Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was spared his blushes, Burnley signed a giant, the Frank Lampard era began in earnest at Goodison Park, and Christian Eriksen is returning to the Premier League.
Those were just a few of the highlights as the winter transfer window closed.
1. Aubameyang almost did an Odemwingie
Former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a nervy day.
The 32-year-old had travelled to Barcelona under the auspices of a family holiday, but also apparently in anticipation of a move to the Nou Camp.
For a while, though, the deal looked to be in jeopardy.
The whole thing evoked one of the most famous transfer deadline-day moments of all time – when Peter Odemwingie drove to Queens Park Rangers’ training ground in January 2013 only for the deal to fall through and him have to drive back to West Brom.
Even Odemwingie got in on on the analogy, tweeting this image of an award for longest drive.
The Dutchman has only started four Premier League matches for United since joining them in 2020. The consensus there seemed to be that he couldn’t play for toffee, but Lampard clearly has different ideas.
Another player who will be hoping he can revive his career at Goodison is Dele Alli.
The 31-year-old Wales midfielder said: “I had a number of offers on the table, but none matched the magnitude of this club, with European football and the chance to play in front of 50,000 fans every other week.”
It’s fair to say these fans seemed happy with his signing.
8. The real winners of the transfer window were a Sunday league team