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Keep up with all the latest moves across Europe during a very busy and star-studded summer transfer window.

By The SI Staff
July 03, 2016

The summer transfer window is open, and clubs looking to retool and restock for a run at the league and European titles are already splashing their cash. 

Manchester United, with Jose Mourinho at the helm, has already lured Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan and figures to be a big player throughout the summer yet again as it aims to rejoin England and Europe's elite. Across town, Pep Guardiola is sure to mold Manchester City into his image, and that process has already begun with the signing of Spain forward Nolito and Germany midfielders Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane, with the promise of more on the way.

The spending has already commenced elsewhere, with Bayern Munich, PSG and Borussia Dortmund all positioning themselves for success, while Barcelona has made perhaps its most important move by keeping Neymar put with a new long-term deal.

Scroll below for all of the major moves around Europe's top leagues this summer as they unfold.

WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — Wolfsburg says it has signed Germany striker Mario Gomez from Italian Serie A side Fiorentina.

The Bundesliga club gave no details of the transfer fee or the contract, but German media reported that Wolfsburg is paying around seven million euros ($7.9 million) for the 31-year-old's services.

Wolfsburg general manager Klaus Allofs says, "he and his ambitions go perfectly with us."

Gomez, who has scored 29 goals in 68 appearances for Germany, played last season on loan at Turkish side Besiktas but said he didn't want to continue with the side due to the political situation in the country.

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Gomez previously played 236 Bundesliga games for Stuttgart and Bayern Munich, scoring 138 goals.

Wolfsburg said the forward would train with the side for the first time on Thursday.

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LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Congo international Yannick Bolasie has joined Everton from fellow Premier League club Crystal Palace for a reported fee of 25 million pounds ($32.25 million).

Everton announced the signing of Bolasie on a five-year deal Monday, with the 27-year-old winger saying "it was a no-brainer to come here."

Bolasie, a tricky and explosive forward, said "it's not about the money for me. It's about looking at the ambition of the club and where they are trying to get to."

Everton, which has greater financial power since Iranian-British businessman Farhad Moshiri became majority shareholder in February, bought center half Ashley Williams—the Wales captain—from Swansea last week.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman, formerly coach of Southampton, said "Yannick is a player who has been a long time on my radar."

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United has made Paul Pogba the world's most expensive footballer, signing the France midfielder for around 105 million euros ($116 million) four years after releasing him for virtually nothing.

Pogba signed a five-year deal with an option for a further year, United announced early Tuesday as new manager Jose Mourinho continues to rebuild a team that is out of the Champions League this season.

Pogba was a promising 19-year-old when he left the northern England club after his contract expired, having only made seven appearances as a substitute. He joined Juventus, which reportedly had to pay 800,000 pounds (now around $1 million).

Pogba returns as one of the brightest young talents in the game after winning four successive Serie A titles, and for a fee that eclipses the 101 million euros that Real Madrid spent to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham in 2013.

"It has always been a club with a special place in my heart and I am really looking forward to working with Jose Mourinho," Pogba said. "I feel the time is right to go back to Old Trafford. I always enjoyed playing in front of the fans and can't wait to make my contribution to the team. This is the right club for me to achieve everything I hope to in the game."

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Juventus has already spent most of the windfall from Pogba's departure, signing Gonzalo Higuain from Italian rival Napoli for 90 million euros ($99 million) earlier this week. That ranked as the third-most expensive transfer in world football — after Gareth Bale's 101 million euro move from Tottenham to Real Madrid in 2013 and Cristiano Ronaldo's 94 million euro deal from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009.

Pogba is United's fourth signing since Mourinho replaced Louis van Gaal as manager of the record 20-time English champions.

"Paul is one of the best players in the world and will be a key part of the United team I want to build here for the future," Mourinho said. "He is quick, strong, scores goals and reads the game better than many players much older than he is. At 23, he has the chance to make that position his own here over many years."

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Defender Eric Bailly, midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic have already joined to help United return to the Champions League. In the upcoming season, they will have to settle with playing in the Europa League. The same agent, Mino Raiola, represents Ibrahimovic, Mkhitaryan and Pogba.

United will be hoping the newcomers, signed at a collective cost of $190 million, can deliver the team's first Premier League trophy since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

Pogba's expensive return to Old Trafford follows a bitter split. Ferguson accused Pogba of not showing United "any respect" and insisted he was happy to let Pogba leave in 2012, three years after joining from French club Le Havre. For his part, Pogba said he was unhappy at a lack of first-team opportunities under Ferguson, especially when there were injuries in the squad.

Although Pogba illuminated the Italian league last season at Juventus, he wasn't as dynamic or influential for France at the European Championship, where his team lost to Portugal in the final.

Clubs usually pay record amounts of cash on strikers or attacking midfielders who can guarantee goals and regular game-changing moments. Pogba is different in this respect—he is an energetic central midfielder with a strong all-round game—so United has been criticized by some pundits for the fee it is paying.

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Yet, Mourinho believes Pogba has the potential to be the best player in the world and will be worth the money.

"He is young and will continue to improve," Mourinho said. "He has the chance to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and beyond."

It is 20 years since an English club paid a world-record fee, with Blackburn spending 15 million pounds to sign Alan Shearer.

The Premier League has finally ended the trend of elite players moving to the two big Spanish clubs, Barcelona and Madrid, or German powerhouse Bayern Munich. And it's a statement of intent by United after three years in the wilderness following Ferguson's retirement at the start of a new era under Mourinho.

 

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — John Stones became the second most expensive defender in football history on Tuesday, joining Manchester City for 47.5 million pounds ($62 million) as the latest solution to the club's defensive issues.

Embarrassingly for City, the club was beaten to the announcement of its latest high-profile signing by UEFA, which listed Stones in the English team's squad for the Champions League playoff round about 45 minutes before City tweeted the center back had joined.

Stones, who signed a six-year deal, is second behind David Luiz in the all-time list of the game's most expensive defenders—despite not being a regular at former club Everton last season. Luiz joined Paris Saint-Germain from Chelsea for 50 million pounds in 2014.

City regards Stones as one of the best young defenders in Europe and was keen to make another expensive attempt to improve its back line, after spending an estimated 60 million pounds on Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi over the past two seasons. Neither of those players has looked assured, and City is still heavily reliant on injury-prone captain Vincent Kompany.

"I know it will be tough getting a place in this team," the 22-year-old Stones said, "but I'm determined to become the best player I can be and help us to success."

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Stones is City's eighth signing under new coach Pep Guardiola, and his arrival took the club's offseason spending to around $200 million.

He is a tall defender with composure, a good technique and is comfortable on the ball—Stones has been compared to former Man United and England center back Rio Ferdinand—but has been criticized by some pundits for his languid style and he made mistakes at Everton last season.

Stones was selected in England's squad for this year's European Championship but didn't make an appearance.

"We want to help John show his quality with us and improve on what he has already achieved," Guardiola said. "I like the way he plays the game."

Stones, who had a transfer request at Everton rejected last year following repeated bids by Chelsea, has been heavily linked with City since the end of last season. But he still hadn't officially joined City by the time UEFA listed Stones in the team's squad for the Champions League playoff round against Steaua Bucharest. The first leg is in Romania next Tuesday, before the return match on Aug. 24 in Manchester.

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UEFA required playoff-round clubs to submit a list of eligible players by 2200 GMT on Monday. Champions League rules let one more newly signed player be added to the list by 2200 GMT on the day before the first-leg match.

City's defense has struggled without Kompany, who has been injured for long spells in recent seasons and is currently sidelined with a groin problem. Guardiola may have decided he cannot rely on the Belgium international to be fit, choosing to bring in Stones to improve his options.

Mangala, signed for a reported 42 million pounds in 2014, wasn't included in City's squad for the Champions League fixtures, leaving his future at Etihad Stadium in the balance.

City starts the Premier League season at home to Sunderland on Saturday.

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PARIS (AP) — French champion Paris Saint-Germain bolstered its attack by recruiting Spanish forward Jese on a five-year deal from Real Madrid.

Jese became the fifth player hired by the French champions this offseason after Hatem Ben Arfa, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Thomas Meunier and Giovani Lo Celso.

The 23-year-old Jese scored 13 goals in 62 league matches with Madrid over the last three seasons, and also featured in 15 Champions League matches.

Jese, who will work with new PSG coach Unai Emery, can play either in a central role or wide and is likely to be used as a second-choice striker behind Edinson Cavani.

"I am delighted to join Paris Saint-Germain, who have become one of Europe's most competitive clubs," Jese said. "Like Paris Saint-Germain, I have big ambitions for the coming seasons and it will be a great pleasure to work under the direction of Unai Emery, who has developed an excellent reputation in Spain, and across Europe, for his quality as a coach. I can't wait to begin this next challenge of my career."

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No financial details of the deal were disclosed but French newspaper L'Equipe valued the transfer at 25 million euros ($28 million).

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, whose main goal this season is to win the Champions League, said Jese's "speed and creative qualities will complement our excellent attacking players."

"With Jese, our squad is now, more than ever, armed to confront the coming challenges and meet the expectations of our fans," Al-Khelaifi said.

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LONDON (AP) — West Ham has broken the club's transfer record to sign Ghana forward Andre Ayew from Swansea for 20.5 million pounds ($26.75 million).

West Ham announced the signing of Ayew on Monday, when the Premier League club also brought in left back Arthur Masuaku from Olympiakos on a four-year deal.

The 26-year-old Ayew joined on a three-year deal, with the option of two more years. He played alongside current West Ham star Dimitri Payet at Marseille.​

Ayew scored a team-high 12 goals last season for the Swans. It was the most he has scored in a single league season in his career, besting the 11 he scored at Marseille in 2010-11.

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City has signed another young South American forward, bringing in Colombia international Marlos Moreno on a five-year deal.

City announced the arrival of the 19-year-old Moreno in the same week the English club signed Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus, who is also rated as one of the continent's best young attackers. City said Saturday that Moreno, the seventh offseason signing under Pep Guardiola, will be loaned to Spanish team Deportivo La Coruna for the upcoming season.

No transfer fee was disclosed.

Moreno starred for Atletico National in the team's Copa Libertadores-winning campaign last season. He is in Colombia's squad at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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Manchester City signed one of Brazil's most highly rated forwards on Wednesday to continue the club's recruitment drive under new coach Pep Guardiola this offseason.

Gabriel Jesus, who is the top scorer in the Brazilian league with Palmeiras and a member of Brazil's Olympic team, completed his move to City for a reported 27 million pounds ($36 million). It took City's offseason spending to more than $130 million, following the arrival of Leroy Sane, Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito and Oleksandr Zinchenko.

The 19-year-old Gabriel Jesus has agreed to a 4 1/2-year deal starting January 2017. He will remain at Palmeiras until the end of the year so he can finish the Brazilian season with his title-chasing team.

"He is one of the most exciting young prospects in world football and plays the game in a spectacular way," said Txiki Begiristain, City's director of football.

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Gabriel Jesus, who was named "best newcomer" in the 2015 Serie A Campeonato, is a speedy attacker who can play anywhere across the front line. He has been a constant in Brazil's youth squads.

"He is formidable," Brazil Olympic coach Rogerio Micale said. "He is still growing as a player and has some things to improve, but that's normal. Neymar went through the same process before he was able to achieve everything that he has achieved."

Gabriel Jesus said he was pleased to sign for "one of the best clubs in the world."

"We have many great talents in the team," he said, "and a fantastic manager in Pep Guardiola that I can learn so much from."

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Manchester City took its offseason spending close to $100 million under coach Pep Guardiola by signing Germany winger Leroy Sane from Schalke on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old Sane joined City for a reported $49 million, making him the most expensive German player ever and the costliest signing by a Premier League team this offseason. The English club didn't disclose the transfer fee.

Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, Spain forward Nolito and Ukraine attacking midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko are the other main signings since Guardiola took over as coach in June. City has also been heavily linked with a bid for Everton center back John Stones, who is thought to have a price tag of about $66 million.

Sane, who can play anywhere across the front line and is one of Europe's most highly rated young players, said the presence of Guardiola was key to him joining City.

"I followed Pep at Barcelona and at Bayern where he achieved a lot and worked really well with young players," Sane said. "I think he can make me a more complete player.

"I think I will need a bit of time to start with because it's another league and there's a different style of play but I think I can adapt very quickly."

Sane played 42 games for Schalke last season, scoring nine goals. He also broke into Germany's national side and was a member of the squad at this year's European Championship.

He will compete for a place in City's attacking lineup with Nolito, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Jesus Navas.

Guardiola described Sane as "a special talent and an exciting player."

"There is much to admire about the way he plays football," the Spanish coach said. "He is fast, enjoys creating chances for others, works hard for the team and scores goals, too."

Schalke signed Baba Rahman on a season-long loan from Chelsea. The Ghanaian left back failed to establish himself as a regular in his only season in the Premier League.

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LONDON (AP) — English Premier League champion Leicester signed Poland winger Bartosz Kapustka on Wednesday, adding more depth to its squad ahead of a first appearance in European competition in 16 years.

The 19-year-old Kapustka, who played at this year's European Championship, became Leicester's fifth signing of the offseason. Manager Claudio Ranieri is increasing competition and numbers in his squad, with Leicester also playing in the Champions League this season following its improbable Premier League title triumph.

Leicester said Kapustka has signed from Cracovia on a five-year deal, and didn't disclose a transfer fee.

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Goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler, defender Luis Hernandez, midfielder Nampalys Mendy and striker Ahmed Musa have also arrived at King Power stadium.

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BREMEN, Germany (AP) — Werder Bremen says it has signed Germany forward Max Kruse from Bundesliga rival Wolfsburg.

The 28-year-old Kruse, who previously played for the club between 2006 and 2009, joined after passing a medical examination on Tuesday. The club did not disclose the length of his contract, nor the transfer fee.

Bremen coach Viktor Skripnik says, "Max is flexible across the attack and gives us more options for our game. We paid attention to his (season) preparations and are certain that he can make an immediate impact on the pitch."

Kruse played for St. Pauli, Freiburg and Borussia Monchengladbach before joining Wolfsburg last summer. Altogether, he has scored 42 goals in 166 Bundesliga games.

Kruse has made 14 appearances for Germany but was dropped ahead of Euro 2016.

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WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — Wolfsburg has signed Poland midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski from Bundesliga rival Borussia Dortmund.

Wolfsburg says the 30-year-old Blaszczykowski signed a deal to 2019. Both clubs agreed not to disclose the transfer fee. Kicker magazine reports a fee of around 5 million euros ($5.6 million).

Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs says, "Blaszczykowski is a player that will do any team good. Not only because of his footballing capabilities, but also because he is a model of dedication, commitment and passion and because he gives 100% to his team."

Blaszczykowski, who played 197 Bundesliga games for Dortmund, winning the league in 2011 and 2012, spent last season on loan at Serie A side Fiorentina.

Injuries hampered his time in Italy, though he impressed at Euro 2016 with Poland.

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MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid says it has acquired French striker Kevin Gameiro from rival Spanish club Sevilla.

In exchange, Atletico has agreed to loan Argentine striker Luciano Vietto to Sevilla for one season.

Atletico says Gameiro will sign a four-year contract after undergoing a standard medical exam.

The 29-year-old Gameiro scored 67 goals during three seasons with Sevilla, helping it win three Europa League titles. Gameiro will join countryman Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres to form the attack of an Atletico side that reached the final of the Champions League last season.

Atletico did not reveal the financial details of Gameiro's transfer.

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Serie A club Juventus has signed forward Gonzalo Higuain from rival Napoli, Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta confirmed to reporters Tuesday.

Higuain, 28, reportedly completed a medical with Juventus over the weekend and agreed to a deal to join the team. with Higuain’s buyout clause reportedly in the range of $98 million. According to BBC.com, the move is the most expensive Italian domestic transfer ever and the third highest of all time

The Argentine striker led Serie A with a league-record 36 goals last season, and had two years left on his deal after joining Napoli from Real Madrid in 2013.

Juventus has been heavily rumored in talks to sell midfielder Paul Pogba to Manchester United for a substantial fee even higher than what Higuain reportedly cost. Higuain would fill a need for Juve up front, with striker Alvaro Morata returning to Real Madrid after the club exercised its buy-back clause.

Higuain had also been linked to Arsenal and Atletico Madrid.