Wednesday night marked the end of another roller coaster ride called the transfer window, With a whooping £1,175,230,000 spent this summer, this was a really exciting summer .The window finally slammed shut after an interesting two months of transfer dealings, speculations, and some clubs stealing players right from the grasp of rival teams.In a window popularly called ” The return of the Prodigal Sons” saw the return of familiar faces to their old clubs, but this wouldn’t be the focus of our discussions today, instead we shall be looking at which of the top challengers had the best transfer dealings.
This transfer window saw Arsenal surprisingly spend about £96 million, a figure that comes as a surprise to both Arsenal fans and the neutrals. The gunners welcomed Granit Xhaka, Lucas Perez, and Shkodran Mustafi as the major additions to their ranks. The addition of Xhaka was a long forgone conclusion since his transfer was already concluded before the window opened, but the transfer of Mustafi and Perez who signed from Valencia and Deportivo respectively came as a result of injuries to certain players and pressure from the fans to add to the ranks.
Now where does these additions put Arsenal in the title race?, The gunners might have found the perfect player to complement Koscienly in defence, and a pacy striker who joins on the back of an impressive season in LaLiga scoring 17 goals, with Xhaka already showing his passing abilities against Watford. Guess we can all agree that with these additions they will be up there at the end of May. Although questions still remain as to whether the gunners will have that mentality to go on and win the tittle, will they be the usual pretenders or will they be contenders this season? Only time will tell.
The arrival of Pep Guardiola also saw the influx of new, but talented players to the Ethiad stadium, with an outlay in the excess of £186million this window, City showed they mean business this year. City’s notable additions include Ilkay Gundogan, John Stones, Nolito, Claudio Bravo, and Gabriel Jesus . This additions is a statement of intent from the manager that City is going for the title this season, additions in the defence and midfield already shows how Pep wants to play this season, and if we are to go by what we have seen in the first three games City has played this season, opponents will be right to be scared when they see City on their calendar.
With Pep’ s dealing in the market, we can agree that his side will definitely be in the top two by the end of May.
The red side of Manchester made a whole lot of noise during the transfer window, smashing the world transfer fee in the process, Mourinho’s new side welcomed Zlatan Ibrahimović, Henri MIKITARIYAN, Eric Bailly and prodigal son Paul pogba to the theater of dreams. The addition of Zlatan can be said to be one of the best if not the best transfer dealing this summer, the big swede brings along that leadership quality united seems to be missing, he also brings that winning mentality that was missing last season, and most importantly he brings goals with him. Pogba is another exciting addition, but with that hefty price tag, one can only hope he lives up to the hype.
These additions simply mean United will definitely be amongst the contenders this season , might not end up winning the league, but will definitely be among the top four teams this season.
After a disastrous 2015/2016 season , the pensioners are ready to challenge for the title this season or so it seems. With the appointment of Antonio Conte, this signals the return to efficient and rigid football. Chelsea had what can be described as a turbulent transfer window, the team from London practically chased after all defenders in Europe, but eventually settled for Fiorentina’s Alonso and old boy David Luiz, with both players boasting premier league experience. With the addition of two extra defenders, everything looks set for conte to go back to his preferred 3-5-2 formation. One thing certain this season is that Chelsea will be conceding very few number of goals and would be grinding out wins when needed.
This defensive outlook of Chelsea makes them my Dark horses to win the league this season. Oh before I fight they have the tireless Ngolo Kanté marshaling the base of that Midfield.
Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs in my opinion made the smartest transfer dealings this summer, they did well by maintaining the core of the team, while adding only essential players to the team. Spurs welcomed Janssen , Wanyama, Sissoko and Kevin Nkoudou. With Champions league football on the horizon this season, there is bound to be lots of opportunities for everyone to get a taste of some action this season.
Will Spurs be able to mount the kind of challenge they mustered last season? This remains to be seen, but with the quality and youth they have in the team, they are surely going to be in the top six at the end of the season.
Jurgen klopp finally got the chance to mould the team into the shape he desires. He brought in EPL proven players such as Saido Mane and Georgino Wijnaldun from Southampton and relegated Newcastle respectively, he also brought in composed centerback Joel Matip, Loris karius, and Ragner Klavan from the Bundesliga. Question marks still exist over the left back position as many don’t see Alberto Moreno as a good enough fit for the club.
This season is certainly gonna be an interesting for the Mersyside reds, if they can stay consistent throughout this season, without the distractions of Europe, they are surely on their way to a first league title in over twenty years.
The champions definitely didn’t shy away from spending during the window, with the club breaking its own transfer record twice in one window with the arrival of Ahmed Musa from CSKA Moscow for £15million and Islam Slimani from Sporting Lisbon for a fee of £29.7 million, they also brought in Nampalys Mendy, Ron Robert Zeiler, Luis Hernandez amongst their notable signings.
All looks set for Leicester as they try to defend their title, but this is going to be way more difficult than their title winning season as team would come all out for them this season. My prediction is they will in the top Six at the end of the season.