Ronaldo seals return to Manchester United

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A fee of €15 million ($24 million) will be paid to Juventus over five years. That could be increased by €8 million depending on specific performance objectives achieved by Ronaldo, who has signed the two-year contract with the option to extend for a further year.

“I can’t even start to explain my feelings right now, as I see my return to Old Trafford announced worldwide,” Ronaldo wrote.

“It’s like a dream come true, after all the times that I went back to play against Man United, and even as an opponent, to have always felt such love and respect from the supporters in the stands. This is absolutely 100% the stuff that dreams are made of!”

Ronaldo’s debut could come against Newcastle on September 11, the day the Premier League resumes after the international break.

With a striker not a priority until Ronaldo became available, United has found itself with a squad overloaded with attacking players. That has prompted the club to let right winger Daniel James leave, with the Wales international joining Leeds for a reported £25 million ($18 million).

James came close to joining Leeds in 2019 before United made a late move to sign him. He played 74 games in all competitions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team, scoring nine goals.

A number of other teams were looking to reshape their squads on transfer deadline day, too.

Pay cuts at Barca to register Aguero

Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba have taken pay cuts at Barcelona to allow the team to register Sergio Aguero to play in the Spanish league, the Catalan club said.

They follow another senior player, Gerard Pique, in taking a salary reduction to enable their financially troubled club to register new players and fit into the league’s strict financial fair play regulations.

Barcelona, which recently announced its debt at €1.35 billion, was unable to keep Lionel Messi because of financial regulations. Messi signed for Paris Saint-Germain but Aguero, his fellow Argentina international, will be free to play for Barcelona once he recovers from a calf injury.

The 33-year-old Aguero was signed in July as a free agent from Manchester City.

West Ham signed Croatia attacking midfielder Nikola Vlasic on a five-year deal from CSKA Moscow to give the London club more options up front for their Europa League run. It comes two days after West Ham signed centreback Kurt Zouma from Chelsea.

Other completed deals saw Brighton buy leftback Marc Cucurella from Spanish team Getafe and Wales defender Connor Roberts join Burnley from second-tier Swansea.

Arsenal – currently last on the Premier League ladder – agreed to end Willian’s contract two years early so he could join Corinthians in Brazil.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, meanwhile, signed a contract extension through to 2025. The 31-year-old midfielder has 394 appearances since joining from Sunderland in 2011, scoring 30 goals and winning the Premier League, Champions League and Club World Cup.

AP

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