Valencia’s Paco Alcacer has joined Barcelona for 30m euros on a five-year contract. The 23-year-old scored 43 goals for Valencia in all competitions in the past two seasons. A Barcelona statement says: “The buy-out clause in Alcácer’s contract is set at 100 million euros. “The striker has passed his medical and has now signed a contract with FC Barcelona, will be presented once he returns from international duty with the Spanish national team after having joined up with the squad on Monday.”
Bastian Schweinsteiger has just given a press conference before his final international for Germany against Finland in Monchengladbach tomorrow. He was asked about his situation at Manchester United again. “My wish would be to continue playing for Manchester United,” he reportedly said. “I have no personal problems with Jose Mourinho. “One thing is for sure: I’m not going to stop playing football. I still believe in my own ability. I could still help Man Utd if given the chance.”
Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is happy to listen and learn from Thierry Henry, one of Belgium’s new coaches. Batshuayi shared the picture on twitter writing “Not sure I ever listened to my parents like this 😂😂😂 #Titi #LearnFromTheBest “
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart will have a medical on Tuesday for his loan move to Serie A side Torino. The Football Association gave Hart permission to leave the England camp on Monday so he could travel to Italy. Hart, 29, has been told by new manager Pep Guardiola that he is free to leave. A deal is now likely to be completed before the 31 August transfer deadline, with Hart then rejoining the England squad for Sunday’s first 2018 World Cup qualifying match in Slovakia. Hart is yet to feature in the Premier League under Guardiola, who has signed Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, 33, from Barcelona. Officials at the club have vowed to help the 29-year-old “find the best solution” in order to keep his international place. City are paying some of Hart’s wages to allow him to move to Serie A for the season, though the amount is not known.
Watford have signed Italy striker Stefano Okaka from Anderlecht on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Okaka, 27, scored 17 goals last season as Anderlecht reached the last 16 of the Europa League and finished third in the Belgian Pro League. He also had a four-month loan spell at Fulham in 2010, scoring twice in 11 Premier League appearances. The ex-Roma player has also scored once in four appearances for Italy but missed out on a place at Euro 2016. Stefano Okaka Chuka was born in Castiglione del Lago, Umbria, Italy to Nigerian parents who later obtained Italian citizenship.