One of the biggest dates of the football calendar, the deadline day of the summer transfer window, has been and gone. Many players have signed for, and left clubs for huge sums – but who is now playing for whom?
The biggest signing of the summer is Gareth Bale. Rumours began to circulate at the beginning of the summer that Tottenham’s key player would be moving to Real Madrid for a record fee, but the deal was only finalised on September 1st. On deadline day, Gareth Bale was unveiled as Real Madrid’s number 11 at the Bernabeu – with Bale’s move costing a hefty £85.3 million, making Gareth Bale the world’s most expensive football player. This beats the previous transfer record held by Cristiano Ronaldo, who signed for Real Madrid in 2009 for £80 million.
Arsenal broke their own transfer record, when they secured the signature of Mesut Özil. Fans waited out all day for the confirmation that Özil will play at the Emirates this season, and following a medical in Germany, Arsenal signed Özil for £42.4 million. This beats their previous transfer record by a staggering £27.4 million. Arsenal also signed Emiliano Viviano on a season-long loan from Palermo, but failed to sign Demba Ba from Chelsea.
There was a strange turn of events for Manchester United this deadline day. United were linked to Athletico Bilbao’s Ander Herrera, reported to be willing to pay the £30.5 million buy-out clause. Representatives for United went to the La Liga headquarters to finalise the paperwork – or so everyone thought. The ‘representatives’ were imposters and the deal did not go through. As the deadline day drew to a close, David Moyes brought in Marouane Fellaini for £27.5 million.
Just as he did in January, deadline day favourite Harry Redknapp brought Spurs players to Queen’s Park Rangers. Redknapp strengthened his squad by bringing in Niko Kranjcar, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Tom Carroll on season-long loan deals.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rogers had a busy transfer window, signing Mamadou Sakho from Paris St-Germain and Thiago Ilori from Sporting Lisbon on deadline day. Liverpool have also signed Kolo Touré, Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Simon Mignolet and Aly Cissokho.
After an embarrassing January transfer window, Peter Odemwingie has joined Cardiff for a £2.25 million, two year deal.
With an incredible £624,560,000 being spent in this transfer window, what will happen this season? – and what will happen in the next transfer window?