Transfer deadline day in the English Premier League saw plenty of comings and goings as you would expect, but it’s always a case of there being winners and losers, highs and lows.
With so many clubs looking to put the final touches to their squad ahead of the new season, it can often turn out to be a great day for some, while others can be left short.
Lukaku’s Move To Milan
The biggest move of transfer deadline day 2019 saw Romelu Lukaku finally get his move to Inter Milan, in a deal said to be worth in the region of £74 million. The Belgian hitman, who had spent the days previous training at Vincent Kompany’s Anderlecht, was desperate to leave Old Trafford, so will have been relieved to get a move to the Serie A giants. However, it wasn’t a great day for Lukaku’s now former club, as they failed to conclude any deals, with Ed Woodward’s abilities being called into question once again.
Events At Everton
Another of Lukaku’s former clubs, this time Everton, have enjoyed a successful transfer window in many respects, and while they failed to land top target Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace on deadline day, with the player staying put at Selhurst Park, they did manage to recruit Alex Iwobi from Arsenal in a £34 million pound deal, with Mo Besic leaving Goodison Park on a temporary basis to join newly promoted Sheffield United.
It’s been all change at Chelsea this summer, both on the pitch and on it, and with Frank Lampard looking to give youth a chance this season, David Luiz was allowed to cross London to join Arsenal for £8 million. It was a move which seemed to appear out of nowhere in the run up to deadline day, with the Brazilian said to have not fancied his chances where first team football was concerned at Stamford Bridge this coming season. Danny Drinkwater also followed Luiz out of Chelsea, joining Burnley on loan.
Pochettino Is Happy
Spurs, Champions League finalists last season, have become renowned for not doing much business when it comes to transfers, but their supporters will have been pleased to see both Giovani lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon arrive on deadline day. Both players should prove to be good additions to Mauricio Pochettino’s squad, with Spurs looking to close the gap between themselves and Liverpool and Man City.
Manchester City Welcomes Carson
One of the shock moves of deadline day, and there always seems to be one, saw Derby County goalkeeper Scott Carson head back to the Premier League to join Manchester City on loan. Carson, 33, who has been capped by England 4 times, has made over 150 appearances for Derby, but having fallen out of favour, he’s now made the move to provide cover for Ederson and Claudio Bravo.
Arsenal Closes On Tierney
Elsewhere, Kieran Tierney finally made the move from Celtic to the Premier League, joining Arsenal in a deal worth £25 million. It could prove to be the battle of the Scottish left backs in the English top flight this season, with both Tierney and Andrew Robertson likely to be key performers for their sides.