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The Significant deadline transfers of all time

Every season transfer deadline is rarely god, this is the time most Clubs rush to sign players to ice their squad. But apparently Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham are among the EPL teams known of making super signings o the last day of the summer window.

Every football fan across the world is keeping an eye on all social media accounts to see what good pops about their favorite teams. This years has been quite unusual transfer.

Clubs on this day desperately tries to add that last sprinkling of quality to their squads while the season is still in its infancy.

We’ve taken a look at seven of the best deals to take place on the last day of a summer transfer window in previous season.

Carlos Tevez

On 31 August 2006, 15 years ago on Tuesday, Argentine duo Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano signed for West Ham United, arriving from Brazilian club Corinthians in a deal that was shrouded in mystery.

Sheffield United fans will disagree, but transfers are very entertaining.

After impressing at the World Cup in Germany for Argentina that summer, Tevez had been linked with a move to Chelsea. But suddenly the pair appeared, looking rather stunned, holding shirts alongside Hammers boss Alan Pardew at Upton Park.

Ashley Cole

The Blues had been involved in a long-running, controversial pursuit of Cole, who went on to cement his status as one of the best left-backs in the world in west London.

“I had a great time there and of course I miss the old players, but I moved on and I won every trophy I could, so I wouldn’t say I look back and regret it, no,” Cole told ITV’s Play to the Whistle programme in 2017.

When asked whether he secretly enjoyed his former club’s lack of success after his departure, he added: “If I’m honest, yeah, I still laugh to myself to this day.

“I had a lot of history there and of course the way I left was maybe dodgy, but I think they showed me a lack of respect, too.

“I have to blame myself too. Perhaps I did things in the wrong way. But when I look back on it now I could blame a lot of parties and it’s now 10 years ago.”

Dimitar Berbatov

One of the most exciting deadline-day transfer sagas saw Bebatov join Manchester United despite Manchester City having a bid for the striker accepted first.

Tottenham were insistent on doing business with City after making a complaint that United had “acted improperly by seeking to unsettle the player”.

However, determined to move to Old Trafford, Berbatov refused to speak to City and got his wish as Spurs relented and accepted United’s bid which also included Frazier Campbell moving on loan in the opposite direction.

City instead signed Robinho, but United were the big winners as the Bulgarian won six trophies during his time at the club, winning the Golden Boot in 2010-11.

Wayne Rooney

It was Manchester United who signed him eventually, for $31m equivalent to £23m in the summer of 2004. Rooney was only 18 at the time, and the money paid for him was the highest amount ever paid for a teenager in the world

“I think we have got the best young player this country has seen in the past 30 years,” Sir Alex Ferguson said on the day of Rooney’s arrival at Manchester United, and it’s safe to say this was a solid investment.

Thirteen years. 559 appearances. 253 goals. 16 trophies. One hair transplant.

Claude Makelele

You know you’ve signed a decent player when he has a role named after him.

In 2003, Chelsea did just that when they landed Makelele in a $22m equivalent to £16.6million deal from Real Madrid, although the move was threatened late on as the midfielder became embroiled in a dispute with Los Blancos, reportedly demanding a 15% share of his fee.

“Why put another layer of gold paint on the Bentley when you are losing the entire engine?” Zinedine Zidane famously said when Madrid replaced his France team-mate with David Beckham.

And with Makelele anchoring the midfielder, Frank Lampard was allowed to flourish for Chelsea, safe in the knowledge the defense was always protected.

Hugo Lloris

Lloris was already France’s captain and known as one of the best goalkeepers in Europe when Spurs managed to sign the stopper in a deal worth a potential €15million.

Brad Friedel remained Tottenham’s No.1 for a brief period following Lloris’ arrival, but the Frenchman has been Spurs’ undisputed first choice ever since establishing himself between the posts.

“When I first signed for Tottenham, I said a club like this deserves to have a youngish goalkeeper who can expect to be at the club for 10 to 14 years, maybe even longer,” Friedel later told The Sun in 2014.

“I believe we now have that goalkeeper in Hugo. He could be the No.1 here for many, many years to come. I can’t speak highly enough of Hugo. He is a very good pro and a very good guy.”

The Significant deadline transfers of all time
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