Watford captain Troy Deeney has signed a new five-year contract. The striker, who scored 13 league goals last season, had been linked with a move to Premier League champions Leicester City. “This club really means business and I want to be part of this,” said Deeney, who joined the Hornets from Walsall in a £500,000 deal in 2010. Watford have also signed Genk defender Christian Kabasele on a five-year deal for a fee believed to be about £6m. The 25-year-old is part of Belgium’s squad at Euro 2016, but has yet to make his international debut. Last season, Kabasele was the only outfield player in the Belgian Pro League to play every minute in both the regular season and play-offs. In total, the 6ft 1ins centre-back played 81 times for Genk after joining on a free from KAS Eupen in 2014. Meanwhile, Hornets defender Gabriele Angella has joined Udinese on a permanent transfer, having failed to appear in the Premier League last season and instead going on loan to Championship side QPR. The 27-year-old joined Watford in 2013 and made 82 appearances, scoring 10 goals, and helping them win promotion to the top flight in 2015.
The goalkeeper son of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho tweeted he has signed a new scholarship deal with the Cottagers. Mourinho Jr previously played for the youth sides of Real Madrid and Chelsea – both clubs managed by his father.
Athletics’ world governing body the IAAF has received more than 80 applications from Russian athletes seeking exceptional eligibility to compete in the Rio Olympics. In June, the IAAF upheld a ban on all Russian track and field athletes competing at this summer’s Games, first imposed because of widespread state-sponsored doping and cover-up allegations.
French champions PSG have confirmed that former Newcastle and Hull forward Hatem Ben Arfa has joined them on a two-year deal after a stellar season with Nice. The 29-year-old had been linked with Leicester and Barcelona.
Crystal Palace FC have announced the signing of Steve Mandanda on a three year deal. The France keeper 31, made 443 appearances for Marseille during nine seasons and won the Ligue 1 title and three French league cups. Palace chairman Steve Parish said: “He brings a wealth of experience at both club and international level, and boasts a proven track record when it comes to winning trophies.”
Brazilian forward Neymar has signed on with Barcelona until 2021, the club have also confirmed that his release clause will be 200m euros in the first year, 222m euros in the second, and an eye-watering 250m euros in the third.
Mario Balotelli will return for training with Liverpool this weekend, with his Anfield exit still to be agreed. Balotelli scored just one Premier League goal in his first season with the Reds and was loaned to AC Milan for all of last season. But despite being linked with moves to the Chinese Super League and Turkey, the future of the 25-year-old Italian remains uncertain. Why always him?
Ryan Giggs will end his 29-year stay at Manchester United after agreeing a settlement with the Old Trafford club. United are expected to release an official statement in the coming days. Giggs, 42, had a year remaining on his contract as assistant manager but new boss Jose Mourinho intends to fill that role with long-time friend Rui Faria. Unable to reach agreement over another role at the Premier League club, Giggs, who made a record 963 appearances for United, has now decided to move on.
Watford FC has announced the signing of Christian Kabasele on a 5-year deal. The 25-year-old, who is in the Belgium squad at Euro 2016, arrives from Genk. It is also thought the club are close to announcing the signing of Nigerian striker Isaac Success for a fee thought to be in the region of £12.5m from Granada. If that happens Success will team up with his compatriot Odion Ighalo.
Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Andros Townsend for £13m on a five year deal. Townsend said he is looking forward to his new “bright” future at Selhurst Park, after joining the club from Newcastle United. “I’m extremely delighted,” he told the club website. “I had chats with the manager [Alan Pardew] and chairman before I signed and I’m pleased to a part of Crystal Palace’s future. By the sounds of things it’s going to be a bright one and I can’t wait to get started.” Chairman Steve Parish added: “It’s fantastic that we’ve managed to get a player of Andros’ quality into the club.”
The Spain international winger has signed a four-year deal after joining from Celta Vigo. City met the £13.8m release clause in Nolito’s contract to make him the club’s third summer signing. The 29-year-old started all four of Spain’s matches at Euro 2016 before the reigning champions were knocked out in the last 16 by Italy. Barcelona were also thought to be interested in the winger, who made his La Liga debut for the Catalan in 2010 under new City boss Pep Guardiola. The winger then moved to Benfica in 2011, before joining Celta two years later.
The Romanian public prosecutor has charged emergency doctor Elena Duta with the manslaughter of former Cameroon midfielder Patrick Ekeng. Ekeng, 26, collapsed during a league match for Dinamo Bucharest in May and died of heart failure. The prosecutor said Duta, the emergency medical specialist in the ambulance which took Ekeng to hospital, made no attempt to resuscitate the player. Hospital staff were unable to resuscitate him on his arrival. An autopsy showed the player was suffering from multiple serious heart problems, but the Bucharest prosecutor said: “Even if among Patrick Ekeng’s causes of death were the cardiac problems he suffered from, by her unjustified inaction Elena Duta removed any chance of survival. “She did not evaluate the footballer’s state of health and made no attempt at resuscitation.” The prosecutor’s office quoted forensic scientists as saying 95% of people with similar heart problems survive cardiac arrest if defibrillation is administered within 60 seconds. “The chances of survival drop by 5.5% with every minute,” prosecutors said. Ekeng fell to the floor in the 70th minute of a televised Romanian league match between Dinamo and Viitorul. He was pronounced dead in hospital two hours later.