Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester Utd: Winners & losers of the transfer window

The transfer window is over and as the dust settles, RealSport take a look at the the best and worst of the Premier League deals.

So, that’s it for the summer!

The transfer window closes, Jim White finally leaves our screens and we can tear our eyes away from Sky Sports News to blink, albeit temporarily before the Premier League resumes in a couple of weeks.

There have been some major deals, as always, as well as some understated signings and downright shockers, such as Renato Sanches joining Swansea City.

RealSport take you through the Premier League’s winners and losers of the transfer window.


  1. 1 Manchester City

    Benjamin Mendy, Monaco: £50m

    Kyle Walker, Tottenham: £45m

    Bernardo Silva, Monaco: £43m

    Ederson, Benfica: £36m

    Danilo, Real Madrid: £26.5m

    Without a doubt, Manchester City had the best summer of any Premier League club. Pep Guardiola set out with clear objectives in mind, signing new fullbacks predominantly, and achieved all he wanted with relative ease.

    With Bacary Sagna, Aleksandar Kolarov, Gael Clichy and Pablo Zabaleta all leaving, it was crucial that the Spaniard replenished the ranks with some fresh faces. 

    Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy join on the right and left respectively, presumably as first choice options, whilst Danilo, who can play on either flank, joins in support. All three are quick, attack-minded fullbacks capable of playing to the high level Guardiola requires.

    The forwards City now have in their ranks are envied by all, bolstered by the arrival of Bernardo Silva, one of the standout stars of Monaco's Ligue 1-winning campaign.

    The only dampener on an otherwise extremely positive window was missing out on Alexis Sanchez, as they left it far too late to strike a deal, and centre-back Jonny Evans, but a fit Vincent Kompany should negate such issues.

  2. 2 Manchester United

    Romelu Lukaku, Everton: £75m

    Nemanja Matic, Chelsea: £40m

    Victor Lindelof, Benfica: £31.5m

    Jose Mourinho had a plan and carried out to great effect.

    The Portuguese identified four positions in which he needed to strengthen and finished the summer with three of four targets achieved, missing out on a winger where, truthfully, Manchester United are already well-stocked.

    The Red Devils were guilty of drawing too many games at Old Trafford against mid-table sides, hence requiring a striker adept at putting those teams away. Enter Romelu Lukaku, last year's second-top scorer, adept at taking his chances against weaker teams.

    A Michael Carrick replacement was necessary and Chelsea have gifted their rival a fantastic player in Nemanja Matic, who has already had a discernible impact on the ability of Paul Pogba to impact games. He patrols the middle third with remarkable ease and is a title-winning player Mourinho knows extremely well.

    Whilst there are some doubts over Victor Lindelof, he's a centre-back with high potential and one Mourinho had previously identified as a target in January. 

    Mourinho tends to win titles in his second season in charge of his clubs and three wins out of three suggest they're on their way to doing so.

  3. 3 West Brom

    Oliver Burke, RB Leipzig: £14m

    Jay Rodriguez, Southampton: £13m

    Kieran Gibbs, Arsenal: £7m

    Yuning Zhang, Vitesse: £7m

    Gareth Barry, Everton: £1m

    Ahmed Hegazy, Ahly: Loan

    Grzegorz Krychowiak, PSG: Loan

    A very marginal call with Swansea City, but what gives the Baggies the edge is the fact that they lost only Darren Fletcher, whilst the Swans said goodbye to Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente.

    Tony Pulis was silent but effective over the summer, adding Premier League proven quality to his squad in an attempt to better last year's tenth placed finish.

    Jay Rodriguez and Kieran Gibbs bring with them experience and know-how, plus attacking threat down the left flank, often an issue with West Brom -and Pulis- sides of the past.

    Fletcher is incredulously replaced with PSG midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, one of the breakout stars of Euro 2016, a massive upgrade, alongside veteran Gareth Barry to provide additional cover.

    Oliver Burke provides flair out wide too, coupled with European experience after a season with RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.

    West Brom have only strengthened their squad over the summer, hence their inclusion as one of winners. Well played, Mr Pulis.


  1. 1 Chelsea

    Alvaro Morata, Real Madrid: £58m

    Tiemoue Bakayoko, Monaco: £36m

    Antonio Rudiger, Roma: £31m

    Davide Zappacosta, Torino: £23m

    Willy Caballero, Manchester City: Free

    Who didn't reject Chelsea this window?

    Fernando Llorente, a target identified by Antonio Conte himself, was poached from under their noses by Tottenham, whilst Ross Barkley was reportedly midway through a medical at the Cobham training ground before a sudden change of heart saw him remain an Everton player in the hope that none other than Tottenham come calling in January.

    Revenge for Willian? Perhaps...

    In terms of incomings, Antonio Rudiger looks a decent addition in defence, as does Alvaro Morata and Tiemoue Bakayoko up front and in midfield respectively, but it was a story of idleness, inadequacy and missed targets.

    They also let a lot of players leave on loan and seemingly have weakened their squad ahead of defending their title. It's all too familiar to Jose Mourinho's second spell in charge...

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said no to a large wage packet to join Liverpool instead, a deal for Alex Sandro never materialised, whilst Lukaku also turned down a chance to return to Stamford Bridge.

    In the meantime, Chelsea are still plodding along trying to secure a deal for Danny Drinkwater, with Davide Zappacosta putting pen to paper this evening too.

    What a damning indictment of the desperation of the club, that they're pining over Drinkwater... Not exactly a window befitting the Premier League champions.

  2. 2 Arsenal

    Alexandre Lacazette, Lyon: £47m

    Sead Kolasinac, Schalke: Free

    Arguably the worst window of all Premier League clubs...

    Arsenal signed two players, one for free and one, contrastingly, for a club-record fee, but the club have ended the window in a far greater mess than at the beginning.

    Oxlade-Chamberlain rejected £180,000 per week to join Liverpool for a lower wage on the promise of more game time in a central position, whilst they're resigned to losing Sanchez for absolutely nothing -yes, nothing- next summer.

    They knew the Chilean was off the moment the window opened, with a year left on his current deal, but lingered over a replacement, resulting in a frantic deadline day bid of £92m for Thomas Lemar, more out of desperation than anything concrete.

    What's worse, though, is that the bid was accepted, but Lemar turned them down, claiming he didn't want to play for a Europa League club... To rub salt in the wound, he scored twice for France tonight.

    Arsenal begin the season in a weaker position than they ended the last and with their rivals strengthening, their hopes of returning to the Champions League are extremely thin.

    Several players have two years or less remaining on their contracts with many consequently refusing to renew, indicative of just how poorly the Gunners handled this window.

  3. 3 Newcastle United

    Jacob Murphy, Norwich: £12m

    Florian Lejeune, Eibar: £10m

    Christian Atsu, Chelsea: £7.5m

    Joselu, Stoke City: £5.5m

    Javier Manquillo, Atletico Madrid: £5m

    It's no wonder Rafael Benitez has been complaining all summer. Newcastle United's summer business is, frankly, depressing and doesn't stand them in particularly good stead for surviving in the Premier League.

    The Magpies have sat back idly as their relegation rivals strengthen around them, with owner Mike Ashley seemingly failing to learn from previous mistakes that saw the club twice relegated from the top-flight in recent seasons.

    The names on list above are neither overly inspiring nor experienced in relegation fights and it certainly makes for worrying reading for the passionate Newcastle fans. 

    The only bright spark thus far has been Christian Atsu, who seems capable of causing defences problems, whilst they're relying on Stoke reject Joselu and failed Premier League striker Dwight Gayle for their goals.

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Oli Stein


Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has worked with RealSport since September 2016.

Currently assistant football editor and Tottenham correspondent.

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