2019-20 Premier League: Summer Ins and Outs

With this summer’s Transfer Window now shut and over £1.4bn spent, clubs must now make do with their current first team squads until January so who has spent well and who has work to do in preparation for the Winter transfer window? 

Here we round up all the ins and outs from the first team at every Premier League club and analyse who has spent well and who got business to do when the window reopens in January. 

 

Arsenal

In: Gabriel Martinelli (£6m from Ituano), William Saliba (£27m from Saint Etienne), Nicolas Pepe (£72m from Lille), Dani Ceballos (Loan from Real Madrid), Kieran Tierney (£25m from Celtic), David Luiz (£8m from Chelsea)

Out: Petr Cech (Retired), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Free agent), Aaron Ramsey (Free to Juventus), Danny Welbeck (Free to Watford), David Ospina (£5m to Napoli), Takuma Asano (£900k to Partizan Belgrade), Laurent Koscielny (£4.6m to Bordeaux), Carl Jenkinson (£2m to Nottingham Forest), Alex Iwobi (£34m to Everton) William Saliba (Loan to Saint Etienne), Eddie Nketiah (Loan to Leeds)

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Unai Emery will be delighted with Arsenal’s business because Pepe, Ceballos and Martinelli will add extra attacking impotent, whilst Luiz and Tierney are two strong talents who will help shore up the defence. 

The decision to do an immediate loan back for Saliba is a wise decision on Arsenal’s part because I personally think that he could do with another season of nurturing at Saint Etienne, before making the move to London and he will get regular game time in Ligue 1. 

In terms of outgoings, the only real absentee will be Koscielny given his experience but Luiz will fill that void because the rest either haven’t made much impact or been injury liabilities, although in Nketiah’s case like Saliba, he needs regular game time if he is to become a top Arsenal player in coming seasons. 

 

Aston Villa

In: Jota (Undisclosed from Birmingham City), Anwar El Ghazi (Undisclosed from Lille), Wesley (£22m from Club Brugge), Kortney Hause (£3m from Wolverhampton Wanderers), Matt Targett (£11.5m from Southampton), Tyrone Mings (£20m from Bournemouth), Ezri Konsa (Undisclosed from Brentford), Bjorn Engels (Undisclosed from Rennes), Trezeguet (£8.75m from Kasimpasa), Douglas Luiz (Undisclosed from Manchester City), Tom Heaton (£8m from Burnley), Marvelous Nakamba (Undisclosed from Club Brugge)

Out: Gary Gardner (Undisclosed to Birmingham City), Albert Adomah (Free to Nottingham Forest), Mark Bunn (Free), Ritchie De Laet (Free to Royal Antwerp), Tommy Elphick (Free to Huddersfield), Alan Hutton (Free), Mile Jedinak (Free), Ross McCormack (Free), Micah Richards (Retired), Glenn Whelan (Free), Andre Green (Loan to Preston North End), Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Loan to Tranmere Rovers), Scott Hogan (Loan to Stoke City), James Bree (Loan to Luton Town)

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Having lost a large majority of last season’s squad, Dean Smith has had quite the rebuild to do and I am glad that he hasn’t simply done a Fulham because he has carefully added quality like Heaton, Targett and Luiz who will enhance the squad’s potential. 

My only concern though is that Aston Villa only have three strikers whilst there is 12 midfielders on the books, which either suggests an attacking style or they definitely expect to do business in January once identified suitable forwards whilst offloading unwanted midfielders. 

As for their outgoings, I feel that the correct players have left although McCormack perhaps could of stayed to bolster their strike force, but he would of been fourth choice anyway so better that he has left.

Overall, this has been a solid summer of spending but the key will be in whether this squad can gel quickly and challenge for a comfortable midfield position come Christmas. 

 

Bournemouth

In: Lloyd Kelly (£13m from Bristol City), Jack Stacey (£4m from Luton Town), Philip Billing (Undisclosed from Huddersfield Town), Arnaut Danjuma (£13.7m from Club Brugge), Harry Wilson (Loan from Liverpool)

Out: Emerson Hyndman (loan to Atlanta United), Marc Pugh (Free to QPR), Tyrone Mings (£20m to Aston Villa), Connor Mahoney (Undisclosed to Millwall), Lys Mousset (£10m to Sheffield United), Harry Arter (Loan to Fulham),

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For Eddie Howe, this summer has really been about holding onto key players like Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson but he has added well to a shaky defence whilst his last three signings will provide plenty of reinforcement to an injury depleted midfield and Wilson definitely will be one to watch after his performances at Derby last season. 

He has also been sensible in his outgoings because Pugh and Arter no longer fits in with the Cherries’ vision whilst Mahoney, Mings and Mousset all deserve to go to clubs who will provide them with regular game time. 

In summary, it has been a quiet summer at the Vitaly Stadium with plenty of intelligence used ahead of spending just to keep up with their midfield rivals which must be praised. 

 

Brighton & Hove Albion

In: Matthew Clarke (Undisclosed from Portsmouth), Leandro Trossard (£18m from Genk), Todd Miller (Undisclosed from Colchester United), Adam Webster (£20m from Bristol City), Neal Maupay (Undisclosed from Brentford), Aaron Mooy (Loan from Huddersfield Town

Out: Bruno (Retired), Richie Towell (Free to Salford), Anthony Knockaert (Loan to Fulham), Christian Walton (Loan to Blackburn), Percy Tau (Loan to Club Brugge)

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With Graham Potter now in charge at the Amex, this has been an interesting summer of reinforcement and I am excited to see what Neal Maupay can do in the Premier League alongside Glenn Murray after impressing for Brentford last season in the Championship.

Mooy meanwhile will provide the midfield with extra solidness but I feel that loaning out Knockaert could backfire because when on form, the Frenchman could be a key player going forward and goals is what Brighton need if are to survive. 

As for the other outgoings, they are all quite young and if can take advantage of their loan placements, we should hopefully see Brighton’s future look strong but Bruno’s experience will be a huge loss for this season. 

We therefore shouldn’t read too much into Brighton’s transfer business until after the first international break, because this team is going to either be comfortable midfield contenders or relegation strugglers. 

 

Burnley

In: Erik Pieters (Undisclosed fee from Stoke City), Jay Rodriguez (Undisclosed from West Bromwich Albion), Bailey Peacock-Farrell (Undisclosed from Leeds), Danny Drinkwater (Loan from Chelsea)

Out: Peter Crouch (Retired), Anders Lindegaard (Free to Helsingborg), Stephen Ward (Free to Stoke City), Tom Heaton (£8m to Aston Villa), Nakhi Wells (Loan to QPR)

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There is usually nothing much going on at Turf Moor and it has been the same this summer although Rodriguez will provide serious competition for Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes up front. 

Pieters and Drinkwater meanwhile will add valuable experience but I am very excited about the Goalkeeper battle that will be unfolding between Pope, Hart and Peacock-Farrell now that Heaton and Lindegaard have both departed because Peacock-Farrell could give Pope and Hart their toughest fights yet for a starting spot. 

Crouch’s retirement wasn’t really surprising but his aerial presence will certainly be missed, whilst Ward and Wells definitely aren’t strong enough to be part of this Burnley squad and have wisely moved in search of regular football. 

 

Chelsea

In: Mateo Kovacic (£40.5m from Real Madrid)

Out: Robert Green (Retired), Gary Cahill (Free), Eden Hazard (£90m to Real Madrid), Ola Aina (£9m to Torino), Eduardo (Free to Braga), Jay DaSilva (£2.2m to Bristol City), Tomas Kalas (£8.1m to Bristol City), Victor Moses (Loan to Fenerbahce), Alvaro Morata (Loan to Atletico Madrid), Mario Pasalic (Loan to Atalanta), Charly Musonda (Loan to Vitesse), Ethan Ampadu (Loan to RB Leipzig), Jake Clarke-Salter (Loan to Birmingham City), Matt Miazga (Loan to Reading), Lewis Baker (Loan to Fortuna Dusseldorf), Izzy Brown (Loan to Luton Town)

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With a transfer ban hanging over Stamford Bridge, Kovacic realistically was their only signing given that he had been on loan last season and formed a great partnership with Jorginho. 

That meant that there would be plenty of outgoings which included the sale of Eden Hazard, who will certainly be a tough miss this season for the Blues with his 16 league goals and assists last season but got a great price out of Real Madrid for him which is a positive for their transfer budget.

Cahill and Green will also be huge misses given their top flight experience but I am glad to see Chelsea beginning to clear some of their youth decks with the permanent sales of Aina and Kalas amongst others but more players like Pasalic and Baker should consider moving on for stability and there is realistically no future for them under Lampard. 

Saying that, Lampard worked wonders with Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori at Derby last season so if he can clear the big hitters and promote more youngsters, perhaps there is still hope for those loanees of establishing themselves at the Bridge in coming seasons. 

Either way, I think that we are going to see a different Chelsea this season and January will be crucial to forming Lampard’s vision for the club, seeing as he ruthlessly dispersed with Luiz on Deadline Day. 

 

Crystal Palace

In: Stephen Henderson (Free from Nottingham Forest), Jordan Ayew (£2.5m from Swansea), Gary Cahill (Free from Chelsea), Victor Camarasa (Loan from Real Betis), James McCarthy (Undisclosed from Everton)

Out: Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£50m to Manchester United), Jason Puncheon (Free to Pafos), Bakary Sako (Free to Denizlispor), Pape Souare (Free to Troyes), Julian Speroni (Free)

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Crystal Palace will consider keeping hold of Wilfried Zaha as their greatest victory this summer, whilst adequately replacing their departures with solid signings because Cahill will add extra leadership which hasn’t really been present much at Palace in recent seasons.

Wan-Bissaka however will be a huge miss defensively with over one hundred tackles and clearances apiece but as for the other exits, they simply aren’t good enough for the top flight now excluding Speroni who deserves to enjoy his retirement if he doesn’t find a club soon.

All in all, this has been a quiet summer at Palace so expect them to be doing business in January to boost their squad. 

 

Everton

In: Andre Gomes (£22m from Barcelona), Jonas Lossl (Free from Huddersfield Town), Fabian Delph (Undisclosed from Manchester City), Jean Phillipe Gbamin (Undisclosed from Mainz 05), Moise Keane (Undisclosed from Juventus), Djibril Sidibe (Loan from AS Monaco)

Out: Phil Jagielka (Free to Sheffield United), Ashley Williams (Free agent), Nikola Vlasic (£14m to CSKA Moscow), Brendan Galloway (Free to Luton Town), Ademola Lookman (Undisclosed to RB Leipzig), Idrissa Gueye (Undisclosed to PSG), James McCarthy (Undisclosed to Crystal Palace), Matthew Pennington (Loan to Hull City), Mo Besic (Loan to Sheffield United)

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What a summer Everton have had because they have really strengthened their squad despite several departures.

I am delighted that Gomes has now signed permanently because he was one of Everton’s brightest stars last season, and should provide strong attacking intent for Kean to latch onto and score from.

Delph and Gbamin will provide decent cover in midfield whilst Sidibe is a promising player who will provide extra quality in defence, and Lossl is a great alternative to Jordan Pickford.

I am however slightly concerned by central defence because there are only four centre-backs but if there are any injury crisises in that area, it offers an opportunity for youngsters until January.

In summary, this has been a strong summer but there is still work to do in January, especially on Marcos Rojo.

 

Leicester City

In: James Justin (£6m from Luton), Ayoze Perez (£30m from Newcastle), Youri Tielemans (Undisclosed from AS Monaco), Dennis Praet (£18m)

Out: Shinji Okazaki (Free to Malaga), Danny Simpson (Free agent), Harry Maguire (£80m to Manchester United), Callum Elder (Undisclosed to Hull)

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You could argue that Leicester haven’t really spent much on improving their squad but Brendan Rogers is a shrewd manager who knows where to improve, so am holding back overall judgment on Leicester’s business until September.

One thing that I will say is that all four signings are of great quality and if Tielemans can hit the ground running immediately, he is going to be a key player this season whilst Perez will add extra pace and goals.

In terms of departures, I am glad that Leicester didn’t let Maguire go to Manchester United on the cheap because he is worth every penny of that £80m.

Okazaki and Simpson meanwhile were just part of the old Leicester and have sensibly been released, although I am disappointed to see Elder not given a chance but he will receive plenty of game time at Hull which he wouldn’t get under Rogers.

Rogers will therefore consider this a solid summer with plenty of cash left over for further business in January. 

 

Liverpool

In: Sepp van den Berg (£1.3m from PEC Zwolle), Harvey Elliot* (Fulham), Adrian (Free from West Ham)

Out: Daniel Sturridge (Free agent), Alberto Moreno (Free to Villarreal), Adam Bogdan (Free agent), Rafael Carmacho (£5m to Sporting CP), Danny Ings (£20m to Southampton), Simon Mignolet (£6.4m to Club Brugge)

*Liverpool and Fulham will go to a tribunal to settle the fee for Elliot.

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It’s been a quiet summer at Anfield with focus on clearing out the injury liabilities and bringing in two youngsters for the future.

Adrian however is the surprise signing because he doesn’t feel like a Liverpool player but with Mignolet out the door, he is a reliable replacement who will provide Liverpool with a better chance in the Cup competitions.

I am however disappointed to not see investment in the left-back position because if Robertson and Milner both get seriously injured, Klopp is screwed until January when he can get into the market and sign a solid back-up.

 

Manchester City

In: Angelino (£5.35m from PSV Eindhoven), Rodri (£62.8m from Atletico Madrid), Zach Steffen (£7m from Columbus Crew), Joao Cancelo (£60m + Danilo swap from Juventus), Scott Carson (Loan from Derby)

Out: Vincent Kompany (Free to Anderlecht), Fabian Delph (£10m to Everton), Douglas Luiz (Undisclosed to Aston Villa), Patrick Roberts (Loan to Norwich City), Jack Harrison (Loan to Leeds United), Aro Muric (Loan to Nottingham Forest), Zach Steffen (Loan to Fortuna Dusseldorf)

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With a top squad already on the books, Pep Guardiola has cleverly focused on strengthening his squad with a solid collection of signings in Angelino, Rodri and Cancelo whilst Steffen is one for the future.

In terms of outgoings, Kompany definitely was beginning to enter his twilight years and Anderlecht is a new challenge for him.

Delph and Luiz meanwhile were only spare players under Guardiola and should fare better now they have moved on, but Roberts and Muric will gain valuable experience whilst out on loan, ahead of potentially graduating into the first team next season.

 

Manchester United

In: Daniel James (Undisclosed from Swansea City), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£50m from Crystal Palace), Harry Maguire (£80m from Leicester City)

Out: Ander Herrera (Free to PSG), Antonio Valencia (Free to LDU Quito), James Wilson (Free to Aberdeen), Dean Henderson (Loan to Sheffield United), Romelu Lukaku (£74m to Inter Milan)

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have mixed feelings about Man Utd’s business this summer because he got his three key signings but is probably frustrated by Ed Woodward’s dealings because there has been a series of errors on his part, including;

  • Lukaku’s deal not being completed until Deadline Day, leaving no time to find a replacement striker.
  • Maguire not being signed sooner despite the £80m already being available to spend, leaving little time to focus on other targets like Sean Longstaff who will become more expensive by next summer.
  • Failing to offload a couple of unreliable defenders like Smalling and Rojo, although Everton were keen to loan the latter but United wanted to sell when a sensible compromise would of been a loan with obligation to buy deal.

 

If I am being honest, January is going to be crucial for Woodward because he needs to buck up his quickly and make any necessary signings otherwise he could pay with his job, especially after selling their Women’s team captain – Alex Greenwood to Lyon for just £37k which just about sums up his car crash of a summer transfers wise.

Gunnar-Solskjaer meanwhile will have to make do with his current squad and make early preparations for January which will now potentially define United’s season. 

 

Newcastle United

In: Joelinton (£40M from Hoffenheim), Allan Saint-Maximin (£20m from Nice), Emil Krafth (£5m from Amiens), Jetro Willems (Loan from Eintracht Frankfurt), Andy Carroll (Free from West Ham) 

Out: Mohamed Diame (Free to Al Ahli), Ayoze Perez (£30m to Leicester City), Joselu (£1.7m to Alaves), Freddie Woodman (Loan to Swansea City), Jacob Murphy (Loan to Sheffield Wednesday)

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Newcastle have literally had the most dumbfounding summer because to fail to keep hold of Rafa Benitez then sign a poor striker in Joelinton with a terrible goal record, spits of woeful transfer strategy and no wonder Benitez said he isn’t worth £20m. 

Krafth and Williems meanwhile were unnecessary signing with both fullback positions already covered well, meaning that they face tough battles to even start regularly which is worrying.

Saint-Maxim is another wasteful signing because the winger positions are also strongly covered, leaving Andy Carroll as the only decent signing because despite his injury liability, he is still a good striker and suitable replacement for Perez who was sold at a reasonable price.

Newcastle however have let the right players go because Diame and Joselu didn’t really contribute much last season, whilst Woodman and Murphy need regular game time.

All in all, this has been a questionable summer for Newcastle and I can’t see much improvement with Bruce in charge.

 

Norwich City

In: Josip Drmic (Free from Borussia Monchengladbach), Sam Byram (Undisclosed from West Ham), Patrick Roberts (Loan from Manchester City), Ralf Fahrmann (Loan from Schalke 04), Ibrahim Amadou (Loan from Sevilla)

Out: Matt Jarvis (Free agent), Steven Naismith (Free to Hearts), Ivo Pinto (Free to Dinamo Zagreb), Yanic Wildschut (Free to Maccabi Haifa), Nelson Oliveira (Undisclosed to AEK Athens), Ben Marshall (Free agent), Sean Raggett (Loan to Portsmouth), James Husband (Loan to Blackpool), Carlton Morris (Loan to Rotherham)

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If Norwich’s transfer business says anything, it is that they’re looking ahead to the future with just the above five signings going into the first team despite signing nine players this summer.

Drmic in particular is an odd choice because hasn’t scored many in past few seasons, and in that case, keeping Oliveira surely would of been a better option given that he is similar to Drmic.

Daniel Farke meanwhile has released the right players because none of them clearly fits his vision, although I wonder where Raggett stands because since joining the Canaries he has been out on loan three times without being handed a proper first team opportunity.

Either way, Farke clearly believes in his squad but I can see more reinforcements being added in January if are fighting relegation.

 

Sheffield United

In: Luke Freeman (Undisclosed from QPR), Phil Jagielka (Free from Everton), Callum Robinson (Undisclosed from Preston North End), Ravel Morrison (Free from Ostersunds), Lys Mousset (£10m from Bournemouth), Ben Osborn (Undisclosed from Nottingham Forest), Oli McBurnie (£20m from Swansea City), Dean Henderson (Loan from Manchester United), Mo Besic (Loan from Everton), Michael Verrips (Free from KV Mechelenon)

Out: Martin Cranie (Free to Luton Town), Paul Coutts (Free to Fleetwood Town), Conor Washington (Free to Hearts), Ched Evans (Undisclosed to Fleetwood Town), Mark Duffy (Loan to Stoke City)

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Sheffield United have definitely been busy adding a strong mix of youth and experience which should stand them in good stead for the next two seasons, regardless of if they survive or get relegated.

I therefore have no quarrels about any of Chris Wilder’s signings because he hasn’t panicked like Fulham did last season and instead brought wisely throughout the summer, whilst releasing those who aren’t Premier League material.

As for any further business, it is currently hard to see where they can improve their squad until we really get into this season so expect the Blades to be ones to watch in the coming months.

 

Southampton

In: Che Adams (Undisclosed from Birmingham City), Moussa Djenepo (Undisclosed from Standard Liege), Danny Ings (£20m from Liverpool), Kevin Danso (Loan from Augsburg)

Out: Matt Targett (Undisclosed to Aston Villa), Sam Gallagher (Undisclosed to Blackburn Rovers), Jordy Clasie (Undisclosed to AZ Alkmaar), Josh Sims (Loan to New York Red Bulls), Harrison Reed (Loan to Fulham)

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Ralph Hasenhuttl will be pleased with Southampton’s incomings because Danso adds extra quality to defence whilst Adams, Djenepo and the returning Ings are all valuable boosts to a sloppy attacking side who struggled for goals in the last two seasons.

I am however surprised that Targett has left because he could of developed into a strong Saints regular unlike Gallagher and Clasie, who just don’t fit Hasenhuttl’s vision so have wisely been sold.

Sims and Reed meanwhile will gain valuable experience on loan and will be interesting to see if either players can maximise their opportunities to eventually break into the first team.

All in all, a solid summer at St Marys but expect more business to be done in January once more suitable targets become clear and available.

 

Tottenham Hotspur

In: Jack Clarke (£10m from Leeds United), Tanguy Ndombele (£63m from Lyon), Giovani Lo Celso (Loan from Real Betis), Ryan Sessegnon (£25m from Fulham)

Out: Michel Vorm (Free agent), Fernando Llorente (Free agent), Kieran Trippier (£20m to Atletico Madrid), Vincent Janssen (£6.3m to Monterrey), Jack Clarke (Loan to Leeds), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Loan to Stoke City)

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Finally Tottenham are back on the transfer scene after sitting out both windows last season, and they have justifiably spent big on young talent.

Clarke looks like a signing for the future once Moura or Son departs whilst Ndombele and Lo Celso will freshen up a flagging midfield, which has been fairly static for the last few seasons.

Sessegnon meanwhile will add extra pace down the left flank and energise that part of the pitch, given that the right flank seemed to be where most of the action happened last season.

Mauricio Pochettino has also released the right players although Trippier’s pace will be missed down the right, but he deserves a new challenge at Atletico Madrid given that there are plenty of right-backs still available at the club.

 

Watford

In: Craig Dawson (Undisclosed from West Bromwich Albion), Tom Dele-Bashiru (Free from Manchester City), Danny Welbeck (Free from Arsenal), Ismaila Sarr (Undisclosed from Rennes)

Out: Miguel Britos (Free agent), Tommie Hoban (Free agent), Obbi Oulare (Undisclosed to Standard Liege), Dodi Lukebakio (Undisclosed to Hertha BSC), Jerome Sinclair (Loan to VVV-Venlo), Marc Navarro (Loan to Leganes), Ben Wilmot (Loan to Swansea City), Kwasi Sibo (Loan to Ibiza)

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Having enjoyed a great season last time round, Watford will be happy to have clung onto their key players whilst Craig Dawson is a solid replacement for Britos and Hoban in defence.

Welbeck and Sarr actually excite me because they will add something different to the Hornets’ attack, although they will now be expected to enjoy deep cup runs given the quality in their forward line.

As for exits, Javi Garcia has gotten rid of the right people who will get plenty of game time elsewhere, especially Sinclair who will hopefully find his feet now aboard after a difficult few seasons on home soil.

This summer therefore has been solid for Watford and I can’t wait to see what they can do this season.

 

West Ham United

In: Pablo Fornals (£24m from Villarreal), David Martin (Free from Millwall), Roberto (Free from Espanyol), Sebastien Haller (£45m from Eintracht Frankfurt), Goncalo Cardoso (Undisclosed from Boavista), Albian Ajeti (Undisclosed from Basel)

Out: Adrian (Free to Liverpool), Andy Carroll (Free), Toni Martinez (Free to Famalicao), Samir Nasri (Free to Anderlecht), Josh Pask (Free to Coventry City), Edimilson Fernandes (Undisclosed to Mainz 05), Lucas Perez (Undisclosed to Deportivo Alaves), Marko Arnautovic (£23m to Shanghai SPIG), Sam Byram (Undisclosed to Norwich City), Pedro Obiang (Undisclosed to Sassuolo), Marcus Browne (Undisclosed to Middlesbrough), Reece Oxford (Undisclsoed to Augsburg), Jordan Hugil (Loan to QPR), Josh Cullen (Loan to Charlton Athletic), Grady Diangana (Loan to West Bromwich Albion)

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After an injury wrecked season, West Ham have definitely added plenty of reinforcement with Fornals, Haller and Ajeti all bolstering Manuel Pellegrini’s attacking options.

Cardoso meanwhile is an welcome youthful addition to what is already solid selection of centre-backs, with an combined average age of 25.8 years old which offers Pellegrini plenty of options in Cup games.

Martin and Roberto meanwhile are two solid back-ups to Lukasz Fabianski, although expect to see them play more in the cups than league whilst Trott is out on loan gaining regular game time.

In terms of outgoings, there isn’t many who I would miss apart from Adrian who has been a reliable player for the Hammers over the years, plus Pedro Obiang who has been a big part of West Ham’s progress in recent years and will be missed in midfield given that there are just two defensive midfielders in the squad now.

Overall, this has been a solid summer of change at the Olympic Stadium although Adrian and Obiang’s departures are the most questionable given their quality.

 

Wolverhampton Wanderers

In: Raul Jimenez (£30m from Benfica), Leander Dendoncker (£12m from Anderlecht), Patrick Cutrone (Undisclosed from AC Milan), Jesus Vallejo (loan from Real Madrid)

Out: Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Undisclosed to Shrewsbury Town), Michael Zyro (Free to Korona Kielce), Kortney Hause (£3m to Aston Villa), Jack Ruddy (Free to Ross County), Helder Costa (Loan to Leeds United), Ivan Cavaleiro (Loan to Fulham) Rafa Mir (Loan to Nottingham Forest), Will Norris (Loan to Ipswich Town)

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Despite starting their season early due to Europa League qualifiers, Wolves have definitely strengthened by making Jimenez and Dendoncker’s loan deals permanent after great performances last season. 

Cutrone however is a classy signing from AC Milan and a signal of Nuno Espirito-Santo’s aspirations, whilst Vallejo will be an interesting prospect to watch given that he is joining from Real Madrid on loan. 

As for outgoings, Espirito-Santo has let the right players go because they don’t fit the club’s vision going forward so will be interesting to see how Wolves cope this season with their squad and the Thursday-Sunday routine most weeks. 

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