The summer transfer window of 2021 was pretty wild and with the craziness just put to bed. Deadline day deals are still not very clear amidst the chaos of who recruited who and here is a piece to sum it all up!
The deadline day deals by the biggest spenders:
Arsenal were the biggest spenders this season with well over €160 m. The gunners had been in decline for quite a while now and they needed a big summer to launch a bid to reclaim their fleeting status of a European powerhouse. The Gunners launched a bid for Japanese international Takehiro Tomiyasu of Bologna. He’s a 6’2 right back who can tuck in-field as a centre back as well, providing Mikel Arteta with much needed versatility. Tomiyasu had been impressive for the Italian outfit and it’ll be interesting to see how he acclimates to the Premier League.
A glance at some of the under the radar deadline day deals!
On the other side of London, West Ham secured Alex Kral who becomes the third Cezch international to join the current Hammers squad along with Thomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal. If Kral manages to perform like his fellow Cezch mates, the Claret and Blues will be up for a treat. A few miles from the London Stadium, Tottenham Hotspurs have racked up Emerson Royal from Barcelona after the termination of Serge Aurier’s contract. Here’s the official statement by Spurs.
Moise Kean joined his former side Juventus from Everton on a loan that will span for two years. Juventus are clearly investing in their future after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.
There were plenty of failed attempts too both by players who were eager for a new challenge and by clubs eager for new recruits. Callum Hudson-Odio was on Borussia Dortmund’s wishlist who wanted to take the winger on loan for the season. Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel blocked the move and said he’s a valuable member of the squad. But the Blues were subject to a rejection themselves when their bid for Jules Kounde was deemed to be not enough by Sevilla.
The M’bappe saga.
Real Madrid launched an astronomical bid in order to secure Kylian M’bappe’s service this season but PSG refused to negotiate. They see M’bappe as a vital cog in their champions league project. The Los Blancos didn’t budge and signed French young sensation Eduardo Camavinga on a six-year contract as their statement deadline day deal. This is an effort to shore up the aging Real Madrid midfield.
Bloopers right at the end!
It’s also being reported that Wolves and Sevilla launched late bids for Renato Sanches and Sven Botman respectively but the French side Lille were happy to turn those down. Deadline day deals are often drama-packed and a curious case happened with Filip Kostic who was keen on leaving Eintracht Frankfurt to join SS Lazio. The Germans sent Lazio the wrong e-mail address deliberately so that they couldn’t submit a formal bid. Now that this news is out in the open, Kostic is distressed and discussing the termination of his contract.
This window saw some shrewd business get done by clubs and deadline day deals were no exception. It went on till the last hours of the window and the season ahead looks set to be an exciting watch! You can read about some of the other notable deals here!