The transfer window has officially come to a close, much to the chagrin of agents, but to the relief of managers, players, owners, and fans alike. As usual, the premier league had some transfer deadline drama and last-minute transactions all over the league. Business of Soccer takes a look at some of the bigger signings during the last day of the transfer window. A full financial breakdown of this year’s transactions will be forthcoming once all deals are completed and full details are released.
Arsenal: Without a doubt the largest signing of the transfer window for the Gunners came on deadline day in the signing of Mezut Özil for a reported £42.5 million ($66.08 million) from Real Madrid. Club manager Arsene Wenger had been criticized for most of the summer for the lack of any big name signings, but Gunner fans should be happy to welcome such a world-class player as Özil into the ranks. However, the club’s true needs were in the form of a striker. Though Geroud is coming into form so far this season, the club needs help up front. And while Özil does offer attacking flair in his game, he is not the forward threat the club really needed. Arsenal also picked up Goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano on loan from Serie A side Palermo.
Liverpool: The last day of the transfer window was a rather busy one for managing director Ian Ayre and manager Brendan Rogers in Mercyside. Liverpool added some attacking threat in the signing of forward Victor Moses on loan from Chelsea, and bolstered its defense with two young signings: 23-year old Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain for a reported £18 million ($27.99 million), and 20-year old Tiago Ilori from FC Porto for a reported £7 million ($10.88 million). Daniel Sturridge has held the team up on his shoulders this season in the goal-scoring department, netting all 3 of the club’s goals thus far. Moses will add speed down the wing for the Reds, and Ilori and Sakho will add some young legs to a veteran defensive side.
Manchester United: David Moyes is off to a somewhat rocky start as manager of the premier league champions. The former Everton manager was keen on attempting to bring over Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines to the Red Devils. After repeated failed attempts at a package deal for the two young Toffee stars, Moyes finally was able to get 1 of the 2, and signed 25-year old Belgian midfielder Fellaini for a reported £27.5 million ($42.76 million). After Everton rejected the bid for Baines, United turned its attention to try to sign Real Madrid left back Fabian Coentrao, but it has been reported that this deal has fallen through because the paperwork did not get filed in time to meet the 6pm EST deadline. United also failed to sign Athletic Bilboa midfielder Ander Herrera due to complications with his buyout clause which are still in question. A lot of fans expected a big signing to the side this year, and many will not be quite satisfied with Fellaini filling that role, all due respect to Marouane. Nay sayers forget though, United did not lose any crucial players from the side that won the premier league by a decisive 11 points last season.
Cardiff City: Striker Peter Odemwingie finally got his wish and moved away from West Bromwich Albion. He landed at Welsh side Cardiff City for a reported £2.5 ($3.89 million). The club was in need of some attacking support and achieved that in Odemwingie. Cardiff will hope that he finds scoring form again and feeds off of winger, and club captain, Craig Bellamy as the side is off to a strong start to the 2013/14 campaign.
Everton: It is hard not to pick the Toffees as the winners of the transfer deadline day – not necessarily the transfer window in its entirety, but the last day. New manager Roberto Martinez was able to pick up a very sold midfielder in Gareth Barry on loan from Manchester City to fill the hole left by Fellaini’s exit to Manchester United. Everton also secured promising young striker Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea, who will provide plenty of attacking help to a struggling offense. Finally the Toffees added 22-year old midfielder James McCarthy from Martinez’s old side Wigan Athletic for a reported £13 million ($13.21 million). Everton are off to a fair start to the season and the successes of transfer deadline day will only bolster their efforts. It appears that Martinez learned what Moyes was known for at Everton and was able to implement it himself – getting the most bang for your (limited) buck.
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