Arsenal Buys Ozil for Club-Record Sum; Man. United Gets Fellaini
Arsenal signed Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil for a club-record sum on the final day of European soccer’s trade period as Manchester United added Marouane Fellaini from Everton for 27.5 million pounds ($42.7 million).
Ozil, 24, will join the Gunners on a long-term contract, Arsenal said last night. The English Premier League soccer club didn’t disclose the terms of what it called a club record transfer fee, which the British Broadcasting Corp. reported was 42.4 million pounds.
“He is a great player, with proven quality at both club and international level,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said in a statement on the club’s website. “We have watched and admired him for some time as he has all the attributes I look for in an Arsenal player.”
Ozil, an attacking midfielder, made 159 appearances in three years for Real and won the league and Spanish cup. He’s scored 17 goals in 47 appearances for the German national team. Arsenal also acquired goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano on loan from Italian club Palermo for the rest of the season.
Before the signings of Ozil and Fellaini were announced, Deloitte LLP estimated that Premier League teams had spent a gross 535 million pounds in the pre-season transfer window, with a net spend of 345 million pounds. Ozil’s sale came a day after Real paid what the BBC said was a world record 100 million euros ($132 million) for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gareth Bale.
The Welsh winger was introduced by the nine-time European soccer champion to its fans yesterday after signing a six-year contract.
Real said it will pay 78 million pounds in a single installment, 2 million pounds less than the record 80 million pounds the Spanish club paid to Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo four years ago. Bale will be paid 300,000 pounds a week, the BBC added, without saying where it got the information.
As well as selling Ozil, the Spanish team let Kaka, the 2007 world player of the year, go back to Italian Serie A club AC Milan. The 31-year-old, who joined Real in 2009, agreed on a two-year contract with Milan shortly before 3 a.m. yesterday.
Manchester United completed the signing of Fellaini, 25, before the transfer window shut to make the midfielder David Moyes’s first major acquisition since replacing the retired Alex Ferguson as manager at the Premier League champion.
Everton responded to the loss of Fellaini by boosting its midfield with the 13 million-pound signing of Wigan Athletic’s James McCarthy, 22, and taking Manchester City’s Gareth Barry on a season-long loan. Everton also sold striker Victor Anichebe to West Bromwich Albion for as much as 6 million pounds and completed a season-long loan for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.
Liverpool, which currently leads the Premier League standings after winning its first three matches 1-0, also took a Chelsea forward on loan, bringing in Victor Moses for the remainder of the season.
The Reds said they also signed Tiago Ilori and Mamadou Sakho from Sporting Lisbon and Paris Saint-Germain, respectively, paying a combined fee of about 25 million pounds for the two central defenders, according to the BBC.
“I’m very pleased,” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers told his team’s website. “The window this summer has been very productive for us. Sakho was probably a surprise for many people because he was highly rated at PSG and a French international player.”
Italian striker Fabio Borini left Liverpool to join Sunderland on loan with ex-Reds defender Andrea Dossena also moving to the Stadium of Light from Napoli on a one-year deal.
West Brom said it broke its transfer record to sign Sunderland forward Stephane Sessegnon on a three-year contract.
Stoke City signed midfielder Stephen Ireland on a season-long loan from Aston Villa, which brought in Czech striker Libor Kozak from Lazio. Kozak, 24, was the top scorer in the Europa League last season with 10 goals.
Stoke also bought Marko Arnautovic from Germany’s Werder Bremen.
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