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Championship – teamtalk.com 31 Aug 23:39

Piazon becomes latest player to leave Chelsea on loan

Championship outfit Fulham have signed Brazilian midfielder Lucas Piazon on loan from Chelsea until January.

The Cottagers announced the 22-year-old’s arrival from their west London neighbours on Wednesday evening.

“Fulham Football Club is pleased to announce the signing of Lucas Piazon on loan from Chelsea until January 2017,” a story on Fulham’s official website read.

Piazon joined Chelsea in 2011 and has had loan spells at Malaga, Vitesse Arnhem, Eintracht Frankfurt and Reading. He made 27 appearances and scored five goals, including one at Craven Cottage, for the Royals last season.

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Championship – teamtalk.com 31 Aug 23:02

Reach ?pleased? to make £5million Owls switch from Boro

Championship promotion hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday have signed winger Adam Reach from Middlesbrough for a reported £5million fee.

The Owls confirmed the move on their official website two hours before the transfer window closes, but they did not disclose the length of the deal.

The Boro academy graduate spent much of last season on loan at Preston where he scored four goals in 36 appearances.

Reach was an unused substitute in Middlesbrough’s goalless draw with West Brom at the weekend but has not featured in any of the Teesside club’s opening four matches this term.

The 23-year-old told Wednesday’s official website: “I’m really pleased. It’s been a whirlwind day and I went into it not really knowing what was going to happen.

“I trained with Boro and then as soon as I was told of the interest from Sheffield Wednesday, I wanted to get straight down here.

“Everyone knows what the club achieved last season and everyone knows what they want to achieve this season. I want to be part of that.”

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Championship – teamtalk.com 31 Aug 18:11

Chelsea sign Fiorentina left-back Marcos Alonso

Chelsea have signed defender Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina, the Serie A club have confirmed, for a fee believed to be around £20million.

The former Bolton left-back began his career at Real Madrid and has also had a spell on loan at Sunderland.

A statement on Fiorentina’s website read: “ACF Fiorentina announces that it has sold, outright, Marcos Alonso Mendoza to Chelsea Football Club.”

First picture of Marcos Alonso in a Chelsea shirt! pic.twitter.com/oUbHo309LI

— Chelsea Transfers (@CFCTransfers) August 31, 2016

Alonso’s arrival gives Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte options at the back, with the possibility of Cesar Azpilicueta switching to right-back and Branislav Ivanovic playing in the centre of defence.

The Blues have also been linked with re-signing Brazil defender David Luiz, whom they sold to Paris St Germain for £50million prior to the 2014 World Cup, ahead of Wednesday’s closure of the transfer window.

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Championship – teamtalk.com 31 Aug 17:36

Middlesbrough sign winger Adama Traore from Aston Villa

Middlesbrough have secured their 11th arrival of the transfer window, signing Adama Traore from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee.

The 20-year-old former Barcelona man has signed a four-year deal at the Riverside, bringing to an end a disappointing injury-ravaged spell in the Midlands.
“He is another important player and I am expecting a lot from him,� said Boro boss Aitor Karanka.

“I’ve known him since he was a kid. He went into the national team just after I left, but I know all about him and what he can do.

“His level is higher than he showed last season, but in the right environment I’m hoping that he will show what he is capable of.�

Boro winger Albert Adomah, meanwhile, has gone in the opposite direction, making a permanent move to Aston Villa for another undisclosed fee.

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Championship – teamtalk.com 31 Aug 17:16

Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry completes Werder Bremen switch

Werder Bremen have completed the signing of Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry for a fee believed to be in the region of £5million.

Arsene Wenger was reluctant to part company on a permanent basis with the 21-year-old, following his performances at the Olympics this summer.

But Gnabry had been keen on returning to Germany for a fresh start, after making only a handful of senior appearances for the Gunners since his arrival in 2011.

Es ist perfekt: #Gnabry wechselt zum SV #Werder! 👉 https://t.co/AksSdrGVan
Herzlich willkommen, Serge! pic.twitter.com/ztXJ8Xcqlv

— SV Werder Bremen (@werderbremen) August 31, 2016

He passed his medical on Wednesday morning before being unveiled at the Weserstadion on the afternoon.

“I’m very happy to be here,� said the German starlet. “Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil have only said positive things about the club.

“I had very good talks with the management and that has led me here to Werder and the Bundesliga.

“The Olympics were a personal highlight for me and I’d like to carry on my development here at Werder.

“I’ve come to Bremen to get playing time, to develop further and to help the team.�

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