Manchester United’s purchase of nineteen-year-old striker Anthony Martial from Monaco for a hefty £36 million was the biggest move of transfer deadline day. Other big stories included David De Gea’s collapsed move to Real Madrid and Everton and Southampton both bought defenders.
Martial was previously unheard of, but he has been cast into the limelight by becoming the world’s most expensive teenager and Wayne Rooney’s new strike partner. He has been impressive but not spectacular for Monaco, scoring eleven goals in 42 appearances last season.
David De Gea was set to achieve his dream move in a £29m move from United to Spanish giants Real Madrid. However, the deal failed late last night as the paperwork was not completed in time for the Spanish transfer window. It is still expected that De Gea will, at some point, move to Real – most likely at the end of the current season when he will be available on a free transfer.
Everton bought a new centre-back, but luckily for Toffee fans he is not a replacement for John Stones, who will be staying on Merseyside until January at least. Ramiro Funes Mori joined for £9.5m from Argentine side River Plate.
Southampton also moved for a defender, one who they had been courting for most of the window. Virgil Van Dijk completed an £11.5m move from Scottish champions Celtic, following the path of new team-mate Fraser Forster in moving from the Glasgow outfit to the South coast club.
There was little more major movement, with Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool all doing their major business earlier in the summer. Kevin De Bruyne joined City for £55m, as did Raheem Sterling (£49m) and Nicolas Otamendi (£32m). Chelsea major signings were Pedro from Barcelona for £21m, and Abdul Baba Rahman for £17m. They did, however, sign two unheralded centre-backs for £4m each. Liverpool used the Sterling money and some more to purchase Christian Benteke for £32m and Roberto Firmino for £29m.