Hutchinson departs Chelsea to seal Vitesse loan

The right-sided defender, who spent 2012-13 with Nottingham Forest as he continues to rebuild his career following a brief, injury-enforced retirement, is heading to Netherlands

Chelsea right-back Sam Hutchinson has moved on loan to Dutch outfit Vitesse for the season.

The 24-year-old spent last year on loan at Championship side Nottingham Forest, with first-team opportunities hard to come by at Stamford Bridge.

Hutchinson had retired for a year and a half after suffering a serious knee injury in 2010 but the academy graduate, who has made six first-team appearances for the Blues, continues to rebuild his career with his latest move.

The defender joins new Blues signing Christian Atsu in joining Vitesse on loan before the transfer deadline.

Chelsea have also allowed Mexican midfielder Ulises Davila to go out on loan for a second season, this time to Spanish side Cordoba, after making 37 appearances with the Segunda Division team Sabadell last term.

Madrid ditched Ozil for his poor finishing – Kahn

The Germany legend believes the international has failed to establish himself as an indispensable asset at the Santiago Bernabeu, which ultimately led to his dismissal

Former Real Madrid star Mesut Ozil was released by the club due to his poor goal-scoring record, according to ex-Germany international Oliver Kahn.

The Gelsenkirchen-born recently completed a switch to Arsenal in a transfer worth €47 million and Kahn feels the deal was only possible because Carlo Ancelotti saw no future for the 24-year-old at the Spanish capital.

“Mesut Ozil failed to make himself indispensable at Real Madrid,” the former Bayern Munich goalkeeper wrote in his column for Bild.

“Last season, he only scored nine goals in La Liga – in his position, behind the attackers, this is not enough. Especially if you consider that it’s normal for Real Madrid to score a combined 100 goals per season.

“Those who want to survive at a club like Real must prove themselves in every match and show that they’re the best of the best.

“It will be interesting to watch if Ozil can prevail in the English Premier League with his filigree way of playing.”

Ozil scored 19 goals during 104 appearances for los Blancos since his arrival in 2010. For his country, the German with Turkish ancestry was able to mark 14 times in a total of 47 outings.

Arsenal secure Viviano arrival on loan

The goalkeeper officially joins the Gunners for the remainder of the season from Palermo after passing a medical at their London Colney training ground on Monday morning

Arsenal have secured the season-long loan signing of goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano from Palermo, the Italian club have confirmed.

The Italian passed a medical at the Gunners’ London Colney training ground on Monday morning and agreed terms to spend a year at the Emirates Stadium.

Viviano, whom Arsenal have an option to buy at the end of the campaign, will provide competition for current No.1 Wojciech Szczesny.

It is understood that the north Londoners had to pay a substantial loan fee for the keeper, who spent 2012-13 with Fiorentina in a similar temporary deal.

Palermo announced the deal on their official website, confirming that Arsenal have taken the Italian on loan for the season with the right to buy him outright.

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Ajax sign Duarte as Eriksen replacement

The Amsterdam giants have completed the transfer of the former Sparta star after already agreeing terms with Heracles at the weekend

Ajax have announced the capture of attacking midfielder Lerin Duarte from Heracles in a deal believed to be worth up to €3 million.

The Eredivisie champions were in the market for a new midfielder due to the departure of Christian Eriksen to Tottenham last week and they have snapped up the 23-year-old as his replacement.

Both clubs already reached an agreement over the transfer on Saturday and Duarte has now inked a four-year deal with the Amsterdam side to finalise the move.

Duarte started his professional career with Sparta, but left the Rotterdam side for Heracles in the summer of 2011. He had since become a key player in Almelo, scoring 12 goals in 65 Eredivisie appearances.

The midfielder was called up for Netherlands’ Asian tour earlier this summer, but has yet to make his official debut for Oranje.

Koscielny welcomes 'world-class' Ozil to Arsenal

The 24-year-old has signed a contract to complete a €47 million move to the Emirates Stadium and the France international is confident that the German will adapt well

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has praised the club’s capture of Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil in a deal worth €47 million.

Goal understands that the transfer has been completed, with the Germany international signing a deal worth €150,000-a-week that will run until 2018.

Koscielny is excited by the impending arrival of Ozil and believes that the deal, which will smash Arsenal’s previous record fee, is a sign of the club’s ambition.

“We talk about Mesut Ozil, we’ll see, this is a world-class player, a technical player who can adapt to Arsenal,” the centre-back told reporters ahead of France’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Belarus.

“The coach has been criticised by fans. We know that the club have money for transfers but then there’s the desire of players to come to Arsenal or not.

“Clubs discuss them and make decisions. It is difficult in the transactions but I have confidence in this group, we’ll see if new players arrive.”

Ozil has collected 47 caps for the Germany national team and, in his three years at Real Madrid, scored or assisted 108 goals in 157 appearances in all competitions.