A number of top footballers were involved in switching clubs on August 31.
The transfers deadline day is often one of the most exciting days in the football calendar. Clubs from all over the world scramble to get themselves prepared for a tough season ahead while players push on for moves in search of greener pastures.
The summer transfers window ahead of the 2021/22 season was one of the most astonishing in recent memory, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and many more of the biggest names in football all on the move. However, the transfers deadline day in the window saw many top deals taking place, something that surprised many fans worldwide.
We take a look at the top 10 deals that were completed on the transfers deadline day.
10. Hector Bellerin to Real Betis on loan
The Arsenal right-back has found himself out of favour with the club’s hierarchy and the fans alike, in recent seasons. Despite his struggles on the pitch, there has never been doubts over his talents. In an attempt to rejuvenate his career in his homeland, Bellerin made the move to Real Betis, one of the clubs his father played for.
9. Odsonne Edouard to Crystal Palace
Despite interest from Brighton, Arsenal and Leicester, the French centre forward chose join Crystal Palace. Edouard has been the top goal-scorer in the Scottish Premiership for Celtic for the last two seasons and will be looking to bring his prolific form to the Premier League.
8. Ilaix Moriba to RB Leipzig
The La Masia prodigy ruffled a few too many feathers at FC Barcelona as he pushed for a move away from the club. Despite interest from several Premier League clubs, the mercurial midfielder chose to take his talents to the Bundesliga, at RB Leipzig. With promises of regular gametime, Leipzig would give Moriba the chance to grow before making a big money move later in his career.
7. Nicola Vlasic to West Ham United
Left frustrated in their efforts to sign Jesse Lingard from Manchester United on a permanent transfer, the Hammers turned to CSKA Moscow’s Nicola Vlasic. The Croatian has been a wonderful creator in the Russian Premier League, making more key passes (167) than any other player since his debut.
Vlasic will bring the creativity and ingenuity of passing and finding space that Jesse Lingard brought to the club during his loan spell.
6. Emerson Royal to Tottenham Hotspur:
Spurs beat the competition from North London rivals Arsenal to the signature of Emerson Royal from FC Barcelona. The Brazilian has spent the last two seasons out on loan at Real Betis impressing many fans and pundits alike. With a combined 157 tackles and interceptions since the start of last season in La Liga, Emerson has proven himself to be a formidable defender and at just 22-years of age, he would be perfect to fill the vacant right-back role at White Hart Lane.
5. Daniel James to Leeds United
After a three-year-long pursuit, Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa finally have their man. With Swansea infamously refusing to pick up Leeds’ call in the January transfer window, prior to James’ move to Manchester United, the Yorkshire club were left frustrated in their efforts. With the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford, the Welshman was deemed surplus to requirements and was sold to Leeds for £25M.
4. Saul Niguez to Chelsea on loan
After growing frustrated with his position at Atletico Madrid, highly-rated midfielder Saul Niguez completed his loan move to Chelsea on deadline day with an option for a permanent transfer at the end of the season. The Spaniard received promises of playing time and position from Thomas Tuchel which informed his decision to move to Stamford Bridge rather than to Manchester United, who saw him as a deep-lying midfielder.
3. Antoine Griezmann to Atletico Madrid on loan
In one of the most embarrassing transfer stories for the Blaugrana, Antoine Griezmann returned to Atletico Madrid on loan with an obligation to buy for around €40M, hours before the window closed. The Frenchman joined FC Barcelona two years ago for an astronomical amount of money but has largely been a disappointment. He will look to return to his prolific form during his return to Madrid-based club this season.
2. Eduardo Camavinga to Real Madrid
The Frenchman is widely regarded as one of the most exciting young prospects in world football. Camavinga was looking to make the move from Rennes this summer but was close to accepting that he would have to stay put for the summer, with his dream clubs looking to do business elsewhere. However, with Real Madrid being frustrated in their efforts to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG, Los Blancos paid the fee to sign the youngster late on deadline day to bring him to Santiago Bernabeau.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United
Although the deal was announced in principle a couple of days prior to the transfers deadline day, it was officially announced by Manchester United a few hours before the window closed. Cristiano Ronaldo looked to be on his way to Manchester City after he had grown frustrated with proceedings at Juventus. However, the United hierarchy acted quickly at the 11th hour to bring Ronaldo back to the club.
Sir Alex Ferguson, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Bruno Fernandes all had major roles in one of the most dramatic transfer sagas in recent times.