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August 28, 2016

Claudio Bravo signs Manchester City

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On Thursday, Spanish football club FC Barcelona announced their first-choice goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo, was sold to English club Manchester City F.C. for €18 million on a four-year deal. Manchester City is obliged to pay €2 million as add-ons.

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33-year-old Claudio Bravo joined the Catalonians in the 2014 summer transfer window from Real Sociedad to replace Víctor Valdés. Bravo conceded only 43 goals in 75 matches overall, 72 La Liga matches, for the club.

In 2014, Bravo did not concede a single goal in nine consecutive league matches and set a new La Liga record for consecutive minutes without a concession. That season, he conceded only eighteen goals and won the Zamora Trophy awarded to the goalkeeper with the lowest goal-conceded-per-match ratio. He was named in the La Liga Team of the Season.

In two seasons at Camp Nou, Bravo won eight trophies — two La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys, and one each of UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and Super Copa de España. Last year, Bravo led Chile to their maiden Copa América title and successfully defended the title this year in the Centenario edition of the tournament. He was named Goalkeeper of the Tournament in both tournaments.

After signing Manchester City, Bravo said, “It is not easy to leave a club like Barcelona where I had two fantastic years, but the opportunity to work with Pep Guardiola was too good to refuse.”

Earlier on Thursday, Barcelona announced signing Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen from AFC Ajax for €13 million.

Bravo faces Barcelona in the Champions League group stage, as the draw on Thursday placed Barcelona and Manchester City both in Group C.



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August 10, 2016

Manchester United signs Pogba, now costliest player in history

Manchester United signs Pogba, now costliest player in history

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Yesterday, English football club Manchester United F.C. announced signing Frenchman Paul Pogba from Italian club Juventus F.C. Pogba rejoined The Red Devils on a five-year contract for €105 million making him the most expensive footballer of all time by breaking the previous fee record of Gareth Bale‘s transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Spanish capital club Real Madrid.

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23-year-old midfielder Paul Pogba made his professional debut for United in 2011 after graduating from their academy. He played only seven games before leaving for Juventus the next year. Spending four years with the Old Lady, Pogba has won four Serie A titles, three Italian Super Cups, and two Coppa Italia trophies as well.

Pogba has played 38 games for the French side, netting six goals. Last month he collected a silver medal with the national team finishing runners-up at the UEFA Euro 2016, losing 1–0 to Portugal. This year, Pogba was named in the FIFA FIFPro team of the year as well as the UEFA team of the year.

After signing the five-year contract, Paul Pogba said, “I am delighted to rejoin United. It has always been a club with a special place in my heart and I am looking forward to working with [United manager] José Mourinho.” Mourinho praised Pogba and said Pogba “will be a key part of the United team”.

Pogba has been allotted the number 6 jersey. Previously, Manchester United signed Zlatan Ibrahimović, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Eric Bailly.



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July 9, 2016

Mkhitaryan joins Manchester United, Sandro signs Málaga

Mkhitaryan joins Manchester United, Sandro signs Málaga

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File photo of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 2014.
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In association football signings this week, on Wednesday English football club Manchester United F.C. announced the signing of Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan from German club Borussia Dortmund; and on Thursday Spanish club Málaga CF announced signing striker Sandro Ramírez from FC Barcelona.

Mkhitaryan joins Manchester United[]

The Armenian captain signed a four-year contract with Manchester United, which was the third signing under José Mourinho this season. In his contract, Mhkitarayan has an option to continue with The Red Devils for the fifth season.

Having won the Armenian Footballer of the Year five times since his debut in 2007, Mkhitaryan was voted Bundesliga Player of the Season for 2015–2016. Making 140 appearances for Dortmund since joining in 2013, he has scored 41 goals. Last season he provided 32 assists in all competitions. Mkhitaryan is the nation’s top scorer with nineteen goals so far.

After agreeing to the terms Henrikh Mkhitaryan said, “I am very proud to join Manchester United, this move is a dream come true for me.”

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke explained the transfer saying, “Manchester had made us an exceptionally generous offer. If we had not taken them up on it, then the player would have gone a year later in 2017 on a free transfer.”((de))

Mkhitaryan is the third signing of the club this season.

Sandro is Málaga’s new striker[]

Málaga CF signed 20-year-old striker Sandro Ramírez on a three-year term from Barcelona.

Graduated from La Masia, Sandro has scored seven goals for the blaugranas in 32 appearances. He was promoted to the first team in 2014. Sandro has won seven trophies with Barça. In the Copa del Rey, Sandro has scored three goals in twenty appearances.

At international level, Sandro has played three U-21 (under-21) matches for Spain.



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July 4, 2016

Footballers Neymar, Zlatan, Nolito sign contracts

Footballers Neymar, Zlatan, Nolito sign contracts

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On Friday, Neymar Jr agreed to a five-year contract extension with FC Barcelona, Zlatan Ibrahimović to a one-year contract with Manchester United F.C. as a free agent, and Nolito joined Manchester City F.C. from Celta de Vigo for a four-year term.

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End of speculations about Neymar’s future[]

Previously, Barcelona received offers for Neymar from Paris Saint Germain, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Real Madrid. But on Friday, Neymar agreed to sign a five-year contract extension with the blaugranes. Neymar has scored 85 goals in 141 appearances for Barça winning eight trophies. This year, he finished third in the FIFA Ballon d’Or.

Per the contract extension, Neymar’s buyout clause is €200million for the first season which would rise to €250million after the end of the second season. The formal presentation of the extension is to be two weeks later before Neymar leaves for his international duties for the Olympics 2016 in his homeland.

After the agreement, Neymar tweeted, “Very happy to continue living this dream!((pt)) Long Live Barcelona and long live Catalunya((ca))“.

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Ibrahimović and Mourinho reunite[]

Zlatan’s contract with French club Paris Saint Germain expired in June and Zlatan indicated his next move to Manchester United tweeting, “Time to let the world know. My next destination is @ManUtd [Manchester United]”. Zlatan has made 180 appearances for Paris and scored 156 goals. He became the club’s top scorer and helped the club win two domestic titles in a row, scoring 38 goals in Ligue 1 last season.

Former Swedish captain Zlatan played under José Mourinho at Italian club FC Internazionale Milano‎ in the 2008–2009 season before Zlatan left for Pep Guardiola‘s FC Barcelona in exchange for Samuel Eto’o.

After completing his second signing of the season, Mourinho said, “Zlatan needs no introduction. The statistics speak for themselves.” Debuting in 1999, Zlatan has won domestic titles in four different nations and six different clubs winning the ‘Swedish Footballer of the Year’ nine consecutive times.

After agreeing to the terms Zlatan said, ” I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League. It goes without saying that I cannot wait to work with Jose Mourinho once again.”

Arsenal F.C. tried to persuade Zlatan when he was 17 years old, when manager Arsène Wenger asked him to do a trial with the club. He declined the offer; recalling the incident later, he explained, “Zlatan doesn’t do auditions.”

At international level, Zlatan is Sweden’s all-time top scorer with 62 goals in 116 games. He retired from the Swedish team last month after their Euro exit.

At Barcelona, Zlatan won five trophies in one season, but clashed with Guardiola. He is likely to face Guardiola’s Manchester City in their local derby.

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Nolito to work with Guardiola for a longer period[]

Manchester City under Pep Guardiola‘s management signed Nolito from Spanish club Celta Vigo. At Celta Vigo, he scored 39 goals in 106 appearances.

Nolito joined FC Barcelona B in 2008 just when Guardiola vacated the manager spot of the reserve team. Three years later, Nolito was promoted to the first team and played five matches under Guardiola. With limited playing time with Barcelona, he moved to Portuguese club S.L. Benfica.

Scoring 16 goals in 63 matches for Benfica, he was transferred to the Celts after a short loan to Granada CF. In three seasons with Celta Vigo, Nolito gained a place in Spain’s international team. Playing four matches in UEFA Euro 2016, Nolito scored one goal against Turkey.

Nolito has been allotted the Number 9 jersey.



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July 3, 2016

Neymar extends Barça contract, Zlatan joins Manchester United and Nolito signs Manchester City

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On Friday, Neymar Jr signed a five-year contract extension with FC Barcelona, Zlatan Ibrahimović signed a one-year contract with Manchester United F.C. as a free agent and Nolito joined Manchester City F.C. from Celta de Vigo on four-years term.

End of speculations about Neymar’s future[]

Previously, Barcelona received offers from Neymar from Paris Saint Germain, Manchester United, Manchester City and Real Madrid. But on Friday, Neymar agreed and signed a five-year contract extension with the Blaugranas. Neymar has scored 85 goals in 141 appearances for Barça winning eight trophies. This year, he finished third in the FIFA Ballon d’Or.

Per the contract extension, Neymar’s buyout clause is €200million for the first season which would raise to €250million after the end of the second season. The formal presentation of the extension is to be presented two weeks later before Neymar leaves for his international duties for the Olympics 2016 in his homeland.

After the agreement, Neymar tweeted, “Muito feliz de continuar vivendo esse sonho! Visca Barça y visca Catalunya((en))“.

Ibrahimović and Mourinho reunites[]

Zlatan’s contract with French club Paris Saint Germain expired in June end and Zlatan indicated his next move to Manchester United tweeting, “Time to let the world know. My next destination is @manutd [Manchester United]”. Zlatan has made 180 appearances for Paris and scored 156 goals. He became the club’s top scorer and helped the club win two domestic titles in a row, scoring 38 goals in Ligue 1 last season.

Former Swedish captain Zlatan played under José Mourinho at Italian club FC Internazionale Milano‎ in 2008–2009 season before Zlatan left for Pep Guardiola‘s FC Barcelona in exchange of Samuel Eto’o.

After completing his second signing of the season ,Mourinho said, “Zlatan needs no introduction. The statistics speak for themselves.” Debuting in 1999, Zlatan has won domestic titles in four different nations and six different clubs winning the ‘Swedish Footballer of the Year’ nine consecutive times.

After agreeing to the terms Zlatan said, ” I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League. It goes without saying that I cannot wait to work with Jose Mourinho once again.”

Arsenal F.C. tried to persuade Zlatan when he was 17 years old when manager Arsène Wenger asked him to do a trial with the club. He declined the offer saying, “Zlatan doesn’t do auditions.”

At international level, Zlatan is Sweden’s all-time top scorer with 62 goals in 116 games. He retired from Swedish team last month after Euro exit.

At Barcelona, Zlatan won five trophies in one season, but his morals clashed with Guardiola. He is likely to face Guardiola’s Manchester City in their local derby.

Nolito to work with Guardiola for a longer period[]

Manchester City signed Nolito from Spanish club Celta Vigo under Pep Guardiola‘s management. At Celta Vigo, he scored 39 goals in 106 appearances.

Nolito joined FC Barcelona B in 2008 just when Guardiola vacated manager spot of the reserve team. Three years later, Nolito was promoted to the first team and played five matches under Guardiola. Due to lack of playing time, he moved to Portuguese club S.L. Benfica.

Scoring 16 goals in 63 matches for Benfica, he was transferred to the Celts after a short loan to Granda CF. Three seasons with Celta Vigo, Nolito gained a place in Spain’s international team. Playing four matches in UEFA Euro 2016, Nolito scored one goal against Turkey.

Nolito has been allotted Number 9 jersey.


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July 2, 2016

Manchester City signs Nolito on four-year terms

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Yesterday, English football club Manchester City F.C. signed Spanish forward Nolito from Spanish club Celta de Vigo on a four-year contract under Pep Guardiola‘s management. The duo were together at Catalonian club FC Barcelona before Nolito was transferred to Portuguese club S.L. Benfica as he did not get enough playing time.

Nolito gained a spot in Spain’s international team after joining Celta Vigo. In 103 appearances for Os Célticos, Nolito has scored 39 goals.

After agreeing to the terms, Nolito said, “I think that Pep Guardiola is one of the best managers in the world. He knows a lot about the game and he’s going to help me progress as a player and I’m sure he’ll get the best out of me.”

In 2006, Nolito made his professional debut for Écija Balompié. In 2008, he was transferred to FC Barcelona B – the reserve team that was managed by Guardiola till 2008. In three seasons, Nolito scored 29 goals for the reserve team. He met Guardiola when he was promoted to the first team. Nolito made just five appearances for Blaugrana and left of Benfica where he scored 16 goals in 63 matches.

Nolito made his international debut aged 28. In UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, he played all four matches for Spain, scoring one goal against Turkey. He also scored two goals against Bosnia and Herzegovina and South Korea.

Manchester City has allotted number 9 jersey for Nolito. One month ago, German midfielder Ilkay Gündogan joined the Cityzens.


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July 1, 2016

Zlatan signs Manchester United

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Former Swedish football captain Zlatan Ibrahimović signed a one year contract with English football club Manchester United F.C. under José Mourinho’s management yesterday. The duo were together at Italian club FC Internazionale Milano‎ in 2008–2009 season before Zlatan left for Pep Guardiola‘s FC Barcelona in exchange of Samuel Eto’o.

Zlatan’s four-year contract with French capital club Paris Saint Germain ended the day before and indicating his move, he tweeted “”. Mourinho said, “Zlatan needs no introduction. The statistics speak for themselves.” Debuting in 1999, Zlatan has won domestic titles in four different nations and six different clubs winning the ‘Swedish Footballer of the Year’ nine consecutive times.

After agreeing to the terms Zlatan said, ” I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League. It goes without saying that I cannot wait to work with Jose Mourinho once again.”

Zlatan was the Serie A top scorer in 2011–2012 season for A.C. Milan scoring 28 league goals before leaving for PSG. Scoring ten goals in eight UEFA Champions League fixtures in 2013–2014 he scored the fastest hat-trick in the tournament history.

Arsenal F.C. tried to persuade Zlatan when he was 17 years old when manager Arsène Wenger asked him to do a trial with the club. He replied saying “Zlatan doesn’t do auditions.”

Zlatan has made 180 appearances for Paris and scored 156 goals. He became the club’s tops corer and helped the club win two domestic titles in a row, scoring 38 goals in Ligue 1 last season. Zlatan is Swedish record goalscorer scoring 62 goals in 116 appearances of which eleven were scored in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifications being second to Polish captainRobert Lewandowski.

In Inter, Zlatan won three consecutive Scudetti — Serie A titles from 2006 till 2009 after moving from Juventus FC winning two titles with them later stripped off due to Calciopoli scandal.

Zlatan was awarded FIFA Puskas in 2013 for his goal against England when Joe Hart was guarding the net.

At Barcelona, Zlatan won the La Liga, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and two Super Copa de Espana trophies but his morals clashed with Barça manager Guardiola. Zlatan is likely to face Guardiola’s Manchester City F.C. in the city derby.


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June 11, 2016

Eric Bailly leaves Villarreal for four-year deal with Manchester United

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On Wednesday, English football club Manchester United F.C. signed 22-year-old Ivorian central-defender Eric Bailly from Spanish club Villarreal CF on a four-year contract.

Cquote1.svg I am looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and to starting this new chapter of my life. Cquote2.svg

—Eric Bailly

Bailly joined Villarreal in January 2015 from Barcelona-based club RCD Espanyol. Since then, the Ivorian has played 47 matches for Villarreal in one-and-a-half seasons. Last year, Bailly won the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast and played all six matches in the tournament. He made fifteen international appearances.

Manchester United’s manager José Mourinho praised the centre-back saying, “Eric is a young central defender with great natural talent. He has progressed well to date and has the potential to become one of the best around.”

After signing the contract, Bailly said, “It is a dream come true to be joining Manchester United. To play football at the highest level is all I have ever wanted to do […] I am looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and to starting this new chapter of my life.”

He has an option to extend his contract for two more years in the deal.


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June 2, 2016

Manchester City sign Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund

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Today, English football club Manchester City F.C. announced the signing of German midfielder Ilkay Gündogan from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal.

The 25-year-old, currently sidelined with a knee injury, will miss the Euro 2016 but is expected to return ahead of the 2016-17 Premier League season. The midfielder reportedly signed with the club for a sum of about 20 million pounds

In an interview with the club, Gundogan said “When I learned of City’s interest my heart was set on coming. Things things have moved very quickly.” The central midfielder was described by his former manager, Jurgen Klopp, as ‘an intelligent and complete midfielder with numerous strengths.”

Since joining Borussia Dortmund in 2011, Gundogan helped them win the Bundesliga title in the 2011-12 season, and reach the final of the Champions League in 2013. Despite being sidelined for the upcoming Euro 2016, Gundogan played a part in taking Germany to the semi-finals in the competition in 2012.



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Today, English football club Manchester City announced the signing of German midfielder Ilkay Gündogan from Borussia Dortmund for four years. By mutual agreement, the clubs kept the terms of signing undisclosed.

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Cquote1.svg When I learned of City’s interest my heart was set on coming here and things have moved very quickly. Cquote2.svg

—Ilkay Gündogan

Gündogan came from Schalke 04‘s youth system, and made his professional debut aged 15 with Vfl Bochum in 2008–09. Before joining Dortmund in 2011, he made 53 appearances for FC Nurnberg.

After completing the Manchester City move, Gündogan said, “I’m thrilled to have signed for Manchester City[…] When I learned of City’s interest my heart was set on coming here and things have moved very quickly.”

Dortmund’s Sporting Director Michael Zorc thanked Gündogan, saying, “We would like to thank Ilkay Gündogan for five extraordinary years in Dortmund. BVB would like to wish him a speedy recovery and all the best for his future endeavours in Manchester”((de)).

Gündogan scored four goals in 36 appearances in his debut season for Dortmund when the club won the Bundesliga title as well as DFB-Pokal — the German Cup. Gündogan has played sixteen international matches and scored four goals.

Currently, he has an injured knee and is to miss UEFA Euro 2016. Gündogan joins Manchester City on July 1.


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