No Barca for Neymar, loan flurry: Transfer window's biggest stories

From Mauro Icardi and Javier Hernandez to Neymar and Mkhitaryan, here's everything you need to know from transfer deadline day.

Published : Sep 03, 2019 12:03 IST

The summer transfer season is officially closed. Here's what you may have missed.
The summer transfer season is officially closed. Here's what you may have missed.

The summer transfer season is officially closed. Here's what you may have missed.

The transfer window shut gently across much of Europe with a flurry of loan deals instead of the anticipated bang of a mega-move.

Several big-name players did change clubs on loans, including Mauro Icardi, Nikola Kalinic on loan from Atletico Madrid and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The biggest names among the permanent transfer were a pair of Central American veterans: Keylor Navas and Javier Hernandez.

The closure of the window on Monday interrupted the saga surrounding of Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, who will stay at Paris Saint-Germain having failed to get the move back to Barcelona he craved for.

Transfer deadline day, as it happened

Real Madrid had also been linked with Neymar as well as Manchester United World Cup winner Paul Pogba and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen as part of the expensive refurbishment of Zinedine Zidane’s squad.

Pogba excited some suspicious speculation earlier in the day when he dropped out of France’s two upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers with an “ankle problem.”

Real did do one deal with PSG. It even involved a World Cup winner, but the marquee name was the Madrid club’s backup goalkeeper.

Navas, a 32-year-old Costa Rican who won the Champions League three times in Madrid, joined PSG with the younger French international Alphonse Areola moving in the opposite direction on loan.

PSG also pulled a late rabbit from its sleeve late with the loan signing of Argentine striker Icardi “with an option to buy.”

Here are the top 10 transfers from this summer transfer window.

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Icardi was joint top scorer in Serie A in 2017-18, but dispute he was stripped of the Inter Milan captaincy last season and barred from full training. He started legal action against the club.

Barcelona was not entirely inactive. It extended the contract of attacking midfielder Rafinha and then loaned him to Celta Vigo, where he also spent the 2013-2014 season.

Manchester United sold 29-year-old Italy full-back Matteo Darmian to Parma. The fee was reportedly 1.5 million euros for an undisclosed fee.

- Swapped strikers -

Mexican striker Javier Hernandez joined Sevilla from West Ham on a three-year deal. The Spanish club reportedly paid 7.3 million pound for the 31-year-old ‘Chicharito’

Turkish giant Fenerbahce signed midfielder Luiz Gustavo, a 32-year-old Brazil international and former Bayern Munich man, from Marseille for 7 million euros.

Meanwhile, Jerome Boateng did not want to leave.

The 30-year-old Bayern and Germany centre back had been reportedly on the point of moving to Juventus to replace captain Giorgio Chiellini who has suffered a serious knee injury. Boateng decided to stay in Munich.

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Other Italian clubs shuffled strikers.

AC Milan swapped players with Eintracht Frankfurt. Croatian forward Ante Rebic moved to Italy on a two-year loan. Portuguese Andre Silva moved the other way.

Roma borrowed two old strikers while loaning out a young one.

It took Kalinic on loan from Atletico Madrid and Mkhitaryan from Arsenal while sending Patrik Schick to RB Leipzig.

Roma said it had an option to buy the 31-year-old Kalinic, a member of the Croatia squad that reached the 2018 World Cup final, for 9 million euros.

Mkhitaryan, a 30-year-old Armenian, made his last appearance for the Gunners as a substitute as they were held at home by Tottenham on Sunday.

Leipzig, who have an option to buy Schick, a 23-year-old Czech international, for 29 million euros, if it qualifies for the Champions League again next season.

The Bundesliga club was plugging their own gap. Leipzig said they needed another attacker after loaning Jean-Kevin Augustin to Monaco on Sunday.

Napoli signed Fernando Llorente on a free transfer. The 34-year old Spanish World Cup winner was a free agent after helping Tottenham to the Champions League final last season.

Galatasaray confirmed the signing of veteran Colombian striker Radamel Falcao from Monaco.

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