Manchester City said goodbye to an allegedly crooked and corrupt owner and hello to a world star player in what just might have been the best 24 hours in the history of the club.
Man City, bolstered by a new ownership group from Abu Dhabi, swooped in to snatch Robinho away from Chelsea, paying Real Madrid an EPL record $58.1 million (£32.5million).
Robinho joins fellow summer signings Jo and Shaun Wright-Phillips on a revamped Manchester City team that just managed to outspend the previously unmatchable pockets of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. City’s new owners, which include the royal family of the United Arab Emirates, appear intent on spending major money to turn Manchester City into a world power.
While the Robinho move to Manchester City was easily the story of the transfer window deadline day, it was far from the only one. Here are some other moves to leave you talking as we head into an international fixture weekend:
Berbatov joins Manchester United (finally)
The lengthy transfer saga between Dimitar Berbatov and Manchester United finally ended on Monday with the Bulgarian striker joining Man U in a $55 million (£30.75million) deal that included Tottenham receiving the services of young striker Frazier Campbell on a one-year loan.
The deal came after Berbatov traveled to Manchester without Tottenham’s permission and visited with Man U manager Alex Ferguson. With little choice but to sell, Tottenham still managed to secure a huge deal for the disgruntled striker, giving itself a talented young striker in Campbell and transfer fee that should help the team offset the laundry list of signings the club made this summer.
Everton signs Standard Liege’s Fellaini
After seeing bids for Joao Moutinho and Stephane M’Bia thwarted, Everton concluded its summer transfer window in fine fashion by landing impressive Standard Liege central midfielder Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian impressed with his performances against Liverpool in Champions League qualifying and cost Everton a club-record and Belgian-record $23.26 million (£13 million).
Onyewu and Pearce stay put
U.S. national team defenders Oguchi Onyewu and Heath Pearce were the subject of plenty of transfer window rumors, but both have stayed with their teams despite being linked with numbers of clubs (If something changes here overnight I’ll update, but it certainly looks like neither has completed a deal). Onyewu stayed at Belgian club Standard Liege despite links to clubs ranging from Lazio to Paris St. Germain, while Pearce’s rumored potential move to a Bundesliga club never materialized.
Here are some other transfers to update you on from today and the weekend (I’ll add to this list as the night goes on):
- Diego Milito to Genoa
- Pablo Zabaleta to Manchester City
- Xisco to Newcastle
- George McCartney to Sunderland
- Daniel Cousin to Hull City
- Park Chu-Young to Monaco
- Patrick Muller to Monaco
- Julian Gray to Fulham (loan deal)
- Andriy Voronin to Hertha Berlin (loan)
- Ebi Smolarek to Bolton (loan)
That’s all for now. What do you think about Robinho’s amazing move? How well will Berbatov do at Manchester United? Disappointed not to see Onyewu or Pearce move?
Share your thoughts on all the transfer news (and add any other transfers of note) in the comments section below.