Transfer deadline day round-up
Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham – which club had the best transfer deadline day?
That’s it, the transfer window is shut, and Premier League clubs are stuck with their current squads until January 1st 2013.
For some that’s no problem. Shrewd acquisitions over the summer have bolstered their lineups considerably, and their club executivies are winning praise for a job well done.
But equally, others will be nervously glancing over their shoulder, the pressure already building as fans wake up to discover no new signings.
But let’s name names, which clubs were busy yesterday and which were left fiddling with their fax machines...
Tottenham had an excellent transfer window in general, and a superb deadline day, picking up France international Hugo Lloris for £11.8m including add-ons, and Fulham star Clint Dempsey. Danny Rose and Harry Kane left Spurs on loan deals while Giovani Dos Santos jumped ship for Real Mallorca and Rafael van der Vaart returned to Germany for £10m.
But Dempsey was the most surprising acquisition, Spurs seemingly pipping Liverpool to the post. And the American should prove a wise move. Andre Villas-Boas has quietly built the nucleus of a whole new team at Tottenham – Dembele, Vertonghen and Sigurdsson already signed - and the pieces are coming together nicely. A late club-record bid for Joao Moutinho didn’t come off but Spurs fans have decent consolation presents.
Brendan Rodgers, on the other hand, was largely a bystander as the main action occurred away from Merseyside. Deals for Clint Dempsey and Danny Sturridge never materialised, meaning Liverpool’s only involvement on deadline day was sending players out.
Jay Spearing left on loan to Bolton while Charlie Adam joined Stoke for £5m. But, after the departure of Andy Carroll to West Ham, most expected Liverpool to bolster their strikeforce. Instead, they’ll be relying on Luis Suarez, Fabio Borini and Adam Morgan for goals, at least until January.
A quiet summer for City picked up on deadline day, as deals were agreed for Brazil fullback Maicon, Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia, Swansea winger Scott Sinclair and Fiorentina youngster Matiji Nastasic.
Garcia was the key acquisition. A classy, ball-playing holding midfielder to replace the outgoing Nigel De Jong - who left for AC Milan - Roberto Mancini will definitely feel like he upgraded in this position. What it means for fellow City new-boy Jack Rodwell though, is anyone’s guess. As a side-note Stefan Savic left City for Fiorentina as part of the Nastasic deal.
Like Liverpool, Arsenal fans will wake up today slightly disappointed not to see any new faces at the Emirates Stadium. Arsene Wenger did clear out some of the fluff, Nicklas Bentder and Park Chu Young departed on loan for Juventus and Celta Vigo respectively, but the Gunners boss couldn’t seal any signings of his own.
Discussions were reportedly held with Chelsea over Michael Essien, but the Ghanian eventually opted to rejoin Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid. Instead, Arsenal will have to hope their early business – Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud – pays off.
Nothing to report coming into Old Trafford, which was to be expected after Sir Alex Ferguson said his side’s business concluded with the capture of Dutch fullback Alexander Buttner.
But there was one high-profile departure, Dimitar Berbatov finally securing a move away from Manchester United, eventually joining Fulham and Martin Jol for a fee believed to be £4m.
All Chelsea’s dealings involved players leaving the club, Roberto Di Matteo rightly happy with the business already concluded. Eden Hazard, Oscar and Cesar Azpilicueta all excellent young signings.
On deadline day Essien left for Real Madrid, Yossi Benayoun departed for West Ham while highly-rated youngster Nathaniel Chalobah joined Gianfranco Zola’s Watford on loan. Finally, Gael Kakuta will spend the season on loan with Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, QPR were by far the busiest across the transfer window, signing 12 new players, and on deadline day they brought in Stephane Mbia from Marseille and Sam Magri from Portsmouth. Former-club captain Joey Barton joined Marseille on loan.
Premier League new-boys Southampton broke their transfer record to sign highly-rated Uruguayan winger Gaston Ramirez for a fee in the region of £12m, beating Liverpool and Spurs to the punch.
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