Man Utd sign Cavani, Telles and Traoré but miss out on Sancho and Dembélé

Arsenal pay €50m for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, United also add Pellistri

Manchester United have signed Edinson Cavani on a free transfer. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Manchester United have signed Edinson Cavani on a free transfer. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire


Manchester United signed Edinson Cavani on a free and Porto’s Alex Telles for €17 million but failed in their window-long targeting of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, with a move to loan Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembélé instead to fill the right-wing berth also unsuccessful on a busy deadline day.

The 33-year-old striker Cavani and Telles, a 27-year-old left back, took Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s major signings to three, Donny van de Beek having previously been bought for £35 million. Cavani will provide competition for Anthony Martial at No 9 and aid the development of 18-year-old Mason Greenwood.

Cavani said: “I look forward to continuing to write my little story inside the book of football and my focus has to remain the same as always – work, work, work. I have had a conversation with the manager and this has increased my desire to wear this beautiful shirt.”

Solskjær said: “He’ll bring energy, power, leadership and a great mentality but most importantly he’ll bring goals. He has had a brilliant career so far, winning trophies at almost every club he has played for, and he still has so much more to give at the highest level.”

Cavani has enjoyed a glittering career, claiming the Golden Boot in Ligue 1 and Serie A, having scored 341 goals at club level since moving to Palermo in 2007, 35 of these in the Champions League. At Paris Saint-Germain, his last club, Cavani won six league titles, his 200 goals making him their record goalscorer. In 2011 Cavani won the Copa America and has 50 goals in 116 appearances for Uruguay.

Going the other way was Chris Smalling, the defender sold to Roma, who filed the requisite paperwork with the Italian football association a minute before the 7pm deadline. The 30-year-old ended a decade at United with a transfer worth €15 million plus €5 million in add-ons, approximately negating the fee paid for Telles.

The bid to acquire Sancho finally ended as a result of Dortmund’s €120 million valuation being viewed as unrealistic by United owing to the coronavirus-affected market. But Solskjær may have been particularly disappointed in the move for Dembélé ending in failure and no other wide-right player being acquired because the United manager had identified the position as a priority when the window opened.

United also bought the 18-year-old Facundo Pellistri from Atlético Peñarol for about £10m and agreed a deal to sign another teenage winger, Atalanta’s 18-year-old Amad Traoré for €30 million plus add-ons, though he will not join until January. Traoré had been set to sign for Parma on loan – the club having announced so on their social media channels – before United made their move early on deadline day.

The Ivorian winger, who scored on his Serie A debut last season, is set to join United in January with a work permit pending. He has been on the bench for Atalanta’s three league games this season.

The Atalanta forward Papu Gómez recently said of Traoré: “He’s a future star, trust me. During our training sessions he plays like Messi! You can’t stop him, he’s unbelievable, our centre-backs have serious problems when Traoré is on the pitch . . . . he’s fantastic!”

Regarding Telles, Solskjær expressed contentment at the 27-year-old’s acquisition, the Brazilian agreeing a four-year contract with an option of a further one. “First and foremost I welcome Alex to United. He is a player we have been tracking for some time and his performances over the past few years are exactly what we are looking for,” the manager said.

“He is a fighter and a winner and will add real determination and competition to the squad. Alex has the qualities, both as a player and as a person, that we want here at Manchester United.”

Telles said: “To join a club with the prestige of Manchester United is a huge honour. You have to work hard to get to this moment in your career and now I am coming to this club I can promise I will give everything in my heart to be a success at Old Trafford.

“I won many trophies at Porto and I want to continue that at United. The manager has a clear plan and direction for this team and I can’t wait to pull on the famous shirt.”

United also announced the signing from Sochaux of the centre back Willy Kambwala, who will join the under-18s squad.

Arsenal signed Thomas Partey after Atletico Madrid announced the midfielder’s reported €50 million release clause was met by the Gunners with minutes to spare.

The 27-year-old Ghana international played 35 times last season for Atletico, who say the Gunners put in a bid that matched his release clause with 32 minutes remaining in the window.

“La Liga informed Atletico de Madrid at 11.28pm on Monday that Arsenal representatives have paid Thomas Partey’s release clause at the sports association’s headquarters,” a statement on Atletico’s website said.

“The player has therefore unilaterally terminated his contract with our club, which ran until June 30, 2023.”

Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira has moved in the opposite direction, joining the La Liga club on a season-long loan.

Partey has signed a long-term contract with the Gunners.

Manager Mikel Arteta said: “We have been watching Thomas for a while, so we’re now delighted to add such a high quality player to our squad.

“He is a dynamic midfielder with great energy. He brings a lot of experience from a top club that has competed at the highest level in La Liga and the Champions League for several years.

“We’re very impressed with his attitude and his approach to the game. He’s an intelligent footballer and we’re looking forward to him integrating into our system and contributing to the progress we’re building at the moment at the club.”

Another of Arsenal’s midfielders, Matteo Guendouzi, has signed for Hertha Berlin on a season’s loan. Guendouzi has been out of favour since June and Arteta, exasperated by various issues with the player, has been keen to move him on. Hertha are understood to have paid a loan fee but there is no obligation to buy.

Meanwhile, Republic of Ireland midfielder Josh Cullen has joined Belgian side Anderlecht for €880,000 on a permanent move from West Ham. The 24-year-old spent the last two seasons on loan at Charlton.

– Guardian and agencies

Full list of Premier League Ins & Outs


Ins: Pablo Mari (Flamengo, undisclosed), Cedric Soares (Southampton, free), Willian (Chelsea, free), Gabriel Magalhaes (Lille, undisclosed), Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid, loan), Alex Runarsson (Dijon, undisclosed), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, €50 million)

Outs: Konstantinos Mavropanos (Stuttgart, loan), Zach Medley (Gillingham, loan), Trae Coyle (Gillingham, loan), Matt Smith (Swindon, loan), Jordi Osei-Tutu (Cardiff, loan), Sam Greenwood (Leeds, undisclosed), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Roma, free), Ben Sheaf (Coventry, loan), Tyreece John-Jules (Doncaster, loan), Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa, undisclosed), Mark McGuinness (Ipswich, loan), Matteo Guendouzi (Hertha Berlin, loan), Lucas Torreira (Atletico Madrid, loan)

Aston Villa

Ins: Ben Chrisene (Exeter, undisclosed), Matty Cash (Nottingham Forest, £16 million), Ollie Watkins (Brentford, undisclosed), Emiliano Martinez (Arsenal, undisclosed), Bertrand Traore (Lyon, undisclosed), Ross Barkley (Chelsea, loan)

Outs: Matija Sarkic (Wolves, free), Callum O’Hare (Coventry, free), Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Pafos, free) James Chester (Stoke, free), Borja Baston (released), James Bree (Luton, undisclosed), Scott Hogan (Birmingham, undisclosed), Indiana Vassilev (Burton, loan), Mbwana Samatta (Fenerbahce, loan), Orjan Nyland (released)


Ins: Jensen Weir (Wigan, £500,000), Adam Lallana (Liverpool, free), Joel Veltman (Ajax, undisclosed), Zak Emmerson (Oldham, undisclosed), Lars Dendoncker (Club Brugge, free), Jan Paul Van Hecke (NAC Breda), Andi Zeqiri (Lausanne-Sport, undisclosed)

Outs: Ezequiel Schelotto (released), Beram Kayal (released), Archie Davies (Crawley, free), Lewis Freestone (Cheltenham, free), Anthony Knockaert (Fulham, undisclosed), George Cox (Fortuna Sittard, free), Warren O’Hora (MK Dons, loan), Taylor Richards (Doncaster, loan), Martin Montoya (Real Betis, undisclosed), Matt Clarke (Derby, loan), Ryan Longman (AFC Wimbledon, loan), Leo Ostigard (Coventry, loan), Aaron Mooy (Shanghai SIPG, undisclosed), Glenn Murray (Watford, loan), Shane Duffy (Celtic, loan), Tom McGill (Crawley, loan), David Button (West Brom, undisclosed), Dale Stephens (Burnley, undisclosed), Viktor Gyokeres (Swansea, loan), Alex Cochrane (Royal Union Saint-Gilloise, loan)


Ins: Will Norris (Wolves, undisclosed), Dale Stephens (Brighton, undisclosed)

Outs: Adam Phillips (Morecambe, loan), Ryan Cooney (Morecambe, loan), Joe Hart (Tottenham, free), Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle, free), Ben Gibson (Norwich, loan), Rhys Fenlon (Accrington, free)


Ins: Hakim Ziyech (Ajax, undisclosed), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig, undisclosed), Ben Chilwell (Leicester, undisclosed), Malang Sarr (Nice, free), Thiago Silva (PSG, free), Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen, £71 million), Edouard Mendy (Rennes, undisclosed)

Outs: Pedro (Roma, free), Willian (Arsenal, free), Nathan (Atletico Mineiro, undisclosed), Josh Grant (Bristol Rovers, free), Nicolas Tie (Vitoria Guimaraes, undisclosed), Mario Pasalic (Atalanta, undisclosed), Charlie Brown (Union SG, loan), Trevoh Chalobah (Lorient, loan), Ike Ugbo (Cercle Bruges, loan), Jamie Cumming (Stevenage, loan), Izzy Brown (Sheffield Wednesday, loan), Jamal Blackman (Rotherham, loan), Marc Guehi (Swansea, loan), Tariq Uwakwe (Accrington, loan), Ethan Ampadu (Sheffield United, loan), Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace, loan), Davide Zappacosta (Genoa, loan), Lewis Baker (Trabzonspor, loan), Conor Gallagher (West Brom, loan), Luke McCormick (Bristol Rovers, loan), Ross Barkley (Aston Villa, loan), Jon Russell (Accrington, loan), Tiemoue Bakayoko (Napoli, loan)

Crystal Palace

Ins: Nathan Ferguson (West Brom, free), Eberechi Eze (QPR, undisclosed), Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea, loan)

Outs: Jason Lokilo (Doncaster, free), Alexander Sorloth (RB Leipzig, undisclosed)


Ins: Niels Nkounkou (Marseille, free), Allan (Napoli, undisclosed), James Rodriguez (Real Madrid, undisclosed), Abdoulaye Doucoure (Watford, undisclosed), Ben Godfrey (Norwich, undisclosed), Robin Olsen (Roma, loan)

Outs: Kieran Dowell (Norwich, undisclosed), Morgan Schneiderlin (Nice, undisclosed), Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax, free), Cuco Martina (released), Oumar Niasse (released), Luke Garbutt (Blackpool, free), Leighton Baines (retired), Fraser Hornby (Reims, undisclosed), Morgan Feeney (Sunderland, free), Lewis Gibson (Reading, loan), Dennis Adeniran (Wycombe, loan), Moise Kean (Paris St Germain, loan), Theo Walcott (Southampton, loan)


Ins: Anthony Knockaert (Brighton, undisclosed), Antonee Robinson (Wigan, £2 million), Mario Lemina (Southampton, loan), Harrison Reed (Southampton, undisclosed), Alphonse Areola (Paris St Germain, loan), Kenny Tete (Lyon, undisclosed), Ola Aina (Torino, loan), Ademola Lookman (RB Leipzig, loan), Joachim Andersen (Lyon, loan), Tosin Adarabioyo (Manchester City, undisclosed)

Outs: Luca De La Torre (Heracles Almelo, free), Magnus Norman (Carlisle, free), Cody Drameh (Leeds, undisclosed), Marlon Fossey (Shrewsbury, loan), Martell Taylor-Crossdale (Colchester, loan), Alfie Mawson (Bristol City, loan), Steven Sessegnon (Bristol City, loan), Marcus Bettinelli (Middlesbrough, loan), Cyrus Christie (Nottingham Forest, loan), Jerome Opoku (Plymouth, loan)


Ins: Helder Costa (Wolves, £15 million), Illan Meslier (Lorient, undisclosed) Jack Harrison (Manchester City, loan), Joe Gelhardt (Wigan, undisclosed), Charlie Allen (Linfield, undisclosed), Cody Drameh (Fulham, undisclosed), Dani Van Den Heuvel (Ajax, free), Rodrigo (Valencia, undisclosed) Robin Koch (Freiburg, undisclosed), Sam Greenwood (Arsenal, undisclosed), Crysencio Summerville (Feyenoord, undisclosed), Diego Llorente (Real Sociedad, undisclosed), Raphinha (Rennes, free)

Outs: Ryan Edmondson (Aberdeen, loan), Kun Temenuzhkov (Real Union, loan), Laurens De Bock (Zulte Waregem, loan), Kun Temenuzhkov (Real Union, loan), Rafa Mujica (Real Oviedo, loan), Jordan Stevens (Swindon, loan), Bryce Hosannah (Bradford, loan)


Ins: Timothy Castagne (Atalanta, undisclosed), Cengiz Under (Roma, loan), Wesley Fofana (St Etienne, undisclosed)

Outs: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea, undisclosed), Andy King (released), George Thomas (QPR, free), Calvin Bassey (Rangers, free), Daniel Iversen (OH Leuven, loan), Bartosz Kapustka (Legia Warsaw, undisclosed), Ryan Loft (Scunthorpe, free), Viktor Johannson (Rotherham, free), George Hirst (Rotherham, loan), Josh ppiah (OH Leuven, loan), Darnell Johnson (Wigan, loan), Adrien Silva (Sampdoria, undisclosed), Rachid Ghezzal (Besiktas, loan), Josh Knight (Wycombe, loan)


Ins: Kostas Tsimikas (Olympiacos, €11.75 million), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich, €20 million), Diogo Jota (Wolves, €41 million)

Outs: Dejan Lovren (Zenit, undisclosed), Adam Lallana (Brighton, free), Andy Lonergan (released), Morgan Boyes (Fleetwood, loan), Adam Lewis (Amiens, loan), Shamal George (Colchester, free), Ovie Ejaria (Reading, undisclosed), Kai Mckenzie-Lyle (Cambridge, free), Sheyi Ojo (Cardiff, loan), Isaac Christie-Davies (Barnsley, free), Ki-Jana Hoever (Wolves, undisclosed), Taiwo Awoniyi (Union Berlin, loan), Loris Karius (Union Berlin, loan), Kamil Grabara (AGF Aarhus, loan), Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United, £23.5 million)

Manchester City

Ins: Ferran Torres (Valencia, £20.87 million), Nathan Ake (Bournemouth, £41 million), Pablo Moreno (Juventus, undisclosed), Scott Carson (Derby, loan), Ruben Dias (Benfica, £62 million), Aleix Garcia (Dinamo Bucharest, undisclosed)

Outs: Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich, undisclosed), David Silva (Real Sociedad, free), Claudio Bravo (released), Fisayo Dele-Bashiru (Sheffield Wednesday, undisclosed), Thierry Ambrose (Metz, undisclosed), Felix Correia (Juventus, undisclosed), Jack Harrison (Leeds, loan), Lukas Nmecha (Anderlecht, loan), Gavin Bazunu (Rochdale, loan), Angelino (RB Leipzig, loan), Yeboah Amankwah (Rochdale, loan), Jamie Bynoe-Gittens (Borussia Dortmund, undisclosed), Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica, £13.6 million), Daniel Grimshaw (Lommel, loan), Tosin Adarabioyo (Fulham, undisclosed).

Manchester United

Ins: Donny Van De Beek (Ajax, £34.1 million), Alex Telles (Porto, £13.5 million), Willy Kambwala (Sochaux, £3.6 million), Amad Diallo (Atalanta, undisclosed – will join in January), Edinson Cavani (PSG, free), Facundo Pellistri (Penarol, £9 million)

Outs: Angel Gomes (Lille, free), Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Oldham, free), George Tanner (Carlisle, free), Alexis Sanchez (Inter Milan, free), Ethan Hamilton (Peterborough, free), Tahith Chong (Werder Bremen, loan), Alex Fojticek (Blackpool, free), Matej Kovar (Swindon, loan), Joel Pereira (Huddersfield, loan), Demetri Mitchell (Blackpool, free), Dylan Levitt (Charlton, loan), Kieran O’Hara (Burton, free), Andreas Pereira (Lazio, loan), Diogo Dalot (AC Milan, loan), Chris Smalling (Roma)


Ins: Mark Gillespie (Motherwell, undisclosed), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley, free), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth, undisclosed), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth, free), Jamal Lewis (Norwich, undisclosed), Rodrigo Vilca (Deportivo Municipa, undisclosed)

Outs: Jake Turner (Morecambe, loan), Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest, free), Rob Elliot (released), Jamie Sterry (released), Victor Fernandez (Viitorul Constanta, free), Tom Allan (Accrington, loan), Freddie Woodman (Swansea, loan), Kelland Watts (Plymouth, loan), Mo Sangare (Accrington, loan), Dan Barlaser (Rotherham, undisclosed)

Sheffield United

Ins: Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth, £18.5 million), Wes Foderingham (Rangers, free), Jayden Bogle (Derby, undisclosed), Max Lowe (Derby, undisclosed), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea, loan), Oliver Burke (West Brom, undisclosed), Rhian Brewster (Liverpool, £23.5 million)

Outs: Jake Young (Forest Green, free), Callum Gribbin (Barrow, free), Jake Eastwood (Kilmarnock, loan), Leon Clarke (Shrewsbury, free), Mark Duffy (Fleetwood, free), Luke Freeman (Nottingham Forest, loan), Marcus Dewhurst (Carlisle, loan), Rhys Norrington-Davies (Luton, loan), Regan Slater (Hull, loan), Callum Robinson (West Brom, undisclosed)


Ins: Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham, undisclosed), Mohammed Salisu (Real Valladolid, £10.9 million), Ibrahima Diallo (Brest, undisclosed), Theo Walcott (Everton, loan)

Outs: Mohamed Elyounoussi (Celtic, loan), Cedric Soares (Arsenal, free), Kornelius Hansen (Stabaek, undisclosed), Maya Yoshida (released), Tyreke Johnson (Hartford Athletic, loan), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Tottenham, undisclosed), Mario Lemina (Fulham, loan), Harrison Reed (Fulham, undisclosed), Jack Ross (Walsall, free), Alfie Jones (Hull, free), Christoph Klarer (Fortuna Dusseldorf, undisclosed), Guido Carrillo (Elche, free), Wesley Hoedt (Lazio, loan), Sofiane Boufal (Angers, free)


Ins: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Southampton, undisclosed), Joe Hart (Burnley, free), Matt Doherty (Wolves, £15 million), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid, loan), Sergio Reguilon (Real Madrid, undisclosed) Carlos Vinicius (Benfica, loan)

Outs: Jan Vertonghen (Benfica, free), Michel Vorm (released), Troy Parrott (Millwall, loan), Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton, undisclosed), Timothy Eyoma (Lincoln, loan), Luke Amos (QPR, undisclosed), Oliver Skipp (Norwich, loan), Jack Roles (Burton, loan), Shilow Tracey (Shrewsbury, loan), Ryan Sessegnon (Hoffenheim, loan)

West Brom

Ins: Matheus Pereira (Sporting Lisbon, undisclosed), Cedric Kipre (Wigan, undisclosed), Grady Diangana (West Ham, £18 million), David Button (Brighton, undisclosed), Callum Robinson (Sheffield United, undisclosed), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit, free), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea, loan), Filip Krovinovic (Benfica, loan)

Outs: Nathan Ferguson (Crystal Palace, free), Finn Azaz (Cheltenham, loan), Ali Al-Habsi (released), Jack Fitzwater (Livingston, free), Kane Wilson (Forest Green, free), Josh Griffiths (Cheltenham, loan), Jonathan Leko (Birmingham, undisclosed), Alex Palmer (Lincoln, loan), Callum Morton (Lincoln, loan), Chris Brunt (Bristol City, free), Oliver Burke (Sheffield United, undisclosed), Rayhaan Tulloch (Doncaster, loan)

West Ham

Ins: Tomas Soucek (Slavia Prague, £19 million), Vladimir Coufal (Slavia Prague, £5.4 million)

Outs: Jeremy Ngakia (Watford, free), Carlos Sanchez (released), Pablo Zabaleta (released), Albian Ajeti (Celtic, £4.5 million), Jordan Hugill (Norwich, undisclosed), Roberto (Real Valladolid, free), Daniel Kemp (Blackpool, loan), Grady Diangana (West Brom, £18 million), Jack Wilshere (released), Josh Cullen (Anderlecht, €800,000), Xande Silva (Aris Thessaloniki, loan)


Ins: Matija Sarkic (Aston Villa, free), Fabio Silva (Porto, £35 million), Marcal (Lyon, undisclosed), Vitinha (Porto, loan), Ki-Jana Hoever (Liverpool, undisclosed), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona, £27.6 million), Rayan Ait-Nouri (Angers, loan)

Outs: Helder Costa (Leeds, £15 million) Elliott Watt (Bradford, undisclosed), Ryan Giles (Coventry, loan), Jordan Graham (Gillingham, free), Will Norris (Burnley, undisclosed), Morgan Gibbs-White (Swansea, loan), Matt Doherty (Tottenham, £15 million), Cameron John (Doncaster, undisclosed), Matija Sarkic (Shrewsbury, loan), Terry Taylor (Grimsby, loan), Benny Ashley-Seal (Northampton, undisclosed), Daniel Csoka (AFC Wimbledon, free), Diogo Jota (Liverpool, £41 million), Leo Bonatini (Grasshopper Club Zurich, loan), Ruben Vinagre (Olympiacos, loan)

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