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Everton sign Wales captain Ashley Williams from Swansea City

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• 31-year-old central defender signs three-year contract at Goodison Park
• ‘Everton is a great club with an unbelievable manager, a legend in football’

Everton have signed the Swansea City and Wales captain Ashley Williams for an undisclosed fee, believed to be £11m, on a three-year contract with the defender saying he has joined “a great club with an unbelievable manager – a world legend in football”.

Related: Everton close in on £28m signing of Crystal Palace’s Yannick Bolasie

Related: Premier League 2016-17 season preview No16: Swansea City | Michael Butler

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Everton close in on £28m signing of Crystal Palace’s Yannick Bolasie

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• Fee would match club record paid for Romelu Lukaku in 2014
• Everton also interested in Lamine Koné, Juan Mata and Rachid Ghezzal

Everton are confident of completing the signing of Yannick Bolasie after positive talks with Crystal Palace over the Democratic Republic of Congo forward.

The Merseysiders saw an £18m bid for the 27-year-old rejected on Monday but returned with an improved offer 24 hours later. That is understood to be worth up to £28m in add-ons, which would match the club record fee paid to Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku in 2014, although Palace are still negotiating how the deal would be structured.

Related: Leicester make £23m offer for Brazil forward Gabriel Barbosa

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John Stones: a rare talent but value only if Pep Guardiola removes the flaws | Andy Hunter

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Manchester City will be able to justify Stones’s label as the most expensive defender in English football history at £47.5m if the former Everton player avoids taking unnecessary risks and fulfils his rich promise

It was 3 January 2016, the closing minutes of Tottenham Hotspur’s visit to Goodison Park, and Everton were on the brink of their first point in three home matches when John Stones took possession inside his penalty area with Son Heung-min breathing down his neck. What followed demonstrated the composure, the class and the overindulgence of the most expensive defender in English football history. Remove the flaw, and Pep Guardiola may not have to justify £47.5m for a foundation of the Manchester City defence for years to come.

Related: Manchester City complete £47.5m signing of John Stones from Everton

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Manchester City complete £47.5m signing of John Stones from Everton

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• 22-year-old signs six-year contract at City
• ‘I’m absolutely delighted to sign for City’ says Stones

Manchester City have completed the £47.5m signing of John Stones from Everton.

The defender has a signed a six-year contract with City having been chased by the club for the majority of the pre-season period.

Related: Crystal Palace reject Everton’s £18m bid for Yannick Bolasie

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Uefa names John Stones in Manchester City Champions League squad before move announced

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• Stones has finally completed £47.5m move to Manchester City
• Uefa: ‘We have checked with the club and the player is in the squad’

The Everton defender John Stones was named by the official Uefa website in the Manchester City Champions League squad for the play-off match with Steaua Bucharest before he was officialluy announced as their player. Stones was listed as the club’s No24.

Related: Manchester City complete £47.5m signing of John Stones from Everton

Related: Crystal Palace reject Everton’s £18m bid for Yannick Bolasie

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Uefa names Everton’s John Stones in Manchester City Champions League squad

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• Stones has been linked with a £50m move to Manchester City
• 22-year-old featured for Everton against Espanyol on Saturday

The Everton defender John Stones has been named by the official Uefa website in the Manchester City Champions League squad before their play-off match with Steaua Bucharest. On the website, Stones is listed as the club’s No24.

Related: Crystal Palace reject Everton’s £18m bid for Yannick Bolasie

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Football transfer rumours: Chelsea beat Arsenal to Mauro Icardi?

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Today’s rumours are wholesome

The Mill is perfectly positioned to profit handsomely in this post-facts era – and if you don’t agree, you’re just wrong – so it was with a start that we awoke to discover that Manchester United chose a good night to bury their … umm … good news and confirmed everything we have ever posited on these pages about their new charge.

Where does that leave us? It probably leaves us goggle-eyed over the future of Mauro Icardi, the most obvious remaining candidate to move for Silly Money after a tortuous saga over the next three weeks. Arsenal have been the Internazionale forward’s most committed suitors and still appear to see Olivier Giroud as bait, but the wildly gesticulating, healthily coiffured figure you see galloping over the horizon in last-ditch pursuit is Antonio Conte with Chelsea scheming over a £50m bid to ruin the Gunners’ summer and make themselves feel better after failing to land Romelu Lukaku.

Related: Crystal Palace reject Everton’s £18m bid for Yannick Bolasie

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Crystal Palace reject Everton’s £18m bid for Yannick Bolasie

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• Ronald Koeman makes DR Congo forward his top transfer priority
• Palace holding out for a fee closer to £30m for Bolasie

Crystal Palace have rejected a bid of £18m from Everton for forward Yannick Bolasie, with the south Londoners holding out for a fee closer to £30m.

Ronald Koeman has been searching for additions to his squad since succeeding Roberto Martínez as manager in June but so far has only signed the midfielder Idrissa Gueye for £7.1m from Aston Villa and the Holland goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg this summer.

Related: Paul Pogba passes medical before Manchester United move

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Liverpool yet to receive improved bids for striker Christian Benteke

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• Belgium striker linked with Crystal Palace, West Ham and Everton
• Agent keen to ‘reach a resolution’ over Benteke’s future

Christian Benteke’s agent has confirmed Liverpool have yet to receive any new offers for the Belgium striker but is hopeful of resolving his future before the end of the transfer window.

Benteke, who signed from Aston Villa last summer for £32.5m, has yet to feature for Liverpool in pre-season having fallen behind Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings, Divock Origi, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino in the pecking order at Anfield. Last week, manager Jürgen Klopp said he will not allow the 25-year-old to be a “present” for potential suitors, with Crystal Palace having seen a £25m bid rejected last month.

Related: Liverpool hopes bloom after brushing aside bumbling Barcelona 4-0

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Everton’s Muhamed Besic ruled out for six months with knee injury

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• Besic limped off 12 minutes into Wayne Rooney’s testimonial on Wednesday
• Everton midfielder struggled with hamstring injuries last season

Everton’s Muhamed Besic has confirmed he will be ruled out for six months with a knee injury sustained during Wayne Rooney’s testimonial on Wednesday. The Bosnia international was carried off 12 minutes after coming on at Old Trafford and replaced by the Everton youngster Tom Davies.

Related: Everton expected to improve offer for Swansea’s Ashley Williams

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Everton expected to improve offer for Swansea’s Ashley Williams

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• Swansea turned down £10m bid for defender
• Wales captain open to move to Merseyside

Everton are expected to test Swansea City’s resolve to keep Ashley Williams with an improved offer for the Wales defender.

The Goodison Park club were hopeful of signing the 31-year-old for £10m earlier this week only for Swansea to announce they had “turned down the offer currently on the table”. Williams, who is believed to be open to a move to Merseyside, has two years on his contract and remains a target for the new Everton manager, Ronald Koeman.

Related: Roberto Martínez appointed as new Belgium head coach

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic dovetails with United captain in Rooney testimonial

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• Manchester United 0-0 Everton
• José Mourinho refuses to speak about protracted pursuit of Pogba

It was Wayne Rooney’s night and so José Mourinho took a back seat for his first home game as Manchester United manager – arriving without fanfare, leaving without a press conference – but the other big name arrival at Old Trafford this summer made his presence felt on an otherwise tame testimonial against Everton. “I think every big player can work with other big players,” said Zlatan Ibrahimovic before kick-off. First impressions at Old Trafford suggest that was not simply another tribute to the United captain.

An immediate rapport between Ibrahimovic and Rooney was the most promising aspect of a United performance that showed the rigidity of the Louis Van Gaal era will not disappear at a stroke. The pair may have a combined age of 64 but their touch, quality and understanding was evident in United’s final outing before Sunday’s Community Shield against Leicester City. “I see no problems, only success,” Ibrahimovic had added. “I said many years ago the perfect partner for a striker is Wayne Rooney. He works not only for himself but for the striker and the whole team. I’m absolutely happy to be one of the guys beside him.”

Related: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and José Mourinho will make Manchester United winners | Hernán Crespo

Related: Wayne Rooney detects return of the ‘old’ Manchester United this season

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