Samir Nasri leaves Manchester City to join Antalyaspor

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has left the club to join Turkish side Antalyaspor for a fee of around €8million.

The Frenchman has joined on a two-year deal and will sign officially for the Super Lig club subject to international clearance.

Nasri joined from Arsenal in 2011 and played 176 times for City, scoring 27 goals and won two Premier League titles, two Capital One Cups and the Community Shield.

“Everybody at the Club wishes Samir good luck in the next chapter of his career and would like to thank him for some fantastic memories,” read a statement on the club’s website.

Chris Wood joins Burnley from Leeds United on a club-record transfer

Burnley have signed striker Chris Wood from Leeds for a club-record fee, the Premier League club have announced.

The Clarets are understood to have paid £15million for the New Zealand forward, rising to £18million.

The deal tops the £13million they paid Norwich for Republic of Ireland international Robbie Brady in January.

Wood, 25, arrives at Turf Moor after finishing as leading scorer in the Championship last season with 27 goals for the Yorkshiremen.

He also scored on the opening day of the current season before ending a prolific two-year stay with Leeds, which brought him 44 goals in 88 games towards a career total of 101 goals in 293 club appearances.

And Wood’s move to Burnley for an undisclosed fee means a long-awaited return to the Premier League following earlier brief spells in the top flight with West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City.

“My ambition has been to play in the Premier League for years,” Wood told Clarets Player HD.

“I’ve had tastes of being in there but I’ve never had the chance to give it a proper bash.

“Coming here I feel I’ve got a proper opportunity to do that. I’ve never started a Premier League game and this what I want to do.

“This is a club that wants to stay in the Premier League for years to come and it’s going that way.

“The squad has done fantastically over the last couple of years to put themselves in the position they are now.

“There have been some great additions this summer, which I’m sure has given everyone an added boost, to move forward and cement us as a Premier League team and looking on further up the league.

“The manager has given me a lot of confidence and backed me to bring me here, which is what you want.

“I’ve still got a lot of good years ahead of me. I’ve got lots of ambitions to achieve in the future. I’ve got goals and dreams that I want to achieve and it starts here.”

Auckland-born Wood has scored 20 times in 52 appearances for New Zealand and, as well playing in the 2010 World Cup as an 18-year-old, became the youngest captain of the ‘All Whites’ when he led the side for the first time in November, 2014.

Wood is eligible to play for Burnley in the Carabao Cup after being an unused substitute in Leeds’ opening-round win over Port Vale and will be available for Wednesday night’s second-round tie at Blackburn Rovers.

Geoffrey Kondogbia joins Valencia on loan from Inter Milan

Valencia have moved to sign a Liverpool midfield target Geoffrey Kondogbia on loan from Inter Milan.

The 24-year-old French holding midfielder was understood to be a target for Jurgen Klopp after the German failed to sign Naby Keita from RB Leipzig this summer.

Kondogbia has joined Marcelino’s rebuilding job at Valencia.

The player has returned to La Liga four years after leaving Sevilla for Monaco, later joining Inter in 2015.

Local media reports claim that Valencia’s Joao Cancelo will go on loan to the Serie A club as part of the deal.

Valencia will need to pay €25million to buy Kondogbia at the end of his one-year loan period.

The deal for Kondogbia follows the signing of centre-backs Jeison Murillo and Gabriel Paulista.

Arsenal duo of Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall join Birmingham on loan

Birmingham have completed the double loan signing of Arsenal defenders Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall.

The duo move to St Andrews for the 2017/18 season, although there is no option to buy for the Championship club.

Blues boss Harry Redknapp has made no secret of the fact he wants to add numbers to his squad before the transfer deadline.

Former England international Jenkinson, 25, has been surplus to requirements at Arsenal and played just five games for the Gunners last season.

He spent two seasons on loan at West Ham between 2014 and 2016 before a serious knee injury saw him return to the Emirates Stadium, where he found himself well down the pecking order in Arsene Wenger’s ranks.

Bramall has yet to feature for Arsenal’s first-team in a competitive match but was part of their pre-season tour squad.

The 21-year-old left-back was plucked from non-league last season, joining from Hednesford Town.

Both players go straight into the Birmingham squad for their Carabao Cup second-round clash at home to Bournemouth on Tuesday night.

Serie A results: Roma,Milan and Inter WIN; Lazio held by newcomers SPAL

Atalanta 0 – 1 Roma

Bologna 1 – 1 Torino

Crotone 0 – 3 AC Milan

Inter 3 – 0 Fiorentina

Lazio 0 – 0 SPAL 2013

Sampdoria 2 – 1 Benevento

Sassuolo 0 – 0 Genoa

Udinese 1 – 2 Chievo Verona

  • Crotone 0 – 3 AC Milan

Academy product Patrick Cutrone was the standout performer in an AC Milan team chock-full of expensive summer signings as his goal and assist helped the ambitious Rossoneri thrash 10-man Crotone 3-0 in Serie A on Sunday night.

The match at Stadio Ezio Scida was an opportunity for Milan fans — especially those who missed last week’s 6-0 demolition of Shkendija in the Europa League playoffs — to get a first glimpse of the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Hakan Calhanoglu and Andre Silva, who have all signed up for a bold new era at San Siro.

However Silva, the striker purchased at a premium from Porto in June, did not start, with 19-year-old Cutrone preferred.

Any disappointment among travelling supporters faded when, after Franck Kessie opened the scoring from the penalty spot, Cutrone headed his first league goal before deftly setting up Suso.

Crotone’s task was made all the more difficult by the fact they lost centre-back Federico Ceccherini in the incident that allowed Kessie to notch from the spot.

The scoreline is the same one by which reigning champions Juventus beat Cagliari in Saturday’s curtain-raiser and Milan will hope their determination to win a first Scudetto since 2011 has been effectively conveyed.

  • Inter 3 – 0 Fiorentina

Inter Milan are also hoping to return to former glories under Chinese owners and Mauro Icardi got them off to a strong start with a brace in their 3-0 home victory over Fiorentina.

The Argentinian forward boosted Luciano Spalletti’s Inter into an early lead from the penalty spot and turned Ivan Perisic’s assist home in the 15th minute.

In the second half, Perisic – a reported target for Manchester United – turned scorer to rubber-stamp the outcome.

  • Atalanta 0 – 1 Roma

Aleksandar Kolarov ensured Eusebio Di Francesco made a winning start to life as Roma’s new head coach by firing the Giallorossi to a 1-0 victory at Atalanta.

The summer signing from Manchester City steered home a 31st-minute free-kick that secured all three points for last season’s runners-up.

Atalanta made an unexpected run to fourth place – and Europa League football – last term but the Bergamo outfit could not avoid defeat as substitute Josip Ilicic failed to salvage a point when he slammed the ball against a post with three minutes remaining.

Francesco Totti, who retired at the end of the 2016-17 campaign following 24 years as a Roma striker, watched from the stands in his new role as a director.

  • Bologna 1 – 1 Torino

In-demand striker Andrea Belotti was denied a second-half winner by the video assistant referee as Torino had to settle for a 1-1 draw atBologna.

Federico Di Francesco fired the Rossoblu ahead before Adem Ljajic replied thanks largely to a howler from home goalkeeper Antonio Mirante.

  • Lazio 0 – 0 SPAL 2013

Newly-promoted SPAL took a point from their trip to Lazio, with Federico Viviani hitting a post for the Ferrara club in a goalless draw.

  • Sampdoria 2 – 1 Benevento

Newcomers Benevento went down 2-1 at Sampdoria as Fabio Quagliarella’s brace cancelled out Amato Ciciretti’s 15th-minute effort.

  • Udinese 1 – 2 Chievo Verona

Valter Birsa’s sumptuous strike clinched Chievo the points from a 2-1 success at Udinese, where Cyril Thereau had responded to Roberto Inglese’s opener.

  • Sassuolo 0 – 0 Genoa

Genoa earned a vital away point after a goalless draw with Sassuolo.

La Liga results: Real, Barca WIN

Athletic Bilbao 0 – 0 Getafe

Barcelona 2 – 0 Real Betis

Deportivo La Coruna 0 – 3 Real Madrid

  • Deportivo La Coruna 0 – 3 Real Madrid

Gareth Bale scored one and assisted another as Real Madrid began their La Liga title defence with an easy victory at Deportivo La Coruna, although Sergio Ramos was sent off in injury time.

With Cristiano Ronaldo suspended, Bale tapped in from Karim Benzema’s scuffed shot to put Madrid ahead.

Casemiro ended a move with 44 passes by converting Marcelo’s cross, before Toni Kroos smashed in from Bale’s pass.

Keylor Navas then saved Florin Andone’s penalty, before Ramos was dismissed.

The Madrid defender picked up his second yellow card for a high elbow in an aerial challenge, having received his first for shoving Fabian Schar’s face.

Ramos, 31, has now been sent off 23 times for Madrid, and 18 times in La Liga, a joint record he shares with ex-Sevilla defender Pablo Alfaro and Xavi Aguado, formerly of Real Zaragoza.

  • Barcelona 2 – 0 Real Betis

Lionel Messi hit the post three times as Barcelona opened their La Liga campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Real Betis.

The 30-year-old, who was looking for his 350th goal in the competition, was denied by the woodwork before the break and twice after it as Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan enjoyed good fortune at the Nou Camp.

However, an evening on which the club paid tribute to the victims of last week’s terror attack in the city before kickoff ended in satisfactory fashion for the Catalan giants with Alin Tosca’s own goal and a second from Sergio Roberto handing new manager Ernesto Valverde victory in his first league game at the helm.

Stung by their 5-1 aggregate Spanish Super Cup defeat by arch-rivals Real Madrid, Barca, whose players wore the word “Barcelona” on the backs of their shirts rather than their own names, might have taken the lead with less than three minutes gone when Gerard Deulofeu stabbed a shot wide from close range after being picked out by Sergio Roberto.

Messi whipped a left-footed effort wide seconds later with the visitors firmly on the back foot, and then curled a 14th-minute free kick on to the roof of the net.

The Argentinian went even closer with a swerving 25th-minute shot, and was then denied by the post 10 minutes later with his shot having comprehensively beaten Adan.

However, Barca took the lead within seconds when defender Tosca turned Deulofeu’s cross into his own net, and it was 2-0 six minutes before the break.

Javier Mascherano’s superbly-timed challenge on Leon Limones sparked a lighting break which ended in emphatic style when Roberto steered Deulofeu’s cross into the net.

Messi went close once again on the hour when he ended a scintillating run with a curling left-foot shot which once again clipped the foot of the post with Adan helpless.

Barca were rampant, but their Argentinian superstar’s luck had for once deserted him with the woodwork coming to Betis’ rescue for a third time with nine minutes remaining, this time repelling his blistering rising drive.

  • Athletic Bilbao 0 – 0 Getafe

Getafe keeper Vicente Guaita was the hero as 10-man Getafe left Athletic Bilbao with a hard-earned point.

The Primera Liga new boys played the final 24 minutes with a numerical disadvantage after midfielder Alvaro Jimenez had been sent off for a second bookable offence, and they might even have emerged with all three points had it not been for Kepa Arrizabalaga’s save from Markel Bergara’s early header.

Bundesliga results: Nico Elvedi lone strike help Gladbach edge Cologne; Stalemate at Freiburg

Freiburg 0 – 0 Eintracht Frankfurt Borussia Moenchengladbach 1 – 0 FC Cologne

  • Borussia Moenchengladbach 1 – 0 FC Cologne

Borussia Monchengladbach kicked off their new Bundesliga campaign with a 1-0 home win over rivals Cologne thanks to Nico Elvedi’s 49th-minute strike.

The hosts started brightly at Borussia-Park with Thorgan Hazard, Raffael and Lars Stindl all going close early on, although Jhon Cordoba also threatened for the visitors on two occasions before the break.

However, Borussia finished the half strongly with Elvedi and Hazard both passing up late chances.

They eventually took the lead four minutes into the second half when Elvedi fired home from inside the penalty area, and Raffael might have doubled their advantage six minutes later, but went agonisingly wide.

Cologne responded with Leonardo Bittencourt and Cordoba going close in quick succession, but Stindl forced Timo Horn to make a 71st-minute save with the game approaching a tense conclusion.

Milos Jojic might have snatched an equaliser 14 minutes from time, but there proved to be no way back for the visitors.

  • Freiburg 0 – 0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Sebastien Haller struck the crossbar as Eintracht Frankfurt came close to victory at Freiburg.

The striker hit the woodwork with a right-foot shot 36 minutes into a game of few clear-cut chances which ultimately ended 0-0.

Defender Simon Falette had earlier headed just wide for the visitors, although Lukas Hradecky had to save from Freiburg’s Tim Kleindienst on the stroke of half-time.

Marc-Oliver Kempf went close for the home side four minutes after the restart and Kevin-Prince Boateng almost broke the deadlock at the other end with 21 minutes remaining, but there was no separating the teams.