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Most expensive player in the world, Neymar will stay at Paris Saint-Germain after failing to return to Barcelona. Several well-known players joined the club on loan, including Mauro Icardi.
The transfer window closed gently in large parts of Europe on Monday evening with a flood of credit transactions instead of the expected bang of a mega-move.
Several well-known players have moved to the club on loan, including Mauro Icardi, Nikola Kalinic on loan from Atletico Madrid and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The biggest names among permanent transfers were two Central American veterans: Keylor Navas and Javier Hernandez.
Real Madrid had also been linked with Neymar as well as Manchester United world champions Paul Pogba and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen as part of the expensive renovation of Zinedine Zidane’s squad.
Pogba aroused some suspicious speculation earlier in the day when he was eliminated from France’s two upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers with an “ankle problem”.
Real have made a deal with PSG. It was even a world champion, but the name of the marquee was the substitute goalkeeper of the Madrid club.
Navas, a 32-year-old Costa Rican who won the Champions League three times in Madrid, has joined PSG, while younger French international Alphonse Areola has moved in the opposite direction on loan.
PSG also pulled a late hand when Argentine striker Icardi was loaned “with an option to buy”.
Icardi was joint Serie A top scorer in 2017/18, but denies that he was removed as captain by Inter Milan last season and excluded from full training. He initiated legal action against the association.
Barcelona has not been completely idle. They extended the contract of attacking midfielder Rafinha and then loaned him to Celta Vigo, where he also spent the 2013/2014 season.
Even without a Deadline Day blockbuster, La Liga clubs spent a record € 1.3 billion on players, including Eden Hazard, Rodri and Ferland Mendy at Real, Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong at Barca and Joao Felix at Atletico Madrid.
Manchester United have sold 29-year-old Italian full-back Matteo Darmian to Parma. The fee was reportedly £ 1.4 million for an undisclosed fee.
– Strikers exchanged –
Mexican striker Javier Hernandez joined Seville from West Ham on a three-year deal. The Spanish club reportedly paid £ 7.3m for 31-year-old Chicharito.
Turkish giant Fenerbahce has signed midfielder Luiz Gustavo, a 32-year-old Brazilian international and former FC Bayern Munich, from Marseille for 7 million euros.
Meanwhile, Jerome Boateng did not want to go.
The 30-year-old Bayern and Germany center-back is said to have been on the verge of joining Juventus to replace captain Giorgio Chiellini, who sustained a serious knee injury. Boateng decided to stay in Munich.
Other Italian clubs mixed strikers.
AC Milan swapped players with Eintracht Frankfurt. Croatian striker Ante Rebic moved to Italy for two years. The Portuguese Andre Silva went in the other direction.
Roma have borrowed two old strikers and loaned a young one.
They loaned Kalinic from Atletico Madrid and Mkhitaryan from Arsenal while sending Patrik Schick to RB Leipzig.
Roma said they have an option to buy 31-year-old Kalinic, a member of the Croatian squad that made it to the 2018 World Cup final, for € 9 million.
Mkhitaryan, a 30-year-old Armenian, last appeared as a replacement for the Gunners when they were played at Tottenham’s home on Sunday.
Leipzig, who have an option to buy the 23-year-old Czech international Schick for 29 million euros if they qualify for the Champions League again next season.
The Bundesliga club closed its own gap. Leipzig needed another attacker after loaning Jean-Kevin Augustin to Monaco on Sunday.
Napoli signed Fernando Llorente on a free transfer. The 34-year-old Spanish world champion was a free agent after helping Tottenham to the Champions League final last season.
Galatasaray confirmed the signing of experienced Colombian striker Radamel Falcao from Monaco.