By Tim Stannard
Barca miss targets as Atletico Madrid are Partey-pooped on transfer deadline day
Oh well. No more 'Depay-nal Countdown' or 'Depay-nal Curtain' puns for a wee while, then.
After a solid six weeks of speculation and fun since the arrival of Ronald Koeman at Barcelona, the number one transfer target for the club in the summer transfer window, Memphis Depay, remained at Lyon. In fact, the number two target did not come to the Camp Nou either, with Eric Garcia staying at Manchester City.
Instead, transfer deadline day saw players leaving Barcelona with midfielder, Rafinha Alcantara, joining up with PSG on a free transfer and Jean-Clair Todibo heading to Benfica on loan.
Despite a heck of a lot of transfer activity, Barca ended up making a profit over the summer of just over $3 million.
Atletico Madrid was involved in arguably the biggest deal of the day to complete a fairly solid transfer window that saw the incorporation of Luis Suarez. Arsenal steamed in on Monday to buy the midfielder out of his contract with Atletico for $58 million. That enabled the Rojiblancos to sign up Uruguayan pocket rocket midfielder, Lucas Torreira on loan, also from Arsenal.
Real Madrid did not spend a single cent in the transfer window for the first time since 1980 - not surprising considering how that whole Eden Hazard / Luka Jovic business went last summer - but instead turned in a profit of $114 million, not including the wages of Gareth Bale being saved.
This left Sevilla as the biggest spenders in LaLiga with a net outlay of $70 million on imports such as Suso, Oscar Rodriguez and Ousmana Idrissi.
The Sports Burst live show will be rating and slating the transfer activity in LaLiga at 12PM ET. Just go to our beIN SPORTS USA Facebook page or beIN XTRA channel.
Lyon win transfer window battle as big stars stay
The biggest winners in the transfer market in Europe might well be Lyon, mainly because of the players who ended up staying at the Champions League semifinalists.
The Ligue 1 outfit have had a sluggish start to the campaign with just single victory in six games and that's partly due to a huge amount of uncertainty at the club over who would be leaving.
In the end, the flagship players of the team - Memphis Depay and Houssem Aouar - remain at Lyon, who brought in Brazilian playmaker, Lucas Paqueta to the roster and also Italian fullback, Mattia De Sciglio, on loan from Juventus.
As mentioned earlier, PSG added Barcelona's Rafinha to the midfield to add to Moise Kean and Danilo Pereira, which might see Thomas Tuchel changing his tune over the club's transfer activity over the summer. Especially if the German wants to keep his job.
Solskjaer out, Pochettino in returns
So, there's a break for international matches coming up, which is not the best of ideas in a pandemic and the transfer window has, for the most part, closed.
This means that there is a bit of a news vacuum. However, the headlines are going back to pre-COVID times and reporting on another precarious situation that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has found himself in at Manchester United.
The Old Trafford outfit has won just the single EPL game from three - and that was with a penalty after full time - and is reeling after a 6-1 home shellacking by Jose Mourinho's Tottenham. Although Porto's Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani were signed up on Monday it might not be enough to keep the job of the eternally under-fire Norwegian with Mauricio Pochettino once again hiding in the shadows to take over United.
Former Manchester United goalkeeper, Gary Bailey, is going to be asked about this thorny topic on today's edition of Sports Burst live, that's for sure.