Deadline day on Monday was dull. You know it, I know it, and if Sky Sports ever descend from their rush of false excitement, they’d admit it too.
Apart from this. This was gold…
The announcement of Pep Guardiola’s summer move to Man City did at least quell the tedium for a bit, while Watford and Stoke City broke their transfer records on a day where precious little of note happened elsewhere.
That said, there were a few proposed deals in the pipeline which, for varying reasons, never made it to fruition.
Among them were Louis van Gaal’s plan to ease Manchester United’s defensive injury concerns by trying to secure the loan signing of Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy.
— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) February 1, 2016
Arsène Wenger though was having none of it, and the French international moved to Bordeaux as he aims to secure a place in Didier Deschamps’ Euro 2016 squad. (For more on that story, click here.)
Meanwhile over in Newcastle, with their attempts to secure a deal for Guilherme Sequeira thwarted by his desire to stay in Spain and go to Valencia, their attention turned to Instagram star/part-time Liverpool defender José Enrique.
Enrique of course played for the Magpies from 2007 to 2011, but was unable to agree terms with his former club and will instead remain at Anfield until the summer, where he will remain behind Alberto Moreno, Brad Smith, Jon Flanagan, the still-injured Joe Gomez and Mighty Red, the Liverpool FC mascot, in the pecking order.
Having already missed out on Saido Berahino at the weekend, the loan signing of Roma striker Seydou Doumbia proved to be Newcastle’s last bit of business in an admittedly busy Janurary window.
Chelsea’s acquisition of Alexandre Pato last week left them with around one striker too many, and as such were not averse to letting either of Radamel Falcao or Loïc Rémy leave the club. It looked for a while like the latter would be the one to go with Leicester heavily linked, while the former’s attempts to find a new club, having travelled to Spain with agent Jorge Mendes in tow, weren’t going particularly well…
I have been told by Valencia and Atletico that Falcao is not joining them. Chelsea/Mendes will look elsewhere — Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) February 1, 2016
With Chelsea later blocking the Rémy deal, both players ended up remaining at Stamford Bridge until the summer at least.
And finally, Peter Odemwingie, a man who you may recall became something of a deadline day headline-grabber in 2013 when he drove from the Midlands to London to try and force through a move from West Brom to Q.P.R., decided to adopt a similar tactic on Monday…
‘What’s happening with Peter Odemwingie?’
Well, he’s apparently jumped on a plane to force a move to Marseille pic.twitter.com/OfDY7DKiHQ
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) February 1, 2016
Needless to say it didn’t quite go to plan and when a deal between Stoke and Marseille failed to materialise, Odemwingie was forced to return to the Britannia with his tail between his legs.
With the bigger teams generally remaining quiet this January, it was left to those in the middle and below to provide any sort of concrete transfer activity. But with Klopp, Guardiola and whoever ends up at Man United and Chelsea all heading into their first summers at their respective new clubs, expect the next pre-season to be far more lively.