Friday Transfer Update

In the last few hours, we have witnessed the announcements of a number of fairly high-profile transfers, although some sources might be considered questionable. In this respect, it is believed that Brazilian defender Miranda is set to leave Atletico Madrid for Italian giants Inter Milan for fee in the region of €15 million. The 30 year-old was instrumental in Atletico’s success in recent years and will now alongside Nemanja Vidic at the heart of Inter’s struggling defence. In this context, Inter had also just announced the signing of another centre back, namely Jeison Murillo, who cost the Nerazurri €8 million, after joining from Spanish side Granada.

Juventus have been active in the wake of Carlos Tevez’ imminent departure and seem to have secured the services of Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic, who will cost the club €18 million. Whilst Atletico look like losing several key players, Juventus seem intent on establishing themselves in Europe’s elite, after losing this month’s Champions League final to Barcelona. Elsewhere in Spain, Villarreal have signed a duo of talented youngsters from Malaga, by luring Samu and Samuel Castillejo to Valencia for a combined fee of €16 million.

Arsenal’s current first-choice goalkeeper David Ospina is on his way to Turkish giants Fenerbahce, ultimately paving the way for Petr Cech to join the north Londoners in the next few days. Ospina is worth €5.5 million to Fener. Meanwhile, Spurs striker Harry Kane insists that although he is flattered by Manchester United’s interest, he is set to remain at White Hart Lane. Premier League new boys Watford have bid a club-record of just under €10 million for Genoa winger Diego Perotti, who had only joined the Italian side for around €350,000 last summer. The winger has also been linked with West Ham, Inter and Valencia, and comes with a reputation of four goals and six assists in 27 Serie A games last season. Austrian striker Andreas Weimann has left Aston Villa to join championship side Derby County for fee of around €4 million, after spending eight years at Villa Park.

Slightly unusual news have come out of the French league, with striker Andre-Pierre Gignac choosing to leave Olympique Marseille for Mexican club Tigres UANL. The French international had been linked with several clubs across Europe and had scored 77 goals in 186 games for Marseille during his five seasons at the club.

Stay tuned, as the transfer window continues to keep us busy.