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Manchester United shocked the football world on Friday by securing the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the world’s two greatest players. The English Premier League transfer window ends at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, August 31, and there is bound to be a frenzied batch of last-minute deals.
The two best players in the world – Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – both played during this summer’s transfer window.
Messi joined Paris St Germain from Barcelona earlier this month and Ronaldo, now 36, underwent a medical exam and signed a two-year contract to return to United, with whom he won eight major trophies between 2003 and 2009.
United have only paid Juventus € 15million (£ 12.85million) for a player who has scored 551 goals since leaving the club in 2009.
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Cristiano Ronaldo, playing for Manchester United
Juventus quickly moved to replace him ahead of time with a budget signing – Moise Kean from Everton, who joined on a two-year loan.
Kean, 21, who was sent off in his last game for Everton last week, scored 13 goals in 26 games while on loan at Paris St Germain last season but started his career at Juventus.
One of the first contracts of the day saw West Ham – undefeated in three games this season – signing Croatian international midfielder Nikola Vlasic from CSKA Moscow to a £ 26million contract.
Welcome to West Ham United, Nikola Vlasic! ✍️
– West Ham United (@WestHam) August 31, 2021
The West Ham manager turned to Vlasic after giving up on bringing back Jesse Lingard, who secured a successful loan from Manchester United last season.
Brighton has spent £ 15million on Spain international defender Marc Cucurella of Getafe. Cucurella, 23, was part of the Spain team that won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Cucurella will fly to England today to sign his contract. Announcement soon. pic.twitter.com/vGYsd9aFER
-Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 30, 2021
Another player who impressed at Euro 2020 is defender Connor Roberts, 25, who impressed for Wales before suffering an injury in his loss to Denmark. Roberts moved from Swansea to Premier League minnows Burnley.
Among the moves later expected, Tottenham signed Barcelona defender Emerson for £ 25million and striker Odsonne Edouard left Celtic for £ 15million.
Leeds United – who have done very little business over the summer – are also said to be on the verge of making a late blow for Manchester United’s Daniel James.
The Welsh winger, who will struggle to find playing time with the arrival of Jadon Sancho, is reportedly costing them around £ 30million.
As the Premier League window closes on Tuesday night, the rest of Europe can continue negotiating for a bit longer and it remains to be seen whether Real Madrid will be able to offer enough money to lure Kylian Mbappe. far from Paris St Germain. The French club rejected an offer of £ 137million earlier this month.