Month: June 2016

Transfer news: Mane completes deal with Liverpool

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Liverpool and Sadio Mane has completed the deal which would see the player move to Anfield from Southampton.

The Senegalese has put to pen a 5-year contract after passing medical examinations and agreeing on personal terms. He will officially join the Reds on July 1.

“Today is a big day and I am very happy to sign for one of the biggest clubs in Europe,” 24-year-old Mane said.

“It’s a club that has won a lot of trophies and has a big history,” he added. “Now I am looking forward to meeting all the staff and my teammates and starting the season.”

Mane’s transfer fee could rise to £36 million despite the reported £34 million, which in turn would make him the club’s most expensive signing. He follows players such as Loris Karius, Marko Grujic and Joel Matip in joining the Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield squad this summer transfer season.

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In Italy, Dani Alves has completed his move to Serie A champions Juventus.

The Brazilian, transferring on free agent from F.C. Barcelona, says he will wear the No. 23 shirt with his new club in honour of LeBron James.

“LeBron James is someone I admire for the way he constantly reinvents himself and never rests on his laurels, always aiming for new challenges and triumphs,” Alves said of the recent NBA champion.

Alves, 33, has also set his sights on winning the Champions League with his new side.

“The club’s dream is to win the Champions League, and I hope to help them achieve this,” Alves said. “I can’t say exactly what Juventus require to win the Champions League. That’s something I’ll begin to work out from now onwards.”

“We need to believe we can win the Champions League if we are to do so. My teammates and I will give it our best shot.”

 

Southampton’s Sadio Mane prepared to join Liverpool

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Southampton’s Sadio Mane is prepped and ready to join Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool after negotiations over the 24-year-old winger that lasted several weeks.

Mane will be travelling to Merseyside on Monday as part of a deal for around £30m, with officials at St Mary’s Stadium initially holding out for closer to £40m.

Both Premier League clubs have already agreed on a fee in principle and will travel to Liverpool for a medical and to finalise personal terms. The transfer is expected to be complete within the week.

Jurgen Klopp had switched his attention to Mane after the German was thwarted and left frustrated to acquire Mario Gotze from Bayern Munich.

This was not the first case in recent years in which Southampton players left St. Mary’s stadium for Liverpool. Former Saints such as Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert and Nathaniel Clyne have all moved to Anfield since the summer of 2014.

Mane was dropped by Ronald Koeman in January amid interest from Manchester United. Despite going four months without a goal, he ended last season as the team’s leading scorer with 15 goals in all competitions.

His deal provides the Saints with a handsome profit on a player they bought from Salzburg for £10m two years ago. Earlier, they sold midfielder Victor Wanyama to Tottenham for £11m.

The team has also already secured a replacement for Mane. They completed the signing of Norwich’s Nathan Redmond on Saturday on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £10m.

Meanwhile, Liverpool would seek recompense for Sadio Mane’s transfer fee by selling Christian Benteke. The Belgian had struggled since his move from Aston Villa in 2015.

 

Alvaro Morata set for return to Real Madrid

Real Madrid will exercise their buy-back clause for forward Alvaro Morata, and are prepared to pay €30m for the player they sold to Juventus in 2014 for €20m.

Morata, currently on international duty Spain in the European Championship, scored a brace against Turkey. His performance with his national side and the Serie A champions has clearly piqued the interest of his former club.

Real was long expected to rein in their youth product as he scores 15 goals in 67 appearances in the Italian top flight during his two seasons with Juventus.

A statement from the club read:

“Real Madrid C.F have informed Juventus FC of their decision to salvage the federative rights on the player Alvaro Morata, who will join up with the first team for pre-season training under the command of Zinedine Zidane.”

Morata will be expected to put up with competition against Real’s current top forwards such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema. The competition can be expected to benefit both the players and the club as they try to come out on top for starting positions.

However, the 23-year-old could still be sold to interested clubs, as his agent confirmed interest from major teams such as Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

“He still has offers from top clubs in the Premier League,” Morata’s agent Juanma Lopez. “As things stand he is a Madrid player from July 1. Whether he will stay or not, you have to ask Real Madrid.”

“We will see,” he added. “We still have to talk to Zinedine Zidane, but for the moment Morata is happy.”