Deadline day: Dubravka joins Man Utd, Fulham sign former Chelsea ace
- The summer transfer window is coming to an end and several clubs across Europe are busy making final adjustments to their squads
- Manchester United have signed goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from Newcastle United
- Fulham has signed former Chelsea ace Willian and PSG midfielder Kurzawa in a deadline day rush-hour
Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on the final day of the 2022 summer transfer window.
The goalkeeper joins Manchester United on an initial one-year loan which the club have the option to make permanent, an option they will be obligated to take if he makes a certain number of Premier League appearances.
Reports indicate the Red Devils will pay a loan fee of around £2M, with the potential obligation to buy set at just £6m.
The Red Devils had earlier in the day confirmed the capture of Brazil international Antony from Ajax, with the Premier League club expected to pay an £81.3million (€95m) fee for the winger.
Dubravka joined Newcastle in 2018 from Czech side Sparta Prague and has since made 127 Premier League appearances for the Magpies, keeping 37 clean sheets, and was named Newcastle’s player of the year in the 2019-20 campaign.
However, the signing of Nick Pope from Burnley this transfer window pushed the Slovakia international down the pecking order and he has now made the switch to Old Trafford.
Dubravka will definitely be back-up to David de Gea, after United loaned out Dean Henderson to Nottingham Forest.
Upon signing, Dubravka told the club’s website as seen by SportsLeo: “To be joining Manchester United is a special moment in my career and I can’t wait to get started, and help the group achieve its ambitions.
Still in the Premier League, Fulham have confirmed the signing of former Chelsea playmaker Willian on a free transfer, as well as completing a loan move for Paris Saint-Germain’s Layvin Kurzawa.
Willian, who left Corinthians in August after receiving death threats, had re-joined the Brazilian side last year when he had his contract with Arsenal terminated.
The 34-year-old only spent a year at Emirates Stadium, having failed to come close to replicating the success he enjoyed in a seven-season stint at Chelsea.
Willian, who has penned a one-year deal, has now made the return to London with Fulham, who have enjoyed a bright start to the Premier League season under Marco Silva.
Willian marked Fulham’s second acquisition of the final day of the transfer window, following on from Kurzawa.
The French left-back has signed on loan for the remainder of the season.
“I feel very, very happy to be here. It’s a family here, everyone is very cool,” said Kurzawa. “I’ve watched every Fulham game this season, and I can’t wait to play with this team.”
Fulham are reportedly in talks with Leeds United to sign winger Daniel James before the deadline, while also targeting PSV striker Carlos Vinicius, who spent the 2020-21 season on loan at Tottenham, but a deal is unlikely to happen considering time left in the summer transfer window.