Do you remember these five blockbuster deadline day deals?
Nick Murphy | 8 August 2018
Transfer window is closing this week
There’s not long to go until the transfer window slams shut for another summer. Premier League clubs have until 5pm on Thursday 9th August to conclude their business.
The Coral News Team is expecting a flurry of activity over the coming days. But will any of it match up to deadline days past? Check out our five blockbuster deals of years gone by as we gear up for the midweek crescendo.
Mesut Ozil – Real Madrid to Arsenal (£42.5m, 2013)
He’s a player who has divided opinion during his time in North London. But Mesut Ozil’s arrival at Arsenal in 2013 was initially greeted with widespread praise among Gunners fans.
The Germany international joined in a deal which smashed club’s previous transfer record of £15m – set by Andrey Arshavin’s switch from Zenit St Petersburg in 2009.
Fernando Torres – Liverpool to Chelsea (£50m, 2011)
Chelsea broke the British transfer record on deadline day in January 2011 with the signing of Fernando Torres from Liverpool for £50m. The Spaniard hit 45 goals in 172 matches at Stamford Bridge before leaving for boyhood club Atletico Madrid in 2016.
Robinho – Real Madrid to Manchester City (£32.5m, 2008)
At the advent of Manchester City’s newfound wealth, it was the signing of Robinho which marked the club’s entrance as one of the elite. After reportedly having bids knocked back for David Villa, Mario Gomez and Dimitar Berbatov, then-manager Mark Hughes swooped for the Real Madrid ace in a club-record deal worth £32.5m.
The diminutive forward failed to justify his price tag during his time at the Etihad Stadium. He scored 12 goals in 41 appearances, with his last strike coming in an FA Cup success against Scunthorpe United.
Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano – Corinthians to West Ham United (Undisclosed, 2006)
They may not have commanded the biggest fee, but the joint-deal which took Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to West Ham United back in 2006 remains one of the most remarkable.
The pair joined from Brazilian side Corinthians but would go on to play just 31 times combined for the club. Tevez’s contribution proved most vital – his goal on the final day at Old Trafford keeping the Hammers up at the expense of Sheffield United.
Wayne Rooney – Everton to Manchester United (£27m, 2004)
It may seem unlikely now, but back in 2004 Manchester United were battling Newcastle United for the signature of one of England’s most promising young players.
Sir Alex Ferguson prevailed over Sir Bobby Robson, eventually capturing the Everton star in a deal worth £27m in total. That amount proved short change in the long-term, as Rooney went onto win 16 club honours and an array of individual awards.
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