Another summer deadline day has come and gone, as football clubs around the world wake up to a new squad of players for the remainder of the season. This year’s had its fair share of shock moves, big-money switches and ‘to the wire’ deals, but 6 signings have stood out above the rest. The following is a countdown of the most significant dealings made by the Premier League last Monday:
The midfield strongman will be a very welcome addition in the Rangers dressing room, as he brings into their ranks a considerably intimidating edge, as well as plenty of Premier League experience. Apparently unwanted by Mauricio Pochetinno at Spurs, the Brazilian has now been reunited with Harry Redknapp, and could be in line for first-team opportunities again. A move that makes sense for the club and the player, Sandro could be a very good fit for Loftus Road.
At the end of a very successful deadline day, supporters might have been forgiven for thinking that Hull City had hung up their cheque book, and congratulated themselves already. However, Steve Bruce wasn’t finished, and his signing of Ben Arfa was perhaps the most surprising of the bunch. The cultured Newcastle man has arrived at the Tigers on loan, but is likely to join permanently in 12 months time. A proven Premier League talent, he is a huge buy for Hull.
The Red Devils were in need of strengthening in their defence, and there are not too many players in world football at present that can do that better than Daley Blind. The Dutch international has experience working under Louis Van Gaal, and he should prove an excellent purchase by the former Premier League champions. The fact that he can play in midfield as well is a bonus, and makes him ideal for Van Gaal’s ever-changing formations and squads.
The only Premier League exit to make this list, Negredo could prove to be a sore miss for City. The Champions still have an unbelievable array of attacking talent, but they also have a slightly injury-prone one as well. Negredo proved himself to be a very capable Premier League striker last season, and his goals were a huge help in the Sky Blues’ route to victory. Manuel Pellegrini has effectively replaced Negredo with the resurging Stevan Jovetic, but time will tell if that is a good move.
The England international looks to have made an ideal move in terms of his personal career path. In addition, Arsenal look to have made an exciting signing, and one that is very appropriate to their needs. The Gunners needed an extension to get this one over the line, but they managed to capture Welbeck in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The former United man will replace the injured Olivier Giroud to begin with, then he will attempt to form a strike-partnership to compete with anything else in the league.
Without doubt, the biggest, most significant, most headline-making move of this summer’s deadline day came at Old Trafford. Rumours broke that Louis Van Gaal had snatched Radamel Falcao from beneath the noses of Man City, Arsenal and Real Madrid during late morning, but the deal wasn’t completed until gone midnight. The Colombian forward arrives into the club on loan with the option to purchase permanently in 12 months time. It is not entirely certain how Louis Van Gaal will incorporate him into the starting XI as yet, but the Monaco man is almost certain to have a huge impact on the Premier League.