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Deadline Day: United sign four, Partey joins Arsenal, Bayern & PSG remain busy

While Manchester United signed Edinson Cavani on a free transfer, Bayern Munich signed right back Bouna Sarr, forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, and brought back Douglas Costa on loan.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: October 7, 2020 7:44:22 am
Alex Telles of United, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting of Bayern, Danilo Pereira of PSG, and Ben Godfrey of Everton. (Source: Twitter)

Manchester United, evidently enough, was the busiest on the transfer deadline day on Monday as they signed four players, while UEFA Champions League finalists Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain made some dealings too.

In an attempt to bounce back from their poor start to the season, United bolstered their squad with former PSG forward Edinson Cavani on free and Porto left-back Alex Telles for a fee around £13.6 million.

Apart from them, United also reinforced their attacking options with Uruguayan 18-year-old winger Facundo Pellistri from Club Atletico Penarol for £9 million and Atalanta’s teenage winger Amad Traore.

The highly-rated Traore, 18, whose signing could cost up to £37 million including add-ons, is not expected to join until January because of work permit issues.

Even after the switch of Cavani to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, his signing wasn’t as big as Thomas Partey’s £45 million move to Arsenal from Atletico Madrid.

Arsenal met the release clause for the 27-year-old Ghana international in the late hours of deadline day and Mikel Arteta would hope that he would add some steel to their midfield.

Arteta, whilst welcoming the Ghanian box-to-box midfielder in the north London club, also said goodbye to two of his midfielders — Lucas Torreira to Atletico on loan and Matteo Guendouzi to Hertha Berlin on loan.

UEFA Champions League holders Bayern Munich brought back Brazilian winger Douglas Costa on loan from Juventus, signed forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting on free and right back Bouna Sarr from Marseille.

The right-back position had long been a focus for Bayern and the 28-year-old Sarr joins from Marseille on a four-year contract. Douglas Costa left Bayern for Juventus three years ago and will add to the club’s impressive options in the wide areas.

In Italy, the biggest move of the day was Juventus signing Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa in a €50 million deal. The 22-year-old made his professional debut for Fiorentina in 2016 and went on to make 153 appearances, scoring 34 goals.

The Old Lady’s major signing for this season was Brazilian midfielder Arthur from Barcelona. They have also signed Alvaro Morata from Atletico Madrid and midfielder Weston McKennie from Schalke 04.

Napoli signed striker Tiemoue Bakayoko from Chelsea on loan, re-uniting with manager Gennaro Gattuso, who was at AC Milan when the Frenchman spent a spell on loan at the San Siro.

PSG, on the other hand, also made deals on the deadline day as they signed 27-year-old Brazilian midfielder Rafinha from Barcelona on a three-year deal. Earlier, they had loaned in defensive midfielder Danilo Pereira from Porto and striker Moise Kean from Everton.

Everton, who lead the Premier League, added another defender to their squad with centre-back Ben Godfrey joining from Norwich City. Carlo Ancelotti’s team also brought in Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen on a season-long loan from AS Roma.

In other Premier League deals, forward Theo Walcott joined Southampton on a season-long loan from Everton and Leeds United roped in winger Raphinha from Ligue 1 side Rennes for £17 million.

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