Ranked! Every Premier League club's summer transfer business
As they often do, Tottenham only sprang into action within a couple of days of the window’s closure: Serge Aurier officially joined on Thursday and Juan Foyth on Wednesday, with Davinson Sanchez a relatively early arrival two weeks ago.
The sale of Kyle Walker means Spurs haven’t markedly improved their starting XI, but that was always going to be a difficult task given their strict wage structure. Mauricio Pochettino will be delighted to have kept hold of almost all his star names, while receiving £50m from Manchester City would have softened the blow of having to wave goodbye to his former right-back.
Supporters will have shared a giggle over Spurs stealing Fernando Llorente from under Chelsea’s noses, but whether he’s quite what they needed is up for debate. A couple more additions would have been welcome; it’s Daniel Levy’s wont to leave things late, but this time it arguably harmed the club more than it helped them.
Most of Stoke’s business has come late in the window, but they’ve made up for lost time with some excellent moves of late. Jese is the latest big-name arrival to the Potteries on a season-long loan from PSG, while Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma also joined on a temporary basis.
Centre-forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, central midfielder Darren Fletcher and centre-back Kevin Wimmer strengthen Stoke’s spine, and they recouped all of their spend with the sales of Joselu and Marko Arnautovic.
Much of the doom and gloom that surrounded the club ahead of their season opener has lifted in the last few weeks, even if further improvements at right-wing-back and in midfield would have been beneficial.
Watford seem to have abandoned their ambition to sign a player from every country on the planet, with this summer's recruitment having a distinctly homegrown scent to it. Youngsters Nathaniel Chalobah and Will Hughes possess both potential and re-sale value, while fellow midfielder and Englishman Tom Cleverley is a solid performer for a mid-table side.
Elsewhere, the early signs are positive about Richarlison, who was magnificent in the win at Bournemouth, and Kiko Femenia, a free transfer from Alaves. Former Burnley striker Andre Gray, while pricey at £18.5m, should increase the Hornets’ attacking productivity, and former Sporting man Marvin Zeegelaar will provide Jose Holebas with some much-needed competition at left-back.
Mohamed Salah has brought even more speed and zip to Liverpool’s frontline, and deserves to go down as one of the signings of the summer, but Jurgen Klopp will be disappointed he was unable to complete moves for Virgil van Dijk or Thomas Lemar. The inability to add another centre-back is most worrying, while the wisdom of turning down £114m for Philippe Coutinho is dubious.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is the type of player who could thrive under Klopp’s tutelage, though, and left-back Andrew Robertson is a reasonable investment at £8m. The Reds have also done well to secure the advance signing of Naby Keita, the all-action RB Leipzig midfielder who will arrive at Liverpool next summer.