Cristiano Ronaldo returns to highlight of busy day


Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United has been confirmed after signing a two-year contract with the club.

The 36-year-old’s move – a highlight of the transfer window – was prepared on Friday and approved just after 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, the deadline day.

Juventus said United had agreed to pay £ 12.86million for their former striker, with the deal potentially increasing by an additional £ 6.86million, and the Red Devils were quick to say they signed a two-year contract with the option for a third.

The five-time World Player of the Year, who was linked with Manchester City before learning he was due to return to Old Trafford, returns 12 years after leaving United for Real Madrid.

He spent six seasons with the Red Devils who saw him score 118 goals in 292 appearances and help them win three Premier League titles, a Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup, an FA Cup and two League Cups.

Ronaldo then spent nine years with Real, during which he tasted Champions League glory four times and became La Liga’s all-time top scorer, before joining Juventus in 2018.

Manchester United are a club that has always had a special place in my heart, and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since Friday’s announcement,” said Ronaldo.

“I can’t wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again. I can’t wait to join the team after the international games, and I hope we have a very successful season ahead.

Ronaldo’s arrival saw Daniel James travel to Leeds on a five-year contract, two and a half years after the same club’s attempt to sign him from Swansea collapsed in the 11th hour. The PA news agency understands Leeds paid £ 25million for the Welsh international.

Chelsea have made a step for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez whose signing on a season-long loan was announced on Tuesday night.

The Blues confirmed the transfer of the Spain international during the last exchanges of the transfer deadline.

Saul said: “I’m very excited to start this new challenge with Chelsea. Blues fans I’m one of you now and can’t wait to wear the jersey, start training and you see all. See you soon! “

Juventus moved quickly to replace Ronaldo, calling on Everton’s Moise Kean for a two-year loan, which will become a permanent contract subject to certain conditions being met, with loan fees of € 7m paid. in Everton.

Meanwhile, the Toffees replaced Kean by bringing Salomon Rondon back to the Premier League from Chinese club Dalian Professional on a free transfer. The forward has signed a two-year contract with the option of a third season and the move sees him reunite with manager Rafael Benitez, whom he worked with at Newcastle. Former Everton goalkeeper Robin Olsen moved Sheffield United on a one-season loan from Roma.

Tottenham have finalized the signing of Barcelona right-back Emerson Royal on a five-year contract.

Spurs spent £ 25.8million to secure the services of the four-cap Brazil international, according to the PA news agency.

Emerson, who has spent the last two seasons with Real Betis, will offer more competition from right-back to new Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

Tottenham have also announced that they have terminated the contract of defender Serge Aurier by mutual agreement.

In north London, Arsenal have announced that they have signed a long-term contract with defender Takehiro Tomiyasu with Bologna.

The Gunners also sent Hector Bellerin and Reiss Nelson on a season-long loan to Real Betis and Feyenoord respectively.

Newcastle have finalized the signing of teenage Mexican striker Santiago Munoz from Santos Laguna on an initial 18-month loan deal with an option to make the transfer permanent.

West Ham made a double swoop on deadline day with the signings of Croatian striker Nikola Vlasic and Czech midfielder Alex Kral.

Vlasic, 23, had previously made a short stint at Everton, while Kral has been on loan all season from Spartak Moscow, with the option of making the transfer permanent.

Crystal Palace has finalized the signing of striker Odsonne Edouard from Celtic for an initial sum estimated at £ 15million.

Edouard has signed a four-year contract with the Premier League club and is teaming up with Said Aigoun, who worked with the Paris St Germain forward and moved to Selhurst Park as a development coach this summer.

Across London there has been movement at Chelsea, with defender Dujon Sterling signing a new two-year contract and being on loan at Blackpool for the remainder of the season.

Chelsea have also loaned Ethan Ampadu to new Serie A boys, Venezia.

Leicester finalized the signing of Ademola Lookman on a one-season loan from RB Leipzig.

The winger joins the Foxes after midfielder Dennis Praet moved to Turin under a similar deal earlier on Tuesday.

Lookman told LCFC TV, “I am delighted to be here. It is a great honor to be at such a big and incredible club with such a huge history and such a quality group of players.

Brighton has signed Getafe left-back Marc Cucurella in a deal that is expected to reach £ 15million.

The 23-year-old has become Brighton’s third summer signing, following Enock Mwepu and Kjell Scherpen through the gates of Amex Stadium.

“We were keen to bring Marc to the club, and we are really delighted to finally welcome him here and are delighted to start working with him,” said Brighton boss Graham Potter.

Burnley has announced the signing of Welsh full-back Connor Roberts from Swansea, with the 25-year-old joining a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Saido Berahino is back in English football after joining League One Sheffield on Wednesday. Berahino has been playing in Belgium since leaving Stoke in 2019.


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