Football Today, June 17, 2022: Southampton land Gavin Bazunu as Brighton sign Julio Enciso

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Southampton have signed Republic of Ireland wonderkid Gavin Bazunu from Manchester City for a fee of £12million.

The 20-year-old stopper has already racked up 10 international caps and hopes to continue his development with regular football.

After sealing his switch on a five-year contract, Bazunu said: “I’m thrilled to be here. It’s been in the works for a few weeks and I’m really happy that we have everything on the line, and I’m just excited. to see what awaits us.

“I feel like this is a place where I can come and develop and learn my game. The biggest thing is the opportunity – the fact that I can come here and have the chance to play regular football.

“Just having this opportunity to fight for my spot is the biggest thing I could have asked for.”

Saints have also signed Polish goalkeeper Mateusz Lis on a five-year deal after his contract with Turkish side Altay SK expired.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “Mateusz is a player who has a lot of the good attributes we look for in a goalkeeper, and still has his best years ahead of him.”

New Leeds star ready for Roc

Leeds new signing Marc Roca believes it was the right time for him to leave Bayern Munich after signing a four-year contract at Elland Road.

Spain midfielder Roca, 25, made 24 appearances for the Bundesliga champions during a two-year stint but is hoping to become a regular starter at Yorkshire.

He said: “It’s a good opportunity for me to be here and I’m very happy. You always know Leeds and its history.

“It’s an incredible team and an incredible atmosphere at Elland Road. Everyone talks about it and I’m happy to be here.”

Los Blancos are believed to have paid £10m to secure the ex-Espanyol midfielder, who becomes their third signing of the summer after Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen.

Seagulls swoop down on Enciso

Paraguayan starlet Julio Enciso has joined Brighton for a fee of around £9.5million

Brighton have announced the capture of Paraguayan striker Julio Enciso.

The 18-year-old South American has signed a four-year contract with Amex and will join the Seagulls first team directly in pre-season.

The south coast club are believed to have paid around £9.5million for Enciso, who is already a full international and seen in his home country as their most exciting prospect for a generation.

Boss Graham Potter said: “Julio is an exciting young talent. He has had a great start to his career in Paraguay, as well as being a national team regular.

“He is a young man leaving his home country for the first time, so we will help him adapt to a new environment and settle here in Brighton.”

Blackpool appoint Appleton

Michael Appleton is back at former club Blackpool
Michael Appleton is back at former club Blackpool

Blackpool have confirmed the appointment of Michael Appleton as their new manager.

The 46-year-old returns to the Bloomfield Road dugout almost a decade after his first stint, where he came out to join their Lancashire rivals Blackburn after just 61 days in charge.

He replaces Neil Critchley after the former boss left to become Steven Gerrard’s assistant head coach at Aston Villa a fortnight ago.

Appleton said: “It now looks like the right club at the right time.

“Fans will definitely have seen glimpses of what I tried to do during my days at Lincoln. I want to play aggressive, forward-thinking football and we have certain things that we want from players when we play, depending on the opposition clearly.

“We just want to be exciting and get people out of their seats.”

The Young Lions will host Germany

Lee Carsley's young England side will face Italy and Germany in September
Lee Carsley’s young England side will face Italy and Germany in September

The England Under-21s will face Germany at Bramall Lane on September 27.

The game, which comes four days after an away trip to Italy, will play a key role in Lee Carsley’s preparations for the 2023 European Under-21 Championship.

Carsley said: “England v Germany is always a game to look forward to for all of our age groups and playing this final chapter at such a historic venue as Bramall Lane will make this one all the more special.”

Germany are reigning European champions having lifted the trophy two years ago when England were disappointing in the group stage.

Bundesliga fixtures announced

Julian Nagelsmann will look to add a second Bundesliga crown to his name with Bayern Munich
Julian Nagelsmann will look to add a second Bundesliga crown to his name with Bayern Munich

German champions Bayern Munich will kick off their 2022-23 Bundesliga campaign with a trip to Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt on August 5.

The Bavarians won 10 titles in a row last season finishing eight points clear of closest pursuers Borussia Dortmund, who kick off the new season at home to Bayer Leverkusen a day later.

Before the big kick-off, Julian Nagelsmann’s men will meet DFB-Pokal winners RB Leipzig in the DFL-Supercup on July 30 at the Red Bull Arena.

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