On this day: Arsenal sign legend for £3.5m; Liverpool lose key striker; City spend big on Italian

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We take a look at a brilliant Arsenal transfer, a big-money Manchester City signing and a Liverpool departure.

August 14 has been a big day in modern day football history, with a range of exciting transfers in the English game taking place on his day previously.

In this piece we take a look at three of the most memorable transfers to happen on this very date in years gone by.

Patrick Vieira: AC Milan – Arsenal

In what was one of Arsene Wenger’s most successful purchases during his time as Arsenal manager, Patrick Vieira completed a move to the Gunners 18 years ago today.

At the time of the move Vieira was an unheard of youngster trying to make a name for himself in the game, but he would become one of the greatest players to represent Arsenal in the club’s history.

His powerful stature made him a perfect fit in the Premier League and he became a protagonist in one of the greatest sides ever assembled in English football during the ‘Invincibles’ season.

Vieira made 279 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 29 times, during his nine years at the club and will forever be remembered fondly by their supporters as a result.

Mario Balotelli: Inter Milan – Manchester City

Four years ago today Manchester City completed a £24.5million deal for the enigmatic Mario Balotelli from Inter Milan.

The young striker had been identified as one of the best prospects in the world and was intended to lead the line for City for the years to come as the side, then managed by Roberto Mancini, flexed their financial muscle once again.

He never really lived up to his potential, partly down to his fiery temperament, despite showing flashes of brilliance in his time at the Etihad though and moved on to AC Milan in the January of 2013.

Michael Owen: Liverpool – Real Madrid

On this day in 2004, Michael Owen left Liverpool to complete a mega-money move to Real Madrid in search of winning the Champions League.

It was a move that left many Reds fans disappointed, but they had the last laugh as they triumphed in Europe the next year, beating AC Milan in the final.

Owen had scored 118 times in 216 appearances for Liverpool, but never found his top form at Madrid and his stay in Spain was a short one.

It was a move which turned out to be disastrous for his career, as he struggled to hit the heights he did at Anfield and he went on to play for Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City before retiring.

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