In familiar circumstance, Real Madrid once again headlined a summer transfer deadline day filled with massive-money moves and even more speculation.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side have been embroiled in the gossip columns for just about every day that the window has been open and then some, making it unsurprising to see them in action so late in the process.
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the business conducted didn’t turn a few heads, and while the time for dealings may be done and dusted for now, there’s still a heap of news surrounding it.
Gareth Bale Left Spurs On Good Terms
There are no grudges held between Gareth Bale and his former Tottenham teammates after the Welshman completed a move to Real Madrid for a world record €100 million (£86m) fee.
That’s according to Spurs left-back Danny Rose per the Evening Standard’s Tom Collomosse, who recently noted: “I don’t think anyone can hold a grudge against him [Bale] leaving. I wish him all the best and I hope he enjoys the occasion in Madrid.”
Bale tweeted to show his appreciation for the Tottenham fans over his six-year Spurs stay:
To all the Spurs fans, your support the last 6 years has been incredible and I'll never forget it, thank you #COYS— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) September 2, 2013
There was the notion that the relationship between Bale and his former club had become strained over the last month. As Collomosse states, the 23-year-old didn’t attend training for the final month of his North London stay, presumably in a bid to force a dream transfer to one of the world’s football titans.
However, Rose appears to see why his former teammate may have gone about things the way he did, adding: “I wish him the very best and I just hope he can get me some tickets for El Clasico.”
Mesut Ozil the “Signing of the Summer”
While the Gunner may be slightly biased given the manner of Mesut Ozil’s arrival at the club, Jack Wilshere has labelled his newest German teammate as the “signing of the summer.”
Just after the transfer deadline had passed, Wilshere posted the following tweet. Clearly, he is very excited by the prospect of linking up with the £40 million arrival:
Signing of the summer! Easily! Fantastic player, plays the 'Arsenal way'. Welcome @MesutOzil1088 absolutely buzzing!— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) September 2, 2013
According to Goal.com’s Stephen Darwin, Ozil will net a reported £130,000-a-week at the Emirates, making him the highest earner at the club.
Signed for less than half the price of Bale’s transfer from Spurs to Real, it will be intriguing to see which playmaker produces the most in his new habitat.
Sami Khedira Missed Out On Old Trafford Move
However, it seems the Belgian may not have been their first-choice midfield anchor after the Independent’s Simon Rice alleged that the Red Devils failed in a move for Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira.
ESPN's Stephan Uersfeld reports Khedira saying at a German national team conference that a €40 million bid was rejected out of hand before any discussions had even taken place.
Kedira stated: "The club turned down the offer and that was it. We didn’t really have the chance to discuss it. I had a longer chat with Carlo Ancelotti a few weeks ago and it was relatively clear to me that I’d stay at Real."
Although a vast sum of money was offered, the bid shows just how much Real value their man, with Ancelotti eager not to lose such a crucial member of his squad at such a late stage in the window.
However, in the end, it seems Fellaini took centre stage as the marquee acquisition for the reigning Premier League champions.