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Premier League 2016 summer transfer window: club-by-club verdicts | The Latest Online

Premier League 2016 summer transfer window: club-by-club verdicts

The lowdown on the business conducted by Englands top-flight clubs before the close of the deadline


It has taken two summers but Arsne Wenger has finally bought to strengthen the spine of his squad. Coming in after Petr Cech last season are players to address key positions that have needed bolstering for some time. Wenger hopes Shkodran Mustafi quickly forms a great partnership with Laurent Koscielny, while Granit Xhaka has already inspired comparisons to Emmanuel Petit in midfield. The wildcard is the 27-year-old Lucas Prez up front. Arsenal fans craving a dream striker are hoping for the best from an unfamiliar name with areputation as a late developer, a Spanish Jamie Vardy. Jack Wilsheres loan move to Bournemouth stands out among the departures. Amy Lawrence

Major moves

In: Granit Xhaka Borussia Mnchengladbach 35m; Shkodran Mustafi Valencia 35m; Lucas Prez Deportivo La Corua 17m; RobHolding Bolton Wanderers 2m

Out: Tomas Rosicky Sparta Prague Free; Joel Campbell Sporting Lisbon (loan); Calum Chambers Middlesbrough (loan); Jack Wilshere Bournemouth (loan)


Signing Jordon Ibe from Liverpool for a club-record 15m was an early sign of intent and the winger was soon followed by Brad Smith, with the Anfield left-back moving for 3m. But few could have expected Jack Wilshere would be heading to the Vitality Stadium. The signing of the Arsenal midfielder on loan in the face of interest from Milan, Roma and Crystal Palace represents a significant coup. There is excitement, too, about Lewis Cook, the teenage midfielder who arrived for 7m from Leeds United. Marc Wilson has signed from Stoke in an attempt to improve Bournemouths leaky defence. Jacob Steinberg

Major moves

In: Jordon Ibe Liverpool 15m; Lewis Cook Leeds United 7m; Lys Mousset Le Havre 5m; Brad Smith Liverpool 3m; Marc Wilson Stoke 2m; Nathan Ak Chelsea (loan); Jack Wilshere Arsenal (loan)

Out: Matt Ritchie Newcastle United 10m; Tommy Elphick Aston Villa 3.3m; Lee Tomlin Bristol City 3m


The club have spent around 18m on reinforcements, a piddling sum next to the amounts being flashed by northwest neighbours but considerably more than the 5m they spent to no avail two years ago, the previous time they were promoted. Burnley have broken their transfer record twice, first for the Belgium defender Steven Defour, then with the deadline-day acquisition of their long-term target Jeff Hendrick, though a deal for the Poland winger Kamil Grosicki fell through. Burnley should be competitive again, if not yet quite the new Leicester, particularly as Sean Dyche has picked up a couple of shrewd loan signings in Patrick Bamford and Jon Flanagan. Paul Wilson

Major moves

In: Steven Defour Anderlecht 7.3m; Jon Flanagan Liverpool (loan); Patrick Bamford Chelsea (loan); Jeff Hendrick Derby 10.5m

Out: Joey Barton Rangers (free); Matt Gilks Rangers (free)


For the second summer in succession, there was a rather slapdash feel to much of Chelseas business. The arrivals of NGolo Kant and Michy Batshuayi set an upbeat tone but the pursuit of defensive reinforcements led Michael Emenalo and Marina Granovskaia on a rather tortuous pursuit of various overpriced centre-halves in Serie A. They ended up pursuing Marcos Alonso for cover at left-back, with all routes eventually, and rather bafflingly, leading to David Luiz at Paris Saint-Germain. Antonio Conte clearly likes a challenge. There have been the usual flurry of loan departures and last years surprise deadline-day signing, Papy Djilobodji, was sold at vast profit. Dominic Fifield

Major moves

In: Michy Batshuayi Marseille 33m; NGolo Kant Leicester City 30m; Marcos Alonso Fiorentina 23m; David Luiz PSG 34m

Out: Mohamed Salah Roma 12m; Papy Djilobodji Sunderland 8m; Juan Cuadrado Juventus (loan)

Crystal Palace

The failure to secure Jack Wilshere on deadline day suggested anticlimax but Alan Pardew could hardly complain as to the bulk of the business conducted in this window. Palaces deficiencies up front should be remedied by the arrivals of Christian Benteke and Loc Rmy, while Andros Townsend and Steve Mandanda also represent a step up in quality. James Tomkins is the extent of the defensive cover while Yannick Bolasie will be missed as will Mile Jedinak but there can be no more excuses. After two wins in 24 Premier League games, this team must now revive. DF

Major moves

In: Christian Benteke Liverpool 27m; Andros Townsend Newcastle United 13m; James Tomkins West Ham 9.9m; Steve Mandanda Marseille Free; Loc Rmy Chelsea (loan)

Out: Yannick Bolasie Everton 25m; Dwight Gayle Newcastle United 10m; Alex McCarthy Southampton 4m; Mile Jedinak Aston Villa 3.2m; Adrian Mariappa Watford (free); Marouane Chamakh, Emmanuel Adebayor Both released; Brede Hangeland Retired


Ronald Koemans first summer in charge of Everton revolved around the two big names who wanted away John Stones and Romelu Lukaku and the club appear to have done well in keeping one and obtaining a handsome fee for the other. Lukaku should be as good as a new signing as long as he commits himself fully to the cause this season, and he will have Enner Valencia to support him in attack after failing to land Moussa Sissoko or Yacine Brahimi, while bringing in Ashley Williams to replace Stones could turn out to be one of the smartest bits of business of the summer. Newcomers Maarten Stekelenburg and Idrissa Gana Gueye have already made a favourable impression at Goodison. Yannick Bolasie was more of a surprise but has all the attacking qualities Everton seek. PW

Major moves

In: Yannick Bolasie Crystal Palace 25m; Ashley Williams Swansea 12m; Idrissa Gueye Aston Villa 7m; Maarten Stekelenburg Fulham 850k; Enner Valencia West Ham (loan)

Out: John Stones Manchester City 47.5m; Tim Howard Colorado Rapids (free); Steven Pienaar Sunderland (free); Leon Osman Released

Evertons Ashley Williams applauds fans after the match against West Bromwich Albion alongside Yannick Bolasie. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Hull City

A summer of turmoil featuring Steve Bruces departure, several serious injuries and a potential Chinese takeover threatened to produce no signings. Happily for Mike Phelan a collective 17m was belatedly spent on three players Ryan Mason, David Marshall and Will Keane before the midfielder James Weir joined from Manchester United and the striker Dieumerci Mbokani came in from Norwich on deadline day. The caretaker manager must also have been relieved to see Abel Hernndez, his star striker, stay put in the face of a 20m Aston Villa bid. The squad remain understaffed but Hulls position no longer looks quite as critical as it did a week ago. Louise Taylor

Major moves

In: Ryan Mason Tottenham 12.5m; David Marshall Cardiff City 3.5m; Will Keane Manchester United 1m; James Weir Manchester United (undisclosed); Dieumerci Mbokani Norwich City (loan); Markus Henriksen AZ Alkmaar (loan)

Out: Mo Diam Newcastle United 4.5m; Sone Aluko Fulham (free)

Leicester City

Leicester broke their transfer record three times, first to sign Nampalys Mendy and Ahmed Musa and then on deadline day to bring in Islam Slimani. The one downside for the Premier League champions and it came as a major blow to Claudio Ranieri was NGolo Kants departure to Chelsea. Musa and Slimani will give Leicester plenty of attacking options while Mendy has to fill Kants boots good luck with that. A question mark hovers over the quality of their central defensive cover for Wes Morgan and Robert Huth. SJ

Major moves

In: Islam Slimani Sporting Lisbon 30m; Ahmed Musa CSKA Moscow 16m; Nampalys Mendy Nice 13m; Bartosz Kapustka Cracovia 4.25m; Ron-Robert Zieler Hannover 2.8m; Luis Hernndez Sporting Gijn (free)

Out: NGolo Kant Chelsea 30m; Andrej Kramaric Hoffenheim 8.5m; Ritchie De Laet Aston Villa 1.9m; Gkhan Inler Besiktas (undisc)


Jrgen Klopp did most of his business quickly and decisively, bringing in a couple of proven though expensive Premier League performers in Sadio Man and Georginio Wijnaldum, while adding bargains from around Europe such as Loris Karius and Jol Matip. It is the outgoing list that catches the eye at Anfield, however. Only Chelsea have moved on or released as many players, but Liverpools departees are better known, with Christian Benteke, Joe Allen, Jordon Ibe and Martin Skrtel among the headliners. While Liverpool still have a large squad their slightly muted start to the season has led to some discussion about whether Klopp has left all his bases fully covered. PW

Major moves

In: Sadio Man Southampton 30m; Georginio Wijnaldum Newcastle United 25m; Loris Karius Mainz 4.7m; Ragnar Klavan Augsburg 4.25m; Jol Matip Schalke (free)

Out: Christian Benteke Crystal Palace 27m; Jordon Ibe Bournemouth 15m; Joe Allen Stoke City 13m; Martin Skrtel Fenerbahce 5m; Luis Alberto Lazio 4.3m; Brad Smith Bournemouth 3m; Jon Flanagan Burnley (loan); Kolo Tour Celtic (free); Mario Balotelli Nice (free); Lazar Markovic Sporting Lisbon (loan)

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola can be as happy with his trading as Jos Mourinho is with his at Manchester United. Citys major acquisitions are Leroy San, Ilkay Gndogan, John Stones, Nolito and Claudio Bravo. The last player is the replacement for Joe Hart, whose fall as the No1 goalkeeper and loan to Torino is the story of this window. Out, too, have gone Samir Nasri and Wilfried Bony, also on a loan basis. But it is the Hart-Bravo move that Guardiola may be judged on. If the Chilean proves a bad buy City could struggle. Jamie Jackson

Major moves

In: John Stones Everton 47.5m; Leroy San Schalke 37m; Gabriel Jesus Palmeiras 27m; Ilkay Gndogan Borussia Dortmund 21m; Claudio Bravo Barcelona 15.4m; Nolito Celta Vigo 14m

Out: Edin Dzeko Roma 9.5m (loan made permanent); Wilfried Bony Stoke City (loan); Joe Hart Torino (loan); Samir Nasri Sevilla (loan); Eliaquim Mangala Valencia (loan); Martn Demichelis Released; Richard Wright Retired; Jason Denayer Sunderland (loan)

Manchester United

Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba are four headline signings who appear to have significantly strengthened Jos Mourinhos squad as his sides flying start underlines. The manager identified right-back and centre-half as weak areas but has not added any players in those departments. Still, Mourinho did all his recruitment before the campaign started and the United he is fashioning have pace, power and a win-at-all costs mentality that will remind seasoned United watchers of the best Sir Alex Ferguson XIs. JJ

Major moves

In: Paul Pogba Juventus 89.25m; Eric Bailly Villarreal 30m; Henrikh Mkhitaryan Borussia Dortmund 26m; Zlatan Ibrahimovic PSG (free)

Out: Paddy McNair Sunderland 5m; Donald Love Sunderland 1m; Will Keane Hull City 1m; Guillermo Varela Eintracht Frankfurt (loan); James Wilson Derby County (loan); Adnan Januzaj Sunderland (loan); Cameron Borthwick-Jackson Wolves (loan); Nick Powell Wigan Athletic (free); Vctor Valds Middlesbrough (free); James Weir Hull City (undisc)


By doing the bulk of their transfer business early, Boro have had a chance to bed in newcomers. Aitor Karanka certainly seems quietly content with a window that has left him contemplating strong competition in every position across a well-balanced squad who should be capable of holding their own in the Premier League. While Vctor Valds and lvaro Negredo are the star imports, Boro appear to have shopped sensibly even if many Teessiders will have been saddened to see Albert Adomah, a very popular winger (albeit one who did not always see eye to eye with Karanka) depart for Aston Villa on Wednesday. LT

Major transfers

In: Marten de Roon Atalanta 12m; Viktor Fischer Ajax 4m; lvaro Negredo Valencia (loan); Calum Chambers Arsenal (loan); Vctor Valds Manchester United (free); Brad Guzan Aston Villa (free); Gastn Ramrez Southampton (free); Adama Traor Aston Villa (undisc)

Out: Albert Adomah Aston Villa Part-exchange; Adam Reach Sheffield Wednesday (undisc)

Alvaro Negredo of Middlesbrough tussles with Gareth McAuley of West Bromwich Albion. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images


The window began with yet another round of departures. Ronald Koeman joined Everton, and replacing Sadio Man, Victor Wanyama and Graziano Pell has not been easy. However, Southampton broke their transfer record when they signed Lilles attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal for 15.9m and, although they look light up front, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Nathan Redmond are promising young talents. JS

Major moves

In: Sofiane Boufal Lille 15.9m; Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg Bayern Munich 12.75m; Nathan Redmond Norwich City 11m; Alex McCarthy Crystal Palace 4m; Jrmy Pied Nice (free)

Out: Sadio Man Liverpool 30m; Graziano Pell SD Luneng 12.9m; Victor Wanyama Tottenham 11m; Juanmi Real Sociedad 4m; Sam Gallagher Blackburn Rovers (loan); Paulo Gazzaniga Rayo Vallecano (loan); Gastn Ramrez Middlesbrough (loan)

Stoke City

This had the makings of a frustrating window for Stoke but a couple of important loan deals on deadline day have changed things. Wilfried Bonys arrival from Manchester City gives Stoke a genuine goal threat something that they have been lacking for a long time while Bruno Martins Indis loan move from Porto will strengthen central defence. Signing Joe Allen, like Bony a former Swansea player, earlier in the summer was also a very good piece of business. SJ

Major moves

In: Joe Allen Liverpool 13m; Ramadan Sobhi Ahly 4.3m; Wilfried Bony Manchester City (loan); Bruno Martins Indi Porto (loan); Lee Grant Derby County (loan)

Out: Marc Wilson Bournemouth 2m; Steve Sidwell Brighton (free); Peter Odemwingie Released; Joselu Deportivo la Corua (loan)


The hiatus prompted by Englands courtship of Sam Allardyce before David Moyess appointment as his successor hardly helped Sunderlands transfer strategy and they were never on the front foot . Club-record signing Didier Ndong appears a midfield gamble following a series of rebuffs from more experienced options and the squad still look worryingly thin in places, most notably attack where Moyes must dread Jermain Defoe getting injured. Jason Denayer has joined from Manchester City to provide further options in defence. LT

Major moves

In: Didier Ndong Lorient 13.6; Papy Djilobodji Chelsea 8m; Paddy McNair Manchester United 5m; Donald Love Manchester United 1m; Steven Pienaar Everton (free); Javier Manquillo Atltico (loan); Adnan Januzaj Manchester United (loan); Jason Denayer Manchester City (loan); Mika Boavista (undisclosed)

Out: Youns Kaboul Watford 3.5m; Emmanuele Giaccherini Napoli 1.2m; Liam Bridcutt Leeds United 978k; Santiago Vergini Boca Juniors 765k

Swansea City

What a disappointment. Joe Allen and Wilfried Bony were available this summer, two former players who would have been happy to go back to the Liberty Stadium and, in doing so, would have given everyone at the club a huge lift, yet Swansea missed out on both to Stoke. They badly need the striker Borja Bastn, their 15.5m club-record signing, to come good and Fernando Llorente must also weigh in with a few goals. Another concern would be the failure to sign an experienced replacement for Ashley Williams, their former captain. SJ

Major moves

In: Borja Bastn Atltico 15.5m; Alfie Mawson Barnsley 5m; Fernando Llorente Sevilla 5m; Leroy Fer QPR 3.5m (loan move made permanent)

Out: Andr Ayew West Ham 20.5m; Ashley Williams Everton 12m; Alberto Paloschi Atalanta 5m; der Lille 3.8m

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs were always building from a strong base and the additions of Vincent Janssen and Victor Wanyama have served to add more strength in depth. Georges-Kvin Nkoudou, whose move from Marseille seemed to drag on for weeks, could be an intriguing addition. Mauricio Pochettino will hope Moussa Sissoko, a late 30m purchase from Newcastle from under the noses of Everton, can find the form he showed with France at Euro 2016 rather than return to the up-and-down form he showed at St James Park. Interest in Wilfried Zaha seemed half-hearted at the price offered. DF

Major moves

In: Vincent Janssen Alkmaar 18.8m; Victor Wanyama Southampton 11m; Georges-Kvin NKoudou Marseille 9m; Pau Lopez Marseille (loan); Moussa Sissoko Newcastle 30m

Out: Nacer Chadli West Bromwich Albion 13m; Alex Pritchard Norwich City 7.9m; Ryan Mason Hull City 10.1m: DeAndre Yedlin Newcastle United 5m; Federico Fazio Roma (loan); Nabil Bentaleb Schalke (loan); Clinton Njie Marseille (loan)


Watford have brought in no fewer than 11 players into Walter Mazzarris squad. Several are familiar names, with Youns Kaboul and Daryl Janmaat providing much-needed experience across the backline but the most exciting business has been in attack. The arrival of Roberto Pereyra from Juventus should boost their firepower in a move partly funded by the sale of Matej Vydra to Derby County. Tom Morgan

Major moves

In: Isaac Success Granada 12.7m; Roberto Pereyra Juventus 11m; Sven Kums Gent 8.5m; Daryl Janmaat Newcastle 7.5m; Christian Kabasele Genk 5.9m; Stefano Okaka Anderlecht 5.1m; Youns Kaboul Sunderland 3.5m; Brice Dja Djdj Marseille 3m; Adrian Mariappa C Palace (free); Kenedy Chelsea (loan); Camilo Ziga Napoli (loan);

Out: Matej Vydra Derby 8m; Miguel Layn Porto 5.1m; Almen Abdi Sheffield Wednesday 3.1m; Jos Manuel Jurado Espanyol 1m; Juanfran Dep La Corua (free); Daniel Pudil Sheff Wed (free); Gabriele Angella Udinese (free); Mario Surez Valencia (loan); Obbi Oulare Waregem (loan); Steven Berghuis Feyenoord (loan); Ikechi Anya Derby (undisclosed)

West Bromwich Albion

The club-record signing of Nacer Chadli from Tottenham for 13m is the one bright spot during a thoroughly underwhelming window for West Brom. If anything summed up the desperate nature of their transfer business it was the news the unattached forward Hal Robson-Kanu, who had been available all summer, had joined on deadline day. The Watford right-back Allan Nyom arrived in a late deal. As for Saido Berahino, the word saga comes to mind. SJ

Major moves

In: Nacer Chadli Tottenham 13m; Matt Phillips QPR 5.5m; Brendan Galloway Everton (loan); Allan Nyom Watford (undisc); Hal Robson-Kanu Unattached (free)

Out: James Chester Aston Villa 7.9m; Cristian Gamboa Celtic 1m; Anders Lindegaard Preston (free); Stphane Sessgnon Released; Victor Anichebe Released; Sbastien Pocognoli Brighton (loan); Rickie Lambert Cardiff (undisclosed)

West Ham United

The squad has been strengthened but it remains to be seen whether the first team has been improved. Sofiane Feghouli, a free transfer from Valencia, has been injured and Andr Ayew, signed for a record 20m, is out until December, while Havard Nordtveit, Gokhan Tore, Edimilson Fernandes and Jonathan Calleri will need time to settle. With Andy Carroll injured and Diafra Sakhos focus elsewhere, Simone Zaza fills a hole up front after joining from Juventus but right-back remains a weakness. JS

Major moves

In: Andr Ayew Swansea City 20.5m; Manuel Lanzini Al-Jazira 10.2m (loan made permanent); Arthur Masuaku Olympiakos 6m; Edimilson Fernandes Sion 5.4m; Simone Zaza Juventus (loan); Jonathan Calleri Maldonado (loan); Gkhan Tre Besiktas (loan); Havard Nordveit Borussia Mnchengladbach (free); Sofiane Feghouli Valencia (free); Ashley Fletcher Manchester United (free); lvaro Arbeloa Unattached (free)

Out: James Tomkins Crystal Palace 9.9m; Joey OBrien Released; Alex Song Barcelona (end of loan); Enner Valencia Everton (loan)

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/aug/31/premier-league-2016-summer-transfer-window-club-by-club-verdicts

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