Transfer Deadline Day didn’t disappoint as many clubs strengthened before the 6pm deadline this year. Manchester United pulled off the biggest deal of the day, sealing a deal for Monaco forward Anthony Martial in a deal believed to be worth £36 million.
It seemed as though a striker was of vital importance to United, and it seems that the chosen man is Martial. At 19, Martial becomes the most expensive teenager ever. A young man with a lot of potential, however you have to argue that it’s a risk from Van Gaal with such a hefty fee, having only played 52 career games. Martial will take the number 9 shirt at United, and there is a lot of pressure on the shoulders of the young man.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, West Ham had a busy day, wrapping up deals for Michail Antonio, Alex Song, Nikica Jelavic and Victor Moses. Watford rounded off an impressive window with the signings of Obbi Oulare, Adlene Guedioura and Victor Ibarbo, leaving them with a very strong squad going in to the international break. Leicester signed Swansea winger Nathan Dyer on loan until the end of the season, the talented 27-year-old winger seemed to have been out of favour at Swansea. Bournemouth completed the signing of experienced striker Glenn Murray from Crystal Palace for a fee of around £4 million, this one had been rumoured for a few days but reached its conclusion this evening as the 31-year-old penned a 3-year-deal with the Cherries. Southampton completed a late swoop for Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk, the 24-year-old signed a 5-year-deal for a fee of around £11.5 million. Elsewhere, Sunderland signed DeAndre Yedlin on loan from Spurs, Villa signed Joleon Lescott from West Brom and Tiago Ilori from Liverpool, Everton completed the permanent signing of Aaron Lennon from Spurs and Ramiro Funes Mori from River Plate and Norwich singed Dieumercik Mbokani from Dynamo Kiev and Matt Jarvis from West Ham.
As always, it remains to be seen if these deal will prove to be a success, but only time will tell. The biggest deals of the window happened earlier on, Manchester City pulling off the biggest with the signing of Kevin De Bruyne. It is safe to say however, this window has not disappointed.
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