Newcastle United transfer U-turn & Man Utd snub confirmed as former Man City man signs four-year-deal

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Newcastle United and Manchester United have officially missed out on signing the defender.

Chelsea have completed the signing of Tosin Adarabioyo after hijacking Newcastle United’s move for the out-of-contract defender.

The Magpies were favourites to sign Adarabioyo from Fulham after becoming the first club to table a contract offer before Chelsea swooped in and offered a bigger wage package.

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After accepting the Blues’ terms, the 26-year-old arrived back in West London from his holiday on Tuesday to undergo his medical. The Daily Mail then claimed Manchester United followed up their initial interest with a concrete proposal over the weekend but by that point, the 26-year-old had already agreed to join Chelsea.

As well as the financial side, sources in London say the appointment of Enzo Maresca was key to Adarabioyo’s decision. The pair know how each other work during their respective times at Manchester City.

Adarabioyo has penned a four-year-deal with Chelsea and will officially join on July 1.

“Chelsea is a huge club and this is a full-circle moment for me,” said Adarabioyo. “I was born three miles away from Stamford Bridge and made my professional debut there. I’m very excited and looking forward to helping push the club in the direction we want to go.”

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Co-sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart added: “We are delighted to bring Tosin to Chelsea. Throughout his career, he has showcased his maturity and defensive qualities and has gained a wealth of experience in the Premier League in recent seasons.

“He is ready to make the step up to Chelsea and work alongside the talented players in our squad. We look forward to Tosin joining up with us for pre-season.”

Penning a farewell message to Fulham, Adarabioyo added: “As a new chapter awaits, I’d just like to thank everyone at Fulham Football Club for the last 4 years. Together with the manager, staff, my teammates and supporters, we made some great memories that I’ll always hold fondly. I wish you all the best in the future.

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