HOW DEADLINE DAY UNFOLDED: Arsenal trigger Thomas Partey’s £45m release clause after ditching Matteo Guendouzi on loan while Manchester United finish transfer window with a flourish as Edinson Cavani heads up four signings by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
- Arsenal triggered £45m release clause of Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey
- Manchester United signed Alex Telles and are also brought in Edinson Cavani
- United attempted to sign Ousmane Dembele but couldn’t secure a deal
Mikel Arterta’s squad was bolstered on Monday night as Arsenal sealed a dramatic deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, while Manchester United fought to bring in four new faces.
The Gunners made a late dash to deposit the £45million buy-out clause for Partey. The combative Ghanaian holding midfielder, 27, took his medical in Spain prior to grabbing a flight to London.
He will earn around £260,000-a-week over a four-year contract with the option of a further year. The Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira completed his loan move in the opposite direction.
Arsenal bolstered their squad by activating Thomas Partey’s £45million buy-out clause
Earlier in the day Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi joined Hertha Berlin on loan
Earlier in the day, Matteo Guendouzi, who had fallen out of favour with Arteta, joined Hertha Berlin on loan. But Arsenal signed former Manchester City defender Omar Rekik, 18, from German club Hertha for £900,000 and Malmo striker Nikolaj Duus Moller, 18, in a deal which will cost around £450,000.
United closed what had become a traumatic transfer window with a flourish on Monday night as they fought to bring in four new signings on deadline day.
After failing with their main objective of prising Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, United lined up two young wingers and brought in Alex Telles from Porto for £15million plus free agent Edinson Cavani on a two-year deal worth £250,000-a-week after tax. He is expected to wear the legendary No 7 shirt at Old Trafford. Cavani’s deal has a break clause after a year to suit both parties.
Manchester United finished the transfer window with a flourish as they signed Alex Telles
The surprise move for United was for Atalanta’s rising star Amad Traore who will cost around £21m and will arrive next year once his work permit is in place while they paid out £9m for Penarol’s highly-rated Facundo Pellistri.
‘You have to work hard to get to this moment in your career,’ said Telles. ‘And now I can promise that I will give everything in my heart to be a success here.’
The day was not without suspense as, wishing to satisfy the demands of supporters for a high-profile name, United made one last bid to prise Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona on loan only for the Frenchman to ultimately decide to stay.
Ismaila Sarr was offered too from Watford but United were only willing to make any move for the £45m-rated winger a temporary one, seeing him stay at Vicarage Road for now.
United also brought in free agent Edinson Cavani on a two year deal worth £250,000-a-week
United also struck a deal for Atalanta’s rising star Amad Traore, who will arrive in January
Defender Chris Smalling finally got his wish as his £18m move to Roma was completed in the nick of time.
After weeks of protracted negotiations and with a plane on standby, Roma made their move with barely an hour to go before Italy’s 7pm deadline. However, the Italian federation cleared the paperwork and Smalling ended his 10 year spell at Old Trafford.
Smalling said: ‘In life, things that matter never come easily. My head and my heart have always remained in Rome.’
Everton completed the £25m signing of Norwich City defender Ben Godfrey then moved for Roma’s Swedish international goalkeeper Robin Olsen to increase pressure on Jordan Pickford.
A deal for Manchester United’s Sergio Romero had earlier collapsed despite initial agreement being in place. The Argentine was left furious as he will now be third choice behind David De Gea and Dean Henderson. Roma also attempted to sign Everton midfielder Bernard.
Everton completed the signing of defender Ben Godfrey from Norwich for £25million
Tottenham pulled a surprise by making an offer of £7million for Swansea’s Joe Rodon
Tottenham pulled a surprise by making a daring move for Swansea’s City’s highly-rated centre-back Joe Rodon. Tottenham offered £7m for the 22-year-old Wales international who Swansea value at £18m.
Fulham moved to plug their leaky defence with a loan plus option to buy for PSV Eindhoven defender Timo Baumgartl and a loan for Lyon’s Joachim Andersen.
Scott Parker was also able to bolster his midfield by adding Ruben Loftus-Cheek for the season thanks to Chelsea subsidising his £150,000-a-week wages.
Chelsea saw Tiemoue Bakayoko move to Napoli on a temporary deal while defender Malang Sarr spoke to Porto. The Portuguese giants were also the destination for West Ham winger Felipe Anderson who moved on loan for the season while his club held talks with Chelsea over a deal for Fikayo Tomori.
The England U21 international emerged as a target for David Moyes after a bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s Jonathan Tah fell through.
Fulham secured a loan move for Joachim Andersen as they sought to improve their squad
Moyes was also glad to keep hold of Chelsea target Declan Rice at least for this window. West Ham’s Josh Cullen however signed for Anderlecht for £800,000.
Leeds United signed Brazilian winger Raphinha from Rennes for £21million. The 22-year-old’s Italian passport saved the need for a work permit. Leeds midfielder Mateusz Bogusz joined Spanish side UD Logrones.
Burnley made a surprise move for Angers’ 19-year-old French youth international central midfielder Anthony Gomez Mancini. The deal is a loan with an option to buy for around £2m.
Leicester City winger Rachid Ghezzal has completed a season-long loan move to Besiktas.
Watford’s Gerard Deulofeu completed a loan to sister club Udinese after a deal with Fiorentina fell down. Watford moved to replace him with Christian Atsu from Newcastle United.
Aston Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland has left the club after agreeing to mutually terminate his contract.
Leeds United secured the signing of Brazilian winger Raphinha from Rennes for £21million
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