In the last few days, the transfer mill really started producing and some clubs seem to have already taken significant steps in their respective recruitment activities. Below, we have summarised some of the more remarkable news that we have not covered yet.
Stoke City have announced the signing of Joselu for €8 million from German Bundesliga side Hannover 96. The 25-year old former Real Madrid striker played for Hoffenheim, Eintracht Frankfurt and Hannover respectively and managed to score 22 goals in 79 Bundesliga appearances across three seasons. Bayern Munich announced the signing of Stuttgart’s first-choice goalkeeper Sven Ulreich who will now warm the Munich bench, after accumulating 176 Bundesliga appearances for Stuttgart; the move cost Bayern €3.5 million and Ulreich his career. As for Stuttgart, they are now considering signing Roman Weidenfeller from Dortmund to install him as their new No.1. Goalkeepers seem to be the main topic in the Bundesliga these days, as Franfurt’s Kevin Trapp is linked with a move to French giants PSG.
Kevin Prince Boateng is in negotiations with Milan and may return to the club that boosted his career in the first place. Meanwhile, Jackson Martinez confirmed that nothing is confirmed with any club, so the previous announcement linking him with a switch to the Rossoneri might have been too premature.
Southampton just signed Juanmi from Malaga for €7 million. The 22-year old Spanish youngster scored eight goals in 34 La Liga outings last season and may just be another great signing for the Saints. Chelsea confirmed Radamel Falcao’s loan signing, with Mourinho confident of helping the Colombian find his form. Lazio’s Brazilian midfielder Felipe Anderson continues to be linked with Manchester United, although the name would not really thrill the United faithful.
Rafael van der Vaart has left Hamburg and Germany for one last time and joined La Liga newcomer Real Betis for three years, claiming he wanted to win the title in Spain, ambitions some might class as delusional.
There is surely more to come during the summer and we will keep you posted.