Radamel Falcao’s year-long loan switch to Manchester United was the big talking point on transfer deadline day last night.
The 28-year-old Columbian forward was in the North West last night putting the finishing touches to his temporary switch from Monaco as the 11pm deadline approached.
A delay in his flight into Manchester saw the Premier League grant an hour’s leeway on the deal, which could be made permanent next summer for a fee of around £57million.
And it is the wage bill Manchester United will be lumbered with that has caught all the attention about this deal.
Falcao is reported to be set for a £24million salary during his year at Old Trafford, or a staggering £340,000 a week, plus a £6million loan fee payable to Monaco.
Alongside Falcao’s arrival in Manchester, the other big deal in the final few hours of the window involved a player leaving the Red Devils.
Striker Danny Welbeck was locked in talks with Arsenal late in the window over a reported £16million switch as he hunts for first team football.
Like Manchester United, Arsenal applied for an extension in order to complete the deal.
Javier Hernandez left Old Trafford on a season long loan to Real Madrid while Dutch midfielder Daley Blind arrived on a £13.8million switch from Ajax.
Hull had a busy day and broke the club’s transfer record to bring in Abel Hernandez from Palermo for £10million.
The Tigers also snapped up Gaston Ramirez on a season-long loan from Southampton and were pushing for a deal for Newcastle United’s Hatem Ben Arfa as the window began to close.
Manchester City defender Micah Richards joined Fiorentina on a season-long loan.
In the Championship, Matt Smith followed fellow striker Ross McCormack out of Leeds to Fulham, signing a three-year deal just days after extending his contract at Elland Road.