Manchester United have completed the signing of England international Nikita Parris from WSL rivals Arsenal.
The 28-year-old striker signed a two-year deal after a deal with the Gunners was agreed before this summer’s European Championship.
Parris won 67 international caps and participated in the Lionesses’ European Women’s Championships this summer, as part of the team that was crowned champions following their victory over Germany at Wembley.
Parris joined Arsenal last summer after two seasons at Lyon, where he won the Champions League, but made only one start and scored only one WSL goal for the Gunners to finish in second place, one point behind the champions of the Chelsea.
United finished 14 points behind the WSL champions last season and are hoping Parris’ signing will help Marc Skinner’s side bridge the gap in their quest for the inaugural top flight title.
A transfer to Manchester United would provide Parris with a chance to draw a line under his struggles to establish a regular starting role under Jonas Eidevall at Arsenal and further strengthen his claim to retain his place on Sarina Wiegman’s squad for the Cup. of the World 2023 in Australia and New Zealand.
“It is incredible to be here. It has been a beautiful summer and this is the crowning achievement,” said Parris. “Manchester United are a historic club that are making great moves 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, which shows the club’s intention to do exactly 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 both nationally and internationally and will bring real maturity to the environment.
“Securing a player of Nikita’s caliber cements this great club’s ambition for next season and we can’t wait to welcome them into the pre-season after a well-deserved rest!”
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Key dates for the WSL 2022/23 season
- Barclays Women’s Championship Opening Weekend: 20/21 August 2022
- Barclays Women’s Super League Opening Weekend: 10/11 September 2022
- FA Women’s Continental League Cup Final: 4/5 March 2023
- Barclays Women’s 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