Man Utd top deadline-day big spenders

2014-09-02 09:20

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London – Manchester United dominated Europe’s transfer activity as the transfer deadline window slammed shut yesterday, manager Louis van Gaal taking his summer spending spree to more than £150 million (about R2.7 billion).

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 £14 million from Ajax.

Rumours swirled that the move for Radamel Falcao had gone awry over a failed medical exam as the deadline closed yesterday, but the Colombian striker’s one-year loan deal with an option to buy was finally announced about 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.

“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 Ángel di María for £59.7 million from Real Madrid and started their summer dealings with the £29 million capture of midfielder Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao.

United will recoup some of the fortune spent after selling England forward Danny Welbeck to Arsenal, while Mexico striker Javier Hernández 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 £16 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 September 13.

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 Hernández from Italian club Palermo on a three-year deal, with the option of a fourth year.

Hull also landed a trio of midfielders on loan – Mohamed Diamé from West Ham United, Gastón Ramírez from Southampton and France midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa from Newcastle United.

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

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

Sunderland signed 26-year-old Argentine playmaker Ricky Álvarez, capped seven times for his country, from Inter Milan and Uruguay international defender Sebastián 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.

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