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Arsenal confirm signing of midfielder Granit Xhaka

The midfielder has joined Arsenal on a long-term contract. Credit: PA

Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka, the Premier League club have announced.

The 23-year-old captained the German side to fourth place in the Bundesliga last season and has 41 caps for Switzerland.

An Arsenal statement read: "Arsenal have reached an agreement with Granit Xhaka to join the club on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee."

Ajax winger Viktor Fischer set to join Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka is closing in on his first summer signing as he prepares for life in the Premier League.

The two clubs agreed a fee of around £3.8m. Credit: PA

Press Association Sport understands Ajax winger Viktor Fischer is due on Teesside to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms with the two clubs having reached agreement on a fee of around £3.8m.

Sources close to the player have indicated there is a four-year deal on the table for the Denmark international, who made 34 appearances for the Dutch club last season.

Karanka has wasted little time in starting to reshape his squad in the wake of promotion having released veteran Jonathan Woodgate and fellow defender Damia Abella at the end of their contracts on Tuesday.

It had already been confirmed that injury-plagued utility man Rhys Williams would be heading back to his native Australia to join Perth Glory.


Schmeichel backs Mourinho to succeed at Man United

Former Man United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel is confident Jose Mourinho can bring the good times back to Old Trafford as he closes in on a deal to take over as manager.

The great Dane has backed Mourinho to prove himself again at United. Credit: PA

Louis van Gaal was sacked on Monday despite leading the club to the FA Cup and Press Association Sport understands the finer details of a contract for Mourinho are being worked on.

Schmeichel believes a move to appoint Mourinho has been in the works for some time.

He told Sky Sports News:

I'm convinced this has been going on for a long time, with a lot of meetings taking place.

Meetings with Mourinho, what kind of role he should have, how his managerial style is, meetings with Sir Bobby (Charlton), Sir Alex (Ferguson), so he's got a feeling of how he wants the club to go.

I always expected Jose Mourinho to have Manchester United at the very top of his list - his dream job. I think he can be an absolute success but has a lot to prove.

I'm looking forward to this next period and hopefully he will give all fans belief that all is well and they are going in the right direction.

– Former Man United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel


Northern Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll joins Linfield

Northern Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll is returning home to play for Irish League side Linfield.

Carroll has signed a one-year deal. Credit: PA

The 38-year-old, who is a certainty for Michael O'Neill's Euro 2016 squad, has signed a one-year deal with the Belfast club having spent the last two seasons at Notts County.

Carroll played for Manchester United between 2001 and 2005, and also enjoyed spells with the likes of Wigan, West Ham, Derby and Olympiacos.

He played in five of his country's Euro qualifiers, helping Michael O'Neill's side qualify for their first major tournament in 30 years.

The Blues are managed by David Healy, a former international team-mate of Carroll and Northern Ireland's record goalscorer.

Healy said:

I'm delighted to be able to advise our supporters that Roy Carroll has signed a one year deal as a player to take effect from June 1.

He's obviously a player I know very well and he will bring with him considerable experience which will be of enormous benefit to the goalkeepers in our squad and indeed our entire squad.

I'm looking forward to working with him once his international commitments are concluded in the coming weeks.

– Linfield manager David Healy

Joey Barton seduced by Rangers history

Joey Barton admits he was seduced by the notion of playing for Rangers after knocking back the English Premier League's millions.

Barton will play for Rangers in Scotland next season. Credit: PA

The 33-year-old could have stayed on with Burnley after helping Sean Dyche's men to the Championship title but has instead penned a two-year deal with Gers.

The midfielder has foregone a lucrative 12-month deal with the Clarets but Barton insists it is the history of the Ibrox side and the lure of challenging for trophies which persuaded him north.

And a week after being given a guided tour of both Ibrox and the club's training base, he has now promised to help deliver more silverware to the club's famous trophy room as Mark Warburton's men gear up for their return to the Ladbrokes Premiership.

He said:

I came up here a week ago and I was just blown away by the history and tradition in the stadium. That is really seductive for someone like myself, who is a football man.

I had a great tour guide in [assistant boss] Davie Weir. As soon as I walked into the trophy room and saw the portrait of Bill Struth and the 54 pennants on the wall I was just bitten.

When I saw what had gone before and when I spoke to the gaffer here and saw what an exciting future this football club could have, I thought it was an opportunity I just can't turn down.

I had great options on the table. I had a phenomenal year at Burnley but what they are going to do next year is a something I've done before. I had far better financial offers but I swore to myself a long time ago I would never make a career decision based on finance.

– Rangers midfielder Joey Barton

Liverpool sign £4.7m German goalkeeper from Mainz

Karius has taken the number one shirt. Credit: PA

Liverpool have completed the signing of Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius for £4.7million.

The 22-year-old has signed a five-year contract.

He has taken the number one shirt as it is understood the German asked for that number - current first-choice Simon Mignolet is 22 - and manager Jurgen Klopp agreed he could have it.

Karius will provide much-needed competition for Mignolet, whose position has not been threatened since arriving three years ago despite a number of unconvincing performances.

The goalkeeper is Klopp's third signing since taking over in October, having secured deals in January for Schalke centre-back Joel Matip and Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic to join this summer.

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