CONFIRMED: Burnley make Iceland Euro 2016 star their first summer signing

first_img Johann Berg Gudmundsson in action for Iceland against France at Euro 2016 1 Burnley have made Icelandic midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson their first summer signing.As talkSPORT reported on Monday, the Clarets agreed a fee of £2.5m with Charlton for the 25-year-old earlier this month.The Premier League side were waiting on Gudmundsson to return to England to finalise the deal after he took a short break following Iceland’s Euro 2016 exploits.He has now penned a three-year deal at Turf Moor with the option of a further year.Gudmundsson made 81 appearances for Charlton, scoring 16 goals, after joining them from AZ Alkmaar in 2014.He was a key part of the Iceland side which enjoyed a sensational run at Euro 2016, starting every game as they reached the quarter-finals of the competition.Burnley boss Dyche said: “Johann, we feel, is a quality player who we saw last season playing at Charlton in a tough time and we liked the quality he showed.“It helps to see a player in the European Championships with that kind of company and he did well there so it was one we all agreed would be a good acquisition for the club and we look forward to working with him going forward.”Gudmundsson is set to be followed from The Valley to Turf Moor by Nick Pope.Charlton accepted an offer of around £1million from Burnley for the goalkeeper late last week and the 24-year-old has undergone a medical.last_img read more

OFFICIAL: Manchester United sign Paul Pogba for world record £89m fee

first_img1 Home. #POGBACK pic.twitter.com/N0irgKbuv5— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 8, 2016 Paul Pogba Manchester United have re-signed Paul Pogba for a world record transfer fee.The 23-year-old midfielder has penned a five-year contract with the Premier League side after he passed a medical on Monday.United have been chasing the Frenchman all summer and finally got their man after agreeing to pay Juventus €105million (£89m).That figure beats the estimated £85million that Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale in 2013 in the previous world record deal. Juve have revealed United could also owe them a further €5million (£4.25m) if certain sporting targets are reached during the course of Pogba’s contract.Pogba left United four years ago for a nominal fee, and went on to win four Serie A titles and the Coppa Italia twice while his reputation grew – persuading Jose Mourinho to pay a colossal sum to bring him back to Old Trafford.“I am delighted to rejoin United,” Pogba said. “It has always been a club with a special place in my heart and I am really looking forward to working with Jose Mourinho.“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Juventus and have some fantastic memories of a great club with players that I count as friends.“But I feel the time is right to go back to Old Trafford. I always enjoyed playing in front of the fans and can’t wait to make my contribution to the team. This is the right club for me to achieve everything I hope to in the game.”Pogba’s move has been one of the most protracted transfers of the summer, and there was a final tease before confirmation finally came in the early hours of Tuesday morning.First, United posted a video on Twitter of a hooded figure in a club training top with the message “Are you ready? #POGBACK”.Moments later, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola tweeted “THE MAN IS UNITED”.And Pogba himself then followed up by bidding farewell to Juventus.“Thanks @juventusfc and all Juventini. Goodbye means nothing, it is the time we spent together that matters,” he wrote.Only then did the official announcement come from the club.  But United and their fans will hope Pogba proves to be worth the wait. “Paul is one of the best players in the world and will be a key part of the United team I want to build here for the future,” Mourinho said once the deal was official.“He is quick, strong, scores goals and reads the game better than many players much older than he is.“At 23, he has the chance to make that position his own here over many years. He is young and will continue to improve; he has the chance to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and beyond.”last_img read more

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