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Transfer Deadline Day: The winners and losers as Premier League clubs splash the cash

Fernando Llorente opted for Tottenham over Chelsea on Deadline Day
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The dust has now settled on the back of another hectic deadline day, with teams wrapping up deals in the dying embers of the transfer window (and beyond). Ben McAleer takes stock of the winners and losers on deadline day, and one team with feet in both camps...

"Despite agreeing a fee with Monaco for the Frenchman, Lemar opted against moving to the Gunners as he didn't want to play in the Europa League. The 21-year-old proved what Arsenal would have been getting with a sumptuous brace in France's 4-0 win over Netherlands. Factor in the departure of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and a failure to secure a replacement, and you can still get Arsenal at 8/15 to finish outside of the top-4 this season."

Winners


Swansea

Swansea may have lost last season's top goalscorer Fernando Llorente, but sufficiently replaced him with Wilfried Bony, who returns to the Liberty Stadium after departing for Manchester City in January 2015. No Swansea player has scored more Premier League goals from open play than Bony (17) in the club's history, with his return a boost. The headline grabbing arrival comes in Renato Sanches, however, who has signed from Bayern Munich on loan. Manager Paul Clement is aware of his talents having managed Sanches during their brief time together in Germany, and, as my colleague Martin Laurence wrote, he is arguably one of the coups of the window. A top 10 finish is no longer out of the question, with Swansea 13/2 to end the campaign in the top half.


Crystal Palace


Frank de Boer is under incredible pressure to turn Crystal Palace's fortunes around after three successive defeats to start the season. The Eagles are joint second favourites to be relegated now, at 6/4, but their chances of surviving the drop have increased following the permanent arrival of Mamadou Sakho. The Frenchman spent the second half of the 2016/17 season on loan at Selhurst Park and his impact was noted in that Palace won five of the eight league games he has started this year, but just three of 15 he has not. De Boer may not last the campaign, but Sakho's return to south London is a huge boost and vastly improves their defensive solidity.

Tottenham


Tottenham announced the arrival of Serge Aurier from PSG early in the day, and his capture improves Mauricio Pochettino's right-back options. Spurs have required a player in the position since Kyle Walker's move to Manchester City, even allowing for the solid showings of Kyle Walker-Peters and Kieran Trippier. Aurier boasts the physical qualities to excel in Pochettino's setup, though his off-field antics have understandably irked some quarters of the fanbase. The arrival of Fernando Llorente, though, did no such thing. No Premier League player has scored more headed goals than the Spaniard (7) since the start of last season and he offers an alternative striking option for Pochettino. They are evens to secure a top-4 finish again, even after a stuttering start to the campaign.


Leicester


Leicester may have lost key man Danny Drinkwater on deadline day, but they would not have sanctioned his sale without a replacement lined up. Adrien Silva's move to the King Power Stadium is likely to be confirmed, even if the transfer window has closed, with the Portuguese 28-year-old an astute capture should it be pushed through. Aleksandar Dragovic is a solid signing and provides competition with Harry Maguire, Wes Morgan and Robert Huth at the heart of the Foxes defence, even if he struggled for his best form following his move to Bayer Leverkusen.


Losers


Manchester City


Manchester City started the day on the wrong foot when it was announced that hot prospect Jadon Sancho had signed for Borussia Dortmund, but the worst news was still to come. City had thought they had secured their number one target in Alexis Sanchez, only for Arsenal to pull the plug on the deal, even if a £60m fee had been agreed. City remain 7/5 favourites for the title, but a failure to sign Alexis this summer is a blow in their quest to be crowned England's best in May.


Arsenal


Arsenal may have retained the services of Sanchez, but Arsene Wenger has on his books an unhappy player whose contract expires next summer. It's increasingly likely that the Chilean will leave on a free at the end of his deal when Arsenal could have pocketed £60m for the 28-year-old. His sale hinged on Thomas Lemar's arrival, but despite agreeing a fee with Monaco for the Frenchman, Lemar opted against moving to the Gunners as he didn't want to play in the Europa League. The 21-year-old proved what Arsenal would have been getting with a sumptuous brace in France's 4-0 win over Netherlands. Factor in the departure of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and a failure to secure a replacement, and you can still get Arsenal at 8/15 to finish outside of the top-4 this season.


West Ham


West Ham endured a poor end to the transfer window, with a failure to land a central midfielder the focus of supporters' ire. William Carvalho was a mooted target, but Sporting Club's decision to continue moving the goalposts meant a fee was never agreed. Andre Gomes emerged as a viable target for the Hammers on deadline day, with they rivaling Tottenham for his signature, but Barcelona pulled the plug on the deal. Regardless, West Ham were second choice in the race to sign Gomes. Factor in the confusion surrounding Diafra Sakho's future at the club and it made for a farcical deadline day for the Hammers.


Newcastle


Rafa Benitez was keen on bringing in a new left-back to St. James' Park, particularly with Paul Dummett sidelined, but the club failed to secure the services of Matt Targett on loan from Southampton. Newcastle shifted Grant Henley, Achraf Lazaar and Tim Krul off the wage books, as was requested of the Magpies boss, yet were unable to strengthen accordingly, with moves for Kenedy and Lucas Perez also falling through. A lack of movement on deadline day means Benitez is believed to be questioning his future with the Magpies, which could have huge repercussions as the season wears on. He is currently 12/1 to be the next Premier League manager to leave their post, behind De Boer (4/6) and Slaven Bilic (6/4), but those odds are likely to shorten over the coming days.


Neutral


Chelsea


It may have taken until the early hours of Friday morning to wrap up the deal, but Chelsea finally confirmed the capture of Danny Drinkwater from Leicester. Only N'Golo Kante (339) has won possession in the midfield third more times than Drinkwater (331) since the start of the 2015/16 Premier League season, with the England international swelling Antonio Conte's midfield ranks. Confirmation of his capture came shortly after the announcement of Davide Zappacosta's move to Stamford Bridge, with the Italian providing solid competition with both Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses for a starting spot at wing-back. Only Alex Sandro (48) has made more accurate crosses from open play of Serie A defenders than Zappacosta (47) since January 2016 and his accuracy from wide will benefit Alvaro Morata, whose two goals and two assists have both been headers, more than anyone.

But....

Chelsea missed out on the signings of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fernando Llorente and Ross Barkley on deadline day. The Blues were informed of Oxlade-Chamberlain's decision to instead sign for Liverpool ahead of the champions on Wednesday, which came as a blow in the defence of their crown. The real kick in the teeth came in Llorente's move to London rivals Spurs, with the gargantuan Spaniard a primary target for Conte - who worked with him at Juventus - since January. Barkley as well reportedly underwent a medical with Chelsea, but elected to instead remain with Everton before reassessing his options in January, with Spurs also interested in the England international. You can get Chelsea to win no trophies this season at 4/6, with a disappointing deadline day adding to the appeal.


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