The recently ended summer transfer window brought out a lot of incomings, outgoings and transfer collapses. It was a historic few months with 14 Premier League teams shattering their transfer records. A few top teams greatly benefited during the period whilst others ended up reeling their business after deadline day. Ghanafans.com today brings out the winners and losers after all Premier League transfer dealings were closed on 31st August.
The Gunners started off very well with the capture of Alexandre Lacazette for a reported 53 million pounds and last season’s German Bundesliga team of the season player Saed Kolasinac on a free transfer.
Fast forward to deadline day and Arsene Wenger’s men still showed their defensive and midfield problems, losing 1-0 to Stoke City and enduring a 4-0 trashing from Liverpool last weekend.
Their failure to address their defensive and midfield problems, withdrawing their 92 million bid for Thomas Lemar and losing Alex Oxlade Chamberlain to Liverpool for a reported 35 million pound fee made this window of bad one for Arsenal.
The Alexis Sanchez saga still continues with the Chilean angered by the fact that he was not allowed to join City on the last day of the window. Arsene Wenger will surely have his hands full for the rest of the season.
The Blues may have sealed the transfers of Danny Drinkwater, Davide Zappacosta, Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and others for the new season but they have also recorded a lot of departures, leaving the squad with its bare bones to defend their crown and compete in the Champions League, EFL cup and the Emirates FA cup.
The count of players shipped out of Antonio Conte’s side stands at 42, a massive amount. That number includes the departures of John Terry, Nemanja Matic, Bertrand Traore, Juan Cuadrado, Dominic Solanke, Tammy Abraham, Kurt Zouma and Nathan Ake.
The transfer saga of Diego Costa is also one Roman Abramovic has to deal with. Antonio Conte will have to make do with what he has for now.
The Red Devils will surely be happy with their transfer business for the new season. Even though they lost legend Wayne Rooney to Everton, they have more than made up for it with the signings of Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic.
Their retention of David De Gea between the sticks is also considered as a major boost to the players and the fans.
Jose Mourinho’s men have already claimed maximum points so far and look capable of running away with it. The prospect of having Nemanja Matic with Pogba and Mkhitaryan at the heart of midfield will surely entertain the fans.
The easy adaptation of Lukaku to United life and the return of Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic will scare opposition defenders. Jose Mourinho can compete for top honors with the team at his disposal.
The Cityzens had to spend big in this season’s summer transfer market, making over 200 million pounds worth of purchases but it all looks worth it so far.
The arrivals of Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy, Danilo, Ederson and others have now taken care of the problems Pep Guardiola wanted to address this season.
Their starting lineup is full of class and the bench can fill in well when called upon. City have enough this season to go on a good run in the Premier League, Champions League, EFL cup and Emirates FA cup.
A team comprising of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Ilkay Gundogan, Fernandinho, Bernardo Silva and Yaya Toure at the centre of midfield will bring out a lot of creativity and possession, something which Pep Guardiola wants in his team.
The Reds will be happy with their business this season, bringing in Dominic Solanke, Mohammed Salah, Andy Robertson and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain to strengthen their squad for all competitions.
They may have lost Mamadou Sakho to Crystal Palace which leaves a questionable defense overall but their midfield and attack are well stocked with pace, creativity and eye for goal.
The club also managed to keep Phillipe Coutinho after a transfer request came from the player to leave for Barcelona. The side will be even more formidable with the Brazilian available.
The Toffees lost the services of prolific Belgian Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United and Gareth Barry to West Brom but they gave a befitting reply with the signings of highly rated Jordan Pickford from Sunderland, Micheal Keane, Davy Klaassen, Sandro Ramirez, free kick specialist Gylfi Sigurdsson and perhaps the best of all, Wayne Rooney on a free transfer.
Jordan Pickford will be the long term replacement for the reliable Tim Howard and Michael Keane will provide strength in defense for the long term. Ronald Koeman now has all he needs to challenge for a European place.