The dust has settled on the Summer 2017 transfer window, with a slew of big-money signings and sales throughout the Premier League. There was also a flurry of much-rumoured deals which didn’t go through, leaving more than a few wantaway players in an awkward position.
We take a look back at which sides have done savvy summer business, and who’s had a window to forget.
Always a savvy operator in the transfer market, Jose Mourinho’s dealings this summer were typically excellent.
United added real quality in all the right areas. Nemanja Matic is the ideal Michael Carrick replacement, Victor Lindelof adds defensive steel and Romelu Lukaku already has four goals in as many games.
As for exits, none of last season’s top performers left. High-earner Wayne Rooney said his goodbyes after a poor campaign last term, while wasted talent Adnan Januzaj (sold for £7.75m) is unlikely to be missed by anyone. Top work all round.
The only downside for United in this window is that local rivals and fellow title challengers City have also strengthened considerably, as well as moving on ageing former greats and genuine flops.
Aleksandar Kolarov, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Nolito, Wilfried Bony, Fernando and Jesus Navas. All gone, and Pep Guardiola’s squad is none the weaker for it.
In terms of additions, full-back trio Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo make the Citizens a real attacking threat on the flanks. Elsewhere, Douglas Luiz offers youthful flair in midfield, while Ederson looks to be the solution to the club’s goalkeeping black spot.
Their only real misstep looks to be the sale of promising young striker Kelechi Iheanacho to Leicester City. Apart from that, excellent work from Pep and co.
The old adage goes that “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”, and Swans’ boss Paul Clement has used his extensive contacts in the game to pull off one of the most spectacular transfer coups of this – or any other – summer.
The deal in question is the loan arrival of Portuguese prodigy Renato Sanches from Bayern Munich, the club where Clement was formerly assistant to Carlo Ancelotti. However, that’s not the only smart bit of business the South Wales club have done.
Classy midfielder Sam Clucas has arrived from Hull City, while Roque Mesa has also joined from Las Palmas. And while they’ve lost star man Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton, the £44.4m received for his services could well be an excellent bit of business for the Swans.
It’s hard to envisage how things could have gone worse for the under-fire Arsene Wenger in this window. As well as failing to sign targets like AS Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, the Gunners have also been weakened by departures.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has headed to rivals Liverpool, while departures of solid performers Gabriel Paulista and Kieran Gibbs will weaken the club’s defensive options. Oh, and they’ve refused to sell Alexis Sanchez despite the player wanting to leave, and being out of contract in a year’s time.
Virgil van Dijk
Despite handing in approximately 85 transfer requests and fluttering his eyes at Jurgen Klopp for the entire summer, the Southampton defender has failed to secure his much-desired exit from St Mary’s.
With Liverpool boasting Champions League football this term, as well as boosting their squad during the window (provided Philippe Coutinho doesn’t go), the Saints man will likely be looking enviously on.
Having tried relentlessly to secure a move away from the south coast, he now has to deal with a potentially hostile dressing room and some disgruntled fans. We imagine the next window can’t come quickly enough for the Dutchman.
The Blues would probably make this list for the Nemanja Matic sale alone. One of the club’s outstanding performers in recent years, Antonio Conte’s willingness to sell the Serbian to title rivals Manchester United was truly inexplicable.
The Italian gaffer has also endured a frustrating time trying to bring in players, with Romelu Lukaku and Fernando Llorente just two of the men to turn the Blues down, joining Man United and Tottenham respectively.
As for the additions they did make, there’s a strong argument that the West London club have overpaid. £56m for Alvaro Morata is a hefty figure for a player who featured sporadically for Real Madrid, while £34m for the solid-but-unspectacular Danny Drinkwater is far too much money, even in the current market.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing