Thursday 1 September 2016

Ins and outs: Reds transfer window round-up

Manchester United were busy in the summer transfer window of 2016 as Jose Mourinho shaped the squad for his first season in charge of the Reds.

The new boss made four stellar signings with Eric Bailly coming in to reinforce the defence followed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free from PSG to bolster the attack on July 1.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan completed his move from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee before the club announced the blockbuster deal to buy back Paul Pogba from Juventus on 8 August.

On the outgoing front, four players were released by the Reds at the end of last season.

Following a very public falling out with former manager Louis van Gaal, goalkeeper Victor Valdes joined newly promoted Middlesbrough after the Teesiders beat off a whole host of clubs to secure the Spaniard's signature.

Youth team keeper George Dorrington signed for Championship side Huddersfield Town following a trial period, while Oliver Rathbone linked up with League One Rochdale on a free. 

The fourth player released, Nick Powell, also moved into the Championship when he re-joined Wigan on a four year deal.

Three other departures on 12 July- Tyler Reid to Swansea, Ashley Fletcher to West Ham United and Joe Rothwell to Oxford United.
A day later, Irish centre-back Jimmy Dunne linked up with Burnley and youth team keeper Oliver Byrne's move to Championship Cardiff
was confirmed.

A first loan move was agreed when Uruguayan full-back Guillermo Varela accepted a season-long switch to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.
Adnan Januzaj agreed a temporary move to Sunderland with Reds team-mates Donald Love and Paddy McNair also joining David Moyes' Black Cats side on a £5.5 million permanent deal.

James Wilson also left on loan- this time to Derby County for the season- and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson quickly followed a couple of days later with a move to Molineux.

Fellow Academy graduate Tyler Blackett left for Reading and former United legend Jaap Stam and Andreas Pereira agreed to go to Granada on loan before Will Keane departed for Hull City on a permanent deal.

Deadline day proved to be relatively quiet, but Dean Henderson joined League Two side Grimsby on loan until January and fellow stopper Joel Castro Pereira made a move to Portuguese outfit Belenenses for the rest of the season.

Under 21 captain James Weir followed team-mate Keane in signing a three-year contract at Mike Phelan's newly promoted Hull City. 

United Ins and Outs- Summer 2016

IN: Eric Bailly (£25 million, Villarreal), Henrikh Mkhitaryan  (undisclosed, Borussia Dortmund), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Free agent, PSG), Paul Pogba (£89 million, Juventus)
OUT: Tyler Blackett (undisclosed, Reading), Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (loan, Wolves), Oliver Byrne (free agent, Cardiff City), George Dorrington (Released, Huddersfield),  Jimmy Dunne (free agent, Burnley), Ashley Fletcher (free agent, West Ham United), Dean Henderson (loan, Grimsby), Will Keane (£1.2 million, Hull City), Adnan Januzaj (loan, Sunderland), Donald Love, Paddy McNair (£5.5 million double deal, Sunderland), Andreas Pereira (loan, Granada), Joel Castro Pereira (loan, Belenenses), Nick Powell (released, Wigan Athletic), Oliver Rathbone (released, Swansea City), Tyler Reid (£1 million, Swansea), Joe Rothwell (undisclosed, Oxford), Victor Valdes (released, Middlesbrough), Guillermo Varela (loan, Eintracht Frankfurt), James Weir (undisclosed, Hull City), James Wilson (loan, Derby)

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