After three months and £5.7bn spent on transfers, the summer window slammed shut on deadline day as clubs scrambled to finalise their business.
The Premier League were once again the biggest spenders, splurging well in excess of £2.3bn on new signings.
Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham all made a big purchase on deadline day – but which transfers make it into our Deadline Day XI?
The best players to move clubs on transfer deadline day:
GK: Altay Bayındır – Fenerbahce to Man Utd
There wasn’t a huge amount of movement for goalkeepers on deadline day, but Man United did sign a new backup in Altay Balindir, who joins the Red Devils from Fenerbahce for £4.3m.
RB: Joao Cancelo – Man City to Barcelona
With his future at Man City looking nonexistent, Joao Cancelo eventually found an escape route to Barcelona, where he will spend the season on loan. Bayern Munich tried to hijack the move, but the Portuguese didn’t fancy a return to Bavaria.
CB: Clement Lenglet – Barcelona to Aston Villa
Following Tyrone Mings’ serious injury on the opening weekend against Newcastle United, Aston Villa have drafted in Clement Lenglet on loan from Barcelona. The ball-playing centre-back spent last season on loan with Tottenham.
CB: Leonardo Bonucci – Juventus to Union Berlin
This is the kind of transfer you love to see. A veteran of the game who has achieved just about everything in the sport makes the unlikely move to a traditionally smaller club who will be playing in the Champions League for the first time in their history this season.
Remember this, Unioner.
There are few people on earth who understand the art of defending better than this man.
It is a great honour and a privilege to have him here.
— 1. FC Union Berlin (English) (@fcunion_en) September 1, 2023
LB: Sergio Reguilon – Spurs to Man Utd
Not the most inspiring of signings, as Roy Keane will only gladly tell you, but Sergio Reguilon fills a big hole in Manchester United’s squad right now with both left backs out injured. The former Real Madrid defender could use this unexpected opportunity to play under Erik ten Hag to reinvigorate a career that plateaued at Tottenham.
CM: Ryan Gravenberch – Bayern to Liverpool
And with that, Liverpool‘s midfield overhaul is complete. The Reds have dispatched of five midfielders who had an average age of 31.4 and replaced them with four players who have an average age of 24.25. Ryan Gravenberch still has a lot to prove after failing to impress at Bayern, but he is a much welcomed arrival at Anfield.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 1, 2023
CM: Ibrahim Sangaré – PSV to Forest
Nottingham Forest have spent a lot of money on a lot of players over the past three transfer windows, but this might be the best signing of the lot. Sangaré is one of those midfielders that has been quietly rated very highly in analytics circles, but he’s finally made his way to the Premier League. One would have to question his judgement in trading Champions League football for the East Midlands, though.
CM: Sofyan Amrabat – Fiorentina to Man Utd
Manchester United were one of several clubs who desperately needed to sign midfield reinforcements, and they finally got there in the end. Sofyan Amrabat, who came to prominence for his performances with Morocco at the 2022 World Cup, is predominantly a box-to-box midfielder, but can also play as a no.6.
RW: Ansu Fati – Barcelona to Brighton
A transfer that no one saw coming when the week began, Ansu Fati’s arrival at Brighton is the culmination of one club’s incredible ascent, another club’s muddled strategy, and a player’s slightly weird career trajectory. It’s going to be a lot of fun watching the youngster in the Premier League and Europa League this season, though.
— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) September 1, 2023
LW: Brennan Johnson – Forest to Spurs
It was difficult to choose between Brennan Johnson and Cole Palmer, who swapped Man City for Chelsea on deadline day, but the Welshman gets the left-wing position by dint of his greater experience at Premier League and Championship level. Palmer has bags of potential, while Johnson has a lot to prove to justify his £47.5m price tag.
CF: Randal Kolo Muani – Frankfurt to PSG
One of the more dramatic deals of the day, Randal Kolo Muani’s transfer to Paris Saint-Germain was almost derailed by Hugo Etikite’s back channel negotiating with Crystal Palace for a loan move. PSG, who were hoping to use Etikite as a makeweight in a deal for Kolo Muani, were unaware of this, but they managed to sign their main target for €90m anyway.