WITH the transfer window slamming shut last night, much of the focus was on the big names signings.a.
However, there were one or two stories that slipped under the radar.
Manchester United have announced that they have completed the signing of teenage defender Saidy Janko from FC Zurich – Sky Sports
Dani Pacheco has left Liverpool for Spanish Second Division side Alcorcon – Sky Sports
Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye’s hopes of a deadline-day move to Arsenal were dashed when he was told he was going nowhere. The 27-year-old French international was the subject of a failed £10m bid from the Gunners earlier in the transfer window, and was keen to leave St James’s’ Park.
But, according to the Daily Star, Magpies boss Alan Pardew and the United board told him that he would not be allowed to leave.
Arsenal instead turned their attentions to Real Madrid star Mesut Ozil, who they signed for a club-record £42.4m. Ozil is believed to have turned down a bigger offer from French side Paris Saint-Germain. Full story: Daily Mirror
Another wantaway player who was allowed to leave was Marouane Fellaini, who delivered a transfer request in person to Everton after driving to the club’s training ground last night to speak personally to manager Roberto Martinez and plead with him to sanction his switch to Manchester United. It duly went ahead, at a cost of £27.5m. Full story: Daily Mirror
But United didn’t have it all their own way: They were knocked back by Real Madrid after making an offer of £35m for Germany midfielder Sami Khedira. Full story: Independent
Real Madrid were prepared to let Khedira leave the Bernabeu, but they wanted United to make an improved bid. Full story: Metro
Chelsea blocked Arsenal’s bid to take striker Demba Ba, 28, on a season-long loan to the Emirates because Jose Mourinho sees the Gunners as serious title rivals. Full story: Daily Mirror
Arsenal had competition from Roma, with the Serie A side keen on taking the Senegal striker on loan. For the moment at least, he remains at Stamford Bridge. Full story: Daily Express