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Late deals break deadline-day record

Premier League clubs took their transfer deadline day spending to a record £210m with a late flurry of deals but some of the highest-profile moves of the window failed to materialise.

Despite top-flight clubs’ total summer outlay reaching £1.4bn – another record – Alexis Sanchez, Virgil van Dijk, Riyad Mahrez, Thomas Lemar, Diego Costa and Ross Barkley all remained at their clubs.

The deadline-day record – breaking last year’s £155m mark – was only confirmed well after the 23:00 BST deadline.

Chelsea’s £35m signing of Danny Drinkwater and Mamadou Sakho’s £26m move to Crystal Palace were both announced after 01:00 BST.

Chelsea signed Davide Zappacosta, Spurs recruited Swansea striker Fernando Llorente for £15m and the Welsh club replaced him with Wilfried Bony for £12m – all after the window had closed.

 

 

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