Nat Coombs, Greg Stobart and former Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester City star Didi Hamann review the summer's business as the window falls shut.The transfer window, arguably the most explosive one to date, has finally fallen shut. Business hours are over.
A staggering 1.84 billion pounds were spent across the Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 alone, with Real Madrid smashing the world-record fee - which they set when signing Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 - with the £86m acquisition of Gareth Bale from Tottenham
But, while Bale was being presented to the Santiago Bernabeu faithful, another transaction threatened to offer a marvelous crescendo to a window of unrivaled activity.
Arsenal was preparing to not only open its check book, but obliterate its record signing with the 40 million pound capture of Mesut Ozil. Arsene Wenger may have left it late, but he pulled off one of the most stunning deadline day signings of all time.
Meanwhile, Manchester United was beginning to panic. Having failed to sign that all-important creative midfielder, David Moyes returned to his former haunt, signing Marouane Fellaini for 4 million pounds more than the buyout clause United refused to meet before its expiration at the end of July.
To discuss these stories, and much more, Nat Coombs is joined by Goal correspondent Greg Stobart, and Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester City star, Didi Hamann.