Transfers often take a long time to complete with fees being negotiated for weeks before a compromise is met. There are however some cases where transfers are completed in a much shorter period of time, usually on deadline day. But with deadline day deals comes a premium price that must be paid.
We’ve taken a look at the top 9 most expensive deadline day deals ahead of the upcoming transfer deadline. A bet on the football transfers that could happen this deadline day includes the likes of Coutinho leaving Liverpool for Barcelona and Alexis Sanchez leaving Arsenal for Manchester City.
Wayne Rooney- Everton to Manchester United- £30m- August 2004
Wayne Rooney has become a legend for both Manchester United and England, although there are some who believe he never quite lived up to his potential, even if he’s still become a legend.
Back in 2004 while playing for Everton, the club he had played for since he was 9, Rooney was hot property. Although Rooney had handed in a transfer request, Everton rejected an offer in the region of £20m from Newcastle United. The then manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that it took a lot to persuade the club’s board to sanction the move, which would eventually cost the club around £30m.
Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick on his debut for the club in a Champions League match against Fenerbahce. Rooney would go on to score 253 goals for the Red Devils, with 183 of those coming in the Premier League.
In July 2017, Rooney returned to his boyhood club, Everton, where he has since become the second player to ever score 200 Premier League goals, after Alan Shearer, who finished his career having scored 260 Premier League goals.
Moussa Sissoko- Newcastle to Tottenham- £30m- August 2016
Moussa Sissoko wanted to leave Newcastle following their relegation from the Premier League. He feared he would lose his place in the France international squad if he was playing in the Championship, so on deadline day in August 2016, he secured a £30m move to Tottenham.
The French midfielder impressed pundits with his displays for France during Euro 2016, helping France to the final, only to lose out to Portugal.
After one season at the club, most believe he has failed to live up to expectations and with the high transfer fee and five year contract offered, it would be sensible to accept this has been a poor piece of business for Spurs.
Dimitar Berbatov- Tottenham to Manchester United- £30.75m- September 2008
One of the biggest deadline day deals in the 2008 summer transfer window was that of Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham to Manchester United. The Bulgarian striker had been linked with a move to Old Trafford the previous summer and Tottenham were unhappy with United’s pursuit of their player and reported the club to the Premier League.
Manchester City had an offer accepted for Berbatov, however he didn’t want to move to United’s rivals due to the lack of Champions League football. Man Utd would come in and Tottenham reluctantly accept an offer for Berbatov of around £30.75m.
Following the completion of the deal, which saw Man Utd’s young striker Fraizer Campbell moving in the other direction on loan.
Robinho- Real Madrid to Manchester City- £32.5m- September 2008
Manchester City had just been taken over by Khaldoon Al Mubarak when they decided to start splashing the cash on players, starting with the £32.5m transfer of Robinho from Real Madrid in the summer of 2008, beating the Berbatov transfer which was completed only just before this deal.
Had Chelsea played their hand differently, they could have been Robinho’s destination, however they reportedly had produced shirts with Robinho’s name on the back before the paperwork had been done. This angered Real Madrid and they pulled the plug on the deal.
His arrival at Manchester City was greeted with great optimism, however after his first season, he began to disappoint many of the fans and would eventually depart for Santos on loan in January 2010.
That summer he moved from Manchester City to AC Milan but still never managed to live up to his potential. He now plays back in his native Brazil for Atletico Mineiro.
David Luiz- PSG to Chelsea- £34m- August 2016
David Luiz had already had a spell with Chelsea prior to his return on deadline day in August 2016. He spent 3 ½ years at Stamford Bridge where he won the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League before moving to Paris Saint-Germain for around £50m in the summer of 2014.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wanted to boost his defensive options ahead of his first season managing the club and with all other options exhausted, the club brought the Brazilian defender back to the club for around £34m.
In his first season back in England, he helped Chelsea to win the Premier League title for the second time in 3 seasons.
Andy Carroll- Newcastle to Liverpool £35m- January 2011
Andy Carroll’s transfer from Newcastle to Liverpool came about following Fernando Torres’ deadline day move from Liverpool to Chelsea for £50m.
Liverpool initially had a £30m bid for Carroll rejected before upping their bid to £35m. The Newcastle striker had scored 11 goals in 19 games for the Magpies in the first half of the season, which also saw him given his England debut.
Unfortunately for Carroll, his spell at Liverpool didn’t go quite to plan as he struggled to find the goal scoring form he had found in the first half of the season at Newcastle. He had suffered an injury while at Newcastle and wouldn’t make his debut for Liverpool until March 2011.
He only stayed at Liverpool for 1 ½ seasons before moving to West Ham initially on loan and then permanently where his spell at the Hammers has been dogged by injuries.
Anthony Martial- Monaco to Manchester United- £36m potentially rising to £58m- September 2015
Anthony Martial became the most expensive teenager ever when his deadline day move from Monaco to Manchester United materialised.
The highly regarded youngster had a great first season at the club under then Man Utd manager, Louis van Gaal, however since Jose Mourinho has taken over at Old Trafford, Martial has struggled for form.
The Frenchman is still only 21, so he is unlikely to be written off at the moment, but in his third season with the club and second under Mourinho, Martial will need to somehow prove to the Portuguese manager that he is worth a starting spot.
Mesut Ozil- Real Madrid to Arsenal- £42.5m- September 2013
Mesut Ozil spent 4 years at Real Madrid and won a La Liga title during his time at the Bernabeu before making a switch to the Emirates Stadium and joining up with Arsenal on deadline day in September 2013.
Costing the Gunners £42.5m, he was their record signing at the time and was brought in to create chances for the likes of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott to convert.
In his 4 seasons with Arsenal so far, Ozil has managed to win the FA Cup three times. Although he has helped Arsenal win trophies, he has been criticised for his work rate and his body language that is often perceived by the fans as being too negative.
Fernando Torres- Liverpool to Chelsea- £50m- January 2011
During his time at Liverpool, he had become a hero, however in January 2011, Fernando Torres would betray the fans that, for three and a half years had idolised him. Torres was unhappy at Liverpool and felt that the club was in transition, while he wanted to move to a complete squad and win trophies.
It was Chelsea who would make an offer for the Spanish striker towards the end of January, however Liverpool were determined to hold onto their man. Torres’ resolve would harden and he would ask the club to negotiate with Chelsea. On deadline day the move was completed, for a British transfer record at the time of £50m.
Unfortunately for Torres, he never managed to hit the heights of his Liverpool career while playing for Chelsea, but did create some memorable moments including scoring a goal against Barcelona.