What a weekend in the Premier League. Crazy result after crazy result led to one of the most eventful match weeks in recent memory.
And guess what? The madness isn’t over.
Today is the international transfer deadline for many of Europe’s top leagues, including the EPL.
Premier League Nation is here to recap all the big moves on deadline day.
Thomas Partey Is Headed to Arsenal
For the last couple of days, it seemed unlikely that the Atletico Madrid midfielder would be on the move. Atleti seemed content to keep him and with several English clubs, including Arsenal and Chelsea, refusing to pay his £45 million release clause, the chances of a move seemed slim. However, today things changed as the Arsenal board pulled the trigger and will pay the release clause as well as an additional £6 million. The 27-year-old will become one of the better midfielders in the Premier League.
While he likes to play in the CDM position, Partey can go forward on the attack. He’ll fill a defensive hole in the midfield for the Gunners, making an immediate impact for one of England’s top clubs.
In addition to the Partey transfer, Arsenal loaned MF Lucas Torreira to Atletico and MF Matteo Guendouzi to Hertha Berlin to wrap up their deadline day moves.
Manchester United Add a Pair of South American Stars
After an abysmal 6-1 loss to Tottenham over the weekend, United immediately upgraded their squad by bringing in LB Alex Telles from Porto and CF Edinson Cavani from PSG. The Red Devils pushed hard for Dortmund ST Jadon Sancho but the two sides could not agree on a price. In the prime of his career, Cavani was considered one of the top strikers in the world. Age has caught up to him and at 33 the Uruguayan has regressed in recent years. He’ll add depth to an already strong United attack while Telles will join one of the worst back lines in England. To make room for Telles, United sold CB Chris Smalling to Roma for a fee of around £15 million.
United weren’t done there. They also signed Atalanta teen sensation FW Amad Diallo for £40 million. Diallo will join the club in January and is yet another addition to the Red Devil’s front line.
Chelsea Hold on to Their Veterans
Chelsea has been one of the most active clubs in the world during this transfer window, signing several big name players including ST Timo Werner, MF Kai Havertz, and MF Hakim Ziyech. With all that spending many people figured Chelsea would have to sell off some of their older players. DM Jorginho and CM Antonio Rudiger were linked to multiple clubs in transfer rumors, but Chelsea decided to stick with their veterans for the time being. Chelsea has a solid mix of experience and youth as they make a run at another top-four finish.
The Blues were linked with West Ham MF Declan Rice for much of the window but no move has been made yet. The domestic transfer window ends on October 16 so a deal could still be done by then. MF Ruben Loftus-Cheek signed with Fulham on a season-long loan.
Everton Signs a Goalkeeper
Everton signed GK Robin Olsen from Roma on a one-year loan. Olsen, 30, has performed well in Italy and will now compete for the keeper spot at Everton with Jordan Pickford. Pickford has been one of the worst shot-stoppers in the Premier League this season but has shown signs of brilliance during his career. Carlo Ancelotti has a difficult decision to make as the top of the table Everton look to continue their fantastic run of form.
Everton also loaned ST Theo Walcott to Southampton on a one-year deal and signed CB Ben Godfrey from Norwich for £30m.
City and Liverpool Are Quiet Despite Rough Starts
Losing 7-2 is not something that normally happens to the previous season’s champions. Unfortunately for Liverpool, Aston Villa completely dismantled the title holders yesterday, leaving supporters shell shocked.
Despite the recent drop in form, Jurgen Klopp has not made any major moves that could fix some of the defending issues that have plagued the Reds early this season. The same can be said for Manchester City, who have also struggled to excel in a competitive Premier League.
No big signing for either club. Klopp and Pep Guardiola will have to work with what they’ve got (which is pretty good by the way).
Latest for Leeds and West Ham
Marcelo Bielsa continues to add to his squad by signing former Rennes ST Raphinha for the next five years. Leeds acquired his rights for a hefty fee of £20 million.
Finally, West Ham has terminated the contract of MF Jack Wilshere. Wilshere battled injury for much of his time at West Ham and will now move on from the club.
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