It was that time again last night, as the transfer window reached its dying embers, and clubs spring to life to push through last minute right before the end, even this deadline was also occupied with clubs playing some actual football, in the form of Premier League Match Week 25 (How dare they!).
But it wasn’t quite last minute, the deals involving Arsenal, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund, which began with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealing his move to the Emirates, and Dortmund in turn got Michy Batshuayi, albeit on a temporary basis, while the final piece saw Olivier Giroud move to Stamford Bridge, and the Frenchman, who was in the Arsenal side that lost to Swansea on Tuesday, also had front row seats to watch his new club get dismantled at home to Bournemouth.
There was to be no move for Riyad Mahrez, despite him missing Leicester’s defeat at Everton, after Manchester City ended their interest following a 95 million-pound valuation. Mahrez did see some players leave the Foxes however, Andy King and Islam Slimani bagging respective loan moves to Swansea and Newcastle.
It was to become the a deadline mostly filled with forwards changing sides, as Andre Ayew re-joined Swansea in an 18-million deal from West Ham, who snapped up Jordan Hugill from Preston North End, beating Crystal Palace to the striker. Palace had to make do with Alexander Sorloth from Midtjylland, although neither the Hammers nor the Eagles were able to acquire Lille defender Ibrahim Amadou.
Tottenham’s biggest headline of the day was their impressive 2-0 win over Manchester United at Wembley, while off the pitch they had earlier confirmed the arrival of Brazilian Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain. Newcastle, who brought in Slimani on loan, also made a temporary acquisition of Slovakian goalie Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague, while they let Aleksandar Mitrovic head to Fulham (on loan), and Jack Colback moved to Championship side Nottingham Forest.
Elsewhere, Roma, who sold Emerson Palmieri to Chelsea earlier, replaced him with the loan signing of Jonathan Silva from Sporting Lisbon, while Everton also had a busy end to a busy window, with Ademola Lookman moving on loan to Leipzig in Germany, while Mohammed Besic joined Middlesbrough in the second-tier, on loan as well, and the temporary trifecta was completed with the arrival of defender Eliaquim Mangala from Manchester City.
Marc Bartra left Dortmund for Real Betis, Atletico Madrid sold midfielder Augusto Fernandez to Chinese Super League side Beijing Reine, Watford snapped up Didier Ndong on loan from Sunderland, Reece Oxford re-joined Borussia Monchengladbach on another loan deal, Mathieu Debuchy left Arsenal and joined St. Etienne on a free, while Malaga added another striker to their ranks, after the arrival of Brown Ideye, by making another loan signing of a Nigerian in Isaac Success.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Dortmund – Arsenal
Michy Batshuayi: Chelsea – Dortmund (loan)
Andre Ayew: West Ham – Swansea
Olivier Giroud: Arsenal – Chelsea
Marc Bartra: Dortmund – Real Betis
Hector Moreno: Roma – Real Sociedad
Jordan Hugill: Preston – West Ham
Alexander Sorloth: Midtjylland – Crystal Palace
Yuto Nagatomo: Inter – Galatasaray
Mathieu Debuchy: Arsenal – St. Etienne
Jonathan Silva: Sporting CP – Roma (loan)
Lucas Moura: PSG – Tottenham
Didier Ndong: Sunderland – Watford (loan)
Reece Oxford: West Ham – Borussia Monchengladbach (loan)
Isaac Success: Watford – Malaga (loan)
Ademola Lookman: Everton – RB Leipzig (loan)
Eliaquim Mangala: Manchester City – Everton (loan)
Islam Slimani: Leicester – Newcastle (loan)
Aleksandar Mitrovic: Newcastle – Fulham (loan)