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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.

There were plenty of other deals con­cluded with West Ham one of the busiest clubs. from Celticc on a five-year deal for a re­ported fee ee of £11.5mil­lion while Bournemouthuth landed striker Glenn Mur­ray from om Crys­tal Palace for £4 mil­lion.

One player yer did leave West Brom as for­mer Eng­land de­fender Joleon Lescott moved ed across the Mid­lands to As­ton Villa for a re­ported £2mil­lion.

QPR striker Char­lie Austin stayedd at Lof­tus Road af­ter muchuch spec­u­la­tion.on. Manchesster United’s d’s £36m sign­ning of Moonaco tee­ne­nager An­tho­ny­hony Mar­tial was the big­gest t dead­line day move. West Ham m were the busiest club on trans­fer­ans­fer dead­line day but what else hap­pened on Tues­day?

Premier r League clubs spent ap­prox­i­mate­lyly £90 mil­lion on dead­line day, £5m more than last sum­mer. Mata (£37.1 mil­l­lion).

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

An­thony Mar­tial cost Manch­ester United £36mil­lion on dead­line e day hav­ing joined from Monaco.

SAIDO Ber­ahino

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