Transfer deadline: Chelsea seal Saul Niguez loan as Manchester United confirm Cristiano Ronaldo return

The transfer deadline day saw Manchester United officially announce the return of Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus, while a number of other moves involving Premier League clubs were confirmed.

Portugal captain Ronaldo has undergone a medical examination to ensure the completion of his transfer to Old Trafford, which sees the 36-year-old join United on a two-year contract with the possibility of a one-year extension. “Mr. Alex [Ferguson], this one’s for you, ”the five-time Ballon D’Or winner wrote at the end of a touching message to United fans.

Ronaldo, who left United for Real Madrid in 2009, will not be able to share his wisdom with compatriot Daniel James, however, as the Welsh international moved to Leeds as part of a £ 25million transfer. pound sterling.

Elsewhere in England’s top flight, West Ham followed the signing this week of Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma with the addition of Nikola Vlasic from CSKA Moscow. Coach David Moyes is hopeful the Croatia international can help fill the gap in the midfield left by Jesse Lingard, after the short but successful stint by the loaned Man United player in east London last season. There was also a more defensive type of reinforcement in midfield with Alex Kral, the Czech international loaning east London.

Chelsea signed on loan from Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez but bid farewell to another defender in Ethan Ampadu – only for now, as the Welsh international’s move to Venice is just one loan agreement, which immediately follows his three-year contract. extension with the blues. Chelsea’s transfer attempt for Sevilla center-back Jules Kounde failed, however.

Meanwhile, Tottenham have announced the arrival of Emerson Royal from Barcelona. The right-back joined Nuno Espirito Santo’s side in a transfer worth around £ 25million, replacing Serge Aurier, whose contract was terminated by mutual agreement.

In north London, Arsenal signed a long-term contract with Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu, 22, and loaned out Reiss Nelson, the winger heading to Feyenoord after extending his contract with the Gunners. However, Ainsley Maitland-Niles will stay, despite the 24-year-old’s emotional post on social media, in which he wrote: “All I want to do is go where I want and where I’m going to play.” Willian figuratively ripped up his contract with Arsenal, with his agent slamming the club.

Willian (right) left Arsenal unceremoniously

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Leicester signed Ademola Lookman on loan from RB Leipzig, while newly promoted Norwich canceled defender Timm Klose’s contract by mutual consent. Swansea full-back Connor Roberts has signed for Burnley and Brighton have announced the arrival of Getafe midfielder Marc Cucurella, as well as Slavia Prague’s Abdallah Sima. Sima was immediately loaned to Stoke City.

Elsewhere, Newcastle signed a 19-year-old Mexican striker named Santiago Munoz (exactly as they did in the plot of the film Goal!). Munoz is on loan from Santos Laguna. Meanwhile, Aston Villa full-back Frederic Guilbert has joined France’s Strasbourg side on loan, and Crystal Palace has confirmed the £ 14million signing of Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard.

Outside the Premier League, Real Madrid’s transfer to Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe fell apart, but the Spanish club finalized the signing of 18-year-old Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga.

As an 18-year-old midfielder entered La Liga, another left; Barcelona have confirmed that former Tottenham target Ilaix Moriba has joined RB Leipzig.

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