Transfer Market: Shoring up defences

With the 2017-18 season set to kick start soon, managers have been poaching old and young talent to bolster their squads. Here is a compilation of some of the top confirmed moves so far, largely dominated by defenders and goalkeepers.

The 22-year-old defender was signed by Manchester United for a reported fee of €35million. The Swede — who will look to ease United’s defensive woes — has signed a four-year contract with the English side. The center-back’s signing makes him United’s most expensive defender, his €35m deal surpassing the €33m paid to sign Rio Ferdinand from Leeds United in 2002. Mourinho’s first signing of the summer is also eager to share free-kick duties with Paul Pogba. “I’m not sure but I’m quite good at them so if I get an opportunity to take a free-kick I think I’ll be there,” he told MUTV. Photo: Getty Images
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Premier League new-comer Brighton signed goalkeeper Mathew Ryan from Valencia, for a club-record fee rumoured to be around £5million. The Australian’s five-year deal with the Seagulls is a new club record, going past the £4million fee of Shane Duffy. The keeper will join Brighton after taking part in the Confederations Cup and will replace David Stockdale, who joined Birmingham, as Brighton’s number one goal-keeper. Photo: Getty Images
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The Mexican defender penned a four-year deal with AS Roma for close to €7million, as the Italian club looks to end Juventus' domination in the Seria A. Moreno is Roma's first signing since the appointment of new director, Monchi. Monchi claimed to have had his sights on the defender for a long time and felt he would be a perfect fit at Roma. The 29-year-old played a pivotal role in PSV winning the 2016 Eredivisie. Photo: Getty Images
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The 33-year-old goalkeeper signed a three-year contract with French champion Monaco, for an undisclosed fee. Benaglio was a fan-favourite and made over 250 appearances for VfL Wolfsburg and holds the record for the all-time highest appearances for the club. He left German side two years ahead of his contract expiry and will now vie with Danijel Subasic for the number one goalkeeper’s position. Photo: Getty Images
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The Foxes registered their first signing of the season, handing a five-year contract to Harry Maguire, with the fee estimated to be £17million. The 24-year-old center-back will make an immediate return to the Premier League as his former club, Hull City, was relegated at the end of the 2016-17 season. Maguire will bolster Leicester’s defence, after an impressive season at Hull. Photo: Getty Images
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Bundesliga runner-up, Leipzing, signed Portuguese winger Bruma for €12million, with three million in potential bonuses. The five-year-deal will see Bruma strengthen the German side’s forward line, as it looks to secure its first league title. Photo: Getty Images
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Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso moved to German champion Bayern Munich on a five-year deal. The deal is estimated to be worth close to €40million. The France international is Bayern’s second signing in the close-season, following the capture of Serge Gnabry. The France international scored 14 times in 47 appearances for Lyon last season, which earned him a call to the national squad. Photo: Getty Images
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