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Deadline Day: Good v Bad Business

Every transfer window brings football fans to the edge of their seats as they look to their beloved club’s transfer budget, hoping their club will splash the cash on whoever they feel could be a boost to the squad. However, some transfer windows bring further disappointment to supporters, as they feel left behind.

The Fan Park crew takes a look at who did the best and worst business on the final day.

Good Business

Chelsea FC

While some supporters at Stamford Bridge are happy with their new signing Cuadrado, others are disappointed to see Andre Schurrle leave.

Cuadrado is a strong, attack-minded player who assisted the most goals in the 2014 World Cup for Colombia. He is feisty and will add good competition to the likes of Willian, Hazard, Oscar and Diego Costa. His was bought for £27 million (R351 million).


Schürrle, who was sold to the German club for £24 million (R413 million), is a World Cup winner with Germany and assisted the goal that won them the trophy. Fans will perhaps feel that he never lived up to his full potential under manager Jose Mourinho.

The German club are currently sittings second on the table and recently narrowed the gap by thrashing the Bundesliga champions 4-1.

Bad Business

Manchester United

There is no doubt that Red Devil fans will be disappointed with the January transfer window, and we don’t blame them. With supporters calling for Van Gaal to sign defenders to strengthen their chances of qualifying for European football, no deals were done despite rumours surrounding Mats Hummels once again.

Instead, United sold Wilfred Zaha, a player who wasn’t given much opportunity to impress for the Red Devils. Zaha finds himself back at Crystal Palace where he will be given regular first team football.

Manchester United made a loss of £9 million (R117 million) on Zaha.


The Gunners fans will also feel like they missed out after they failed to take the opportunity to sign French international Morgan Schneiderlin.

With their ever injury-prone midfield, signing Southampton’s key midfielder could’ve killed two birds with one stone – strengthening their team and weakening a top four contender.

Which clubs do you feel did the best and worst business in January? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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