Everton Lead Late Flurry of Signings

Everton, Fulham and Leicester all made big-money signings as the earliest transfer deadline day in Premier League history came to life late in the day.

But Tottenham – who did not make a signing all summer – and Manchester United failed to bring in any players before the window shut.

The deadline was moved from 31 August to the day before the Premier League season starts after a vote by clubs.

Yerry Mina’s £27m move to Everton from Barcelona was the day’s big move.

The deadline also applied to English Football League clubs – although they can still sign free agents and loan players until 31 August.

However, it was only introduced in England – with Spanish, German, French and Scottish clubs able to sign players until the end of the month.

Italy has introduced a deadline of Friday, 17 August – the day before Serie A starts.

Players could still leave the Premier League – with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard a reported target for Spanish giants Real Madrid, although the Blues would then not be able to sign a replacement.

The story of transfer deadline day

It looked as if this was going to be the quietest deadline day since the window was introduced in 2003 – with only eight signings confirmed by Premier League clubs before 17:00.

The highest-profile deal at that stage was midfielder Mateo Kovacic joining Chelsea on loan from Real Madrid – with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois going the other way permanently.

But clubs had another two hours after the deadline to finalise paperwork – during which Everton signed Colombia defender Mina and midfielder Andre Gomes on loan from Barcelona – having signed free agent Bernard earlier in the day.

Fulham announced five players, all after the deadline – Marseille midfielder Andre-Frank Anguissa in a £22.3m deal, Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan for £6m and Sergio Rico, Luciano Vietto and Timothy Fosu-Mensah on loan.

And Leicester City confirmed the signing of Freiburg and Turkey defender Caglar Soyuncu, in a deal thought to be worth up to £19m, after the deadline. Earlier on, they had bought defender Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb for a reported £13m. BBC

Also read: Chelsea Batter Transfer Fees For Keeper Kepa

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