Transfer roundup: 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 travelled to Euro 2016, has signed a two-year contract with Brendan Rodgers’ side after his contract expired at St Mary’s.
“I’m really happy to be here,” Bertrand told the club’s official website. “Joining Leicester really complemented my inner ambitions and what I still want to achieve in my career. They have built something amazing over the years, especially since Brendan Rodgers has come in.”
“It’s fantastic to be a part of this fantastic club and I’m going to give my all to try and do the fans proud,” Bertrand added. The left-back made 240 appearances during seven seasons with Southampton after leaving his first club, Chelsea, in 2014.
Bertrand was sent off early on in Southampton’s 9-0 home defeat to Leicester in October 2019. He joins forward Patson Daka and midfielder Boubakary Soumaré in signing for the FA Cup winners this summer.
The Arsenal defender William Saliba will spend the upcoming season on loan at Marseille – his third loan spell in Ligue 1 since joining the Gunners in 2019.
The 20-year-old centre-back was signed from Saint-Étienne in 2019 for a reported £27m but has yet to make his first-team debut. He was loaned back to Saint-Étienne initially and spent the second half of last season at Nice. Arsenal midfielder Mattéo Guendouzi has already joined Jorge Sampaoli’s side on a season-long loan this summer.
“Together with William, we have decided it will be good for his continued development to spend another season on loan,” said the Arsenal technical director, Edu. “William is a player with strong natural ability and next season has the potential to be really beneficial for him at Marseille.”
Wolves have announced the signing of goalkeeper José Sá from Olympiacos on a five-year deal. Sá replaces his Portuguese compatriot Rui Patrício, who completed his move to Roma on Tuesday.
Sá has played for Olympiacos for the last three seasons, making 124 appearances and helping them win two league titles. The goalkeeper worked under the new Wolves manager, Bruno Lage, in Benfica’s academy and has also played for Maritimo and Porto.
The 28-year-old played against Wolves in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie. 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.