Football: Arsenal swoop for Ozil, United sign Fellaini

Football: Arsenal swoop for Ozil, United sign Fellaini

LONDON - Arsenal smashed their transfer record by luring German playmaker Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid on Monday, while Manchester United made a late move to sign Marouane Fellaini from Everton.

Amid dizzying activity in the closing hours of the close-season transfer window, Arsenal grabbed the headlines with a sensational swoop for Ozil worth a reported fee of £42.4 million ($66 million, 50 million euros, S$84.2 million).

The move came on the day that Gareth Bale was presented as a Madrid player after leaving Arsenal's arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of around £80 million, paving the way for Ozil's exit.

Arsenal said Ozil had signed a "long-term contract," with a reported duration of five years, after he underwent a medical examination in Munich.

"We are extremely pleased to have signed Mesut Ozil," said long-serving Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who had come under pressure from the club's fans to deliver a major signing.

"We have watched and admired him for some time as he has all the attributes I look for in an Arsenal player."

Ozil told the Arsenal website: "I am thrilled to be joining a club of the stature of Arsenal and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League."

Arsenal, who had never previously spent more than £15 million on a player, also announced the signing of 27-year-old Italy international goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano from Palermo on a season-long loan.

Ozil's transfer was the most significant development on a day when gross spending by Premier League clubs during the close-season transfer window surpassed £500 million for the first time, according to financial consultants Deloitte.

After a frustrating first summer as United manager, David Moyes brought in Belgian midfielder Fellaini, with whom he worked at Everton, in a deal worth £27.5 million.

"Marouane Fellaini has moved to Manchester United for a £27.5 million fee," Everton said in a statement.

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