The transfer deadline day is behind us. This means that we now know, roughly, the squads teams are bound to be using in 2020. Here are the 5 most expensive deals signed before the clock ran out.
5.Chris Smalling (Manchester United to Roma) – £13.5m
Chris Smalling loan out to AS Roma help put the England defender’s career back on track. It’s no wonder then that the player would fight to make the deal permanent. While Manchester United are said to have pleaded with Smalling, the defender had only one option in mind. Roma paid Chris Smalling £13.5m to make this deal permanent.
4. Alex Telles (Porto to Manchester United) – £15.5m
Alex Telles was part of Manchester United’s last-minute spending spree. The Red Devils may be struggling to find suitable central defenders, but have upgraded their left-back position. The deal provides much-needed competition for Luke Shaw. The transfer could also help United’s attacking department. Telles scored 11 goals and provided 8 assists last season.
3. Amad Traore (Atalanta to Manchester United) – £27.2m
Amad Traore’s transfer to Manchester United shows a club desperate to improve their squad. Traore is an 18-year-old winger whose style is compared to that of Lionel Messi. While the transfer proved costly for United (£27.2m), the Ivorian will not join until January. More so, he will most likely join the youth squad first, making him an option for Solskjaer’s team for the future.
2. Ben Godfrey (Norwich to Everton) – £30m
Ben Godfrey transfer from recently relegated Norwich to Everton, helps improve an already impressive side. Carlo Ancelotti’s team has been dominant at the start of this new season. Godfrey, who has been compared to Rio Ferdinand by some pundits, is set to improve Toffees’ in the central-defender position. As for the English defender, he gets to swap Championship fixtures, for one of the more exciting teams in the Premier League.
1. Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid to Arsenal) – £45m
Thomas Partey is Arsenal’s most exciting transfers in seven years. It took a lot of saving on the Gunners’ part. First, they needed to let go of some of their best football scouts. Recently, came the news that Arsenal’s beloved mascot, Gunnersaurus , was out of a job.
These cost-saving measures have helped to lure Thomas Partey to the Emirates. A world-class signing, the midfielder is expected to make an instant impact. And, with Mikel Arteta’s brand of football gaining support, Arsenal supporters will hope to see their team return to the upper part of the footballing pyramid.