Did Manchester United pay too much for Angel di Maria & Ander Herrera? (1)

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The arrival of Tuesday morning saw the transfer window across most of Europe finally close, with several of the biggest deals actually not confirmed until hours after the traditional cut-off point had elapsed.

Deadline day madness

As is now often the case with the curious media phenomenon known as 'deadline day', the business conducted by a number of top clubs often appeared rushed and as a direct and unfortunate consequence of a failure to secure other, more pressing targets during the course of the summer.

There were one or two fairly sizeable surprises to keep the masses entertained as the clock ticked down on Monday, with Radamel Falcao's decision to depart Monaco after just one injury-hit season in order to complete an initial loan move to Manchester United - a club whose transfer policy is beginning to suspiciously resemble a 10-year-old's ideal game of Football Manager - undoubted the biggest.

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Overpriced deals

While the last few hours of the market have obviously dominated the headlines in recent days, it would be foolish to make decisions on the success or failure of a club's recruitment process and strategy without looking at their work over the summer as a whole.

In the past few years, as the money involved in football has continued to soar to new, eye-watering heights and the pressure to succeed has been ramped up tenfold, there have been countless examples of some truly horrendous, overpriced transfers being conducted and swiftly regretted.

Here, we intend to look at 10 of the most overpriced deals that were thrashed out during the most recent window.

Please note, we are not necessarily suggesting that a number of these players won't succeed at their new clubs, merely that they simply cost more than they should have done.

Take a look at our selections by clicking the 'begin slideshow' tab and don't forget to leave us your thoughts in the comment box provided below.

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