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European transfer news: Chelsea agree Morata deal, Juventus sign De Sciglio

  • Published at 07:24 pm July 20th, 2017
European transfer news: Chelsea agree Morata deal, Juventus sign De Sciglio
Chelsea agree deal to sign Morata  Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, subject to the Spain international agreeing personal terms and passing a medical, the Premier League champions said on Wednesday. The 24-year-old, who had been strongly linked by British media with a move to Manchester United earlier in the transfer window, helped Madrid win a second successive Champions League title last season. "Chelsea Football Club and Real Madrid have agreed terms for the transfer of Alvaro Morata to Stamford Bridge," the club said in a statement. Morata, who returned to Real last year after a spell at Juventus, scored 20 goals as they claimed a La Liga and Champions League double. British media reports said Chelsea would pay around 70 million pounds ($91 million) for Morata. Hart completes West Ham loan move Manchester City's England goalkeeper Joe Hart has completed his season-long loan move to Premier League rivals West Ham United, the club confirmed Tuesday. The 30-year-old spent last season on loan at Italian side Torino after Pep Guardiola took over as City boss last summer, and Hart was told once again that he was not in the Spaniard's plans. The Hammers are believed to be paying a loan fee of around £4.5 million ($5.9 million, 5.1 million euros) and the deal does not include a buy-back option at the end of the 2017/18 season. City have agreed to contribute towards wages for Hart, who has been capped 71 times by his country. "It's important for me to play football and to get the opportunity to come here and play is absolutely awesome," he told West Ham's TV channel. "To be playing in the Premier League for a big club like West Ham, I'm really looking forward to the season. Juventus sign De Sciglio from AC Milan Juventus have signed Italy full back Mattia De Sciglio from Serie A rivals AC Milan for 12 million euros ($13.8 million), the Italian champions said on Thursday. The 24-year-old, capped 31 times, signed a five-year contract after undergoing a medical on Wednesday. "Juventus are adding a player (De Sciglio) with versatility, skill and an international pedigree," said the Turin-based club on their website (www.juventus.com). This is De Sciglio's first move in his career since his debut with the Milan club in 2011, where he made 110 league appearances. Juventus' defence has been cut in this transfer window with the departure of right back Dani Alves to Paris Saint-Germain and centre back Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan. Leicester sign goalkeeper Jakupovic from Hull Leicester City have completed the signing of Swiss goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic from Hull City on a three-year deal, the Premier League club said on Wednesday. Jakupovic joined Hull in 2012 and played 54 games in five years, with the exception of two short loan spells at fifth tier side Leyton Orient. He made 22 league appearances last season as Hull were relegated to the Championship. "I'm very excited to be a part of something special here and I can't wait for the first game," Jakupovic told Leicester's website. (www.lcfc.com) "I knew from the beginning that it will be difficult for myself because Kasper (Schmeichel) is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League. "I'm going to fight and I'm here to push. A healthy competition is always good and that's only a positive thing. For sure, I'll wait for my chance but I am here and I'm very excited." The transfer fee was not disclosed. The 32-year-old is manager Craig Shakespeare's third signing of the transfer window after defender Harry Maguire and midfielder Vicente Iborra. Juventus sign Arsenal goalkeeper Szczesny Juventus have signed Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny on a four-year contract for 12.2 million euros ($14.1 million), the Italian champions said in a statement on Wednesday. The Poland international, capped 29 times, spent the last two years on loan at Serie A rivals AS Roma, making 38 league appearances last season. The 27-year-old finished the campaign with the most clean sheets in the league, 14, one ahead of Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus' first choice goalkeeper for the last 16 years. "Every player that comes at Juventus becomes better, every player that comes wins trophies,"Szczesny said in a news conference. Juventus said on their website (www.juventus.com/) that the fee for the Pole may increase by 3.1 million euros if certain conditions are achieved over the course of the four-year deal. Middlesbrough sign Forest striker Assombalonga Middlesbrough have signed striker Britt Assombalonga from Nottingham Forest for a club record 15 million pounds ($19.65 million), the Championship side have confirmed. The 24-year-old joined Forest in 2014 before sustaining a knee injury that kept him out of action for much of the 2015-16 season. He returned last season, netting 14 goals in 32 league matches. "I can't wait to get started and train with the boys. I'm glad it's completed and I can focus on what's ahead now," the Democratic Republic of Congo native told Middlesbrough's website. (www.mfc.co.uk) "I can't wait to meet the manager and get ready for next season. There's a good feeling around the place. From the minute I walked in it felt right." Assombalonga is new manager Garry Monk's fifth signing of the transfer window as the club look to seal an immediate return to the Premier League after being relegated last season. Swansea sign defender Harries from Coventry Swansea City have signed 20-year-old defender Cian Harries from Coventry City on a three-year deal subject to international clearance, the Premier League club said on Monday. The under-20 Wales international is a product of Coventry's youth academy and played 16 games for the senior side last season as the club were relegated to League Two, the fourth tier of English football. "I am delighted to be here," Harries told Swansea's website. "My aim in the long term is to play in the Premier League. If I am lucky enough and good enough for the manager to trust me at some stage in the future, that would be a dream come true. "But I am going into the development squad and that's good. I feel it will give me a chance to work on the areas where I need to improve." West Brom sign Egypt defender Hegazi on loan West Bromwich Albion have signed defender Ahmed Hegazi on a season-long loan deal from Egyptian side Al Ahly, the Premier League club said on Monday. Following the loan period, West Brom have an option to trigger a permanent deal for Hegazi, who has been capped 39 times by Egypt. "We're pleased he's here, he's a good addition," West Brom manager Tony Pulis said in a statement. "He's got good pedigree and has played for some good clubs. Hopefully he'll be a good signing for us. "With it being a loan and, if he does well, we've already agreed a final deal. It's really, really good for us." Hegazi was named in the team of the tournament at the African Cup of Nations earlier this year when Egypt finished runners-up to Cameroon. The 26-year-old centre back, who has previously played for Italian side Fiorentina, joined the West Brom squad in Hong Kong ahead of their pre-season match against Leicester City on Wednesday.