The English Premier League’s transfer window shut down last night, and as always, it did so with a lot of late drama.
Save for some outrageous transfers made ahead of the start of the 2016/17 season, the Summer transfer window was relatively calm, with clubs moving very slowly to make new acquisitions.
On the deadline day however, a mindboggling 43 transfers were completed, some involving big name players.
Notable players that switched clubs on the last day include Manchester City trio of Joe Hart, Samir Nasri and Eliaquim Mangala, who moved to Torino, Sevilla and Valencia respectively, Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere who moved to Bournemouth, David Luiz who re-joined Chelsea from French club Paris St. Germain, among others.
African stars were also involved in the last-day drama.
Cote d’Ivoire’s Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony made a switch from The Etihad to Stoke City in search of regular football after he found playtime hard to come by under former manager Manuel Pallegrini and now Pep Guardiola.
Algeria’s Islam Slimani also made a switch from Sporting Lisbon to defending Champions Leicester City for a fee believed to be about £30m, a club record.
The Democratic Repuplic of Congo’s Dieumerci Mbokani made a return to the Premier League, signing for Hull City from Dynamo Kiev.
Another African that was involved in a last day transfer is Cameroonian Allan-Roméo Nyom. The 28-year-old signed for West Bromwich Albion from Watford.
Lastly, Gabonese Didier Ndong also made a move from Lorient to Sunderland on a club record fee of about £13.6m.
With the window now closed, focus will now turn to the performances of these players when the league resumes on September 10.