Tottenham have signed midfielder Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon in a deal worth £62.8million (€70m), smashing their previous transfer record.

The big-money move makes Ndombele - who has signed a six-year contract - Tottenham's most expensive player, eclipsing the £42m spent on Davinson Sanchez in 2017.

Spurs will pay £53.8m (€60m) up front and a further £9m (€10m) in bonuses if certain requirements are met.

The France international becomes the Premier League club's second addition of the close season following the capture of teenage winger Jack Clarke, who immediately returned to Leeds United on loan.

A host of top European sides had been credited with an interest in Ndombele, but the 22-year-old has opted to join the Champions League runners-up as Mauricio Pochettino seeks to improve on 2018-19's fourth-placed finish.

Ndombele joined Lyon on loan from Amiens in August 2017 and made the move permanent a year later. He went on to score four goals and register 16 assists for the club.

A statement from the Ligue 1 side read: "Lyon thanks Tanguy Ndombele for his involvement with the club since his arrival in 2017 and congratulates him for his professionalism and performances that have enabled him to represent France.

"Today he becomes the record sale in the history of the club, but Tanguy Ndombele will remain one of the greatest talents to have worn our shirt."

Tottenham have signed midfielder Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon in a deal worth £62.8million (€70m), smashing their previous transfer record.

The big-money move makes Ndombele Tottenham's most expensive player, eclipsing the £42m spent on Davinson Sanchez in 2017. 

The France international becomes the Premier League club's second addition of the close-season following the capture of teenage winger Jack Clarke, who immediately returned to Leeds United on loan.

A host of top European sides had been credited with an interest in Ndombele, but the 22-year-old has opted to join the Champions League runners-up as Mauricio Pochettino seeks to improve on 2018-19's fourth-placed finish.

Tottenham have ended their long transfer impasse with the capture of Leeds United's teenage winger Jack Clarke, who will return to Elland Road on loan next season.

Clarke has penned a four-year deal to become Mauricio Pochettino's first addition since the arrival of Lucas Moura in January 2018.

Leeds accepted an offer reportedly in the region of £10million plus add-ons for the 18-year-old and negotiated his return for another 12 months under the tutelage of Pochettino's former mentor Marcelo Bielsa.

Quick, direct and comfortable on either flank, Clarke made 25 competitive appearances during his breakthrough campaign in Yorkshire.

He scored twice in that time and looked set to break into Leeds' starting XI before being taken ill during a game against Middlesbrough in February, which led to him spending a short period of time in hospital.

"I'm delighted to join Tottenham and in the short term I'll be giving my all to hopefully help Leeds win promotion," Clarke said.

Lyon and France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is tipped to follow Clarke to London to become Tottenham's second signing of the transfer window.

Real Betis star Giovani Lo Celso has also been heavily linked to the beaten Champions League finalists.

 

Tottenham have ended their long transfer impasse with the capture of Leeds United's teenage winger Jack Clarke, who will return to Elland Road on loan next season.

 

Former Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed his appointment as the new boss of Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang.

Benitez, 59, officially left the Magpies at the end of June after failing to agree a contract extension.

The former Liverpool, Inter and Real Madrid coach claimed the Premier League outfit did not share his "vision" and brought an end to a three-year stay on Tyneside.

Clubs in England and across Europe are said to have expressed interest in the Spaniard's services, but a lucrative switch to China emerged as his most likely destination.

Benitez announced the move to Dalian in a post to social media and succeeds Choi Kang-hee after the former South Korea international stepped down citing personal reasons following a brief stint at the helm.

Dalian will reportedly pay the Champions League and LaLiga winner £12million per year.

He takes over with the club sitting 10th in the 16-team CSL, 22 points adrift of top spot.

The vastly experienced Benitez, who guided Newcastle back to the Premier League in his first full season in charge after he was unable to save them from the drop in the previous campaign, has never previously coached outside Europe.

Former Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed his appointment as the new boss of Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang.

Paris Saint-Germain have signed Sevilla attacking midfielder Pablo Sarabia after triggering his reported €18million release clause.

The 27-year-old's future had been in question for several months after a fine season in LaLiga and he has made the switch to PSG on a five-year deal.

Sarabia scored 12 goals and set up another 13 in LaLiga last term, enjoying by far his best campaign in senior football.

He joined Sevilla for a fee thought to be in the region of €1million from Getafe in 2016 and swiftly became an important part of the team, showing versatility in attack and chipping in consistently with goals and assists.

It was the 2018-19 campaign where he really came to the fore, however, linking up particularly well with Wissam Ben Yedder – another player who has been linked with PSG.

Sevilla had been trying to tie Sarabia down to a new contract for the best part of a year, given his deal was due to expire in 2020 and contained a low release clause.

But after failing to secure an extension, Sevilla are reported to have urged him to engineer a move as soon as possible.

Yet to be capped by Spain's senior side, Sarabia will offer competition out wide and in attacking midfield for PSG, who are hoping to win a third successive Ligue 1 title next term.

Paris Saint-Germain have signed Sevilla attacking midfielder Pablo Sarabia after triggering his reported €18million release clause.

The 27-year-old's future had been in question for several months after a fine season in LaLiga and he has made the switch to PSG on a five-year deal.

Sarabia scored 12 goals and set up another 13 in LaLiga last term, enjoying by far his best campaign in senior football.

He joined Sevilla for a fee thought to be in the region of €1million from Getafe in 2016 and swiftly became an important part of the team, showing versatility in attack and chipping in consistently with goals and assists.

It was the 2018-19 campaign where he really came to the fore, however, linking up particularly well with Wissam Ben Yedder – another player who has been linked with PSG.

Sevilla had been trying to tie Sarabia down to a new contract for the best part of a year, given his deal was due to expire in 2020 and contained a low release clause.

But after failing to secure an extension, Sevilla are reported to have urged him to engineer a move as soon as possible.

Yet to be capped by Spain's senior side, Sarabia will offer competition out wide and in attacking midfield for PSG, who are hoping to win a third successive Ligue 1 title next term.

Juventus have announced they have agreed a deal to sign free agent Adrien Rabiot.

Rabiot left Paris Saint-Germain following the expiration of his contract and is rumoured to have signed terms worth €7million per year in Turin.

Juve did not disclose any details about the France international's deal, but he will be presented to the media on Tuesday.

Rabiot had been linked with a number of high-profile clubs - including Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Barcelona - after being frozen out by PSG in the second half of the 2018-19 campaign as his contract wrangle rumbled on in public.

He revealed in June he had opened talks with Juve over a possible move and an agreement has now officially been reached.

The 24-year-old won five Ligue 1 titles with PSG in his seven years in their senior ranks.

Juve, who appointed Maurizio Sarri as Massimiliano Allegri's successor, have already added ex-Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey to their squad ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, the Wales international also joining on a free transfer.

Mateo Kovacic has completed a permanent switch to Chelsea after impressing on loan from Real Madrid last season.

The Blues are banned from registering new signings for the next two transfer windows because FIFA found they had breached regulations relating to the international transfer and registration of players aged under 18.

However, as Kovacic was already registered with the club having spent last term on loan at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have been able to sign the Croatia international permanently on a five-year deal for a fee reported to be in the region of £40million.

"I really enjoyed my season on loan with Chelsea, I feel comfortable at the club and like London and the Premier League very much. I am very happy to be able to join permanently," Kovacic said.

"We had a successful year, winning the Europa League and I hope I can make a big contribution in the coming seasons."

The 25-year-old helped the Blues win the Europa League and reach the EFL Cup final, and he made 32 Premier League appearances as Chelsea finished third in Maurizio Sarri's one and only season in charge.

Sarri has since left for Juventus and is expected to be replaced by club great Frank Lampard after Derby County permitted him to miss pre-season training to continue talks with the Blues.

Kovacic, who spent three years at Madrid after moving from Inter, joins Christian Pulisic in arriving ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.

They may be the only incomings at Stamford Bridge for the foreseeable future, although Chelsea have lodged an appeal against their transfer ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Kovacic's arrival comes after Chelsea confirmed Gonzalo Higuain's departure from the club.

The striker will return to Juventus after the Blues opted not to pursue a permanent deal or take an option to extend his loan for a further 12 months.

Marcus Rashford has signed a new four-year contract with Manchester United, the Red Devils have confirmed.

Rashford's new deal includes the option for a further 12-month extension and sees the England international earn a pay rise to a reported £300,000 per week.

The 21-year-old, who has made 170 appearances for the club, was one of the few United players to impress in an underwhelming 2018-19 campaign that saw manager Jose Mourinho replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

He scored 10 Premier League goals, his best return yet, as well as converting the late penalty that completed United's stunning Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain.

United missed out on Champions League qualification last term and Rashford is determined to lead the club back to Europe's top table.

"Manchester United has been everything in my life since I arrived here at the age of seven," he told the club's official website. "This club has shaped me, both as a player and as a person, so it is such a privilege every time I get the opportunity to wear the shirt.

"I want to thank Ole and his staff for everything they have done for me; they are the perfect group of coaches to learn from as I continue my development and look to push on to the next level.

"I will be giving everything I have to help get this club back to where it belongs and deliver the success that our fans deserve."

Rashford had been linked to Barcelona and Solskjaer is thrilled to see the forward commit his future to Old Trafford.

"Marcus is one of the most talented English players of his generation. He is an outstanding player; blessed with natural pace and energy," he said.

"Marcus is a shining example of the talent that our academy produces and his upbringing means that he truly understands what it means to play for Manchester United.

"Despite being only 21 years old, Marcus already has great experience. He has a fantastic future ahead of him with the club and I am delighted that he has signed a new contract."

Rashford's new deal comes after United began their rebuilding job under former striker Solskjaer by signing two promising stars.

Wales winger Daniel James arrived in a reported £15million transfer from Swansea City before England Under-21 right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka joined from Crystal Palace for a fee understood to be around £50m.

Luca Pellegrini has completed his switch from Roma to Serie A rivals Juventus in a deal that sends Leonardo Spinazzola the opposite direction.

The 20-year-old left-back passed a medical on Sunday having agreed terms on a four-year deal.

Juve announced a fee of €22million will be paid to Roma over the course of three years for Pellegrini, with the transfer of Spinazzola to cost Roma €29.5m across the same period.

Pellegrini made 12 appearances on loan at Cagliari during the second half of 2018-19 and will now compete against Alex Sandro for a starting spot at Allianz Stadium.

Italy international Spinazzola was loaned out seven times by the Bianconeri and leaves having played 10 Serie A games across his seven years in Turin, all coming last season.

At Roma, where the 26-year-old has penned a four-year contract, he could be considered a possible replacement for the Inter-linked Alessandro Florenzi.

The swap deal concludes a busy Sunday of transfer activity for the two clubs, with Roma sanctioning the €36m sale of defender Kostas Manolas to Napoli.

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot arrived in Turin ahead of his free transfer to Juventus, while Ajax sensation Matthijs de Ligt has also been heavily linked with an €80m switch to the Serie A champions.

 

Celta Vigo have agreed a deal to sign Denis Suarez from Barcelona for a fee that could rise to €16million.

Suarez endured a disappointing loan at Arsenal in 2018-19, making just four appearances for the Gunners before a groin injury cut his season short.

The 25-year-old has had two spells at Barcelona, first signing for the club in August 2013 from Manchester City before being loaned out to Sevilla a year later.

He made a €4m switch to Villarreal in August 2015 but, less than a year later, Barcelona exercised a buyback option and he enjoyed his best season at Camp Nou in 2016-17, making 26 LaLiga appearances for the Blaugrana.

His opportunities dwindled over the following two seasons and he went to Arsenal in search of first-team football - something he will expect on a regular basis having rejoined his boyhood club for an initial fee of €12.9m.

A statement on Barcelona's official website said: "FC Barcelona expressly thanks Denis Suarez for his commitment and dedication and wish him a lot of success in the future."

Suarez spoke about his ambition to remain in LaLiga earlier in the month, telling El Larguero: "My goal is to stay in the Spanish league.

"I have been in Barcelona for two months recovering from the injury and nobody from Barca has told me anything."

Suarez's previous appearance in LaLiga came in December 2018, when he featured in Barcelona's 5-0 drubbing of Levante.

 

Max Verstappen will face no further action for an incident with Charles Leclerc at the Austrian Grand Prix and keeps his victory at the Red Bull Ring.

Verstappen earned a second consecutive victory in Austria following a pass on Ferrari driver Leclerc with just two laps remaining.

However, the Red Bull driver faced the possibility of dramatically being stripped of a first race win of 2019 after stewards said they would investigate his passing of Leclerc on lap 69.

Leclerc was forced off the track when Verstappen overtook on the inside of the Ferrari driver as the pair went wheel-to-wheel.

However, the incident was ruled as a "racing incident" by stewards after it was considered "that [neither driver] was wholly or predominantly to blame for the incident".

Speaking after the race, Verstappen said drivers should "stay at home" and asked "what's the point of being in Formula One?" if such racing incidents are not allowed.

Red Bull chief Christian Horner added stewards would be "stealing from Formula One" if they were to strip Verstappen of the win.

Manchester United have completed the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace for a reported £50million.

The 21-year-old has become United's second signing of the close-season, following former Swansea City winger Daniel James to Old Trafford, with the Red Devils confirming he has signed a five-year deal with the option of an additional 12 months.

England Under-21 international Wan-Bissaka, who is yet to appear for the Three Lions' senior team, came through Palace's youth academy and enjoyed a breakthrough campaign at Selhurst Park last term.

He made 129 tackles in the Premier League in 2018-19, the most of any defender across Europe's top five divisions.

A new right-back was a priority for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with Ashley Young advancing in years and captain Antonio Valencia departing after the club opted against triggering a contract extension.

Tottenham's Kieran Trippier, Norwich City youngster Max Aarons and the more experienced Thomas Meunier of Paris Saint-Germain were all mentioned as possible solutions.

However, United identified the talented Wan-Bissaka as their primary target and are believed to have eventually doubled their opening offer in order to force Palace's hand.

Wan-Bissaka is expected to slot straight in as first choice on the right side of defence as Solskjaer rebuilds a squad that limped to sixth last term.

The windfall could strengthen Palace's stance against the sale of former Red Devils winger Wilfried Zaha, who is reportedly keen to join London rivals Arsenal.

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