Christian Eriksen joins Brentford; Julian Alvarez signs with Manchester City

With a thumbs up for the camera, Christian Eriksen has revealed the squad for his return to football, almost eight months after collapsing following a cardiac arrest at the European Championship.

“I am pleased to announce that I have signed for Brentford Football Club,” Eriksen said in Monday’s social media video.

“I am excited to begin.”

It will be a remarkable return to the English Premier League for the Danish playmaker, who said he was essentially dead for five minutes after collapsing in the Euro 2020 opener against Finland.

The uplifting signing grabbed headlines on the final day of the January Premier League transfer window, which also saw Manchester City and Tottenham bring in internationals from South America, and Burnley land a much-needed striker in their bid to avoid relegation.

It was Eriksen who caught the eye, having signed with Brentford until the end of the season to secure a return to England, where he played with Tottenham until joining Inter Milan. two years ago and won Serie A.

The west London club will feel right at home. Eriksen, 29, is reunited with Thomas Frank, the Brentford manager who coached him when he played for the Denmark Under-17s. He will also be the ninth Dane in the club’s squad.

“We have taken an incredible opportunity to bring a world-class player to Brentford,” Frank said.

“He hasn’t trained with a team for seven months, but has done a lot of work on his own. He is in good shape but we will have to get him back into shape and I can’t wait to see him working with the players and the staff to get back to his best.

Frank will be hoping Eriksen will provide fresh impetus to an impressive side in their first-ever Premier League campaign, eight points above the relegation zone with 15 games remaining.

“At his best, Christian has the ability to dictate football games,” Frank said.
“He can find the right passes and is a goal threat. He also has a very, very good delivery from set pieces, both from corners and direct free kicks.

“He’s a player you can find with the ball, and he will find a solution to the problem in front of him.” Eriksen’s contract with Inter Milan was terminated by mutual agreement in December as Italian regulations prevented him from playing with the implantable cardioverter defibrillator that was fitted. He was recently training to get back in shape at Ajax, the Dutch club where he started his career.

Brentford said he would “respect Christian’s medical confidentiality” by not disclosing any further information beyond simply saying he recently received coronavirus vaccines which allow him to comply with the rules of entry into Britain.

Eriksen is expected to fly to London this week but will not train with Brentford immediately.

Alavarez joins Manchester City

Manchester City have another Argentinian striker on their books.

Julian Alvarez has signed a 5.5-year contract with River Plate, where he will remain on loan at least until July.

Alvarez could end up being the long-term replacement for City great Sergio Aguero, who left the club in the offseason after 10 years and has since retired.

“He’s able to operate in a number of attacking roles,” City director of football Txiki Begiristain said, “and we strongly believe he’s one of the best young attacking players in North America. South.” Alvarez, 22, played five times for Argentina and helped River win the domestic title last year when he scored 26 goals in all competitions for club and country.

Tottenham midfielder

Tottenham reshuffled the squad on a busy day.

There have been two additions from Juventus with Uruguayan midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur on contract until 2026 and Swedish winger Dejan Kulusevksi on an 18-month loan deal.

Four players have been offloaded, with Dele Alli leaving for Everton after seven years at Tottenham.

Tanguy Ndombele, who has been a disappointment since joining Tottenham from Lyon in 2019 for a club-record €60m ($67m), has returned to the French club. Lyon paid 1.42 million euros ($1.59 million) to loan him out with an option to sign him on a permanent move in June.

Bryan Gil, who has struggled for playing time since arriving from Sevilla in the offseason, is back in Spain at Valencia until the end of the season. Giovani Lo Celso has also been sent on loan to Villarreal.

Arsenal’s future

With Arsenal busy trying to release striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona, ​​the north London club have agreed a deal to sign Auston Trusty from Colorado Rapids.

The 23-year-old defender was immediately loaned to the American club, which is also owned by Stan Kroenke, until July.

Van Beek’s Escape

Frank Lampard’s first signing as Everton manager was bringing in Donny van de Beek on loan from Manchester United.

The 24-year-old Dutch midfielder has made just four Premier League starts – none this season – since signing by United in 2020 from Ajax.

Newcastle Quartet

Newcastle have signed defender Dan Burn from Brighton and full-back Matt Targett on loan from Aston Villa for the rest of the season.

It means five players moved to St. James’ Park in January at a cost of more than $120m as the club’s Saudi ownership took a toll in the first transfer window since it largely took over. control of the northeastern club in October.

Burnley’s new striker

Burnley have signed Dutch striker Wout Weghorst to lead their attack after being forced to sell Chris Wood to rival Newcastle two weeks ago.

Weghorst, who joins German side Wolfsburg, is a 6ft 6in (1.98m) striker with aerial qualities that should suit Burnley, who often use a direct long ball approach.

Wood left Burnley after Newcastle triggered the £25m ($34.5m) release clause in his contract. Burnley are in last place, three points behind second-bottom Newcastle and four points from safety.

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