QPR Signs Brazil Goalkeeper Julio Cesar; Martinez Joins Bayern
Queens Park Rangers signed Brazil national team goalkeeper Julio Cesar, as defensive midfielder Javier Martinez joined Bayern Munich from Athletic Bilbao.
Cesar, 32, received a four-year contract at QPR after seven seasons with Inter Milan, the Premier League soccer club said on its website. The deal is subject to Cesar receiving international clearance and being granted a visa, the club said.
“When the opportunity to sign a player of his quality presents itself, you have to act quickly and we’ve managed to get the deal done,” QPR manager Mark Hughes said. “Not only will we benefit from his ability, but we’ll also benefit from his experience and winning mentality.”
Cesar helped Inter win the Champions League and five Serie A titles after joining from Chievo in 2005. He’s also played 64 times for Brazil and started all five of the team’s games at the 2010 World Cup.
The transfer window for teams to buy and sell players closes at midnight in most European countries, 11 p.m. in the U.K., on Aug. 31. Another period is scheduled for the month of January.
Martinez, 23, signed a five-year contract with Bayern through 2017 after canceling his Bilbao deal, which had a 40 million-euro ($50 million) buyout clause, the German club said on its website without disclosing a transfer fee. Deutsche Presse-Agentur said it was a record for the Bundesliga.
“It’s a very large sum,” Bayern Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on his club’s website. “But the player has made an indirect contribution by forgoing a large sum of his salary.”
Martinez made more than 200 appearances for Bilbao, helping the club reach the Europa League final last season. He also played for the victorious Spanish national team at the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championship.
Tottenham completed the signing of midfielder Moussa Dembele from Fulham after having a bid accepted two days ago.
Dembele, 25, made 74 appearances in two seasons at Fulham after joining from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar. Spurs didn’t disclose terms of the transfer, with the Daily Mail reporting it’s worth 15 million pounds ($24 million.)
The signing ends Spurs’ yearlong pursuit of the Belgian international, who scored five goals in 62 Premier League games. Spurs, who sold playmaker Luka Modric to Real Madrid three days ago, failed with a 10 million-pound bid for Dembele last year, the Daily Telegraph reported.
“The club has plans to do lots of good things and that’s why I want to be a part of it,” Dembele told Spurs’s website.
Goalkeeper Mark Bunn joined Norwich from Blackburn on a two-year contract and Middlesbrough defender Joe Bennett signed a four-year deal with Aston Villa. Stoke City made a 5 million- pound bid for Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported.
AS Roma said it sent forward Bojan Krkic to AC Milan on a season-long loan in return for 250,000 euros. Roma acquired Bojan, 22, for 12 million euros from Barcelona in July 2011.
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