x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Transfer talk: Fellaini joins Manchester United

Ozil and Kaka leave Real Madrid for Arsenal and Milan; Barry exits Manchester City for Everton and Chelsea loan Lukaku out.

Kaka was an AC Milan player before moving to Real Madrid. Miguel Riopa / AFP
Kaka was an AC Milan player before moving to Real Madrid. Miguel Riopa / AFP

Manchester United, the English Premier League champions, announced Tuesday that they have bought Belgium international midfielder Marouane Fellaini from Everton, with the Merseyside club putting the fee at £27.5 million (Dh157.1m).

The deal for the 25 year old was announced on the United website three hours after the close-season transfer window ended at 2am (UAE time).

"Manchester United is delighted to announce the signing of Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini from Everton," said the statement.

Manager David Moyes added: "I have worked with Marouane for five years and I'm delighted he has decided to join Manchester United. He is a player with great ability and strength and I think he will make a real difference to our squad."

Fellaini said he was "thrilled" with the move and that he "jumped at the chance" to renew his relationship with former Everton boss Moyes.

"I had a fantastic time at Everton and I'd like to thank all the fans and staff there for everything they have done for me," added the midfielder.

"But being a Manchester United player is something that every player dreams of and I believe that I can make a real contribution to the team's efforts to win trophies in the future."

Everton's website broke the news two hours before United's confirmation.

"Marouane Fellaini has moved to Manchester United for a £27.5 million fee," Everton said in a statement.

"Fellaini's exit ended a summer-long period of speculation after the Belgium international emerged as one of former Everton manager David Moyes' prime targets for his new club."

Moyes brought the Belgian to England from Standard Liege in 2008 during his time as Everton coach.

Fellaini becomes United's second close-season signing, after Uruguayan full-back Guillermo Varela joined from Penarol in June.

United were also reported to have submitted an offer to sign Portuguese left-back Fabio Coentrao from Real Madrid on a season-long loan.

However, a mooted move for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera was reported to have collapsed.

Barry, Lukaku and McCarthy head to Everton

Everton made three last-gasp signings just before the transfer window closed on Monday, capturing Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry and Wigan Athletic playmaker James McCarthy.

Belgian international Lukaku and former England player Barry agreed season-long loan deals while McCarthy was a permanent signing for a fee of £13m, the English Premier League club said on their website.

McCarthy, 22, played under Everton manager Roberto Martinez when the Spaniard was in charge of Wigan.

Lukaku, 20, spent last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion. He went back to Chelsea at the end of the campaign and has featured as a substitute in two of their three league games this season.

He also suffered the anguish of being the only player to miss a spot-kick when the Europa League holders were beaten 5-4 by Champions League winners Bayern Munich in a penalty shootout in Friday's UEFA Super Cup clash in Prague.

Lukaku was the sixth highest scorer in the Premier League last season with 17 goals for West Brom.

Ozil to leave Real Madrid for Arsenal

Arsenal have agreed a deal with Real Madrid to sign Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, Press Association Sport understands.

The 24-year-old Germany international is now set to discuss personal terms over the proposed transfer, believed to be a club-record bid of ?50 million, and then look to complete a medical ahead of the 11pm transfer deadline.

Before Sunday's 1-0 win over big-spending Tottenham Hotspur, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger had seen moves for Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez and Yohan Cabaye all fail to come off, but it would now appear the Emirates Stadium club are close to finally landing a big-name signing.

Wenger's only summer purchases so far had been the free transfers of Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini.

However, the Arsenal manager was confident the ?100 million switch of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid would set in place a "domino" effect, and thus allow the likes of Ozil to come onto the market at the 11th hour.

Arsenal - who have been linked with Ozil's Real Madrid teammates Karim Benzema and Angel di Maria and with a loan move for Chelsea striker Demba Ba - are also expected to bring in some goalkeeping cover, with a loan deal for Palermo stopper Emiliano Viviano.

Although Wenger may be sitting on a £70m warchest, he insists the club will not be held to ransom as the last-gasp shopping dash begins.

''I am not against spending. I am ready to pay what we can afford, even if it is a bit over the market (value) and as long as it is not crazy,'' he said.

Theo Walcott is confident the club will bring in reinforcements.

"It is well documented we have got a very small squad but the boss knows what he is doing, he is a very clever man and I am sure he has got something up his sleeve," said the England forward, who set up Olivier Giroud with a run and cross from the right wing on 23 minutes to score what proved to be the winner against Tottenham.

"We want to see players come in, definitely, but the quality is there and hopefully if we attract the odd players more players are going to come here.

"It is always quite difficult that it is always down to the last minute."

After a frustrating summer in the transfer market, Arsenal also completed the signing of goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano on a season-long loan from Italian club Palermo.

The Italy international goalkeeper Viviano, 27, completed his loan move before Monday night's transfer deadline and will compete with Wojciech Szczesny to be Wenger's first-choice keeper for the remainder of the season.

Wenger is believed to have had a long-standing interest in Viviano as he looks to create competition between the posts for Arsenal, with Lukasz Fabianski also available as an option.

Serie B club Palermo announced the deal with a short statement on the team website which read: "Goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano has been released to Arsenal on loan with the option to buy."

Chelsea also loans out Atsu

Vitesse Arnhem have taken Ghanaian international Christian Atsu on loan from Chelsea for the season, the Dutch club said on their website on Monday.

The 21-year-old winger, who played in January's African Nations Cup finals, completed his move to Chelsea from Porto on Sunday and was immediately sent to Vitesse to gain experience in the Netherlands.

Atsu, whom media reports said cost ?4 million, is the fifth player from Chelsea playing at Vitesse this season.

Cristian Cuevas and Lucas Piazon moved last month and Patrick van Aanholt and Gael Kakuta are spending a second season there on loan from the Premier League side.

Chelsea also sent teenage Croatian striker Stipe Perica to NAC Breda on loan for the season after his recent signing.

Kaka returns to AC Milan

Brazilian midfielder Kaka has completed a return to AC Milan on a two-year contract after the Serie A side agreed a deal with Real Madrid, the Italian club confirmed on Monday.

"Done deal", Milan's managing director Adriano Galliani announced on the club's website, with Milan adding that discussions ran until "between 0230 and 0300 CET in the morning [on Monday]".

According to the Italian press, Real allowed the 31 year old to return to his former club on a free transfer, having paid ?65 million (Dh315.6m) to bring Kaka to Madrid in 2009.

The Brazilian was also said to have taken a significant pay cut to facilitate his move to the San Siro, accepting an annual salary of ?4m plus bonuses, a considerable reduction from the ?10m a year he received in Madrid.

"I'm going home!", the player told journalists at a Madrid airport before boarding a flight to Milan, where he is expected to land shortly after Monday lunchtime.

"I'm very happy, the talks took a long time. I want to thank the fans and my teammates for their support," added Kaka.

Kaka's first spell at the Rossoneri, from 2003 to 2009, coincided with his rise to prominence that culminated in him winning the 2007 Ballon d'Or after leading Milan to the Champions League title that year.

Kaka, who has scored 29 goals in 87 appearances for his country, last week made a public plea to be able to leave the Spanish giants as he looks towards cementing a place in the Brazilian national side ahead of next year's World Cup.

Coach Massimiliano Allegri on Friday praised the Brazilian's attributes and said he had "faith" a deal could be struck for Kaka.

"Kaka would strengthen us. He's versatile, and his technical attributes would be a big plus to the team," said Allegri.

"We still have two and a half days till the end of the transfer window and the club is working on it. I have faith."

Milan's push to bolster their squad before Monday's transfer deadline comes days after they qualified for the group stages of the Champions League.


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