Transfer Deadline Day roundup – Arsenal bring the Partey to them, United bolster attack with Cavani
On the plus side, we will be spared from the incessant transfer rumour-mongering of Twitter’s ITKs (in-the-knows). Of course, that reprieve will only last for all of today, so enjoy it while you can before they start flooding your social media with rumours about Jadon Sancho, Houssem Aouar and Ousmane Dem-buy-me-leh.
But there was a flurry of activity before the transfer window closed early this morning (SGT), with Arsenal and Manchester United making arguably the two biggest moves of Deadline Day.
Firstly, the Gunners gave Atletico Madrid the transfer market equivalent of the finger by activating Thomas Partey’s clause in the final hours of Deadline Day, leaving the Spanish club little time of finding a suitable replacement for the Ghanaian. Suffice to say, Atletico were hardly pleased with Arsenal’s conduct.
Not that Arsenal will care, seeing as how they finally brought the Partey to the Emirates Stadium after months of speculation. The signing of the 27-year-old midfielder, who cost around £45million (S$79m), will come as a relief to Arsenal fans, many of whom were still reeling from the news that their long-serving and well-loved mascot, Gunnersaurus, had been laid off as part of the club’s streamlining process.
The arrival of Partey was welcomed by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, who, short of saying he was relieved that he’d now never have to play Granit Xhaka and Mohamad Elneny as a midfield pairing again, waxed lyrical about what his new signing would bring to the team.
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“We have been watching Thomas for a while, so we’re now delighted to add such a high-quality player to our squad,” Arteta said of Partey, who will wear the number 18 jersey at Arsenal. “He is a dynamic midfielder with great energy. He brings a lot of experience from a top club that has competed at the highest level in La Liga and the Champions League for several years.
"We’re very impressed with his attitude and his approach to the game. He’s an intelligent footballer and we’re looking forward to him integrating into our system and contributing to the progress we’re building at the moment at the club.”
Meanwhile, it was a busy Deadline Day at Manchester United, as they confirmed the signings of four new players, the highest profile of which was none other than ‘El Matador’ himself, Edinson Cavani.
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Whether the Red Devils actually needed an attacker like Cavani, when their defence just let in six goals to Tottenham Hotspur this past weekend, is another matter altogether. Nonetheless, the Uruguayan’s arrival means United have now played retirement home to both of Paris Saint-Germain’s former star strikers in Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
In addition to Cavani, United also signed left-back Alex Telles from Porto, along with youngsters Facundo Pellistri and Atalanta prospect Amad Diallo, who will join the club only in January.
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Following United’s Deadline Day trolley dash, Solskjaer Solskjaer – who spent the entire summer waiting for Ed Woodward to sign Jadon Sancho in vain – said he was pleased with all his new signings.
Speaking about Cavani, the Norwegian said: “Edinson is an experienced ultimate professional who always gives everything for his team His goalscoring record for club and country is fantastic and we are delighted to sign a player of his calibre.”
He added of Telles: “He is a player we have been tracking for some time and his performances over the past few years are exactly what we are looking for. He is a fighter and a winner and will add real determination and competition to the squad.”