Deadline day came and gone, and for some clubs, it was a time of significant investment and others were more on the receiving side. Following is just a sneak peek on what happened during the window period at many selected clubs.
The season started promising but ended up deflated. They had success in acquiring Harry Maguire for a mere £80 million from Leicester, but the midfield needed more additions, and it seems to be a little on the light side now. Their major outs of the period include Romelu Lukaku transferring to Inter for £70 million. His departure also left the team a little light up front too. They had interest in Paulo Dybala, but his price tag seems to be too heavy to complete the deal.
Arsenal seemed to have been able to get to the end of the transfer window period with satisfaction. Their most significant financial investment went into Nicolas Pépé. They transferred him in for £72 million from Lille. Together with Kieran Tierney, moved from Celtic for £25 million, they should provide significant incision from the flank side. Their most significant achievement to trade out was Laurent Koscielny transferred to Bordeaux for £4.6 million.
Klopp expected a quiet season. Last year they have invested tremendously during the period and followed that up with lucrative contract extensions. They managed to surprise the league with the degree to which Klopp took the lack of activity during the transfer period. The only senior addition to Liverpool was transferred from Zwolle. Liverpool paid £1.3 million for Sepp van den Berg.
During the period of transfer, Villa spent £146 million on 13 new additions to the club. This money was, however, spent with much thought put into the matter. It is considered to be a strategy from Dean Smith to put the Villa back where it belongs. Their most enormous single financial contribution went to Bournemouth for Tyrone Mings at £26.5 million. Villa didn’t transfer anybody out, although there were a couple of names released, with Glenn Whelan, Alan Hutton and Mile Jedinak being some of the names on that list.
They got paid well for Harry Maguire, but they have left afterwards with too little time to replace him, and now fans are left with the question of who is going to fill his spot in central defence? The rest of the field seems fine with some significant recruitments. Their considerable investment went into Youri Tielemans for £40 million from Monaco, which is small change compared to the £80 million which they got paid for Harry Maguire from Manchester United.
It started as productive and well thought through, but then took a turn to what seemed more like a haphazard effort towards the end. Some title-winning players got signed with the highest price paid for Moise Kean at £29 million from Juventus, and their most damaging transfer out was that of Idrissa Gueye who went to PSG for £29 million.