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Football: Dynamo sign Valbuena from Marseille

Marseille's France international Mathieu Valbuena is in the process of signing a 7 million euro deal with Dynamo Moscow, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported on Monday (July 21).

MOSCOW: Marseille's France international Mathieu Valbuena is in the process of signing a 7 million euro deal with Dynamo Moscow, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported on Monday (July 21).

Dynamo's sporting director Guram Adzhoev said the transfer was expected to be finalised later Monday. "It's too early to say the deal is completed," Sport-Express daily quoted the Dynamo official as saying. "The negotiations are still in progress. Probably we'll finalise the transfer later on Monday."

The move comes following Valbuena's participation at the World Cup, where 'the little bike' -- as the pocket-sized midfielder is known -- helped France reach the quarter-finals. There, Didier Deschamps' Les Bleus came unstuck 1-0 to eventual winners Germany.

Valbuena joined Marseille in 2006, winning the Ligue 1 title with the south coast club in 2010. He has turned out 38 times for his country, scoring six goals.

The new Russian season gets underway on August 1.

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