Manchester United were the biggest climbers on transfer deadline day after completing the signing of Brazilian winger Antony from Ajax for an initial fee of €95m (£82.1m).
A deal was already in place between the two clubs, with United agreeing to potential surcharges of €5m (£4.3m), making Antony the fourth-most expensive signing in Premier League history.
He has signed a contract that runs until 2027 with an option for a further year and will follow Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen and Casemiro through the door this summer.
“This is an incredible moment in my career to join one of the most iconic clubs in the world,” the 22-year-old told United’s official website.
Antony scored 25 goals in 82 games in his two-and-a-half years at Ajax but is now looking forward to reuniting with United manager Erik Ten Hag, who left the Eredivisie club in the summer.
“Playing under Erik ten Hag at Ajax was perfect for me and my development,” added Antony.
“His style of football and coaching brings out the best in me and I am delighted with what he has told me about his plans and ambitions at Manchester.
“My time at Ajax has been fantastic and I will always be grateful for the trust they have shown in me, but now I am ready for the next challenge and can’t wait to join my new team-mates and do my part in making Manchester a success United.”
Antony, crowned nine times by Brazil, is United’s second most expensive signing – after the £89million paid for Paul Pogba in 2016 – and wasn’t the only signing at Old Trafford on deadline day.
Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has also joined United on a season-long loan with an option to make the move permanent to provide competition for David De Gea.
Manuel Akanji has his sights set on winning a silver medal in England after signing a five-year deal to complete his move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City.
City were believed to have had their summer deal wrapped up but returned to the market to add depth to defense after recent injuries to Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias and John Stones being the only fit center halves for Pep Guardiola.
The Premier League champions have reportedly paid £17million to sign the Switzerland international, who spent four seasons at Dortmund after joining from Basel in 2018.
“I’m really excited to be here and can’t wait to get started,” said Akanji, who has inherited the number 25 jersey vacated by former City captain Fernandinho this summer.
“City have been one of the best teams in Europe in recent seasons. They are brilliant to look at, play exciting football and compete for trophies year after year. So coming here feels like the perfect next step in my career.”
Leicester have signed the window for the first time in outfield when they announced the arrival of Belgium international Wout Faes from Reims.
Faes, 24, has signed a five-year deal at King Power Stadium to expand Brendan Rodgers’ defensive options following the sale of Wesley Fofana to Chelsea.
“It’s the dream step of my career and I’m very happy to be here,” said Faes, who came on as a substitute in a Nations League win against Poland in June.
“I’m making progress year after year and I hope I can continue to do that here. All facilities and knowledge are here to help me to become even better. I will have to work hard but I will give 100 percent to help the team.”
Leicester’s local rivals Nottingham Forest have had a contrasting summer to the Foxes, announcing their 19th signing in the form of Willy Boly from Wolves.
The Ivory Coast defender has signed a two-year deal at the City Ground, while manager Steve Cooper continues to strengthen his ranks.
Belgium midfielder Leander Dendoncker was another departure from Molineux after joining Aston Villa via the Midlands for an undisclosed fee.
Another newly promoted side at Fulham also expanded their options by taking the services of Paris St Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa on a season’s loan.
It was expected to be the start of a busy day for Marco Silva’s team and they confirmed the free transfer of ex-Chelsea and Arsenal forward Willian shortly after the announcement of Kurzawa’s capture.
However, according to owner Andrea Radrizzani, there was frustration for Leeds in the pursuit of Marseille striker Bamba Dieng.
Nice reportedly dealt a final blow to the Senegalese international with Radrizzani revealing his club had been “screwed up”.
Responding to a supporter named Ollie on Twitter, Radrizzani said: “It’s all good Ollie. Some of the madness of Deadline Day. We screwed it up, it happens to even the best.
“We made a great market, planned and implemented our goals at a very early stage. Keep going.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/manchester-city-martin-dubravka-manchester-united-england-nottingham-forest-b2157894.html Manchester United seal Antony and Martin Dubravka on deadline day