Football Transfer News and Rumours – Sat 23rd July

Georginio Wijnaldum – Liverpool – DONE DEAL

Following the completion of his medical at Anfield yesterday, 25 year old midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum put pen to paper on a four year deal with Liverpool. Liverpool paid Newcastle £25 million for his services, just a year after Newcastle bought him for £14.5 million.

Andre Schurrle – Borussia Dortmund – DONE DEAL

Just a day after Borussia Dortmund sealed the deal on the return of Mario Gotze they have signed Wolfsburg attacker Andre Schurrle as they look to replace Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Judging by their 4-1 hammering of Manchester United yesterday, I’m not sure they needed to replace him.

Alex Manninger – Liverpool – DONE DEAL

Liverpool have signed 39 year old goalkeeper Alex Manninger to serve as a back up between the sticks. The former Arsenal goalkeeper was released by Augsburg last month.

Rob Holding – Arsenal – DONE DEAL

Amid reports of Arsenal splashing the cash on a marquee striker, they have gone under the radar and completed a low key deal for Bolton defender Rob Holding. Arsenal have paid £2 million for the 20 year old.

Andre Gomes – Barcelona – DONE DEAL

Real Madrid and Manchester United target Andre Gomes has agreed to join Barcelona from Valencia. The club announced that a deal had been agreed, and the fee for the 23 year old midfielder is thought to be around £41.7 million plus add ons.

Gonzalo Higuain – Juventus – Done Deal?

Reports from Italy are suggesting that a deal has been done to bring Napoli’s in demand striker Gonzalo Higuain to Turin. The Serie A champions have been in the market for a striker since Alvaro Morata left, and now it looks like they’ve secured one of the most lethal men in Italy. It’s expected to cost them the full €94 million buy-out clause, and he will be paid €7.5 million per year in wages.

Paul Pogba – Manchester United

Jose Mourinho has thrown water of the blazing transfer rumours surrounding Manchester United and Paul Pogba. Manchester United reportedly had an £85 million bid for the 23 year old rejected on Tuesday, and Mourinho has since stated that they are keeping their options open.

Saido Berahino – Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace have emerged as contenders to sign West Brom’s wantaway striker Saido Berahino. Stoke were thought to be the likely destination for the striker, but their bid of £20 million hasn’t been responded to yet and now Crystal Palace have launched their own offer.

Riyad Mahrez – Arsenal

Reports emerging from France suggest that Arsenal and Leicester have agreed a £41.8 million transfer fee for their star player Riyad Mahrez. If he does leave it would leave Leicester £70 million richer but without two of their key midfield men.

James Rodriguez – Manchester United

Manchester United are considering a £54 million bid for Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez, who has been deemed surplus to requirements by the Bernebeu giants.

John Stones – Manchester City

The pursuit of John Stones isn’t over yet. After mulling it over for a few weeks, Manchester City are set to return to Everton with a £50 million plus transfer offer for their 22 year old defender John Stones.

Lucas Leiva – Galatasaray

Turkish Super League side Galatasaray are considering opening negotiations with Liverpool over the potential transfer of 29 year old midfielder Lucas Leiva.

Toni Kroos – Manchester City

Pep Guardiola has decided to drop his pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos after discovering that he would demand £240,000 per week in wages.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – Everton

Swansea could love Icelandic attacker Gylfi Sigurdsson for a second time, with Everton considering making a £25 million move for the 26 year old.

Lewis Dunk – West Brom

West Brom are keen to bolster their defensive department, and they’re prepared to pay £7 million for Brighton’s 24 year old defender Lewis Dunk.

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