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Sunny buys or a desperate August? A-L

Which clubs have made sunny buys in July and who has a desperate August on their hands?

 

Since July 1st, the transfer window has been open with Premier League clubs busy putting together their new squads.

 

Now that the new Premier League season drawing near, which clubs have made the sunniest moves of July and who still has work to do throughout August?

 

Arsenal

Name Club arriving from Price
Alexandre Lacazette Lyon £45m
Sead Kolasinac FC Schalke 04 Free

 

Arsene Wenger probably would of hoped to have more signings than these two as he prepares to juggle title challenges in four competitions.

 

At this stage of the transfer window, the business done so far is poor compared to that of other clubs around them. The signed players however have plenty of quality in them which will be key when injuries start piling up.

 

Perhaps that could well be advantageous come deadline day, when other clubs are most likely finished leaving a stronger possibility of Arsenal making late swoops with little time for a bidding war.

 

Bournemouth

Name Club arriving from Price
Nathan Ake Chelsea £19.4m
Asmir Begovic Chelsea £9.8m
Jermain Defoe Sunderland Free
Connor Mahoney Blackburn Rovers Free

 

Bournemouth fans will be happy with the business done so far.

 

Having Nathan Ake back permanently is a good thing because they will hopefully be stronger all season long. If they can replicate last season’s results with Ake, expect to see Bournemouth in a position to pounce should the Europa League affect Arsenal and Everton.

 

Asmir Begovic is a great signing because he will provide Artur Boruc some much needed stiff competition.

 

Connor Mahoney might be young but can offer something fresh to what is already quite a strong midfield. With years to grow, perhaps he will be one to watch given the Cherries’ history in developing young players into true talent regardless of whether permanent or loan signings.

 

Jermain Defoe might be coming towards end of his career but will provide some strong experience for a team that are only in their third year of Premier League football.

 

So far, a great transfer window with room for improvement should any suitable players become available.

 

Brighton and Hove Albion

Name Club arriving from Price
Matthew Ryan Valencia £5.1m
Markus Suttner FC Ingolstadt £3.83m
Pascal Grob FC Ingolstadt £2.55m
Mathias Normann FK Bodo/Glimt ?
Isaiah Brown Chelsea Loan

 

Newcomers, Brighton have had a decent July with Matthew Ryan looking like a promising buy.

 

As for Suttner, Grob and Normann, I am unsure as to how these buys will turn out so the judgement is out on them.

 

Isaiah Brown will be seen as the best signing given that Huddersfield would of probably wanted him back, having helped them up via the play offs.

 

Given the low amount of cash spent, expect to see more movement during August unless they are planning a busy January should things not be going too well.

 

Burnley

Name Club arriving from Price
Jack Cork Swansea City £7.74m
Jonathan Walters Stoke City £1.96m
Charlie Taylor Leeds United Free
Phil Bardsley  Stoke City  £714k

 

As the smallest club when comes to transfer spending, Burnley have actually done decently for themselves so far.

 

Phil Bardsley and Charlie Taylor might contrast in experience but will bring plenty of quality to a at time shaky defence.

 

Jack Cork is definitely a great signing because he will help provide extra creativity in midfield. Having also been in a few relegation scraps with Southampton and Swansea, he knows how to avoid the drop which could be key this season.

 

Attack wise, Jonathan Walters will bring extra goals and reduce pressure on Ashley Barnes, Andre Gray and Sam Vokes.

 

July overall might of been quiet but the signings are strong which matters most. August should perhaps be spent looking at getting a creative midfielder in to help out the shot making department because they lacked creativity at times last season.

 

Chelsea

Name Club arriving from Value
Alvaro Morata Real Madrid £55.68m
Tiemoue Bakayoko Monaco £34m
Antonio Rudiger AS Roma £29.75m
Willy Caballero Manchester City Free

 

Antonio Conte might not of landed his preferred targets but the signings made so far are promising.

 

Alvaro Morata is surely one of the best signings from July but given his pre season troubles, could that transfer fee prove rather costly?

 

Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger should bring something different to a back line, that doesn’t feature John Terry for the first time in years.

 

With Asmir Begovic now at Bournemouth, Willy Caballero is a decent free signing and will be one to watch in the EFL Cup, given his recent success in that competition with two trophies.

 

Realistically a decent if disappointing July with room for improvement by deadline day.

 

Crystal Palace

Name Club arriving from Price
Ruben Loftus-Cheek Chelsea Loan
Jairo Riedewald AFC Ajax £7.65m

 

Crystal Palace fans should be asking bosses “what the hell have you been doing” as only two signings so far for a team that barely stayed up last season is worrying.

 

Ruben Loftus Cheek might of made odd Chelsea appearances in recent years but really needs a loan spell in Championship at this stage of his career. Frank de Boer however might the perfect manager to unlock Cheek’s potential if things go well.

 

Jairo Riedewald is a great signing given his performances for Ajax last season were very solid for a 20 year old.

 

Overall, there need to be more transfer activity going on unless want another relegation fight.

 

Everton

Name Club arriving from Price
Michael Keane Burnley £24.23m
Jordan Pickford Sunderland £24.23m
Davy Klaassen AFC Ajax £22.95m
Henry Onyekuru KAS Eupen £6.8m (loaned straight out to Anderlecht)
Sandro Ramirez Malaga CF £5.1m
Cuco Martina Southampton  Free
Wayne Rooney Manchester United ?
Jose Baxter Free Agent Free

 

There’s no doubt who been the most busiest Premier League club in July.

 

After inconsistent performances from Joel Robles and Maarten Stekelenburg, Jordan Pickford could be the perfect keeper to help the Toffees keep more clean sheets.

 

Cuco Martina and Michael Keane will certainly provide Seamus Coleman and Mason Holgate some strong competition on the right hand side of defence.

 

Martina in particular can provide some surprises like with a long curler against Arsenal on Boxing day 2015 at Southampton under Ronald Koeman. Now they are reunited, I am expecting great things from the Curacao star.

 

Midfield looks very competitive with Sandro Ramirez already impressing in pre season and Europa League qualifying.

 

Wayne Rooney will be interesting because he can play down flanks or as the central striker. If he rediscovers his lost magic, expect to see him being a problem for defences.

 

Jose Baxter has been out of the game for 12 months due to a drug ban. It will be interesting to see how he fares being back at Everton, having played for them from 2008-12.

 

If he still has the talent that he had shown before, expect a tough fight in attacking midfield with Rooney and Davy Klaassen

 

Overall, Everton looks already done apart from the likely arrival of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea. Ross Barkley is looking set for a departure with Tottenham keen on landing him.

 

To avoid potentially giving a close rival an advantage, I am surprised the Toffees haven’t included Barkley in the offers for Sigurdsson.

 

Huddersfield

Name Club arriving from Price
Steve Mounie Montpellier  £11.05m
Tom Ince Derby County £7.74m
Aaron Mooy Manchester City £7.74m
Laurent Depoitre FC Potro £3.4m
Scott Malone Fulham £3.32m
Zanka FC Copenhagen £2.3m
Elias Kachunga FC Ingolstadt £1.11m
Danny Williams Reading Free
Kasey Palmer Chelsea Loan
Jonas Lossl Mainz 05 Loan

 

Huddersfield like Everton have been busy with several signings.

 

Many names (Ince, Mooy, Malone and Williams) are familiar to Championship fans so will be interesting to see how they fare in the Premier League.

 

David Wagner should be ecstatic to land Kachunga on a permanent deal after his excellent performances last season. If he can improve and bring his A game to the Premier League, expect the Terriers to enjoy this season.

 

Kasey Palmer will surely be loving his return to the John Smith stadium after being a shining star of last season in midfield.

 

Laurent Depoitre, Steve Mounie and Zanka have settled in well during pre season. Mounie has in particularly shown strong form, which will be key once season is underway.

 

In summary, July has been busy with plenty of strong signings. The only issue has to be Premier League experience but that might actually benefit them as a team going forward.

 

Leicester

Name Club arriving from Price
Vicente Iborra Sevilla £12.75m
Harry Maguire Hull £11.65m
Eldin Jakupovic Hull £1.96m

 

July has been a quiet month for Leicester with some strong signings.

 

Eldin Jakupovic might be approaching his twilight years but will be a good keeper for the cup competitions. His excellent performances for Hull in goal surely makes him second choice keeper to Kasper Schmeichel ahead of Ben Hamer.

 

Harry Maguire is a strong and solid centre back so expect him to provide a strong alternative to Wes Morgan and Robert Huth, who are approaching the traditional performance drop age.

 

Vicente Iborra is a versatile midfielder who will be a key player, if Danny Drinkwater joins Chelsea.  Given his strong record at Sevilla, the Foxes have someone who can get goals if given the chance.

 

July has been fairly decent but expect more signings to be heading into Leicester as they look for another surprise title assault.

 

Liverpool

 

Name Club arriving from Price
Mohamed Salah AS Roma £35.7m
Andrew Robertson Hull City £7.65m
Dominic Solanke Chelsea Free

 

This summer for Liverpool is all about keeping hold of several key players. They haven’t let that stop them getting out and landing some good players.

 

Mohamed Salah struggled at Chelsea but since moving to Roma, he has rediscovered his best quality. Although a great signing, some fans will probably whether he is capable of producing strong performances in the English top flight given the events of his Stamford Bride stint.

 

Andrew Robertson is probably a slightly bizarre signing for Jurgen Klopp but he is a solid full back and will be of great benefit to a squad light on the flanks.

 

Dominic Solanke has made the right decision to leave Chelsea but England youngsters haven’t exactly shone at Liverpool. Think Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings, both were hot property when signed for the Reds but have endured plenty of injury crisis’ since joining.

 

Overall, decent signings with perhaps some question marks over them. For August, Liverpool should focus on securing a proper left back because they can’t rely on James Milner forever to fufill that position.

 

Fans of clubs alphabetically arranged M-W should check back tomorrow for reviews on who their team have brought in.

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