Transfer deadline day is here and now has come and gone.
The transfer deadline is the last day any club can pick up a player by loan, contract or permanent deals. Today was the last day any club can make a transfer move.
It was a record low of spending by clubs since the transfer window has opened back in 2003. Only 30 million pounds were spent during this transfer windown. Last season that same number was at an all time high at 150 million pounds with Manchester City allocating for more than half of that number. These numbers are only for the English Premier League and an analyst for Skysports did say that players and agents are preferring loan deals with the option of a permanent deal, but are doing so with great caution.
This year’s transfer window during January has been a relatively quiet one with very few big names relocating. I think this is because of the economy in the world and the state of many football clubs without the proper funds to make big splashes in the transfer market, except of course if you are Real Madrid and Manchester City where money is not an issue.
On this Transfer deadline day there were a couple of surprising moves occurring in some of the best football leagues around the world. I will tell you what I think were the best deadline day deals from around the globe.
Starting in England…
1) Tottenham Hotspurs captain Robbie Keane has joined Scottish Club Celtic on loan.
Keane only rejoined Spurs a year ago after a disappointing six month spell at Liverpool. The 29-year-old has lost his starting place to Peter Crouch and has only featured as a substitute in recent games. Harry Redknapp, Tottenham manager, said Keane was desperate to play first team football and the club he supported as a boy.
“To go to Celtic is a dream come true for him anyway. I think it’s a move that appeals to him. He’s a big Celtic man and he’d like to go up to Celtic and play like Roy Keane did,” said Harry Redknapp.
Keane signed for Spurs in 2002, making almost 200 appearances and scoring 80 goals, before joining Liverpool for around £20 million in July 2008.
His previous clubs include Wolves, Coventry, Inter Milan and Leeds.
The second big transfer news comes from Italy’s Serie A
2) Attacking midfielder and winger Mancini has been loaned out on a six month deal to rival AC Milan and is switching from Inter blue to AC Milan red at the San Siro.
The former Roma star has an option to make his loan deal with the Rossoneri permanent at the end of the season.
Mancini becomes Milan’s third signing this month following the arrival of England midfielder David Beckham on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy and Ghanaian forward Dominic Adiyiah from Norwegian club Fredrikstad.
The 29-year old is under contract with Inter until June 2012, but has only made seven appearances with Inter this season after failing to hold down a regular first team spot.