The summer transfer window closed is now closed after a record breaking final day of spending in the English Premier League.
£140 million was spent on transfer deadline day as Premier League clubs rushed bring in last minute additions to their squads, and a total of £630 million was spent in England over the summer.
The biggest deal of the day was undoubtedly Mesut Ozil’s £42 million move to Arsenal from Real Madrid. Arsenal fans were desperate for manager Arsene Wenger to spend some of his transfer budget after only picking up a couple of free transfers this summer, and the 24 year old German international certainly fits the bill. In one of the most unexpected transfers of the summer, Ozil leaves Real after spending 3 seasons at the Bernabeu where he won a La Liga title in 2012. Perhaps signing a new centre back or striker should have been at the top of Wenger’s priorities but the left footed attacking midfielder is the marquee big name signing that Arsenal fans have been crying out for. It is also a message that Arsenal have the ambition to finish above their big spending north London rivals Tottenham, considering that the two clubs will once again be locked in a competition for Champions League football this season.
Marouane Fellaini’s £27 million transfer from Everton to Manchester United was the biggest signing from one Premier League club to another this summer, and it was completed in the nick of time on deadline day. The Belgian centre midfielder becomes United’s only major signing of the window after new United manager David Moyes’ finally completed his summer long search for a centre midfielder, and he didn’t need to look further than his old club Everton. United had tried to sign Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera but were unsuccessful in their efforts, however with midnight approaching on deadline day Moyes got his man. However, some critics and United fans have suggested that Moyes panic bought and paid too much for Fellaini. This is considering that United offered £24 million for Fellaini and Baines only a couple of weeks ago, and have now paid more for only one player. Others have also suggested that United’s transfer strategy this year has lacked the urgency and effectiveness that it did under Sir Alex Ferguson. Last season, Ferguson identified his transfer targets and signed them before their first league match. Robin Van Persie and Shinji Kagawa were signings that helped United reclaim the Premier League. United would never have left their main transfer business until the final day of the transfer window under Ferguson, so this window has really identified a transfer frailty that exists under Moyes’ new regime
Liverpool were another Premier League club leaving transfer until the last day, but were highly effective in sealing their signings early in the day. The Reds were busy making three deadline deals, centre backs Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori fro £18 and £7 million respectively as well as bringing in Chelsea winger Victor Moses on loan who were all present at Anfield for Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Manchester United.
Everton were another busy club on deadline day and after shipping out Fellaini for £27 million and striker Victor Anichebe for £6 million went on to make three signings of their own. Centre midfielders James McCarthy and Gareth Barry were signed in an attempt to fill the gap left by Fellaini, with Wigan receiving £15 million for McCarthy and Barry joining the Merseyside club on a season long loan. Everton also captured Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku on loan for a season after they beat West Brom for the Belgian striker, who scored 17 Premier League goals last season.