The Premier League's 10 best deadline day deals ever
1. Ashley Cole – Arsenal to Chelsea, 2006 (£5m)
For just £5 million, Cole can be considered one of the greatest bargains in Chelsea’s history. Granted, the Blues had to give up William Gallas in an exchange deal, but what Cole helped the club achieve more than proved his worth.
In nine years at Stamford Bridge, Cole helped the club lift nine titles, including one Premier League crown, four FA Cups and the 2012 Champions League – Chelsea’s first ever triumph in the competition. In total, he made 338 appearances and scored seven times.
2. Wayne Rooney – Everton to Man United, 2004 (£20m)
Fans may be divided on his worth to the team now, but once upon a time there was no doubt that having Rooney greatly boosted the Red Devils’ chances of victory.
Now boasting 524 appearances and 246 goals for Manchester United, the current skipper will go down as one of the greatest players ever to don the famous red jersey, having helped the club to nine major titles in 12 seasons.
He has also been named in the PFA Team of the Year three times, was the PFA Player’s Player of the Year once, the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year twice and the PFA Young Player of the Year twice.
3. Carlos Tevez/Javier Mascherano – Corinthians to West Ham, 2006 (Undisc.)
A lot of expectations came West Ham’s way when they signed Argentine duo Tevez and Mascherano, a deal which took many by surprise.
Mascherano, then 22, struggled to establish himself (falling behind Hayden Mullins in the pecking order) and left on loan to Liverpool in January 2007 – barely four months later – although he netted West Ham a huge £18.5m sum when the move was made permanent at the end of that season.
On the other hand, Tevez almost singlehandedly saved the club from relegation. With 10 games to go and the club languishing in the bottom three, Tevez scored seven times including a sumptuous free-kick against Manchester United on the final day of the season, helping the club to seven victories to finish just three points above the drop zone.