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Vela joins Real Sociedad as Arsenal finally begin striker summer sale

Twenty three year old Mexican star Carlos Vela became the first of many strikers expected to leave the Emirates this summer after Real Sociedad confirmed the capture of the Arsenal forward late last evening. With Arsenal declaring on their official website that Vela was in Spain for "final discussions" with Sociedad, it appeared the impasse over the propsed £6 million transfer fee for the Mexican had finally been broken, and the Gunners had begun the process of clearing the deadwood from the club.

Many Arsenal fans would be disappointed at the sale of the Mexican, who apart from some fleeting appearances in the Carling Cup never really got an opportunity to showcase his talent at the club. Work permit issues on his capture forced Arsenal to loan him out to Salamanca and Osasuna, early in his career before Arsene Wenger gave the youngster a chance to break into the first team.

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Reading defender Joseph Mills joins Burnley on season long loan

Burnley Boss Eddie Howe has further strengthened his defensive options with a successful swoop for Reading defender Joseph Mills. The 22-year-old left-back becomes Burnley's fourth new recruit of the summer after agreeing a season-long loan. And his move to the Clarets means Mills could now face his brother Matt on the opening day of the Championship season when Howe's men face Bolton Wanderers.

Central defender Matt, who recently moved to Bolton from Leicester City, also previously played for Reading and was followed to the Madejski Stadium by Joseph when he joined the Royals from Southampton in August, 2011.

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PSG director Leonardo confirms Ibrahimovic capture

AC Milan have finally completed part 2 of the big summer sale as PSG sporting director Leonardo told Gazetta dello Sport that they have reached an agreement for the transfer of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint Germain. The 30 year-old is set to join the Ligue 1 giants on a three year deal that will see the Swede make €13 million-a-year and the Parisiens are expected to unveil the star striker on Wednesday.

Ibra's agent Mino Raiola, who was at the French capital to see the deal through, also confirmed the high-profile move to the Parc des Princes. PSG have reportedly paid €23 million for the striker who moves from Milan to Paris alongside Milan teammate Thiago Silva.

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Man City eyeing Llorente after Spaniard rejects contract extension

English Champions Manchester City have quickly sniffed their chance of landing long time target Fernando Llorente and are planning to move in on the player soon, reports the Metro. The 27 year old recently rejected a three year £60,000 per week contract extension offered by his club Athletic Bilbao, as he feels that he deserves wages in the region of £80,000 per week having spent the last seven years at the Basque Country.

Another problem is thought to be the club's inability to latch onto their opportunities as they failed to clinch even a single title last year, finishing runners-up a frustrating three times in the Spanish Cup, Super Cup and Europa League.

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Sao Paulo reject improved Manchester United bid for Lucas Moura

Reports emerging out of Brazil have suggested that Manchester United's improved bid of €38 million for Brazilian talent Lucas Moura has been turned down by his club Sao Paulo. This news would come as a shock to the Red Devils as they matched the Brazilian club's initial asking price with that second offer.

Sir Alex Ferguson rarely agrees on spending such large sums of money on a relatively untested player, and is sure to be frustrated that despite tabling an initial €32 million bid and following it up with a €38 million offer, the player isn't any closer to a switch to Old Trafford. The money offered speaks volumes about the talent and skill of the 19 year old, who is believed to be the top summer target for Ferguson.

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Dortmund trying desperately to keep hold of striker Robert Lewandowski amidst United interest

Borussia Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski has expressed his desire to make a switch to the Premier League throwing Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal into a frenzy for the striker's signature, reports the Daily Star. On the other hand, reports on ESPN Soccernet tell another story, suggesting that the German champions continue to be favourites to hang on to their star striker this season.

The former Lech Poznan player moved to Westfalenstadion in 2010, after which the club's Bundesliga reign began. Jurgen Klopp's side sealed a sensational league and cup double last season with Lewandowski scoring 30 goals in 46 games for the champions. A good performance at the Euros last month also increased interest in the Polish striker.

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Shakhtar Donetsk slap £21 million price tag on Chelsea target Willian

The Metro reports that Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk have demanded £21 million from suitors of star winger Willian amid news of Chelsea rekindling their interest in the Brazilian. The Blues have decided to renew their chase for Willian as they think that he would help them further bolster their squad, especially in the wides areas of the pitch where they have been found lacking in the past.

Chelsea's owner Roman Abramovich wants to leave no stone unturned in his aim to establish an era of Chelsea domination. And he feels that a wide player would offer his team another dimension by helping them spread the play and provide pace down the flank. He is also looking at Arsenal's contract rebel Theo Walcott for that position, but a deal with their London rivals is always a difficult task to accomplish.

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