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We can't bid you farewell without a final look at what's set to be a busy weekend for Liverpool. Not only do they have a #CrunchClash against Premier League champions Manchester City on Monday, but Mario Balotelli is expected to move to Anfield in the next 48 hours and Samuel Eto'o is undergoing a medical after opting for the Reds over Everton.
Balotelli arrives at Melwood | Eto'o undergoes medical
You betcha, @Dembe_MCFC! In fact, you can check out all the latest rumours right now at the link below - from Barcelona lining up a shock bid for Angel Di Maria to Arsenal eyeing a swap deal involving Olivier Giroud and Edinson Cavani.
Transfer Talk: All the latest rumours
West Brom made Georgios Samaras their ninth signing of the summer earlier today. The Greece international was a free agent after leaving Celtic and moves to The Hawthorns on a two-year deal. He last played in the Premier League back in 2008 when a pre-takeover Manchester City used to fight against relegation every season. How times change...
Official: Samaras joins West Brom
It was confirmed this afternoon that Alfred N'Diaye - an absolute battering ram of a midfielder - has left Sunderland to join Real Betis on a permanent deal. The 24-year-old only made 16 appearances after joining in January 2013 and had loan spells at Eskisehirspor and Betis last season. He moves to the Spanish club on a five-year deal.
A little reminder of his previous exploits in English football. What a time to make your only assist...
1 - Mario Balotelli has only made one Premier League assist, but it was for Sergio Aguero's title winning goal in 2011/12. Impact.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 21, 2014
As previously mentioned, Mario Balotelli has indeed arrived at Liverpool to complete his £16 million move to the club. The Italian striker said goodbye to his team-mates and staff at AC Milan on Thursday as the deal was finalised between his agent and Liverpool in London. The move is set to be completed over the weekend. Exciting times.
Balotelli arrives to complete £16m move
Away from the transfer talk for a moment, in an interview with Sky Sports, former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has apologised for text messages sent between him and Iain Moody which have been described as “racist, sexist and homophobic”.
He said: “The texts are things that I absolutely have to deal with and explain. Out of 10,000 text messages, in and out of someone’s phone, I sent three and that being the case, looking at them, they are completely unacceptable, inappropriate and for that, and any offence I’ve caused, I sincerely apologise. That’s something that I did and there’s no excuse for that. I did it in a period where I was under a period of immense stress, when relationships at the football club were not going too well. But that does not excuse anything and there is no excuse."
Forget Luis Suarez, says Richard Jolly, the arrival of Mario Balotelli at Liverpool represents the biggest challenge of Brendan Rodgers' managerial career. The enigmatic Italian was deemed "unmanageable" by Jose Mourinho and had numerous fallouts with Roberto Mancini. Now, as he closes in on a shock move to Anfield, we take a look at how Rodgers will deal with Super Mario...
Forget Suarez, Balotelli is Rodgers' biggest challenge
Stoke manager Mark Hughes says he has not heard anything from Aston Villa over a potential move for Wilson Palacios. The Honduran midfielder was due to join Qatar Sports Club earlier this summer but the move collapsed after he failed a medical.
Hughes said: "I'm not aware of that interest. He had an opportunity to go to Qatar which would have been good for him but that fell through. We like him as a person and a player but sometimes it's right to move on. Interest from other Premier League clubs is not something I'm aware of."
Hughes unaware of Palacios interest
It's happening, folks - Mario Balotelli has arrived at Liverpool's Melwood training ground. This is surely the most unlikely deal of the summer, isn't it? Only three weeks ago Brendan Rodgers said he could "categorically deny" that the club would be signing him - and now look...
Louis van Gaal and Marcos Rojo spoke in front of the press earlier today as Manchester United prepare to take on Sunderland on Sunday. Rojo will not be available for the game due to work permit issues, but Van Gaal still fired a warning to his new signing by letting him know that he must learn to control himself on the pitch.
The United manager said: "He has to be aggressive in the right moment, and when I have to say something about him.... when I have to criticise him, maybe that is it [the right moment], he has to control himself at every moment, maybe he can improve that and maybe I can help him."
Van Gaal: Rojo must control himself
A reminder in case you missed it earlier... we're back on the big screen! Goal's Peter Staunton and Kris Voakes have been discussing several big deals that have taken place this summer and what we can still expect from the transfer window. From Radamel Falcao to Marco Reus and many more, check it out...
This news comes after links with Manchester United and Tottenham all summer. But, as revealed back in July, Louis van Gaal advised the player to stay at PSV for at least another year. The 20-year-old told his club’s official website: "I want to develop myself in this team. We started a project last year and we want to have success. I want to play for the silverware in the Netherlands and be important for the team. I'm really glad I came to an agreement with the club."
Goal understands Samuel Eto'o is undergoing a medical with Liverpool outside of the UK today. The veteran striker - a free agent after leaving Chelsea - was also wanted by Everton but has opted to join their Merseyside rivals. He is set to move to Anfield on an initial one-year contract and the deal could be completed over the next 48 hours.
Eto'o undergoes medical ahead of Liverpool switch
We've not had a great deal of transfers completed around the UK today, but a few players have been putting pen to paper overseas. Check out all the latest moves from all across Europe from today and the rest of this week below.
Transfer Zone: All the latest done deals
According to Sport, Real Madrid are prepared to sell Angel Di Maria to Manchester United and are waiting to receive a formal bid. However, the winger is holding out for a wage that betters his current €5 million-a-year salary and it is also reported that all the players at Madrid (and manager Carlo Ancelotti!) would rather Di Maria stayed at the club.
Transfer Talk: Madrid & Di Maria wait on Man Utd
This situation is rather crazy. Sao Paulo were expecting to re-sign Douglas on loan from Barcelona but will now not be able to because a) the Brazilian transfer window has closed and b) Barca will be banned from transfers. However, Ataide Gil Guerreiro - the club’s vice-president - insists the 24-year-old right-back will still move to Camp Nou.
He told Radio Globo: "See, we have everything resolved with Douglas, but no contracts have been signed yet. There is a small problem now that we're trying to solve. We asked Barcelona to loan Douglas back to us for one year. But with that punishment, they can't. Now our lawyers are studying the situation to see what can be done on that respect. But the deal is done, Douglas will be a Barcelona player."
They've been waiting five weeks, in fairness, but Sunderland are still hoping Fabio Borini joins the club on a permanent deal from Liverpool. A fee of £14 million was agreed back in mid-July but the Italian striker was given time to weigh up his options. Sunderland boss Gus Poyet said today: "We're still going and we're still trying. Nothing has changed, for good or for bad."
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