The main transfer shakers
LONDON — The summer transfer window was the richest in Premier League history as total spending for the calendar year reached £1 billion (M20.5 billion) for the first time.
However, failed attempts to sign David de Gea and Saido Berahino dominated the headlines on transfer deadline day.
The amount spent by Barclays Premier League clubs during the summer window passed £800million on the final day of trading, but most of the talk centred around two deals that did not happen.
De Gea’s long-anticipated £29million move from Manchester United to Real Madrid collapsed on Monday night and both clubs appeared at odds over who was to blame.
West Brom striker Berahino, meanwhile, hit out after the Baggies blocked Tottenham’s attempts to sign him. Berahino appeared to threaten never to play for the club again after two deadline-day bids from Spurs were rejected.
De Gea remained at Old Trafford after the paperwork for his switch to the Bernabeu, which would have included Keylor Navas moving in the opposite direction, was not submitted before Spain’s deadline of 11pm Monday.
Real issued a strong statement defending their conduct, insisting they did “everything necessary” to implement the move. That came after United said they had submitted their paperwork on time and had proof of doing so.
Real could have the option to appeal to La Liga or world governing body FIFA but that seemed unlikely. They may now have to wait until January at the earliest to move again for a player they have been linked with all summer.
Berahino took to Twitter to criticise Albion chairman Jeremy Peace after Spurs were rebuffed in their late attempts to take the 22-yearold to White Hart Lane.
Spurs twice failed with bids last month, the second of which would have been worth up to £21million, but it is understood their latest two offers represented only a marginal improvement.
Berahino tweeted: “Sad how I can’t say exactly how the club has treated me but I can officially say I will never play Jeremy Peace.”
United did not officially respond to Real’s statement as they focused on completing their remarkable £36million deal for 19-year-old France Under-21 striker Anthony Martial from Monaco.
The fee for the highly-rated but relatively unproven prospect, who signed a four-year contract, represented a world record for a teenager.
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Manchester United spent £139m to bring in Martial, Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, while Chelsea left it late in the window to conduct their serious business, signing Pedro, Baba Rahman and Djilobodji.
Other big-money signings on deadline day included Argentina defender Ramiro Funes Mori joining Everton from River Plate for £9.5 million and Virgil van Dijk moving to Southampton from Celtic for £11.5 million.
West Brom turned down a fourth bid for Saido Berahino, causing the striker to hint that he would never play for the Baggies again.
Liverpool have used the Sterling money (and more) to sign seven players, with Christian Benteke (£32.5m), Roberto Firmino (£29m) and Nathaniel Clyne (£12m) the most expensive. — BBC LONDON — Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany (pictured) refuses to get carried away by his team’s strong start to their Premier League campaign and expects usual contenders like Chelsea to bounce back after stuttering early in the season.
City have won all their four games this season, scoring 10 goals and conceding none, while champions Chelsea have four points from as many games, including a 3-0 loss to the Sky Blues.
“I’m trying generally not to care (about Chelsea’s start). I’m focused on ourselves. Teams like Chelsea, Arsenal ... the big teams will always come back so it’s a matter of time,” the 29-year-old Belgian said at BX Brussels, the football club he set up in 2013.
City finished eight points behind Chelsea last season, despite scoring 83 goals, the highest in the league.
“For me, to have a season like last season wasn’t acceptable and I’ve done what I’ve always know when times were tough,” Kompany said.
Table-topper Manchester City travel to Selhurst Park to face second-placed Crystal Palace, who beat Chelsea 2-1 on Saturday, on September 12. — Reuters
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