The Lyon striker has rebuilt his career in France since battling for success at Manchester United after a big move in 2015. The new Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman wanted to sign his Dutch compatriot.
Negotiations with Depay and Lyon went so far that Barca believed an agreement could be reached on the deadline. With Barca unable to find a buyer for Ousmane Dembele, Depay could not be signed. The Dutch international now has to focus on another campaign in Ligue 1.
Remember him The Arsenal midfielder has not kicked a ball for the club since March, nor has he been selected for a matchday squad and manager Mikel Arteta has made it clear he has no future in the Emirates. With a year left on his £ 350,000-a-week contract, Ozil has proven impossible for Arsenal to dump during the window as no one is going to pay half that wage for a talented but unpredictable 31-year-old.
With Arteta building for the future, it is very unlikely that Ozil will play for the club again. He could hit a deal in January to move, but by then he will have missed 10 months of football when he could have played elsewhere.
The Manchester United goalkeeper is now third pick at Old Trafford after Dean Henderson was loaned out by Sheffield United to challenge David de Gea for first place.
The Argentina international was dying to leave, but despite Everton’s interest, Romero is staying with United and has little prospect of competitive football for the next three months.
And to make matters worse, his wife Eliana took to social media on the deadline to criticize United for failing to find a club for her husband.
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Norwich City defender Max Aarons has a bright future in the game. You are sure to hear a lot about him in the years to come, but this was one window the 20-year-old has been targeted by Barcelona and Bayern Munich and missed a move to both.
The full-back remains a Norwich player with a season ahead of him in the EFL championship rather than the prospect of playing with and against the world’s best clubs in the Champions League. His time will come but if you are connected to Barca and Bayern and you fail to make the move it must be difficult to swallow.
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Up until that transfer window, Everton were among those clubs that had made terrible decisions in the market by spending far too much on players whose previous club had been only too happy to say goodbye to them – Theo Walcott, Alex Iwobi and Moise Kean new examples.
But under manager Carlo Ancelotti, Everton has developed into a club that concludes smart contracts at a good price-performance ratio. Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez was Everton’s headline that summer, but Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Ben Godfrey are quality additions. Goalkeeper Robin Olsen arrives on the deadline to face Jordan Pickford. Everton had a great window.
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Transfer window and Jose Mourinho usually only mean one thing: trouble!
In his last two jobs at Manchester United and Chelsea, Mourinho’s frustration with the summer transfer deals sparked clashes with his bosses at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge that eventually led him to lose his job. But at Spurs, despite the prospect of clashes with notoriously frugal chairman Daniel Levy, Mourinho has seen a summer loaning out a number of top targets as well as Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale. Mourinho was a happy manager this summer and Spurs can only benefit from it.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting probably felt like he hit the jackpot when he sealed a move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2018 after a rather unspectacular season in the Premier League with Stoke City.
But after two years of winning trophies and playing with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in Paris, the Cameroonian striker has once again managed to complete another dream move to Bayern Munich.
At 31, the German-born striker could not have chosen a better transfer than returning home to play for the Champions League winners.
The growing contingent of USMNT players in the major European leagues has continued this year, but the big moves by Sergino Dest and Weston McKennie point to an increasing appreciation for American talent. Dest’s move from Ajax to Barcelona after McKennie’s move from Schalke to Juventus means US coach Gregg Berhalter now has players in some of the biggest clubs in the world, with Christian Pulisic making his big move to Chelsea back in 2019.
Giovanni Reyna and Tyler Adams will continue their advances in Germany with Dortmund and RB Leipzig, creating these exciting times for the US.
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German giants Dortmund likely won the January transfer window by beating Manchester United against FC Salzburg’s Erling Haaland and they also had a pretty good summer window at United’s expense. Not only did Dortmund contest United in the race to sign Birmingham City teen Jude Bellingham, but they also made it clear that they would not be forced to sell Sancho.
Dortmund set a deadline of August 10 and adhered to it. United complained that Dortmund wanted too much for the English winger but the winners are the side that ended with Sancho. And it wasn’t United.
It’s too early to say whether Chelsea’s £ 240million summer spending spree is a blessing or a curse for manager Frank Lampard as he will surely have to pay out a dividend after such a big hassle for new players.
But with the attacking talents of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech, who arrive at Stamford Bridge together with Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy to strengthen themselves defensively, Lampard has received the support that most managers only dream of can.
Every weak point in the Chelsea squad has been fixed, so the manager is now under pressure to bring it all together and make sure silver is won this season.