Transfer Roundup: Moreno joins Villarreal, Lindelof in Barcelona's radar

Sportstar gives you a round-up of all the major happenings from the summer transfer window, including Alberto Moreno's five-year deal with Villarreal and Barcelona's interest in Victor Lindelof.

Former Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno has joined Villarreal on a five-year deal. He made only two appearances for the Reds last season.   -  Getty Images

- Moreno joins Villarreal on five-year deal after Liverpool exit -

Alberto Moreno has joined La Liga club Villarreal on a five-year deal. Moreno was a free agent after he was released by Liverpool at the end of his contract.

He made all of two Premier League appearances last season after falling out of favour at Anfield.

Alberto Moreno raises the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League final. (File Photo)   -  AFP

 

"The Andalusian footballer is a complete full-back with a great ability to get forward in attack," Villarreal said in a statement on Tuesday. "As well as adding width to his team, Moreno is a great assister of goals."

- Pogba 'has done nothing wrong' at Manchester United, says Raiola -

Paul Pogba has travelled to Australia for the start of Manchester United's pre-season tour despite his agent Mino Raiola recently admitting the midfielder is "in the process" of securing a move. Juventus and Real Madrid are expected to battle for the 26-year-old's signature.

Tensions appeared to be fraying to some degree in a video posted to the Premier League outfit's social media channels, which showed defender Victor Lindelof intervening in a purported disagreement between France international Pogba and team-mate Jesse Lingard.

Paul Pogba has been included in Manchester United's pre-season tour squad.   -  Getty Images

 

Raiola, though, says his client has behaved respectfully throughout the weeks of speculation. "[Pogba] has done nothing wrong," Raiola said in a statement released to talkSPORT.

"He has been respectful and professional in every way and always.

"The club has known his feeling for a long time.

"It is a shame other people only like to criticise without the right information, and I am also sorry that the club does not take any position against this.

"Hopefully there will be soon a satisfying solution for all parties."

Pogba and his United team-mates trained in Western Australia on Tuesday ahead of this weekend's friendly against local A-League side Perth Glory.

- Barcelona calling for Lindelof? -

Victor Lindelof's agent confirmed on Tuesday that the Swede has attracted interest from one of Europe's top clubs.

La Liga champion Barcelona is reportedly looking for a new centre-back after it failed to rope in Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt, who seems to be set to join Juventus.

Manchester United defender Lindelof has emerged as an option to rival starters Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet amid reports the club are prepared to part with Samuel Umtiti.

Victor Lindelof, Manchester United   -  Getty Images

 

Lindelof signed a four-year contract when he joined United from Benfica in July 2017, with an option for an additional 12 months.

"Lindelof is on the radar of a great European club, but leaving United depends on the English club," Hasan Cetinkaya, the 24-year-old's agent, told Mundo Deportivo.

- City loans United States goalkeeper Steffen to Fortuna Dusseldorf -

Premier League champion Manchester City has loaned United States goalkeeper Zack Steffen to Bundesliga club Fortuna Dusseldorf for the 2019-20 campaign.

Steffen joined City in December, but remained on loan with Columbus Crew for the first half of the Major League Soccer season.

United States goalkeeper Zack Steffen   -  Getty Images

 

He made 84 appearances for Columbus and now heads back to Germany with Dusseldorf, having previously played 14 times for Freiburg's reserve team at the start of his career.

"I'm really looking forward to returning to Germany and becoming part of such a traditional club," he told his new side's official website.

The 2018 US Soccer Male Player of the Year was first-choice keeper for the United States at the Gold Cup, which ultimately ended in disappointment with a 1-0 defeat to Mexico in Sunday's final.

- Rodriguez returns to Burnley on two-year deal-

Jay Rodriguez has left West Brom and joined hometown club Burnley in a deal estimated to be close to £10million. The England international heads back to Lancashire on a two-year deal, with an option of an additional 12 months.

 

The 29-year-old scored 41 goals in 129 appearances during his initial time at Turf Moor before he left for Southampton in 2012.

- Bonera retires from Villareal -

Villarreal confirmed that former Italy defender Daniele Bonera has opted to retire at the age of 38.

"After nearly 20 years as a professional footballer, I have decided to end this incredible era of my life," Bonera wrote on Villarreal's website.

"It has been a real privilege to play for clubs like Brescia, Parma, AC Milan and, in these last four years, Villarreal.

"I've grown both on a professional and personal level, and today I have the chance to face a new project with trust and certainty."

Bonera, who spent nine years at San Siro before joining Villarreal in 2015, has been named an assistant to new AC Milan coach Marco Giampaolo.

(With inputs from Omnisport)