Transfer round-up: Van der Vaart finds new home

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Pastures new: Van der Vaart.

The rush is on… With just days left before the start of many leagues across Europe, clubs are scrambling for last minute additions to their squads in a bid to make a fast start to the campaign.

Sport360 brings you latest news on some of the latest big transfers.

Rafael Van der Vaart, Real Betis to Midtjylland, free (Done Deal)

The Danes have pulled off a coup by luring ex-Dutch international Van der Vaart. The 33-year-old, who won 109 caps for his country, arrives after his spell at La Liga outfit Real Betis came to an end.

Van der Vaart had been linked with Jaap Stam’s Reading.

Mauricio Isla, Juventus to Cagliari, €4.5 million (Done Deal)

Great things were expected of the Chile wing-back when he joined Juve, but a frustrating spell filled with loans is now at an end.

The 28-year-old will be expected to add class and experience to Cagliari as they battle against Serie A relegation.

Simone Zaza, Juventus to Wolfsburg, €25 million (Fee Agreed)

The record-breaking arrival of striker Gonzalo Higuain has pushed Zaza towards the exit door at Juve. Sky Sport Italia report he will head to the Bundesliga, where the Wolves are rebuilding.

In Germany, he’ll be expected to improve on last term’s eight-goal haul.

Adnan Januzaj, Manchester United to Sunderland, loan (Reported)

The Manchester Evening News reports that a reunion awaits the errant Belgium playmaker and David Moyes.

The Stadium of Light should also prove inspiring for a talent who has lost his way, an incredible two-goal haul on debut under Moyes coming there.

Gabriel Barbosa, Santos to Leicester City, €27.5 million (Reported)

The Premier League champions have entered the fierce battle for the emerging Brazil forward, according to the Guardian.

Juventus, Internazionale and Barcelona have all proved unable to seal a deal for the 19-year-old who has two goals in four caps.

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With leagues around Europe beginning to kick-off, the need to finish adding the final touches to squads ahead of the August 31 transfer deadline is becoming ever more pressing.

Sport360 rounds-up the biggest transfer stories from around the world.

Eren Derdiyok, Kasimpasa to Galatasaray, €6m (Done Deal)

The powerful centre-forward has another shot at the big time after he completed a switch to the Istanbul giants. The 28-year-old impressed scoring 15 goals in 40 Süper Lig games for Kasimpasa. Gala will need him to be at his best after a woeful 2015/16 season.

Yannick Bolasie, Crystal Palace to Everton, €29.2m (Fee Agreed)

John Stones’ sale to Manchester City has started moving the gears of Everton’s transfer machine. According to ESPN, the cash is to be reinvested immediately in the gangly winger. Bolasie has been at Palace since 2012, scoring 13 times in 143 appearances.

Lamine Kone, Sunderland to Chelsea, €21.1m (New Target)

The immovable centre-back made a huge impression at Black Cats following his January move from Lorient. But his time in the North East looks set to be brief, according to the Daily Mail. Chelseas re keen to land him if they cannot buy Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.

Rachid Ghezzal, Lyon to West Ham, €8m (New Target)

West Ham are ambitiously going about building a squad fit for the Olympic Stadium and this desire has seen them lodge a bid for the Algeria winger, accoding to L’Equipe. Ghezzal has scored 11 times in 81 games for Lyon and would join countryman Sofiane Feghouli.

Abel Hernandez, Hull to Fiorentina, €11.7m (New Target)

The chaos at the promoted Tigers is set to see the Uruguay striker head back to the Serie A, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. Fiorentina are the ex-Palermo striker’s lateset suitors and want to activate the release clause for the man who struck 22 times during 2015/16.

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