SI Staff
Wednesday August 31st, 2016

The transfer deadline has come and gone. After a busy couple of months with clubs across Europe spending obscene amounts of money to improve their rosters, the final hours of the summer transfer window ticked away as clubs looked for last-minute reinforcements or season-altering transactions. 

Below are the major late moves and loans that have taken place across the continent, ranging from a number of past Manchester City stalwarts being scattered to different leagues and teams, to Arsenal players coming and going, to a last-gasp battle between two Premier League clubs over a player and beyond. 

Scroll down below for the major completed moves during the final hours of the transfer season for the major leagues in England, Spain, Italy, Germany, France and elsewhere.

Wednesday August 31st, 2016

Paris Saint-Germain's David Luiz is set to head back to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea has agreed to terms on a three-year deal with its former player after securing a transfer for the Brazilian defender, the Premier League club announced.

The deal is reportedly worth £30 million with bonuses for Luiz, who left London for Paris just two years ago for £50 million, a record for a defender.

The 29-year-old completed a physical after the two clubs agreed to terms of the transfer. Chelsea had been eyeing another center back and was linked to Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly and AC Milan's Alessio Romagnoli before turning its attention to Luiz, who won a Champions League title with the club.

'I'm delighted to return to Chelsea," Luiz said in a club statement. "We had a fantastic story during my first time at the club and I want to help the team and Antonio Conte achieve a lot of success. 'I always had a wonderful relationship with the fans and I am looking forward to wearing the blue shirt at Stamford Bridge once again."

Chelsea also added left back Marcos Alonso ahead of the transfer deadline.

Wednesday August 31st, 2016

Tottenham and Newcastle have reached a deal for French international midfielder Moussa Sissoko, with Spurs bolstering their attack with another desired midfield addition prior to the summer transfer deadline.

​Sissoko, 27, voiced his decision to transfer after Newcastle was relegated from the Premier League. Everton was also interested and appeared to be in the lead for Sissoko's services, only to have its bid of £30 million ($39 million) matched by Tottenham. Sissoko, who had been linked to the likes of Real Madrid this summer, heads to White Hart Lane along with countryman Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, who joined Tottenham from Marseille on deadline day as well. Sissoko tweeted the following just as the final seconds of the transfer deadline counted down, acknowledging he'd signed a five-year deal:

Sissoko played well this summer as he helped France reach the Euro 2016 championship final.

He has made 133 appearances since joining Newcastle in 2013 and has scored 12 times. 

Wednesday August 31st, 2016

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will join Bournemouth on a loan for the 2016-17 season, the team announced.

Wilshere was also being considered by Roma, AC Milan and Crystal Palace. He met with manager Eddie Howe before the decision was made for him to join the team at Dean Court.

Wilshere has recently struggled with injuries and was left off Sam Allardyce's squad for England's upcoming World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on Sept. 4.

In his career, he has 159 appearances for Arsenal and has 34 England caps.

Wednesday August 31st, 2016

Chelsea was nearing a deal that would have sent U.S. national team defender Matt Miazga on a season-long loan to Espanyol in Spain's La Liga, but after the deal fell through, Chelsea was able to offload Miazga to Dutch top-flight side Vitesse Arnhem prior to Wednesday's transfer deadline.

Miazga, 21, left the New York Red Bulls last January, signing a four-and-a-half year contract with the Blues while Guus Hiddink was caretaker manager. He was included on the club's travel squad for the Champions League but he only featured for Chelsea's first team twice at the end of last season. It was not in Chelsea's plans to loan Miazga immediately after his signing; instead it was going to evaluate him and then reassess over the summer. Miazga made one appearance in a club friendly for Chelsea's first team in July, and it didn't appear he was going to have a role to play under new manager Antonio Conte.

Premier League clubs had shown interest in Miazga, and Chelsea had felt that he had a better chance of getting playing time at Espanyol, but instead, he heads to Vitesse, a frequent loan partner for Chelsea over the last few years. 

Wednesday August 31st, 2016

Sporting Lisbon forward Islam Slimani has signed a contract to join Leicester City.

The deal is reportedly worth £29 million ($39 million).

Slimani is coming off a season where he scored 27 goals for Portugese club.

"To join a team like Leicester City is a huge honour and I can’t wait to get started,” Slimani said in a statement. “I’ve always wanted to play my football in the Premier League and to get the opportunity to do that with the reigning champions was something I simply could not turn down."

His name may be familiar within soccer circles as he was a member of the Algerian squad that reached the knockout stage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He recorded two goals in that World Cup.

Leicester City could also have interest in Slimani's teammate Adrien Silva.

Associated Press
Wednesday August 31st, 2016

Liverpool has offloaded Mario Balotelli to French club Nice, two years after signing the troubled striker.

The 26-year-old Italian managed only four goals in 28 appearances for Liverpool and spent last season on loan at AC Milan.

Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere says "we hope that Nice, in a family atmosphere, he will find the pleasure of the game."

Rivere added on the Nice website that "nothing will be easy but with the desire and hopefully the support of all our fans we will allow him to flourish and use his talent to help the team."

Balotelli was signed by then-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers late in the 2014 summer transfer window for 16 million pounds (then $27 million) as a replacement for Luis Suarez. But the gamble never paid off, with the former Manchester City player better known for his controversies than his goals failing to make an impact on the pitch at Liverpool.

Wednesday August 31st, 2016

Juventus has re-signed Chelsea Winger Juan Cuadrado on a loan for the next three seasons, the team announced. 

Juventus will have the option to make the deal permanent when it ends. The loan deal is reportedly worth $5.5 million. Juventus may have to pay Chelsea about $22 million, if Cuadrado makes a certain amount of appearances within the three years.

Cuadrado, 28, was a part of last season's squad that won the Serie A title. 

Cuadrado's tenure with Chelsea has been brief with just 13 league appearances since arriving from Fiorentina in 2014.

Wednesday August 31st, 2016

Manchester City center back Eliaquim Mangala has completed a transfer to Valencia for the remainder of the season.

Mangala, 25, was part of France's team at this summer's European Championships. He started 24 games for Manchester City last year but has fallen out of manager Pep Guardiola's plans.

Two years ago, Mangala joined Manchester City off a $42 million deal from Porto. 

Mangala underwent a physical on Tuesday morning to complete the deal.

Wednesday August 31st, 2016

LA Galaxy midfielder Nigel de Jong has signed a two-year contract with the Galatasaray.

The deal is reportedly worth $6 million.

De Jong could serve as a designated player and temporary replacement for Steven Gerrard, who may retire at the end of the year.

His time in Los Angeles comes to an end after arriving in February and making just 18 appearances. He previously spent four seasons with AC Milan.

He will be reunited with former coach Jan Olde Riekerink and Dutch compatriot Wesley Sneijder.

Wednesday August 31st, 2016

Marcos Alonso returns to the Premier League as he signs a five-year deal with Chelsea.

Alonso is the the first defender signed by Antonio Conte and arrives after 85 appearances and five goals scored for Fiorentina. The deal is reportedly worth £23 million ($30 million).

“I’m very happy,” Alonso said a team statement. “It’s a step up in my career and I think this is the perfect place for me to continue developing. It’s time for me to win some titles. ‘It was an easy decision for me to make when I heard the club were interested in signing me. My family and close friends know Chelsea is the club I have dreamed about playing for so I’m really excited about the challenge and I'm looking forward to working with my new team-mates.”

Wednesday August 31st, 2016

Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry is headed to Werder Bremen on a full transfer worth about $6.5 million.

The 21-year-old is coming off an impressive showing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where he scored six goals as Germany settled for the silver medal. Brazil won gold.

Gnabry will play in Germany's U-21 match in Finland next week before joining his new team on Sept. 7.

Gnabry was also reportedly in talks with Bayern Munich, who defeated Werder Bremen 6–0 on the opening weekend of the Bundesliga.

Associated Press
Wednesday August 31st, 2016

LONDON – Add Samir Nasri to the exodus of players at Manchester City.

The French midfielder has joined Spanish club Sevilla on loan for the rest of the season, with his chance of regular first-team action under new City coach Pep Guardiola looking bleak.

Guardiola said Nasri returned to preseason training "overweight" and only played him once in City's first five games of the season, as a second-half substitute against West Ham on Sunday.

Nasri has been at City since 2011, when he joined from Arsenal.

Goalkeeper Joe Hart and striker Wilfried Bony have also been loaned out by City on the final day of Europe's transfer window.

Associated Press
Wednesday August 31st, 2016

LONDON – Manchester City's clear-out after an offseason of heavy spending has seen striker Wilfried Bony join Joe Hart in going out on loan from the English club.

Bony has joined Premier League rival Stoke for the remainder of the season, soon after Hart completed his loan move to Torino.

Bony hasn't played for City this season under new coach Pep Guardiola. The Ivory Coast international joined in January 2015 for a reported fee of 28 million pounds ($36 million) from Swansea, but never established himself as a regular.

Wednesday August 31st, 2016

LONDON – Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has completed a loan move to Torino on Wednesday, signing a one-year contract with the Serie A club.

The 29-year-old England goalkeeper has lost his starting spot at City since Pep Guardiola arrived as coach during the offseason, falling to third choice behind new signing Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero.

Hart says "all of a sudden my career reached a turning point, I interpreted it as a sign of fate. And so I had to do something."

No financial details have been given but reports say City will pay 60 percent of Hart's salary.

Associated Press
Tuesday August 30th, 2016

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says it has signed striker Paco Alcacer for five seasons after securing his transfer from rival Spanish club Valencia. Alcacer, who turns 23 on Tuesday, joins an already daunting attack of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar.

Barcelona says it is paying €30 million ($33.5 million), plus a possible €2 million ($2.2 million) more in variables, to Valencia. The Liga champions also say they are loaning forward Munir El Haddadi to Valencia, which will have the option to buy his rights next summer for €12 million.

Alcacer scored 43 goals in the last three seasons at Valencia.

Associated Press
Tuesday August 30th, 2016

MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan has completed the signing of Gabriel Barbosa, known as Gabigol, from Brazilian club Santos. Gabigol signed a five-year contract on Tuesday, the day of his 20th birthday.

Italian media reported a transfer fee of €28 million ($31.2 milion). The forward, described as "the new Neymar" by some pundits in Brazil, has scored two goals in four appearances for Brazil's senior side and also helped its Olympic team to a first ever gold medal in Rio de Janeiro.

Gabigol has spent the past four seasons at Santos, winning the Campeonato Paulista the past two seasons.

Associated Press
Tuesday August 30th, 2016

LONDON (AP) — Arsenal strengthened its squad by signing striker Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna and Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia on the next-to-last day of Europe's transfer window on Tuesday.

England goalkeeper Joe Hart's departure from Manchester City looked to move closer after he appeared with a Torino shirt after visiting the Italian club.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been trying to buy a striker since the end of last season, only to see bids for Leicester's Jamie Vardy and Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette get rejected. With time running out to add to his squad, Wenger settled on the 27-year-old Lucas—a scorer of 17 goals last season.

"He's not only a goal scorer, he's a guy who combines well with partners, who can give a final ball and makes good runs," Wenger said. "He's got a good eye for goal and had an outstanding season last year."

British media reported Lucas will cost Arsenal about £17 million pounds ($22.3 million).

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Within hours, Arsenal had also re-shuffled its defensive options by signing center half Mustafi for a reported fee of £35 million pounds ($45.7 million), and sending Calum Chambers on loan to promoted Premier League club Middlesbrough.

The 24-year-old Mustafi, who will join up with fellow Germany international Mesut Ozil at Arsenal, came through the Everton academy before going on to join Sampdoria and then spending the last two seasons at Valencia.

Mustafi became Wenger's third high-profile signing for the new season, having brought in Switzerland's defensive midfielder Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach in May.

Hart was on the verge of leaving Man City on loan, having landed in Italy to tie up a move to Torino for the remainder of the season. He has slipped to third-choice goalkeeper at City, behind new signing Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero.

The 29-year-old was greeted by around 200 fans loudly chanting his name at Torino's headquarters, and there were further cheers and applause when he appeared at the window brandishing a club jersey with his name on the back.

Hart was given permission to leave the England camp to seal the move.

Back in London, Chelsea loaned France striker Loic Remy to Crystal Palace for the rest of the season.

Hull signed three players: England midfielder Ryan Mason from Tottenham for an undisclosed club-record fee, Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall from second-tier team Cardiff, and striker Will Keane from Manchester United.

Sunderland sent Netherlands midfielder Jeremain Lens on loan to Turkish club Fenerbahce for the rest of the season, a year after signing him for £8 million pounds ($10.5 million) from Dynamo Kiev. West Bromwich Albion sold Costa Rica right back Cristian Gamboa to Celtic.

Associated Press
Tuesday August 30th, 2016

PRAGUE (AP) — After 15 years at Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal, Czech Republic playmaker Tomas Rosicky has returned to former club Sparta Prague.

Sparta chief executive Daniel Kretinsky said Rosicky signed a two-year contract on Tuesday.

"I'm really glad to be back," Rosicky said. "I'm really looking forward to it."

The 35-year-old Rosicky, whose career with Arsenal was marred by frequent injuries, finished his 10 years with the Premier League club when his final contract expired after the season.

Considered one of the most talented Czech players in decades, he spent three seasons with Sparta before moving to Dortmund in 2001 for what was then a record transfer fee in the Bundesliga.

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He picked up a thigh injury in a 2-2 draw against Croatia on June 17 at the European Championship in France and said Tuesday he has fully recovered and planned to immediately start training with Sparta.

Rosicky played 105 internationals, and said he still has not decided yet if he wants to continue with the Czech national team.

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