In a major anti-climax on Transfer Deadline Day in the English Premier League, and in consequential related transfers around Europe, not much happened at all. What does stick out however, is Arsenal’s major failure in the transfer window. Let’s break it down now with some bullet points, shall we?
It was a shockingly uneventful deadline day, as much was expected, but there’s lots of food for thought.
- Tottenham signed Fernando Llorente and Serge Aurier
- Ross Barkley rejected a move from Everton to Chelsea
- Alexis Sanchez is staying at Arsenal, who did not manage to land Thomas Lemar
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain completed his move to Liverpool
- Wilfried Bony has returned to Swansea from Manchester City
- Swansea also secured Renato Sanches on loan
- Kylian Mbappe’s loan from Monaco to PSG was confirmed
That rounds up a couple of surprises, some clever moves from Swansea City and disappointments for players like Alexis Sanchez, who will now stay a beleaguered player at Arsenal. Raheem Sterling won’t get his move to Arsenal either, and neither Arsenal nor Liverpool got hold of Thomas Lemar. They all left it too late, plus Virgil Van Dijk won’t be joining the Reds either. Better luck next time in January.
However, Chelsea managed to snap up Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City for £35m, plus Italian Full Back Davide Zappacosta from Torino for a reported £21m. Leicester City are feeling confident after they snapped up Sporting Lisbon’s Adrien Silva for £22m just in the nick of time to replace Drinkwater. Meanwhile, Chelsea will be upset at losing out on Fernando Llorente to Tottenham; a quality hijack move by Mauricio Pochettino against Antonio Conte. We fail to see Llorente being anything but a replacement for Harry Kane should he get injured.
Next up, Crystal Palace signed Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool for a hefty £26m deadline deal after spending last season there on loan, meanwhile, Mangala didn’t sign for Palace, which makes for equally bad news for Manchester City.
So, who are the winners and the losers of all this wheeling and dealing in the Summer Transfer window? Well, clearly the winners could be seen to be Manchester United, who brought in Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic, Victor Lindelof and Zlatan Ibrahimovic for another season. Much of the core team is still in tact from previous season, and with the majority of the side playing a strong pre-season, we can expect good things from Manchester United in the future.
The second place winners of the transfer window would be Liverpool, who brought in players like Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andrew Robertson, Mohammed Salah, and Dominic Solanke, whilst also managing to keep ahold of a relatively happy Philippe Coutinho, after Neymar Jr’s words of encouragement for him to stay at Merseyside and snub Barcelona. However, not being able to sell Lazar Markovic must be seen as a loss to some degree.
In third place, Chelsea got snubbed by Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley, and Fernando Llorente, but all in all, they still got Drinkwater, Morata, Bakayoko, Zappacotta, and Rudiger. Despite some setbacks, they still look like a force to be reckoned with. Surely Antonio Conte might have to look to acquiring some youngsters into the first team this season, which would be beneficial to the club as a whole, and perhaps even to England.
Presumably in last place would be Arsenal, who can be seen as the major losers in this transfer window. They paid a high fee for Alexandre Lacazette (£53m) and questions are being murmured about where he fits into the side. They also added Sead Kolasinac, but offloaded a plethora of players including Oxlade-Chamberlain. Arsene Wenger will now have to focus on the January window, if he even makes it that far.
Leicester City did quite well in bringing in Adrien Silva, Kelechi Iheanacho and Vicente Iborra, but lost Drinkwater as well as Nampalis Mendy who is out on a loan deal. They also got Alekansdar Dragovic on a season loan from Bayer Leverkusen, and somehow also managed to keep ahold of Riyadh Mahrez, which is very good for them.
Now as for Manchester City, they’ll be disappointed in not landing Alexis Sanchez, but they did manage to grab Benjamin Mendy, Danilo, Bernardo Silva and Kyle Walker, and should still be able to challenge for a top four spot. However, they did lose out on Johnny Evans and couldn’t sell Mangala, so Pep probably isn’t over the moon right now, but let’s be honest, he really did splash the cash, didn’t he?
All in all, it was a decisive victory for Manchester United and Jose Mourinho as the top “winners” of the transfer window, whilst Arsenal Wenger, who has many problems on his hands, takes the top “loser” sport with a disastrous effort in the transfer window. Oh well, better luck next time!
Brainstain, over and out!
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