A closer look at the business of football transfers

By Ricardo Chambers September 12, 2018

Big money moves are always in the headlines these days but how much do we really know about transfers and the transfer market.

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    He penned an emotional farewell letter to Arsenal fans in June, calling his time there a "great experience" that he "loved".

    He joins an Augsburg side that narrowly avoided relegation from the Bundesliga last season and he could make his debut against Union Berlin at the weekend.

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    Pellegrini joined Juve at the end of June as part of the deal that took Leonardo Spinazzola to Roma, with the 20-year-old costing the Old Lady €22million.

    Juve have been forced to trim down their squad in order to meet Champions League registration rules, though, and Pellegrini is a victim of that situation.

    There have also been reports claiming coach Maurizio Sarri is not entirely convinced by the youngster, who spent part of last season on loan at Cagliari.

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    Balotelli, a free agent since leaving Ligue 1 side Marseille, has agreed a multi-year contract with his hometown club.

    It marks a return to Italy for the former Inter and AC Milan striker, who has not played in Italy since 2016.

    Spells with Nice and Marseille have rebuilt Balotelli's career and he revealed his mother's delight at his latest move.

    "At the beginning she was crying. She was very happy," Balotelli told a news conference on Monday.

    "My father was from Brescia, he was always in Brescia, for him it would have been a dream to see me here.

    "I chose Brescia, I thought of nothing else when I got the offer. Brescia can give me everything, it is the team of my city And I can give more to Brescia than to others."

    During his time at AC Milan Balotelli was targeted by racist abuse, which has continued to blight Serie A in recent years.

    "I don't know what to expect," he said when asked about racism in Italian football. "I hope things don't happen like in the past."

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