It’s over. The transfer window is shut for the Premier League clubs, and there was plenty of action on the final day as teams tried to make some last-second deals. Most surprising was Chelsea buying back David Luiz from French champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Luiz spent the past two seasons in the French capital, but had reportedly become a bit unsettled. With fellow Brazilians Marquinhos and Thiago Silva being the first choice at centre back by new manager Unai Emery, Luiz sought a move away from the club. For a reported fee of £34 million, Chelsea gets some much-needed help at the back. They also signed Spanish left back Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina for £24 million.
Chelsea also sent out a bunch of players on loan, including young American defender Matt Miazga, who will play for Vitesse in the Dutch Eredivisie.
Tottenham landed two players on deadline day, bringing in Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle United and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou from Marseille. Sissoko was extremely hyped after his performances for France at Euro 2016 and Newcastle put a hefty price tag on the 27-year-old midfielder. They were handed £30 million by Tottenham, and the Spurs signed Sissoko to a five-year contract.
Nkoudou is a promising winger that had a strong showing last season in a struggling Marseille side. He cost a more modest £11 million for Tottenham, and he also signed a five-year contract.
Newcomers Hull City were also active as they try to fill their roster. They brought in James Weir from Manchester United on a permanent move, along with signing loan deals for Dieumerci Mbokani (Dynamo Kiev) and Markus Henriksen (AZ Alkmaar).
Manchester City didn’t sign any players on deadline day, but they did send out a few on loan. Wilfried Bony was shipped to Stoke on a season-long loan, while Samir Nasri was sent to Sevilla in La Liga. Centre back Eliaquim Malanga will spend the season with Valencia, and goalkeeper Joe Hart will play for Torino in Serie A. It’s clear that new manager Pep Guardiola had an opinion on who fits his system and who doesn’t. Putting Hart on the market was the most shocking decision, but it was clear that Guardiola had Hart far down in the pecking order after bringing in Claudio Bravo from Barcelona.
Reigning champions Leicester City got their man in Islam Slimani. The 28-year-old Algerian international has been a prolific goalscorer for Sporting Lisbon and is coming off a strong season where he had 31 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions. Slimani has played with star winger Riyad Mahrez in the Algerian national team, where he has 23 goals in 43 games. The Foxes also sent Gokhan Inler to Turkish side Besiktas.
Jurgen Klopp trimmed some of the fat of the Liverpool squad, sending a few players out on loan as well as letting troubled striker Mario Balotelli join French team OGC Nice on a free transfer. The Reds did get some money in, as they sold Luis Alberto to Lazio for £6 million. Lazar Markovic joined Sporting Lisbon on a season-long loan, while Andre Wisdom was sent to Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga.
Sunderland broke their club transfer record, bringing in Didier Ndong from Lorient for £13.6 million. The 22-year-old Gabonese midfielder was the ninth signing this summer by new manager David Moyes as he tries to ensure that Sunderland avoids relegation.
Hal Robson-Kanu stole the headlines during Wales’ remarkable run at Euro 2016 with some great goals. The unattached striker has finally found a new club in West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies has signed the 27-year-old striker on a three-year deal. WBA also signed Allan Nyom on a four-year deal from Watford for £3 million.
Bournemouth nabbed Jack Wilshere on a season-long loan from Arsenal. After struggling with injuries, Arsenal wants the 24-year-old central midfielder to get regular first-team football to get back into form. With heavy competition for a spot with the Gunners, it was deemed to be more beneficial to send him out loan.