The faster the better – this is some kind of a guideline for any Premier League manager who wants to do business during the summer transfer window. The earlier new players come, the more time they will have to adapt to the new environment and to their new clubs. Having said that, we’d try to rank the Premier League clubs, by the the quality of their deals completed by July 10, a month before August 11, when Arsenal and Leicester are going to open the new 2017/2-18 season.
Everton’s probably the best so far!?
Let’s start with Everton, who have really impressed with what they have done so far in the summer transfer market. The Toffees have brought back Wayne Rooney, who is 31-year old, and has a lot of football into his feet. Ronald Koeman have already spent £90 million and signed five other new players in the likes of Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane, Nathangelo Markelo, Sandro Ramirez and Henry Onyekuru.
The beauty of the Everton’s transfer business this summer is that they have managed to recoup most of what they have spend by selling Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United for £75 million. The Everton owners should be very happy with the way Koeman manages the club so far!? See an opinion from Evertonian James Jones on where the Toffees stand at the moment.
Bournemouth – impressive so far
The Cherries have been a strong team last season. Now with the addition of a proven goalscorer like Jermain Defoe and a very good defender like Nathan Ake, the manager Eddie Howe has already done a great job. He’s also got a top goalkeeper, by signing Asmir Begovic from Chelsea.
Howe said once that his club has targeted younger players as they would have a good re-sale value, should Bournemouth be relegated. “Had we not spent money over the past few years, I firmly believe we would not be in the Premier League now so it goes with the territory”, said Bournemouth’s manager. It looks like he knows what he is doing and The Cherries prepare for another good season in the Premier League.
Huddersfield Town – busy summer for David Wagner
The Terriers finished 5th in the Championship with a negative goalscoring record (-2). They have somehow managed to sneak to the playoff final, where they won on penalties. Now David Wagner knows that the Huddersfield Town first ever season in the English top-fight would be a nightmare, if they don’t improve their squad. So he has started buying.
The Terriers signed the Porto’s striker Laurent Depoitre, Tom Ince who scored 25 goals in 83 games for Derby County between 2015 and 2017 and Montpellier’s striker Steve Mounie, who has netted 25 goals in 69 games for Montpellier and Nimes.
Huddersfield have also bought the universal left-sided player Scott Malone from Fulham, central defender Mathias Jorgensen from F.C. Copenhagen and Danny Williams from Reading.
Liverpool advanced after a fall-start with a Virgil Van Dijk transfer
The signing of Mohamed Salah for £32 million on sign up with another £5 million in add-ons, might prove to be one of the best transfers this summer. Salah scored 15 times in 31 game for Roma, which is quite impressive for a winger. He will add some pace to the Liverpool’s attack, which is already sharp enough.
However, the bigger transfer for the Jurgen Klopp’s side is the signing of the England’s Under-21 striker Dominic Solanke. He has just become a FIFA World Cup U20 winner and have scored 10 times for the England’s U-20 team. It is a huge opportunity both for the club and for the player.
Leicester City added experience and quality to their squad
The Foxes have brought in Vicente Iborra from Seville and Harry Maguire from Hull City, both players who are expected to improve Leicester’s midfield and defence. The former champions have also brought back to the team defender Michael Cain, who has played on loan at Walsall and Blackpool last few seasons. Another player who returned to Leicester is the winger Tom Lawrence, who has scored 9 times in 34 games for Ipswich Town last season.
Arsenal strengthened their forward line
The Gunners lacked proven goalscorer last Premier League campaign. It wasn’t the best season for Olivier Giroud. Alexis Sanchez goals weren’t enough to keep the team in the top 4. Now with the signing of Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal have bought themselves a goal-scorring machine. If Lacazette adapts to the Premier League, he would score 20 plus goals next season. The Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac, who played for the German Schalke 04 between 2012 and 2017, is expected to boost the left flank of the Gunners defence.
Manchester United got an expensive striker who should guarantee goals!
It looks like that with the signing of Romelu Lukaku, Man United have found a replacement of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Jose Moutinho have also bought Victor Lindelof from Benfica to strengthen Red Devils defence. Andreas Pereira has returned from a successful spell with the Spanish Granada. However, Jose Mourinho is still short of the signings he wants to make this summer.
Swansea to build a solid team to avoid another relegation battle
The Swans have signed the Las Palmas midfielder Roque Mesa and brought in the young England U-21 striker Tammy Abraham on loan from Chelsea. They have also bought the SC Heerenveen’s goalkeeper Erwin Mulder. The defender Kyle Bartley, who have had a successful loan spell at Leeds United, scoring 6 times in 45 games last seasons, have returned to Swansea.
Watford are revamping the squad
The Hornets have brought in a high profile player in the like of Atletico Madrid’s right-back Juanfran. He has won La Liga with Atleti and played in a two Champions League finals. The goalscoring right-back Kiko Femenia has joined from Alaves. The 26-year-old has netted 5 times in 69 games for the Spanish club.
The new Hornets manager Marco Silva has also signed another Spanish player – defender Mario Suarez from Valencia. Tom Cleverley, who has also joined Watford is expected to bring a lot of experience to their midfield. He has played at Vicarage Road in season 2009/2010 and scored 11 times in 33 games for Watford.
Burnley got what they need!?
Jonathan Walters, who has been scoring goals (43 in in 226 league games) and creating chances for his Stock City team mates between 2010 and 2017, is now a Burnley player. The Clarets have also signed the left-back Charlie Taylor from Leeds United.
Chelsea signed a defender and a goalkeeper
Antonio Conte have bought Man City’s goalkeeper Willy Caballero and Roma’s German defender Antonio Rudiger. Conte started improving the Chelsea’s team for the season 2017/2018 from the defence and it is not like that anyone would criticize him for this.
Man City are quiet so far!?
Pepe Guardola is either happy with his current squad or is just little bit behind his transfer schedule, as Man City have signed only 2 players – AS Monaco’s midfielder Bernardo Silva and Benfica’s goalkeeper
Ederson. It would be very surprising if the Sky Blues don’t add at least few more quality players to their squad this summer.
Tottenham are still about to sign new players.
Southampton‘s newly appointed manager Mauricio Pellegrino have signed the central defender Jan Bednarek from Lech Poznan.
West Bromwich Albion brought in Jay Rodriguez from Southampton and Yuning Zhang from Vitesse Arnhem.
Stoke City signed Darren Fletcher from West Brom and Hull City’s defender Josh Tymon.
Brighton & Hove Albion have signed the goalkeeper Mathew Ryan from Valencia, midfielder Pascal Gross from the German side Ingolstadt and the Celtic youngster Josh Kerr.
West Ham United have made just one signing so far, but one that should add quality to their defence. They’ve got Pablo Zabaleta from Man City.
A “crazy” transfer window for NewCastle United?
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez called the current transfer market “crazy”, as his club is struggling to recruit the players he wants. “The top sides have a lot of money and the others are spending too. It’s not easy for a lot of teams because the market is a little bit crazy. We have to try to do our best. We know where we are – that is not ideal because everybody wants to see a lot of players signing already – but we have to keep working and see what we can do”, said Benitez.
He has managed to bring in defender Florian Lejeune from SD Eibar and signed Christian Atsu from Chelsea, on a permanent transfer. Atsu has played on loan for Newcastle last season.
Crystal Palace …
Palace have got a new manager in the like of Frank de Boer. A top priority for him is to keep their best players and to make few signings in order to secure the club’s Premier League status next season.