Villarreal CF v Liverpool - UEFA Europa League Semi Final: First Leg

European top sides are as usual busy signing up the best available legs with the summer transfer window now officially opened. Putting the rumours to bed, here are 5 latest signings set to be presented officially in the next few days.

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN

The Armenia international skipper has finally completed an Old Trafford switch. A long-term target of the Red Devils, the 27-year-old was eventually allowed to go by Dortmund after both parties sat it out. The Bundesliga giants had earlier rejected 2 United offers for the forward as they hoped he would see out the last year on his contract. By then, he would have become a free agent and the Bundesliga outfit didn’t want to lose at both ends. Able to play on the wings and in midfield, Mkhitaryan notched 23 goals last season and expressed his eagerness to play under Jose Mourinho, a major reason that influenced his move. He joins Baily and Zlatan as the official signings of the Portuguese.

MICHY BATSHUAYI

West London side, Chelsea have made the signing of the Belgium international striker official. The 22-year-old has put pen to paper for a £33million 5-year deal. Batshuayi scored 17 Ligue 1 goals for Olympique Marseille last season and also registered 1 goal for his side at the Euros despite making just 2 cameo appearances. A penalty-box type of striker, the SpongeBob SquarePants fan excels mostly as a sole striking option and will have to adapt to the 2-man striking system Conte employs. The Blues beat the likes of Juventus, West Ham, Tottenham and Crystal Palace to his services, and it has been confirmed he will wear the number 23 Jersey.

NAMPALYS MENDY

Leicester City are already anticipating the departure of N’golo Kante and they have signed Nice defensive midfielder, Nampalys Mendy as a replacement for the France international. A former charge of Claude Ranieri while at AS Monaco, Mendy’s performance last season convinced the Italian handler he would be able to fit the about to be vacant Kante’s position. Also 24 years old, he made 38 appearances for Nice and helped them maintain their Ligue 1 status at the end of last term’s campaign. Leicester City hope to defend their title next summer and they have already landed Sporting Gijon defender, Luis Hernandez and Hannover goalkeeper, Ron-Robert Zieler.

GRZEGORZ KYRYCHOWIAK

The Poland international defensive midfielder has been snapped up by PSG on a 5-year deal. The 26-year-old was a key part for Sevilla since his arrival in 2014 and he won 2 Europa League title with them. He also put up a fine display at the Euros and will now reunite with his former boss, Unai Emery at the Parc des Princes.

DENIS SUAREZ

Barcelona have completed the (re)signing of the 22-year-old Villareal midfielder on a 4-year basis with a further 1 year extension. Suarez had a splendid season with the yellow submarines last season and the Camp Nou outfit decided to go all out for their former youth player. Both La Liga sides agreed to a €3.5million transfer fees, and Barca promptly inserted a €50million buyout clause in his contract.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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