TRANSFER Deadline Day is chaos and has been known to trigger Acute Excited Explodey Head Syndrome in pubs up and down the country.
The Pellegrini masterplan wants two players for every one position and with City expected to challenge all four trophy fronts the three strikers will need to stay fit.
Sometimes it can get too much. So we've compiled this handy summary of all the North West Premier League 2014 summer comings and goings so that your mates don't have to pick bits of Acute Excited Explodey Head Syndrome out of their pints.
In years gone by an Alex Ferguson led Manchester United would stay away from Transfer Deadline Day, except for picking exceptional talent up in the likes of Van Persie.
The last two years have seen the Old Traffford club join in the final day madness with everyone else. A last-ditch loan deal for Radamel Falcao was secured, following the purchase of Daley Blind and before that Angel Di Maria. All three signings in their own right will have strengthened a side that has struggled for twelve months but it remains to be seen how quickly Van Gaal can get them working well together.
To offset arrivals there had to be exits, most notably Danny Welbeck has left leaving no Manchester born players in the squad, though with Arsene Wenger’s ability to improve a raw talent this could be a deal United will live to regret. Fans favourite Javier Hernández surprisingly headed to Real Madrid after they missed out on Falcao but appears destined for more bench-timein an attack heavy Madrid squad.
Angel di Maria (Real Madrid £59.7m), Luke Shaw (Southampton, £31.5m), Ander Herrera (Athletic Bilbao, £29m), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon, £16m), Daley Blind (Ajax, £14m), Vanja Milinkovic (FK Vojvodina, undisclosed), Radamel Falcao (Monaco, loan)
Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund £6.3m), Alexander Buttner (Dinamo Moscow, £5.6m), Patrice Evra (Juventus, £2.5m) Bebe (Benfica, £2.4m),Rio Ferdinand (QPR, free), Nemanja Vidic (Inter Milan, free), Federico Macheda (Cardiff City, free), Angelo Henriquez (Dinamo Zagreb, loan),Nani (Sporting Lisbon, loan), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace, loan) Javier Hernandez (Real Madrid, loan), Tom Lawrence (Leicester, £1m), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal, £16m), Nick Powell (Leicester, loan), Michael Keane(Burnley, loan).
Seemingly planned and executed to perfection, the Manchester City summer recruitment drive ended weeks ago with targets signed with minimum of fuss. Though there was a slight flurry on transfer deadline day as Álvaro 'The Beast' Negredo made a last minute exit on loan to Valencia. The Pellegrini master plan wants two players for every one position and with City expected to challenge all four trophy fronts the three strikers will need to stay fit. Worries over the restrictions of over 21-year-old foreign players allowed in the Champions League squads may be partly why Negredo has been allowed to move on, though removing Richards and Rowell’s wages will help the strain to meet FFP regulations going forward.
Eliaquim Mangala (Porto, £32million), Fernando (Porto, £12m), Willy Caballero (Malaga, £6m), Bruno Zuculini (Racing Club, £3m), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal, free), Frank Lampard (New York City, loan)
Javi Garcia (Zenit, £13m), Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland, free), Joleon Lescott (West Brom, free) Gareth Barry (Everton, free), Emyr Huws (Wigan, undisclosed), Jack Rodwell (Sunderland, £7m), Micah Richards (Fiorentina, loan), Alvaro Negredo (Manchester City, loan)
Liverpool were another side that did their business early and sat back to watch the transfer deadline day drama unfold from afar. Spending the Suarez money came easy to Brendan Rodgers with Southampton happy beneficiaries. Mario Balotelli will be one to watch on Merseyside, with the ability to amaze and amuse but in need of some consistency in what has been claimed as his 'final chance at a top club'. Former favourites Reina and Agger left Anfield quietly but it is the loss of the goals (and drama) of Luis Suarez that will affect the side the most. He did return on Transfer Deadline Day to Anfield, not in a big money move, but to say his goodbyes and maybe apologise to his former teammates.
Adam Lallana (Southampton, £23m), Lazar Markovic (Benfica, £20m),Mario Balotelli (AC Milan, £16m), Alberto Moreno (Sevilla, £12m), Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen, £9.8m), Rickie Lambert (Southampton, £4m)Dejan Lovren (Southampton, £20m), Divock Origi (Lille, £10m), Kevin Stewart (Tottenham, free), Javier Manquillo (Atletico Madrid, loan).
Luis Suarez (Barcelona, £75m), Pepe Reina (Bayern Munich £2m),Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace, £1.5m), Daniel Agger (Brondby, undisclosed), Jack Robinson (QPR, undisclosed), Iago Aspas (Sevilla, loan), Andre Wisdom (West Brom, loan), Divock Origi (Lille, loan), Joao Carlos Teixeira (Brighton, loan), Tiago Llori (Bordeaux, loan), Jordan Ibe (Derby, loan), Sebastian Coates (Sunderland, loan), Oussama Assaidi (Stoke, loan).
Spending big money in a transfer window isn’t usually Everton’s forte. So the signing of Lukaku needs to be a success as most of their budget was blasted on this. All transfer dealings were done before transfer deadline day and the much talked about signing of Tom Cleverley never materialised - to some fans relief. Securing Samuel Eto'o could proved huge for The Toffees, he scored in every other game for Chelsea.
Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea, £28m), Gareth Barry (Manchester City, free), Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea, free), Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros, £4m),Brendan Galloway (MK Dons, undisclosed) Christian Atsu (Chelsea, loan).
Tasked with maintaining the squad spirit and core that got them promoted with a needed increase in quality of a moderately sized squad has seen Burnley sign ten players. Transfer Deadline Day saw the arrivals on loan of Keane and Chalobah and both come with glowing references from their parent clubs and U21 national honours. George Boyd also arrived, but on previous form seems to be too good for the Championship and not quite good enough for the Premiership. He'll need to prove doubters wrong to give Burnley some chance of survival.
Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough, £2.5m), Michael Kightly (Stoke, undisclosed), Stephen Ward (Wolves, undisclosed), Marvin Sordell (Bolton, free), Matt Gilks (Blackpool, free), Matt Taylor (West Ham, free), Steven Reid (West Brom, free), George Boyd (Hull, £3m), Michael Keane (Manchester United, loan), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea, loan)
Chris Baird (West Brom, free), Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth, free), David Edgar (Birmingham, free), Keith Treacy (Barnsley, free), Brian Stock (released).
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