Total expenditure for the summer transfer window in the Premier League came up to a total of £1.41 billion, falling just short of the 2017 record of £1.43 billion.
Several Premier League squads have seen major overhauls, with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United spending upwards of £100 million.
RealSport looks at the best signings, how they could rate on FIFA 20 and how a 1st XI of new signings would look.
Tom Heaton (OVR 80 – 81)
Club: Aston Villa
Tom Heaton’s move to Aston Villa makes a lot of sense for both parties. Villa have got a top-class goalkeeper who will provide reliability and leadership. Burnley have trimmed what was an unnecessary embarrassment of riches at goalkeeper, featuring three keepers that have featured for England over the last four years and can give regular minutes to the younger Nick Pope. Heaton may be 33 but lost little of his class and could prove crucial in their first season in the top flight.
Alternative option: Ralf Fahrmann (OVR 83 – 81)
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (76 – 80)
Club: Manchester United
The first major deal of the window, Manchester United will hope that they’ve signed a right-back for the next decade in Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Nicknamed “the spider,” Wan-Bissaka shows unprecedented defensive maturity for someone so young – he was impossible to dribble past last season. There are, however, doubts about whether his price justifies his unproven attacking ability and short time at the top level.
Alternative option: Joao Cancelo (OVR 83 – 84)
David Luiz (OVR 83 – 82)
In what had to be deadline day’s most bizarre move, David Luiz swapped Chelsea for Arsenal, the team he helped defeat in the Europa League final. Swapping SW6 for N5 in London does make sense, however, as Chelsea can give more minutes to the more youthful Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma, whereas Arsenal get the defensive cover they desperately needed.
Alternative option: Adam Webster (OVR 72 – 77)
Harry Maguire (OVR 82 – 84)
Club: Manchester United
The most expensive Premier League signing of the summer is one that will be scrutinised for the rest of the season – expect to become accustomed to hearing Harry Maguire described as the world’s most expensive defender. United will be hoping that Maguire can have a similar impact in Manchester as the arrival of Virgil van Dijk did at Liverpool. While Maguire may not be on Van Dijk’s level, he’s still an excellent upgrade on the existing options at Old Trafford.
Alternative option: Jesus Vallejo (OVR 78 – 78)
Kieran Tierney (OVR 76 – 80)
Like Wan Bissaka at United, Arsenal will be hoping they’ve secured a left-back they can rely on for many years to come. It may be the most expensive fee paid for a Scottish league player, but the £25 million fee paid for Kieran Tierney seems like a bargain compared to Wan-Bissaka. Tierney clearly has huge potential, the big question is whether he can adjust to life in the Premier League.
Alternative option: Erik Pieters (OVR 74 – 77)
Nicolas Pepe (OVR 80 – 84)
Position: RM, RW, ST
Country: Ivory Coast
Nicolas Pepe arrived at Arsenal having enjoyed a breakout season that saw him finish second behind Kylian Mbappe in the Ligue 1 goalscoring charts. His 22 goals and 11 assists for Lille also meant that he had the fourth-highest goal contributions in all of Europe’s top five leagues. The big question that remains is whether his single season at the top of his game justifies the £72 million price tag. Still, an Arsenal front three with Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette is tantalising.
Alternative option: Pablo Fornals (OVR 81 – 83)
Rodri (OVR 82 – 85)
Position: CM, CDM
Club: Manchester City
In Rodri, Manchester City have bolstered in the only area they’ve looked vulnerable: their overreliance on Fernandinho. Not only that, but they’ve signed a long-term replacement, which was necessary as their Brazilian is now 34. Rodri is defensive but can control the game, which has earned him comparisons to his compatriot Sergio Busquets. If he’s can reach anywhere near Busquets’ levels, City have another fantastic player on their hands.
Alternative option: Giovani Lo Celso (OVR 82 – 82)
Tanguy Ndombele (OVR 80 – 83)
Position: CM, CDM
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs’ long wait for a singing ended with a bang by bringin in Tanguy Ndombele. He’s been brought in as a replacement Moussa Dembele, now in China, but his playing style has been likened more so to City legend Yaya Toure. Like Rodri, he can defend and pass and at 22 years’ old, he’s got massive potential. He’s already shown his ability during a goal-scoring debut against Aston Villa.
Alternative option: Fabian Delph (OVR 80 – 79)
Christian Pulisic (OVR 79 – 82)
Position: RM, LM
Country: United States
By purchasing Christian Pulisic in January but loaning him back to Dortmund for six months, Chelsea have secured a new face despite the constraints of their transfer ban. Pulisic’s arrival will generate plenty of interest from the US, but he’ll want to avoid direct comparisons to Chelsea’s departed superstar Eden Hazard. At 20 years’ old, he’s a hugely exciting talent but is unlikely to hit those heights yet.
Alternative option: Alex Iwobi (OVR 76 – 78)
Moise Kean (OVR 72 – 77)
In Moise Kean, Everton have signed one of the most talked-about young strikers in the world. Last season, he went on a magnificent run of scoring in six consecutive games for club and country. If Everton manager Marco Silva can inspire similar form that saw score six in 13 games for Juventus and two in two appearances for Italy, the Toffees may have finally replaced Romelu Lukaku.
Alternative option: Ayoze Perez (OVR 76 – 79)
Club: West Ham
Haller had a superb season for Eintracht Frankfurt last season, scoring 15 and assisting nine in the Bundesliga. He also acted as the perfect foil for new Real Madrid man Luka Jovic. He gives West Ham a physical option, who can act as a target man, allowing West Ham’s plethora of attacking midfield talent – such as Felipe Anderson and Pablo Fornals – to run off him and get forward.
Alternative option: Joelinton (OVR 69 – 77)
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