have completed the transfer of Ricardo Carvalho
on a three-year deal from Porto. The defender signed after the Barclays
Premiership side agreed a 19.85million fee with the European champions.
The 26-year-old will fly out to the United States with Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon on Wednesday to join Jose Mourinho's squad on tour. The
Portugal international passed a medical in London on Tuesday afternoon and quickly agreed personal terms to complete Mourinho's summer deals. Real
Madrid were reported to be interested in Carvalho, who excelled for Portugal at Euro 2004 having been left out of the opening game of the tournament,
a 2-1 defeat to Greece.
have agreed terms with Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira,
according to Spanish newspaper Marca. The publication's website,
www.marca.es, reported on Tuesday that the French international is happy with the contract offered by the Madrid giants and that all that remains is
for the two clubs to negotiate a price. Marca believes this won't be a problem as the player is determined to quit Highbury for the Bernabeu and the
deal should go through in the next few days.
manager Chris Coleman has insisted the new season cannot arrive soon enough after completing his fourth signing of the summer. Senegal's
midfield enforcer Papa Bouba Diop
joined the Cottagers from French side Lens on Tuesday for an undisclosed fee, agreeing a four-year contract
at Craven Cottage. The arrival of the 26-year-old follows hot on the heels of Andy Cole, Claus Jensen and Tomasz Radzinski, who have all joined over
the past 10 days.
manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed the club have completed the signing of versatile defender Josemi
in a 2million move from
Malaga. Speaking after his side's 5-1 demolition of Celtic in the Rentschler Field Stadium, the Spaniard revealed he had raided his homeland for the
are closing in on two new signings with Nicky Butt
back in England to complete his move to St James' Park. In addition to
Butt, who returned from Manchester United's US tour overnight, the Magpies are also understood to have bid 5million for Benfica
The 24-year-old replaced Chelsea's Paulo Ferreira in the Portugal team at Euro 2004, and was impressive as the hosts reached the final.
Butt landed in Manchester shortly before 8am on Tuesday and is expected to travel to Tyneside on Wednesday to undergo a medical and discuss personal
expect to tie up the loose ends of Tal Ben Haim's
150,000 move from Maccabi Tel Aviv before the end of the week. The 22-year-old
Israeli international held talks with Trotters boss Sam Allardyce on Monday and has already expressed his delight at sealing a three-year contract
with the Lancashire outfit. Bolton officials remain more cautious, insisting there will be no formal announcement of the deal until all aspects -
including being granted a work permit - are done.
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[Edited on 27/7/04 by TRD]