Danny Welbeck to Arsenal latest: Striker closes in on £17m switch from Manchester United

Welbeck is expected to sign a five-year deal at the Emirates

Chief Football Correspondent

Arsenal expect to seal the permanent transfer of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United tonight for around £17m, with the player signing a five-year contract at the club.

READ MORE: Follow all the transfer news and updates on deadline day LIVE

The England international was at Arsenal’s training headquarters London Colney this morning and was watched closely during the morning by a key member of Arsene Wenger’s staff. The club were aware that Welbeck, 24, had other options but it was always the player’s preference to move to Arsenal, and on a permanent deal rather than a loan.

Welbeck will be back at Colney tomorrow morning with the England squad to train. He has been at United since the age of eight and played throughout the academy age groups. He has a Premier League winners’ medal from 2013 but has always struggled to claim for his own the central striker’s role, finding himself behind Wayne Rooney and, latterly, Robin Van Persie.

 

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Welbeck is the last deal of the window for Arsenal. The club have also sold defender Ignasi Miquel to Norwich City and sent Ryo Miyaichi on loan to FC Twente in the Netherlands.

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