms with players and sign players, up until the deadline day on August 31st. 

Here are some of the transfer rumours, done deals and news updates over the past few days or so:

First, I will start with the confirmed deals that have been announced.

Liverpool have announced the signing of Southampton creative midfielder Adam Lallana, who has joined the club after rumours were circulating at the end of the season that he was set to leave the club.

Confirmed: Lallana has sealed a move to Liverpool, where he will play CL football
The Reds paid around £25million pounds for the 26-year-old midfielder, who was one of the best players this past season, and joins former club team-mate Rickie Lambert to become Liverpool's third signing of the season so far.

This is what Lallana had to say on the move: 

"I'm so excited for the next chapter of my career, coming to a special club like Liverpool. 

Last season, deep down, I was thinking: hopefully one day I'll be able to play in that team. That dream is a reality now."

I WILL have a summer signing review of Lallana in the upcoming weeks, where I analyse the move and break-down whether or not he will be a success at Liverpool.

Great campaign: Lallana was on top-form with Southampton this past season
Hull have confirmed the signing of Norwich winger Robert Snodgrass on a three-year contract deal for an undisclosed fee, reportedly to be around £7million pounds. 

He had this to say: 

"This is the start of an exciting new chapter for me and for my family and I just can't wait to get started now.

Everything the club has done to get the deal completed has been unbelievable - having spoken to the owners and the manager, and seen the plans they have for this club, I was very keen to be a part of it all."

Snodgrass has joined Hull on a three-year deal, meaning that he WILL stay in the EPL.
This follows Hull announcing their club-record signing of Tottenham's young midfielder Jake Livermore this past week after a successful loan spell at the club last season. 

Livermore has also joined Hull, on a permanent basis after his successful loan spell
Swansea have announced a deal to sign Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, as his contract with the Ligue 1 team has expired.

Gomis becomes Swansea's second signing of the summer after Fabianski's arrival from Arsenal
Newcastle and Tottenham were among those who were reportedly interested in Gomis back in January; but Lyon were reluctant to sell one of their best players. 

However, he rejected a contract extension and confirmed that he wanted to play in the Premier League, Swansea were the fastest to sign him and he is now a Swan!

Tottenham have already confirmed that they will NOT sell Argentinian winger Erik Lamela, who struggled in his first season at Spurs due to injury and a lack of playing time. 

Spurs are desperate not to sell their £30m man, who signed from Roma in August 2013.
It is thought that new manager Pochettino (formerly of Southampton) will be expected to help work with the Argentine, as Spurs look to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season. 

Manchester United left-back Alexander Buttner has confirmed that he has left the club to join Russian side Dinamo Moscow after a lack of playing time.

Buttner (right) pictured with a new team-mate and fellow Dinamo signing at the training complex
NO DEAL: Paul Pogba's agent has confirmed that Pogba will NOT leave Juventus this summer - amid rumours that Chelsea among other big European clubs were ready to make an offer that the Serie A champions would not be able to refuse, of £60million pounds. 

RUMOUR: According to reports in Germany, Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos is set to join Real Madrid for a reported transfer fee of around £30million pounds - with a 5-year contract deal set to be signed after the World Cup.

More to follow on this story as the deal continues, but at the moment neither club has confirmed anything, despite rumours that Kroos is set to leave. 

CONTRACT SIGNED: Derby have confirmed that their highly-rated young teenager and creative midfielder Will Hughes as signed a new contract deal to stay at the Championship club until 2018. 

Hughes has opted to stay at Derby for the time being, despite interest from big clubs
He was a key figure in the Derby first-team last season, making over 40 appearances and impressing throughout the campaign.

Hughes has also appeared for the England youth team, and has a lot of potential to fulfill!

He has been regularly watched by scouts from Premier League clubs during the past two seasons with clubs including Liverpool and Manchester United admitting their interest in him. 

This is what the Derby head coach Steve McClaren had to say about the deal:

"We're pleased that Will has decided to extend his contract with Derby County for the next four years. He is a promising young talent and we're looking forward to working with him over the next few years to help continue with his development."

DONE DEAL: Newcastle have officially completed the signing of Ajax captain and midfielder Siem De Jong for an undisclosed fee on a six-year contract deal. 

Confirmed: De Jong has completed a move to Newcastle, their first signing of the season
De Jong can also play as a striker, and has scored 78 goals in just under 250 appearances for the Eredivisie club.

This is what De Jong had to say on his move to Tyneside:

"It is great to have signed for Newcastle. It is a big club which my brother (Luuk, who was on loan) told me all about, so I already feel good here. 

I had been at Ajax a long time and wanted a new challenge in a new environment and a new country. Coming to Newcastle is a great opportunity and the chance to play for a club like this in the Premier League was one I could not turn down.

I am looking forward to starting training and meeting my new team-mates and hopefully we can have a successful season."

Meanwhile his new manager had this to say: 

"We are absolutely overjoyed to bring Siem to the club because he will give us intelligence in the final third and create goalscoring situations, which we lacked towards the end of last season. 

It is a big signing for this club, I think our fans are going to enjoy the way he plays and I cannot wait to start working with him."

DONE DEAL: Even though we knew that the transfer was announced back in May, it has finally been confirmed that Chelsea have signed Spanish striker Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid - for a transfer fee of £32million pounds.

Good signing? Chelsea have confirmed that Atletico striker Diego Costa is set to join them!
The Blues confirmed the transfer news on their club website yesterday afternoon, and Costa is set to join up with the rest of his new team-mates after the World Cup, ready for pre-season training. 

NEWS UPDATE: Colombia and FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez has reportedly revealed to the media that he would "jump at the chance" to join Arsenal, the club he has supported ever since he was a child. 

Interesting: Martinez has reportedly said that he would be open to a move to Arsenal
Martinez has scored twice at this year's World Cup for Colombia, who play Brazil on Friday
DONE DEAL: Sporting Lisbon have confirmed the £3million pound signing of 18-year-old teenage midfield startlet Ryan Gauld from Dundee United.

Done deal: Gauld has signed on a six-year contract deal with Sporting Lisbon
He has shown his quality and potential in Scotland throughout this past season, having broken into the first-team at a young age. He has potential, and is one for the future! 

Quick feet and close-control dribbling: Gauld has been impressive on show for Dundee United
The Portuguese club have already put a £48million pound release clause in his contract, to ensure that the big European clubs do not try and prise him away so early on in his career despite rumoured interest already.

CONFIRMED: Life without Suarez for Liverpool could be a permanent reality, as Barcelona have announced that they have opened talks with the EPL club over the sale of their talisman striker Luis Suarez - who has disgraced himself and his country at this year's World Cup for a controversial BITE on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini.

Liverpool are set to sell their striker for a big money transfer fee, and reportedly want Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez as part of the deal.

Despite being involved in controversy, Suarez remains one of the best strikers in Europe
HOWEVER, Sanchez has been reported to prefer a move to Arsenal over Liverpool - which could cause the transfer fee for Suarez to rise over £50million pounds.

Sanchez scored 3 goals in the World Cup with Chile, and Arsenal have made an initial £20m bid for him
Just in-case you did not know already, Arsenal have in-fact already made a £20million pound to Barcelona for their Chilean forward Sanchez - who looks set to leave the club for England.

Controversy: Suarez's bite on Chiellini has been the major talking point in the World Cup
Just in-case you didn't know already, Barcelona have admitted their interest in him previously and are ready to do all it takes to sign him.

Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has praised Suarez for issuing a public apology for his bite during the World Cup, with this quote:

"Suarez has shown that he is humble enough to admit an error, which is very important. The fact he has character and the strength to go in-front of everyone and say sorry says a lot about him as a person.

Everyone knows that Luis is an excellent player. He has shown a lot of quality with Uruguay and scored more than 30 goals (last season) with Liverpool, so he has the necessary quality to play for Barca."

REPORTS: Arsenal are on the verge of signing Newcastle right-back Mathieu Debuchy, according to reports in the French media.

Debuchy has been linked with a move away from Newcastle, having said that he wants to play in the Champions League - Arsenal are set to sign him according to reports.
A proposed transfer fee of £12million pounds has been reported, and a deal is set to be agreed after the World Cup is concluded in Brazil.

CONFIRMED: Southampton are ready to announce FC Twente midfielder Dusan Tadic as Ronald Koeman's first signing in charge of the Saints, after a transfer fee of £9million pounds was agreed between the two teams.

Tadic was one of the best players in Europe last season, a perfect replacement for Lallana? 
Solid midfielder: Tadic looks promising, he could be on his way to Southampton this summer
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