EPL Transfer News: Analyzing Deals for Gareth Bale, Mamadou Sakho and More
Transfer deadline day rolls on. Clubs around the Premier League have watched valuable pieces come and go over the past couple days, reshaping the outlook for the new campaign. That's what makes it an exciting time for clubs and supporters alike.
Although there's risk that comes along with transfers, without risk there would be no potential reward. Managers around the Premier League looking to bolster their squads before the window closes are forced to take some chances.
Sometimes managers are forced to sell. In those situations, the manager must limit the overall impact of losing a player, especially when a star like Gareth Bale is on the way out. With that in mind, let's examine the Bale deal and a couple of other notable moves in the EPL.
After an extended transfer saga, Tottenham finally had to say goodbye to Bale, who departed for Real Madrid. While it's a major blow to Spurs given the winger's immense talent, the deal wasn't a surprise, so they were able to prepare for his exit.
In fact, Tottenham spent most of the summer bringing in reinforcements, knowing a Bale deal was a distinct possibility. They added Roberto Soldado and Paulinho during the earlier stages of the window before signing Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen in recent days.
So while no single player will likely be able to match the overall impact of Bale, the sum off all the club's signings should limit the damage. Tottenham should still be in the thick of the race for European berths during the latter stages of the campaign.
Since Brendan Rogers took over, Liverpool has made wise, under-the-radar signings. That trend continued as they swooped in to complete a deal for Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain while everyone else was focused on the Bale story and countless other rumors.
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The 23-year-old center back was caught in a defensive logjam with PSG. By moving to Liverpool, he becomes a far more important piece of the puzzle, alongside Daniel Agger, and finally gets a chance to reach his tremendous potential.
The Reds' back line has held up well during the early portion of the new campaign. But the addition of Sakho, along with the signing of Tiago Ilori, will bolster the defensive group. The outlook for Liverpool has improved markedly in recent weeks.
Another move that didn't generate much buzz but could be key is Manchester City's addition of Demichelis. He'd spent less than two months with Atletico Madrid before making the switch to City, which are in need of defensive depth.
Vincent Kompany and Micah Richards are both dealing with injuries. Their absence has forced Manuel Pellegrini to do some juggling at the back and showed the club could use an additional veteran presence to provide stability.
The 32-year-old Argentine international has plenty of experience in Europe's top leagues with Bayern Munich and Malaga. He should be able to step right in to give City some relief at the back until their defense is at full strength.
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