Transfer Round-Up — 28 July: Liverpool full-back on the move

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Socceroo: Bournemouth's Brad Smith.

The clock is ticking and Europe’s biggest clubs are rushing around in the hope of completing their squads for the 2016-17 season.

With many leagues kicking off in just a fortnight’s time, activity is set to ramp up over the coming days as pre-season plans come to an end.

Sport360 rounds-up the biggest news from the transfer market today:

Brad Smith, Liverpool to Bournemouth, €7 million (Done Deal)

The Australia international becomes the second player to swap Merseyside for the South Coast after Jordon Ibe’s switch earlier this summer.

The full-back, has signed a four-year deal and fills a gap in the Cherries’ depleted backline.

Ciro Immobile, Sevilla to Lazio, €8.5 million (Done Deal)

The curious case of Ciro. The Italy striker is on the move again.

After earning a big money switch to Borussia Dortmund in 2014, he has since stagnated, joining Sevilla last year before being shipped out on loan to Torino.

He arrives at Lazio looking to resurrect his career.

Alexandre Pato, Corinthians to Villarreal, €3 million (Done Deal)

Pato was a flop at Chelsea last season.

His loan spell at Stamford Bridge did little for the 26-year-old but he has been given another chance to prove his worth in European football with Villarreal, who have reportedly bought 60 per cent of his economic rights.

Ayoze Perez, Newcastle to Barcelona, €17 million (Reported)

The transfer circus has churned out a new name to be linked with Barcelona.

The Spanish forward has reportedly been sounded out with the La Liga giants set to lose out on Atletico Madrid’s Luciano Vietto who is close to making a move to Sevilla.

Mario Balotelli, Liverpool to Besiktas, €6 million (Reported)

Treading water: Mario Balotelli.

Treading water: Mario Balotelli.

It seems Super Mario isn’t quite so super because no side wants to take him from Liverpool.

Boss Jurgen Klopp has made it clear he’s no longer wanted at Anfield but Turkish club Besiktas may come to his aid with club president Fikret Orman a fan.

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Will either player move?

Under two weeks now remain until the season’s big kick-off and Europe’s leading clubs are still scrambling around to complete their squads ahead of the season’s opening day.

It means the rumour mill is in full swing and here, Sport360 rounds-up the day’s leading transfer stories.

What do you make of all the latest reports? Have your say by commenting below, using #360fans on Twitter or getting in touch via Facebook.

FLORIN ANDONE GIULIANO
Cordoba to Deportivo

€4.7m (Dh19m) – DONE DEAL

Depor’s attempt to climb up the La Liga standings has seen them turn to the Romania forward, who leaves Cordoba after scoring 26 times in 56 league games. Andone comes to his new club after playing three times at Euro 2016.

GIULIANO
Gremio to Zenit
€7m (Dh28m) – DONE DEAL

A deal has been struck to bring the attacking midfielder back to Eastern Europe. Newly-installed Zenit coach Mircea Lucescu is clearly a fan of the 26-year-old from his time in Donetsk, where he led Shakhtar and Giuliano played for Dnipro.

AREK MILIK
Ajax to Napoli
€35m (Dh141m) – FEE AGREED

Napoli have wasted no time reeling from the loss of star striker Gonzalo Higuain, agreeing a fee to bring emerging Poland striker Milik to the San Paolo. The 22-year-old had a bravura 2015/16 with Ajax, scoring 24 times in 42 games. With his age, even better is to come.

MARKO ARNAUTOVIC
Stoke City to Everton
€15m (Dh60.6m) – IN TALKS

New Toffees boss Ronald Koeman has turned to the giant Austria forward as he looks to reinvigorate his squad. The Daily Mail reports talks are under way between the two clubs for the player, who has one year remaining on his deal at Bet365 Stadium.

BLAISE MATUIDI
PSG to Juventus
€30.5m (Dh123.1m) – NEW TARGET

If Paul Pogba makes a switch to Manchester United, L’Equipe report that Juve will turn to his partner in France’s midfield for a replacement. PSG coach Unai Emery is supposed to be open to a sale after bringing Grzegorz Krychowiak with him from Sevilla.

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Stoke snap up Al-Ahly teenager 'Ramadona'

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Egyptian winger, Ramadan Sobhi.

Sobhi, 19, has grown into an influential figure at Al Ahly since making his debut two seasons ago, helping the club win two successive Egyptian Premier League titles.

The winger scored 17 goals in 71 appearances for Ahly and is one of his country’s most highly rated young players.

Stoke City chief exceutive Tony Scholes said: “We are absolutely delighted to have signed a player of Ramadan’s undoubted quality and potential.

“He’s a special young talent who is excited about the prospect of making an impact in the Premier League and we’re looking forward to giving him that platform.”

Sobhi’s dazzling dribbling and impeccable passing have previously seen him linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal and Roma.

Affectionately nicknamed “Ramadona” by fans, Sobhi is set to join his new team-mates in Orlando, where they are currently in pre-season training ahead of the new Premier League season.

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