As we head into the final 4 hours of the Premier League transfer deadline, there is still a lot of deals to be concluded. Chelsea has already broken the world record for the most expensive goalie, and Manchester United is still looking to get one or two players to fill their ranks.
Whoever it is, before the window closes at 5 pm today, let us take a look at most expensive deadline transfer orchestrated by the top six clubs in England.
Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle to Tottenham for £30m in 2016
Sissoko was on his way to Everton after accepting their deal on deadline day, but then Tottenham matched the bid, and the midfielder was on his way to the London side. “I will give everything for you and the team, I hope we win a lot of games and titles.” Sissoko said at the time.
Robinho from Real Madrid to Manchester City for £32m in 2008
This one was dramatic as Manchester City had a change of ownership on the final day of the summer transfer window in 2008, as mega wealthy Sheikh Mansour’s Abu Dhabi United group acquired the club started the spending spree by signing Robinho, who was close to a switch to Chelsea.
“I just laughed, really, because it was all out for [Dimitar] Berbatov and then they seemed to be bidding for everybody,” City defender Richard Dunne said, in reference to City trying to muscle in on Man United’s deadline day deal for Berbatov, before attention was turned to Robinho. It was clearly a sign of things to come.
Danny Drinkwater from Leicester to Chelsea for £35m in 2017
This deal was finalised late in the day and the club applied for a two-hour extension to the transfer deadline to complete the transfer. It has been a frustrating season for Drinkwater, who didn’t play until October because of injury. He started 12 Premier League games last season and injury also meant he missed the FA Cup final win against Man United.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal to Liverpool for £35m in 2017
The midfielder was in the last year of his contract when Liverpool made their move. Oxlade-Chamberlain rejected a move to Chelsea to move north and join Jurgen Klopp’s exciting side. The 24-year-old joined Mohamed Salah and Andrew Robertson as other notable additions at Anfield.
Anthony Martial from Monaco To Manchester United for £36m in 2015
He was relatively unknown in the UK when Man United paid Monaco an initial £36m for Martial in 2015. The club wanted more firepower up front, but it was a lot of money for someone who was still only 19 and even his team-mates had to ask about him. “To be honest on the plane, Wayne Rooney came to speak to me and asked me who Martial was,” Morgan Schneiderlin revealed at the time.
He made a memorable first impression, though, by scoring on his debut against Liverpool and living up to the hype that had seen him compared to Thierry Henry. His future at the club is now in question.
Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid to Arsenal for £42.5m in 2013
The Gunners surpassed Andrey Arshavin’s 2009 transfer fee by just over £27.5m when they landed Ozil. “He is a great player, with proven quality at both club and international level,” Arsene Wenger said. “We have watched and admired him for some time as he has all the attributes I look for in an Arsenal player.” It looked like a real statement of intent from the club, who ended up fourth in the Premier League in his first season, but won the FA Cup.
Hopefully, Manchester United may sign a new player and break their own record for Anthony Martial.