Chelsea has completed the transfer of winger Pedro from Barcelona for $33.5m. The Spain international arrives off the back of a treble-winning season with the Spanish giants and also boasts a World Cup and European Championship . Italian champion Juventus, which lost 3-1 in June’s final in Berlin, was drawn in Group D with English club Manchester City, Spain’s Sevilla and Borussia Monchengladbach of Germany. Lionel Messi will kick off Barcelona’s Champions League title defense with yet another award to his name, having been named Europe’s top player for 2015. The Argentine won it for the first time since 2011, heading off clubmate Luis Suarez and last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid after Thursday’s group-stage draw.
- Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has agreed to join Manchester United from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on a three-year-deal.
- Bayern Munich has completed the signing of Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal from Juventus.
- Angel Di Maria has joined Paris Saint-Germain — just one year after signing for Manchester United for a British record fee.