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European transfer news: Man City sign Walker, Milan seal Bonucci deal

  • Published at 01:39 pm July 15th, 2017
European transfer news: Man City sign Walker, Milan seal Bonucci deal
England international Kyle Walker signed for Manchester City from Tottenham Hotspur on Friday in a deal that could see him become the world's most expensive defender. The 27-year-old right-back signed a five-year contract for a fee that could rise with add-ons to £54 million ($70m, 61m euros), according to The Times and other media. The 27-times capped Walker -- who will leave with City on their pre-season tour of the United States on Monday -- is to be paid a reported £150,000 a week. "I am thrilled to be signing for City and can't wait to get started," Walker told the club website. "Pep Guardiola is one of the most respected managers in the world and I feel he can help me take my game to a new level." Walker, who joined Spurs alongside Kyle Naughton in 2009 for £9m from Sheffield United, will cost an initial £45m with another £5m due in a year's time and £4m due in add-ons, according to The Times. That would break the record £50m paid by Paris Saint-Germain to Chelsea for Brazilian defender David Luiz in 2014, while also eclipsing the £49m forked out by City to Liverpool for Raheem Sterling in 2015, the most for an English player. Walker established himself as the first choice right-back at Spurs under Mauricio Pochettino, but their relationship deteriorated towards the end of last season. Kieran Trippier was selected ahead of Walker in both the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea and then in the north London derby with Arsenal the following week. Walker's arrival will be expensive consolation for Guardiola after missing out on veteran Brazilian defender Dani Alves, who snubbed his former Barcelona boss to join PSG on a free transfer following his departure from Juventus. Ceballos joins Real from Betis on six-year contract Spain under-21 midfielder Dani Ceballos has signed a six-year contract to join Real Madrid from Real Betis, the European champions said on Friday. The 20-year-old was named player of the tournament at the European under-21 Championship this year. Financial terms were not disclosed. "Real Madrid... and Real Betis... have agreed the transfer of Dani Ceballos, who has signed a six-year contract with the club," Madrid said in a statement. Ceballos will be presented to the supporters next Thursday before he joins the team on their pre-season tour in the United States on July 21. Real's signing of Ceballos follows the departure of midfielder James Rodriguez to Bayern Munich on loan this week. Ceballos is the second off-season signing for the La Liga champions following the arrival of Theo Hernandez from Atletico Madrid. Japan's Kagawa extends Dortmund deal to 2020 Japan international midfielder Shinji Kagawa has extended his contract with Borussia Dortmund until 2020, the German club said on Friday. "We're very pleased that Shinji will play for us for another three seasons," Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said as the club arrived in Tokyo on Friday on its pre-season tour. "Shinji identifies with our club, the city and the fans. He's also an important role model for our young team." The 28-year-old has scored 54 goals in 185 appearances for Dortmund over two spells, winning the Bundesliga twice in a row following his arrival in 2010. He rejoined the club in 2014 after a couple of seasons with Manchester United. Juve's Bonucci in shock Milan move Italy international defender Leonardo Bonucci joined AC Milan in a shock move from Italian champions Juventus, the San Siro side announced on Friday. The buying club confirmed in a statement that they had "reached an agreement with Juventus", and that the centre-back would sign a five-year contract "subject to medical completion". Bonucci won six successive Serie A titles with Juve, but left for a transfer fee that Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport estimated at 40 million euros ($45.8 million). The 30-year-old will reportedly earn 10 million euros a season, which would make him the highest paid player in Serie A. The centre-back was shown arriving at Milan's headquarters in a video on the club's Twitter feed. Seven-time European champions Milan are looking to rebuild their squad after finishing sixth last season, their highest position since the 2012-13 campaign. Bonucci's arrival comes three days after 18-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, regarded as the greatest prospect in his position in world football, agreed an extension that will keep him at the San Siro until 2021. Corriere della Sera reported that Bonucci's departure from Juve is down to a strained relationship with coach Massimiliano Allegri, who has guided the Turin giants to the Champions League final twice in the past three seasons. Bonucci, who started his career with Milan's San Siro co-tenants Inter, had to publically deny media reports that he had come to blows with teammates at half-time in the Champions League final in Cardiff, won by Real Madrid 4-1. His capture comes after heavy investment by Milan this summer following the sale of the club by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to a Chinese consortium in April.
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Portuguese forward Andre Silva has joined from Porto, with Turkey midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu moving from Bayer Leverkusen and Swiss full-back Ricardo Rodriguez arriving from Wolfsburg. Italian striker Fabio Borini, Mateo Musacchio, Andrea Conti and Franck Kessie have also been brought in ahead of the 2017-18 season, while Lazio's Argentine captain Lucas Biglio is rumoured to be close to joining Milan as well. Domestic media were in no doubt as to what Bonucci's arrival at Milan meant for the upcoming Serie A title battle. "Claps of thunder" in the title race suggested Gazetta dello Sport, while Corriere della Sera believes "Milan can win the Scudetto with Bonucci". Japan's Honda joins Mexican side Pachuca Japan international Keisuke Honda has signed for Mexico's Pachuca, the former AC Milan player announced on social media Friday, ending months of speculation about his future. The 31-year-old left the Serie A side at the end of last season after a frustrating three-year spell in Italy. A video post on Honda's official Instagram page showed him signing on the dotted line for the CONCACAF champions along with the caption: "Signed new contract at CF Pachuca in Mexico!" Honda, instantly recognisable with his bleach-blond surfer's haircut, shot to fame after helping Japan reach the last 16 of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa before they were knocked out by Paraguay on penalties. Japan's talismanic playmaker continued to attract attention at CSKA Moscow after joining the Russians from Dutch side VVV-Venlo in late 2009 but failed to establish himself following his move to Milan. Honda, who describes himself on his Instagram page as "soccer player, entrepreneur and educator", was recently linked with Turkey's Galatasaray and several MSL sides, including LA Galaxy. Watford sign Chalobah from Chelsea England Under-21 international Nathaniel Chalobah has signed for Premier League side Watford from champions Chelsea for an undisclosed fee, the buying club announced. The 22-year-old impressed as England reached the semi-finals of the recent European Under-21 Championship and has signed a five-year contract with the Hornets. Chalobah spent the 2012/13 campaign on loan at Watford and had been expected to agree a new £60,000 (68,000 euros, $78,000) a week deal with Chelsea, but the lure of more first-team football proved decisive. The Sierra Leone-born Chalobah, also a member of the England Under-17 side that won the 2010 European Championship, spent most of his Chelsea career out on loan including spells at Serie A side Napoli and Burnley. Chalobah can operate in midfield or defence and played 10 times for Chelsea in their Premier League title-winning campaign last season. Denmark forward Braithwaite heads to Middlesbrough Danish international forward Martin Braithwaite has swapped French top-flight side Toulouse for Middlesbrough, the English club announced on Thursday. The 26-year-old has signed a four-year deal with Middlesbrough for a fee of just over 11 million euros (£9.7 million, $12.5 million), sources in the French city told AFP. Braithwaite was the captain of the Ligue 1 outfit and scored 11 league goals for them in each of the last two seasons. He had a year left to run on his contract but has opted to join Boro, despite their relegation from the English Premier League at the end of last season.  
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