A crazy day filled with rumours, anticipations has finally come to an end. Some sets of fans will be happy while some will be saddened with the transfers they expected. The European Transfer window shut with some big moves happening all around. Bale went to Real Madrid with a with record transfer fee while Arsenal got Ozil from Madrid. Manchester United went scrambling from Everton to Spain and ended up with Felliani paying £4.5 more than the release clause. Let’s look at the winners and losers during this transfer market
Liverpool- They have done some of the best business this summer across all European teams. On the deadline day, Liverpool added 3 quality signings with a loan deal of Moses and two quality centrebacks in Sakho and Illori. Previously they have added Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Simon Mignolet , Kolo Toure and Aly Cissokho to their team. Brendan Rodgers has spent their money wisely with Liverpool looking like a good side gelling together and will be one to see this season.
Manchester United- The English Champions were among the losers in this year’s transfer market. During the entire 2 month-long summer transfer window only Guillermo Varela a right back from Uruguay, was bought until the transfer window deadline made them pay extra for Felliani than what they could have paid before his release clause expired. Two weeks ago Manchester United had a 'derisory' bid of £28m rejected from Everton for both Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines. That bid was £28m - today they've paid £27.5m just for Fellaini. England's most successful club, suddenly became a laughingstock when Herrera deal fell through because of an elementary misunderstanding about Spanish tax while the player was ready to push through the move by lowering his wages and they couldn’t complete Coentro signing because of late paperwork. Moyes and Woodward left too little for too late. After being linked with all big names and flirting with Fabregas & Thiago Alacantra , but ending with one midfielder shows a disappointing transfer summer for David Moyes.
Real Madrid- They would have paid a little too much for Bale, but then overall Madrid did some good business this transfer window. They paid $214 million for Bale, Isco, Asier Illarramendi, Daniel Carvajal and Brazilian midfielder Casemiro but then to balance books they sold and released player worth $155 million in Pedro Leon, Mesut Ozil, Jose Callejon, Gonzalo Higuain and defender Raul Albiol while Kaka went on a free transfer which saved them his enormous salary. Overall Real Madrid did upgraded their squad with some fresh faces and fresh enthusiasm in the team.
Arsenal- Though with a deadline day transfer swoop for Mesut Ozil, Arsenal did sign one of the best midfielders in the world, and goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano on season long loan but overall they didn’t actually strengthen the area which was required. Arsenal required a striker, a winger, a holding midfielder and at least one defender but ended up getting one midfielder and a goalkeeper while other important issues remained un-addressed.
Napoli- The Italians have done some very good business this summer by selling Edinson Cavani, to Paris Saint-Germain for $85 million, and used that money to buy Jose Callejon, Raul Albiol, Gonzalo Higuain, Pepe Reina, Dries Mertens, Pablo Armero, Rafael Cabral and Duvan Zapata. They surely got some very good players at a bargain and has strengthen their squad who are already being considered as a dark horse this season
Bayern Munich- Bayern Munich crowded their already set and overcrowded midfield with Thiago Alcantra besides signing Götze earlier this summer. They also bought Petersen and Weiser while Emre Can, Luiz Gustavo and Mario Gomez were sold off. Too many players on the paybooks for the same position and handling too many egos, Guardiola is surely living on the edge.
Tottenham Hotspur- After selling there star winger Gareth Bale for a record fee Spurs added to their squad with some very good players in Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen. They cleared their books by letting go Clint Dempsey, Tom Huddlestone, Scott Parker Steven Caulker, David Bentley and William Gallas.
Manchester City- City continued their spending spree by getting 5 players for over $120 million. Out of which Jesus Navas, Negredo, Jovetic & Demichelis were known while Fernandinho was the surprise transfer for $35 million. Overpricing the market, City released and sold Kolo Toure, Wayne Bridge, Roque Santa Cruz, Maicon, Carlos Tevez & Gareth Barry.
Here are some of the big transfers that happened in English Premier League yesterday-:
• Mesut Ozil: Real Madrid to Arsenal (£42.4m)
• Marouane Fellaini: Everton to Manchester United (£27.5m)
• Romelo Lukaku: Chelsea to Everton (loan)
• Gareth Barry: Manchester City to Everton
• Stephane Sessegnon: Sunderland to West Brom (over £6m)
• Victor Anichebe: Everton to West Brom (£6m)
• Peter Odemwingie: West Brom to Cardiff City (£2.2m)
• Libor Kozak: Lazio to Aston Villa (£5m)
• Emiliano Viviano: Palermo to Arsenal (loan)
• Fabio Borini: Liverpool to Sunderland (loan)
• Victor Moses: Chelsea to Liverpool (loan)