There were yet again many moves on the busiest day of the transfer window: deadline day.
These are the four best signings by EPL teams from deadline day.
Alex Telles: Porto to Manchester United (£13.6 million and £1.8 million in add-ons) ($24.7 million and $3.3 million in add-ons)
With United desperate for competition and depth at left back and with no movement whatsoever in the Jadon Sancho saga, they decided to go for one of the most talented fullbacks across Europe in Brazilian Alex Telles. And they got him cheaply too.
He’s not only a solid defender, but he’s also an extremely attacking fullback, already scoring two goals and two assists this season as well as scoring 13 goals and assisting 12 last season. One benefit is that he doesn’t get sent off too often or get injured as well, only being sent off five times in his entire career and playing 105 of a possible 113 games for Porto over the last two seasons.
Telles also averages 87.2 minutes per game over the last two seasons, improving every season he’s been at the Portuguese champions. If he can transfer that form – like Bruno Fernandes has – into the biggest league in Europe, then United could improve on what has been a lacklustre start.
Thomas Partey: Atletico Madrid to Arsenal (£45 million) ($82 million)
When Arsenal go chasing a good player, 40 per cent of the time they get them. Well this is one of those times, signing talented Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey from Atletico, activating his release clause.
He’s not a bad signing. He brings physicality and strength to a side that lacks any. He is a handy box-to-box mid, scoring seven goals and assisting seven over the last two seasons. He’s also been sent off only once in the last two years and a total of five times in his career.
Partey has also been capped 27 times by Ghana, scoring ten times in those international games, including a hat trick against Congo. If he can bring that super box-to-box effort he’s been able to produce at Atletico Madrid, then the Gunners might be firing hard yet again this season.
Raphinha: Stade Rennais to Leeds United (£17 million) ($31 million)
With Leeds not getting major target Rodrigo De Paul anytime soon, they decided to chase talented Rennes winger Raphinha. And they got the young Brazilian.
The Brazilian winger is not a bad player, scoring 35 goals over the last three seasons and 15 in the 2017-18 season for Sporting CP. He assisted 16 times in the last three years. Not only is he a good playmaker, but he’s also got speed and quick feet. He’s quite versatile too, being able to play on the right or the left wing as an attacking midfielder or as a second striker.
And with Helder Costa in good nick, scoring two goals and an assist in four games this season, he could potentially slot in nicely on one of the two wings. If he plays more on the right though, Leeds could be set to stay in the Premier League for the next few years.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek: Chelsea to Fulham (loan)
The young and talented English mid is yet to fulfill his massive potential. Loftus-Cheek sealed an 11th-hour loan move to struggling Fulham in the hope of getting more game time and potentially helping them survive.
He isn’t Mr Reliable though, with injuries and no game time hampering him last season. But when he got more game time back in 2017-18 and 2018-19 he looked good, scoring 12 times and assisting ten times in those two seasons. He’s also very disciplined, only getting booked twice in those two seasons and three times his entire senior career.
And with Fulham desperately needing a bit of help in their midfield despite boasting the likes of Tom Cairney, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Mario Lemina, he’ll definitely help them out if he can get into good form.