Transfer Deadline Day: The Highlights
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This season’s summer transfer window saw Premier League spending exceed £1bn for the first time. Here’s a run-down of some of the most interesting business that took place on the final day of the window. Joe Hart: England number 1 seals ‘Italian Job’ After a poor display in the European Championships for England doubt was cast over Joe Hart’s future at Manchester City. Pep Guardiola has allowed the 29-year-old keeper to go on loan to Italian side Torino. Torino are Juventus’ local rivals (both are from the Northern Italian city of Turin, traditional home of the Fiat motor company and home of cinema’s famous Italian Job heist, hence the unforgivable pun). Torino haven’t won the Serie A since the 1975-76 season and lack the financial muscle or European presence of the squad Hart is used to. The move is an interesting one as many would have expected Hart to move to a more high profile club, despite his poor Euros performance. Manchester City fans were sad to see Hart go and the keeper’s last home game was an emotional affair. “Stand up, if you love Joe Hart,” was the chant and by all accounts the England stopper was overcome with emotion. David Luiz returns to Chelsea as they invest defensively A last minute deal saw the Brazilian centre back return to Stamford Bridge after two years at PSG for a fee rumoured to be around the £30m mark. The unorthodox and immensely skilful defender could well slot into a 3 at the back system if manager Conte is tempted to renew the tactic that worked so well for him at Juventus and with the Italy international side. Marcos Alonso is also believed to have arrived at Chelsea for a fee in the region of £24m. Another defensive addition to the blues’ squad. Islam Slimani: Sporting Lisbon to Leicester Reportedly joining for a club record fee of £29m, Slimani is an Algerian international and scored 27 goals for Sporting last season. While this goal tally is promising it remains to be seen whether he copes with the quality of Premier League defences. Close links with Algeria team mate and Leicester City player Riyad Mahrez apparently paved the way for this move.
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