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That, my transfer friends, is that. Thank you very much for following on another busy day of transfer business. Today saw Steven Caulker join QPR, Stoke sign Bojan, David Ospina agree a four-year deal with Arsenal and Dunga return as Brazil boss. Oh yeah, and James Rodriguez joined Real Madrid! We'll be back right here at 09:00 on Wednesday for more of the same - see you then!
According to the Daily Mirror, Fernando Torres is a man in demand. The Chelsea striker is reportedly wanted by Monaco as a replacement for James Rodriguez, while former club Atletico Madrid are keen for him to return in a £15 million deal.
Transfer Talk: Atletico and Monaco want Torres
AC Milan forward Robinho has seemingly bid farewell to the club's supporters as he reportedly edges closer to a move to Orlando City. He told Sky Sport: "We do not know yet [where I will go]. We're still deciding. We will choose the best for me and Milan, who have always treated me very well. For fans of Milan I can only say thank you for everything."
Robinho thanks Milan fans as exit nears
Five years ago Stoke were surviving by the skin of their teeth in the Premier League after the inspired signing of James Beattie propelled them up the table to safety. Bojan during that time? Well, he had just won his first Champions League and was a regular in one of the greatest teams ever to have played football. That's not even an exaggeration! Has The Next Messi become The Next James Beattie?
No joke! This is actually happening. BOJAN has joined STOKE. For real. This is a real thing that's happening.
@GoalUK you joking??— Shwan⭐شوان (@Shwanaka) July 22, 2014
@GoalUK from tiki-taka to punting the ball up to the big man upfront. From messi, pedro and iniesta to jonny walters and peter crouch.— Gaith Alsheikhly (@Gaith_92) July 22, 2014
Stoke manager Mark Hughes told the club’s official website: "Anyone who knows European football will be aware of him as a player and the fact that he sees his future at Stoke City is really exciting and an endorsement of the club itself. He's desperate to prove himself in the Premier League and we're pleased to be able to offer him that platform. The time he spends with the squad in Germany will help him settle in and will give myself and the coaches the chance to take a good look at him."
Woah! The rumours have been around for weeks, but I don't think even the most optimistic of Stoke fans actually thought a deal would go through. But it's true. This is actually happening. Bojan - two-time Champions League winner, three-time La Liga winner - has moved to the Britannia Stadium on a four-year deal. And he's still only 23. Yowzers.
Official: Bojan joins Stoke
b4 I signed at Roma people on here killing me about playing there, saying it's for the money and easy life style, I choose to play in a— Ashley Cole (@TheRealAC3) July 22, 2014
More demanding place and team and people still feel the need to moan, how about you just worry about ur team and I'll worry about mine,— Ashley Cole (@TheRealAC3) July 22, 2014
Oxford United announced today that 34-year-old striker Dave Kitson has decided to retire from football. Michael Appleton, the League Two side’s new manager, told the club’s official website: "I worked with Dave at Portsmouth so I have known him for a while. He is a very honest man who I have a lot of respect for. He came to me on Friday and told me that he would like to retire."
Kitson has done A LOT in his career. You know, I reckon he's done so much that he could probably write a book on it. Or has he already done that?
The England international moves to Loftus Road on a four-year deal, with QPR beating a host of clubs to his signature. Crystal Palace, Southampton, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Swansea and many others have been credited with an interest at some stage throughout the summer, but the lure of playing alongside Rio Ferdinand and under Harry Redknapp again proved key to his decision. Full story below.
Official: Caulker joins QPR
QPR manager Harry Redknapp: “He’s young; he’s a good age; he’s already a fine player but he has so much more potential – it’s a really excellent signing for the club. When good players like Steven become available, who can come in and have a real impact, you’ve got to try and get them. I’m sure he will come in and show exactly what he’s capable of – he’s got everything to be a top, top centre-half, so I couldn’t be more pleased to have him.”
He told the club’s official website: "Harry was a big factor for me, having worked with him at Tottenham. Being able to play with Rio Ferdinand was also a big draw. He has been a role model for many years, along with Ledley King. Our first aim this season has to be to get to 40 points, to make sure we stay up."
After being punched and kicked by fans (really) after Sunday's 4-0 defeat to Internacional, former Arsenal defender Andre Santos has had his contract terminated today by Flamengo. He said through a representative: "This morning, I arrived to work at the club and I received a note from the executive director informing me that my contract has been terminated. So far I hadn't spoken to anyone, only to the executive director and he spoke for the whole board of the club and, according to him, I no longer had a contract."
Angelo Henriquez is yet to make an appearance for Manchester United since signing for the club in 2012 but is hoping to be given a chance under Louis van Gaal. The 20-year-old striker told the club's official website: "Obviously, I always enjoy being here at United. I now hope to have a good pre-season and get a chance in the first team, but I have to work hard and do my best. I hope to be given a chance by the new manager because he is known for looking at young players, but I have to work hard first."
We mentioned earlier that Newcastle have agreed to loan Sylvain Marveaux out to Ligue 1 club Guingamp after struggling for games at St James' Park last season. You can now check out the full story below.
Official: Guingamp take Marveaux on loan
QPR have been linked with a move for Netherlands midfielder Leroy Fer following Norwich’s relegation to the Championship, but manager Harry Redknapp said: “He’s a good player. You don’t play in the Dutch team if you’re not a good player. If he’s available I’m sure plenty of people will be interested, but we haven’t made an offer for him.”
Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of Crystal Palace right-back Jack Hunt on loan until December 31. The 23-year-old struggled with injury during the first half of last season and spent the rest of the campaign on loan at Barnsley.
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