Valencia sign Kondogbia on loan from Inter
Valencia announced the signing of French holding midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia on loan from Inter Milan on Monday, their third signing in four days as new coach Marcelino sets about reinforcing his team's defensive capabilities.
Kondogbia, 24, returns to La Liga four years after leaving Sevilla for AS Monaco, later joining Inter in 2015, and follows the signing of centre backs Jeison Murillo and Gabriel Paulista, who joined last Friday from Inter and Arsenal respectively.
Local media reports suggest that Valencia's Joao Cancelo will go on loan to the Serie A club as part of the deal. The Portuguese defender appeared to bid an emotional farewell to Valencia fans after Friday's 1-0 win at home to Las Palmas, as the team's new campaign under former Villarreal coach Marcelino got off to a positive start.
According to reports in the Spanish media, Valencia will need to pay 25 million euros ($29.5 million) to buy Kondogbia at the end of his one-year loan period.
Marcelino, who turned Villarreal into one of the most solid and consistent sides in the league after winning promotion in 2013 and took them to the Europa League semi-finals in 2016, has pledged to bring defensive stability to a chaotic Valencia side which conceded a club record 65 goals last season.
Brighton agree deal to sign Zurich striker Dwamena
Brighton & Hove Albion have agreed a deal with FC Zurich to sign Ghanaian striker Raphael Dwamena subject to work permit and international clearance, the Premier League club said on Twitter on Monday.
"The 21-year-old striker has also agreed personal terms with the club and is now awaiting clearance to travel to the UK for his medical," a Brighton statement said.
British media reported that Brighton's original eight million pound ($10.33 million) bid for Dwamena was rejected by the Swiss club who wanted 15 million euros ($17.74 million).
Brighton have failed to score in losing both their opening two Premier League games this season after gaining promotion from the Championship.
The south coast club have already broken their transfer record three times this summer in signing Colombia winger Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge, midfielder Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven and goalkeeper Mathew Ryan from Valencia.
AC Milan set to sign Fiorentina striker Kalinic
Fiorentina striker Nikola Kalinic underwent the first part of his medical at AC Milan on Monday ahead of a potential move, the club said on their website(www.acmilan.com).
AC Milan will sign the 29-year-old on a one-year loan for five million euros ($5.91 million) with the obligation to make the move permanent for an additional 20 million euros, Italian media report.
Kalinic, capped 35 times by Croatia, joined Fiorentina two years ago from Ukrainian club Dnipro.