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