The transfer deadline day has ended, with Premier League clubs frantically landing 11th-hour deals and looking to squeeze two months worth of negotiations into 24 hours.
For many, their prolific, high-priced new arrivals had penned a new deal before the season had started, with others managing to land a big fish with their season underway.
With all 20 sides in England’s top division splashing £1.24bn across 107 signings, the Premier League has once again become the focal point of transfer madness.
United sign quartet in final hours
Immediately following their embarrassing 6-1 defeat to Tottenham at Old Trafford on the weekend, Manchester United turned their attention to the dying stages of the transfer window, with the signings of Edison Cavani, Alex Telles, Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri.
Cavani arrives in Manchester on a ‘free’ deal from Paris Saint Germain, with the English club still paying a reported £10m in agent fees and a £200,000-per-week salary for the Uruguayan striker.
The 33-year-old hasn’t played in seven months after being released from the French giants following the Ligue 1’s decision to cancel their 2019/20 season due to the coronavirus.
While United were desperate to add to their attack, questions will be asked if Cavani is the right man to aid their current woes, but time will tell.
Telles is perhaps the most suitable arrival of the lot, with United struggling at left-back across the last several seasons. The Brazilian fullback will offer plenty of pace and creativity out wide whilst coming at a reasonable price of £13.5 million ($24.4 million AUD).
While the singing was a necessity, Ole Gunnar Solskjær failed to sign a centre-back to fix his current calamitous half-back pairing.
Diallo is touted as a player for the future, hardly featuring for Atalanta whilst understood to be showing plenty of promise at 18 years of age.
The teenager will arrive in England come January, with United sending the Italian club £36 million plus add-ons.
Pellistri’s deal was perhaps clouded by the three singings aforementioned, with the Uruguayan singing with Manchester from his home country’s first division.
Like Diallo, the 18-year-old is a gem for the future, with United landing the winger while Real Madrid, Juventus, Manchester City and Atletico Madrid had all shown interest.
Amidst the chaos of inclusions, defender Chris Smalling is set to return to Roma, with his latest contract with the Serie A club a permeant deal.
Partey time at Arsenal
After long speculation and deliberated negotiations, Arsenal finally landed their big fish, and with seconds to spare.
The Gunners had triggered the Ghanaian midfielder’s £45 million release clause with 32 minutes left in the transfer window.
Arriving from Atletico Madrid, Partey is set to cooly slot into Mikel Arteta’s engine room as the North Londoners look to land a top four finish.
Gunners midfielder Lucas Torreira will move to Atletico in a separate deal on a season-long loan.
Homecoming for Toffees veteran
Everton winger Theo Walcott landed a loan deal with Southampton on deadline day, returning to the club 14 years after departing it.
Despite the Toffees’ shining start to the season, the 31-year-old has been left out of Carlo Ancelotti’s squad and has looked to a move to St Mary’s to re-ignite his career.
Best for last as Leeds land 14th singing with star winger
Their prestigious return to the top-flight has seen Marcelo Bielsa busy in the summer transfer window, announcing 14 signings since claiming the championship title.
While their singing spree had impressed a number of rival fans, the Whites managed to save their best for last, with Brazilian winger Raphinha joining Leeds from Rennes.
The 23-year-old joins on a £17 million deal plus add ons, adding to Leeds’ juggernaut inclusions of striker Rodrigo and defensive duo Robin Koch and Diego Llorente.
Raphinha had a hand in 15 goals from 36 games in the French top division and will likely make his debut against Wolves following the international break.
Canaries defender joins Everton
England youth international Ben Godfrey has joined Everton on a £20 million deal that could see Norwich earn an extra £5 million with add-ons.
Godfrey was a diamond amongst the rough in Norwich’s disaster return to the Premier League last season, playing 30 matches for the Canaries as they were eventually relegated from the top division.