De Jong inks Milan deal
Tough-tackling Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong has been included in the AC Milan side to face Bologna after signing a three-year deal, the Serie A club said. Milan have not yet announced the price of the transfer, but after he put pen to paper Milan said in a statement: “Milan have officially signed Nigel de Jong from Manchester City. The Dutch midfielder has signed a three-year contract which ends on June 30, 2015.” Dutch international De Jong, a product of Ajax, joined City from German side Hamburg SV in 2009 and played 104 times. His arrival may go part way to soothing the Rossoneri fans’ pain of losing Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, both to Paris Saint-Germain.
Champions land Sinclair
Premier League champions Manchester City completed their swoop for Swansea City winger Scott Sinclair yesterday. Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has been keen to land Sinclair since the end of last season and the Italian finally got his man after making a new bid of about ￡6.2 million (US$9.8 million) for the former Chelsea player earlier this week. “I’m just glad everything is settled and that I’m now a City player,” Sinclair told Manchester City’s Web site. “There were times when I thought it might not happen, so I’m relieved that I’m here and I can’t wait to get started. Playing alongside some of the best players in the world is exciting for me and when you see two Champions League fixtures against Real Madrid on the horizon, it brings it all home.”
QPR sign Esteban Granero
Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero has become the latest player to sign for Queens Park Rangers, the Premier League club announced late on Thursday. The 25-year-old has agreed a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee after making 60 appearances for Real. “He is a great player, first and foremost,” QPR manager Mark Hughes said. “You don’t play at a club like Real Madrid if you’re not.” Granero told the west London club’s Web site: “I’m very happy to be here. I love the passion of the English fans and, from what I know, QPR supporters are amongst the very best.”
Reds sell Adam to Potters
Liverpool has sold Charlie Adam to Stoke City yesterday after the Scotland midfielder fell out of favor at Anfield. A day after sending striker Andy Carroll on loan to West Ham United, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers let Adam join Stoke on a four-year deal as he continues his reshaping of the squad. The transfer fee was not disclosed, but British media said it was in the region of ￡4 million. “This club’s on the up and it’s great to be a part of it,” Adam said. “I hope I can help them to improve upon the success which has been achieved over the past few years.”
Mallorca sign Dos Santos
RCD Mallorca have signed Giovani dos Santos from Tottenham Hotspur on a four-year deal, while Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente was waiting to see where he would end up. Dos Santos is the first significant move made by Mallorca since being barred from the Europa League in 2010 due to financial difficulties. Llorente, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has not played for Bilbao as the club wait to see if any team will pay his 36 million euros (US$45 million) buy-out clause. Meanwhile, Malaga have signed Javier Saviola from SL Benfica, while RC Celta de Vigo have taken Arsenal striker Park Chu-young on loan.