Here it is, the transfer window comes to an end with over a billion pounds spent by Premier League Clubs . £1.425 billion to be exact (if you remove various add-ons and agents fees).
With every club handed an additional £100m or so to add to their transfer kitty at the end of the previous season (thanks to the television rights deals that have been so generous to even the bottom feeders), the market was highly inflated and even sub-standard players commanded high transfer fees.
So, who come on top ? Who gained the most ? Here is the analysis of Top 6 Premier League Clubs who were in action this summer.
- Money spent: £185.4m
- Money received: £110.9m
- Net Spend: £74.5m
Chelsea manager wanted some elite players in his team but he got a little from his board. It was clear he gave them a shopping list of elite players he wanted the club to sign but all he seemed to get were cheap knockoffs from the pawn shop.
Conte handled the Diego Costa situation well, discarding a bad influence as soon as the trophy was won. But lining up his replacement saw Chelsea bungle. Romelu Lukaku (a proven goalscorer in the Premier League) was the main target to be re-signed but instead he ended up with Alvaro Morata.
Virgil van Dijk’s proposed move never happened while bids for Antonio Candreva and Rafinha were rejected.
Deadline Day proved to be another loss as the team lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool in spite of offering him higher wages while Conte’s old favourite Fernando Llorente moved to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Chelsea do sign Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco but they also lost Nemanja Matic to Manchester United – a decision that wasn’t made by Conte but by the club. But transfers such as Antonio Rudiger and Danny Drinkwater suggest they switched to Plan B.
Just as last season, Chelsea still have a capable team on its day. But they do not have squad depth to challenge on all fronts.
- Money spent: £48.8m
- Money received: £65.7m
- Net Spend: -£16.9m
Arsenal badly needed to make a strong team after missing out on a top four finish since… Since top four finishes became a thing.
Retaining Sanchez & Ozil without extending their contracts become a question too, both will leave for free in 2018.The squad needed new players capable of challenging the top four. Instead what they have now is a team with the same clueless players that rolled over at Anfield.