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Lukaku deal at deadline

Reuters, MANCHESTER, England

Manchester United on Thursday succeeded in offloading striker Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan on a transfer deadline day that saw plenty of business, but few jaw-dropping deals from English Premier League clubs.

Belgian Lukaku, who spent two years with United after a £75 million (US$90.79 million) move from Everton, joined Inter for a fee reported to be about 80 million euros (US$89.63 million).

United had been keen to move on the forward who disappointed last season and whose style of play did not suit the approach being taken by Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

With United unable to sign a replacement, the pressure will be on 21-year-old England forward Marcus Rashford to deliver the goals in a more central role than he has previously operated.

Manchester United had already invested heavily to bring in centerback Harry Maguire from Leicester City for £80 million, making him the most expensive defender in the world.

Solskjaer has also added rightback Aaron Wan-Bissaka and winger Dan James, while some fringe players might yet move out as the European transfer window remains open until Sept. 2.

Tottenham Hotspur famously spent nothing in the window a year ago before reaching the Champions League final, but tied up two deals for manager Mauricio Pochettino on deadline day.

Argentina midfielder Giovani Lo Celso joined from Spanish side Real Betis on a season-long loan with an option for a permanent switch.

Highly rated 19-year-old Ryan Sessegnon was bought from Fulham for a reported initial fee of £25 million — the left wing-back signing a five-year deal.

Arsenal were also active, spending a reported £25 million on Celtic’s Scotland leftback Kieran Tierney.

Arsenal also brought in Brazilian defender David Luiz from Chelsea for about £8 million, but forward Alex Iwobi joined Everton in a deal reportedly worth £28 million.

Former England striker Andy Carroll has rejoined his boyhood club Newcastle United eight-and-a-half years after leaving them to join Liverpool in a then-British record transfer.

The injury-plagued 30-year-old was a free agent after being released by West Ham United at the end of last season.

Watford signed Senegal winger Ismaila Sarr from French club Rennes on a five-year deal for a club-record fee.

Watford did not disclose the cost, but French media reported it was about £32 million, eclipsing the £18.5 million the Hornets paid for forward Andre Gray in 2017.

Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who has struggled to get game time in the two years at Stamford Bridge since his move from Leicester, joined Burnley on a six-month loan.

Australia midfielder Aaron Mooy moved from second-tier Huddersfield Town, who were relegated from the top flight last season, to Brighton & Hove Albion on a season-long loan.

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