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Chelsea surprisingly opt to sell African starlet

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Premier League Champions Chelsea have confirmed the sale of striker Bertrand Traore to Olympique Lyon for 10 million euros ($11.3 million). Traore, 21, has signed a contract for the next five seasons. He played the last year on loan at Ajax in Amsterdam, scoring nine goals in 24 games in the Eredivisie.

The Burkina Faso international came to Chelsea in 2014 and in his 16 appearances with the Blues he scored four goals, including three in three consecutive matches in 2016.


Giovinco scores late winner as Toronto down Montreal in Voyageurs Cup Final

Toronto FC hoisted the Voyageurs Cup and earned its spot in the CONCACAF Champions League with a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact at BMO Field. Sebastian Giovinco scored twice for Toronto, and Ballou Tabla scored for Montreal.

Coming off a 1-1 draw in Montreal in the first leg, the Impact needed a goal to stay competitive in the aggregate two-match final.  Having given up an away goal, the pressure was on Montreal to stave off an attacking Toronto FC side, looking to capitalise early on their advantage. 


Real Sociedad sign versatile defender Diego Llorente

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Spanish football club Real Sociedad has confirmed the signing of Real Madrid defender Diego Llorente on a five-year deal. The move means that the 23-year-old, who can also play in midfield, will be at the San Sebastian-based club until the end of 2022.

Llorente joined Real Sociedad after spending last season on loan at Malaga and the previous campaign at Rayo Vallecano impressing at both clubs.


AS Roma wrapping up transfer of Dutch international Rick Karsdorp

Dutch international Rick Karsdorp arrived in Italy on Tuesday to undergo a medical test with Italian football club A.S. Roma.

Karsdorp, who won the Eredivisie last season with Feyenoord, landed at Rome airport on Tuesday morning and will sign his contract after the medical check-up, the club reported on its website.


Malaga sign French defender Paul Baysse

French defender Paul Baysse has passed a medical test with Malaga and is set to seal a three-year deal to move from France's Nice to the Spanish football side, sources close to the negotiations confirmed to Efe on Tuesday.

Although the Frenchman returned to his country one week ago without responding to the offer from the Spanish club, he spent the last week with his family in Malaga to get used to the Spanish city, the club facilities and find a school for his children.


Meireles hints at Chelsea move for Ronaldo!

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Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo's former teammate Raul Meireles has said any English Premier League (EPL) club would be the Real Madrid star's ideal destination if he decides to leave Spain.

"Yes of course (he could return to the Premier League)," Meireles told Sky Sports News HQ.


Ryan Giggs: "I don't see why Rooney can't still be at the club"

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If Wayne Rooney can accept a bit-part role as opposed to the mainstay he was at English football giants Manchester United a few years back, the English forward could have a future at the club, former United star Ryan Giggs said.

"Wayne is a proven goal scorer," Giggs told Sky Sports News. "Give him a chance, Wayne will score. It is whether he can put up with not being first choice or whether he can develop his game, which I had to around the same age -- not being certain to play every game, but playing 25-30 games and contributing."


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