With the new Premier League season already at the corner, we bring you the buzz transfer score card, an analysis of all the transfer activity of the top English teams.
Here we subject all the transfer dealings of the top teams to scrutiny following the chronological order of last season’s top six teams in England’s top flight division.
It’s been over 80 days since Antonio Conte’s unrelenting blue brigade swept the Premier League aside with a division high 30 league wins.
It is safe to say that 3 months down the line the feeling inside Cobham has changed, from the ruthless and public discarding of last season top scorer Diego Costa to the loss of top transfer targets most notably Romelu Lukaku to bitter rivals, Man Utd, Stamford bridge has been busy.
Club legend John Terry and Matic have left the club. Chelsea are the 3rd highest spenders aside the Manchester clubs with the summer acquisitions of Alvaro Morata, Tiemeuo Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and back up goalkeeper Willy Caballero, they have on paper replaced all they have lost.
But the angst amongst the fans still remains the size of the squad which pales in comparison to order top teams.
Buzz Transfer Score Card: 5/10
Last season’s closest challengers to Chelsea have experienced a quiet summer by Premier League standards and remain the only top flight team without a single acquisition to their name.
The sale of Kyle Walker to Manchester City remains their only piece of business this summer. Club Executives are having a hard time convincing the fans that the inactivity in the transfer market has nothing to do with the fact that the club are building a new stadium.
Spurs stand the risk of being left behind by other teams spending huge sums, add playing home games at Wembley and all of a sudden the coming season looks bleak. It’s been a poor summer for them hence.
Buzz Transfer Score Card: 3/10
If the League was won based on transfer activities alone, then having spent well over £200 million on 5 players this summer, City look like winners.
Replacing error prone Bravo with Brazilian Ederson looks a good decent deal. Pep has also captured one of Europe’s fiercest retainers of possession in Bernado Silva for £44 million from Monaco.
The bulk of the money, however, has been spent on full backs Mendy, Walker and Danilo. Guardiola should have no excuses going into his second season with his spending spree.
Buzz Transfer Score Card: 8/10
The red half of Merseyside have had a pretty decent transfer window which started poorly with their public apology to Southampton for unauthorized contact with Van Djik.
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They moved on and acquired ex-Chelsea winger Mohammed Salah from AS Roma for over £35 million, Dominic Solanke from Chelsea on tribunal and left back Robertson from Hull for £10 million but their biggest transfer coup will be to keep hold of star man, Phillipe Coutinho who is been pursued by Barcelona FC as a replacement for the departed Neymar Jr.
Buzz Transfer Score Card: 6/10
For the first time in Arsene Wenger’s reign, Arsenal finished outside the top four in the league which has prompted the French man to smash the club transfer record, paying £52.7 million for ex-Lyon front man, Alexander Lacazette.
Bosnian defender, Sead Kolasinac has been brought in on a free transfer from Schalke. If the Community Shield was anything to go by, the Bosnian will be an absolute tank of a defender. The success of Arsenal’s summer will have a lot to do with keeping star duo of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, not forgetting Oxlade Chamberlain whose deal is soon to expire.
Buzz Transfer Score Card: 7/10
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Aside Guardiola, the Special One has been the busiest. Mourinho got the players he wanted, barring Ivan Perisic. He has replaced the goals of Ibrahimovic with the £75 million purchase of Romelu Lukaku from Everton, brought in a young and assured centre back in Victor Lindelof from Benfica and a Mourinho kind of player in Nemanja Matic from rivals, Chelsea, to offer protection to the defence.
Buzz Transfer Score Card: 8/10