Why this is a transfer window defined by deadwood more than big signings

Danny Drinkwater, Marcos Alonso
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The focus is on the £1 billion spent during a pandemic and who it has not bought. As the transfer window closes, the expenditure feels excessive but the defining deals include some that have not happened: Jadon Sancho to Manchester United, for instance. 

And yet there is a different sort of transfer that did not materialise, and it is a type the elite clubs required for very different reasons. Arrivals can be eye-catching but the departures lounges have been packed, only with a distinct shortage of destinations for the discarded. Squads will be clogged up by the unwanted (indeed, some may not even figure in the 25-man lists of senior players that have to be submitted to the Premier League), portions of the wage bills devoted to those who are not playing.

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