Summer transfer window: Rating the Big Six’s transfer business | Football

Manchester City's new signing Erling Haaland

Erling Haaland has made a big move to the Premier League (Image: NIGEL RODDIS/AFP via Getty Images)

With the summer transfer window now closed, the so-called Big Six of the Premier League are once again spending heavily on an influx of exciting new talent.

New signings won’t be available until January at the earliest, meaning clubs will have to use their current squads to negotiate a crowded-looking fixture list before the World Cup begins in November.

How have the Big Six fared in the summer transfer window? Let’s take a look.


NOTABLE SIGNINGS: Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos, Matt Turner

NOTED DEPARTURES: Alexandre Lacazette, Matteo Guendouzi, Nuno Tavares (loan), Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira, Pablo Mari (loan), Nicolas Pepe

Mikel Arteta will be happy with the transfer deal that has been overseen at the Emirates as signings arrived early in the window and have had time to settle in.

Arsenal have signed one of the Premier League’s best forwards in Gabriel Jesus, who has already scored three goals and provided three assists in the opening games of the new season.

Jesus is joined by Oleksandr Zinchenko, a former Manchester City team-mate, both players bringing their title-winning experience to a fledgling north London dressing room.

And the talented Portuguese midfielder Fabio Vieira, who is yet to play for his new club through injury, will give competition to Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith-Rowe in the middle of the park.

Rating: B


NOTED SIGNATURES: Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella, Gabriel Slonina, Carney Chukwuemeka, Wesley Fofana

NOTABLE DEPARTURES: Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Romelu Lukaku (loan), Timo Werner, Malang Sarr (loan), Emerson Palmieri, Callum Hudson-Odoi

Chelsea have hit the transfer market hard under new owner Todd Bohely.

Raheem Sterling is a striking addition, having already scored three in his first five games against Chelsea’s often deadpan attack.

Chelsea introduce new signing Wesley Fofana

Chelsea finally landed Wesley Fofana after weeks of negotiations with Leicester (Image: Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

The west London side have finally completed the signing of Wesley Fofana from Leicester as many in football believe the French centre-back can become one of the best defenders in the world.

Brighton left-back Marc Cucurella and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly further strengthened the back line, but there’s still a feeling that Chelsea haven’t added enough in midfield and attack to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool.

Chelsea have also managed to remove Romelu Lukaku from the club after a disappointing return to Stamford Bridge on loan and Timo Werner has returned to Germany with Leipzig.

It remains to be seen whether Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who arrived on Deadline Day, will be able to regain his form from the early days of his Arsenal career.

Rating: B


NOTABLE SIGNATURES: Darwin Nunez, Fabio Carvalho, Calvin Ramsay

NOTABLE DESCENT: Sadio Mane, Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino, Neco Williams

The headline in Liverpool’s transfer business is the £85million takeover of Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez, who scored 26 league goals for Benfica last season.

After scoring in the Community Shield and the season’s opening game, Nunez was sent off for a headbutt on Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen.

Fabio Carvalho arrived from Fulham and scored a dramatic 98th-minute winner against Newcastle on Wednesday night.

Liverpool had been panicking about their midfield options but the arrival of Arthur Melo on a season-long loan looks like a solid short-term solution.

Liverpool's Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal during the friendly soccer match between German first division club RB Leipzig and Liverpool FC July 21, 2022 in Leipzig, east Germany.  (Photo by Ronny HARTMANN/AFP) (Photo by RONNY HARTMANN/AFP via Getty Images)

Darwin Nunez arrives from Benfica with much hype (Image: RONNY HARTMANN via Getty Images)

However, it remains to be seen if he and Nunez can fill the huge hole left by Sadio Mane’s departure to Bayern Munich, whose absence has dealt Jurgen Klopp a severe blow.

Rating: C

Manchester City

NOTABLE SIGNINGS: Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Julian Alvarez, Sergio Gomez, Manuel Akanji

NOTABLE DESCENT: Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Raheem Sterling

It’s been a summer of rejuvenation for Manchester City, who have seen four key players leave the club.

However, City beat Europe’s superclubs to secure Erling Haaland’s signing – and the Norwegian already has a staggering nine goals under his belt.

Haaland will be joined at Manchester by highly-rated Argentinian striker Julian Alvarez and together with the signings of Kalvin Phillips and versatile Spanish player Sergio Gomez, the squad’s age profile has been significantly reduced.

Rating: A

Manchester United

NOTABLE SIGNINGS: Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, Antony

NOTABLE DEPARTURES: Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Dean Henderson (loan), Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira, Alex Telles, Eric Bailly

Over in the red corner of town, Manchester United finally got going after a slow start to the season.

Manchester United unveil new signing Casemiro

Casemiro swapped Madrid for Manchester (Image: Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Speaking of shaky starts, Lisandro Martinez appeared to struggle with Premier League physicality in defeats to Brighton and Brentford but has since exhibited better performances against Liverpool and Southampton.

Tyrell Malacia has already been compared to United legend Patrice Evra after a stellar performance against Liverpool.

Casemiro brings a wealth of experience and instant quality after signing from Real Madrid, while Antony, who has signed big bucks, should need little time to adjust to his former manager’s style of play after working with Erik ten Hag worked together at Ajax.

But the biggest win of United’s transfer window was a large group of fringe players, most of whom had big money and were keen to leave Old Trafford.

Rating: B


NOTABLE SIGNINGS: Richarlison, Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma, Djed Spence, Clement Lenglet (loan), Destiny Udogie, Cristian Romero (loan permanent)

NOTABLE DEPARTURES: Steven Bergwijn, Joe Rodon (loan), Giovani Lo Celso (loan), Tanguy Ndombele (loan), Harry Winks (loan), Sergio Reguilon (loan)

Antonio Conte and Daniel Levy have been busy transforming Tottenham’s squad, with the star’s signing being the arrival of fiery striker Richarlison from Everton.

Yves Bissouma has provided much-needed steel in midfield and Cristian Romero has seen his loan deal converted into a permanent deal.

Spurs have amassed an impressive collection of young talent in their roster, which has been complemented by the addition of full-backs Djed Spence and Destiny Udogie.

The squad has a fresh feel, with a host of fringe players pushed aside by Conte leaving the club on a permanent or loan basis.

Rating: A

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