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The Premier League’s best transfer deadline day signings

August 31, 2015

- Grant Whittington

This summer’s transfer deadline day is fast approaching, with many of the EPL’s top clubs still in the market for a handful of top performers that can help them to embellish their existing squads. The protracted and often fractious nature of negotiations means that much of the action is likely to be reserved until the final 24 hours of the window, and while purists may loath the drama that accompanies such last minute deals you cannot deny that it makes for compulsive viewing.

The 3 best Transfer deadline deals of all-time

This always serves as an exciting talking point here at the Bethut, so we decided to take a nostalgic look back at three of the best deadline day transfers of all-time. Here they are: –

Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano (Corinthians to West Ham, 2006)

Certainly the strangest deadline deal in history, this transfer raised the issue of third-party ownership in football and caused controversy for years to come. Both Tevez (who has been targeted by Chelsea during the previous summer) and Mascherano were both owned by the MSI Investor group, which owned the contracts of both players and was subsequently deemed to be operating illegally.  While this caused repercussions further down the line, striker Tevez went on to score seven goals in his 10 games to keep West Ham in the Premier League.

While the controversial nature of the deal cost West Ham more than £25 million in fines and compensation, this pales into insignificance when you consider how much was saved by avoiding relegation.

Ashely Cole (Arsenal to Chelsea, 2006)

On the very same day, Arsenal full-back Ashley Cole was signing another contentious deal with EPL champions Chelsea. After ridiculing Arsenal’s ‘derisory’ new contract offer of £55,000 per week, Cole was approached by Chelsea who wanted to secure a low-cost deal for the England full-back. Cue a great deal of acrimony and anger from both the Arsenal hierarchy and their fans, after the Blues negotiated a final transfer fee of just £5 million. This turned out to be one of the great transfer deals, as Cole went on to win a league title, four FA Cups, one League Cup, a Europa League title and even the Champions League during a seven year spell.

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United to Everton, 2004)

Perhaps the greatest deadline deal of all-time, Wayne Rooney’s £30 million move to Manchester United represents huge value for the Reds. While many may argue that the striker has failed to achieve his full potential, he has scored nearly 250 goals for the Reds, won multiple honours and is on course to become their (and England’s) record goal scorer. Still just 29 years old, he has the potential to achieve so much more and may yet reach the dazzling heights he appeared set for when he first made his debut as a precocious 16-year old.

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