Real Madrid have announced an agreement to sign highly-rated teenage defender Jesus Vallejo from Real Zaragoza.
Aston Villa have continued their spending spree after securing the services of Rudy Gestede from Blackburn on a five-year contract.
The Rovers youth product moved back to Ewood Park on a three-year deal last summer but his second spell at the Sky Bet Championship outfit proved only marginally more successful than his first. He made just four appearances before spending time on loan with Fleetwood.
A statement read: "The club thanks Alex for his work and dedication during his time at Ewood Park and wishes him all the best for the future."