As has been widely reported United last night confirmed the signing of Joelinton from Hoffenheim for a fee reported to be between £35-40m. Having sold Andy Carroll for a similar fee in 2012, the club now appears to have re-invested that money after seven years. More recently, United sold Ayoze Perez to Leicester for £30m.

Joelinton is United’s record signing and breaks the £20m fee paid for Miguel Almiron in January, prior to which the £17m paid for Michael Owen in 2005 had stood for 14 years.

Having lost strikers Perez, Rondon and Joselu, United have replaced one of that trio. United have also lost Kenedy who has returned to his parent club, Chelsea after a pretty dreary season long loan. United also lost Mo Diame earlier in the summer as well.

The player appears to have been scouted and researched by Steve Nicksen, Head of Recruitment at United. The signing clearly had the support of Lee Charnley and appears to be motivated by the potential sell-on value. The 22-year-old Brazilian has spent time on loan at Rapid Vienna.

Its inconceivable that Steve Bruce could have been seriously involved in this signing. Joelinton had been suggested to Rafa Benitez but the former Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Valencia and Liverpool manager felt he was over-valued. We’re about to discover whose judgement was right on the club’s record transfer.

This is a signing made by Steve Nicksen and Lee Charnley. The club has entrusted his development to Steve Bruce. Hmm.

Craig Hope of The Mail picks up this point – click here

In his first interview as a United player, Joelinton said:

“I know it’s a large investment that the club has made in me, and that comes with a huge responsibility. I’m highly motivated and hope to give back on the pitch.”

Steve Bruce also said: “The kid’s got an exciting time ahead of him. He’s a smashing young player and we’re obviously delighted to get him. It’s been going on for a little bit now, so to get him is great for everybody. He’s got everything that a modern-day player wants. He’s big, strong and athletic, and of course he’s got age on his side too which is vitally important. He’s learned the history and wanted it (the number nine shirt), and that’s always a big shirt to fill. But in his eyes, it was ‘bring it on – it’s what I’m here for’. He’s risen to that challenge, and I’m sure he will be a big, big favourite of the supporters. He’s got an incredible work-rate about him, he’s got a really good humility about him, and all the attributes a top striker needs.”

Ian Murtagh of The Star reckons there could be a further two signings this week – click here –   Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin and Rangers right back James Tavernier, who many will recall is an Academy graduate who had limnited opportunities in the first team but who was on loan at Gateshead for a spell. He is a very popular player at Ibrox.