Alcacer heads to Barca, Lucas Perez off to Arsenal

Though Europe's summer transfer window is in its final hours, there is much business still to be done.

Published : Aug 30, 2016 18:16 IST

Composite image of (clockwise from left): Joe Hart, Paco Alcacer, Jack Wilshere, Julian Draxler, Moussa Sissoko, Isco, Axel Witsel.
Composite image of (clockwise from left): Joe Hart, Paco Alcacer, Jack Wilshere, Julian Draxler, Moussa Sissoko, Isco, Axel Witsel.

Composite image of (clockwise from left): Joe Hart, Paco Alcacer, Jack Wilshere, Julian Draxler, Moussa Sissoko, Isco, Axel Witsel.

Joe Hart seeking first-team football away from Manchester City. Barcelona adding Paco Alcacer to Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. Isco escaping Real Madrid.

Though Europe's summer transfer window is in its final hours, there is much business still to be done.

Here is a round-up of all the action from the transfer market.

Lucas Perez - Deportivo La Coruna to Arsenal

Arsenal has completed a deal to sign Spanish striker Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.

Arsenal did not disclose either the length of Perez's contract or the transfer fee, but British media reports said the 27-year-old had cost around 17 million pounds ($22.3 million, 20 million euros).

Arsenal is also believed to be close to signing Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia for around 35 million pounds.

Paco Alcacer - Valencia to Barcelona

Barcelona has announced the signing of Spain striker Paco Alcacer from Valencia on a five-year deal, with Munir El-Haddadi moving in the opposite direction on a season-long loan.

Alcacer, 23, was omitted from the Valencia side that lost 1-0 to Eibar on Saturday and underwent a medical at Barca on Monday before completing a move worth an initial €30million.

Barca could pay €2m more in add-on fees and have inserted a €100m buy-out clause into Alcacer's deal at Camp Nou.

The La Liga champions' sixth signing of the season, Alcacer concludes Barca's long search for attacking reinforcements to support Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

Joe Hart - Manchester City to Torino on loan

England goalkeeper Joe Hart arrived in Turin on Tuesday ahead of undergoing a medical that should see him sign a season-long loan deal with the unfashionable Serie A club.

Hart, 29, has fallen out of favour with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City following the signing of Claudio Bravo from Barcelona and is set to join Torino in a bid to preserve his club future and international career following England's spectacular Euro 2016 exit.

Ryan Mason - Tottenham Hotspur to Hull City

Hull City announced the signing of English central midfielder Ryan Mason from Tottenham Hotspur for a "club-record fee" on Tuesday.

Hull did not specify how much it had paid for the 25-year-old, but it was reported to have spent 10 million pounds ($13.1 million, 11.7 million euros) on previous record signing Abel Hernandez in 2014.

Mason has signed a three-year contract and becomes the second player to join Hull on Tuesday following goalkeeper David Marshall's arrival from Cardiff City. Marshall has signed a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Alan Pulido sold to Guadalajara

Alan Pulido, the Olympiakos striker, has been bought by Guadalajara.

Loic Remy - Chelsea to Crystal Palace on loan

France international striker Loic Remy will spend the 2016-17 season on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, the two Premier League clubs announced on Tuesday.

Remy, 29, has been used sparingly since joining Chelsea from Queens Park Rangers in August 2014, making 46 appearances and scoring 12 goals.

The move to Selhurst Park reunites him with Palace manager Alan Pardew, who was Remy's manager during the 2013-14 season at Newcastle United.

Jonathan Kodjia - Bristol City to Aston Villa

Aston Villa has completed the signing of Bristol City striker Jonathan Kodjia in a deal that could rise to a Championship record £15million. Villa, relegated from the Premier League last season, will pay an initial £11m to City and has handed a four-year deal to the Ivory Coast international.

Kodjia scored 20 goals in 52 appearances for City after moving to Ashton Gate from French side Angers.

Hull City striker Abel Hernandez had been linked with a move to Villa Park, but the move reportedly broke down due to a failure to agree on personal terms. The move represents a record sale for City, four times the £3.5m received when Ade Akinbiyi moved to Wolves in September 1999.

Isco - Real Madrid to Tottenham

Shunted down the pecking order in favour of new midfield starlet, Marco Asensio, Isco could revive his career in the Premier League with Tottenham, which is keen to add a creative partner for Christian Eriksen.

Wilfried Zaha is another reported option for Mauricio Pochettino, although any deal hinges on Son Heung-min completing a £24million move to Wolfsburg, which could spark another big-money move...

Julian Draxler - Wolfsburg to Paris Saint-Germain

Draxler showed flashes of brilliance at Euro 2016 after an inconsistent debut campaign at the Volkswagen-Arena — where Wolfsburg had hoped he would fill the creative shoes of Kevin De Bruyne.

PSG is yet to add stardust to its forward ranks after Zlatan Ibrahimovic's departure and an early-season defeat to Monaco has reportedly set the wheels in motion for a big-money raid of the Bundesliga.

Axel Witsel - Zenit to Juventus

The five-time defending Serie A champion's pursuit of Blaise Matuidi fell through, but Juve's attempt to replace Paul Pogba has landed on another Euro 2016 star.

A €22million fee will apparently be enough to secure Witsel, who played every minute of Belgium's Euros campaign, scoring against the Republic of Ireland.

James Rodriguez - Real Madrid to somewhere

Another player out of favour at the Santiago Bernabeu is James Rodriguez, whose starting prospects faded under Zinedine Zidane last season and have not brightened in 2016-17.

The Premier League is Rodriguez's likely destination due to the costs involved. Arsenal and Chelsea have been linked.

Inter signs Barbosa

Inter Milan confirmed on Tuesday the signing of exciting young Brazil striker Gabriel 'Gabigol' Barbosa from Brazilian side Santos on a five-year deal.

Jack Wilshere - Arsenal to somewhere on loan

The beginning of the end of Wilshere's Arsenal career or the kick-start it badly needs? Arsene Wenger is reportedly keen to let Wilshere leave the Emirates Stadium on loan before the window closes.

A similar switch to Bolton Wanderers in 2010 helped launch the career of Wilshere, who was dropped from Sam Allardyce's first England squad this week.

Mario Balotelli - Liverpool to... anywhere

Unwanted by Jurgen Klopp, will anyone take a chance on Balotelli?

A summer spent training with Liverpool's youth sides and failing to get a chance to impress on the pitch has done Balotelli's hopes of a big move no help. Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere has publically expressed an interest.

Moussa Sissoko - Newcastle to... nowhere?

The unlikely star of France's Euro 2016 final wants a move to Real Madrid or Arsenal. Neither have shown an interest, however, with Crystal Palace and Everton his most intent suitors.

A price-tag of £35million is steep for a player that has been consistently inconsistent in three-and-a-half years on Tyneside. Could four months languishing in the Championship await?

Serge Gnarby set to join Werder Bremen

Arsenal's Olympic silver-medallist Serge Gnarby is set for a transfer back to Germany, Werder Bremen's sports director said on Tuesday.

Gnarby, 21, played all six matches for Germany at the Rio de Janeiro games as his side lost the final to Brazil on penalties.

Having joined the Gunners in 2011 from Stuttgart's academy, Gnarby spent last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion and has only made a handful of Premier League appearances for Arsenal since 2012.

Mustafi to join Arsenal

Arsenal has signed German central defender Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia, the London club said on Tuesday.

The central defender arrives at the Premier League outfit after injuries to fellow centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Gabriel and has long been pursued by Wenger.

Also on the move

Schweinsteiger is free to leave Manchester United, but will refuse moves to European rivals. Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is set to relaunch his career on loan with Stoke City his most likely destination, while Chelsea are keen on letting Kurt Zouma leave temporarily to get back to speed after a horrific knee injury.

Wilfried Bony, Samir Nasri and Eliaquim Mangala have not made the grade at Manchester City, while goalkeeper Diego Lopez is likely to leave AC Milan after being usurped by teenage sensation Gianluigi Donnarumma.

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