Arsenal swoop in for Ozil, Man United sign up Fellaini
By Tom Williams ,AFPLONDON -- Arsenal smashed their transfer record by luring German playmaker Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid on Monday, while Manchester United made a late move to sign Marouane Fellaini from Everton.
September 4, 2013, 2:20 am TWN
Amid dizzying activity in the closing hours of the close-season transfer window, Arsenal grabbed the headlines with a sensational swoop for Ozil worth a reported fee of 42.4 million pounds (US$66 million).
The move came on the day that Gareth Bale was presented as a Madrid player after leaving Arsenal's arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of around 80 million pounds, paving the way for Ozil's exit.
Arsenal said Ozil had signed a “long-term contract,” with a reported duration of five years, after he underwent a medical examination in Munich.
“We are extremely pleased to have signed Mesut Ozil,” said long-serving Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who had come under pressure from the club's fans to deliver a major signing.
Arsenal, who had never previously spent more than 15 million pounds on a player, also announced the signing of 27-year-old Italy international goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano from Palermo on a season-long loan.
Ozil's transfer was the most significant development on a day when gross spending by Premier League clubs during the close-season transfer window surpassed 500 million pounds for the first time, according to financial consultants Deloitte.
After a frustrating first summer as United manager, David Moyes brought in Belgian midfielder Fellaini, with whom he worked at Everton, in a deal worth 27.5 million pounds.
“Manchester United is delighted to announce the signing of Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini from Everton,” said a statement on United's website.