Transfer Window Roundup: Deals, Disasters and Dented Egos

And breathe. The transfer window is now closed. With a summer of moving and shaking, watching and waiting, Newsweek takes a look at the big European deals which went through—and those that didn't.

The big deals

Raheem Sterling - Liverpool to Manchester City, £49 million ($75 million)

Sterling, 20, became the most expensive English footballer in history after City splashed out to secure his services in July. The transfer was acrimonious, with Sterling handing in a transfer request and his agent coming in for criticism over the way the deal was handled. However, having achieved a goal and an assist in his first four Premier League games for City, Sterling is already proving to be a sound investment.

Pedro - Barcelona to Chelsea, £21.1 million ($32 million)

Barcelona and Spain winger Pedro looked a safe bet to join Manchester United after weeks of negotiations, and United chairman Ed Woodward travelling to Spain to secure his signature. However, after a conversation with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho in August, which reportedly took just 60 seconds according to the 'Special One', Pedro was convinced to trade red for blue and Manchester for London, penning a deal with the Premier League champions. Pedro, a three-times Champions League winner with Barcelona, rubbed salt in United's wounds by scoring on his Chelsea debut.

Anthony Martial - Monaco to Manchester United, £36 million ($55 million)

In possibly the biggest gamble of the window, Manchester United made French striker Martial, 19, the most expensive teenager in history with a blockbuster deal concluded less than an hour before the window shut. Martial only signed a contract extension with Monaco in June, with the French club's vice-president calling him "untransferable." However, United were desperate to bring in a forward having let Javier Hernandez, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao leave this summer.

The no goes

David De Gea - Manchester United to Real Madrid

In a game of cat and mouse which lasted the entire summer, Real Madrid bided their time before negotiations were opened on Monday morning. The transfer appeared to be going ahead after the clubs agreed a £29 million ($44.5 million) deal which included Real keeper Keylor Navas going to United. However, the transfer collapsed at the last moment as Real reportedly failed to submit the requisite paperwork in time, before the closure of Spain's transfer window on Monday night. The Spanish club issued a statement on Tuesday laying the blame firmly at United's door, saying they did "everything necessary" to complete the transfers.

John Stones - Everton to Chelsea

After a worrying start to the season which has exposed Chelsea's defensive frailties, manager Jose Mourinho set his sights on Everton's 21-year-old defender Stones, who tried to help things along by handing in a transfer request. Despite three bids from Chelsea including one for £30 million ($46 million), Everton have refused to budge and Stones's transfer request was publicly rejected by club chairman Bill Kenwright. For once, Mourinho was unable to get his man.

Saido Berahino - West Bromwich Albion to Tottenham Hotspur

England international Berahino, 22, has been subject to a staggering four bids from Tottenham this summer, with the final bid rising to £23 million ($35 million), made in the window's dying hours. Yet West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace held private talks with the striker and told him categorically that he would not be sold. Berahino voiced his displeasure via Twitter, declaring that he would never play under Peace again in a traditional transfer-deadline-day tantrum.

The funny ones

Neymar - Barcelona to Manchester United

After Chelsea snatched Pedro from under United's noses, British tabloid The Sun reported that the Red Devils were ready to break the bank for Brazilian sensation Neymar, 23. The gargantuan figure of £140 million ($214.5 million) was quoted, which would have made Neymar the world's most expensive player by some way. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Neymar declined to leave current European and Spanish champions Barcelona for United—who struggled to qualify for the Champions League last season—with the Brazilian's agent dismissing the rumours, saying: "The British newspapers are very speculative."

Fabian Delph - Aston Villa to Manchester City, £8 million ($12 million)

Delph, 25, was subject to ongoing interest from City throughout the summer. On Friday July 10, it was reported that Delph was ready for a medical with City, only for the player to issue a statement on Saturday July 11 rejecting the speculation and saying that he could not wait for the start of the season "and captaining this great football club [Aston Villa]." A week is a long time in football, however—by Friday July 17, Delph had had another change of heart and signed for City for £8 million ($12 million), much to the chagrin of Villa fans.

Arsenal's fruitless forward search

With the window closed, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has many what-ifs to reflect upon. The Gunners were linked with a multitude of strikers throughout the summer, including Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, Paris St Germain's Edinson Cavani and Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain. However, it all amounted to nothing as Wenger settled his accounts having only signed one senior player—former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech—during the summer.