Transfer News: From Manchester United to Ross Barkley, Who Won Deadline Day in the Premier League?

The craziest—many might say overhyped and overblown—day in the professional football calendar ended at 11 p.m. last night when the Premier League transfer window closed.

As ever, some of England’s biggest teams seemed to leave their most important business until the last minute. As a result, several of the biggest mooted deals did not come off. Here are the main winners and losers from the Premier League.

WINNERS

Manchester United

Leaving deadline day and all its superheated paraphernalia well alone is a mark of how smoothly United conducted its business this summer. Yes, Jose Mourinho would have liked a left winger—it looks like Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial will have to fill in as square pegs once again this season in that round hole. But Mourinho got his striker in Romelu Lukaku and his dominant, ball-winning midfielder in Nemanja Matic. United looks well-placed to contend for the Premier League title once again.

Manchester City

Signing Alexis Sanchez might have tipped City over the edge into the status of title favorite but even without the Chilean, there is little doubt that Pep Guardiola will be happy enough with his summer transfer window. City addressed its biggest need, signing two full backs—albeit at vast expense. Bernardo Silva looks like a younger, faster version of his namesake David. And Guardiola will almost certainly get Sanchez for free next summer, anyway.

West Bromwich Albion

Tony Pulis had done excellent business even before deadline day, when he picked up Grzegorz Krychowiak from PSG on loan. The Polish midfielder will add skill and power and should help West Brom finish in the top ten of the Premier League.

Swansea City

Paul Clement’s connection with Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti brought Swansea one of the more intriguing deals of the final day of the transfer window: Renato Sanches. The teenager is one of world football’s most promising midfielders, even after a disappointing year in the Bundesliga. But does he really want to be at Swansea? If Clement can coax out his talent, he could be vital to Swansea’s chances of survival.

Liverpool

Naby Keita, who will arrive next summer, has the potential to be one of the world’s best central midfielders. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will add squad depth. Virgil Van Dijk would have been nice, but you can’t have everything can you?

LOSERS

Arsenal

Lordy, what a disaster. Arsenal kept hold of an unhappy Alexis Sanchez but lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain—how bad that deal turns out to be depends entirely on whether Jurgen Klopp can eke consistency from a player who can be flaky. Bidding £92 million ($118.8 million) for Thomas Lemar on the day he was due to play an international game for France just looks like poor planning.

Chelsea

Antonio Conte missed out on a long-term target in Fernando Llorente, while the Diego Costa impasse seems no closer to being solved. And is Danny Drinkwater as good as, let alone an upgrade on, Matic?

Ross Barkley

This is Chelsea’s loss, too, though really it is the Everton midfielder who has lost out. Barkley was reportedly in the middle of his medical at Chelsea when he decided to reevaluate his options in the January window. A once-promising career seems to have hit the buffers.

IN THE MIDDLE

Tottenham Hotspur

Llorente will be a fine addition, especially if Harry Kane gets injured. Serge Aurier is a good replacement for Kyle Walker although concerns about his character and past conduct shouldn’t be ignored. Perhaps, though, Tottenham could have pressed more to sign a creative player to provide competition for Christian Eriksen. The pursuit of Andre Gomes from Barcelona ended in failure.

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