The 2021/21 European transfer window came to a close last night and in usual tradition there were numerous last minute deals that got over the line just in time for the deadline, a total of £1.25bn spent by the English Premier League teams.
How did your English Premier League clubs fare in this unprecedented transfer market? Gbamm! gives a detailed overview in this piece.
N.B: The domestic transfer window remains open in England, as Premier League clubs are still able to conduct business with teams in the lower leagues until 16th October, 2020.
The big spenders: Chelsea were miles ahead on the expenditure list this summer, splashing out a grand total £226.1m; Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy the standout buys based on the key areas that needed to be strengthened on the evidence of last season’s performance.
Manchester City are next in line on this list, splashing out the cash to the tune of £147m, over £100m of that fee spent on fortifying the defence, Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias (club-record transfer) the latest players to attempt to finally plug the leaky City defence.
Aston Villa carried on from where they left off last season but might have flattered even themselves by ending up third of the list of highest spenders.
The Villains’ account was setback to the sum of £85m, record-signing Ollie Watkins costing the club £28m, added to other deals for Bertrand Traore, Emiliano Martinez and Matty Cash. Special shout-out goes to the Villa board for getting Ross Barkley on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea, a talent who fits just right at this level.
Despite been on the receiving end of the heaviest defeat of a Premier League defending champion on Sunday, Liverpool decided against one last shot in the transfer market after a brilliant window saw them bring in Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas.
Looking back, perhaps Jurgen Klopp might wish he had gotten a deal over the line for a new goalkeeper and central defender no matter how late in view of the humiliating defeat at Aston Villa. Probably something he might regret in the coming weeks?
Lowest spenders: Apparently the Burnley chairman lost his bank card, or how else does one explain a situation where the club failed to spend a single pound this transfer window!
While the massive economic implications of COVID-19 might be a factor, you also feel they might be trying to replicate Tottenham Hotspur’s template from two seasons ago. Our best wishes are with the Clarets ahead of the rest of the campaign.
Promoted duo West Bromwich Albion and Fulham respectively spent £27.3m and £23m, combined £50m but a failure to recruit any proven goal scorer to bail them out with goals might be their greatest undoing. Perhaps they will turn to the Championship in the coming days for a suitable option.
Others: North London pair Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur respectively spent £81.5m and £62m, Sergio Reguilon (£25m) and Thomas Partey (£45m) the most expensive acquisitions for the rivals.
It was also some great piece of business by the Gunners who brought in Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea and highly-rated defender Gabriel, while Spurs spent the cash smartly in deals for Matt Doherty and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, equalling bringing in Joe Hart on a free transfer and wait for it, fans favourite Gareth Bale on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid.
Looking at the results at the start of the season and you have to admit it, Everton were simply magical over the course of the transfer window! James Rodriguez, Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Niels Nkounkou and Ben Godfrey all brought in for just £63m.
To think they further succeeded in reducing the wage bill by temporarily offloading Theo Walcott and Moise Kean for the season made for an all-round brilliant summer for Everton.
Manchester United were the busiest Premier League team in the transfer market this summer, obviously majority of the signings done in the media, as they dazzled their fans with their numerous “audio signings” chief-amongst them Jadon Sancho.
The Red Devils brought in new faces Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edison Cavani (free transfer) but sadly failed to strengthen that one key area they badly needed, the central defence.
On a second thought, perhaps if the management knew that no defensive reinforcement was to be signed, why didn’t they just hold on to Chris Smalling? A player who many could argue to be better than Harry Maguire on his best day, just saying!