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5 best loan deals of this transfer window

Shambhu Ajith
Modified 19 Oct 2020, 14:33 IST
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#3 Ross Barkley to Aston Villa

Leicester City v Aston Villa - Premier League
Leicester City v Aston Villa - Premier League

One of those loan deals that once again makes sense for all parties involved. Ross Barkley, once tipped to be the next Wayne Rooney, seems to have hit yet another impediment in his career. He was yet another collateral casualty as Frank Lampard and co. went on a spending spree in the summer.

The arrival of Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech meant that there was no place for Ross Barkley in Chelsea's playing XI anymore. He had only started 13 games in the Premier League last season anyway.

There is no doubting Barkley's quality though. When he gets going, he is a top player and an Aston Villa side that has threatened to reveal their quality more consistently could definitely use him. He played a big hand in their 7-2 thumping of Liverpool and then scored a stoppage-time winner against Leicester City.

Aston Villa are currently second on the Premier League table with four wins from four games and Barkley looks set to be a top loan signing for Aston Villa.

#2 Dani Ceballos to Arsenal

Dani Ceballos
Dani Ceballos

Dani Ceballos had been one of Arsenal's better players last season and the Gunners were dejected that he was going to return to Real Madrid regardless. However, with no guarantee of a starting spot at the Santiago Bernabeu, the Spaniard returned to Arsenal on yet another loan deal.


Ceballos has struck up a good partnership with Granit Xhaka in the centre of the park and has brought about a sense of dynamism about Arsenals' midfield play that has been lacking since Mesut Ozil was exiled.

Arsenal have also signed Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid. Partey and Xhaka will be playing more defensively this season while Ceballos will be asked to motor forward and use his skill to create chances for the Gunners.

#1 Gareth Bale to Tottenham Hotspur

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale had been doing much golfing and very little footballing in his final months in Real Madrid. He had a move to the Chinese Super League breakdown in the last minute in the summer of 2019. However, his relationship with Real Madrid only worsened in the 2019-20 season and he had to leave.

And what better place for the Welshman to return to than the club where he blossomed into a world-beater. He left Spurs in 2013 for a whopping £85 million. Tottenham Hotspur already have two of the best attackers in Europe in Harry Kane and Son and both of them have been in sublime form this season.

Gareth Bale's inclusion will further bolster their attack and he is the kind of player that Jose Mourinho would love to have as the manager likes players who can pull off a bit of magic in and around the final third.

Published 19 Oct 2020, 14:00 IST
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