The 2022 Transfer Window has finally closed. With billions spent in the window, the Premier League emerged as the highest spenders with a whopping £2 billion. England’s top-tier league has spent almost as much as the rest of the big four leagues combined, that is, La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A and Bundesliga. As much as we would like to focus on the most expensive transfers, we cannot overlook some deals that were completely out of the blue.
Here are some transfers that took us all by surprise.
Antony to Manchester United – £85 million
Manchester United were on their comeback trail following a horrendous start to their 2022-23 campaign. With Casemiro and Lizandro Martinez as their latest recruit, many thought that United have concluded their business. However, they shocked the football world after announcing the signing of the Brazilian Antony from Ajax for a massive fee of £85 million, making him the second most expensive Red Devil after Paul Pogba.
The 22-year-old wasted no time in bagging his first goal on his debut against Arsenal, helping his side extend their win streak.
Willian to Fulham – Free Transfer
If you would have told someone a year ago to bet on Willian’s Premier League return, they would’ve laughed at you. The former Chelsea player Willian was ridiculed after signing for Arsenal. He was a crucial signing for the Gunners who failed to make the desired impact. With only one goal to his name, the Brazilian terminated his contract and left for Brazil, where he joined Corinthians. Many assumed that Willian’s days in Europe are over and that he may never play in the big leagues again.
However, Fulham, one of the most active teams in the transfer window, approached the 34-year-old and signed him on a free transfer. William is now back in the Premier League once again, something that was completely off the cards. Can he replicate his top form for the Cottagers? We have to wait and watch.
Arthur Melo to Liverpool – Loan deal
One of the craziest Deadline Day deals was that of Arthur Melo joining Liverpool from Juventus. Liverpool are struggling to make an early impact in the Premier League. The Reds had their key midfielders sidelined with injuries and desperately needed reinforcements. However, no one expected them to sign the 26-year-old, who was looking for a way out of the Allianz Stadium.
Arthur Melo’s loan deal was something that not even the best reporters caught a whiff of until it was official. Safe to say, signing Arthur is one of the biggest deadline deals made by Liverpool.
Casemiro to Manchester United – £51 million
Casemiro to Manchester United was a transfer that no one was expecting. United were linked with various other players, including Marko Arnautovic and Adrien Rabiot. However, in a shocking turn of events, United made a bid for the Brazilian midfielder, who was playing for Real Madrid, and within a week completed his signing.
One of the biggest signings by Manchester United to help strengthen their midfield, that no one saw coming.
Alexander Isak to Newcastle United – £60 million
A year ago, Alexander Isak was linked with clubs like Barcelona, Arsenal and Liverpool. Following the January transfer window, Arsenal were the favourites to sign the young Swedish. However, that never happened and months would go by before Isak was linked with any other club. As his rumours went cold, Newcastle made a silent move to lure the 22-year-old to St. James Park for a whopping £60 million from Real Sociedad.
Isak did not waste any time in scoring his first Premier League goal against Liverpool on his debut. However, his efforts were in vain as the Reds found a late winner to take home all three points.
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