Manchester United have sold striker Danny Welbeck to Arsenal in a deal worth £16M.
The Manchester born striker has been disillusioned at his hometown club since last summer after becoming frustrated at his limited playing time in his preferred role as the central striker.
After it was revealed last month that Louis Van Gaal had told Welbeck he could leave the club, rumours were afoot about whether or not he would leave permanently or on loan. With the club then allowing Javier Hernandez to sign for Real Madrid on loan earlier today, there was talk he could stay. However with Manchester United completing the signing of Radamel Falcao from Monaco, Welbeck has been allowed to leave the club.
Sky Sports, BBC and countless other outlets are now reporting that Manchester United and Arsenal have agreed a £16M fee for the England international. Welbeck was already in London after training with the England squad and after the clubs agreed a deal he passed a medical and agreed terms with the FA Cup holders.
The £16M fee puts Welbeck 3rd in the clubs highest transfer fees received ever, behind just Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham.
Manchester United were reportedly unwilling to sell the player to a direct rival, but Welbeck has reportedly pushed the deal through as he wanted to a play for a team in the top six. Welbeck has been confirmed as Arsenal’s new No.23 after completing his move to the Emirates.