European transfer talk: Featuring Villa, Mkhitaryan and Alderweireld

Transfer targets for Liverpool, Everton, Norwich City, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland, Cardiff City and Southampton all feature.

Atletico Madrid have been expressing their joy at snapping up David Villa from Barcelona at a bargain price. The record goalscorer for the Spanish national team has cost Los Colchoneros a mere €2.1 million which could rise should he see out his entire three-year-deal:

"Many Spanish and foreign teams would have sacrificed a lot to have Villa in their squads and we have paid a very low price for him, so we're very pleased about that."

AC Milan have confirmed they are hopeful of bringing in Keisuke Honda in January. The Japanese international is in the final six months of his current contract and rather than make a bid for the player Milan seem happy to wait in order to snap him up for nothing in the new year.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has finalised his move to Borussia Dortmund. The 24-year-old Armenian had previously been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool but he is now on his way to Germany from Shakhtar Donetsk in a deal worth £23.7 million. He signs a four-year-deal and is tasked with replacing Mario Gotze who has joined Bayern Munich.

AC Milan have snapped up midfielder Andrea Poli from Sampdoria. The 23-year-old is a former Inter Milan player and has played three times for the Italian national team. He joins on a co-ownership agreement for a fee reported to be in the region of €6.5 million.

Benjamin Mendy has agreed a move to Marseille. The 18-year-old Le Havre left-back has previously been linked with Premier League outfits Sunderland and Arsenal but has instead decided on staying in his homeland for the foreseeable future.

Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld has no interest from Italy regarding a move. The 24-year-old Belgian international is believed to be a transfer target for both Norwich City and Liverpool however reports of interest from Napoli or Roma have been denied by his agent.

Panathinaikos have snapped up Marcus Berg from Hamburg SV. The Swedish international joined from FC Groningen in 2009 after an excellent European Under-21 Championships but has failed to make an impact in the Bundesliga. He joins the Greek side, who suffered their worst ever campaign last season, on a five-year deal.

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