Arsenal were the winners of an eventful deadline day as they made a £32million double signing to conclude their summer business.
The English Premier League transfer window is now officially shut after what was a decent final day of deals, with David Luiz, Romelu Lukaku and Andy Carroll among the headline movers.
The Gunners completed a shock £8m swoop for Chelsea centre-back David Luiz, and their good day was further enhanced by the signing of Kieran Tierney from Celtic for £25m.
Alex Iwobi left the Emirates for Everton for a fee which could rise to £40m, with the Toffees opting to sign the young Gunner on a five-year deal rather than spend £80m on Wilfried Zaha.
Zaha is said to be ‘devastated’ he did not get a move away from Crystal Palace.
Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo also saw a late move to Goodison Park collapse.
Meanwhile, Lukaku’s Manchester United misery ended with a switch to Inter Milan for an initial fee of £72m, with the Belgian signing a five-year deal with the Italian club.
The 26-year-old, who joined United from Everton for £75m two years ago, did not feature during pre-season and failed to report for training earlier this week, instead training with former club Anderlecht before sealing his move to Serie A.
United were linked with signing Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic as a potential replacement, but no deal materialised.
Andy Carroll made his emotional return to Newcastle eight years after leaving his hometown club, where he made his name before his high-profile £35m move to Liverpool in 2011.
The 30-year-old was available as a free agent following his release by West Ham at the end of last season, and has signed a one-year deal at St James’ Park.
Elsewhere, Tottenham spent a reported £25m to land 19-year-old Fulham ace Ryan Sessegnon on a five-year deal, with Josh Onomah moving the other way.
Argentina midfielder Giovani Lo Celso also arrived on a season-long loan from Real Betis, with an option to buy.
Premier League champions Manchester City also got in on the deadline day action, by signing former England goalkeeper Scott Carson on a season-long loan.
City’s deal with Derby for Carson, 33, secured experienced cover for Ederson and Claudio Bravo and also added to their quota of English players.
Further loan deals saw Aaron Mooy join Brighton from Huddersfield, fresh from signing a new deal with his parent club, and Danny Drinkwater also moved to Burnley from Chelsea. Muhamed Besic joined Sheffield United from Everton.
Together Premier League clubs took their summer spending to £1.41billion, just short of the record £1.43bn spent in 2017.
Arsenal’s deadline day moves saw them edge past Manchester City to become the Premier League’s biggest spenders of the summer, having forked out £155m.
2019 SUMMER DEADLINE DAY TRANSFERS:
Alex Iwobi [Arsenal – Everton] £34m
Meritan Shabani [Bayern Munich – Wolves] Undisclosed
David Luiz [Chelsea – Arsenal] £8m
Muhamed Besic [Everton – Sheffield United] Loan
Michael Verrips [Unattached – Sheffield United] Free
Dennis Praet [Sampdoria – Leicester] Undisclosed
Danny Drinkwater [Chelsea – Burnley] Loan (until Jan 2020)
Giovani Lo Celso [Real Betis – Tottenham] Loan
Scott Carson [Derby – Man City] Loan
Kieran Tierney [Celtic – Arsenal] £25m
Andy Carroll [West Ham – Newcastle] Free
Ismaila Sarr [Rennes – Watford] Undisclosed
Aaron Mooy [Huddersfield – Brighton] Loan
Ryan Sessegnon [Fulham – Tottenham] £25m
Romaric Yapi [Paris St-Germain – Brighton] Undisclosed
Emil Krafth [Amiens – Newcastle] Undisclosed
Albian Ajeti [Basel – West Ham] £8m