Transfer wrap: Muslera heads to Turkey, doubt on Sneijder

Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera has joined Galatasaray from Lazio on a five-year contract for a fee of 12 million euros plus Lorik Cana.The 25-year-old joined Lazio in 2007 from Nacional of Montevideo, but initially found life difficult with the Rome outfit, where he was even benched in favour of veteran Marco Ballotta.

However, he displaced Juan Pablo Carrizo in goal during the 2008/09 season, going on to become an integral part of the side.

Managing to transfer his form to the international stage, Muslera has won plaudits worldwide following his performances in this month’s Copa America.

The goalkeeper has penned a long-term deal with the Turkish club, where he will pocket two million euros a year and compete with Aykut Ercetin for the role of Galatasaray’s first-choice shot-stopper. The transfer fee will reportedly be split between Lazio and Nacional.

Albania midfielder Cana, 27, moves in the opposite direction.

Staying in the Serie A, Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal is reportedly set to move to Juventus, while Palermo are said to be all but resigned to lose Argentine playmaker Javier Pastore.

Inter president Massimo Moratti is hoping that Wesley Sneijder stays with the club and does not join Manchester United, but has revealed the future of his creative midfielder is still unclear.

The Netherlands international has been linked with a move to the English Premier League champions since the arrival of new coach Gian Piero Gasperini.

“What will (be) the future of Sneijder? I do not even know. I hope he remains at Inter,” 67-year-old Moratti told reporters on his arrival at the Giuseppe Meazza outfit’s summer camp in Pinzolo.

In the Premier League, Fulham have signed Czech midfielder Marcel Gecov from Czech side Liberec for 500,000 pounds.

Gecov’s agent Jiri Mueller said on Wednesday the 23-year-old defensive midfielder signed a two-year contract after undergoing a medical, and Fulham have an option to extend the initial deal for one more year.

Milan Jovanovic’s nightmare spell at Liverpool appears close to an end after Belgian giants Anderlecht confirmed that they are in talks over his transfer.

The Serbian moved to Anfield on a free transfer before the 2010/11 season but failed to make his mark on the first-team and is eager to find regular football elsewhere.

“We’re currently negotiating with Jovanovic but we couldn’t achieve an agreement (yet),” a spokesman for the Belgian side told BBC Sport.

In the Championship, former Middlesbrough, Aston Villa and Hull midfielder George Boateng has signed a one-year deal with Nottingham Forest, linking up former manager Steve McClaren.

Boateng, 35, spent last season with Greek club Skoda Xanthi.

Europa League champions FC Porto have continued to strengthen for the new season with the 13 million-euro acquisition of versatile Brazilian Under-20 international Danilo Luiz da Silva.

The 20-year-old, who can play at right-back or in midfield, arrives from Santos on an undisclosed fee fresh from helping his club win the Copa Libertadores.

Danilo is Porto’s sixth signing of the European summer, with wingers Juan Iturbe, Kelvin de Oliveira and Djalma Campos, goalkeeper Rafael Bracalli and striker Kleber Pinheir having previously joined the club now coached by Vitor Pereira.

Santos director of football Pedro Luiz Conceicao has stated that young stars Neymar and Ganso will stay at the club until at least the end of 2011, in order to compete in the Club World Cup.

The Brazil internationals have been the subject of intense interest from Europe in the last 12 months, but Conceicao made it clear in a press conference on Wednesday that there would be no further departures from Santos until the new year.

“We feel 100 percent secure and have total faith that the squad we currently have will stay, at least until the end of the year,” the director told reporters at the Sao Paulo club’s HQ.

Six players have left the club since lifting the Libertadores title back in June – the most notable of which include Danilo, Jonathan (to Inter), Maikon Leite (Palmeiras) and Ze Eduardo (Genoa).

Brazilian Serie A rivals Internacional have strengthened their attacking stocks with the capture of forward Jo from Manchester City.

The 24-year-old joined the English Premier League club for 18 million pounds in 2008, but struggled in Manchester and was shipped out on loan to Everton (twice) and Galatasaray before his move back to Brazil.

In Spain’s La Liga, former Portugal midfielder Tiago has signed for Atletico Madrid. The 30-year-old had spent last season on loan at Atleti, and had been available on a free transfer after the mutual termination of his contract with Juventus.

 


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