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15 post-deadline day deals you might have missed, from Jan Vertonghen to Marcelo

By Ben Green

15 post-deadline day deals you might have missed, from Jan Vertonghen to Marcelo

Published: 10:00, 18 September 2022

Deadline day dished up plenty of late drama in the transfer window but business has still been going on in the days beyond the summer’s much-anticipated ‘window slam’.

There were a handful of club-defining deals that transpired earlier this month, including Man Utd’s £82m move for Antony — the third-highest transfer in their history — while Arsenal and Chelsea’s cross-pollination of players to don both colours added another name with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joining the latter. Liverpool also snapped up Arthur to ease their midfield crisis, and of course, Pep Guardiola couldn’t help himself but take one last dip into City’s cavernous kitty, picking up Manuel Akanji.

But, if you thought everyone just shook hands and left it at that until January, you’d be sorely mistaken. In the proceeding days — and even hours after the window closed — contracts have been signed, affiliations changed and deals completed. Here, we look at some of those post-deadline day transfers that have gone through.

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Ross Barkley

Signed for: Nice

Signed from: Chelsea

Fee: Free

Nice have been hoovering up Premier League players this summer like their life depended on it. Owned by British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the Mancunian has been returning to more familiar pastures to bulk up the French Riviera club’s squad, including Kasper Schmeichel, Nicolas Pepe, Joe Bryan, Mads Sorensen from Brentford, former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, former Chelsea academy prospect Marcin Bulka and, most recently, Ross Barkley. The England midfielder relocates to southern France looking to revitalise his career after stagnating in west London.

Michy Batshuayi

Signed for: Fenerbahce

Signed from: Chelsea

Fee: £2.6m

After a deadline-day deal to summer shopaholics Nottingham Forest fell through, Michy Batshuayi opted for a return to Turkey, having spent last season on loan at Besiktas. The Belgian has risked the wrath of Kara Kartallar fans by joining Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce, who will be hoping the Chelsea flop can help end their near-decade wait for Super Lig supremacy.

Marcos Alonso

Signed for: Barcelona

Signed from: Chelsea

Fee: Free

Marcos Alonso terminated his Chelsea contract by mutual consent on deadline day, despite having one year left on his deal — and the following day, he joined Barca for the 2022/23 season. A product of Real Madrid’s academy, Alonso has relocated to his boyhood club’s Clasico rivals, Barcelona, hoping to play his part in a potential La Liga dethroning this campaign. He follows in the footsteps of his father, Marcos Alonso Pena, who also represented Barca during his playing career.


Signed for: Olympiakos

Signed from: Real Madrid

Fee: Free

After a trophy-laden existence in the Spanish capital, Marcelo finally left Real Madrid this summer. A gravitation towards silverware at the Bernabeu saw him claim five Champions League titles and 13 domestic medals, including six La Ligas. The buccaneering Brazilian full-back will now be plying his trade in Greece with Olympiacos, hoping some of his silverware stardust can rub off on his new club.

Robert Snodgrass

Signed for: Heart of Midlothian

Signed from: Luton Town

Fee: Free

‘Snodders’ has returned to Scotland after a highly-fruitful spell south of the border. Stints at Leeds United, Norwich City, Aston Villa, Hull City and West Ham, becoming a fan favourite with each, defined his career in England. In more recent times, he’s turned out for West Brom and Luton Town but will be spending this campaign in the Scottish first tier for the brilliantly nicknamed Jam Tarts.

Nacer Chadli

Signed for: K.V.C. Westerlo

Signed from: Istanbul Basaksehir

Fee: Loan

Known on these shores as one of the players Tottenham spent the Gareth Bale money on, with their resulting splurge proving more miss than hit, Chadli will now be taking his talents back to his homeland after a brief spell in Istanbul. The 33-year-old has never actually played professional football in Belgium, moving from Standard Liege’s academy to the Netherlands at just 16. The 66-capped Red Devil will now be turning out for Westerlo on loan from Istanbul Basaksehir.


Signed for: Ibiza

Signed from: Celta

Fee: Free

The one-time Manchester City forward was said to have hated the English weather so much that it altered the complexion of his daughter’s skin tone. “My daughter’s face has changed colour – it looks like she’s been living in a cave,” he once remarked while still in England. It therefore makes sense that Nolito has chosen Ibiza as his next destination. A prominent hot spot for many a Brit, the ageing frontman has picked a location where grey skies won’t be an issue.


Signed for: Al-Arabi

Signed from: PSG

Fee: Free

Rafinha Alcantara spent the latter part of last season on loan at Real Sociedad from PSG, but after orbiting centre circles for just over a decade in top-flight European football, the two-capped Brazilian will now be turning out for Al-Arabi in Qatar, joining fellow La Masia graduate Marc Muniesa in Doha, and long-throw expert Aron Gunnarsson.

Jan Vertonghen

Signed for: Anderlecht

Signed from: Benfica

Fee: Free

After leaving Spurs in 2020, Jan Vertonghen enjoyed two years at Benfica, but he’s on the move again. Now 35, the 139-capped Belgium international will be wearing the colours of Anderlecht, where he will get to renew an old rivalry, as the Belgian club drew West Ham in the Europa Conference League this season.

Serge Aurier

Signed for: Nottingham Forest

Signed from: Free agent

Fee: Free

Nottingham Forest have officially signed two whole football teams this summer, with Serge Aurier becoming number 22.

The right-back, 29, left Villarreal after his contract expired and will compete with fellow recruit Neco Williams, signed from Liverpool, for a starting spot. The deal is subject to visa approval.

Loris Karius

Signed for: Newcastle

Signed from: Unattached

Fee: Free

An injury to Karl Darlow forced Eddie Howe to look for an emergency stop-gap in the market. Loris Karius has been a free agent since leaving Liverpool at the start of this summer and has now ventured Tyneside on an initial deal until January, where he will play second fiddle to Nick Pope.

Diego Costa

Signed for: Wolves

Signed from: Unattached

Fee: Free

Wolves, like Newcastle, were forced to look at the free agent market after the window closed following an injury picked up by Sasa Kalajdzic. Diego Costa has been a free agent since leaving Brazilian champions Atletico Mineiro earlier this year, and he has now made a tantalisingly drama-laden Premier League return — though it may take a while before he makes his debut as he hasn’t played since January.

Juan Mata 

Signed for: Galatasaray

Signed from: Man Utd

Fee: Free

The often-dubbed nicest man in football has started a new adventure in Turkey, leaving Manchester United, whom he represented for eight years, for Galatasaray. The Spaniard joins a host of household names in Istanbul, including Patrick van Aanholt, Lucas Torreira, Dries Mertens and Mauro Icardi…

Mauro Icardi

Signed for: Galatasaray

Signed from: PSG

Fee: Loan

With the Parisian food chain dominated by football’s apex predators, Mauro Icardi was never going to find stable form in the French capital. The mercurial Argentine has therefore decided to test his luck in Turkey, and will be hoping to form a blossoming on-field relationship with playmaker grandmaster Mata.

Nathan Redmond

Signed for: Besiktas

Signed from: Southampton

Fee: Undisclosed fee

Also heading out to Istanbul is another former Premier League player, with one-capped England international Nathan Redmond joining Besiktas from Southampton. The Brummie joins compatriot Dele Alli out in Turkey, with the latter joining on loan from Everton.