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Premier League History: 12 Best Summer Deadline Day Deals

With the summer transfer window deadline slamming shut on Thursday night, there are still plenty of stories and sagas that need resolving.

Will Philippe Coutinho end up at Barcelona? Could Manchester United finally secure the transfer of Ivan Perisic? And will Tottenham actually make a signing?

With all that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best summer deadline day deals in Premier League history.

1. Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid to Arsenal for £42.5m, 2013)


While the mercurial midfielder certainly has his critics, the signing of Ozil back in 2013 was undoubtedly a marvellous piece of business from Arsene Wenger and the club.

Now renowned for his superb assisting ability, Ozil has scored 32 goals in 162 appearances for the Gunners, despite his work-rate being singled out for criticism.

The Germany international has won two FA Cups during his time at the Emirates, also helping Arsenal finish second in the Premier League during the 2015-16 season.

2. Hugo Lloris (Lyon to Tottenham for £8m in 2012)

Tottenham Hotspur v Juventus - Pre-Season Friendly

The fact that Lloris is now Tottenham’s captain shows you just how successful the Frenchman has been during his time with the north London club.

After sitting behind Brad Friedel for a few matches, Lloris quickly became Tottenham’s first choice goalie and has frequently won the side points with his acrobatic shot-stopping displays.

Now skippering the side, Lloris continues to be one of the Premier League’s finest goalkeepers, with his £8m purchase proving to be a mightily fine transfer.

3. Wayne Rooney (Everton to Manchester United for £25m in 2004)

Wayne Rooney (L) of Manchester United ce

Regardless of whether you think Rooney is past his best nowadays, there’s no denying signing the England international was one of United’s best ever bits of transfer business.

Thirteen years ago £25m was considered an incredibly high amount for an up-and-coming youngster, but the Red Devils went through with the deal anyway and Rooney is now the club’s leading goalscorer.

Now at Everton, Rooney won countless honours with United and is rightly considered a legend at the club.

4. Carlos Tevez (Corinthians to West Ham in 2006)

West Ham United v Reading

People still scratch their heads trying to figure out just how West Ham, a mid-table club at the time, managed to sign Argentina international and Corinthians striker Carlos Tevez.

Joining the side alongside Javier Mascherano, Tevez helped the club stay in the top flight with the winner against Manchester United on the final day of the 2006-07 season, ending the campaign with seven Premier League goals in 29 appearances.

He later had spells with Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus, but Tevez remains a cult figure thanks to his top displays for the Hammers.

5. Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham to Manchester United for £30.75m in 2008)

Manchester United v Bolton Wanderers - Premier League

While his first season at Old Trafford wasn’t particularly prolific, scoring 14 goals in 43 appearances, Berbatov soon became a Red Devils fan favourite with his exceptional talent and eye for goal.

His finest season came in 2010-11 where he scored 20 Premier League goals, finishing the campaign as United’s top scorer as they won England’s top division.

Berbatov’s last season in Manchester was a little more low key, scoring nine goals in 21 matches, but he remains a fine deadline day purchase from United.

6. Marouane Fellaini (Standard Liege to Everton for £15m in 2008)

Cardiff City v Everton - Premier League

Fellaini was a little-known entity when he transferred to Everton from Standard Liege, but his purchase helped David Moyes build a Toffees side capable of battling the top teams in the Premier League.

Initially deployed as a central midfielder, Fellaini later moved up up the pitch and played as an attacking outlet, using his considerable physique to outmuscle opposition and make himself a nuisance.

Whether Moyes signing Fellaini again for Manchester United in 2014 has been a success is up for debate but, as 33 goals in 177 appearances can attest to, the Belgium international proved to be a hit at Goodison Park.

7. Claude Makelele (Real Madrid to Chelsea for £16m in 2003)

Chelsea's French Midfielder Claude Makel

When Jose Mourinho first took over Premier League football over 10 years ago, Claude Makelele was arguably his most important player during the 2004-05 season.

The Frenchman shielded Chelsea’s back four with aplomb, allowing the likes of Frank Lampard and Arjen Robben to bomb forward and contributes goals from midfield.

Makelele joined the Blues for £16m from Real Madrid after falling behind in the pecking order at the Bernabeu, but Los Blancos’ loss proved to be Chelsea’s gain and the 44-year-old is considered one of the club’s finest ever midfielders.

8. Rafael van der Vaart (Real Madrid to Tottenham for £8m in 2010)

Bolton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

The Dutchman remains a something of a cult hero at Tottenham, arguably producing the best football of his career during his two seasons with Spurs.

Signed from Real Madrid for a snip at just £8m, Van der Vaart played a memorable part in the club’s Champions League campaign during the 2010-11 season where they reached the quarter-finals.

Many feel the attacking midfielder was forced out too soon by then-Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas but, after 28 goals in 77 appearances, Spurs fans definitely saw the best of the Netherlands international.

9. Ashley Cole (Arsenal to Chelsea for £5m in 2006)


Plenty was made of Cole’s move from Arsenal to Chelsea at the time, but in hindsight there is no doubting that the former England international made the right call back in 2006.

The 36-year-old made over 300 appearances for the Blues and ended his Stamford Bridge career with a Premier League, four FA Cups and two European triumphs to his name.

With Chelsea parting with £5m and sending William Gallas to the Emirates as part of the deal, signing Cole proved to be a great bit of business.

10. Daley Blind (Ajax to Manchester United for £13.8m in 2014)


The Netherlands international’s versatility has proved to be a massive bonus for Manchester United, who signed Blind following his impressive performances at the 2014 World Cup.

Joining the club for £13.8m from Ajax, Blind’s ability to play at left-back, centre-back and in defensive midfield has seen him frequently line up in United’s starting XI.

United are expected to challenge for the Premier League title this season and Blind will play a large part in that surge when called upon.

11. David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain to Chelsea for £30m in 2016)

Chelsea v Arsenal - The FA Community Shield

Scoffed at for being too inconsistent and lacking positional awareness, Luiz proved crowds of doubters wrong during his first season back with Chelsea.

The Brazil international became arguably the Premier League’s best defender last season, slotting into a three-man defence alongside Cesar Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill and helping the Blues win the title.

It may be a little early to declare the signing a wholehearted success, but Luiz helped Chelsea win the title and will be important for the Stamford Bridge club again this season.

12. Mikel Arteta (Everton to Arsenal for £10m in 2011)

Arsenal v Aston Villa - Premier League

Arteta proved his worth as a Premier League midfielder at Everton and earned a move to Arsenal, where he slotted in nicely with the Gunners’s iconic passing style.

Claiming two Community Shields and an FA Cup, Arteta made 149 appearances in all competitions for Arsene Wenger’s side, scoring 16 goals.

His later years were tainted by injury but make no mistake, signing Arteta helped secure Arsenal as a force in the Premier League.


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