Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool & Swansea: Best & worst deals of deadline day

Will Drinkwater become a star in a different shade of blue? Is Aurier the man to replace Walker? RealSport take you through the best and worst of deadline day.

Deadline day promised so much, but delivered so very little.

On a night where Alexis Sanchez was supposed to join Manchester City for £60m, with Arsenal bidding a massive £92m for a replacement in Thomas Lemar, the biggest deal turned out to be Chelsea’s underwhelming capture of Danny Drinkwater.

Just what is it about English clubs feeling the need to overspend on English players?

RealSport take you through the best and worst deals of yesterday.


  1. 1 Serge Aurier [Tottenham]

    From: PSG

    To: Tottenham

    Fee: £23m

    An absolute steal from Tottenham Hotspur here.

    Daniel Levy, for all his faults, always has a trick up his sleeve and the deadline day acquisition of Serge Aurier is no different. He sold Kyle Walker for £45m and bought arguably one of the few right-backs in Europe capable of replacing him like-for-like for half the price.

    Aurier is essentially Walker coupled with Kieran Trippier's crossing. If he can keep his head down and his name out of the front page headlines, then the 24-year-old will prove an impressive capture for the Lilywhites.

  2. 2 Renato Sanches [Swansea City]

    From: Bayern Munich

    To: Swansea City

    Fee: £5.5m (Loan)

    Arguably the biggest signing Swansea City will ever make in their entire history, barring an unexpected meteoric rise.

    Paul Clement made use of his connection to Carlo Ancelotti to secure the signature of Renato Sanches on loan, fending off competition from a host of elite European clubs to bring the 2016 European Golden Boy to the Liberty Stadium.

    Selling Gylfi Sigurdsson for £45m and bringing in Sanches on loan is an upgrade and then some, as the Portuguese brings with him European experience and a title-winning mentality.

    It'll be interesting to see how he fares in the Premier League with a side centred around his abilities, but a superficially magnificent transfer.

  3. 3 Mamadou Sakho [Crystal Palace]

    From: Liverpool

    To: Crystal Palace

    Fee: £26m

    Everybody was a winner in the deal taking Mamadou Sakho back to Crystal Palace, where he spent the second half of last season on loan.

    Liverpool get a decent fee for a player that didn't feature once last season, whilst Palace get a strong, commanding centre-back capable of organising their defence and Sakho returns to a club at which he was adored.

    The impact the Frenchman had in his eight-game spell last season was extraordinary and his role in galvanising the defence can't be understated.

    A massive signing for Frank De Boer.


  1. 1 Danny Drinkwater [Chelsea]

    From: Leicester City

    To: Chelsea

    Fee: £35m

    I'm still scratching my head at how Chelsea sanctioned a £35m move for Danny Drinkwater. If that doesn't scream panic buy then I don't know what does.

    Whilst Drinkwater isn't a bad player, the Blues have seriously had their pants pulled down with the fee here and he's not an eye-catching signing befitting the Premier League champions.

    It could turn out to be a masterstroke from Antonio Conte, reuniting him with N'Golo Kante and forming the core of Leicester's title-winning side, or it could prove to be £35m flushed down the toilet.

  2. 2 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain [Liverpool]

    From: Arsenal

    To: Liverpool

    Fee: £35m

    From a Liverpool perspective, the deal is a great one. Ignoring the somewhat extortionate price they paid for a player with a year left on his deal, the Reds acquire a versatile Englishman capable of supporting the squad in a variety of roles.

    However, from Oxlade-Chamberlain's point of view, it's a lateral step.

    He complained about the lack of game time at Arsenal and I don't know what he's been promised by Jurgen Klopp, but I can't imagine him seeing more minutes at Anfield, especially in central midfield, his favoured position in which Liverpool are extremely well-stocked.

    He's not going to shut Mohamed Salah out of his right wing spot either, so it's hard to see where the Ox will fit in.

    Potentially more of the same for the player, but a great addition for Liverpool.

  3. 3 Wilfried Bony [Swansea City]

    From: Manchester City

    To: Swansea City

    Fee: £12m

    Swansea didn't exactly spend any money on Wilfried Bony, resigning him from Manchester City with the money acquired from selling Fernando Llorente to Tottenham, but he's an underwhelming replacement for the 15-goal Spaniard.

    Bony hasn't looked the same player since leaving the Liberty Stadium for the Etihad in January 2015, and was thoroughly disappointing during his loan spell with Stoke City last season.

    For this deal to be a success, Swansea need the Bony they sold to City, not the player he's morphed into since departing.

    On the surface, it's not a terrible deal as last-minute replacements go, but the Swans could have done better.

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Oli Stein


Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has worked with RealSport since September 2016.

Currently assistant football editor and Tottenham correspondent.

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