Transfer Deadline Day: What’s it REALLY like for the managers, agents and club staff?


Peter Odemwingie

Perhaps the single greatest car-crash moment of any Premier League transfer window. The hapless forward said his goodbyes and made his way to London in the hope of joining QPR from West Brom on January 31, 2013. It all went downhill from there. 

Why? Well, because he decided to he decided to pop down the M40 before any agreement had been reached between the two clubs. 

In now infamous scenes, he was forced to sit outside Loftus Road in the car park because he was refused permission to enter until a deal was done. With the whole football world watching. The deal fell apart and images of Odemwingie sat out in the dark and cold were beamed around the world.

Odemwingie was fined £75,000 for arriving at Loftus Road without permission and remained at the Hawthorns, but that pales in comparison to the mocking he’s received ever since. 

Fernando Torres/Andy Carroll

Fernando Torres had become Liverpool’s golden boy after he lit up the Premier League with his pace, skill and of course, goals. The blonde-haired Spaniard was adored by the Kop so it came as a huge surprise when it was reported that Chelsea were in for him in a deadline day move.

The £50m figure, which was still a lot of money to be thrown about eight years ago, was staggering and most fans just couldn’t believe or comprehend that he would make the switch from Merseyside to London.

As the clock dramatically ticked towards that 11pm deadline, news filtered through that Torres had indeed completed the move in the dying seconds, flipping the footballing world on its head. 

The price-tag Torres commanded was well justified considering he was hitting the peak of his powers at 26 years old while he had recently signed a five-year deal. Having scored 81 goals in 142 appearances at Liverpool, the former Atletico man left a big Torres-shaped hole at striker and Liverpool spectacularly panicked when it came to securing his replacement.

Roy Hodgson, who was Liverpool’s manager at the time, identified Newcastle’s Andy Carroll as the man to replace Torres by paying a record fee of £35m for a British striker. 

Newcastle had originally rejected a £30m bid earlier in the day but couldn’t quite believe their luck when the Reds returned with £5m more. Quite fittingly, both Torres’ and Carroll’s big-money moves didn’t pay off as the price tags seemed to weigh heavily on their shoulders.


In probably the craziest transfer deadline day in Manchester City’s history, the club were taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Group, missed out on a top target to Manchester United before signing Robinho in the last minute for £32million. 

It was the first real marquee signing made by City and the club’s history would be changed forever in the space of 24 hours. 

This move seemed destined to fail from the start with Robinho appearing to be just as surprised as City fans about his move to the Etihad, after claiming that he was happy to join Chelsea, not City.  

While the Brazilian’s addition would later proved that City could attract the world’s best players, it was evident that their first was a bit of a dud.

Robinho went on to score 16 goals and provide 12 assists in two fairly disappointing years at the Etihad.

David de Gea 

Statements and a swap deal that collapsed — the drama surrounding David de Gea on deadline day in August 2015 seemed neverending.

Keen on a move to Real Madrid, it seemed as though the Spanish stopper had finally got what he wanted as the day went on.

Keylor Navas was on the way to Old Trafford as part of a £29m deal but Real failed to register De Gea in time for the deadline.

Then came the acrimony. Madrid issued a 10-point statement alleging that United instigated negotiations to end the long-running transfer saga and were at fault for holding up the deal.

United hit back with an official statement of their own, insisting that Madrid made the first move with an opening offer believed to be in the region of £11m plus Navas, and were to blame for registering De Gea too late.

De Gea remains at United to this day. 

Rafael van der Vaart

Rafael van der Vaart must be the coolest man on the planet. As everyone around him went crazy while they tried to push through a move to Tottenham from Real Madrid, he decided to take a nap. 

Spurs had agreed an £8m deal with Real to take him to White Hart Lane and ended up having to complete it to the tightest of deadlines. 

That was probably not helped by how the Dutchman spent his day. He revealed last year that the last-minute deal to Spurs nine years ago almost did not materialise.

‘At around 4pm on deadline day, my lawyer called me to say that Tottenham were interested in signing me. I asked him if I could think about it. He replied that I had to decide within two hours. I started to evaluate everything, then took a little nap. Suddenly I was jolted awake by the phone going off,’ he told FourFourTwo. 

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