The transfer window is the period during the year in which a football club can transfer players from other countries and within into their playing staff. Such a transfer is completed by registering the player into the new club through FIFA. The 2015 summer transfer window ended by 6pm, Tuesday with some mouth watering deals sealed at the last minutes. However, the major talking point of this summer transfer is Arsenal’s refusal to add any outfield player to their rank. Notwithstanding, they spent £10m though, but on a goalkeeper, Petr Cech. In this piece, INFORMATION NIGERIA took a look at how top EPL teams fared on the deadline day.
On the deadline day, these were the transfer that grabbed the headlines in the EPL;
- Manchester United completed Anthony Martial deal, making him one of the most expensive teenagers in football history at 19. Man Utd paid French side, Monaco £36m for the services of the French born forward who has been likened to Thierry Henry.
- Chelsea confirmed the signing of Papy Djilobodji from Nantes, and Michael Hector from Reading. Though the two relatively unknown center backs cost Chelsea less than £10m all together, this were signings made into position Chelsea has been most vulnerable and needs cover.
- Manchester City completed the signing of De Bruyne for almost £60m from German side, Wolfsburg. One would expect City to be content with their star studded team, but they were not. They acquired the services of Europe’s assists king from last season Top teams always look to improve their quality, even when they are performing at their best.
Those were the deals that went through amidst a whole lot more that did not. One name that was conspicuously missing from the big EPL teams who completed interesting deals on the deadline day was Arsenal. This was as disappointing omission giving the loads of expectation on Arsene Wenger to sign at least a striker this summer. But Arsenal again lived up to their reputation as the most frugal (or stupid, depending on your point of view) of the top EPL sides. Arsenal’s refusal to acquire at least a striker was more disappointment because Wenger acknowledges the fact that his side needs a striker; he just did not have the heart to pay what is needed to acquire one.
Maybe it would not have been as disappointing if Arsenal were not on paper the team that needs to strengthen at least 3 departments with at least one addition each.