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The Top 5 Deadline Day Deals

September 02, 2016

- Grant Whittington

While this season’s deadline day may not have been as explosive as those that have gone before, we have seen some notable deals and records set. Summer spending among Premier League clubs tipped the £1 billion mark for the first time, for example, while a number of big names in the European game were involved in several loan and permanent deals before the August deadline passed.

With this in mind, the team at BetHut has sifted through the paperwork to determine the five best deadline deals involving top flight clubs…

Samir Nasri (Manchester City to Sevilla, Loan Deal)

The decision of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola to farm out talented midfielder Samir Nasri on loan was understandable, especially given the Frenchman’s weight issues and clear lack of focus. Make no mistake; however, he is an immensely talented player, and one who could become one of the best in the world if he improved his fitness and attitude. Only David Silva has completed more assists than Nasri since the Frenchman joined from Arsenal, and Pep may regret not giving him the opportunity to prove himself.

Joe Hart (Manchester City to Torino, Loan Deal)

Look away now City fans, as cult hero Joe Hart has also departed on a season-long loan to Serie A outfit Torino. This is a sensible move away from the spotlight for Hart, whose attitude and quality have been questioned after a torrid Euro 2016 and his much publicised fall from grace under Guardiola at the Etihad. It is also excellent news for Torino, but it could well prove to be a mistake for a City side that suddenly lacks a genuinely top-class shot-stopper and presence between the sticks.

Wilfried Bony (Manchester City to Stoke City, Loan Deal)

This is a deal that makes much more sense for all parties involved, especially given that Bony is a proven EPL striker who is surplus to requirements at the Etihad. He is also entirely unsuited to Guardiola’s fast and fluid style of play, while the Potters are crying out for a strong and powerful striker who can guarantee them goals. If Bony can replicate the form he showed at Swansea prior to his Etihad move, the Potters will have a prolific focal point that could help them sustain a European challenge.

Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon to Leicester City, £28 million)

Finally, we feature a player joining the Premier League, in the form of champions’ Leicester City’s new signing Islam Slimani. The prolific Algerian striker, who plundered 31 goals in 44 outings last term and is his nations fifth highest scorer, has signed for a lofty £28 million but has the potential to become a huge success in the Premier League. His link-up with fellow compatriot Riyad Mahrez could be particularly important, but the Foxes have certainly added some firepower to their already potent attack.

David Luiz (PSG to Chelsea, £32 million)

The talented but occasionally errant Brazilian did not seem to be on anyone’s radar before deadline day, but Antonio Conte’s love of a physically dominant, ball-playing centre-back compelled him to make his move. The Blues were also able to resign Luiz for considerably less than the £50 million that they sold him for two years ago, meaning that this is a deal that could deliver huge value for the West London club.

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