But what club spend their money wisely, and who had a nightmare of a summer? Here is a look at at the winners and loser from the 2017 summer transfer window. How did your team do?
There is no such thing as the perfect transfer window because, in an age where elite clubs have astonishing budgets, you can always do more. Jose Mourinho wanted a player who was particularly adept at crossing the ball to service a striker who is wonderful in the air as well as with his feet. Ivan Perisic was the target, and Manchester United failed to get him.
Yet in every other area, this has been a brilliant summer for United as they added Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof and have Zlatan Ibrahimovic joining at the end of the year.
Other than Manchester City, nobody did as much business in the top six. Even Pep Guardiola’s squad has more obvious gaps than Mourinho’s.
he purse strings were loosened for Tony Pulis by the club’s Chinese owners and he’ll be delighted with his work after a disappointing start to the window when Fletcher left for Stoke.
Fletcher was subsequently replaced by Gareth Barry but it’s the signings of Rodriguez, Kieran Gibbs, Ahmed Hegazi, Oliver Burke and PSG midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak that whet the appetite of Baggies fans,
Relegation concerns? Pah. Should be a top ten finish for West Brom this season.
The inability to land Virgil van Dijk changes this from a great to a good window for Liverpool, but they have still done fine work. The arrival of Mohamed Salah means that Klopp now has his perfect front three, while doubts about the lack of options in midfield have been alleviated by Philippe Coutinho staying, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joining and Andrew Robertson allowing James Milner to move back into a more familiar role.
The concerns about a central defensive list of Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez are valid. But overall Liverpool have improved their chances of retaining a top-four spot while simultaneously giving the squad added depth ahead of a Champions League campaign. Klopp will hope his inspiration does the rest.
A excellent window for Marco Silva, who is clearly a manager capable of attracting players. There has been a nice balance between overseas recruits (Richarlison, Marvin Zeegelaar) with British players (Nathaniel Chalobah, Andre Gray).
After a bright start to the season, nobody is tipping Watford to go down and club captain Troy Deeney also stayed despite a link with Everton.
The loss of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente is potentially huge, but the arrivals of Renato Sanches and Wilfried Bony turned this window around for Swansea,
Add in intelligent moves for Sam Clucas, Roque Mesa and Tammy Abraham’s loan, and Paul Clement has done very well indeed. A front six of Mesa, Clucas, Sanches, Abraham, Bony and Ayew could be enough to ensure that Swansea avoids the drop this season.
Just as Swansea were always going to lose Sigurdsson, same too with Everton and Romelu Lukaku. Nine players have arrived on permanent deals to add much-needed depth to Everton’s squad, including the best young English goalkeeper and one of the best young English central defenders.
The rest depends on whether Sandro Ramirez and Nikola Vlasic can together make one prolific striker, but Ronald Koeman will be happy.
It was a shambolic window for Arsenal. A late £92million bid for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar smacked of either desperation or showmanship. Either way, it didn’t come off and Alexis Sanchez couldn’t go to Manchester City as a result.
Arsene Wenger can point to signing £53m striker Alexandre Lacazette and hard-man Sead Kolasinac but neither started Arsenal’s last game at Liverpool. He also lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool.
In a summer when all their rivals spent money it is telling that somehow Arsenal managed to turn transfer profit. Add in that none of the players with expiring contracts who Wenger wanted to sign new deals have done so and that tells you all about where this club is heading, off the field and on it.
“I’ve confirmed to Rafa and Lee that they can have every last penny that the club generates through promotion, player sales and other means in order to build for next season” – Mike Ashley, May 10.
Well that was not the case as while many clubs broke their transfer records, Newcastle’s record signing remains Michael Owen dating back to 2005.
Benitez has new young blood in Christian Atsu and Jacob Murphy, while Joselu is an under-rated centre-forward. But the Toon Army will have wanted a lot more.
Newcastle were offered Andy Carroll, but could not afford his £130,000 a week wages and reports from Newcastle now suggest that Benitez is understandably furious with the club’s transfer business. The financial implications of his contract means that he cannot simply walk away, but he will surely instruct his agent to make it known that he is happy to entertain offers. West Ham should be straight in his ear.
The Premier League champions wanted Antonio Candreva, and didn’t get him. They wanted Romelu Lukaku, and didn’t get him. They wanted Virgil van Dijk, and didn’t get him. They wanted Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and didn’t get him. They wanted Ross Barkley, and didn’t get him. They wanted Fernando Llorente, and didn’t get him.
Chelsea’s squad is not as paper-thin as some would have you believe, but this is not a squad that looks set to compete domestically and in Europe.
Like at Newcastle, Antonio Conte is said to be furious at the transfer dealings, and it has to be 50-50 whether he survives the season.
Slaven Bilic went for experience in this window and the jury is still out whether the policy will work. Marko Arnautovic blotted his copybook with a red card in his second game while Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta have missed the protection that injured midfielders Manuel Lanzini and Cheikhou Kouyate would have provided.
New striker Javier Hernandez has started well despite the team losing their first three games and Bilic still has Diafra Sakho as an option, despite the player’s freelance medical with Rennes.
Nine senior players have left and there are gaping holes in a squad that looks low on morale, motivation or both.
Never has one club’s future depended so much on one player with Palace spending almost their entire budget on Liverpool’s £26m defender Mamadou Sakho, a Selhurst Park cult hero after helping them avoid relegation on loan last season.
But the Sakho arrival doesn’t change an illogical transfer window into one that suddenly makes sense. Frank de Boer’s only other cash signing was Ajax defender Jairo Riedewald and the clubs lack of spending intimates that they are not willing to buy players for a manager who could be out of a job by the end of the month.