If you were waiting up late and gave up waiting for confirmation of Falcao’s arrival at Manchester United, then console yourself with the knowledge that the club didn’t make an official announcement on their Twitter account until 1.30am.
The Monaco striker was given the number 9 shirt that has been vacant since the departure of Dimitar Berbatov. He took to his Instagram page to ‘thank God’ for the transfer and has been widely quoted in the media as saying the following. “It’s a dream come true to join a club like Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world. I’ve always dreamt about playing for one of the truly great teams and winning lots of trophies. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you can’t turn that down. I’m a huge fan of English football and watch it whenever I can. Now the reality is I’m going to play there.” Later on, the striker told MUTV, “Yes, I want to say thank you (to the fans) because I have read a lot of messages from them. And I hope I can give them a lot of happiness, goals and titles.”
Falcao signs for a year on loan initially with a view to a permanent move. Wages rumoured to be around £345,000 are actually supposedly closer to the £200,000 mark.
Ajax utility man Daley Blind – who impressed for Holland in the World Cup and was last night awarded the Eredivisie Player Of The Year – also completed his move earlier in the day.
There were some outgoings. Michael (or Mike) Keane has joined Burnley on loan while there were two slightly disappointing departures. Tom Lawrence, who made his debut at the end of last season, has signed for Leicester City, and Nick Powell has gone to the Foxes on loan.
Danny Welbeck has signed a permanent deal at Arsenal for a fee believed to be £16m. There was a loan move heavily rumoured earlier in the day but then it transpired that Welbeck had asked to move on a permanent basis. Welbeck scored 29 goals in 142 appearances at United.