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Official: Samir Nasri Ends Patchy Six-Year Man City Stint By Joining Antalyaspor On Freebie

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Samir Nasri's time at Man City is now officially at an end, just one or perhaps two years later than the cord should have been cut.

After six long, eventful years at City, the last of which was spent on loan Sevilla, Nasri has moved on by signing a two-year deal with Turkish side Antalyaspor.

Official: Everton Pilfer Gylfi Sigurdsson From Swansea In Club Record £45m Deal (Photo)

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One of the more protracted transfer wrangles of the summer has finally concluded with the news that Everton have successfully pilfered Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea for a club record fee.

The actual price tag is officially undisclosed but is being widely reported as a piffling £45million mere chump change in this day and age.

Official: Stoke City Sign Jese Rodriguez On Loan, Add To Impressive Haul Of Ex-Champions League Winners (Photo)

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In what surely must be the first recorded interaction between the two sides, Stoke City have signed Jese Rodriguez from PSG.

The 24-year-old forward moves to the Potters on a season-long loan having passed his medical on Tuesday...

We all need a bit of inspiration halfway through the working week.

Official: Barcelona Sign Tottenham Cast-Off Paulinho From Guangzhou Evergrande In €40m Wrangle

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Having just been relieved of one Brazilian superstar, Barcelona have gone and signed ex-Tottenham flop Paulinho for the princely sum of €40million.

Paulinho left Spurs to join Guangzhou Evergrande for £17million amid something of a career torpor back in July of 2015.

Any excuse to watch Paulinho's shot against Burnley again.

Official: Stoke Shore Up €7.7m Deal To Re-Sign Bruno Martins Indi On Permanent Basis (Photo & Video)

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After dragging it out for months, Stoke City have finally shaken on a €7.7million deal with Porto to re-sign Bruno Martins Indi on a permanent basis.

The Dutch international centre-back spent last season on loan at the Potters, who reportedly had to stave off interest from Crystal Palace to recapture their man.

Official: Watford Pluck Striker Andre Gray From Burnley In £18.5m Deal

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Time rolls on and fees continue to spiral with the news today that Andre Gray has swapped Burnley for Watford in an £18.5million deal.

Gray, who scored nine goals in 32 Premier League appearances for the Clarets last time out, has signed a five-year at Vicarage Road...

| #watfordfc have completed the signing of @AndreGray7 from @BurnleyOfficial for a club record fee.

Weird, And Not In A Good Way: We Challenge You To Make Any Sense Of Roma’s Unsettling ‘Welcome Neymar’ Video

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It kind of sneaked under the radar, but PSG signed Neymar from Barcelona last night for a world record £196million transfer fee.

As soon as the deal was finalised, the Parisian club went big on social media, churning out a deluge of various flashing images and crude Photoshops to welcome their new Brazilian investment unto their fold.

Official: Barcelona Confirm Neymar Shirked Today’s Training Session As PSG Move Edges Nearer To Completion

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It would appear for all the world that Neymar's increasingly tiresome 'shock' transfer from Barcelona to PSG is finally gearing up to go through.

Indeed, Barca have taken the unorthodox tack of officially confirming that the Brazilian forward shirked training at the Joan Gamper centre this morning.

Official: Nemanja Matic Completes Nice, Practical £40m Man Utd Transfer (Photo)

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We've already seen him wearing the kit so this shouldn't come as a huge shock but Nemanja Matic is now officially, as of this afternoon, a Manchester United player.

The Serbian midfielder joins from Chelsea in a deal reportedly worth between £35-40million, signing a three-year contract at Old Trafford.

Official: Kurt Zouma Joins Stoke On Season-Long Loan From Chelsea (Photo)

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Stoke City have pulled off a rather neato little coup by securing the services of Kurt Zouma on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

The deal was made official this afternoon...

✍️ #SCFC are pleased to confirm the signing of @KurtZouma on a season-long loan from @premierleague Champions @ChelseaFC#WelcomeZouma ⚪️ pic.

Top 10: Leonardo Bonucci Joins Exclusive Club Of Footballers Who Have Played For AC Milan, Inter Milan And Juventus

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Christian Bonucci is now officially under the employ of AC Milan after completing his shock €42milliontransfer from Juventus today.

The 30-year-old defender has signed a five-year contract at the Rossoneri, with full-back Mattia De Sciglio going to Juve as part of the overall deal.

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Chelsea: Diego Costa Once Again Reiterates He Would Really, Really, Really Like To Return To Atletico Madrid If It’s At All Possible, Thank You

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Coming precisely one day after Diego Costa confirmed his desire to rejoin former club Atletico Madrid, the AWOL Chelsea striker has re-confirmed his desire to rejoin former club Atletico Madrid.

After being informed via text message a couple of months ago that he was no longer part of Antonio Conte's plans, Costa has hunkered down in his hometown of Lagarto, Brazil, where he apparently intends to remain until his demands are met.

‘I Must Return To Atletico Madrid’ – AWOL Diego Costa Releases Statement Confirming He Won’t Play For Chelsea Again

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Diego Costa has gone on record as saying he has no intention of returning to Chelsea and is instead hell-bent on rejoining former club Atletico Madrid at the nearest available juncture.

Despite the season starting a fortnight ago, Costa steadfastly failed to report back and is currently training privately in his hometown of Lagarto, Brazil.

‘I’m Frustrated By The Club’s Position’ – Virgil Van Dijk Publishes Lengthy Statement Confirming Desire To Leave Southampton And Try Hand Elsewhere

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Virgil van Dijk has released a statement in which he strongly criticises Southampton for refusing to sell him this summer.

The Dutch centre-half has been touted by the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City over the close season, with even the Saints' £50million valuation refusing to deter the 26-year-old's array of besmitten suitors.

Official: Alvaro Morata Joins Chelsea In £58m Deal And Looks Damn Suave While Doing So (Photo)

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This time last week he was * this * close to joining Manchester United and now look Alvaro Morata is officially a Chelsea player.

The 24-year-old striker has completed a move from Real Madrid, signing a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

Here's a message from the new boy @AlvaroMorata.

Real Madrid: Alvaro Morata Hugs Goodbye To Zinedine Zidane And Coaching Staff During Training Session As Chelsea Transfer Looms (Video)

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With a big move to Chelsea hurtling towards completion, Alvaro Morata has left Real Madrid's training camp in Los Angeles in order to meet up with the Blues and finalise the small print of his new contract .

On his final morning with Real, Morata made his way around the training session to personally bid farewell to his colleagues, sharing hugs with

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West Brom: Tony Pulis Confirms Man City Will Have To Make ‘A Very, Very Good Offer’ If They Want To Sign Jonny Evans

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Tony Pulis has confirmed that West Brom have knocked back an opening offer from Man City as the latter continue to canvass Jonny Evans.

It's being reported that City began the bidding at £18million, only to be unceremoniously rebuffed by the Baggies, who have no intention of selling their man.

Reports: Unlikely As It May Seem, Stoke City Are Poised To Sign Jese Rodriguez From PSG

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As unlikely as it may sound, Stoke City are close to signing Jese Rodriguez from PSG on a season-long loan.

According to John Percy in the Telegraph, the former Real Madrid prodigy has undergone a medical with the Potters this morning, with an official announcement now imminent.

Stoke are set to announce the signing of PSG striker Jese Rodriguez.

‘No Offers Will Be Considered’ – Liverpool Efficiently End Barcelona’s Pursuit Of Philippe Coutinho With Strongly-Worded Statement

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Last we heard, Liverpool had knocked back a frankly exorbitant€100million bid from Barcelona to take Philippe Coutinho off their hands.

As if turning down that kind of money wasn't enough to their resolve to hold onto their star man, Liverpool's owners have now sought to quickly and efficiently snuff out Barca's obsessive pursuit by issuing a strongly-worded statement.

Outstanding: La Liga Simply Refuse To Accept Payment From PSG To Prevent (Or At Least Stall) Neymar Leaving Barcelona

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Neymar's imminent £198million move from Barcelona to PSG has hit a very minor, minor snag in that La Liga are flat-out refusing to accept the Ligue 1 club's payment.

La Liga are protesting against PSG exploiting what they have called "financial doping" to purloin one of their biggest stars, blocking the payment on the grounds that it violates UEFA Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules and it just isn't bloody fair.

Reports: Kelechi Iheanacho To Undergo Leicester City Medical Ahead Of £25m Move From Man City

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If feels like it's been grumbling on for a bloody age, but Kelechi Iheanacho's protracted move from Man City to Leicester City looks like it's finally entering the end stages.

According to Telegraph writer John Percy, the 20-year-old Nigerian striker is to undergo a medical with the Foxes on Tuesday with an official announcement due thereafter presuming the scans don't find any papier-mâché bones or extra toes, etc.

‘It’s A Strange One’ – Gary Neville Questions Wisdom Of Chelsea Flogging Nemanja Matic To Rivals Man Utd

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He's not the only one, but Gary Neville has called into question the wisdom of Chelsea's decision to flog Nemanja Matic to rivals Manchester United.

The Serbian midfielder signed a three-year deal with United on Monday afternoon, with Chelsea receiving somewhere between £35-40million into the bargain.

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Barcelona: Paulinho Makes Shocking Hash Of Basic Keepy-Uppies At Camp Nou Unveiling (Video)

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It's fairly safe to say that the majority of Barcelona fans are ever so slightly underwhelmed about their club decision to spend €40million of The Neymar Money™ on bringing in his compatriot, Paulinho, from China.

After leaving Tottenham under a cloud, the midfielder spent two years looking comparatively godly in the Chinese Super League with Guangzhou Evergrande before sealing a shock move to Barca last week.

Turkey: Besiktas Announce Alvaro Negredo Signing With Truly Horrendous Clip (Video)

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We've seen some very slick and rather clever clips this summer announcing new signings, with the likes of AS Roma and Southampton getting all meta on us.

However, in announcing the arrival of Spanish hitman Alvaro Negredo from Valencia, Turkish giants Besiktas produced their own rather 'interesting' take on the genre.

Summer Of ‘Over-Elaborate Player Unveils’ Continues As Sevilla Stage Fake Kidnapping To Acquire Jesus Navas (Video)

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This could be the very moment that the summer of the 'elaborate player unveiling video' jumps the shark Sevilla have kidnapped Jesus!

Indeed, the Spanish side have announced their re-acquisition of Jesus Navas by having him kidnapped off the street, bundled into the boot of a car and taken to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

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Reports: West Ham Close To £30m Deal For Sporting Lisbon Hardman William Carvalho

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Forever linked with a move to Arsenal, William Carvalho looks on the verge of moving to West Ham with the Hammers close to getting their man for a reported £30m.

West Ham have already had one bid of £25m rejected, but now manager Slaven Bilic is confident of finally getting his man.

Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez Causes Fresh Consternation Among Fans By Tweeting From Paris Before Hastily Deleting It (Photo)

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After sitting out of Arsenal's Premier League opener against Leicester City with a dubious 'abdominal strain', Alexis Sanchez has caused yet another ripple of consternation among concerned Gooners by Tweeting from Paris.

Having done little to dispel rumours, Sanchez has been strongly linked with a move away from Arsenal for months now, with PSG rumoured to be among the chasing pack.

‘I Feel Like I Was Tricked’ – Unloved And Pining For Home, Lucas Perez Desperate To Ditch Arsenal At Soonest Possible Juncture

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Unsurprisingly, Lucas Perez is desperate to leave Arsenal and has been for some time now.

The forward joined the Gunners from Deportivo la Coruna last August in a£17million move but proceeded to make just nine starts in his maiden season, amassing a grand total of just 490 minutes on the pitch overall.

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Liverpool: Philippe Coutinho Has And Hasn’t Submitted Transfer Request To Force Barcelona Move, Depending Who You Ask…

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Depending whose sources you chose to believe, Philippe Coutinho either has or indeed hasn't handed in a transfer request at Liverpool in order to force through a €100+million transfer to Barcelona.

Things are beginning to get fraught, especially in the wake of Fenway Sports Group's succinct ''All Offers For Coutinho Will Be Filed Under 'Bin'' statement issued earlier today (Friday).

RB Leipzig Director Ralf Rangnick Issues Semi-Apology After Saying Iffy Things About Liverpool Target Naby Keita And His ‘Village’

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One of the more tedious transfer yarns of the summer has taken a turn for the sour, after RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick let some very dubious comments about Liverpool target Naby Keita slip yesterday.

Discussing Leipzig's reluctance to part with Keita, Rangnick claimed that the club were not only fending off pressure from Liverpool, but also from "a whole village in Guinea" who are, at least in Rangnick's mind, attempting to coerce Keita into chasing the money.

West Ham

‘He Has The Worst Performances’ – Indonesia Club Persib Bandung Want To Sack Carlton Cole For Playing ‘Very Badly’

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Carlton Cole only signed for Persib Bandung a matter of months ago and already the Indonesian side are exploring the option of terminating his contract.

The Persib management have reportedly either fired or are about to fire Cole for what they have branded a run of "very bad" performances.

Official: Javier Hernandez Set To Join West Ham After Club Agrees £16m Deal With Bayer Leverkusen

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Javier Hernandez is set for a return to the Premier League, after West Ham agreed a £16m deal with German side Bayer Leverkusen for the Mexican striker.

The 29-year-old will now fly to London to agree personal terms and complete a medical.

A deal has been agreed for @CH14_https://t.

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Le Plot Thickens: Monaco-Based Journalist Confirms Club ‘Formally Deny’ Striking Any Deal With Real Madrid For Kylian Mbappe

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Well, well. That's what you get for believing MARCA. Turns out

It would appear that Real Madrid haven't agreed a world-transfer-record-obliterating deal to sign Kylian Mbappe after all, as reported by the Madrid-based newspaper earlier today.

The story has been scotched by a fairly well-placed source, namelyFabien Pigalle a reliable French journalist with the Nice-Matin newspaperwho deemed to be an authoritative voice on all things AS.

Reports: Real Madrid To Blow World Transfer Record To Smithereens After Agreeing €180m Deal To Sign Kylian Mbappe From Monaco

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Stand by your beds, this is not a drill. MARCA are going big with the news that Real Madrid are about to shatter the world transfer record to sign Kylian Mbappe.

The Madrid-based paper are claiming that Real have had an eye-watering€180million offer accepted by Monaco "in principle" that's €160million up front, with a further€20million made up in various bonuses.

Official: Man City Fritter Away Another £52m To Bring In Benjamin Mendy From Monaco (Photo)

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Man City have burned through another £52million to sign left-back Benjamin Mendy from Monaco.

The 23-year-old has signed a five-year deal at City and has flown out to Los Angeles to meet his new teammates for the first time...

Please welcome @benmendy23 to Manchester City!

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Official: Burnley Mulch Club Transfer Record To Bring In Bulky Target Man Chris Wood From Leeds (Photo)

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Burnley have broken their club transfer record to bring in Chris Woods from Leeds, with the fee involved reported to be £15million (plus add-ons).

The pointy 6'2" target man, who finished top goalscorer in the Championship last season with 27 goals in 44 appearances, has signed a four-year deal with the Clarets.

‘I’ve Got One Big Contract Left In Me And I Know My Worth’ – Danny Rose Drops Blunt Bombshell On Eve Of New Season, Implores Tottenham To Stop Signing ‘Players He Has To Google’

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Just a few days before the start of the season, Danny Rose has given an incredibly blunt interview in which he, a) criticises Tottenham's transfer activity (or lack thereof) this summer and, b) openly admits he's keen to move back to a more northerly club sooner rather than later.

Rose, who has spent the last six months out nursing a knee injury, refused to mince words while speaking to The Sun, getting pretty much all of his major gripes off his chest in one fell swoop.

Unsurprisingly, Freddy Adu Has Decided Against Joining The Polish Side That Forgot His Name And Branded Him ‘An Old Vacuum Cleaner’

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Quite wisely, Freddy Adu has decided against joining Sandecja Nowy Sacz after receiving a less-than-affectionate welcome from the Polish side their manager, specifically.

After hearing his team were taking Adu on trial, Sandecja bossRadosław Mroczkowski began by getting Adu's name wrong before vehemently stating that he didn't want to work with the former MLS starlet and that the 28-year-old wouldn't be allowed to train with the first team.

Open To Offers: Dundee United Attempt To Sell Goalkeeper Cammy Bell On Twitter

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Dundee United goalkeeper Cammy Bell saves one of three penalties against Dunfermline, 2016

Just as you might whack your old W-reg Vauxhall Corsa up on Gumtree in the hope of a quick sale, Dundee United have harnessed the power of social media to flog off their old goalkeeper.

Cammy Bell made 49 appearances for the Tangerines last season, notably saving three penalties in one half of one of them, but that hasn't stopped the club from putting him up for sale.

Antonio Cassano Terminates Contract One Week After Signing For Hellas Verona, And Just Five Days After Retiring (Then Un-Retiring)

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As you may recall, Antonio Cassano confused all and sundry by signing for Hellas Verona on 11th July only to retire from football altogether just eight days later.

He then reversed his decision to retire just four hours after that, vowing to play on as originally planned for the newly-promoted Serie A side.