The last day of the Premier League’s summer transfer window always brings excitement for some clubs and disappointment for others. Let’s take a look at how some of the league’s biggest clubs fared.
In a disappointing window, the giants were unable to complete the signings of Borussia Dortmund’s Jaden Sancho or Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembélé.
United instead looked to former Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani to bolster their attack, signing him on a free transfer.
However, United did show some savvy business in the $27 million signing of Alex Telles from Portuguese club FC Porto. The Brazilian left-back will improve the side defensively, as well as in attacking positions. The 27-year-old showed his ability last season, scoring 11 goals in three appearances.
The Red Devils finished the window with the $65 million signing of 18-year-old Amad Traoré from Italian club Atlanta.
Manager Mikel Arteta has looked to further strengthen his midfield with the signing of Athlético Madrid’s Thomas Partey. The defensive midfielder was signed for $80 million and has showed great promise as a playmaker, as well as displaying an ability to break up opposition possession.
Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira was sent the other way, to Athéltico Madrid on a loan deal, however both signings occurred in separate deals, reflecting Arteta’s need to provide defensive coverage for his underperforming back four.
The in-form Toffees were quiet on deadline day, only completing the signing of Norwich’s Ben Godfrey for a surprising $35 million. The 21-year-old central defender has shown promise at the under-21 level, captaining England’s squad.
Everton also finalised a deal to send striker Moise Kean to PSG on a loan deal.
Southampton completed signed former academy graduate Theo Walcott, who will return to the club where he made his first senior start in the Premier League, in 2005.
Leeds completed the signing of Raphinha from French club Rennes for an undisclosed fee. The Brazilian winger netted five goals in 22 appearances for the Ligue One club last season. Manager Marcelo Bielsa is looking to continue Leeds’ decent start to this season in the club’s return to the top flight.
All Premier League clubs will have to wait until early next year to make any further signings, with the winter transfer window opening on January 4.