The final day of the European market saw several clubs doing last-minute deals.
Transfer deadline day is usually the busiest in European football. Unsurprisingly, a similar pattern followed this time around. Numerous clubs let go of their players on loan moves. Some teams adopted the approach of panic buying to improve their recent dismal results. Multiple high-profile transfers took place on the deadline day, some of which left fans in awe.
Let’s talk about the top ten transfer deadline day moves which materialized this year.
10. Ben Godfrey to Everton
Everton have added defender Ben Godfrey to their ranks. The 22-year-old has been roped in for a fee of £20 million on a five-year deal from Norwich City. In the recent seasons, the youngster has been touted as one of the more promising centre-backs in England. The Toffees initially chased Fikayo Timori from Chelsea. However, they resorted to Godfrey on the deadline day after their move for Tomori did not materialize.
9. Mattéo Guendouzi to Hertha Berlin
Arsenal midfielder Mattéo Guendouzi has joined Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan. The 21-year-old played 24 games in the Premier League in the last season, however, his equation with manager Mikel Arteta had reportedly worsened over time. With ample experience in the top flight, Guendouzi will only improve from this brief stint in the Bundesliga.
8. Justin Kluivert to RB Leipzig
Dutch winger Justin Kluivert secured a loan spell at RB Leipzig, which amounts to €1.5 million. The 21-year-old played 22 games for AS Roma in the Serie A in the 2019-20 season, scoring four goals and assisting another.
The number of appearances that Kluivert makes at Leipzig will be crucial, which will decide whether the loan deal becomes an obligation to buy the player for the Bundesliga side. Tipped to be a successful winger in the future, Kluivert will certainly look to flourish under Julian Nagelsmann’s tutelage.
7. Federico Chiesa to Juventus
One of the most talked about forwards in Serie A, Federico Chiesa joined Juventus on a two-year loan deal from Fiorentina on the deadline day. This arrangement will cost the Italian giants €10 million over a span of two years, following which, the Serie A champions will be obliged to make Chiesa’s transfer permanent. They will have to pay €40 million in the summer of 2022. A natural scorer, Chiesa had scored 10 goals in 34 appearances in the last season.
6. Chris Smalling to AS Roma
Serie A outfit AS Roma secured English defender Chris Smalling on a permanent deal from Premier League giants Manchester United. The centre-back had an impressive loan stint with the Giallorossi in the season earlier and they decided in favour to make the move permanent. After a long negotiations over the transfer between the two parties, the agreement was finalized in the final minutes of the deadline day for €15m and add-ons.
5. Douglas Costa to Bayern Munich
Brazilian winger Douglas Costa rejoined his former employers Bayern Munich on a season-long loan deal on the deadline day. During his first association with the Bavarians between 2015-2017, Costa scored 14 goals in 77 appearances. After he left Bayern, Costa went on to enjoy a fairly successful stint with Juventus, winning multiple Serie A titles.
4. Lucas Torreira to Atletico Madrid
24-year-old Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira joined Atletico Madrid on loan. After completing his medicals a few days ago, the papers for the deal were signed towards the end of the deadline day. After falling down the pecking order, he started only 17 games in the Premier League in the last season. His feisty and tenacious attitude will tune well with Diego Simeone’s demands.
3. Alex Telles to Manchester United
Manchester United signed Brazilian left-back Alex Telles from FC Porto after several days of negotiation on the deadline day in a four-year deal, with an option to extend by another year. The Red Devils paid £15.4 million to acquire Telles, who will replace Luke Shaw in the starting lineup.
2. Thomas Partey to Arsenal
Arsenal triggered Thomas Partey’s €50m release clause to sign him from Atletico Madrid on the transfer deadline day. The midfielder has signed a five-year contract with the Gunners. A significant upgrade to the Gunners’ midfield, Partey played 35 matches for Los Rojiblancos last season and will be expected to add tremendous value and quality to Mikel Arteta’s side.
1. Edinson Cavani to Manchester United
Manchester United signed striker Edinson Cavani on a two-year contract on the transfer deadline day. The Uruguay international was a free agent as his contract with Paris Saint-Germain concluded in the summer. A consistent goalscorer for the Ligue 1 outfit over the years, Cavani will add assurance and a new dimension to the attacking department at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskajer will relish the traits that the Uruguayan brings to the table.