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Done Deal: Transfer activity from September 1

Sep 2, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

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The penultimate day of Europe’s summer transfer season was about quality, not quantity. Instead of a slew of loan deals and squad player sales, Europe’s big five leagues saw only four deals completed, though three of them involved internationals. Particularly in a season before a World Cup, finding a place that guarantees playing time could be the difference between making your national team and being left at home.

Those details, however, are almost secondary, at this point. As of a few hours ago, it’s officially deadline day, with the chaos of inevitable transfer activity (real or rumored) guaranteed to lay siege to your sanity.

Every rumor’s an orc. Your Twitter timeline’s Helm’s Deep. (Jim White is Gandalf.)

For some of you, that means …

For others? The last day of a transfer window feels like …

Regardless, the whole thing will be over on Monday, 6:00 p.m. Eastern.

Here are the deals that went down on Sunday:

ENGLAND

Crystal Palace - Jimmy Kebe is back in the Premier League. After being relegated with Reading last year, the 29-year-old French winger has latched on with Crystal Palace, who signed him to a three-year deal for a reported $3.1 million.

Manchester City – City tried to hold out for a lower fee for Martín DeMichelis (pictured), who Atlético Madrid picked up from Málaga this summer. Ultimately, because of their minor crisis at the back, the Sky Blues agreed to pay off the Atleti, though whether Atlético’s €5 million price was hit remains undisclosed.

SPAIN

Real Madrid – Apparently rebuilding, the Merengues have elected to take on 24-year-old Gareth Bale, Tottenham’s defender-cum-attacker having lost his place in Spurs’ attack after the summer acquisitions of Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado. It remains to be seen whether Carlo Ancelotti can get the prodigious yet raw talent to finally tap into his potential, but for $132,000, Real president Florentino Perez is wagering a change of scenery will do wonders for the Southampton product. (Author’s note: Turns out the fee was actually $132 million, which is a world record, or something.)

ITALY

Parma – Midfielder Walter Gargano, a regular for Internazionale last season, will spend the 2013-14 campaign at Parma, having finalized his loan on Sunday. The 29-year-old Uruguayan international will hope the switch ensures playing time ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

  1. mianfr - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    You’re really making Bale seem like a project in this post, even stressing unnecessarily his defensive (and Southampton) background. I wouldn’t even necessarily consider Neymar a project and Bale is much, much further along than he is.

    Unrelated, but it’s interesting how they’re both nominally left wingers but you’d never confuse the play of one for the other.

    • danielofthedale - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      Dude, that whole section about Bale was dripping with sarcasm!

      • mianfr - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:20 AM

        Well, I get the ding-dong award for the day. Sorry for not noticing that.

  2. nygiantstones - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    I’m with first poster…sarcasm was lost on me as well.

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