Just hours remain until the deadline passes
Premier League clubs have until 5pm today (August 9) to compete their shopping.
The transfer window closes early this summer and talkSPORT.com fully expects clubs to leave it late and make a crazy Supermarket Sweep-style dash to the checkout.
Below, are the ‘big six’ clubs’ most expensive deadline day summer signings. Who will splash the cash and will any of these fees be surpassed?
Liverpool: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal for £35m in 2017
The midfielder was in the last year of his contract when Liverpool made their move. Oxlade-Chamberlain rejected a move to Chelsea to move north and join Jurgen Klopp’s exciting side. The 24-year-old joined Mohamed Salah and Andrew Robertson as other notable additions at Anfield.
Arsenal: Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for £42.5m in 2013
The Gunners surpassed Andrey Arshavin’s 2009 transfer fee by just over £27.5m when they landed Ozil. “He is a great player, with proven quality at both club and international level,” Arsene Wenger said. “We have watched and admired him for some time as he has all the attributes I look for in an Arsenal player.” It looked like a real statement of intent from the club, who ended up fourth in the Premier League in his first season, but won the FA Cup.
Manchester United: Anthony Martial from Monaco for £36m in 2015
He was relatively unknown in the UK when Man United paid Monaco an initial £36m for Martial in 2015. The club wanted more firepower up front, but it was a lot of money for someone who was still only 19 and even his team-mates had to ask about him. “To be honest on the plane, Wayne Rooney came to speak to me and asked me who Martial was,” Morgan Schneiderlin revealed at the time. He made a memorable first impression, though, by scoring on his debut against Liverpool and living up to the hype that had seen him compared to Thierry Henry. His time at the club now appears to be at an end under Jose Mourinho.
Manchester City: Robinho from Real Madrid for £32m in 2008
On the final day of the summer transfer window in 2008, City were bought by mega wealthy Sheikh Mansour’s Abu Dhabi United group and subsequently shocked the Premier League by signing Robinho, who was close to a switch to Chelsea. “I just laughed, really, because it was all out for [Dimitar] Berbatov and then they seemed to be bidding for everybody,” City defender Richard Dunne said, in reference to City trying to muscle in on Man United’s deadline day deal for Berbatov, before attention was turned to Robinho. It was clearly a sign of things to come.
Tottenham: Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle for £30m in 2016
Everton had an offer for Sissoko accepted for Sissoko on deadline day, but then Spurs matched the bid and the France midfielder was on his way to London. “I will give everything for you and the team,” Sissoko said at the time. “I hope we win a lot of games and titles.” Don’t laugh.
Chelsea: Danny Drinkwater from Leicester for £35m in 2017
This deal was finalised late in the day and the club applied for a two-hour extension to the transfer deadline to complete the transfer. It has been a frustrating season for Drinkwater, who didn’t play until October because of injury. He started 12 Premier League games last season and injury also meant he missed the FA Cup final win against Man United.