LONDON: Arsenal have filled the gap created by injury to France centre-forward Olivier Giroud by signing Manchester United’s England striker Danny Welbeck.
Already unsettled, Welbeck became definitively surplus to United’s requirements after they clinched the season-long loan signing of Colombia striker Radamel Falcao from Monaco.
Welbeck, 23, who is with Roy Hodgson’s national squad ahead of fixtures against Norway and Switzerland, rose through the ranks at Old Trafford, including loan spells at Preston and Sunderland.
Welbeck made his United debut in 2008 and went on to make 92 league appearances for his home-town club – scoring 20 goals. He lifted the Premier League once and also collected League Cup and FIFA World Club Cup winners’ medals under Sir Alex Ferguson.
But he lost his club way under David Moyes and will probably make his Arsenal debut is at home to champions Manchester City.
He has signed a long-term deal to become Arsene Wenger’s fifth summer signing after Alexis Sanchez, David Opsina, Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers.
Falcao had hoped for a return to Spanish football with Real Madrid after his year-long ‘exile’ in the south of France but a knee ligament injury cut his last season in half and forced hm to miss the World Cup.
Madrid’s own summer dealings left them with defensive rather than attacking priorities in the last few hours of transfer dealing though they have taken Javier Hernandez from United on loan.
Falcao joined Monaco from Atletico de Madrid for £50m last summer and scored 11 goals in 20 appearances before his injury. He has scored twice in three games this season after making his comeback during a pre-season tournament at Arsenal.
The 28-year-old had also been linked with Arsenal, United’s Premier League rivals Manchester City as well as Italian champions Juventus.
He was United’s sixth summer signing under Louis Van Gaal after defenders Luke Shaw, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo, midfielder Ander Herrera and forward Angel Di Maria.
The loan of Falcao is likely to cost United around £9m, taking their summer spending to a record £149m.
United’s previous record summer outlay had been 2007 when they parted with £62m. Their latest spree exceeded Manchester City’s reported £148m in 2009 and Chelsea’s £111m in 2003.
The total summer spend by Premier League clubs was a record £835m, up from last year’s £760m.
SUMMER TRANSFER LIST
Players in: Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona, £30m), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle, £12m), David Ospina (Nice, undisclosed), Calum Chambers (Southampton, £16m)
Players out: Bacary Sagna (Manchester City, free), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City, free), Nicklas Bendtner (released), Park Ju-young (released), Thomas Eisfeld (Fulham, undisclosed), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona, £15m), Carl Jenkinson (West Ham, loan), Chuks Aneke (Zulte-Waregem, free), Ryo Miyaichi (FC Twente, loan), Ignasi Miquel (Norwich, undisclosed)
Players in: Joe Cole (West Ham, free), Philippe Senderos (Valencia, free), Kieran Richardson (Fulham, undisclosed), Aly Cissokho (Valencia, undisclosed), Carlos Sanchez (Elche, undisclosed)
Players out: Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool, free), Marc Albrighton (Leicester, free), Nicklas Helenius (Aalborg, loan), Yacouba Sylla (Kayseri Erciyesspor, loan), Antonio Luna (Verona, loan), Joe Bennett and Gary Gardner (Brighton, loan), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord, undisclosed)
Players in: Michael Kightly (Stoke, undisclosed), Steven Reid (West Brom, free), Marvin Sordell (Bolton, undisclosed), Matt Gilks (Blackpool, free), Matt Taylor (West Ham, free), Lucas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough, £1.5m), Stephen Ward (Wolves, undisclosed), George Boyd (Hull, undisclosed), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea, loan)
Players out: Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth, free), David Edgar (Birmingham, free), Chris Baird (West Brom, free)
Players in: Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona, £27m), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid, £32m), Mario Pasalic (Hajduk Split, £2.4m), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid, undisclosed), Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Loic Remy (QPR, undisclosed)
Players out: David Luiz (Paris St Germain, £40m), Ashley Cole (Roma, free), Samuel Eto’o (Everton, free), Frank Lampard (New York City, free), Henrique Hilario, Sam Hutchinson (both released), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach, loan), Demba Ba (Besiktas, £4.7m), Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland, undisclosed), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton, loan), Romelu Lukaku (Everton, £28m), Gael Kakuta (Rayo Vallecano, loan), Mario Pasalic (Elche, loan), Tomas Kalas (Cologne, loan), Victor Moses (Stoke, loan), Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough, loan), Josh McEachran (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Marko Marin (Fiorentina, loan), Marco Van Ginkel (AC Milan, loan), Nathaniel Chalobah (Burnley, loan)
Players in: Chris Kettings (Blackpool, free), Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff, £900,000), Brede Hangeland (Fulham, free), Wilfried Zaha (Manchester United, loan), Martin Kelly (Liverpool, undisclosed), Zeki Fryers (Tottenham, £3m), James McArthur (Wigan, undisclosed), Kevin Doyle (Wolves, loan)
Players out: Kagisho Dikgacoi (Cardiff City, free), Danny Gabbidon & Aaron Wilbraham (released), Neil Alexander (Hearts, free), Jose Campana (Sampdoria, undisclosed), Jonathan Parr (Ipswich, free), Dean Moxey (released), Jack Hunt (Nottingham Forest, loan)
Players in: Gareth Barry (Manchester City, £1m), Romelu Lukaku (£28m), Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros, undisclosed), Brendan Galloway (MK Dons, undisclosed), Christian Atsu (Chelsea, loan), Samuel Eto’o (Chelsea, free)
Players out: Apostolos Vellios, Mason Springthorpe (both released), Shane Duffy (Blackburn, undisclosed)
Players in: Jake Livermore (Tottenham, £8m), Robert Snodgrass (Norwich, £7m), Tom Ince (Blackpool, tribunal), Karim Rossi (Stoke, free), Harry Maguire (Sheffield United, £2.5m), Andrew Robertson (Dundee United, £2.85m). Michael Dawson (Tottenham, undisclosed), Abel Hernandez (Palermo, undisclosed), Brian Lenihan (Cork City, undisclosed), Mohamed Diame (West Ham, undisclosed), Gaston Ramirez (Southampton, loan)
Players out: Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest, free), Joe Dudgeon (Barnsley, loan), Abdoulaye Faye (released), Robert Koren (released), Mark Oxley (Hibernian, loan), Shane Long (Southampton, undisclosed), George Boyd (Burnley, undisclosed)
Players in: Matt Upson (Brighton, free), Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa, free), Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton, undisclosed). Esteban Cambiasso (free agent), Jack Barmby (Manchester United, free), Ben Hamer (Charlton, free), Danny Simpson (QPR, undisclosed)
Players out: Zak Whitbread (Derby, free); Lloyd Dyer (Watford, free), Sean St Ledger, Marko Futacs (both released)
Players in: Rickie Lambert (Southampton, £4m); Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen, £9.75m), Adam Lallana (£25m, Southampton), Lazar Markovic (Benfica, undisclosed), Dejan Lovren (Southampton, undisclosed), Divock Origi (Lille, £10m), Javier Manquillo (Atletico Madrid, loan), Alberto Moreno (Sevilla, undisclosed), Mario Balotelli (AC Milan, undisclosed)
Players out: Luis Suarez (Barcelona, £75m), Iago Aspas (Sevilla, loan), Divock Origi (Lille, loan). Jack Robinson (QPR, undisclosed), Daniel Agger (Brondby, undisclosed), Andre Wisdom (West Brom, loan), Jose Reina (Bayern Munich, undisclosed), Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace, undisclosed), Jordan Ibe (Derby, loan), Tiago Ilori (Bordeaux, loan), Sebastian Coates (Sunderland, loan), Oussama Assaidi (Stoke, loan)
Players in: Fernando (Porto, £12m), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal, free), Willy Caballero (Malaga, undisclosed), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto, undisclosed), Frank Lampard (New York City, loan), Bruno Zuculini (Racing Club, undisclosed)
Players out: Joleon Lescott (West Brom, free); Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland, free), Gareth Barry (Everton, £1m), Bruno Zuculini (Valencia, loan), Javi Garcia (Zenit St Petersburg, £13m), Marcos Lopes (Lille, loan), Jack Rodwell (Sunderland, undisclosed), Micah Richards (Fiorentina, loan), Emyr Huws (Wigan, undisclosed), Alvaro Negredo (Valencia, loan)
Players in: Luke Shaw (Southampton, £30m), Ander Herrera (Athletic Bilbao, £28.8m), Vanja Milinkovic (FK Vojvodina, undisclosed). Angel di maria (Real Madrid, £59.7m), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon, £16m), Daley Blind (Ajax, £14m)
Players out: Rio Ferdinand (QPR, free), Nemanja Vidic (Inter Milan, free), Ryan Giggs (retired), Alexander Buttner (Dynamo Moscow, £4.4m), Federico Macheda (Cardiff, free), Vanja Milinkovic (FK Vojvodina, loan), Patrice Evra (Juventus, initial £1.2m), Bebe (Benfica, £2.4million), Nani (Sporting Lisbon, loan), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace, loan), Jack Barmby (Leicester, free), Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund, undisclosed), Javier Hernandez (Real Madrid, loan)
Players in: Remy Cabella (Montpellier, £12m), Siem de Jong (Ajax, £6m), Jack Colback (Sunderland, free), Ayoze Perez (Tenerife, £1.5m), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord, £5m), Emmanuel Riviere (Monaco, undisclosed), Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed), Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed), Facundo Ferreyra (Shakhtar Donetsk, loan)
Players out: Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal, £12m), Shola Ameobi (released), Dan Gosling (Bournemouth, free), Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp, loan), Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest, loan), Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest, loan), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Roma, loan)
Players in: Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd, free), Steven Caulker (Cardiff, £8m), Jack Robinson (Liverpool, undisclosed), Alex McCarthy (Reading, undisclosed), Jordon Mutch (Cardiff, undisclosed), Mauricio Isla (Juventus, loan), Leroy Fer (Norwich, undisclosed), Eduardo Vargas (Napoli, loan), Danny Simpson (Leicester, undisclosed), Sandro (Tottenham, undisclosed), Niko Kranjcar (Dynamo Kiev, loan)
Players out: Yossi Benayoun (Maccabi Haifa, £750,000), Aaron Hughes (Brighton), Andrew Johnson, Stephane Mbia, Luke Young, Hogan Ephraim (all released), Esteban Granero (Real Sociedad, undisclosed), Julio Cesar (Benfica, free), Loic Remy (Chelsea, undisclosed)
Players in: Dusan Tadic (FC Twente, £10.9m), Graziano Pelle (Feyenoord, £9m), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea, loan), Fraser Forster (Celtic, loan), Shane Long (Hull, undisclosed), Saphir Taider (Inter Milan, loan), Florin Gardos (Steaua Bucharest, undisclosed), Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid, loan), Sadio Mane (Red Bull Salzburg, undisclosed)
Players out: Luke Shaw (Manchester United, £25m), Adam Lallana (£25million, Liverpool), Rickie Lambert (Liverpool, £4million), Jonathan Forte (released), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool, undisclosed), Calum Chambers (Arsenal, £16m), Danny Fox (Nottingham Forest, free), Guly do Prado (released), Billy Sharp (Leeds, undisclosed), Saphir Taider (Inter Milan, loan terminated), Jake Sinclair (Hibernian, loan), Gaston Ramirez (Hull, loan), Jos Hooiveld (Norwich, loan)
Players in: Bojan Krkic (Barcelona, undisclosed), Steve Sidwell (Fulham, free), Phil Bardsley (Sunderland, free), Mame Biram Diouf (Hannover, free), Dionatan Teixeira (Banska Bystrica, undisclosed), Victor Moses (Chelsea, loan), Oussama Assaidi (Liverpool, loan)
Players out: Michael Kightly (Burnley, undisclosed), Matthew Etherington (released), Cameron Jerome (Norwich, undisclosed), Juan Agudelo (released), Ryan Shotton (Derby, loan), Jamie Ness (Crewe, loan)
Players in: Billy Jones (West Brom, free), Costel Pantilimon (Man City, free), Jordi Gomez (Wigan, free), Patrick van Aarnholt (Chelsea, undisclosed), Jack Rodwell (Manchester City, undisclosed), Santiago Vergini (Estudiantes, loan), Will Buckley (Brighton, undisclosed), Sebastian Coates (Liverpool, loan), Ricky Alvarez (Inter Milan, loan)
Players out: Phil Bardsley (Stoke, free), Craig Gardner (West Brom, free), Jack Colback (Newcastle, free), Carlos Cuellar, Andrea Dossena, David Vaughan, Kieren Westwood (released), Ignacio Scocco (Newell’s Old Boys, undisclosed), Alfred N’Diaye (Real Betis, undisclosed), El-Hadji Ba (Bastia, loan), Modibo Diakite (released), Valentin Roberge (Reims, loan)
Players in: Lukasz Fabianski (Arsenal, free), Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon, undisclosed), Stephen Kingsley (Falkirk, undisclosed), Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough, £1.5m), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham, undisclosed), Jefferson Montero (Morelia, undisclosed), Giancarlo Gallifuoco (unattached), Federico Fernandez (Napoli, undisclosed), Modou Barrow (Ostersunds, undisclosed)
Players out: Michu (Napoli, loan), Leroy Lita, Jernade Meade, David N’gog, Darnel Situ (all released), Ben Davies and Michel Vorm (Tottenham, undisclosed), Alejandro Pozuelo (Rayo Vallecano, undisclosed), Chico Flores (Lekhwiya, undisclosed), Jose Canas (Espanyol released)
Players in: Ben Davies and Michel Vorm (Swansea, undisclosed), Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon, undisclosed), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders, undisclosed), Federico Fazio (Sevilla), undisclosed), Benjamin Stambouli (Montpellier, undisclosed)
Players out: Jake Livermore (Hull, £8m), Heurelho Gomes (Watford, free), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea, undisclosed), Iago Falque (Genoa, undisclosed), Michael Dawson (Hull, undisclosed), Lewis Holtby (Hamburg, loan), Zeki Fryers (Crystal Palace, £3m), Sandro (QPR, undisclosed)
Players in: Joleon Lescott (Man City, free), Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kiev, £10m), Craig Gardner (Sunderland, free), Chris Baird (Burnley, free), Andre Wisdom (Liverpool, season loan), Sebastien Pocognoli (Hannover, undisclosed fee), Georgios Samaras (Celtic, free), Sebastian Blanco (Metalist Kharkiv, undisclosed), Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo, undisclosed), Cristian Gamboa (Rosenborg, undisclosed), Silvestre Varela (Porto, loan)
Players out: Billy Jones (Sunderland, free) Liam Ridgewell (Portland Timbers, free), Steven Reid (Burnley, free), Zoltan Gera, Nicolas Anelka, Diego Lugano (all released), George Thorne (Derby, undisclosed)
Players in: Enner Valencia (Pachuca, £12m), Cheikhou Kouyate (Anderlecht, undisclosed), Mauro Zarate (Velez Sarsfield, undisclosed), Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich, £3.75m), Diego Poyet (Charlton, compensation fee), Alex Song (Barcelona, loan), Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal, loan), Diafra Sakho (Metz, undisclosed), Morgan Amalfitano (Marseille, undisclosed)
Players out: Joe Cole (Aston Villa, free), Jack Collison, Alou Diarra, George McCartney (all released), Jordan Spence (MK Dons, free), Matt Taylor (Burnley, free).