Yesterday, the world of football was buzzing like only happens on one other day every year (the close of the January window), and as front offices all over the globe dusted off their fax machines to get deals finalised and contracts signed, there were plenty of players on the move.
So, while we could have looked back through the entire transfer window and picked out what we think will be the best moves, the sheer madness of yesterday allows us to look back over just 24 hours and pick out a few moves that went through at the last minute and pull together the Man Cave's Best XI of Transfer Deadline Day.
Jamal Blackman: With plenty of competition already for the goalkeeper position at Chelsea, the 20-year-old was unlikely to get any minutes at all this season. Under the guidance of Aitor Karanka at Middlesborough, both player and club could do well from this deal. He was also one of the only 'keepers to move yesterday...
Doria: Coming to European football from Botafogo in Brazil, Doria is just 19-years-old and already looks to be a hugely promising talent. He's joining up with one of the best coaches in the world in Marcelo Bielsa at Marseille, and this move will more than likely not be his last, as European giants are sure to come knocking soon.
Toby Alderweireld: The Belgian international is a talented player and a decent defender who joins Southampton, who were cleaned out of most of their best players in the off-season. Not guaranteed to get enough minutes at reigning La Liga champions Atlético Madrid is not a mark on his CV however, and looks a solid player who can cut it in the Premier League.
Micah Richards: The Manchester City player has been at the club for years, and had several loan spells. What he needs is consistent football, and he chose to go to Fiorentina, which is an interesting switch. It's not often we see English players headed abroad, and his Italian opponents may find his pace and strength difficult to deal with.
Daley Blind: Another of the big-money signings at Louis van Gaal's Manchester United revolution, Blind was a World Cup success story. He looks to have boundless energy to get up and down the wings, and he had already proven that he can work well with Van Persie, having been the one that played that fantastic ball for him to head home one of the best goals of the tournament against Spain.
Marco van Ginkel: Another of Chelsea's young prodigies, Van Ginkel was also looking at limited playing time in the middle of the park at Stamford Bridge. He joins AC Milan on loan who are guaranteed to give him time, and coach/legendary player Filippo Inzaghi has shown already that he knows how to get the best out of young players, having managed their primavera squad with notable success.
Ricky Álvarez: Moving from Serie A to the Premier League, the left-footed attacker had showed plenty of promise before joining Inter MIlan a few years ago from Argentina. His first two seasons were awful, but last year something clicked and he was fantastic. If he shows his best, then Sunderland have made a serious coup.
Hatem Ben Arfa: A hugely frustrating player to watch, he leaves Newcastle headed for Hull on loan, who did great business yesterday. When he's on form he's almost unplayable, but he's patchy (at best) and seems to lack motivation, so another for the 'if they get the best out of him' pile.
Abel Hernández: A very capable striker who arrives as a club-record £10 million signing for Hull. He had a decent return in terms of goals in his few years at Palermo, but last year was by far his best. The Uruguay international should hopefully settle well, and could prove a very important addition to the strikeforce for the Tigers.
Álvaro Negredo: Negredo is headed back to Spain after a spell at Manchester City where he impressed without setting the world alight. He's a natural finisher, and he returns to Valencia where he might not get as much service. If we're honest, this one surprised us, but with Jovetic emerging as a force at the Etihad, it was perhaps time for Negredo to move on. He's still a major talent however, and will settle back into life in Spain without a problem.
Radamel Falcao: This was the big deal of yesterday, and another addition to Manchester United's squad. Many have doubted the move as the problem for Van Gaal's men is not up front, but Falcao is an undoubted talent and was one of the best strikers in the world before a serious injury last year. He's not played much since, so he may take a while to settle, but there is no doubting his talent.
There were plenty of other moves that happened yesterday too, so we've decided to name a subs bench while we're at it, who aren't pictured above.
Lewis Holtby: Headed back to Germany, Holtby is a little powerhouse and has great technique. We like him, and he knows the Bundesliga well, so a good move for him and Hamburg, his new club.
Gastón Ramírez: Failed to settle at Southampton, Raimrez is a languid playmaker with plenty of creativity. It bodes well for Hull fans that they've signed him and his compatriot Hernández, as the two should link up well and bring some exciting play to Steve Bruce's side.
Danny Welbeck: A big move to Arsenal, who were desperate for a striker, could see Welbeck shine. He definitely has talent, but his finishing remains a question mark. That could be a matter of confidence however, and with plenty of minutes on the pitch under Wenger, who is great with young talent, he might yet fulfill his early potential.
Sebastián Coates: A centre-back who showed huge promise at a young age, Coates is headed to Sunderland. Uruguayan Gus Poyet may be able to get the best out of his fellow countryman, who got very little time at Liverpool. He's a big man at 6'6", but has failed to settle in England yet.
Alessio Cerci: Atlético Madrid have signed one of the best strikers in Serie A, and they now have a pretty impressive frontline to show for their summer business, despite Jose Mourinho doing his best to sign all their players. He should settle in Spain well, but whether or not he can step up in the Champions League will be the big question.
Víctor Valdés: A free-agent, his move hasn't yet been completed but he is believed to be headed to Liverpool in the next day or two. If that happens, he's a great signing to push Simon Mignolet to produce his best, and may indeed get the number one shirt given his distribution and ability to play the ball at his feet, which is how Rodgers wants everyone in his side to play, including the goalkeeper.