Monday’s transfer deadline day was typical hectic and as usual there were some big moves in the transfer market.
A host of big name clubs were active on deadline day and some high-profile players moved clubs. Here are five of the biggest moves of transfer deadline day:
Radamel Falcao (Monaco to Manchester United, season-long loan)
This was without doubt the biggest move of deadline day as Falcao completed a surprise season-long loan deal, which will cost the Red Devils a loan fee believed to be in the region of £6million with a view to a permanent deal but next summer.
The Colombian international had previously been linked with United’s arch-rivals Manchester City and also Arsenal.
Falcao is regarded as one of the most prolific number nines in world football. However, he missed the second half of last season and the World Cup with a knee injury. He is now believed to be back to full fitness and could turn out to be a superb signing.
Where the striker is going to fit into the United team is a question for another day, as the Red Devils have secured the services of a truly world-class striker to add to an already impressive attacking unit. The 28-year-old is odds of 16/1 to finish as the Premier League’s top scorer this season.
Danny Welbeck (Manchester United to Arsenal, £15million)
With Falcao heading for Old Trafford the 23-year-old England international was surplus to requirements at the Red Devils. The pacey and versatile Welbeck was linked with a number of clubs during the transfer window including Tottenham and Everton.
Welbeck is known for his work rate and commitment on the field. However he is not regarded as a natural goalscorer, which for a striker is not great. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has a history of helping young players fulfil their potential though.
Welbeck has often been used in a wide position for United in recent seasons and has very rarely been employed in his favoured position of striker. With first choice Gunners striker Olivier Giroud out injured until the end of the year at the earliest Welbeck may get a chance to play up front.
Abel Hernandez (Palermo to Hull, £10million)
Hull broke their transfer record to bring in highly-rated Uruguayan striker Abel Hernandez from Italian club Palermo. The 24-year-old has signed a three-year-contract at the KC Stadium with an option of a fourth year.
Hernandez scored 14 goals in Serie B to help Palermo return to the Italian top-flight last season and he also impressed at the World Cup. As a youngster he was rated as one of the brightest young talents in world football. However, he has not quite yet lived-up to his potential. Hull boss Steve Bruce will be hoping that the striker fulfils his potential on Humberside.
Javier Hernandez (Manchester United to Real Madrid, season-long loan)
The Mexican is another striker that left Old Trafford on deadline day. He joined Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal and Los Blancos have the option to make the deal a permanent one next summer.
Hernandez was well down the striking pecking order at Old Trafford and the arrival of Radamel Falcao would have limited his opportunities to play even further. The striker’s chances of regular first team football with the Red Devils have been limited in recent seasons.
The 26-year-old made just six Premier League starts last season and will see this move as an opportunity to resurrect his career in La Liga. He will be looking to compete for a starting place with French international Karim Benzema as Los Blancos lone striker.
Alvaro Negredo (Manchester City to Valencia, season-long loan)
The Spaniard returns to Spain on a season-long loan deal, which has a clause that means that Los Ches will have an obligation to sign the striker next summer for a fee believed to be in the region of £24million.
The former-Sevilla striker enjoyed a superb first half at City last season and formed a deadly partnership with strike-partner Sergio Aguero. However he struggled for form in the second half of the season and was often left out in place of Edin Dzeko.
Negredo is currently out of action injured, but when does return is likely to offer Valencia a major attacking threat, as Negredo was prolific in La Liga in his six seasons at Sevilla.
All these new players could have big impacts at their clubs this season. Whether they will all be successful are remains to be seen, but at the moment all five could prove to be vital figures for their new teams this season.
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