Liverpool complete deadline day treble
Liverpool were the first club to show their hand on transfer deadline day, signing three players as gross spending in the English Premier League surpassed £500 million (590 million euros)
Defenders Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori signed from Paris Saint-Germain and Sporting Lisbon respectively, while Victor Moses arrived on a season-long loan from domestic rivals Chelsea.
Liverpool reportedly paid a combined amount of £25 million to sign Ilori and France international centre-back Sakho, the headline acquisition. The 23-year-old captained PSG at the age of 17 and looked set for a long and illustrious career at Parc des Princes, only to fall out of favour following Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment as coach in December 2011.
Despite Ancelotti being succeeded by Laurent Blanc earlier this year, Sakho found himself fourth-choice centre-back and arrives at Anfield determined to force his way into the France squad for next year’s World Cup. “I came here because the project that is in place at Liverpool interests me. I’m really looking forward to playing my first game,” Sakho told the club’s official website.
Ilori, 20, was born in London but raised in Portugal and is a Portuguese youth international, while 22-year-old Moses arrives after being crowded out by a glut of close-season signings at Chelsea.