Reviewing this Season’s Premier League Summer Transfers
Today is transfer deadline day in the Premier League and we expect a flurry of activity as many teams would be making last minute deals to sign new players that would improve their respective teams. While we wait for more activity today, Gooner Daily reviews the transfer activities of the 20 Premier League clubs, in alphabetical order of course.
This is Bournemouth’s first season in the Premier League and they’ve done their bit to sign the players they need to ensure they remain in the division. Artur Boruc (Southampton), Sylvain Distin (Everton) and Adam Federici (Reading) joined on free transfers. The exciting Tyrone Mings joined for £8m from Ipswich, while the club also secured the likes of Joshua King (Blackburn, £1m), Max Gradel (St. Etienne, £7m) and Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough, £3m).
On the other end, Miles Addison, Benjamin Buchel, Darryl Flahavan and veteran, Ian Harte were released while Mohamed Coulibaly (Racing Santander) and Josh McQuoid (Luton) left on free transfers. Brett Pitman joined Ipswich for an undisclosed fee.
The Gunners have signed a couple of youngsters this season with the likes of Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Yassin Fortune joining from RC Lens for a total of £3m. Vlad Dragomir joined from Poli Timisoara (£71k). Jordi Osei-Tutu joined from Reading, Donyell Malen from Ajax and Ismael Bennacer from Aries-Avignon. The only major signing this summer has been Petr Cech that was swopped from Chelsea for close to £11m.
A couple of players have left the Gunners to further their careers elsewhere. Lukas Podolski joined Galatasaray for £1.8m, and there were free transfers for Abou Diaby (OM), Ryo Miyaichi (St. Pauli), Semi Ajayi (Cardiff), Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill (Swindon), Josh Vickers (Swansea), Geroge Dobson (West Ham) and Jonatas Centeno (Sheffield Wednesday). Jack Jebb and Austin Lipman were released as well, but they are still unattached.
Following Tim Sherwood’s impressive start to his Aston Villa career, the board has trusted him enough to sign all the players he wanted this season. Micah Richards (Aston Villa) and Mark Bunn (Norwich) were signed for free but the club secured the services of Scott Sinclair (Manchester City, £2.5m), Idrissa Gueye (Lille, £9m), JJordan Amavi (OGC Nice, £9m), Jordan Ayew (OM, £9m), Jose Angel Crespo (Cordoba, £500k), Jordan Veretout (Nantes, £7m), Rudy Gestede (Blackburn, £6m) and Adama Traore (Barcelona, £7m)
Christian Benteke’s release clause of £32.5m was activated by Liverpool, former skipper, Fabian Delph joined Manchester City for £8m, Andreas Weimann joined Derby for £2.75m and Matt Lowton joined Burnley for £1m. There were a host of free transfer for Darren Bent (Derby), Enda Stevens (Portsmouth), Graham Burke (Notts County), Nicklas Helenius (Aalborg), Antonio Luna (Eibar), Shay Given (Stoke) and Aleksandr Tonev (Frosinone). Ron Vlaar was also released by the club but he’s currently unattached.
The Rent Boys have began the campaign very poorly but they’ve done a lot of business in their bid to retain the Premier League title. Cristian Manea joined from Viltorul Constanta for £2.3m, and they also signed Nathan (Atletico Paranaense, £4.5m), Asmir Begovic (Stoke, £8m), Danilo Pantic (Partizan, £1.25m), Kenedy (Fluminense, £6.3m), Baba Rahman (Augsburg, £14m), Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona, £21m), Radamel Falcao (Monaco, loan) and most recently, Papy Djilobodji (Nantes, £4m).
Chelsea has sold a couple of players to balance the books. Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid, £11.1m), Thorgan Hazard (BMG, £5,85m), Gael Kakuta (Sevilla, £2.5m), Oriol Romeu (Southampton, £5m) and Josh McEachran (Brentford, £750k). There were free transfers from Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact) and George Brady (Sunderland)
Alan Pardew has continued his great form into the campaign with Crystal Palace but he made some shrewd signings this season. Yohan Cabaye joined from PSG (£10m), Alex McCarthy from QPR (£3.5m), Connor Wickham from Sunderland (£9m) and Bakary Sako (on a free transfer from Wolves). Patrick Bamford (came on loan from Chelsea).
As much as 18 players were released by the club this summer with the notable names being Shola Ameobi, Barry Bannan and Jerome Thomas.
As you’d expect from Everton, Roberto Martinez made a handful of signings with Tom Cleverley joining from Manchester United on a free transfer. The club also signed Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona, £4.2m), David Heren (Olympiakos, £200k), Mason Holgate (Barnsley, £2m), Leandro Rodriguez (River Plate, £500k) and today, Ramiro Fune Mori (River Plate, £9.5m)
Everton’s only sale this summer is Chris Long (Burnley, £500k) but the club released a host of players including the likes of Antolin Alcaraz and Sylvain Distin.
The Foxes ended the campaign on a high but they laid off Nigel Pearson before hiring the experienced Claudio Ranieri. So far, the Italian gaffer has signed Christian Fuchs (Schalke 04, free), Robert Huth (Stoke, £3m), Shinji Okazaki (Mainz, £7m), N’Golo Kante (Caen, £5.6) and Gokhan Inler (Napoli, £3m).
Only two players have been shown the exit door and they are David Nugent (Middlesbrough, £4m) and Chris Wood (Leeds, £3m)
Under Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool have been heavy spenders and that trend continued this season. They have signed Joe Gomez (Charlton, £3.5m), Danny Ings (Burnley, £7.5m), Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim, £21.3m), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton, £12.5m), Christian Benteke (Aston Villa, £32.5m), James Milner (Manchester City, free), Adam Bogdan (Bolton, free) and Taiwo Awoniyi (Imperial Academy, £400k).
Liverpool hit the headlines for the sale of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for a reported £49m, Iago Aspas returned to Celta Vigo for £5m, Sebastian Coates joined Sunderland (£4m), Rickie Lambert was sold to West Brom (£4m) and Fabio Borini was shipped to Sunderland (£8m). Brad Jones (Bradford), GLen Johnson (Stoke) and Steven Gerrard (LA Galaxy) left on free transfers.
The oil-rich club smashed the £100m mark with the acquisitions of Raheem Sterling (Liverpool, £49m) and Kevin de Bruyne (Wolfsburg, £54.5). They also signed Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia, £28.4m), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa, £8m) and Patrick Roberts (Fulham, £2m).
The club made a considerable amount of sales with Alvaro Negredo joining Valencia for £22m. They also sold Dedryck Boyata (Celtic, £1.7m), Matija Nastasic (Schalke, £8.3m), Micah Richards (Aston Villa, free), Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa, £3m), James Milner (Liverpool, free), John Guidetti (Celta Vigo, free), Karim Rekik (OM, £3.9m) and Marcos Lopes (Monaco, £8m)
LVG and his philosophy will be under the spotlight this season as Manchester United hopes to return to the glory days since Sir Alex Ferguson’s exit in 2013. The club signed Memphis Depay (PSV, £24.6m), Matteo Darmian (Torino, £12.7m), Bastian Schweinsteiger (BayernMunich, £14.4m), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton, £25m) and Sergio Romero (unattached, free).
A couple of youngsters were released but there were some high-profile sales such as Nani (Fenerbahce, £4.25m), Angelo Henriquez (Dinamo Zagreb, undisclosed), Robin vanPersie (Fenerbahce, undisclosed), Rafael da Silva (Lyon, undisclosed), Angel di Maria (PSG, £44m), Javier Hernandez(Leverkusen, undisclosed), Jonny Evans (West Brom, £6m)
Under new boss, Steve McClaren, Mike Ashley has given him the funds to purchase Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV, £14.5m), Aleksandr Mitrovic (Anderlecht, £13m), Chancel Mbemba (Anderlecht, £8.5m), Ivan Toney (Northampton, £500k) and Florian Thauvin (OM, £12m).
The club sold Davide Santon (Inter, £3.26m) and Mehdi Abeid (Panathinaikos, £1.5m) and released a couple of players, including Jonas Gutierrez.
The Canaries didn’t spend much this summer, bringing Graham Dorrans from West Brom (£3m) and Robbie Brady from Hull (£7m). The club also snapped Youssouf Mulumba (West Brom) and Jake Kean (Blackburn) on free transfers.
Norwich released a host of players including Lucciano Becchio, Carlos Cuellar, Ignasi Miquel and Javier Garrido.
The Saints would be looking to improve on their Europa League finish last season with the signings of Cedric Soars (Sporting CP, £4.7m), Oriol Romeu (Chelsea, £5m), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord, undisclosed), Junami (Malaga, undisclosed) while securing loan moves for Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham) and Steven Caulker (QPR).
The club sold Nathaniel Clyne to Liverpool (£12.5m) and Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester Untied (£25m).
Under Mark Hughes, Stoke has evolved from the team that was filled up with thugs under Tony Pulis. The club shocked the world with a £12m move for Inter’s Xherdan Shaqiri, and there were other additions were Joselu (Hannover, £5.75m), Shay Given (Aston Villa, free), Glen Johnson (Liverpool, free), Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona, free) and Sergio Molina (Real Madrid, free).
Besides the sales of Robert Huth (Leicester, £3m), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla, £7m) and Asmir Begovic (Chelsea, £8m), Stoke has released a boatload of players, including Wilsom Palacios and Thomas Sorensen.
Dick Advocaat was persuaded to stay at Sunderland and he has been given some money to invest in the team. The club has signed Sebastian Coates (Liverpool, £2m), Adam Matthews (Celtic, £2m), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kyiv, £8m), Younes Kaboul (Tottenham, £3m) and Fabio Borini (Liverpool, £8m). Ola Toivonen (Rennes) and Yann M’Vila (Rubin) were signed on loan.
Anthony Reveillere was released, Connor Wickham was sold to Crystal Palace (£9m) and El-Hadji Ba was sold to Charlton (£500k).
The impressive Garry Monk did some business this summer with Swansea, signing Andre Ayew (OM, free), Franck Tabanou (St. Etienne, £3.5m), Kristoffer Nordfelft (Heerenveen, £600k), Eder (SC Braga, £5m) as well as retaining the services of backup goalie, Gerhard Tremmel.
The club released a couple of players.
Mauricio Pochettino has conducted some business this summer, signing Kevin Wimmer (FC Cologne, £4.3m), Kieran Trippier (Burnley, £3.5m), Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid, £11.5m), Clinton N’Jie (Lyon, £8.3m) and Son Heung-Min (Bayer Leverkusen, £22m)
The club sold Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande, £9.9m), Lewis Holtby (Hamburg, £.6m), Etienne Capoue (Watford, £6.3m), Younes Kaboul (Sunderland, £3m), Benjamin Stambouli (PSG, £6m), Vlad Chiriches (Napoli, £4.5m), Roberto Soldado (Villarreal, £10m) and released a couple of players too.
Quique Flores would be hoping to stay in the Premier League this season. The club has been very active in the transfer window, signing a plethora of players for free transfers and undisclosed fees. Giedrius Arlauskis (Steaua), Sebastian Prodl (Werder Bremen) and Miguel Britos (Napoli) arrived on free transfers. Matej Vydra (Udinese), Jose Holebas (Roma), Allan Nyom (Udinese), Jose Manuel Jurado (Spartak) and Steven Berghuis (AZ Alkmaar) arrived for undisclosed fees. Etienne Capoue cost £65.3m from Tottenhm, Valon Behrami cost £3m from Hamburg and Juan Fran cost £1.5m from Betis. Nathan Ake was loaned in from Chelsea and Alessandro Diamanti was shipped in on loan from Guaugzhou.
The club released a couple of players.
West Bromwich Albion
Tony Pulis has spent some considerable amount of money this summer improving his West Brom team. He has signed James McClean (Wigan, £1.5m), James Chester (Hull, £8m), Rickie Lambert (Liverpool, £3m), Salomon Rondon (Zenit, £12m), Jonny Evans (Manchester United, £6m) and Andres
Lindegaard, Manchester Unoted, free)West Brom sold Graham Dorrans to Norwich for £3m and Brown Ideye joined Olympiakos for an undisclosed fee. Other players were released.
West Ham United
Slaven Bilic has already made a name for himself beating Arsenal and Liverpool at their home turf this season. West Ham has singed Dimitri Payet (OM, £10m), Pedro Obiang (Sampdoria, £4.3m), Angelo Ogbonna (£9m) as well as securing loan deals for Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal), Manuel Lanzini (Al Jazira) and Alex Song (Barcelona).
The club sold Stewart Downing to Middlesbrough(£5m) and released a couple of players, including Jussi Jaaskelainen, Nene, Guy Demel and surprisingly, Kevin Nolan.
More deals are expected to happen between now and 6pm.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
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