Transfer record: Ryan Bertrand joins Leicester, Saliba loaned to Marseille

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Transfer record: Ryan Bertrand joins Leicester, Saliba loaned to Marseille


Full-back Ryan Bertrand has joined Leicester City on a free transfer following his departure from Premier League rivals Southampton.

The 31-year-old, who won 19 England caps between 2012 and 2017 and traveled to Euro 2016, signed a two-year contract with Brendan Rodgers’ side after his contract at St Mary’s expired. .

“I’m really happy to be here,” Bertrand said on the club’s official website. “Joining Leicester has really complemented my inner ambitions and what I still want to accomplish in my career. They’ve built something amazing over the years, especially since Brendan Rodgers arrived.

“It’s fantastic to be part of this fantastic club and I will give everything to try to make the fans proud,” added Bertrand. The left-back made 240 appearances in seven seasons with Southampton after leaving his first club, Chelsea, in 2014.

Bertrand was sent off early in Southampton’s 9-0 home loss to Leicester in October 2019. He joins forward Patson Daka and midfielder Boubakary Soumare to sign for the FA Cup winners this summer.

William Saliba goes to Marseille after previous loans with Saint-Étienne and Nice. Photograph: Eric Gaillard / Reuters

Arsenal defender Guillaume Saliba will spend the coming season on loan at Marseille – his third loan in Ligue 1 since joining the Gunners in 2019.

The 20-year-old center-back was signed from Saint-Étienne in 2019 for £ 27million, but has yet to make his first-team debut. He was first loaned to Saint-Étienne and spent the second half of last season in Nice. Arsenal midfielder Mattéo Guendouzi has already joined Jorge Sampaoli’s side on a one-season loan this summer.

“With William we decided that it would be good for his continued development to spend another season on loan,” said Arsenal technical director Edu. “William is a player with strong natural abilities and next season has the potential to be really beneficial for him at Marseille. “

wolves having signed the goalkeeper José Sá Olympiakos on a five-year contract, worth € 8m (£ 6.8m). Sá replaces fellow Portuguese Rui Patrício, who completed his transfer to Rome on Tuesday.

Sá has played for Olympiakos over the past three seasons, making 124 appearances and helping them win two league titles. The goalkeeper worked under new Wolves manager Bruno Lage at the Benfica academy and also played for Maritimo and Porto.

The 28-year-old played against Wolves in the first leg of the Europa League round of 16. Pedro Neto’s goal earned Wolves a 1-1 draw in Greece, with the second leg delayed by five months amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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