Well that’s over. The chaos that surrounds the transfer was re-awaken on Thursday as clubs rushed to get last-moment deals over the line.
The biggest deal without a shadow of a doubt has to be the transfer of Kylian Mbappe to Paris Saint-Germain, initially on loan, then for over 160 million euros next summer, as PSG looked to escape the attention of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play, which somehow hibernated itself when the French club spent some 220 million on Neymar; so make of that what you will should.
Mbappe was the fourth key player to leave French champions Monaco this summer, following the departures of Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy and Tiemoue Bakayoko; but Thomas Lemar didn’t join that list, as the midfielder rejected a move to Arsenal citing lack of Champions League football after principality club had accepted Arsenal’s bid for the French midfielder.
The outcome of that deal affected Alexis Sanchez’s proposed move to Manchester City, as the Gunners decided against letting the Chilean go.
Also staying put was Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez, after a summer of speculation the winger is set to spend at least six more months at the King Power. The transfer window in Spain doesn’t close until midnight today, so a talk of a move to Barcelona might not go away just yet, the Catalans are among the clubs to be linked with the Algerian; Arsenal, Manchester United, Roma and Chelsea also mentioned.
Right; Chelsea. The English champions didn’t have the best window, to put it mildly, and the events prior to and on deadline seemed like everyone avoided boarding the Chelsea plane. First Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain decided to fly with Liverpool despite a deal being agreed between the Blues and his former side Arsenal; then Spurs swooped in and hijacked Fernando Llorente from their noses. But the crowning glory came late on, when Ross Barkley (metaphorically) jumped out of the plane mid-air, as after an agreement between Chelsea and Everton, the English midfielder pulled out of a medical. No doubt this will leave Antonio Conte probably slamming his table at home- despite signing Davide Zappacosta from Torino and Danny Drinkwater from Leicester for 35 million pounds (what!! 35 mil… oh wait, everything’s crazy in this window).
For Tottenham, Llorente wasn’t the only arrival at on deadline day, as Serge Aurier finally completed his move from PSG. Spurs’ North London rivals Arsenal acquired no one, but let Lucas Perez and Joel Campbell leave on loan to Spain, joining Deportivo and Real Betis respectively.
Liverpool, after completing the deal for Oxlade-Chamberlain, let Divock Origi move on loan to Germans Wolfsburg, while Mahmadou Sakho joined Crystal Palace on a permanent deal, and the future of Philippe Coutinho remains uncertain. Watford were active on deadline day with three acquisitions, while Stoke were active in terms of departures. Swansea also made some additions, re-signing Ivorian striker Wilfred Bony, and the more surpsrising deal in the temporary acquisition of Renato Sanches.
Major Deadline Day Deals
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; Arsenal to Liverpool
Kylian Mbappe; Monaco to PSG
Davide Zappacosta; Torino to Chelsea
Danny Drinkwater; Leicester to Chelsea
Fernando Llorente; Swansea to Tottenham
Renato Sanches; Bayern Munich to Swansea
Divock Origi; Liverpool to Wolfsburg
Mahmadou Sakho; Liverpool to Crystal Palace
Gianelli Imbula; Stoke to Toulouse
Bojan; Stoke to Alaves
Marvin Zeegelaar; Sporting Lisbon to Watford
Ornestis Karnezis; Udinese to Watford
Tim Krul; Newcastle to Brighton
Molla Wague; Udinese to Watford
Nani; Valencia to Lazio
Lucas Perez; Arsenal to Deportivo
Joel Campbell; Arsenal to Real Betis
Wilfred Bony; Man City to Swansea
Aleksandar Dragovic; Leverkusen to Leicester