The window is shut for Premier League clubs and the big kick-off is tomorrow with Manchester United hosting Leicester on Friday Night Football.
The current totaliser puts spending over £1.2 billion for the summer, with Chelsea’s signing of Kepa Arizzabalaga from Athletic Bilbao the most expensive at £72m.
Another goalkeeper in Alisson Becker was the second most expensive at £67m from Roma, helping Liverpool address a weakness to put them firmly at the top of the list of clubs ready to challenge Manchester City for their title.
The champions have not messed about though either, adding Riyad Mahrez for a club record £60m, meaning they are still the team to beat.
Here, we grade every club’s activity from a condensed window due to the World Cup and its early closure before the first round of games.
A great start to the window by adding Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Lucas Torreira. Matteo Guendouzi is a wonderful talent and could be the most underrated of the signings, though the important work was done in January with Unai Emery’s job to get the best out of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan now that they have settled.
Eddie Howe is delighted by the £25m capture of Jefferson Lerma, who will be an interesting addition for the Cherries. While David Brooks arrives after proving himself to be one of the finest young players in the Championship.
An ambitious window from the Seagulls, whilst also retaining all their top players. Who knows how quickly Alireza Jahanbakhsh will settle, but Eredivisie fans will be familiar with his talent, whilst Yves Bissouma and Bernardo look to be smart additions. Despite Florin Andone’s arrival, they still lack a top class striker.
Did their business late after a highly successful season saw them grab seventh place. Ben Gibson, Matej Vydra and Joe Hart arrive and while there is talent in the squad, Sean Dyche is still the most important piece.
They signed two very good Championship players in the form of Bobby Reid and Josh Murphy, but that was the least they could have done. Not one undisputed Premier League-proven talent has arrived, they look doomed.
They lost Thibaut Courtois, but replaced him by smashing the world record fee for a goalkeeper in signing Kepa Arrizabalaga for £71m. They kept Eden Hazard despite his World Cup proving he is good enough for Real Madrid, whilst they added the perfect accompanying piece alongside new manager Maurizio Sarri in the form of Jorginho. Mateo Kovacic on loan adds another dimension to an underrated squad. Now it’s down to how quickly Sarri can change the philosophy on the pitch at the club.
Crystal Palace: B-
They kept Wilfried Zaha and that alone should be safety, providing he stays fit. Max Meyer was a shock signing and his added class might bring out the old version of Christian Benteke, while Cheikhou Kouyate arrives to form one of the most formidable midfield partnerships alongside Luka Milivojevic and Jordan Ayew brings another attacking option.
A lot of high risk purchases, but Everton have shown new manager Marco Silva some serious backing. Yerry Mina had a wonderful World Cup and even if he can’t cut it at Barcelona, that’s OK, the Toffees will gladly give him a chance. Andre Gomes’ reputation is so low that this loan surely works, he has loads to prove. Richarlison showed glimpses of brilliance at Watford and has the talent to help close the gap between Everton and the top six. Lucas Digne and Bernard, on a free, provide more class.
Beyond Fulham fans’ wildest dreams: Promotion hero Aleksandar Mitrovic returns permanently, the capture of Jean Michael Seri, despite interest from Champions League clubs, was super impressive, Alfie Mawson (perhaps the next young English defender to thrive for Gareth Southgate) was picked up from relegated Swansea, Joe Bryan provides a great option at left-back, Andre Schurrle is a low risk, high reward loan, Calum Chambers adds depth at the back and Luciano Vietto is an exciting loan that could develop into a masterstroke. Chapeau, Tony Khan, chapeau!
Scored just 28 goals last season and were very fortunate to survive, yet have not truly addressed that need with a proven goalscorer, though Adama Diakhaby has high potential. Big money was spent on Terence Kongolo, though they do not appear to be a different side to last term, which could spell big trouble given how they narrowly avoided the drop.
Lost Riyad Mahrez, but then everybody knew they would. Rebounded superbly to add the exciting James Maddison, Ricardo Pereira, who will become one of the league’s best right-backs, Rachid Ghezzal, cover for Kasper Schmeichel in Danny Ward, the bargain of the summer in Jonny Evans (£3.5m) and promising defender Filip Benkovic. They also fended off Man United interest in Harry Maguire. Claude Puel will be thrilled.
Flawless, basically. We knew about Naby Keita, but Fabinho, Alisson and Xherdan Shaqiri come in to add some quality to their XI and strength in depth. Lost Emre Can, who could be a bigger loss than many realise, which hands Fulham the crown for best window.
Manchester City: B
Didn’t need to do much after running away with the Premier League and meeting the Liverpool buzz saw in Europe (they’ll fancy their chances again in the Champions League). They proceeded to break their transfer record with Riyad Mahrez’s arrival for £60m. Benjamin Mendy will be like a new signing too – absurd strength in depth.
Manchester United: D+
Required a serious window to set out their intent to close the gap on City, needed: right-winger, centre-back and a left-back – got none. Anthony Martial has been alienated and Fred the only significant addition. Turbulent times at Old Trafford.
Turmoil at Newcastle has not stopped them appeasing Rafa Benitez somewhat, though evidently he would have hoped for much more.
Yoshinori Muto shone at the World Cup with Japan, while Kenedy is back on loan. The Toon and West Brom struck a loan swap deal involving Salomon Rondon and Dwight Gayle, while Federico Fernandez arrived with minutes remaining in the window and should be a strong addition at the back.
Mark Hughes pulled off the great escape and Saints have backed him in the form of a £50m spree on Jannik Vestergaard, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Angus Gunn and Stuart Armstrong. Is it enough though? They badly lacked goals with Charlie Austin and Manolo Gabbiadini failing to fire on a consistent basis, while they’ve also lost Dusan Tadic to Ajax, with big-money flops Guido Carrillo and Sofiane Boufal also leaving. Doubts remain.
No players in, the first time a Premier League club has failed to do so since the window was brought in 15 years ago. But, crucially, they kept Mauricio Pochettino, despite talk of Real Madrid, and also shunned interest from Man United in Toby Alderweireld. Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura appear ready to contribute more this season, meaning Spurs fans should not panic too much, though it could be a missed opportunity heading into the new stadium.
Lost one of their best players in Richarlison, no matter how he tailed off last season, and failed to re-invest it (expect big money to be splashed out in January). Gerard Deulofeu on a permanent deal is fine, but he was there last season on loan, so is their XI any better? Adam Masina has showed promise in Italy for years, while Ben Wilmot is an exceptional talent, but their best business was tying down Abdoulaye Doucoure to a new five-year deal. Will it be enough to beat the drop?
West Ham: A
Gutsy move by the club to tell David Moyes, ‘thanks, but no thanks,’ and then they showed intent by backing Manuel Pellegrini. The Hammers have added some serious talent in Felipe Anderson and Issa Diop, with some proven quality in Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko. Ryan Fredericks on a free was a no-brainer and Fabian Balbuena, at his modest release clause, was an astute move from Corinthians.
However they did it, bringing in Joao Moutinho and Rui Patricio upon promotion cannot be labelled anything other than a great success.
Leander Dendoncker is a talented midfielder, who will match up well with Moutinho and Ruben Neves, while Adama Traore, the club record signing, is a wildcard capable of lifting the team into the top half if he continues to fulfil the potential seen in him from his time at La Masia.Add your comments: Download Our News App Here