Transfer facts and rumors: Eto'o to Başakşehir, Man City signs Rodri

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Published 05.07.2019 00:07
Updated 05.07.2019 00:15
Manchester City's new signing Rodri displays his shirt during a press conference at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, northwest England on July 4, 2019.
Manchester City's new signing Rodri displays his shirt during a press conference at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, northwest England on July 4, 2019.

Süper Lig's Medipol Başakşehir is looking to sign Cameroonian star Samuel Eto'o, while Manchester City acquired Atletico Madrid's Rodri in a record deal

The summer transfer window remains as new rumors and transfer news circulates in Turkey's Süper Lig and Europe's major leagues. Süper Lig number two Medipol Başakşehir is in negotiations with legendary Cameroonian forward Samuel Eto'o, Turkish media outlets reported.

The 38-year-old, who currently plays for Qatar SC, has multiple player of the year awards and is considered one of the best strikers in the world. After stints in Serie A, Premier League and La Liga, he moved to Antalyaspor of the Süper Lig in 2015 and joined Konyaspor last year before joining the Qatari outfit.

Başakşehir also reached a deal with Egypt's Pyramids for a one-year loan for 22-year-old Nigerian international Okechukwu Azubuike. Formerly of Çaykur Rizespor and Evkur Yeni Malatyaspor, Azubuike will be Başakşehir's fifth new arrival this summer after Fredrik Gulbrandsen, Muhammet Demir, Furkan Soyalp and Aziz Eraltay.

In the Premier League, champions Manchester City smashed its transfer record with the signing of Spanish international midfielder Rodri on a five-year deal from Atletico Madrid.

Rodri to Manchester City, Lampard back to Chelsea

The La Liga club announced Wednesday that City had paid a 70-million-euro ($78.96 million) buyout clause for the tall 23-year-old. City later confirmed Rodri's record-signing on its website. The deal eclipsed the 60 million pounds Pep Guardiola's side paid for Leicester City's Algerian international Riyad Mahrez last July.

Rodri follows Angelino, the Spanish left back who joined from PSV Eindhoven, as manager Pep Guardiola's second signing of the summer.

"Rodri has proven himself to be a hugely talented, young midfielder, who has all the attributes we are looking for," City's director of football Txiki Begiristain told the City website.

"He works hard defensively, makes himself available to receive the ball and uses it well when in possession. He is a perfect fit for Pep Guardiola's team and we are confident he will be a success."

"What City have achieved in the last two years has been amazing and I'm looking forward to being part of such a talented squad," said Rodri, who has been compared to Barcelona's Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets.

"It's not just the titles they have won, but the way they have managed it, playing attacking football at all times. It's a style that excites me, as do the Club's ambitions."

City said the defensive midfielder, seen as a long-term successor to 34-year-old Brazilian Fernandinho, would play in the number 16 shirt. The squad number was used by Argentine forward Sergio Aguero, who also joined from Atletico Madrid, from 2011 to 2015 and has been vacant since.

Leicester, another Premier League side, completed the signing of Ayoze Perez from fellow Premier League side Newcastle for a reported fee of 30 million pounds.

The Spanish forward has signed a four-year contract at the King Power Stadium to become Brendan Rodgers' second summer capture. Rodgers had been looking for a versatile forward and the Foxes reportedly triggered Perez's release clause. "I'm very happy and very pleased. I'm very proud to be part of the Leicester family and I can't wait to get started," Perez told LCFC TV. "The club wants to keep growing as much as it can and that's something I like. I spoke with the manager and that was important. That made me feel very comfortable with the decision to come here."

Perez scored 48 goals in 195 games for the Magpies after joining from Tenerife in 2014.

Elsewhere, Frank Lampard has returned to Chelsea as the club's 12th manager in 16 years under Roman Abramovich's ownership. The former Chelsea midfielder has left second-tier club Derby, where he came close to securing promotion to the Premier League in his first season in management. Lampard, who is Chelsea's record scorer with 211 goals and one of its all-time greats, replaces Maurizio Sarri.

The Italian lasted only one tumultuous year at Chelsea before returning to his homeland to coach Juventus. Sarri secured not only a third-place finish in the Premier League but also ended his reign by winning the Europa League in May. Chelsea announced the arrival of Lampard yesterday. The 41-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the London club.

Kudryashov targeted by Fenerbahçe

Back in Süper Lig, Fenerbahçe shortlisted Russian left-winger Fyodor Kudryashov, Demirören News Agency (DHA) reported. The 32-year-old left back and center back was a free agent who was on a six-month stint with Başakşehir last season.

The club shortlisted him for his familiarity with Süper Lig and versatile gameplay both at left back and center back. Fenerbahçe has been looking for a central figure on defense after the departure of Martin Skrtel and Roman Neustadter.

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