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.

Latest Football News

  • Manchester City are willing to activate the £300million buy-out clause in Lionel Messi’s Barcelona contract.
  • City officials have met Messi’s representatives to discuss the possibility of a move for the 30-year-old to the Etihad.
  • Manchester United expect Zlatan Ibrahimovic to sign a new contract to stay at Old Trafford as early as this week.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has suggested his knee is almost strong enough to return to football by posting a video of himself kicking a punching bag.
  • Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri is in talks to join Turkish side Antalyaspor on a two-year contract.
  • Nasri, 30, was pictured boarding a flight to Turkey on Sunday, when he is expected to have a medical.
  • Barcelona are stepping up their interest in Nice’s26-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder Jean Michael Seri.
  • Barca will pay Seri’s 40m euro (£36.5m) release clause and the player will sign on Monday.
  • Barcelona told Liverpool they have until Sunday to accept their £118m bid for 25-year-old attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho, or the offer will be withdrawn.

  • Hamburg winger Nicolai Muller will miss the next seven months after he ruptured a knee ligament in celebrating a goal.

Twelve-year-old forward Youssoufa Moukoko has scored eight goals in three games for Borussia Dortmund’sunder-17 side this season.

  • Manchester City are ready to pay Arsenal £70m for their 28-year-old forward Alexis Sanchez.
  • City will offer Sanchez a contract worth £400,000 a week.
  • Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City are all keen to sign 18-year-old Fenerbahce midfielder Oguz Kagan.
  • Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is planning to spend £200m on Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 27, Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, and three defenders from Southampton: Virgil van Dijk, 26, Cedric Soares, 25, and Ryan Bertrand, 28.
  • The Blues have also enquired about central defender Toby Alderweireld’s interest in leaving Tottenham, with the 28-year-old’s talks about a new deal progressing poorly.
  • Diego Costa has turned down loan offers from Shanghai SIPG and Tianjin Quanjian that would have earned him £13m between now and November.
  • Atletico Madrid have agreed a 55million Euros fee with Chelsea for Diego Costa.
  • Chelsea will have to pay €25million if they are to sign Antonio Candreva from Inter Milan.
  • AC Milan have decided against any potential move for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere – because of inevitable concerns over his fitness record.
  • Leicester’s Daniel Amartey is a target for Bundesliga side Stuttgart.
  • Chelsea boss Antonio Conte hopes to sign Swansea star Fernando Llorente and Tottenham’s Danny Rose.
  • Chelsea winger Kenedy is set to join Newcastle on loan but striker Michy Batshuayi is likely to stay at Stamford Bridge.
  • The Blues have ditched their interest in signing Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater over the £40million price tag, and turned their attentions to Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Gzegorz Krychowiak.
  • Manchester United target Fabinho will not be joining Paris Saint-Germain this summer as Monaco are unwilling to let their Ligue 1 rivals have both him and Kylian Mbappe.
  • Premier League giants Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool are competing to sign £30million Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Julian Draxler.
  • Wayne Rooney’s impressive form since returning to Everton is on the verge of earning him an England recall.
  • Juventus have also emerged as contenders to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.
  • Newcastle are pondering a deal to bring West Ham striker Andy Carroll back to Tyneside.
  • Brighton have launched a £10million bid for Cardiff striker Kenneth Zohore, with Tomer Hemed a potential makeweight in the deal.

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  • Paris Saint-Germain are getting ready to announce the €200m signing of Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe, which will see the player will earn €18m-a-season for five years.
  • Barcelona’s third and latest offer of £119m for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 25, was rejected, with the bid being made up of a guaranteed £80m and the rest for the Brazilian reaching targets, including winning multiple trophies and the Ballon d’Or.
  • Diego Costa insists he will not return to London to train with the Chelsea squad, but appears to be keeping fit in Blues colours in Brazil.
  • Chelsea want £50m for striker Diego Costa but Atletico Madridare only prepared to offer £30m for the 28-year-old.
  • West Bromwich Albion have reportedly told Manchester City they must pay £35m if they wish to sign defender Jonny Evans.

  • Burnley have agreed a £15m deal with Leeds United to sign New Zealand striker Chris Wood.
  • Jose Mourinho says Chelsea can have no excuses if they fail to mount a strong Premier League title defence this season. The Portuguese says Chelsea should still be considered favourites for the title this season, despite suffering a 3-2 opening day home loss to Burnley.
  • Real Madrid are planning a bid of around £46 million for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.
  • Manchester United will allow De Gea, 26, to join Real Madrid next season if they can sign 18-year-old Italy international Gianluigi Donnarumma from AC Milan.
  • Barcelona are on the verge of signing Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria.

  • Yerry Mina has sealed a move to Barcelona and will join the Liga giants from Palmeiras in 2018. Mina will nevertheless stay at Palmeiras until the end of the year.
  • Barcelona have made a €30 million offer for Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri as they continue their search for new signings.
  • Arsene Wenger is ready to give defender Calum Chambers another chance at Arsenal after selling Gabriel to Valencia.
  • Arsenal are ready to make their move for Julian Draxler, with PSG wanting around £32 million to complete a deal this summer.
  • Paris St-Germain will not entertain the possibility of selling Germany winger Julian Draxler, 23, this summer.

  • Real Madrid want to reward Marco Asensio with a new contract until 2023 and increase his buy-out clause to €500 million.
  • Real have rejected a €75 million offer for Mateo Kovacic from Juventus.
  • Inter Milan are confident of sealing a loan deal for Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala.
  • Inter have made an approach to take Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi on a season-long loan deal.
  • Patrick Roberts is heading back to Celtic on a season-long loan from Manchester City, but no formal agreement has been signed but the deal is expected to become official early next week.

  • Chelsea are targeting 30-year-old Inter Milan and Italy winger Antonio Candreva, with the Serie A club prepared to sell for £25m.
  • The Blues have had a £63 million offer for Italy forward Andrea Belotti knocked back by Torino.
  • Antonio Conte has expressed his dissatisfaction that Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were allowed to leave Chelsea this summer.
  • West Ham defender Winston Reid had to be stretchered off before Saturday’s Premier League clash with Southampton had even kicked off.
  • The Hammers are becoming frustrated in their attempts to sign 25-year-old Portugal midfielder William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon, with the clubs £5.5m apart in their valuations.

  • Tottenham are in advanced talks to sign Argentine centre-back Juan Foyth, 19, from Estudiantes, for a fee of around £9m.
  • Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to sign at least three more players before the close of the transfer window after sealing a deal for Davinson Sanchez.
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  • Leicester City defender Yohan Benalouane, 30, has been offered a three-year deal by Turkish side Osmanlispor.
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  • Crystal Palace are interested in signing Scotland international Oliver Burke from RB Leipzig, but will need to offer £18m to secure his service.
  • Palace boss Frank de Boer, 47, says he turned down an offer to become Liverpool manager because he “wasn’t ready”.
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  • Swansea are hopeful of a £15m move for West Brom’s Nacer Chadli after selling Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton.
  • Birmingham manager Harry Redknapp says he still wants to sign 33-year-old former England winger Stewart Downing from Middlesbrough,but negotiations are proving difficult.
  • Barnsley are in advanced discussions with Nice’s Chinese billionaire majority shareholder Chien Lee over a takeover.
  • Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti has been told by sporting director Hasan Salihamidziche he can no longer smoke inside the club’s training complex.

Juventus sign Blaise Matuidi from PSG

Blaise Matuidi has joined Juventus in an initial €20 million deal after a six-year spell with Paris Saint-Germain.

France international midfielder Matuidi completed a medical in Turin on Thursday and has signed a three-year contract with the Serie A champions.

The transfer fee could raise an additional €10.5m with add-ons based on the number of appearances the 30-year-old makes with Juve.

Matuidi won 16 domestic trophies at PSG and was named as 2015’s French Player of the Year as well as twice being voted into the Ligue 1 Team of the Year.

His final PSG appearance, at Guingamp’s Stade de Roudourou on Sunday, was his 400th in Ligue 1.

PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi said of Matuidi’s exit:

“I will always have great memories of Blaise’s six seasons with our club. He is a player who played every match with generosity and a permanent desire to win everything, earning admiration from everyone.

“Blaise will remain in our hearts and he will always be welcome in the big PSG family. We wish him every success in his first challenge abroad and every success with the France national team in this World Cup season.”

Sylvain Armand, a former PSG player, said Matuidi would have preferred to stay at the club but decided to move once it became clear he was no longer an integral part of coach Unai Emery’s plans.

Armand told Le Parisien:

“Even if he played a lot last season, he quickly realised this campaign that he was not going to get the same playing time.

“He and Juventus will be happy together. It is a shame for PSG, because Blaise always gave absolutely everything. He was in love with the club. He would have preferred to continue his Parisian adventure.”