Manchester United gets its forward, according to Fabrizio Romano of Sky Sports Italia. He's going to United on a loan with an obligation to buy, flying to England this weekend. A surprising move and really feels like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is just trying to take whatever he can get at this point to solve the striker situation.
The winter transfer window in Europe's big leagues has come and gone with transfer deadline day on Friday. The windows for the big five leagues closed at 6 p.m. ET, and while some moves may trickle in later that were completed before the window closed, it was a rather quiet day overall with no superstars switching teams as expected. A couple teams stood out for moves they made on Friday and the days leading up before the window closed. Here are a couple of the most active teams that had windows that could really shape their season.
United brought in Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes who is a highly-rated player with fine attacking ability. He's versatile in that he can play in the middle or as a secondary striker and gives the Red Devils the creativity it has been lacking.
But with Marcus Rashford injured, who will score the goals? Well, United hopes its second key move will fix that. Sky Sports is reporting that former Watford striker Odion Ighalo is joining United on loan from the Chinese Super League. The Nigerian international is a double digit scorer for mid-to-lower-table clubs but now gets his dream move to United. At worst, he adds a bit of depth but will be motivated to prove he can deliver and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is counting on it. Sky Sports says he'll fly to England this weekend.
Hertha Berlin, led by former U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, had a fantastic end to the window on paper by bringing in two strikers as the club aims to stay in the top flight. AC Milan's Krzysztof Piatek was headed for stardom after leaving Genoa for Milan in 2018 and quickly gave them 11 goals in 21 games. But just five goals in 20 games this season him saw him depart the San Siro with the eagerness to prove himself, with Hertha landing him for €27 million. Matheus Cunha of RB Leipzig is another player Klinsmann brought in that is full of potential, with the young Brazilian not getting quality minutes at the Bundesliga leaders. The team also added talented defensive midfielder Santiago Ascacibar at the beginning of the window.
Here are some of the notable, officially announced deals from the final days of the window.
- Friday: Barcelona signs Portuguese rising star Trincao
- Thursday: Krzysztof Piatek joins Hertha Berlin
- Thursday: Danny Rose heads from Tottenham to fellow Premier League side Newcastle
- Wednesday: Fernandes agrees to deal with Manchester United
- Wednesday: PSV winger Steven Bergwijn joins Tottenham
- Wednesday: Central defender Pablo Mari joins Arsenal from Flamengo
- Tuesday: Eriksen joins Inter Milan from Tottenham