Transfer deadline day is one of the most nerve-wracking and exciting days for most football fans. Will your club be linked with anyone? Will a big name be leaving? Will it go through before 11 o’clock? This will cover the winners and losers of this weeks dealings in my opinion.
They went about most of their business before deadline day it seemed, they got four players in and seemed reasonably happy with the squad until the season started. It was obvious they were lacking something, especially with Fellaini eventually (and unsurprisingly) handing in a transfer request. They got great business from the Fellaini deal, making United pay £4 million more than his release clause was brilliant for them and allowed them to pay the extra bit that they needed for McCarthy. Gareth Barry is an experienced player and a great professional to add to the team and replacing Anichebe with Lukaku for this season will be great for them. On top of that they’ve made a nearly £20 million profit on the day and arguably came out of it stronger than when they went in.
They frustrated their fans most of the way through the transfer window with failed bids and seemingly broken promises of a huge signing; they got their wish yesterday though. Mesut Özil is an amazing signing for them, arguably the best player that an English club has brought in this window. He seems to be exactly what Arsenal have been missing, a real step up in quality for them and a player with one of the best assist records in La Liga last season. Not to forget that Arsenal brought in much needed goalkeeper cover in the form of Viviano, also a very good deal on loan.
Played out deadline day perfectly, line up the deals so there’s no last minute rush to send the documents to the Premier League but still give the fans something to be excited about on deadline day. Sakho and Ilori will give them much needed cover in defence (especially with fellow new signing Cissokho getting injured against Notts County). Victor Moses will also be a great loan signing for them while Assaidi is away from the club; a more experienced head than Sterling with a good eye for goal too. All that was done in the morning which left Red’s fans and management happy and relaxed by the time the deadline came.
Pretty obvious that they were going to be on this part of the list. Their only signing of deadline day was only announced at 2am the next morning and even then they had over-paid for that player. Fellaini should have only cost United £23.5 million if he was really David Moyes’ top target, so why did he let his release clause run out and then run the deal so close to the deadline? It stunk of a panic buy from Moyes after getting quoted too highly for Herrara, who they missed out on. Either that or he tried to get Fellaini for as little money as possible from his old club, but Kenwright was having none of it this time. A late bid for Coentrao didn’t come off either for United so a disappointing deadline day capped off a similar window in general for United fans.
Bit of a controversial one this, but I think they had a bad deadline day. They way over-paid for Bale, surely that much is clear. He is nowhere near as good as Ronaldo was when he joined Madrid so there is no way he should have cost as much as that, let alone more than Ronaldo. It also seems clear that Bale will have a bit of work to do winning over some of the Madrid players who believe he hasn’t done enough to deserve the adoration and wages that Madrid have given to him. I think, while they got a good amount of money for Özil, it was probably a mistake to let him go and they failed at the last minute to offload Coentrao.
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