Celta Vigo have agreed a deal to sign Denis Suarez from Barcelona, the two La Liga clubs have announced.
The Galician outfit will pay an initial £11.5 million for the 25-year-old midfielder, who was on Celta’s books as a youngster before moving to Manchester City in 2011.
The Spain international has also played for Sevilla, Villarreal and Arsenal, where he spent the second half of last season on loan from Barca.
A Barca statement read: “FC Barcelona and Celta Vigo have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Denis Suarez. The Galician team will pay FC Barcelona 12.9m euros plus 3.1m euros in add-ons.”
Suarez, who was born less than 20 miles from Vigo, played 71 matches for Barca and leaves the Catalan giants having won La Liga, two Copa del Rey titles and two Spanish Super Cups.
Celta added in a statement: “Eight years after leaving for Manchester City, Denis Suarez will once again wear the Celta jersey for the next four seasons.
“The Salceda midfielder will return to the club where he was trained and with which he made his debut with the B team at the age of 16 when he was still a youth player.”
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Perennial Serie A champions Juventus are set for a mega Monday in which deals for coveted centre-back Matthijs de Ligt and midfielder Adrien Rabiot are confirmed, according to reports.
De Ligt, 19, has been chased by the likes of Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United thanks to his revelatory displays for Ajax and the Netherlands.
Tuttosport have now stated that a package worth €80 million – €67m fee, €13m bonuses – has been agreed with his club. Personal terms on a five-year contract of €7.5m per annum, plus €4.5m, have also been ironed out with ‘super-agent’ Mino Raiola.
Rabiot, 24, was also chased by United and Barca, with both clubs eager to take advantage of his free-transfer status after his deal ran down at PSG. A medical has been booked for Monday and an announcement could follow at the same time as De Ligt’s.
Speculation about the pair reached fever pitch on Monday when Juventus’ official Twitter account tweeted a promotional video, with the tag line “Ignite our tomorrow”.
Juve have already wrapped up a Bosman for experienced Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey. A €10m deal to buy promising Roma and Italy Under-21 left-back Luca Pellegrini is close to being signed off.
Tottenham chief Daniel Levy has contacted Real Madrid in an attempt to facilitate Christian Eriksen’s move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Marca report that Levy phoned Madrid’s director general Jose Angel Sanchez, offering the Dane midfielder for a fee of €70 million, less than half the asking price that was quoted last summer.
Eriksen has been a long-term target for Los Blancos who have pursued him for some time only to be rejected by Spurs. With the 27-year-old refusing to extend his contract with the Premier League club which expires next year, Madrid have the upper hand.
Levy is now desperate to sell the playmaker to the La Liga giants rather than lose him on a free transfer next summer.
Madrid however have had their heads turned this summer by the likes of Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek.
That said, both players would likely command a much higher price and having already splashed around €300m in this window, Madrid may be tempted to sign Eriksen instead especially if they can negotiate an even better fee.