Chygrynskiy signs for Barcelona

Barcelona have signed Ukrainian international defender Dmytro Chygrynskiy for the next five seasons from Shakhtar Donetsk for 25 million euros, the reigning Spanish and European champions said Monday.

The 22-year-old will have a buy-out clause of 100 million euros (143 million dollars) in his contract, the club said in a statement posted on its website.

“I feel lucky to sign for Barca. I?m hoping to improve and form a part of this great team,” he told the club’s television station.

Chygrynskiy’s final game for the Ukrainian side was against Barcelona on Friday in the European Super Cup in Monaco, which the Catalan giants won 1-0 to pick up their second trophy of the season after winning the Spanish Super Cup last week.

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola had been keeping a close eye on the player as he bids to reinforce his squad before the transfer deadline on Monday.

“He knows how to play football, and we need to sign him,” he told Catalan television channel TV3 last week.

Barcelona became the first Spanish club to achieve the treble of the Spanish league, King’s Cup and Champions League titles last season.

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Liverpool offload Itandje to Greek club Kavala

Liverpool goalkeeper Charles Itandje completed a loan move to Greek club Kavala FC on Monday.

Itandje arrived at Anfield two years ago, but has only made seven first-team appearances and the Frenchman will spend the rest of the season in Greece.

The 26-year-old was involved in a controversy in April when television pictures showed him laughing during a memorial service at Anfield to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy.

Ninety-six Liverpool fans died during crushes on terracing at the Leppings Lane end of Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium during a 1989 FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.

Itandje later apologised after being suspended for 14 days and fined two weeks wages but his exit has seemed inevitable ever since.

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Terry signs new five-year contract at Chelsea

Chelsea captain John Terry signed a new five-year contract on Monday that ties him to the Premier League club until 2014.

Terry, 28, had been promised an improved deal when he rejected Manchester City’s attempt to sign him during the close-season.

City were reported to have offered Terry around 200,000 pounds a week to move to Eastlands, but the England defender turned them down and is now likely to finish his career at Stamford Bridge after putting pen to paper on a contract worth a reported 150,000 pounds a week.

“Chelsea is delighted to confirm that John Terry has signed a new five-year contract that keeps him at the club until the end of the 2013-14 season,” a statement on the club’s website announced.

“This reaffirms both John’s and Chelsea’s long stated desire for John to be at Stamford Bridge for the rest of his playing career.”

Terry, who has been at Chelsea since the age of 14, had two years left on his previous contract. But Blues owner Roman Abramovich personally intervened when City came calling and gave the green light to improved terms that will make Terry the highest paid player at the club.

He has made 276 appearances in 12 seasons at Stamford Bridge and has won 54 England caps since 2003.

Terry is the most successful captain in Chelsea’s history, having led his club to two Premier League titles. He has also won four FA Cups, three League Cups and a Cup Winners Cup in the last 11 years.

The Blues are currently top of the Premier League after winning all four of their matches under new manager Carlo Ancelotti.

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Sollied already leaves Heerenveen after just one year

Trond Sollied is no longer head coach of Dutch side SC Heerenveen. After a bad start of the competition the club and the coach decided to end the cooperation.

Sollied’s team had a bad opening of the season: only four points of the possible fifteen were gathered in the first five matches.

Last year Sollied was very successful with Heerenveen: he ended fifth in the competition and managed to win the national cup.

By beating Steve McLaren’s FC Twente in the final the Norwegian trainer managed to raise a national cup for the fifth time in his successful career.

The management of Heerenveen said that `cultural differences` were the main reason for the break up between Sollied and the club.

Before his period with Heerenveen Sollied worked for FK Bodo Glimt and Rosenborg BK in his home country, Belgian clubs AA Gent and Club Brugge, Greek side Olympiakos Pireaus and again AA Gent.

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Santander sign Xisco and Henrique

Racing Santander have sealed loan deals for Newcastle forward Xisco and Barcelona defender Henrique.

Spanish ace Xisco only moved to England in September 2008 but struggled to make an impact in a Magpies side which slipped out of the Premier League to Championship, last season.

And injuries also contributed as he was unable to fulfil his potential while on Tyneside.

But, now the 23-year-old has agreed a season-long deal with Racing.

Henrique is also set to spend the remainder of the 2009/10 campaign in Santander.

The 21-year-old Brazilian, who is yet to force his way into first-team reckoning at Barca on a regular basis, spent last season on loan at German outfit Bayer Leverkusen.

Both men will join up with their new team-mates upon passing a medical.

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Kringe makes Hertha switch

Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin have acted first, on a predicted busy day of last minute signings in the Bundesliga as the transfer window closes, by signing Florian Kringe on a year-long loan deal from rivals Borussia Dortmund.

After three defeats in a row, Hertha were expected to reveal a striker today, but it turns out they will be adding more players to their arsenal than expected.

And the first of those is Kringe, who didn’t get any playing time at Borussia Dortmund this season and will try to help Hertha in the Bundesliga and UEFA Europa League.

The 27-year-old midfielder started his career with TSV Weißtal and Sportfreunde Siegen and played for Borussia Dortmund at various levels from 1994 to 2002 , before joining 1. FC Köln on loan for two years.

In 2004, he rejoined his parent club but lack of first team football, has led the Siegen born player to join the capital based club Hertha.

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Angulo leaves Valencia for Sporting

Miguel Angel Angulo has signed a contract for a year with Portuguese top club Sporting Lisbon.

After twelve years of loyal service Valencia decided to end Angulo’s contract with the Spanish side.

The 32-year-old international was already set for a transfer because of his bad relation with coach Unai Emery and his arguments with the direction about his contract.

Besides Sporting there was also interest from Bolton Wanderers, Everton, Osasuna and Real Zaragoza.

Angulo will sign a contract for a year in Lisbon, with an option for a second season.

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Midfielder Donati completes Celtic-Bari switch

Italian midfielder Massimo Donati completed his move to Serie A club Bari from Celtic on Monday.

Donati has returned to Italy after two years with the Scottish Premier League team.

The 28-year-old made it clear he wanted to quit Celtic last season following a frustrating spell out of the team during Gordon Strachan’s reign.

Although Donati had been more involved since the arrival of new manager Tony Mowbray, he was still keen to go back to Italy for family reasons.

“I asked Celtic for the chance to return to Italy and I am very grateful for granting me that wish,” Donati told Celtic’s website.

“The new manager at Celtic trusted me and respected me but my desire to return to Italy was too strong.

“I’ll miss playing in Scotland. The league is more physical and the Italian league is obviously more technical.

“But what I will miss most of all is the fantastic supporters and the atmosphere they create at games. We can learn a lot from them in Italy.”

Donati joined Celtic in June 2007 from AC Milan and made 54 appearances for the Hoops.

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Tigers swoop for Man City striker

Hull City are reported to have agreed a fee with Manchester City for striker Benjani and is expected at the KC stadium today to complete a medical.

It has been well documented that Hull boss Phil Brown has attempted to bolster the squads attack on numerous occasions and now hopes to add Benjani to the summer signings of Jozy Altidore and Kamel Ghilas. 

Benjani’s future appears to be rather bleak at Eastlands after Mark Hughes’ massive spending spree, including the likes of Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor.

Reports were heavily linking the Zimbabwean striker with a move back to former club Portsmouth, with manager Paul Hart admitting the 31-year-old was among his targets. 

However, it seems with a fee agreed between the two clubs a move to the KC Stadium could be more likely as long as Benjani can agree personal terms at Hull.

Benjani was signed by Manchester City back in January 2008 for around £4 million, scoring 4 goals in 21 games after the move from Portsmouth. He has been capped 33 times for Zimbabwe scoring 9 goals.

Source: Sky Sports

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Wenger plots last minute raid for Chamakh

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is said to have made a last minute attempt to sign Bordeaux star Marouane Chamakh.

The Moroccan international has been subject to increased speculation on a move away from the Stade Chaban-Delmas, with numerous Premier League clubs such as Arsenal, West Ham and Sunderland said to have expressed interest over the summer. 

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola is still said to interested in signing the 25-year-old, despite reports that Chamakh has turned down a move to Upton Park.

“Yes, indeed, my representatives were in London,” he said in L’Equipe. “Maybe the offer has come too late. 

“I am focused on Bordeaux, but you never know what can happen. Let us say there is a 90 per cent chance that I will stay and a 10% chance that I will leave.”

However many still believe the Moroccan striker is awaiting a bid from Arsenal after rumours emerged that he will not sign a new contract at the Ligue 1 side.

Wenger is certainly no newcomer to last minute deals with Andriy Arshavin signing at the deadline back in January.

Source: Daily Mirror

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