Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal among the best and worst of transfer deadline day

Since the introduction of the transfer window during the 2002/2003 season there have been many deadline day deals, some good and some not so good. As the deadline approaches for this summer, on the 2nd September, I look at some of the best and worst deals completed on the final day.


Andy Carroll - Newcastle United to Liverpool – January 2011 - £35m

Perhaps one of the biggest deadline day deals completed, a gigantic fee for a player that hadn’t consistently proved himself at the top level. A puzzling transfer in many ways, not least the price tag, despite some good moments Carroll never fitted into the Liverpool team and he was loaned out to West Ham at the beginning of the 2012-2013 season. That move has since been made permanent for £15m, a case of Liverpool cutting their losses and moving on from this failed plan.

Mikael Silvestre – Manchester United to Arsenal – August 2008 – Undisclosed fee

Not a big money move by any means but this deal left a lot of head scratching, the Gunners were looking for experienced cover at centre half but instead got an ageing defender that was at times a liability in defence; despite a memorable goal against Spurs. Manchester United seemed to get rid of the Frenchman just at the right time. Can’t be denied that this was one of the worst signings that Arsene Wenger has ever made.

Paul Konchesky – Fulham to Liverpool – August 2010 - £4.5m

A Roy Hodgson signing after he took charge of Liverpool, but things didn’t really go to plan for either. Only making 15 appearances for the Reds, he was shipped out on loan to Nottingham Forest only six months after signing for the club. Neither Konchesky nor Hodgson lasted at the club for very long. Liverpool fans, best to forget this ever happened.


Dimitar Berbatov – Tottenham Hotspur to Manchester United – September 2008 - £30m

One of the biggest deals of the recent deadline day history, Tottenham were adamant they wouldn’t sell but it was difficult to reject and offer as large as this. It turned out to be an excellent capture, he went on to jointly win the golden boot after the 2010-2011 season scoring 20 goals. The Bulgarian did eventually fall out of favour at Old Trafford but now plays his football for Fulham.

Ashley Cole – Arsenal to Chelsea – August 2006 - £5m + William Gallas

There was no doubt about who got the better end of this deal. Chelsea acquired the best-left back in the Country, possibly even the world for a relatively modest price. Arsenal in return received a centre back that would eventually become the clubs’ captain before signing for their rivals Tottenham Hotspur. The left back role at Arsenal has never really been pinned down since Cole’s departure.

Marouane Fellaini – Standard Liege to Everton – September 2008 - £15m

Now one of the best midfielders in the Premier League but then he was relatively unknown on these shores. People thought that it was a lot of money but now it can be seen as a bargain with today’s prices. Over the past few season he has revolutionised his game, becoming more of a goal threat. If you believe the reports he is the target of a number of top clubs.

These are just some of the best and worst deals. Let us know your thoughts? Have we missed anyone?

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