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Transfer Deadline Day: Eriksen returns to Premier League, Gunners give up Auba for FREE

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31st January, 2022
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Brentford have signed Denmark international Christian Eriksen as a free agent for the rest of this season while Arsenal have waved goodbye to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on a free to Barcelona.

Eriksen has not played since suffering a cardiac arrest in Denmark’s opening match of the European Championship against Finland in June and has been training with his former club Ajax Amsterdam to build up his fitness.

>The move was the first notable one of the transfer deadline day. 

Subsequently Burnley signed Netherlands striker Wout Weghorst from Wolfsburg to replace New Zealander Chris Wood. He had left for Newcastle earlier in the window.

The 29-year-old Eriksen’s former club Inter Milan terminated his contract in December because the heart starter device that he had implanted is not permitted in Serie A.

Eriksen played 26 games for Inter as they won the Italian top-flight title in 2021 for the first time in 11 years.

“I am looking forward to working with Christian again. It has been a while since I last coached him and a lot has happened since then,” Brentford head coach Thomas Frank, who worked with the player at Denmark Under-17 level, said.

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“We have taken an unbelievable opportunity to bring a world-class player to Brentford.

“He hasn’t trained with a team for seven months but has done a lot of work on his own.

“He is fit but we will need to get him match fit and I am looking forward to seeing him work with the players and staff to get back towards his highest level.”

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Former Tottenham Hotspur player Eriksen was given the green light by doctors last month to resume his playing career.

Eriksen, capped 109 times by Denmark, said this month that he intended to return to football to play for Denmark at the World Cup.

Weghorst, who scored 59 goals in 118 Bundesliga games since a 2018 arrival from Alkmaar, cost Burnley £12m ($A23 m), around half the fee they received from Newcastle for Wood.

At 6ft 6in the Dutchman, 29, appears a direct replacement. Burnley manager Sean Dyche said: “Wout is a player that our scouts have been strong on for some time and we feel that he can add to all that we do at Burnley.

“His signing is a continued show of the club’s and team’s development.”

Aubameyang was having a medical at Barcelona after the club agreed a free-transfer signing from Arsenal.

The 32-year-old Gabon striker has not played for the Gunners since a disciplinary breach in December.

He has scored 92 goals in 163 games since a £56m arrival from Borussia Dortmund in 2018.

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Barcelona feared the move was dead earlier on transfer deadline day even though Aubameyang had flown to Spain.

He had also been linked with a switch to Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr.

The former Arsenal captain will sign a one-and-a-half-year deal at the Nou Camp and it will save the Gunners around £15m in wages.

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