Today saw the European summer transfer window slam shut and as clubs wheeled and dealed, Will Burns is on hand to give you a quick review of all the transfers.
Arsene Wenger finally got his chequebook out in the final hours of the window. A massive £42m was sent into Real Madrid’s coffers for German midfielder Mesut Özil to join Arsenal, he will wear the number 11 shirt. The Gunners also signed a goalkeeper to keep Wojciech Szczęsny on his toes. Palermo stopper Emiliano Viviano arrives to the Emirates on loan until May. Wenger was competing with North London rivals Tottenham to sign Demba Ba on loan from Chelsea, but neither team persuaded the Senegalese striker to leave Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United added some steel to their midfield and attack as David Moyes returned to Everton for the signature of Belgian Marouane Fellaini for a reported £27.5m. The Red Devils missed out on a much needed left-back as a loan deal for Portuguese international Fábio Coentrão from Real Madrid failed at the final hour.
Liverpool added Victor Moses to their forward line, signing the Nigerian on loan from Chelsea. Brendan Rodgers also added more defenders to his squad with Tiago Ilori joining from Sporting Lisbon and Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain.
West Bromwich Albion signed Benin international Stéphane Sessègnon from Sunderland for a club record fee of £6m and Steve Clarke gave Lee Camp a job as six-month cover for injured goalkeeper Ben Foster. French international midfielder Morgan Amalfitano was loaned from Marseille.
In a transfer that felt would never happen, Paulo di Canio’s Sunderland finally got a left-back after signing 13 other players in positions that weren’t as needed as that one. The Italian boss has brought in another fellow countryman, with former Liverpool left back Andrea Dossena signing on a one-year deal. Striker Fabio Borini, also from Italy, joined on loan from Liverpool.
Merseyside rivals Everton did some fantastic business using the Fellaini money to sign James McCarthy from Wigan and snatching Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea. Lukaku, while loaned to West Brom last season, scored 17 goals in 35 appearances. England international midfielder Gareth Barry was also loaned from Manchester City.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert brought a new striker to Villa Park, as Czech Republic hitman Libor Kozak from Lazio in a deal worth about £7m.
This season should be eventful at Stoke City as manager Mark Hughes clinched controversial winger Marko Arnautovic from German side Werder Bremen. The Austrian once told a magazine what he was looking for in a woman: ‘You must be tattooed with black hair and silicone breasts.’ Unhappy at the reaction to that, Arnautovic released this statement: ‘In recent days, several German newspaper articles from Austria spread quotes which are falsehoods about Marko Arnautovic’s life. Arnautovic would like to take this opportunity to distance themselves from the messages and point out that these are far from any truth. ‘ That prompted the magazine to release audio of him saying exactly what they claimed he had.
Premier League new boys Hull City added some firepower to their attack borrowing Egypt international forward Mohamed Nagy ‘Gedo’ from Al Ahly. As Crystal Palace confirm the Adrian Mariappa signing. The Jamaica international defender has penned a three-year deal with Ian Holloway‘s side from Reading.
The English transfer window closed at 11pm with Newcastle United being the only club without paying a penny in transfer fees this summer. Owner Mike Ashley and Director of Football Joe Kinnear must have short memories and forgot that this team finished 16th in the league campaign last season.
Not a real busy day in the Bundesliga, however, the biggest transfer of the weekend was Kevin Prince-Boateng‘s transfer to Schalke from AC Milan.
Like the English Premier League, a lot of loan deals flew about as Eintracht Frankfurt picked up Tranquillo Barnetta from Schalke 04 and 21-year-old midfielder Tolga Cigerci joined Hertha Berlin from Wolfsburg.
Stuttgart signed Hannover 96’s Tunisian centre-half Karim Haggui while Patrick Helmes returned to 1. FC Köln from Wolfsburg.
Werder Bremen bolstered their defence with the loan signing of 25-year-old Argentinian left-back Santiago Garcia from Chilean side Rangers de Talca.
Having already added Arkadiusz Milik to their ranks, Augsburg completed the signing of Korean international Jeong-Jo Hong from Jeju United.
Unless you have been living under a rock this weekend, you’ll know that a certain Welshman transferred to Real Madrid for a world-record fee. Tottenham Hotspur received £85.3m for Gareth Bale and the left-footer was unveiled to the Real fans inside the Bernabeu on Monday lunchtime.
City rivals Atletico announced the double signing of Belgian central defender Toby Alderweireld from Ajax and French midfielder Josuha Guilavogui from AS Saint-Etienne.
Brazilian playmaker Kaka rejoined former club AC Milan on a free transfer from Real while Parma signed Uruguayan international Walter Gargano on an initial loan deal from Serie A rivals Napoli. Parma also completed the signing of Nigeria midfielder Joel Obi on a season-long loan from Inter Milan.
The longest running transfer saga in France is over as highly-rated left-winger Florian Thauvin completed his move to Marseille. The winger, who was attracting the attention of Arsenal and Newcastle, leaves Lille without having played a single game for the club.
Eredivisie defending champions Ajax brought in attacking midfielder Lerin Duarte from Heracles as a replacement of the outgoing Christian Eriksen.
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