Manchester United have completed the signing of England international Nikita Paris from WSL rivals Arsenal.
The 28-year-old striker has signed a two-year deal after a deal with the Gunners was agreed ahead of this summer’s European Championships.
Paris won 67 international caps and featured for the Lionesses at this summer’s Women’s Euros as part of the side that were crowned champions after beating Germany at Wembley.
Paris joined Arsenal last summer after two seasons at Lyon, where they won the Champions League, but made just one start and scored just one goal in the WSL for the Gunners as they finished second, a point behind champions Chelsea.
United finished 14 points behind the WSL champions last season and are hoping the signing of Parise will help Mark Skinner’s side close the gap in their quest for a first top-flight title.
A move to Manchester United would give Paris the chance to draw a line under his struggles to establish a regular starting role under Jonas Eideval at Arsenal and further strengthen his bid to retain his place in Sarina Wiegmann’s 2023 World Cup squad in Australia and New Zealand.
“It feels amazing to be here. It’s been quite a summer and that adds to it,” Paris said. “Manchester United is a historic club making great strides in the WSL and I look forward to being part of our future success.”
“With my winning mentality in matches and training, I want to help this team move forward and grow.” I’m not the only new signing this summer to show the club’s intention to do just that. I’m so happy to be here and can’t wait to get started.”
Skinner added: “Nikita’s winning pedigree will be a great addition to our team.
“She is a proven winner on both the domestic and international stage and will bring real maturity to the medium.
“Securing a player of Nikita’s caliber cements this great club’s ambition for the season ahead and we look forward to welcoming her into pre-season after a well-deserved break!”
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- The first weekend of the Barclays Women’s Championship: 20/21 August 2022
- First weekend of the Barclays Women’s Super League: 10/11 September 2022
- FA Women’s Continental League Cup Final: 4/5 March 2023
- Barclays Women Championship Final Weekend: 29/30 April 2023
- Vitality Women’s FA Cup Final: May 14, 2023
- Barclays Women’s Super League Final Weekend: 27/28 May 2023