Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United was confirmed by the English giants as Premier League clubs scrambled to strengthen before the close of the transfer window. Photo: AFP

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United was confirmed by the English giants as Premier League clubs scrambled to strengthen before the close of the transfer window.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United was confirmed by the English giants as Premier League clubs scrambled to strengthen before the close of the transfer window. Photo: AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United was confirmed by the English giants on Tuesday as Premier League clubs scrambled to strengthen before the close of the transfer window.


United announced on Friday a deal had been struck with Juventus to bring the five-time Ballon d’Or winner back to Old Trafford for a fee that could rise to €23 million for the 36-year-old.

The Portugal captain scored 118 goals in 292 games during his first spell at United, winning his first Ballon d’Or and Champions League title, as well as three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups.


“This is absolutely 100 percent the stuff that dreams are made of,” Ronaldo posted on Instagram.

“Everyone who knows me, knows about my never ending love for Manchester United. The years I spent in this club were absolutely amazing and the path we’ve made together is written in gold letters in the history of this great and amazing institution.”


Ronaldo’s return has already had a knock-on effect with Manchester United winger Daniel James joining Leeds for a reported £25 million.

The Wales attacker has started two of United’s three Premier League games so far this season, but was expected to struggle for game time once Ronaldo arrived and Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani returned to full fitness.

James was on the verge of joining Leeds in January 2019 from Swansea before a deadline day deal collapsed.


“It’s all happened in the last day or two,” said James.

“I got my head around it and this is where I wanted to be moving forward.”

– Chelsea call Saul – 

Chelsea secured the signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy to further strengthen Thomas Tuchel’s already deep squad.

“He is a proven winner, a player with huge experience and we know he will be very well-suited to the challenges that face us on all fronts in the coming year,” said Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.

Liverpool did not add to their only signing of the window, centre-back Ibrahima Konate, but secured the future of captain Jordan Henderson on a long-term contract that runs till 2025.

Top-of-the-table Tottenham helped ease Barcelona’s financial woes with a £25 million deal for right-back Emerson Royal.

Another right-back is headed out of Spurs as Serge Aurier’s contract was terminated to allow the Ivorian to leave on a free transfer.

At the other end of the table, rock bottom Arsenal took their summer spending to £150 million after agreeing a £20 million fee with Bologna for Japanese international defender Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Hector Bellerin left the Gunners to join Real Betis on loan, while Reiss Nelson has joined Feyenoord on a season-long loan.


– Vlasic joins West Ham –

West Ham have strengthened ahead of a busy season which will take in Europa League football with the signing of Croatia midfielder Nikola Vlasic.

The 23-year-old, who previously had a unsuccessful stint in England at Everton, joins from CSKA Moscow for a reported initial fee of £25 million having been named Russian Premier League player of the year in 2020.

“I was really impressed with how determined Nikola was to become a West Ham player,” said Hammers boss David Moyes.

“It’s that hunger and ambition that fits with what we are trying to build here at the club.”

West Ham also signed Czech Republic midfielder Alex Kral on loan from Spartak Moscow.

Leicester have bolstered their attacking options with the arrival of Ademola Lookman on loan from RB Leipzig.

Everton manager Rafael Benitez has signed Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon for a third different club after spells together at Newcastle and Dalian.

Rondon will replace Moise Kean, who has rejoined Juventus on a two-year loan with an obligation to buy.

Crystal Palace won the race for Celtic’s French under-21 striker Odsonne Edouard for an initial £15 million.

And Brighton signed Spain left-back Marc Cucurella for £15 million after paying his buyout clause from La Liga side Getafe.

ALL the confirmed transfers from the English Premier League:


In: Ben White (£50m, Brighton), Nuno Tavares (Benfica, £7.2m), Albert Sambi Lokonga (Anderlecht, £15.75m), Martin Odegaard (Real Madrid, £30m), Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United, £24m), Takehiro Tomiyasu (undisclosed, Bologna).

Out: Joe Willock (Newcastle, £20m), Lucas Torreira (Fiorentina, season-long loan), David Luiz (released), Willian (Corinthians, free), Dinos Mavropanos (Stuttgart, season-long loan), Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille, season-long loan), William Saliba (Marseille, season-long loan), Reiss Nelson (Feyenoord, season-long loan) Harry Clarke (Ross County, loan), Tyreece John-Jules (Blackpool, loan), Tolaji Bola (Rotherham, undisclosed), Jordi Osei-Tutu (Nottingham Forest, season-long loan), Miguel Azeez (Portsmouth, season-long loan), Hector Bellerin (Real Betis, season-long loan).

Aston Villa

In: Emiliano Buendia (Norwich, £33m), Ashley Young (Inter Milan, free), Leon Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen, undisclosed), Danny Ings (Southampton, undisclosed), Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United, season-long loan), Caleb Chukwuemeka (Gillingham, undisclosed).

Out: Jack Grealish (Manchester City, £100m), Wesley (Club Brugge, season-long loan), Ahmed Elmohamady (released), Tom Heaton (Man Utd, free), Bjorn Engels (Antwerp, undisclosed), Conor Hourihane (Sheff Utd, loan), Kaine Kesler Hayden (Swindon, loan), Finn Azaz (Newport, loan), Louie Barry (Ipswich, loan), Brad Young (Carlisle, season-long loan), Tyreik Wright (Salford, season-long loan), Dominic Revan (Northampton, loan).


In: Frank Onyeka (FC Midtjylland, £9m), Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic, £13.5m), Myles Peart-Harris (Chelsea, free), Yoane Wissa (Lorient, undisclosed), Alvaro Fernandez (Huesca, season-long loan).

Out: Henrik Dalsgaard (FC Midtjylland, free), Emiliano Marcondes (Bournemouth, free), Ellery Balcombe (Burton, season-long loan), Aaron Pressley (AFC Wimbledon, season-long loan), Luke Daniels (Middlesbrough, free).


In: Enock Mwepu (RB Salzburg, £18m), Kjell Scherpen (Ajax, £4.2m), Kaoru Mitoma (Kawasaki Frontale, undisclosed), Marc Cucurella (Getafe, £15m).

Out: Ben White (Arsenal, £50m), Florin Andone (Cadiz, season-long loan), Jose Izquierdo (released), Andi Zeqiri (Augsburg, season-long loan), Matt Clarke (West Brom, loan), Jayson Molumby (West Brom, season-long loan), Davy Propper (PSV, free) Bernardo (RB Salzburg, undisclosed), Viktor Gyokeres (Coventry, season-long loan), Mat Ryan (Real Sociedad, free) Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Feyenoord, £1m), Carl Rushworth (Walsall, loan), Jensen Weir (Cambridge, loan), Leo Ostigard (Stoke, season-long loan), Kaoru Mitoma (Royal Union Saint-Gilloise, loan), Percy Tau (Al Ahly, undisclosed), Christian Walton (Ipswich, season-long loan), Jan Paul Van Hecke (Blackburn, season-long loan), Reda Khadra (Blackburn, season-long loan), Abdallah Sima (Stoke, season-long loan).


In: Nathan Collins (Stoke, £12m), Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace, free), Aaron Lennon (free), Maxwel Cornet (Lyon, £12.85m), Connor Roberts (Swansea £2.5m).

Out: Ben Gibson (Norwich, £8m), Bailey Peacock-Farrell (Sheffield Wednesday, season-long loan), Robbie Brady (released), Jimmy Dunne (QPR, undisclosed), Josh Benson (Barnsley, undisclosed), Adam Phillips (Morecambe, loan), Lukas Jensen (Carlisle, loan).


In: Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan, £97.5m), Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham, free), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid, season-long loan).

Out: Tammy Abraham (Roma, £34m), Kurt Zouma (West Ham, £29.8m)Emerson Palmieri (Lyon, season-long loan), Michy Batshuayi (Besiktas, season-long loan), Davide Zappacosta (Atalanta, undisclosed), Kenedy (Flamengo, season-long loan), Marco Van Ginkel (PSV, free), Willy Caballero (released), Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan, £26.2m), Izzy Brown (Preston, free), Billy Gilmour (Norwich, season-long loan), Victor Moses (Spartak Moscow, £4.5m), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan, £900,000), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace £18m), Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace, season-long loan), Tino Livramento (Southampton, £5m), Lewis Bate (Leeds, undisclosed), Ian Maatsen (Coventry, loan), Jack Wakely (Wycombe, free), Jamie Cumming (Gillingham, loan), Henry Lawrence (AFC Wimbledon, loan), Myles Peart-Harris (Brentford, free), Armando Broja (Southampton, season-long loan), Jake Clarke-Salter (Coventry, season-long loan), Matt Miazga (Alaves, loan), Ike Ugbo (Genk, undisclosed), Baba Rahman (Reading, season-long loan), Dujon Sterling (Blackpool, season-long loan), Tiemoue Bakayoko (AC Milan, season-long loan), Ethan Ampadu (Venezia, season-long loan).

Crystal Palace

In: Marc Guehi (Chelsea, £18m), Joachim Andersen (Lyon, £17m), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea, season-long loan), Will Hughes (Watford, £6m), Michael Olise (Reading, £8.3m), Remi Matthews (Sunderland, free), Jacob Montes (Georgetown Hoyas, free), Odsonne Edouard (Celtic, £15m).

Out: Gary Cahill (Bournemouth, free), Scott Dann (Reading, free), Stephen Henderson, Connor Wickham (both released), James McCarthy (Celtic, free), Wayne Hennessey (Burnley, free), Mamadou Sakho (Montpellier, free), Patrick Van Aanholt (Galatasaray, free), Andros Townsend (Everton, free).


In: Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace, free), Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth, free), Demarai Gray (Bayer Leverkusen, £1.7m), Andy Lonergan (West Brom, free), Salomon Rondon (Dalian Professional, free).

Out: Moise Kean (Juventus, loan), Theo Walcott (Southampton, free), Joshua King (Watford, free), Yannick Bolasie (released), Muhamed Besic (released), Bernard (Sharjah, £850,000), Beni Baningime (Hearts, undisclosed), Lewis Gibson (Sheffield Wednesday, loan), Nathan Broadhead (Sunderland, season-long loan), Joao Virginia (Sporting Lisbon, season-long loan).


In: Daniel James (Man Utd, £25m), Jack Harrison (Man City, £11m), Junior Firpo (Barcelona, £12.8m), Amari Miller (Birmingham, £1m), Sean McGurk (Wigan, undisclosed), Lewis Bate (Chelsea, undisclosed), Kristoffer Klaesson (Valerenga, undisclosed), Leo Hjelde (Celtic, undisclosed).

Out: Ezgjan Alioski (released) Gaetano Beradi (released), Pablo Hernandez (Castellon, free), Kiko Casilla (Elche, season-loan loan), Helder Costa (Valencia, season-long loan), Ian Poveda (Blackburn, season-long loan), Leif Davis (Bournemouth, season-long loan), Oliver Casey (Blackpool, undisclosed), Niall Huggins (Sunderland, free).


In: Patson Daka (RB Salzburg, £27m), Boubakary Soumare (Lille, £17m), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton, free), Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton, £15m), Ademola Lookman (RB Leipzig, season-long loan).

Out: Wes Morgan (retired), Dennis Praet (Torino, season-long loan), Christian Fuchs (Charlotte FC, free), Matty James (Bristol City, free), Darnell Johnson (Fleetwood, free), Daniel Iversen (Preston, loan), George Hirst (Portsmouth, loan), Tyrese Shade (Swindon, loan), Admiral Muskwe (Luton, undisclosed), Callum Wright (Cheltenham, season-long loan), Khanya Leshabela (Shrewsbury, season-long loan), Mitch Clark (Accrington, undisclosed).


In: Ibrahima Konate (RB Leipzig, £36m).

Out: Georginio Wijnaldum (Paris Saint-Germain, free), Xherdan Shaqiri (Lyon, £9.5m), Sepp Van Den Berg (Preston, season-long loan), Marko Grujic (Porto, £10.5m), Taiwo Awoniyi (Union Berlin, £6.5m), Harry Wilson (Fulham, £12m), Ben Davies (Sheffield United, season-long loan), Leighton Clarkson (Blackburn, season-long loan), Ben Woodburn (Hearts, season-long loan), Rhys Williams (Swansea, season-long loan).

Manchester City

In: Jack Grealish (Aston Villa, £100m), Scott Carson (Derby, free).

Out: Sergio Aguero (Barcelona, free), Eric Garcia (Barcelona, free), Jack Harrison (Leeds, £11m), Lukas Nmecha (Wolfsburg, undisclosed), Callum Doyle (Sunderland, loan), Matt Smith (Hull, loan), Ben Knight (Crewe, season-long loan), Morgan Rogers (Bournemouth, season-long loan), Claudio Gomes (Barnsley, season-long loan).

Manchester United

In: Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund, £73m), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid, £34m), Tom Heaton (Aston Villa, free), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus, £12.86m).

Out: Daniel James (Leeds, £25m), Brandon Williams (Norwich, season-long loan), Andreas Pereira (Flamengo, season-long loan), Sergio Romero (released), Joel Pereira (released), Tahith Chong (Birmingham, season-long loan), Di’Shon Bernard (Hull, season-long loan), Max Taylor (Rochdale, free), Facundo Pellistri (Alaves, season-long loan), Axel Tuanzebe (Aston Villa, season-long loan), Ethan Galbraith (Doncaster, season-long loan), Ethan Laird (Swansea, season-long loan), Joe Garner (Nottingham Forest, season-long loan), Dylan Levitt (Dundee United, season-long loan), D’Mani Mellor (Salford, season-long loan).


In: Joe Willock (Arsenal, £20m), Santiago Munoz (Santos Laguna, loan).

Out: Matty Longstaff (Aberdeen, season-long loan), Christian Atsu (Al-Raed, free), Henri Saivet (released), Andy Carroll (released), Florian Lejeune (Alaves, undisclosed), Lewis Cass (Port Vale, loan), Kell Watts (Wigan, loan), Jake Turner (Colchester, loan), Ludwig Francillette (Crawley, free).


In: Milot Rashica (Werder Bremen, £11m), Angus Gunn (Southampton, £5m), Dimitris Giannoulis (PAOK, £7.5m), Ben Gibson (Burnley, £8m), Billy Gilmour (Chelsea, season-long loan), Pierre Lees-Melou (Nice, £3.5m), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen, undisclosed), Christos Tzolis (PAOK, £8.8m), Brandon Williams (Manchester United, season-long loan), Mathias Normann (Rostov, season-long loan), Ozan Kabak (Schalke, season-long loan).

Out: Emiliano Buendia (Aston Villa, £33m), Jordan Hugill (West Brom, season-long loan), Onel Hernandez (Middlesbrough, season-long loan), Alexander Tettey (Rosenborg, free), Mario Vrancic (Stoke, free), Josip Drmic (Rijeka, season-long loan), Sam McCallum (QPR, season-long loan), Danel Sinani (Huddersfield, season-long loan), Marco Stiepermann, Orjan Nyland, Moritz Leitner (released), Louis Thompson (Portsmouth, free), Tyrese Omotoye (Leyton Orient, season-long loan), Daniel Adshead (Gillingham, season-long loan).


In: Adam Armstrong (Blackburn, £15m), Romain Perraud (Brest, £10.8m), Theo Walcott (Everton, free), Armando Broja (Chelsea, season-long loan), Lyanco (Torino, undisclosed), Tino Livramento (Chelsea, £5m).

Out: Jannik Vestergaard (Leicester, £15m), Wesley Hoedt (Anderlecht, free), Angus Gunn (Norwich, £5m), Josh Sims (released), Ryan Bertrand (Leicester, free), Mario Lemina (Nice, £4.9m), Danny Ings (Aston Villa, undisclosed), Will ferry (Crawley, loan), Callum Slattery (Motherwell, undisclosed), Dan Nlundulu (Lincoln, loan), Alex Jankewitz (Young Boys, undisclosed).


In: Bryan Gil (Sevilla, £26m/part-exchange), Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta, season-long loan), Cristian Romero (Atalanta, £42.5m), Pape Matar Sarr (Metz, undisclosed), Emerson Royal (Barcelona, £25.8m).

Out: Moussa Sissoko (Watford, £3m), Paulo Gazzaniga (Fulham, free), Danny Rose (Watford, free), Juan Foyth (Villarreal, £13.5m), Erik Lamela (Sevilla, part-exchange), Toby Alderweireld (Al-Duhail, £4.2m), Joe Hart (Celtic, £1m), Troy Parrott (MK Dons, loan), Jamie Bowden (Oldham, loan), Jubril Okedina (Cambridge, undisclosed), Dennis Cirkin (Sunderland, undisclosed), TJ Eyoma (Lincoln, undisclosed), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic, season-long loan).


In: Imran Louza (Nantes, £9m), Joshua King (Everton, free), Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge, £3.6m), Kwadwo Baah (Rochdale, £125,000), Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough, free), Danny Rose (Tottenham, free), Dapo Mebude (Rangers, free), Peter Etebo (Stoke, season-long loan), Juraj Kucka (Parma, undisclosed), Ozan Tufan (Fenerbahce, season-long loan).

Out: Troy Deeney (Birmingham, free), Will Hughes (Crystal Palace, £6m), Craig Dawson (West Ham, £2m), Ben Wilmot (Stoke, £1.5m), Carlos Sanchez (released), Ignacio Pussetto (Udinese, season-long loan), Adalberto Penaranda (Las Palmas, season-long loan), Dapo Mebude (AFC Wimbledon, loan), Daniel Phillips (Gillingham, loan), Tiago Cukur (Doncaster, loan), Pontus Dahlberg (Doncaster, loan), Philip Zinckernagel (Nottingham Forest, season-long loan), Tom Dele-Bashiru (Reading, loan), Joseph Hungbo (Ross County, season-long loan), Isaac Success (Udinese, undisclosed), Mattie Pollock (Cheltenham, season-long loan).

West Ham

In: Craig Dawson (Watford, £2m), Alphonse Areola (Paris St Germain, loan), Nikola Vlasic (CSKA Moscow, £26.8m), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea, £29.8m), Alex Kral (Slavia Prague, season-long loan).

Out: Fabian Balbuena (Dynamo Moscow, free), Felipe Anderson (Lazio, £2.7m), Nathan Trott (Nancy, season-long loan), Nathan Holland (Oxford, loan), Frederik Alves (Sunderland, season-long loan), Mipo Odubeko (Huddersfield, season-long loan), Conor Coventry (Peterborough, season-long loan).


In: Yerson Mosquera (Atletico Nacional, £4.6m), Francisco Trincao (Barcelona, season-long loan), Rayan Ait-Nouri (Angers, £10m), Jose Sa (Olympiakos, £6.8m), Bendeguz Bolla (Fehervar, £1.8m), Hwang Hee-chan (RB Leipzig, season-long loan).

Out: Rafa Mir (Sevilla, £15m), Ruben Vinagre (Sporting, season-long loan), Rui Patricio (Roma, £10.3m), Bendeguz Bolla (Grasshoppers, season-long loan), Theo Corbeanu (Sheffield Wednesday, loan), Matija Sarkic (Birmingham, loan), Dion Sanderson (Birmingham, loan), Ryan Giles (Cardiff, loan), Taylor Perry (Cheltenham, loan), Austin Samuels (Aberdeen, season-long loan).