David Luiz, Moussa Sissoko, Jack Wilshere, Marcos Alonso and Mario Balotelli on the move
David Luiz’s surprise return to Chelsea, Tottenham beating Everton to sign Moussa Sissoko and Jack Wilshere’s loan move to Bournemouth were some of the key changes on transfer deadline day.
There had been speculation throughout the day about Luiz returning to Stamford Bridge and just after Wednesday’s 11pm deadline Chelsea announced they had re-signed the Brazilian from Paris St Germain on a three-year deal.
The Blues are believed to have paid at least £32million, two years after selling him to PSG for £50million.
Antonio Conte also signed ex-Bolton defender Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina for approximately £23 million.
England midfielder Wilshere has joined Bournemouth on a season-long loan deal from Arsenal to Bournemouth so that he can get some regular first team football.
Meanwhile north London rivals Tottenham brought in Sissoko from Newcastle on a five-year deal for a reported £30million just as Everton looked to be ready to sign the French midfielder.
Mario Balotelli is off again! This time it’s a permanent exit from Liverpool with the striker signing for Nice on a free transfer. Others departing Anfield are Luis Alberto who joined Lazio whilst Andre Wisdom and Lazar Markovic left the Reds for loan spells with Red Bull Salzburg and Sporting Lisbon respectively.
It is understood that following the figures published by Deloitte’s Sports Business Group that Premier League clubs’ gross spending in the window stood at £1.005billion on Wednesday morning. Then a reported total of around £170million was added to that by deals throughout the day.
- John Terry to leave Chelsea at the end of the season
- Marcus Rashford is Manchester United’s home-grown talent but he must make the most of his limited chances
- Pep Guardiola needs to overhaul Manchester City’s defence with John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala not living up to their price tag
- Rudy Gestede has joined Middlesbrough