Transfer deadline day deals
The transfer deadline has passed, Premier League clubs are now unable to re-inforce their ranks until January. With European clubs still able to sign players, it may be a nervous three weeks for some clubs. We take a look at the big six in the top flight to assess their transfer dealings.
José Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino were expected to be the busiest as the last day of transfer activity wound down. The Manchester United manger has been vocal in his desire to fill the centre-back position. The Tottenham manager had yet to make a signing in this window, although Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish was alleged to be Tottenham’s main target.
Remarkably, neither manager added to their squads and Mauricio Pochettino became the first manager since the transfer window was introduced in 2002–03 not to make a single signing.
Mourinho also endured a frustrating day. Early reports stated a deal for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin had been done, only for Atletico to state Godin had agreed a new contract. Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire and Jerome Boateng were all linked but no deal was done.
It was Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola who produced the first surprise of the day, moving quickly to secure the services of Australian International Daniel Arzani. The 19-year-old winger is a hot prospect for the future and will be loaned out to further his development.
Chelsea wasted no time replacing Thibaut Courtois. Courtois ended his seven-year spell at the club joining Real Madrid in less than an amicable fashion, refusing to return to the club. With the end of the transfer window fast approaching, Chelsea broke the world record fee for a goalkeeper, by spending £71.6m on Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao. Chelsea also receive Mateo Kovacic on loan for the season as part of the Courtois deal.
Liverpool’s inactivity in the final day was no surprise. Liverpool bought early and Klopp is likely to be extremely pleased with his summer business. He bought Alisson Becker from Roma for £67m, which was a world record at the time, along with Fabinho (£43.7m), Naby Keita (£52.75m), and Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke for £13.5m.
Like Liverpool, Arsenal had completed deals early on in the transfer window. Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi being the new additions at The Emirates.
Away from the top six, it was Everton who stole the headlines. Marco Silva turned a few heads, signing Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina from Barcelona and picking up Brazil international Bernard on a free transfer.
Leicester City bought two defenders, fuelling rumours that Harry Maguire would be joining Manchester United. Filip Benkovic joined from Dinamo Zagreb while Çağlar Söyüncü signed from Frieburg. Leicester fans will be pleased that the club rebuffed the advances for Maguire and they had further reason to celebrate, with the club also announcing that club favourite Jamie Vardy has signed a new four-year contract with Leicester City that takes him up to 2022.
Newly promoted Fulham showed intent, being the busiest top flight team on the final day, spending £36m on five new players. One of those was Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa from Marseille. West Ham continued their summer spree. Manager Manuel Pellegrini added Lucas Perez from Arsenal and defensive midfielder Carlos Sanchez from Fiorentina. Earlier in the window they had already secured a host of players including Felipe Anderson, Issa Diop and Andriy Yarmolenko.