The dust has settled from the latest transfer deadline day and it had all the hallmarks of a classic, blockbuster signings, rumours,and the habitual crowds surrounding Sky Sport News reporters.
The main headlines when waking up to the early rumours on Monday morning were around the Monaco striker Radamel . What was clear was there was private jet booked and it was going to arrive in the UK at 5pm but where was it heading? Was it the Emirates, an injury to Olivier Giroud would clearly have to force the reluctant spending Arsene Wenger into action. Or would the long lasting link with Stamford Bridge finally come to fruition, Jose Mourinho finally managing to move on Fernando Torres, albeit only by a 2 year loan to Serie A outfit AC Milan. Or would it be the Etihad, Alvaro Negredo rumoured move back to La Liga with Valencia would create a space in the Manuel Pellegrini squad. Manchester was his destination but rather than the light blue of City it was the red of neighbours United that he was going to end up. Some transfer activity was expected at Old Trafford but a world class striker was never on the tip of the tongues of fans or pundits alike. With the red devils shortcomings in midfield and lack of experience at the back, many would have put money any players coming in would fit these positions. The exits at United were busier than the entrances, most notably Javier Hernandez loan move to Real Madrid and the rumours of Danny Welbeck moving to London. He had been linked with a move to spurs most of the day but late in the evening Arsenal became favourites to sign the mancunian. As the evening drew on it became clear that Welbecks move to the gunners hinged on Falcaos move to the red devils.
The 11pm deadline came and passed with no confirmation from the reporter standing guard at the Carrington training ground of united. Then an announcement came but no the one fan wanted to hear. United had been granted another hour after applying for an extension. This news was followed by rumours that perhaps the Colombian striker had failed his medical, suspected to be down to the ligament injury he suffered that caused him to miss the world cup in the summer. Rumour which were later denied by United through a statement to Sky Sports News.The finals confirmation come at 1:30am, Falcao’s a loan deal with the option to buy at a year. A savvy move by united, they will have plenty of time to scrutinise their new No.9’s knee jury. And Welbeck permanent move south to the north London club.Falcao to Man United, Negredo to Valencia, Cleverley to Aston Villa, Hernandez to Real Madrid, Micah Richards to Fiorentina, Ben Arfa to Hull City. There were a lot of loan deal agreed this transfer window, all with to option to make the move permanent at the end of the loan period. A theory has to why some of these club are using this kind of deal is that it will aide clubs comply with FIFA financial fair play ruling. Other benefits are around not having to pay a players full wages.
It is left to fans to judge whether the business their club as conducted, weather incomings or outgoing, was good or bad. There are no award given out, but on paper it could be argued that, on paper, Manchester United have had a blinder of a transfer window. The sheer talent of the players they have attracted, even without the lure of champions league football, can not be disputed. And in a time were a lot of player are choosing to go to Spain’s La Liga to ply their trade instead of England’s Premier League. A League that professes to be the best league in the world, it was important that is demonstrated it still retained the ability to attract the best players in the world. With the transfer window now closed until January 1st, it is now time for the football to show exactly why this IS the be league in the world.