Done deals: Vidal to Bayern Munich, Luis leaves Chelsea for Atletico Madrid, Crespo to Aston Villa
The transfer deals continue to trickle through, as more signings were confirmed on Tuesday.
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Here’s a quick look around the league’s at some of the done deals which have been completed.
Bayern Munich have signed Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal from Juventus. Vidal, 28, has arrived for $40 million from the Turin club and has officially signed for the German champions. He will replace Bastian Schweinsteiger in central midfield for the Bavarian club, with Vidal signing a four-year contract and he is said to be earning over $13 million a season at Bayern. The destructive midfielder won four Serie A titles in four seasons with Juve after arriving in Italy from German side Bayer Leverkusen in 2011.
Filipe Luis has returned to Atletico Madrid after just one year at Chelsea. The Brazilian left back, 29, arrived at Stamford Bridge for $22 million last summer, and he has promptly returned to Atletico for around the same amount this summer. Luis made 26 appearances for Chelsea, scoring once, but failed to usurp Cesar Azpilicueta from the left back role in Jose Mourinho’s side.
Aston Villa continue to spend the $60 million they hauled in this summer from the combined sales of Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph, as Tim Sherwood signed Cordoba defender Jose Angel Crespo for around $1 million. The 28-year-old has signed a three-year deal at Villa Park and becomes Villa’s seventh signing of the summer. Crespo, who was relegated from La Liga with Cordoba last season, can play at both left and right back. He joins Micah Richards and Jordan Amavi in a new-look Villa defense.
New boys Watford have signed striker Steven Berghuis from AZ Alkmaar. The Dutch forward becomes the Hornets’ 11th signing of the summer and the 23-year-old has cost over $7 million from AZ. Berghuis has signed a four-year deal with the PL club and can also operate on the wing. He scored 11 times in 22 Eredivisie appearances for AZ last season and also received his first international call-up for the Dutch national team in 2015.