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(From left): Fellaini, Bale and Ozil.

How a club performs in the transfer market is getting to be as important as how it does on the field.

The deadline day for this transfer window will always be remembered for it’s blockbuster deals. First it was Gareth Bale’s transfer.

For 85.3mil pounds (RM443mil) he is now the most expensive player in the world. I’m still shaking my head over the transfer fee.

Bale is a talented lad, no doubt about that, but to pay so much for a player that only performed wonders last season seems ridiculous.

Then again Robin van Persie was signed for a quarter of Bale's fee and many claimed it was expensive for a player who is going to turn 30 and known for his ‘glass’ like limbs.

Yet he helped Manchester United to the title last season as top scorer!

Arsenal also surprised us all by signing Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil for an astronomical fee. (I stayed up till 4am on Tuesday just to see this transfer happening!)

It was a signal of intent by Arsenal saying that, we've got the money and we can buy the best players too! But was Ozil the signing they needed?

Perak defender Mohd Syazwan Roslan, who is currently playing in the Malaysia Cup thinks that Maroune Fellaini was the coup of the transfer window.

“Fellaini made the right decision to move to Manchester United.

“Fellaini is a great midfielder who can easily win the ball in midfield and his heading is excellent too. Another plus point is that he is reunited with his manager, David Moyes,” said Syazwan

One team that didn’t fare well in the transfer window is Newcastle United. According to Syazwan, signing only Loic Remy and young player Olivier Kemen will hamper their progress in the league.

Former Perak and Johor coach Steve Darby stated that Tottenham Hotspur did well in the transfer window as they signed lots of talented players to add depth and replaced Bale well too.

“In terms of the transfer I think Spurs got the best deals!

“They have robbed (Real) Madrid because Bale is not worth that money! At the moment I think (Simon) Mignolet is the best signing. When it comes to value for money, Mignolet aces it!”

The Liverpool goalkeeper has recorded three clean sheets since coming cheap from Sunderland and this has helped Liverpool to top the standings after three games.

As for the losers. Darby feels it’s the red side of Manchester who lost out.

“For a club of their standing, they have had players refusing their overtures and also clubs who refuse to sell their best players.

"They had to pay over the odds for a player that may struggle in a passing team like Manchester United. Plus the embarrassment of three lawyers hijacking Ander Herrera’s deal! Ferguson must be loving it as it makes him look so good,” said Darby.


23-year-old student Dharwin Nair said that the best transfer of the summer is Ozil.

“Ozil is the perfect capture for Arsenal. He suits Arsenal’s playing style - creative in the middle and able to play at the flanks. He's exactly the player (Arsene) Wenger needs,” said the MAHSA student.

Dharwin also said that Andre Schurrle’s move to Chelsea has shored-up Chelsea’s attack as his pace and precision has been key for the London side.

Chelsea fan Arif Mohd Gul, 23, felt that Tottenham had the best deals by signing players like Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Paulinho and Roberto Soldado to replace their star player Bale.

Now that the transfer window will only resume in January, the new players will have to adapt quickly in order for them to make an impression with the team.

Still reeling from the fact that Mesut Ozil has signed for Arsenal! Looking forward to those back-heels and probing passes!

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