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Following the completion of the top five leagues in Europe, several clubs have already started their preparations for the 2021-22 season by appointing new managers and signing new players. 

Ahead of an exciting new football season, we bring to you all the transfer news and updates from the top five leagues and across the world.

June 19: 10:25 PM: Depay joins Barcelona for free

The Netherlands winger Memphis Depay has joined La Liga giants Barcelona on a free transfer, ending his four-year stay at Ligue 1 club Olympique Lyonnais. The 27-year-old has inked a two-year contract with the Catalan club that will run till the end of the 2022/23 season. Depay is currently involved with Holland in the ongoing EURO 2020, and has scored one goal in two games.

June 17: 4:00 PM: Buffon rejoins Parma

Legendary Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has returned to his boyhood club Parma after 20 years. The 43-year-old stopper has signed a two-year deal with the club which he joined as a 13-year-old. He eventually made his Serie A debut with the club at the age of 17. 

"He is back where he belongs. He is back home," wrote Parma in a tweet.

June 10: 6:30 PM: Georginio Wijnaldum signs for PSG

Paris Saint-Germain have announced the signing of former Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum on a free transfer for a deal that will run until 2024. The Netherlands midfielder is expected to earn €9.5m per season as reported by Fabrizio Romano. Wijnaldum was a long-term target for FC Barcelona and the Catalan club were hopeful of acquiring his services, but a last-minute swoop from PSG, who offered doubled salary, took the deal away from Barcelona.

"Paris Saint-Germain is delighted to announce the transfer of Georginio Wijnaldum," said PSG in an official statement. "Arriving from Liverpool, the Netherlands international midfielder has signed with the club from the French capital until 30 June 2024.

June 7: 5:45 PM: Buendia seals club-record Aston Villa move

Aston Villa have agreed on a club-record 33 million pound deal with Premier League newcomers Norwich City for the transfer of Argentina midfielder Emiliano Buendia. The 24-year-old, who was the Canaries' player of the season as they sealed a return to the English top-flight league, has inked a deal that will keep him with Villa until June 2026.

The deal, which could rise to 38 million with add-ons, was announced by both clubs on Monday with Buendia set to complete his medicals after Argentina's World Cup qualifying game against Colombia on Tuesday night. 

June 3: 4:30 PM: Inzaghi appointed as Conte's successor at Inter

Serie A champions, Inter, have confirmed that former Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi has been appointed as Antonio Conte's successor. The 45-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the club.

"FC Internazionale Milano would like to welcome Simone Inzaghi to the club, as our new first-team coach: the Italian manager has signed a two-year deal with the Nerazzurri," read an official statement from the club.

It was on May 27 that Antonio Conte left Inter by mutual consent after a disagreement with the board. It is said that the former Chelsea coach was asked to cut his wage bill to 15-20 per cent and sell players worth up to £70m in the upcoming transfer window. While Conte has left, the problem still persists, with Inzaghi being at the centre of it.

Striker Romelu Lukaku has attracted interest from across Europe while Lautaro Martinez is yet to sign a new contract. Wing-back Achraf Hakimi is gathering from Paris Saint-Germain too. 

June 2: 2:40 PM: Barcelona sign Emerson Royal

Only a day after completing the deal for Eric Garcia, Barcelona completed their third signing for the 2021/22 season by exercising their option to buy for Emerson Royal from Real Betis. The 22-year-old right-back has signed a contract until 2024 with the Spanish club. The Brazil international arrived in La Liga in January 2019 in a joint financial operation between Barcelona and Real Betis. Each club paid half of his transfer fee. 

Barcelona exercised their option to buy the player for €9 million. The 22-year-old right-back made 79 appearances in all competitions for Betis, scoring five goals and providing 10 assists. 

June 1: 12:30 PM: Eric Garcia rejoins FC Barcelona

La Liga giants FC Barcelona have confirmed that they have signed back defender Eric Garcia from Manchester City. The 20-year-old player will sign a contract until the end of the 2025/26 season and his buy out clause is set at 400 million euros. 

The defender joined the Barça Academy in 2008 and continued his development at La Masia until 2017 when he left for Manchester City where he spent four seasons featuring at U-19, U-23 level and for the first team.  

May 31: 7:30 PM: Sergio Aguero signs for Barcelona

Manchester City legend Sergio Aguero has finalised his move to FC Barcelona, joining the Catalan club on a free transfer. The Argentina striker has signed a deal that will keep him with Barcelona until the end of the 2022/23 season. Barcelona have explicitly mentioned that his 'buy out clause is set at 100 million euros'. 

Aguero leaves City as a club legend and their all-time top scorer. Since making his Premier League debut in the 2011-12 season, the forward made 390 appearances for the Cityzens, scoring 260. During his 10-year stint with the Manchester club, Aguero won five Premier League titles, six League Cups and one FA Cup. He came close to winning the UEFA Champions League this season, but fell short as City lost to Chelsea 1-0 in the final.

May 28: 09:30 PM: David Alaba joins Real Madrid from Bayern Munich

Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of defender David Alaba on a five-year contract after leaving Bayern Munich. Alaba will be presented as a Real player after Euro 2020, the statement added.

The 28-year-old is leaving Bayern after 431 games in 13 years at the club, where he won 10 German titles and the Champions League twice.

May 28: 06:30 PM: Massimiliano Allegri returns as Juventus manager after Andrea Pirlo sacking

Juventus have appointed Massimiliano Allegri for the second time after the Turin giants sacked coach Andrea Pirlo following a single season in charge. Allegri won five Serie A titles in a row in his first spell in Turin between 2014 and 2019, as well as lifting the Coppa Italia four times and finishing as Champions League runners-up twice.

May 28: 05:42 PM: Liverpool sign defender Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig

Premier League club Liverpool have announced that they have signed centre back Ibrahima Konate from German side RB Leipzig on Friday. The Reds triggered the reported 36 million pounds (50 million dollars) release clause in the 22-year-old's Leipzig contract to seal his switch to Anfield. 

May 27: 07:18 PM: AC Milan sign Lille's Mike Maignan to replace Gianluigi Donnarumma

Serie A giant AC Milan have signed goalkeeper Mike Maignan from French champions Lille on a five-year contract. The 25-year-old is set to replace Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma

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