Pen to Paper Day

Today’s top stories in football all have one thing in common – the magic of putting pen to paper.

Pen to Paper Day

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January 27th, 2014

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As Juan Mata put pen to paper on the deal which has seen him move from Chelsea to Manchester United for a record £37.1 million, he spoke of his love of the pressure which is expected to fall on him from all sides with United’s season fading away one awkward Moyes facial expression at a time.

As Arsene Wenger is set to sign a new deal as Arsenal manager, with a team that itself is under pressure to maintain their race for the title into the final month of winter. Wenger’s epic (in length rather than achievement) reign at the Emirates is such that, during the Gunners’ 4-0 win against Coventry City in the FA Cup on Friday night, he brought on Gedion Zelalem – who had not been born when the Frenchman took the manager’s job.

As Wenger’s Arsenal sign on the dotted line for a new kit deal with Puma – worth £150 million to the club and the biggest ever in English football. All that for a few shirts, eh? Chief executive Ivan Gazidis also revealed that some of this money – £30 million per year until 2019 – would be made available for transfers this summer. Their previous seven-year deal with Nike was worth a third of this in total.

And as Everton defender Leighton Baines ends all talk of a move by squiggling his name on a piece of paper which will keep him at the club for four more years. The 29-year old saw off two approaches from former manager David Moyes to join him at the afore-mentioned contractors Man United, as manager Roberto Martinez pledged that the player’s “best is yet to come”.

What’s your favourite footballing memory of someone writing their name down and being given money?

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