The English Premier League transfer window has closed, and despite the will-he-won’t-he-move back and forth that accompanies every transfer window, there were surprisingly only three major transfer windows of note.
The first, and perhaps largest (actually, it is the largest of all time) move was Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale’s 85.3 million
pound euros transfer to Spanish giants Real Madrid. Bale, the reigning PFA Player of the Year, made the move after a highly contentious summer of vaguely and then explicitly implying that he wanted to take his talents to La Liga. He hadn’t featured for Spurs yet this year with the club and manager Andres Villas-Boas indicating that the Welshman was “injured” before eventually letting him make the move.
It’s not that the North Londoners are hurting for back-up, though. They signed Paulinho, Roberto Soldado, Érik Lamela and Étienne Capoune among others leading up to the season. The club currently sits on six points through three matches played.
Arsenal’s move for Turkish-German midfielder Mesut Özil provides such much needed assistance in general, as the squad deals with injuries and a years-long reticence by manager Arsene Wenger to signing new players. Özil comes from Real Madrid for 42.4 million pounds and provides his incredible ability to create plays in the attack. His time at the Bernabeu tallies him up with 27 goals and over 70 assists.
Manchester United fans were left seriously underwhelmed, as David Moyes’ squad only managed to secure a transfer for Everton center midfielder Marouane Fellaini. The club paid 27.5 million pounds for the Belgian international which, as every outlet has noted, was double the price they initially offered.
Fellaini and his world-class afro will provide another option in the center of midfield for United: something they desperately need. However, procuring Fellaini will be seen as a disappointment after talk of the club securing either Cesc Fabregas or Thiago Alcántera.
All three clubs will be in action again next Saturday, as United takes on Crystal Palace, Arsenal battles Sunderland and Tottenham takes on Norwich.
Correction: Bale’s rade was actually worth 100m Euro not 100m Pounds.