Arsenal “categorically deny” move for Manchester United striker… then sign him anyway

Tottenham Hotspur had been favourites to sign Danny Welbeck last week although there were rumours that Arsenal and Everton were also keen on a loan move.

However, Arsenal were rivalling Manchester City to bring in Radamel Falcao as their priority signing. The striker has scored 155 goals in his last 200 games and was available on loan.

But Manchester United wrapped up a deal for the striker instead, meaning Arsenal were keen to bring Welbeck to the club. Reports suggested a loan move would cost £6m whilst a permanent deal would be worth £18m.

Sky Sports News reported that Welbeck was having a medical at Arsenal and the player’s agent went on talkSPORT confirming that offers had come in for the striker.

“There have been a few clubs in for Danny and they’re looking for loan deals with a view to buying, but Danny doesn’t want to go on loan,” he said. “He wants a straight transfer and he has every right to say that. In the last half an hour I have received some interest in a straight transfer which I’m going to speak to Manchester United about.”

However, Arsenal have released a statement to “categorically deny” the reports that Welbeck had underdone a medical with them and insist no deal is in place.

A few hours later, it was confirmed that Arsenal signed the Manchester United youth product for £18m.