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European transfer news: Man Utd seal Lukaku deal, Theo Hernandez switches from Atletico to Real

  • Published at 08:54 am July 11th, 2017
  • Last updated at 11:20 am July 11th, 2017
European transfer news: Man Utd seal Lukaku deal, Theo Hernandez switches from Atletico to Real
Manchester United have signed Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton on a five-year contract, the Premier League club said on Monday. British media reported that the fee for the 24-year-old is about 75m pounds ($97m), making him the Old Trafford club's second most expensive signing after last year's world-record deal for France midfielder Paul Pogba. "Romelu is a natural fit for Manchester United. He is a big personality and a big player," United manager Jose Mourinho said in a statement. "It is only natural that he wants to develop his career at the biggest club. He will be a great addition to the group and I know they will make him very welcome. I am really looking forward to working with him again." Lukaku, who also attracted interest from his former club Chelsea, scored 25 league goals in 37 matches for Everton in the last campaign, four behind Tottenham Hotspur's Golden Boot-winner Harry Kane. "I would like to start by thanking Everton and the fans for the last four wonderful seasons, I have made some special friends and we have shared some amazing moments," Lukaku said. "However, when Manchester United and Jose Mourinho come knocking at the door it is an opportunity of a lifetime and one that I could not turn down. "I cannot wait to run out at Old Trafford in front of 75,000 fans but before that pre-season is where the hard work starts and I am looking forward to that first training session." Lukaku, who has scored 20 goals for Belgium, rejected a new contract at Everton in March and will reunite with Mourinho who managed him at Chelsea. Verona sign former Italy forward Cassano Newly-promoted Serie A side Verona signed former Italian international forward Antonio Cassano, the club announced on Monday. The 35-year-old, who last played for Italy in 2014, was released by Sampdoria last January and hasn't played professionally since. Verona finished second in Serie B last term to win back promotion to the top flight after just one year in the second tier. Cassano, who first came to prominence with Roma before spells with Real Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan, scored 10 goals in 39 international appearances. Ceballos to join Real Madrid Dani Ceballos is leaving Real Betis and is set to sign for Real Madrid, Angel Haro, president of Betis, said on Monday. Spanish midfielder Ceballos, 20, was the subject of a tug-of-war between La Liga giants Real and Barcelona, but eventually opted to join Zinedine Zidane's side. "Dani has rejected Betis' renewal offer, from what we know he has a deal with Real Madrid," Haro told a news conference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8VO5lqFEVs "When you have a player and make him an offer and a team come in and pay the release fee clause, there’s little you can do to keep him. We are talking...in the coming hours we will know what Madrid are offering," Haro added. Spanish media have reported that Real will pay around 15m euros ($17m) for Ceballos, who was named the outstanding player at the recent U21 European Championships in Poland, where Spain finished in second place. Betis attempted to renew his deal but Ceballos, who debuted with the club in 2014 and has appeared for them on 108 occasions, has decided the time is right to move on. Valero undergoes medical at Inter Fiorentina midfielder Borja Valero is undergoing medical tests at Inter Milan ahead of his possible transfer, the Serie A club said on their website on Monday. The 32-year-old, who made 32 league appearances and scored one goal last season, joined Fiorentina from Spanish club Villareal in 2012. The former West Bromwich Albion player will make a permanent move to the Milan-based club for a 5.5m euro ($6.26m) fee and a three-year contract, according to Sky Sport Italia. Lyon ink Ajax's Tete in four-year deal Ajax right-back Kenny Tete joined Lyon in a four-year deal worth four million euros ($4.5m), the Ligue 1 outfit announced Monday. "It's a real opportunity for us," said Lyon coach Bruno Genesio. "The position of full-back has evolved a lot in recent seasons. You are asked to attack, to defend well, and to run fast and long. Kenny has this profile and we jumped at this opportunity. "It was not easy because there was a lot of competition to sign him." "Lyon is a great club with a history," said Tete. "It's important for me to link up again with Bertrand Traore, who played down the right with me at Ajax." The 21-year-old defender, who has six caps for the Dutch national team, added: "I didn't have a great year last season at Ajax, because of the manager's choices, but I always remained positive and that's a good attitude to take to Lyon. "The little I played was enough to convince Lyon to sign me." Club president Jean-Michel Aulas and Genesio also confirmed they are targeting a central defender to strengthen Lyon's squad. Real Madrid's Theo thrilled to join 'best club in the world' Real Madrid's new signing Theo Hernandez said he had joined "the best club in the world", when the European champion unveiled their latest signing on Monday. The 19-year-old French left back is the first player in 17 years to join Real from their bitter city rival Atletico where his brother Lucas, 21, still plays. "I am thrilled and very happy to be at the best club in the world," he told a news conference. "I thank the fans for all the support they are giving me. Various teams wanted me but the best option was to go to Madrid to keep growing." Atletico tried to hang onto the defender, who had an impressive spell on loan at Alaves last season, but he had his heart set on a move to the 12-time European Cup winner. Asked about possibly lining up against his brother in the Madrid derby, Theo said: "It will be normal, it won't be a war." Spanish media said Atletico were frustrated by Madrid's signing of one of their most promising players for a transfer fee reported to be 30m euros ($34.19m). Vitolo extends Sevilla contract until 2022 Spanish international Victor Machin Perez, known as "Vitolo", has extended his contract with Sevilla by two years until 2022. The 27-year-old has been a regular starter for Sevilla since joining in 2013 from Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, winning the Uefa Europa League title in three consecutive seasons. He has won 11 caps for Spain, scoring four goals. Sevilla also unveiled two new signings for next season on Monday, Argentinian duo Ever Banega, in his second stint with the club, and Guido Pizarro.
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