The Dimitar Berbatov deal went through too late for most morning print editions, but online versions of the national papers are full of reaction to the transfer.
Tim Rich in The Telegraph writes: “Dimitar Berbatov faced one of the hardest tests any footballer can undergo – trying to say ‘No’ to Sir Alex Ferguson. The United manager is one of the most persuasive talkers in football and he would have relished the task of combating Manchester City’s new wealth.”
The Daily Mail concentrate on Spurs’ decision to drop any complaint about United’s conduct during the transfer. Their lead reads: “Manchester United and Tottenham patched up their differences on Monday night as the champions clinched the £30.75million transfer of striker Dimitar Berbatov before the midnight deadline. United had seemed in danger of Premier League sanctions after a remarkable day of frenzied activity in the north-west, until Tottenham agreed a compromise.”
Meanwhile, The Sun claim English football “made a mockery of the credit crunch” on what they describe as the “best transfer deadline day” ever. Ian McGarry’s report claims “deals and drama unfolded with every passing second”.
Else where, rivals Man City bought Robinho from Real Madrid for a record premierleague transfer price of 32.5million pounds. Robinho was first announced at Chelsea, but on the late hours of the transfer deadline Real accepted the bid from the Citizens.