There were some unbelievable transfer deals completed in the late hours of football’s transfer deadline day, notably Chelsea’s capture of Anfield favourite Fernando Torres from Liverpool for around £50 million quid. Chelsea have been sensible with their money in recent seasons, however the purchase of Torres means he is now the most expensive signing in British transfer history, ever. Initially the transfer record fee was held by Carlos Tevez, when he moved from Manchester United to Manchester City back in 2009 for around £47 million.
As well as Torres, the blues have brought in some reinforcement for the back line by buying Brazilian centre-back David Luiz from Benfica for £21million plus midfielder Nemanja Matic.
Liverpool were quick to sort out the void evoked by the loss of their influential talisman Torres, by completing the signings of two highly-rated strikers. Uruguayan hit-man Luiz Suarez joins from Dutch outfit Ajax for around £22.7 million in a five-and-a-half year deal and then the big surprise! Andy Carroll joins from Newcastle for £35 million in also a five-and-a-half-year-deal. His signing is a British record transfer fee, overwhelming the £32.5 million transfer of Robinho from Real Madrid to Manchester City in 2008. Initially Liverpool had seen two offers for Carroll rejected. Only when Carroll handed in a transfer request was it clear what colour shirt he would be wearing tomorrow.
Just considering the scale of such transfers is bewildering. It also feels pecuilliar I will be watching a game on Saturday or Sunday and I will see Torres on the team sheet for Chelsea and Carroll on the team sheet for Liverpool. How on earth all this happened in a matter of one day is just staggering!