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Transfer talk: August 13 - Hulk wants talks, Rodwell completes Man City move

The National's daily update of the latest big name moves and deals taking place across world football this summer transfer window.

Hulk celebrates scoring a goal for Porto
Hulk celebrates scoring a goal for Porto

Manchester City have made Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell their first major signing of the summer - just hours after kicking off in the Community Shield.

The 21-year-old has signed a five-year deal at the Etihad Stadium that could eventually be worth £15m (Dh86.3m) to the Merseyside club.

The deal was confirmed as the club prepared to kick off against Chelsea in the traditional season curtain-raiser, and came just days after Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, criticised sporting director Brian Marwood over the lack of summer signings.

However, he said he was pleased to land Rodwell - backing him to become a star for the club once he settles in.

"He is young and this is the first time he is at a club that plays to win," he said.

"It will be different for him. But in a couple of years I am sure he will be a top and stronger midfielder."

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Former Manchester United and Real Madrid defender Gabriel Heinze has returned home after signing for Newell's Old Boys - the club where he started his career.

The 34-year-old joined the Argentine team on a one-year deal with an option to extend his contract after leaving Roma in the summer.

"I am doing what my heart feels and I am very happy to be back home," said Heinze.

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Brazil forward Hulk admits he has set his sights on a move to Spain or England after a summer of speculation about his future.

Chelsea, Real Madrid and PSG have all been linked with moves for the Porto striker, who has been on Olympic duty with the Brazil national team at London 2012.

But he admits he wants his future sorted sooner rather than later.

"I have preference for playing in the Premier League or the Spanish Liga, because they are the two leagues that are the most seen all over the world," he said.

"But I am going to talk about my future from Monday. My future is in the hands of God."