Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Transfer Deadline Day roundup: Falcao to Manchester United, Javier Hernandez to Real Madrid

AS Monaco and Colombia striker Falcao is headed to Manchester United. (Eric Gaillard/Reuters file photo)
AS Monaco and Colombia striker Falcao is headed to Manchester United. (Eric Gaillard/Reuters file photo)

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester United dominated Europe's transfer activity as the transfer deadline window slammed shut on Monday, manager Louis van Gaal taking his summer spending spree to more than $249 million. 

The former Netherlands coach, without a Premier League win this season and hammered 4-0 by third tier MK Dons in a League Cup match last week, signed versatile Dutch international Daley Blind for $23.25 million from Ajax. 

Rumours swirled that the move for Radamel Falcao had gone awry over a failed medical exam as the deadline closed on Monday, but the Colombian striker's one-year loan deal with an option to buy was finally announced some 90 minutes later. 

"I am delighted to be joining Manchester United on loan this season," 28-year-old Falcao, who scored 11 goals in 20 appearances for AS Monaco, said on United's website

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  • "Manchester United is the biggest club in the world and is clearly determined to get back to the top. I am looking forward to working with Louis van Gaal and contributing to the team's success at this very exciting period in the club's history." 

    Last week, United broke the British transfer record in signing Angel Di Maria for $99.16 million from Real Madrid and started their summer dealings with the $48.17 million capture of midfielder Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao. 

    Winless after three games in the Premier League, the rash of signings may appease the critics who have clamoured for an injection of new blood at the fallen giants. 

    United will recoup some of the fortune spent after selling England forward Danny Welbeck to Arsenal, while Mexico striker Javier Hernandez has also departed on a season-long loan to Real Madrid. 

    Arsenal did not disclose details, but British media reported the transfer fee for 26-cap England forward Welbeck at $27 million. 

    "Everyone at Arsenal welcomes Danny to the club and looks forward to his contribution in an Arsenal shirt this season," the team said of the 23-year-old, expected to make his Gunners debut at home to Manchester City on Sept. 13. 

    Hernandez joins Real after spending four years at United, scoring 37 times in 102 Premier League appearances. 

    Blind, 24, signed a four-year deal and reunites with Van Gaal after working with the Dutchman at Ajax and the Netherlands national team. 

    "I am delighted Daley has signed. He is a very intelligent and versatile footballer," Van Gaal said. 

    "Daley is a great reader of the game, he has played under my philosophy over a number of years and he will be a great addition to the team." 

    Frenzied deals 

    Most of Europe's top sides had done their big money deals before deadline day but a host of clubs took advantage of the frenzy that usually accompanies the end of the window. 

    Hull City broke their club record fee in completing the signing of 24-year-old Uruguay striker Abel Hernandez from Italian club Palermo on a three-year deal, with the option of a fourth year. 

    The exact fee was not revealed, but Hull confirmed it was more than the $11.63 million paid to Tottenham for Jake Livermore in June. 

    Hull also landed a trio of midfielders on loan - Mohamed Diame from West Ham United, Gaston Ramirez from Southampton and France midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa from Newcastle United. 

    Crystal Palace's new manager Neil Warnock took Scottish international James McArthur from Championship (second tier) side Wigan Athletic on a three-year deal, shortly after snapping up Tottenham reserve defender Zeki Fryers. 

    "Thanks Wigan for an amazing four years. They will always have a place in my heart but time for a new chapter with Crystal Palace," McArthur said on Twitter. 

    Newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers, whose manager Harry Redknapp is known for his extensive deadline day dealings, signed Brazilian international Sandro from Tottenham for an undisclosed fee. 

    The 25-year-old midfielder agreed a three-year deal, according to the QPR website

    Redknapp, who signed Sandro four years ago during his spell as manager at White Hart Lane, was delighted. 

    "Sandro's a proper footballer and a top class professional. He's an absolutely fantastic signing for us," Redknapp said. 

    "He brings energy, aggression, power and quality. They call him the Beast. He's not only a top quality footballer, but a fantastic boy as well. He'll lead by example for us." 

    Sandro admitted Redknapp played a key role in his decision to move across London from White Hart Lane. 

    "I like new challenges and this is one I'm really looking forward to. Working with Harry again, who I share a great relationship with, is very special to me," he said. 

    Tottenham, under new manager Mauricio Pochettino, were also active in acquiring former France under-21 international midfielder Benjamin Stambouli and loaning Lewis Holtby to Hamburg SV. 

    Manchester City, big spenders in the past, released England defender Micah Richards to Serie A Fiorentina on loan. 

    "Now there are no more doubts. The wait is over," the Italian side announced on their website.

     They also let 29-year-old Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo, signed from Seville last year for 16.4 million pounds, leave on loan to Valencia. 

    Sunderland signed 26-year-old Argentine playmaker Ricky Alvarez, capped seven times for his country, from Inter Milan and Uruguay international defender Sebastian Coates from Liverpool on season-long loans. 

    Netherlands midfielder Marco van Ginkel, 21, left Chelsea to join AC Milan for the season on loan. He follows Fernando Torres out of Stamford Bridge, the Spanish striker joining the Italians on a two-year loan on Sunday. 

    (Additional reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; editing by Pritha Sarkar/Nick Mulvenney)

    LONDON, Sept 1 (Reuters) - List of Premier League comings and goings on the final day of the transfer window (all transfer fees undisclosed unless stated)

     

    Premier League Transfer Deadline Day Transactions

    Arsenal

    In: Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
    Out: Ignasi Miquel (Norwich City), Ryo Miyaichi (Twente Enschede/Loan)

    Aston Villa

    Out: Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord)

    Burnley

    In: George Boyd (Hull City), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea/Loan), Michael Keane (Manchester United/Loan)

    Chelsea

    Out: Marco Van Ginkel (AC Milan/Loan), Nathaniel Chalobah (Burnley/Loan), Jamal Blackman (Middlesbroug/Loan)

    Crystal Palace

    In: Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers/Loan), James McArthur (Wigan Athletic), Zeki Fryers (Tottenham Hotspur)
    Out: Glenn Murray (Reading/Loan)

    Everton

    Out: Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers)

    Hull City

     In: Abel Hernandez (Palermo), Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United/Loan), Mohamed Diame (West Ham United), Gaston Ramirez (Southampton/Loan), Brian Lenihan (Cork City)

    Out: George Boyd (Burnley)

    Leicester City

    In: Kris Scott (Swansea City), Nick Powell (Manchester United/Loan)

    Out: Ryan Watson (Northampton Town/Loan)

    Liverpool

    Out: Sebastian Coates (Sunderland/Loan), Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City/Loan)

    Manchester City

    Out: Alvaro Negredo (Valencia/Loan), Micah Richards (Fiorentina/Loan), Emyr Huws (Wigan Athletic)

    Manchester United

    In: Daley Blind (Ajax Amsterdam), Radamel Falcao (Monaco/Loan)
    Out: Danny Welbeck (Arsenal), Javier Hernandez (Real Madrid/Loan)

    Newcastle United

    Out: Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull City/Loan), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma/Loan)

    Queens Park Rangers

    In: Sandro (Tottenham), Niko Kranjcar (Dynamo Kiev/Loan)

    Southampton

    In: Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid/Loan), Sadio Mane (Salzburg)
    Out: Saphir Taider (Inter Milan/Loan return, Jake Sinclair (Hibernian/Loan), Gaston Ramirez (Hull City/Loan), Jack Stephens (Swindon Town/Loan), Jos Hooiveld (Norwich/Loan)

    Stoke City

    In: Oussama Assaidi (Liverpool/Loan)

    Sunderland

    In: Sebastian Coates (Liverpool/Loan), Ricardo Alvarez (Inter Milan/Loan)
    Out: Modibo Diakite (Released), Valentin Roberge (Stade Reims/Loan)

    Swansea City

    In: Modou Barrow (Ostersunds FK)
    Out: Jose Canas (Espanyol), Kris Scott (Leicester City), Alex Bray (Plymouth Argyle/Loan)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    In: Benjamin Stambouli (Montpellier)
    Out: Zeki Fryers (Crystal Palace), Jonathan Obika (Swindon Town), Sandro (Queens Park Rangers), Lewis Holtby (Hamburg SV/Loan), Tomislav Gomelt (Bari/Loan), Souleymane Coulibaly (Bari)

    West Bromwich Albion

    No activity

    West Ham United

    In: Morgan Amalfitano (Olympique de Marseille)
    Out: Mohamed Diame (Hull City)

    (Compiled by Michael Hann, editing by Nick Mulvenney)

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