Everton yesterday agreed a £35 million signing of Alex Iwobi from Arsenal in one of the most significant late moves of deadline day.
Manager Marco Silva was desperate for another center-half and wide attacker before the transfer window closed. The move for Iwobi – who shook hands on a five-year contract – improves Silva’s attacking options, but he looks worrying short of cover in defense going into the new season.
A fresh move for Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha never materialised, and nor – according to the club – was it ever going to. Everton insists they made only one bid for the winger, that of £52 million on July 28.
Zaha was never the highest priority on the Goodison agenda – valued well beyond what the Merseysiders’ were prepared to pay – making his decision to hand in a transfer request earlier this week ill-advised.
Tottenham also made the headlines on a busy final day of the Premier League transfer window with deals for Giovani lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon, while Arsenal strengthened their defense with the signing of David Luiz and Kieran Tierney.
Manchester United striker, Romelu Lukaku’s prolonged transfer to Inter Milan was also completed after the clubs reportedly agreed on a deal that could rise to 80 million euros (£74 million, 90 million dollars). Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has been under pressure from manager Mauricio Pochettino to build on the progress made on and off the field as Tottenham moved into a new 62,000-capacity stadium and reached the Champions League final last season.
After the club-record signing of French international midfielder, Tanguy Ndombele, the signings of Lo Celso and Sessegnon add some much-needed depth to a Spurs squad that had previously gone 18 months without a new recruit.
Argentine international midfielder Lo Celso has joined on a season-long loan deal from Real Betis with an option to make the transfer permanent next summer.
England under-21 international Sessegnon joins from Fulham in a £25 million deal that could rise to £30 million in performance-related add-ons on a six-year contract.