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Sami Khedira signs for Juventus on a free; Dani Alves extends stay at Barcelona

Germany v Gibraltar - EURO 2016 Qualifier

Germany v Gibraltar - EURO 2016 Qualifier

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As July approaches plenty of players are on the move in Europe’s top leagues with the transfer window officially re-opening on July 1.

The race to snap up players out of contract on July 1 is well and truly on.

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Losing UEFA Champions finalists Juventus have snuck in front of plenty of Premier League teams to grab Sami Khedira on a free transfer. The German international has signed a four-year deal with the Turin club after letting his contract at Real Madrid run down.

The former VFB Stuttgart midfielder was chased by Chelsea and Arsenal last summer but the World Cup winner decided to stay at Real where he only featured 17 times in 2014-15 following due to injury and rejecting a new deal at Real.

Juventus had the following to say about Khedira’s arrival
on their website, as rumors regarding their star central midfielder Paul Pogba leaving the Italian champions this summer will crank up a notch.

“The 28-year-old, who will officially join from Real Madrid on a free transfer on 1 July 2015, has agreed terms on a four-year contract which expires on 30 June 2019.

Bianconeri boss Massimiliano Allegri is set to add a player of class, quality and international experience to his ranks, ready to enrich one of the strongest midfields in world football.”

Elsewhere a man who many believed was going to be available on a free transfer this summer has re-signed with Barcelona.

Fresh off the back of Barca’s UCL win, Brazilian right back Dani Alves has agreed a new two-year deal with an option of a third at the Nou Camp. The 32-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United and several other big clubs across Europe but has decided to remain in Catalonia where he has won 19 titles in seven seasons with the Spanish giants.

In other news from the Nou Camp, manager Luis Enrique has signed a one-year contract extension to keep him at the club until 2017. Enrique, a former midfielder for Barca, led the Catalan club to the La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble in his debut season in charge.

So, yeah, obviously handing him a contract extension was a no-brainer...

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