After a particularly busy transfer deadline day we analyse the best deals struck from the Premier League clubs.
5) Radamel Falcao [AS Monaco – Manchester United]
Manchester United, in signing Falcao, have arguably the best forward line in world football.
The Colombian joins an attacking group which contains the likes of Angel Di Maria, Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin Van Persie and unquestionably adds a huge amount of quality to the squad.
A striker who can bludgeon his way through defences, or beat them with poise, Falcao is a complete forward and his signing lifts United back into the Premier League elite.
Talent-wise, the Monaco loanee is the greatest player in the list, but in joining he became the most expensive temporary signing in history and, with his past injury record still a concern, there was better value for money found elsewhere.
4) Toby Alderweireld [Atletico Madrid – Southampton]
Southampton’s summer will be remembered for the players they have lost – with Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers all departing – but they have bought extremely well.
Some top talents from across Europe have come in and the signing of Toby Alderweireld yesterday rounded off what can now be viewed as a positive summer.
Although they have lost a significant amount of quality, they have made a huge amount of profit and brought in some very talented stars who should be capable of compensating for their considerable losses.
Alderweireld may be the best signing of an excellent crop of additions, too. The Belgian has something to prove after failing to break into the Atletico Madrid side last season, but he is still a very competent defender and bringing him in on loan appears shrewd business from Ronald Koeman.
3) Danny Welbeck [Manchester United – Arsenal]
Danny Welbeck’s transfer from Manchester United signifies the breakaway from a club policy which has served them so well in the past.
The youngster came through the youth system and has been promising, but the Red Devil’s unquenchable thirst for big names this summer has forced him out the door.
United’s loss is Arsenal’s gain, though, and for £16 million he may just become one of the best buys of the summer.
2) Hatem Ben Arfa [Newcastle United – Hull City]
The fact that Hatem Ben Arfa was allowed to leave Newcastle United is a sad situation.
Alan Pardew has struggled to harness his greatest weapon over recent times and his departure is a major blow for the club.
One of the most talented players in the Premier League, the Frenchman is a match-winner and his signing is a tantalising prospect for Hull City supporters.
If Steve Bruce can show that he can handle the enigmatic winger better than Pardew and give him the freedom that he desires then he should shine at the KC Stadium.
1) Sandro [Tottenham Hotspur – QPR]
QPR’s transfer policy can often be questionable, but Sandro’s addition for around £10 million is the best buy of deadline day.
The Brazilian has struggled at Spurs of late, but on his day he is a phenomenal.
Sandro, at the peak of his powers, was arguably Spurs’ best player and his destructive presence in midfield was so eye-catching even Real Madrid were linked.
Since, injuries have thwarted his progress, but a new start may just be all that he needs to kick-on.
If he does so, he is one of the finest central-midfielders in the Premier League and he can be a difference maker for QPR.