“Liverpool are one of the best teams in England and the football is very good here."
At the end of the Premier League football season 2013/2014, clubs and their respective fans from around the world analysed their team’s performance and final positions in the League.
During the FIFA World Cup 2014 and prior to the Premier League 2014/2015 season, top flight clubs finalised their strategy for the summer transfer window.
Summer Transfer Deadline day is the highlight for many people. Such is the prominence that FA Licensed Football Players Agent, Baljit Rihal tweeted:
“Surely #TransferDeadlineDay should be declared a public holiday! Can someone have a word with the PM?”
As the transfer window closed at 11pm on 1st September 2014, a staggering £835 million was spent on bringing the crème de la crème to the English Premier League.
The biggest transfer or coup was the capture of Radamael Falcao by Manchester United and the departure of Luis Suarez.
The key transfers and signings for the most DESI loved clubs in the League are as follows:
Louis van Gaal took over the reins at Old Trafford and immediately set upon rebuilding.
With no Champions League or Europa League football this season, United splashed out £153million on transfer fees, the biggest ever recorded for a Premier League side.
Luke Shaw from Southampton was first to arrive for a whopping £27m followed by Anders Herrera (Atheltico Bilbao) £29m and Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon) £16m.
Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria was linked to all the major forces in football after the arrival of James Rodriguez but it was United who paid a staggering £59.7m to secure his signature.
The Red Devils also signed Danny Blind from Ajax for a fee of £13.8m.
Deadline day started with rumours that Radamael Falcao was on his way to United. This story played out throughout the whole day as supporters gathered at United’s training ground.
As the story gathered momentum, it was revealed that a loan deal was agreed and Falcao was on the plane to Manchester.
Eventually in the early hours of the morning it was confirmed that Falcao had signed on the dotted line.
A very excited Falcao, speaking to MUTV said:
“For me, it was a dream to play in the Premier League. I always wanted to be here because this league is very good. I want to say thank you to the fans because I have read a lot of messages from them. And I hope I can give them a lot of happiness, goals and titles”
Alexander Buttner, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Bebe, Shinji Kagawa, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck left Manchester United either permanently or on-loan.
Jose Mourinho strengthened his Chelsea side in each department. Firstly he spent £32 million to acquire the services of sought after striker Diego Costa from Athletico Madrid.
Former talisman and idol Didier Drogba returned from Galatasaray on a free transfer.
Former Arsenal and Barcelona player Cesc Fabregas was bought in for £30m to strengthen the midfield after the loss of Frank Lampard. Chelsea also paid £20m for Athletico Madrid left back, Filipe Luis
Demba Ba, David Luiz, Romelu Lukaku, Samuel Eto’o, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard all left the club.
Arsenal signed Barcelona and Chile wizard Alexis Sanchez for £35m, whilst Joel Campbell returned from a loan spell after a very successful World Cup with Costa Rica.
Mathieu Debuchy £12m (Newcastle) and Calum Chambers (undisclosed) from Southampton also arrived.
On deadline day all Arsenal fans wishes finally came true as Wenger splashed out £16m on Manchester United and England striker Danny Welbeck.
Thomas Vermaelen, Niklas Bendtner and Bacary Sagna left the club.
Brendan Rodgers sold their top goal scorer Luis Suarez to Barcelona for £75m and immediately splashed the cash on nine new signings.
Southampton trio Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and lifelong Liverpool fan Rickie Lambert arrived at Merseyside for a combined total of £49m.
Other major signings for Livepool included Emre Can £8m (Bayern Leverkusen), Javi Manquillo (Athletico Madrid), Lazar Markovic £20m (Benfica), Alberto Moreno (Sevilla) and Divock Origi £10m (Lille).
A week before deadline day, former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli signed for The Reds from AC Milan.
The feisty Italian whose career to date has been littered with controversy, including letting fireworks off in his bathroom put pen to paper on a three year deal.
After signing for the Anfield club, a joyous Balotelli said:
“I’m very happy. Liverpool are one of the best teams in England and the football is very good here. It’s a great team with young players, and that’s why I came here.”
After being heavily sanctioned by UEFA for breaching new rules on Financial Fair Play, current Premier League champions Manchester City had a quiet transfer window.
The Sky Blues purchased Ellaquim Mangala from FC Porto for £32m. Willy Caballero (Malaga) and Fernando (FC Porto) came at undisclosed prices and Bacary Sagna was signed on a free transfer from Arsenal.
Gareth Barry, Javi Garcia, Joleon Lescott, Alvaro Negredo (Loan), Costel Pantillimon and Jack Rodwell said their goodbyes to the club.
Everton added Lukaku and Eto’o, whilst Tottenham Hotspur spent £19m on acquiring the services of Ben Davies, Eric Dier, Federico Fazio, Michel Vorm and DeAndre Yedlin.
It is going to be a very interesting Premier League season as some very talented strikers are ready to gun down their opponents. Who will be the sharpest and deadliest? Let’s wait and see.