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PARIS -Ronaldinho, who left Barcelona for AC Milan, and Manchester City-bound Robinho were the two top names in football to have completed transfers during the summer.

PARIS -Ronaldinho, who left Barcelona for AC Milan, and Manchester City-bound Robinho were the two top names in football to have completed transfers during the summer.

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo and Andrei Arshavin of Zenit St Petersburg had been tipped for big-money moves but that came to nothing.

The transfer deadline passed at midnight yesterday, meaning players cannot now move clubs until the winter (northern hemisphere) transfer window opens in January.

Ronaldinho's move meant he could leave his wretched season at Barcelona behind him, where he was accused of showing more interest in night-time partying than what he was doing on the Nou Camp pitch.

But AC Milan's ß20million (about R226million) purchase of the 2005 European Footballer of the Year could prove a rebirth in the career of Ronaldinho, who teams up with Brazilian compatriots Kaka and Pato at the San Siro.

Andrei Shevchenko has also returned to AC Milan from Chelsea and the club looks set for an upswing in fortunes after a poor 2007-08 season.

Manchester City signed Robinho from Real Madrid for a fee of around ß42 million (about R475million), the English Premier League club confirmed yesterday.

Brazilian international Robinho agreed a four-year contract with Mark Hughes' side shortly before the close of the transfer window.

Juventus contented themselves with the ß22,8 million (about R258million) capture of Brazilian striker Amauri from Palermo as their top signing.

Coach Jose Mourinho was the big investment by Inter Milan who brought him in as a replacement for Roberto Mancini and their major signing of the season was made on Monday when they took on board FC Porto winger Ricardo Quaresma for around ß17million (about R192million).

Inter also landed Roma's Brazilian midfielder Mancini and Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari.

In Spain, Real Madrid bought Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart from Hamburg. Barcelona opened their wallet wide to pay for Daniel Alves, Alexander Hleb and Seydou Keita.

Though the top Spanish clubs often get the players they want, Manchester United's Christiano Ronaldo did not move to Madrid.

Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov, 27, agreed a four-year contract with United.

Manchester City had tried to lure Berbatov after having an offer accepted for the Bulgarian, but he opted to join the European champions.

Arsenal's Arsene Wenger brought in Marseille's midfield maestro Samir Nasri and defender Mikael Silvestre, also of France, from Manchester United.

Liverpool, however, splashed out ß24 million (about R270million) to buy Tottenham striker Roy Keane.

Chelsea's new coach Luiz Felipe Scolari brought in midfielder playmaker Deco.

Tottenham, very active in the transfer market this season, failed to land their sought-after target of Andrei Arshavin from Zenit St Petersburg. - Sapa-AFP


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