Archive | August 9, 2016

Swansea accepts Everton’s Williams bid….

Ashley Williams

Swansea City have accepted a bid for captain Ashley Williams from Premier League rivals Everton. The fee is believed to be £12m for the Wales skipper, 31, who has spent eight years with the Swans. Fellow centre-half John Stones moved from Everton to Manchester City for £47.5m earlier on Tuesday. Ex-Wales defender Danny Gabbidon, a consultant for Williams’ agent, tweeted: “Believe fee has been agreed. Medical booked and player en route.”

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Most expensive defenders ever….

David Luiz

2014 – David Luiz £50m (Chelsea to Paris St-Germain)

2016 – John Stones £47.5m (Everton to Manchester City)

2012 – Thiago Silva £36m (AC Milan to Paris St-Germain)

2014 – Eliaquim Mangala £32m (Porto to Manchester City)

2015 – Nicolas Otamendi £32m (Valencia to Manchester City)

De Boer confirmed as Inter boss….

Frank de Boer

Inter Milan have confirmed Frank de Boer as their new manager this morning. Roberto Mancini left by mutual consent yesterday and the Dutchman – who won four consecutive titles with Ajax – replaces him on a three-year deal. He takes charge of training for the first time today.

John Stones joins Manchester City….

John Stones

Manchester City have signed Everton defender John Stones for £47.5m. The 22-year-old England international has signed a six-year deal with Pep Guardiola’s side. He becomes the second most expensive defender of all time – and the most costly British defender.

New Manchester City defender John Stones: “I’m absolutely delighted to sign for City and now the deal’s done I’m looking forward to the next stage in my career. “I’ve obviously seen what’s going on here at the Etihad, it’s an ambitious club with a great manager so I can’t wait to get stuck in and help achieve the goals. “I know it will be tough getting a place in this team but I’m determined to become the best player I can be and help us to success. “I had a wonderful time with Everton and wish them and their fans all the best but now I’ll give my all for City.”

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola on the signing of John Stones: “We want to help John show his quality with us and improve on what he has already achieved. “I like the way he plays the game and I’m looking forward to welcoming him into the squad.”

Olympiakos boss goes after two games….

Victor Sanchez

Former Spain midfielder Victor Sanchez has lost his job as a manager for the second time this summer. The 40-year-old was sacked by Deportivo La Coruna at the end of May. He became manager of Greek champions Olympiakos on 23 June but 47 days later he’s left the club after their Champions League elimination.

Paul Pogba rejoins Manchester United….

Paul Pogba said “the time is right to go back to Old Trafford” after completing his world-record £89m transfer to Manchester United. The 23-year-old midfielder returns after four years away, having left United for Juventus for £1.5m in 2012. Pogba, who signed a five-year deal, added: “This is the right club for me to achieve everything I hope to.” Manager Jose Mourinho said the France international could be “the heart of the club” for the next decade. United will pay the Italian champions 105m euros for Pogba, plus 5m euros (£4.5m) in performance-related bonuses and other costs, including 5m euros if Pogba signs a new contract. It surpasses Wales forward Gareth Bale’s £85m move to Real Madrid from Spurs in 2013 as the biggest transfer deal in history. Speaking to MUTV Pogba said: “I just came back to Carrington. It was like I’d just come back home. I just went for a holiday.”

Andre Ayew joins West Ham….

West Ham United have completed the signing of forward Andre Ayew from Swansea City for £20.5m. Ayew, 26, signed for Swansea on a free transfer from Marseille in June 2015 and scored 12 goals in his first Premier League season. The Ghana international won the BBC African Player of the Year in 2011 and signs a four-year deal to become West Ham’s record signing. “The club have a lot of ambition and have a great manager,” said Ayew. “They want to become a bigger club every year and with the new stadium and a new training ground, you can feel they are moving on to another level and I want to be part of this project.” He is the club’s fifth signing this summer, as they prepare for their first season playing in the London Stadium. Sofiane Feghouli, Havard Nordtveit and Ashley Fletcher signed on free transfers from Valencia, Borussia Monchengladbach and Manchester United respectively.