Sports Football 09 Jul 2017 Transfer roundup: Wa ...

Transfer roundup: Wayne Rooney returns to Goodinson, Barcelona release defender

Published Jul 9, 2017, 7:21 pm IST
Updated Jul 9, 2017, 7:21 pm IST
Check out the completed transfer deals from Sunday.
Wayne Rooney makes a switch to boyhood club Everton (Photo: Twitter)
 Wayne Rooney makes a switch to boyhood club Everton (Photo: Twitter)

Wayne Rooney returns to boyhood club Everton

England and Manchester United's record goalscorer Wayne Rooney completed a move back to his first club Everton on Sunday.The 31-year-old -- who had become a peripheral figure under Jose Mourinho last season -- signed a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee bringing the curtain down on 13 trophy-laden years at Old Trafford.

Rooney -- whose move comes the day after United announced they had agreed on terms with Everton over buying their leading scorer Romelu Lukaku -- will hope the move also revives his international career which also stalled last season.  


"It is some time since I said that the only Premier League club I would play for other than Manchester United was Everton, so I am delighted that the move has happened," he said in a statement to The Press Association.

"Thirteen years ago I went to United with the intention of winning trophies and I have been fortunate to be a part of one of the most successful periods in the club's history.

"I have come back to Everton because I believe (Everton manager) Ronald Koeman is building a team that can win something and I look forward to playing my part in making that a reality for the club I have supported since a boy."


Koeman said in Rooney -- who in his time at United won among other trophies five Premier League titles and a Champions League -- he was buying a player with a surefire winner's mentality.  

"Wayne has shown me that ambition that we need and that winning mentality -- he knows how to win titles and I'm really happy he's decided to come home," said Koeman. "He loves Everton and he was desperate to come back. He is still only 31 and I don't have any doubts about his qualities. It's fantastic he's here." 


VFL Wolfsburg complete double swoop

Wolfsburg has signed Spanish midfielder Ignacio Camacho and England youth international Kaylen Hinds from Malaga and Arsenal, respectively. The Bundesliga side says the 27-year-old Camacho signed a contract to 2021, while the 19-year-old Hinds was getting a deal to 2020.


Hinds, a forward, had been playing for Arsenal Under-23s and will start training with Wolfsburg's senior squad. Camacho, a defensive midfielder, will fill the gap left following Luiz Gustavo's departure for Marseille.

Kicker magazine reports Wolfsburg is paying around 10 million euros ($11.4 million) for Camacho, who played 177 league games for Malaga and has one appearance for Spain.

Wolfsburg had already signed John Anthony Brooks (from Hertha Berlin), William (Internacional), Marvin Stefaniak (Dynamo Dresden), Dimata Lamdry (KV Oostende) and former 1860 Munich players Felix Uduokhai and Julian Justvan this offseason.


Toffees resign Donkor on-loan

Wolfsburg forward Anton Donkor has rejoined Everton on loan after his previous spell at German side Wolfsburg last season was plagued with injuries.  The 19-year-old has put pen to paper on a new deal until Jan 2, 2018, and will again link up with Everton's under-23 side.

"I'm very happy to be back,'' Donkor told Everton's official website. "I'm looking forward to preseason to show my teammates and the fans that it was the right decision for the club to re-sign me.


"I started very well here last season but the ankle injury was a big disappointment. I was out for about eight weeks and I had to go back to Germany and do all my treatment.''

Arsenal free agent Yaya Sanogo signs for Toulouse

Former Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo has signed a three-year deal with Toulouse, the Ligue 1 club announced on Friday.The 24-year-old French player became a free agent when he was released by the Gunners last week.


Sanogo was much maligned in England as he scored just once in 20 appearances for Arsenal and failed to find the net at all in his 21 Premier League games, which included an ill-fated loan spell at Crystal Palace.

He does have an FA Cup winner's medal to show for his four-year stay in England, during which he also played on loan at Charlton Athletic. He scored four goals in the 2013 Under-20 World Cup as France won the title to earn a move from Auxerre to the Emirates Stadium.

Toulouse will be hoping that he can help them build on last term's solid 13th-placed finish in the French top flight.


PSG boss Unai Emery signs Yuri from Sociedad

Paris Saint-Germain signed Spanish left-back Yuri Berchiche from La Liga outfit Real Sociedad on Friday, making him the first recruit in their drive to win back the French title. The 27-year-old is a direct replacement for the retired Brazilian veteran Maxwell and has joined for a fee of around 15 million euros ($17.1m), said reports in the Spanish press.


"I'll do everything I can to make my new colours shine," promised Berchiche, who will be working under a fellow Basque in PSG coach Unai Emery.

He is the first signing since PSG lost their Ligue 1 title to Monaco and lost their pride in a 6-1 Champions League last 16, second-leg defeat at Barcelona last season. Since that unexpected turn of events, PSG replaced sporting director Patrick Kluivert with Spaniard Antero Henrique.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said Berchiche's personality was tailor-made for the club. "His performances last season in Spain and his combative spirit are what we and our supporters expect," said Al-Khelaifi.


Mathieu joins Sporting CP from Barcelona

French international Jeremy Mathieu has signed a two-year deal with Lisbon's Sporting Portugal, the club said Friday. The defender had a year left on his contract at Barcelona, but was no longer a part of the club's future plans.

"Sporting Portugal has reached an agreement with Jeremy Mathieu for a contract for the next two seasons," the club said in a statement. 


The 33-year-old's moved to the Portuguese capital after becoming a fringe player at the Nou Camp, leading him to renounce the last year of his contract in Catalonia.

The French defender arrived in Barcelona in 2014 for a transfer fee of about EUR20 million. The former Sochaux and Toulouse player enjoyed two excellent seasons at the Blaugrana, winning nine titles, including La Liga (2015,2016) and the Champions League (2015). 

Last season injuries thwarted Mathieu, with the Frenchman playing just 16 matches in all competitions.


AC Milan’s fine transfer business continues

AC Milan continued their summer spending spree on Friday with the signing of Italian right-back Andrea Conti from Serie A rivals Atalanta on a five-year deal. The Chinese-owned northern outfit described the Italian under-21 player as "one of the most interesting talents" in Serie A last season when he helped Atalanta to fourth.


"A young talent ... showing consistent performances throughout the whole campaign with 33 appearances ... is looking to take the leap in his career joining a top club in AC Milan," the club added.

The 23-year-old arrives on a deal estimated to be worth 25 million euros ($28.5 million). Conti becomes AC Milan's seventh recruit as the club look to rebuilt after finishing sixth last term.

Other new arrivals include 21-year-old Portuguese midfielder Andre Silva from Porto for 38m euros ($42.5m); Italian striker Fabio Borini on a one-year loan deal from Sunderland; Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg), Hakan Calhanoglu (Bayer Leverkusen), Mateo Musacchio (Villarreal) and Franck Kessie (on loan from Atalanta).


AC Milan, the seven-time European champions who were recently sold by long-time owner Silvio Berlusconi to a Chinese consortium, secured a place in next season's Europa League. But the club is targeting a Champions League return having last won the trophy in 2007.

Neto joins Valencia from Serie A champs Juventus 

La Liga outfit Valencia has announced the signing of goalkeeper Neto from Juventus on a four-year contract, keeping him with the club until 2021. According to reports, Valencia has paid an initial €7m for Neto, plus €2m in add-ons, which would fetch the Bianconneri a potential €9m profit.


The Brazilian departs the Bianconeri, having made 22 appearances in two years as a backup to Gianluigi Buffon and comes as a replacement for Matt Ryan who joins Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion.