2018 Summer Transfer Review

After a hectic summer of transfer action, last gasp deals and Mourinho complaining, the transfer window has finally shut.

As new signings now settle into their new clubs, just how has each club fared in the transfer window?



Stephan Lichtsteiner Free
Bernd Leno Undisclosed
Sokratis Papastathopoulos Undisclosed
Lucas Torreira Undisclosed
Matteo Guendouzi Undisclosed

Entering their first transfer window without Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have actually come out the other side with in decent shape. 

Although they lost Jack Wilshire, Santi Cazorla and Per Mertesacker over summer, they have been replaced with some top signings. 

Torreira will be a solid replacement for Wilshire in midfield but has a habit of not scoring in his first season at a club. 

That will have to change here or come May, many fans will potentially consider him as a poor buy. 

Leno meanwhile will provide tough competition for Petr Cech so expect an exciting battle for the starting spot in goal. 

Overall, a solid window for Unai Emery but expect more in January if he needs reinforcement to help impose his vision on pitch. 



Diego Rico £10.7m
Jefferson Lerma  £25m
David Brooks Undisclosed

Bournemouth will be happy with how this window has gone. with three solid signings 

Rico is a great signing for left back  given that the Cherries currently don’t have seriously established left back, compared to whilst Brooks and Lerma will bring extra competition for midfield with their qualities. 

Unlike previous windows, this has been very quiet down at Bournemouth so expect them to perhaps be busy in January. 

Brighton & Hove Albion

Jason Steele Undisclosed
David Button Undisclosed
Florin Andone Undisclosed
Leon Balogun Free
Alireza Jahanbakhsh Undisclosed
Percy Tau Undisclosed
Yves Bissouma Undisclosed
Bernardo £9m
Dan Burn Undisclosed
Peter Gwargis Undisclosed
Martin Montoya Undisclosed

Brighton have definitely invested in their squad with ex Barcelona star, Martin Montoya. 

His and Bernardo’s arrivals definitely strengthens the fullback department but the goalkeeping battle should be really competitive.

Last season saw Matthew Ryan own that no.1 spot but Button and Steele will provide him with strong competition each week. 

Elsewhere, the other additions will all add extra quality with Jahanbakhsh offering another tactical option as a winger. 

Percy Tau will spend the season out on loan after failing to get a work permit but this could be a strong season for the Seagulls moving forward. 



Ben Gibson  £15m
Joe Hart  Undisclosed
Matej Vydra Undisclosed

Burnley aren’t known for their summer spending so have actually done a decent job in getting three proven players. 

Gibson has been Middlesbrough’s rock for several years so will be interesting to see how he fits in at Turf Moor, alongside James Tarkowski or Ben Mee in central defence. 

Hart definitely is a blockbuster signing for the Clarets, particularly as his arrival could trigger a civil war with Tom Heaton and Nick Pope for the no.1 spot in goal, once they return from injury. 

Overall, a solid yet mature window after finishing seventh last season when others would of splashed their prize money a bit more. 



Bobby Reid £10m
Alex Smithies £3.5m
Greg Cunningham Undisclosed
Josh Murphy Undisclosed
Victor Camarasa Loan
Harry Arter Loan

Cardiff have done a modest job in adding to what is already a solid squad under Neil Warnock.

Reid and Murphy are two decent signings who will add energy and creativity in midfield, whilst Arter provides the squad with Premier League experience. 

Smithies has never played in Premier League but I reckon he might be one of the early surprises, with the England goalkeeping options wide open after Jack Butland dropped into Championship with Stoke. 

Cunningham is a solid signing to boost what is already a decent defence but I am interested to see what Camarasa has to offer this Cardiff City side. 

Although there is no really big name, this team is either going to be a solid lower midfield outfit or serious relegation contenders. 



Rob Green Free
Kepa Arrizabalaga £71.6m
Jorginho Undisclosed
Mateo Kovacic Loan

Maurizio Sarri will be happy with his signings in little under a month since he arrived.

Rob Green is obviously going to play backup but will be interesting to see if he gets nod ahead of Willy Caballero, who had a pitful World Cup this summer.

Arrizabalaga is definitely going to be an interesting prospect given his age and tag of being the most expensive goalkeeper ever.

Jorginho and Kovacic are two fantastic signings who will compliment N’Golo Kante in central midfield and provide plenty of creativity going forward. 

Given how late Chelsea started their transfer business, they have to be pleased with their signings despite losing Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid. 


Crystal Palace

Vicente Guaita Free
Cheikhou Kouyate  Undisclosed
Max Meyer Free
Jordan Ayew  Loan

Crystal Palace have enjoyed quite a strong summer with four impressive signings. 

Ayew and Kouyate are already proven Premier League stars who will add goals but Meyer could go either way.

Once hyped as Germany’s next big talent, Meyer seems to have lost his way so this move could well be the making of him if can deliver. 

Guaita’s signing definitely provides Roy Hodgson with a goalkeeping headache because the Spaniard, Wayne Hennessey and Julian Speroni all deserve the no.1 spot. 

In fact, the goalkeeper battle could be the main headline at many clubs this season, including Selhurst Park. 

In summary, the Eagles have done a great job in bringing in extra quality whilst retaining Wilfried Zaha’s services. 



Richarlison £35m
Lucas Digne £18m
Bernard Free
Andre Gomes Loan
Yerry Mina £27.19m
Kurt Zouma Loan

What a summer its been for Everton!!!

Three Barcelona stars brought in alongside two fine Brazilians and a potential future star in Zouma is something to marvel at, compared to the Toffees’ poor season last time out. 

Mina, Zouma and Digne will bring strong reinforcement to defence and the Colombian will be one to watch out for at set pieces this season.

Gomes, Bernard and Richarlison are three strong signings who will add quality to a midfield containing likes of; Ademola Lookman, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Morgan Schneiderlin.  

Marco Silva definitely should be happy with this transfer window, particularly after seeing off Chelsea and Manchester United for two of these players. 

Now, they need to justify the outlay with a cup  or top six finish this season. 



Calum Chambers Loan
Andre Schurrle Loan
Fabri Undisclosed
Maxime le Marchand Undisclosed
Jean Michael Seri Undisclosed
Aleksandar Mitrovic Undisclosed
Alfie Mawson £20m
Joe Bryan £6m
Sergio Rico Loan
Luciano Vietto Loan
Timothy Fosu-Mensah Loan
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa £22.3m

Fulham clearly have pulled together a strong squad with several battles looking likely for each position.

Fabri and Rico might be new to England but should give Marcus Bettinelli a good battle, after the 26 year old was kept out in recent years by the now departed David Button. 

With England goalkeeping selection open, this could be Bettinelli’s opportunity if he can nail down the no.1 spot and impress Gareth Southgate. 

Chambers. Mawson and Mensah could all start together with Chambers or Mensah going in at right back, whilst left-back is battle of newcomers as le Marchand fights Bryan for that spot. 

Midfield look just as strong as last season alongside the addition of Seri but the attack could be tasty. 

Mitrovic, Schurrle and Vietto will all be keen to start regularly up front, which has hallmarks of a strong battle. Luckily Schurrle is also a strong left winger, which will alleviate the heat of that battle depending on formation and tactics. 

Compared to other clubs, the Cottagers have spent big so will be interesting to see if their efforts pay off on the pitch. 


Huddersfield Town

Juninho Bacuna Undisclosed
Ben Hamer Free
Terence Kongolo £17.5m
Jonas Lossl Undisclosed
Ramadan Sobhi £5.7m
Adama Diakhaby Undisclosed
Erik Durm Undisclosed
Isaac Mbenza Loan

Having only just stayed up this season, Huddersfield have made a decent stab of this transfer window. 

Midfield in particularly looks strong following the signings of Diakhaby and Kongolo from Monaco, so expect the Terriers to be more of a midfield threat this time around. 

Hamer is a decent replacement for Rob Green but Lossl will definitely be their no.1 after an impressive debut season in Premier League.

Tom Ince’s departure for Stoke is disappointing but expect an improved showing on last season with these signings. 


Leicester City

James Maddison Undisclosed
Jonny Evans  £3.5m
Danny Ward  £12.5m
Ricardo Pereira  £17.7m
Rachid Ghezzal Undisclosed
Filip Benkovic Undisclosed
Caglar Soyuncu  Undisclosed

Leicester definitely look strong with defensive reinforcements and the arrival of new talent. 

Benkovic and Soyuncu are thought to be more of for future but with some veterans in their defence, we might see them sooner than might think. 

Evans and Pereira’s arrivals however will definitely give Wes Morgan and co a few thoughts with increased competition for starting spots. 

Ghezzal and Maddison both bring extra firepower which will reduce the impact of Riyad Mahrez’s departure to Manchester City. 

Ward meanwhile will just be Kasper Schmeichel’s understudy because the Dane won’t be dislodged from his starting spot in goal, except when injured. 

All in all, a decent summer with thoughts on both present and future whilst holding onto Harry Maguire.



Alisson  Undisclosed
Fabinho £39m
Naby Keita £48m
Xherdan Shaqiri  £13m 

Liverpool have had a brilliant transfer window in terms of spending the cash. 

Alisson might finally be the goalkeeper who Klopp needs after inconsistency from Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius. 

Fabinho and Henderson in central midfield could be a great pairing whilst Keita and Shaqiri are going to add extra danger in attack. 

Fabinho also brings versatility in that he can play at right back, which will allow Keita to drop deep to partner Henderson if needed, whilst allowing someone like Adam Lallana the chance to come into attacking midfield. 

Pressure will now be on the Reds to mount a title challenge to justify these big money signings. 


Manchester City

Riyad Mahrez £60m
Daniel Arzani Undisclosed

In what has been a quiet summer, Manchester City will be delighted to have kept hold of their squad, whilst finally landing Riyad Mahrez. 

Daniel Arzani is also another great signing after strong performances at the World Cup, although he will join their youth academy for now. 

In terms of exits, Guardiola and City have done great business to get £13.5m pound for Angus Gunn from Southampton and Hart is finally off the wage bill permanently.  

This has therefore without a doubt been a strong summer in terms of clearing out the unwanted players whilst bringing fresh talent. 


Manchester United 

Diogo Dalot Undisclosed
Fred  Undisclosed
Lee Grant Undisclosed

Jose Mourinho will be pacified by these signings although he wanted a centre back. 

Fred will definitely add more excitement to midfield alongside Paul Pogba so expect midfield to be the main area to watch till January. 

Dalot will be an interesting prospect but Grant is probably a panic buy and suggests that there is no goalkeeping talent amongst United’s youth ranks ready to promote.  

United now need to start preparing a January attack on the centre back market or this could be a season of little progress on last. 


Newcastle United 

Fabian Schar £3m
Martin Dubravka  Undisclosed
Ki Sung-yeung Free
Kenedy Loan
Yoshinori Muto Undisclosed
Solomon Rondon Loan
Federico Fernandez  £6m

Newcastle fans definitely should be frustrated because apart from Fernandez, Sung-yeung, Kenedy and Rondon, the rest are not what they had in mind entering the summer. 

Dubravka however looks like he could be impressive based on pre season form but this collection of new signings just leaves me feeling cold, in term of visualising where this team could go over the course of this season.

Sung-yeung, Rondon and Fernandez were all part of teams who went down last season which is another worry. 

This transfer window has frankly been dreadful and several Championship clubs have done a better job, with Leeds and Stoke being two notable names. 



Mohamed Elyounoussi Undisclosed
Stuart Armstrong £7m
Jannik Vestergaard Undisclosed
Angus Gunn £13.5m
Danny Ings Loan

Mark Hughes has done a steady job in this transfer window because he already has a quality squad to work with. 

Armstrong and Ings are decent replacements for Tadic and Boufal, although I am disappointed to see the former go because he was one of the Saints’ best players in my eyes. 

Elyounoussi is probably Tadic’s replacement so hopefully he can do as good a job as the Serbian did. 

Gunn’s arrival definitely will give Fraser Forster and Alex McCarthy some proper competition for the no.1 spot. 

Vestergaard feels like a defensive reinforcement who should hopefully add some quality to what was a leaky backline last season.

Overall, a decent window with room for improvement if needed come January. 


Tottenham Hotspur

If had to predict which club would become the first to make ZERO signings, bet nobody would of said Tottenham.

Well that is how quiet their summer has been, apart from a failed bid for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish to become the first team ever to not muster up at least one signing in any transfer window. 

I wonder if they have learned from Arsenal’s plight after moving into a new stadium and with squad already strong, decided to not spend this summer so they don’t end up like their North London rivals in spending little so recoup cost of new stadium.

If that is the case then it is a clever move that will pay off in coming seasons when can make some big signings. 



Ben Wilmot Undisclosed
Marc Navarro £1.8m
Gerard Deulofeu £11.5m
Ben Foster Undisclosed
Ken Sema  Undisclosed
Adam Masina Undisclosed
Domingos Quina Undisclosed

Watford are clearly looking ahead to the future with very youthful signings here aided by the experienced Foster. 

Deulofeu, Sema and Masina will probably go straight into the first team alongside Navarro but will be interesting to see how Quina and Wilmot develop over this season. 

Foster meanwhile is most definitely going to be battling Heurelho Gomes for the starting spot throughout this season, making that position one of the key battles at Vicarage Road this season. 


West Ham United

Lukasz Fabianski £7m
Issa Diop £22m
Ryan Fredericks Free
Felipe Anderson Undisclosed
Fabian Balbuena Undisclosed
Andriy Yarmolenko Undisclosed
Jack Wilshire  Free
Lucas Perez Undisclosed
Carlos Sanchez Undisclosed

Having landed a top manager in Manuel Pellegrini, West Ham have definitely given him a strong chance at success with these signings. 

Midfield in particularly looks fearsome with Yarmolenko and Anderson down flanks, plus Wilshire and Sanchez likely to be in central midfield. 

Perez will add another option going forward alongside the current trio of; Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez. 

Balbuena, Diop and Fredericks compliment what is already a decent defence if not improve it more. 

Fabianski definitely is a great signing given how consistent he can be, although Adrian will be keen to retain his no.1 spot in the team. 

This could in fact be a potential cup winning side depending on how Pellegrini treats those competitions, making this a fantastic summer of creating a strong platform for the season. 


Wolverhampton Wanderers

Rui Patricio  Free
Raul Jimenez Loan
Willy Boly £10m
Jonny Castro Otto Loan
Joao Moutinho £5m
Leander Dendoncker Loan

Wolves have been very wise in their transfer business, bringing in a major winner in Patricio amongst others. 

Boly impressed on loan last season so its great to see them make the deal permanent and bring in Castro Otto to potentially partner him. 

Moutinho will bring experience to midfield alongside Dendoncker who was part of Belgium’s World Cup squad. 

Jimenez should provide some decent competition to the likes of Helder Costa and Leo Bonatini, if can settle quickly and impress like he has done for Benfica in recent seasons.

Overall, this has been a strong window for Wolves who kept their best players whilst adding extra quality to their squad. 

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