Robinho joins AC Milan on transfer deadline day
Europe’s top clubs mostly skipped the chance to make their final
signings until 2011, but AC Milan was involved in Tuesday’s biggest
deals with Manchester City misfit Robinho added to a formidable
forward line and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar sold to Schalke.
German club Schalke was one of the continent’s busiest clubs
with midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado and defender Nicolas Plestan
also joining Huntelaar on deadline-day.
Several World Cup stars used their enhanced reputations to
switch across the globe, with Ghana forward Asamoah Gyan leaving
Rennes for Premier League side Sunderland, while Netherlands
midfielder Rafael van der Vaart was closing in on a late move to
Tottenham from Real Madrid.
But Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Manchester United,
Chelsea and Arsenal all resisted the chance to make any late
additions to their squads, reflecting the frugality that has hit
the once-frenzied last day of summer trading.
In the Premier League alone, spending was down by 100 million
pounds ($153 million) from 2009 summer window, although Manchester
City’s spree accounted for more than a third of the 350 million
pounds splurged since the end of last season.
England captain Rio Ferdinand dubbed it the ”recession
”Transfer deadline day was dead,” the Manchester United
defender posted on Twitter. ”I was anticipating some crazy last
day bonanza deals but got nothing of the sort!”
Two years ago, deadline-day was set alight by underachieving
Manchester City being bought by a wealthy Abu Dhabi sheik, who
immediately bankrolled the audacious signing of Robinho from Real
The 32.5 million-pound British record capture provided the
statement of intent required by Sheik Mansour, but he failed to
adapt to life in England and went sent out on loan to Brazilian
club Santos in January.
Milan reportedly paid ?15 million to secure Robinho’s services
on a four-year deal. He will be competing for a starting spot
alongside newly signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ronaldinho and Alexandre
Pato as Milan looks to end Inter Milan’s five-year reign as Serie A
”Our goal has to be to win very important titles,” Robinho
said. ”All the Brazilians on the team will give me a big hand
inserting myself into the squad. I hope to create a lot of history
for this club.”
The 26-year-old Robinho’s arrival enabled Huntelaar to move to
Germany on a three-year contract.
Schalke manager Felix Magath, who is revamping the team by
releasing costly veterans, on Tuesday captured Plestan from Lille
on a three-year contract and midfielder Jurado from Atletico Madrid
on a four-year deal.
A hat trick of signings were also made by Premier League club
Birmingham, with midfielder Alexander Hleb picked up on a
season-long loan from Barcelona, Chile midfielder Jean Beausejour
joining on a three-year deal from Mexican side Club America and
Spartak Moscow defender Martin Jiranek signing a a one-year
Sunderland broke its transfer record to sign a new striker after
Fraizer Campbell was sidelined for at least six months after
rupturing knee ligaments.
American owner Ellis Short paid more than 13 million pounds for
the 24-year-old Gyan, whose World Cup goals helped Ghana reach the
quarterfinals for the first time.
Monaco forward Eidur Gudjohnsen is returning to the Premier
League after spending part of last season at Tottenham, joining
Stoke on a season-long loan. The central England club also secured
former Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant for six months from Real
Liverpool was alone among England’s traditional ”Big Four” in
spending on Tuesday, with defender Paul Konchesky joining from
manager Roy Hodgson’s former club Fulham on a four-year
Konchesky’s arrival was swiftly followed by 21-year-old
Argentine left-back Emiliano Insua leaving Anfield for Galatasaray
on a season-long loan with an option to make the deal
Joseph Yobo is also moving to Turkey from Merseyside on a
similarly structured deal, with Everton releasing the Nigeria
captain to Fenerbahce.
Tottenham was hoping to pull off the late capture of Van der
Vaart, with manager Harry Redknapp hoping the paperwork was lodged
with the Premier League in time.
Redknapp claimed the 27-year-old Van der Vaart had been set to
join Bayern Munich for 18 million pounds but the move broke
The most high-profile arrival in Spain was David Trezeguet’s.
The former France striker agreed a two-year deal with promoted
Hercules in his first foray into La Liga after 10 seasons with
Valencia brought Marius Stankevicius in on loan from Sampdoria
to fill the void left by departed defenders Carlos Marchena and
Alexis Ruano, which it sold to Sevilla last week.
In France, Lyon signed Senegal defender Pape Diakhate on a
one-year loan contract