Welbeck at Arsenal
Falcao, Blind join Man U; 'Chicarito' out
LONDON (AP):Arsenal has bolstered its attacking options by signing Danny Welbeck from Premier League rivals Manchester United. The England forward joined the London club for a reported 16 million pounds ($27 million) as the summer transfer window was closing yesterday.
The need for Arsene Wenger to sign a striker came after Olivier Giroud was ruled out until at least the end of December with a broken left leg.
A week after pulling off one transfer coup by signing Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid, 20-time English champions Manchester United took the football world by surprise yesterday by making a deal to sign Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco. The Colombia striker's season-long loan fee alone will cost United about $9 million and the deal is subject to a medical examination and personal terms being agreed to.
Manchester United also completed a last-minute signing of versatile Netherlands international Daley Blind from Ajax for 14 million pounds ($23 million).
Real Madrid signed Javier Hernandez and Valencia acquired Alvaro Negredo, with both strikers arriving on loan deals with purchase options yesterday. Hernandez left Manchester United to help reinforce the European champions' attack after their recent stumbles to start the season.
Mainly a substitute at United, Hernandez will likely have a similar role in Madrid.
"I have come to help," Hernandez said at his presentation that was rushed through, following a medical exam. "I hope I can do my share so that this club continues to be successful."
The 26-year-old Hernandez, known by his nickname 'Chicharito', played for Manchester for the past four seasons, scoring 59 goals in 154 appearances to help win two Premier league titles.
Valencia concluded negotiations with Manchester City for Negredo on the stroke of midnight local time when the summer window came to a close. Valencia says Negredo's loan deal includes an 'obligatory' purchase clause.
Last season, Hernandez only scored four goals in the English league, when United went from champions the year before to a seventh-place finish. He attributed his dip to the team's overall slump.
"Last season was bad for everyone on the team, not just for one player," said Hernandez, adding that his new fans shouldn't be worried because "I will be a professional on and off the pitch and that helps the team win."
Hernandez shied away from comparisons with countryman Hugo Sanchez, a Madrid star from the 1980s.
"Hugo had an extraordinary career here, but I have come to have mine," he said.