Romelu Lukaku has left Manchester United for Inter Milan in a reported £74million deadline-day deal.
The Premier League club announced the Belgium striker’s departure two years after signing from Everton for £75million.
The 26-year-old scored 42 goals in 96 games for United but had been linked with a move away for most of the summer and he did not feature in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pre-season plans.
The former Chelsea forward, who had also been linked with Juventus, has signed a five-year deal with the Serie A club.
Elsewhere, Andy Carroll completed an emotional move back to boyhood club Newcastle.
The 30-year-old, a free agent following his release by West Ham at the end of last season, scored 31 goals in 80 league appearances for the Magpies before joining Liverpool for £35million in 2011.
Carroll’s career has been hampered by injuries since leaving St James’ Park and the Magpies were thought to have carefully examined his medical records before completing the one-year deal.
In other business on Tyneside, new boss Steve Bruce also signed Sweden full-back Emil Krafth from French side Amiens for a fee understood to be in the region of £5million.
Arsenal were set to pull off the surprise signing of David Luiz from Chelsea after agreeing a fee with their London rivals for the Brazilian defender.
The Gunners also landed highly-rated full-back Kieran Tierney on a long-term deal from Celtic.
Tottenham were also doing business and a season-long loan deal for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso was completed, while the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon moved from Fulham on a six-year deal.
Josh Onomah moved the other way.
Spurs had also been hoping to tie up a deal for Juventus’ Paulo Dybala, but the situation regarding the forward was proving more tricky owing to an issue with his naming rights.
Champions Manchester City signed former England goalkeeper Scott Carson, 33, on a year-long loan from Derby while Brighton secured the services of Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy on a similar season-long deal, with Mooy also signing a new deal with his parent club.
Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater moved to Burnley on loan but Everton looked to have failed to sign Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo.
Everton had also been linked with Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi and Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.
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The Paris Saint-Germain winger’s unrest at the French club is an open secret and a proposed return to La Liga is still on the cards. But he could be heading to the capital club, should PSG respond positively to Madrid’s opening bid.
Goal report that Florentino Perez is still a fan of the Brazilian and is willing to enter negotiations with an opening bid in excess of €100 million. There is a possibility that Ballon d’Or holder Luka Modric could be added in the deal.
Barcelona’s failure to sort out their wage structure by loaning out Philippe Coutinho has virtually eliminated them as possible suitors for Neymar. The Catalan side worked hard to get their record signing off their payroll in order to accommodate Neymar but are now reportedly behind their rivals in the race for the winger.
However, Madrid could also face complications in acquiring the player. To start with, it is unlikely that PSG will be willing to sell the player for less than €222 million, based on their response when Barcelona came knocking.
Also, it would take some convincing to buy the player who has his mind set on returning to Barcelona.
Manchester United have agreed a fee with Inter Milan for Romelu Lukaku while Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon are having medicals at Tottenham, PA understands.
Meanwhile, three Premier League clubs have announced transfer deadline day done deals, with West Ham signing Switzerland striker Albian Ajeti, Newcastle bringing in Sweden full-back Emil Krafth and Brighton recruiting French teenager Romaric Yapi.
It is understood that a fee of £73.7m has been agreed between United and Inter for Lukaku, following a £54m offer being rejected last month.
On Wednesday evening Lukaku’s agent Federico Pastorello posted a picture on Instagram of himself and the striker apparently headed to Italy, accompanied by the words: “Ready to take off …. direction Milano.”
And footage on social media appeared to show the player being welcomed to Milan by supporters in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Tottenham are closing in on deals for Real Betis attacker Lo Celso and Fulham full-back Sessegnon, with both understood to be having medicals on Thursday morning ahead of their respective transfers, and Spurs were also hoping to tie up a deal for Juventus striker Paulo Dybala.
The situation regarding Dybala is proving more tricky, owing to an issue with the player’s naming rights, and it seems increasingly unlikely that deal will happen before Thursday’s 5pm deadline for Premier League and Championship clubs.
Ajeti has joined West Ham from Basel on an initial four-year contract, with an option to extend for a further two seasons. The 22-year-old scored 14 league goals in each of the last two seasons for Basel.
Krafth, 25, has arrived at Newcastle from Amiens, putting pen to paper a four-year deal, and Brighton have signed 19-year-old fellow right-back Yapi from Paris St Germain.
Yapi is on a one-year deal, with a one-year extension option, and will initially link up with the Seagulls’ under-23 squad.
Amid the talk about other potential deals, it appeared David Luiz could move from Chelsea to Arsenal, with it is understood the defender had trained separately from the Blues’ first team on Wednesday and that the Gunners were pushing to sign him.
Arsenal were also reported to have agreed a fee with Celtic for Scotland full-back Kieran Tierney, and Manchester City were said to be close to signing Derby goalkeeper Scott Carson on loan.
In the Championship, Sheffield Wednesday announced the signing of Australia midfielder Massimo Luongo from QPR for an undisclosed fee, and Bristol City confirmed they had brought in Hungary midfielder Adam Nagy from Bologna.
It was understood Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah – who the Robins had been interested in – was expected to join Leeds on loan for the season.
Also, the Elland Road club announced they had signed France Under-20 goalkeeper Illan Meslier on a season-long loan from Ligue 2 side Lorient.
Charlton confirmed West Brom pair Sam Field and Jonathan Leko had joined them on loan, and Brentford have signed defender Dominic Thompson from Arsenal.