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Manic Monday sees clubs spend £800m with Welbeck and Falcao on the move

The spending finally stopped last night – but not before the £800m barrier had been well breached.

It was the biggest transfer window in football history, and it ended with Manchester United rushing to complete the sensational capture of Colombian superstar Radamel Falcao.

Some 24 hours earlier, it had looked like a straight fight between Manchester City and Arsenal for the world-class forward.

But United manager Louis van Gaal sneaked in under the radar, and late last night a one-year loan deal was being thrashed out between the 20-times top-flight champions and Monaco.

It's thought that the move for Falcao was prompted by fears that Robin van Persie will require surgery to correct a troublesome knee injury.

While Falcao was arriving at Old Trafford, Danny Welbeck was getting ready to move out courtesy of a £16m transfer to Arsenal.

Welbeck was a popular player with United fans but despite his undoubted skill and lightning pace, his finishing was poor and he never looked like delivering the number of goals United required from a front-line striker.

United had hoped to ship midfielder Tom Cleverley to Aston Villa, but that move fell through.

Out-of-favour Man City striker Alvaro Negredo, meanwhile, has joined Valencia on loan.

 

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