Over 24 hours later, the roller-coaster ride that is known as ‘deadline day’ has passed, which means that top-flight clubs can not do any more transfer business until January.
This summer has seen Premier League clubs spend a record £835 million on transfers – over £200 million more than the previous record set in 2013 – with Manchester United being the main spenders with a £150 million.
More lucrative TV deals and ever-increasing ticket prices have resulted in Premier League clubs being able to spend more than ever on quality players for record fees in the never-ending pursuit for glory.
This increased transfer activity leaves more potential candidates to go in this list of the summer’s top five deals.
5) Gylfi Sigurdsson - Tottenham to Swansea (swap deal involving Ben Davies and Michel Vorm)
With the 24-year-old attacking midfielder deemed surplus to requirements by Mauricio Pochettino, the new Spurs manager began his revolution by using the Icelandic star to solve the club’s problematic left-back role.
For Garry Monk, this proved to be a clever signing as the Welsh club already had Neil Taylor and new defensive talent Stephen Kingsley to replace first choice left-back Davies. So technically, Monk spent nothing for this quality midfielder.
Swansea managed to persuade the former Reading graduate to move to the Liberty Stadium for a second spell. Sigurdsson greatly impressed on loan with them during 2012, scoring seven goals in 18 games.
After failing to acquire Jonathan de Guzman for another season, the Iceland international should provide the link between midfield and attack, with his proficient shooting skills providing ammunition for their star striker, Wilfried Bony, whilst potentially helping him to score plenty of goals himself.
4) Cesc Fabregas - Barcelona to Chelsea (£27 million)
Despite becoming a bit-part player at Barcelona, the supremely-gifted Spaniard is still regarded as one of the best players in his position.
Although he is now 27, Fabregas is still young enough to play 90 minutes in each game. Contrary to his hefty price tag, he still offers value as his prime is yet to come, and he could be the final piece to Jose Mourinho’s complex puzzle as he searches for more trophies.
Blessed with amazing passing skills, dribbling and goalscoring abilities, the former Arsenal hero could become Chelsea’s main midfield maestro, tasked with unlocking defences and providing fellow signing Diego Costa with the chances to win them games.
3) Sandro - Tottenham to QPR (£10 million)
Nicknamed ‘the Beast’ by the Tottenham faithful, it is now the QPR fans who will get to witness his no-nonsense, tough-tackling style.
Reunited with his former Spurs gaffer, the combative midfielder and Harry Redknapp will be delighted with the deal, as Sandro was one of his main transfer targets.
Arguably one of the league’s best defensive midfielders under Redknapp at Spurs, the Brazilian has since seen his career stall due to a series of niggling injuries. Therefore, if the QPR manager can restore the 25-year-old to his former best, then the West London club may have someone who can save them from relegation.
As a player who, according to Redknapp, brings 'energy, aggression, power and quality'’, his passion and never-say-die attitude should also see him become a fans’ favourite at Loftus Road. Also, if he can get rid of his new-found recklessness, then he will hopefully establish himself as the midfield general that the team needs.
2) Diego Costa - Atletico Madrid to Chelsea (£32 million)
After firing Atletico Madrid to their first La Liga title in 18 years, the Brazil-turned-Spain international scored an incredible 27 goals for Diego Simeone’s side. However, the 25-year-old’s success meant that he gained the interest of several top clubs, like Chelsea, who eventually prised him away from Atletico for a £32 million fee.
Described by experts as a striker whose main qualities are ball retention, strength and positioning, the 6ft 2 powerhouse will almost certainly become a key figure for Chelsea as Jose Mourinho looks to build a title-winning side that is also capable of competing on all fronts.
With 26 out of his 27 goals last season coming from within the penalty box, Costa has forged a reputation as one of the world’s best poachers. But it is also his hold-up play which will be vital, as Mourinho likes his strikers to bring the midfielders into play – increasing the number of goals and assists from that area.
1) Radamel Falcao - Monaco to Manchester United (loan)
Having recently recovered from a knee injury which forced him out of the 2014 World Cup, it looked like the Colombian superstar was destined to either stay at Monaco or secure a dream move to Real Madrid.
However, Louis van Gaal, astonishingly managed to get the goal machine on a season-long loan for Manchester United, which surely makes him THE signing of the summer.
Viewed as one of the best strikers in the world by fans and pundits alike, Falcao may not be a permanent signing, or the defensive signing the Manchester fans demanded, but he may be the player to shoot them towards the Champions League places… or higher still.
It is simply astounding just how Van Gaal has managed to persuade one of football’s top predators to reject Real Madrid for Manchester United – on a loan. Joining the Old Trafford outfit alongside players like Angel di Maria, Falcao is yet another star in their star-studded team full of mavericks.
However, the lack of defensive reinforcements signed by Van Gaal has been disappointing – leaving a side with one of Europe’s best attacks, but unbalanced with a sub-par defence.
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