Dominic Taylor | Content Writer
Following the interruption of the 2019/20 football season, the summer transfer window had been moved. Instead of starting in July and ending at the start of August like last season in the Premier League, it began 27th July and ended on the 5th October – with transfers within the English football league allowed to continue for a number of weeks afterwards. The Founder assesses below each sides’ window.
Arsenal’s sale of Emiliano Martinez funded moves for signings Gabriel, Alex Runarsson and Thomas Partey. Willian was also signed as a free agent, while another proposed move for Lyon’s Houssem Aouar did not pan out.
Villa enjoyed a very successful window. While releasing a number of players who were straining their wage bill, they made a number of shrewd acquisitions. Chiefly, Emi Martinez from Arsenal, Ross Barkley on-loan, Matty Cash and Ollie Watkins have been important and impressive in Villa’s strong start to the season.
Brighton and Burnley both experienced quiet transfer windows with little expenditure. Signing Joel Veltman for £900,000, Brighton did not pay another transfer fee – with Adam Lallana and Danny Welbeck both arriving as free agents. Burnley will be disappointed with their window, with ex-Brighton Dale Stephens their biggest transfer.
Chelsea spent heavily to reward Head Coach Frank Lampard for returning Chelsea to the Champions League. Spending over £150million, Chelsea signed Thiago Silva, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Edouard Mendy. They were able to recoup some of that, however, in the £50million sale of Alvaro Morata.
Crystal Palace spent well in the transfer window: signing Eberechi Eze, Jack Butland, Nathaniel Clyne and Michy Batshuayi for under £20million. Everton enjoyed a successful window with Ancelotti signing midfield trio James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure plus Ben Godfrey and Robin Olsen. Fulham made 12 signings – most notably Mario Lemina, Areola, Ademola Lookman, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Joachim Andersen. Fellow newcomers Leeds also added to their squad size, making 12 signings. Koch, Meslier and Helder Costa have been the most prominent of those so far this season.
Leicester reinvested the £50million received for Ben Chilwell wisely: signing Wesley Fofana, Castagne and Cengiz Under on-loan. Likewise, Liverpool made three signings: Diogo Jota, Thiago Alcantara and Kostas Tsimikas. Man City set about finally replacing Kompany with the signings of Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake. Additionally, City signed Ferran Torres and a couple of youngsters. Manchester United fans were expecting big things this transfer window. When it was clear they weren’t signing Sancho, they quickly sobered before ending the window with Odion Ighalo, Donny Van De Beek, Alex Telles, Edinson Cavani and a number of youngsters.
While only spending money on Callum Wilson and Jamal Lewis, Newcastle also signed Hendrick, Fraser and Gillespie. Sheffield United spent more, signing Aaron Ramsdale, Ethan Ampadu, Oliver Burke, Rhian Brewster and a number of youth players. Theo Walcott returned to Southampton, while they also signed Mohammed Salisu, Kyle Walker-Peters and Ibrahima Diallo. Spurs will similarly be content with their window after re-signing Gareth Bale in addition to Sergio Reguilon, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Matt Doherty, Vinicius Jr. and former England first-choice goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Newcomers West Brom saw a number of players return, from Matheus Pereira to Grady Diangana. Moreover, the Baggies signed David Button, Cedric Kipre, Callum Robinson, Branislav Ivanovic, Conor Gallagher, Filip Krovinovic and Karlan Grant. West Ham signed the quartet of Vladimir Coufal, Tomas Soucek – after an initial loan – Craig Dawson, and Said Benrahma. Finally, Wolves bolstered their squad ahead of another Europa League campaign: signing Fernando Marcal, Fabio Silva, Vitinha, Ki-Jana Hoever, Rayan Ait-Nouri and Nelson Semedo.