In total English Premier League clubs spent £630 million during the window, a new record. This total also almost doubles the outlay of Spanish, Italian and French clubs during the same time. It has been a hugely exciting transfer window for the fans of most clubs (unless you’re a Newcastle fan), as many clubs have broken their transfer records and seen their clubs move on to the next level.
Undoubtedly the biggest signing of the window occurred on the final day, with Germany superstar Mesut Ozil moving from Real Madrid to Arsenal in a staggering £42.5 million deal, this deal now makes the Ozil the second most expensive transfer by a Premier League club, behind Fernando Torres. Ozil will be sure to enhance the already exciting attacking options that Arsenal possess and should make them a difficult team to play against, however it could lead to them being more susceptible to counter-attacks as they are still lacking a defensive midfielder to allow for players like Ozil and Cazorla to have the freedom to roam, without having to worry about tracking back. I feel Arsenal’s biggest mistake was not signing Luiz Gustavo from Bayern Munich, good on the ball and in the tackle, the Brazilian international would have been perfect in that role for the Gunners and I am still at a loss as to why they let that deal slip through their fingers. Another defender and striker may have also been required to make them genuine title contenders as if Giroud goes down injured, they will have very limited cover. They still lack any real depth to their squad which may prove costly, however this signing does give them the platform to build on and make a world-class squad.
Another big deadline day signing was Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United for a fee of £27.5 million. Having not made an offer for the player during the time which his release clause was still active this deal does seem a strange one and may have only be done out of desperation and the lack of options left in the window. Having already failed to land Thiago, De Rossi, Fabregas, Herrera, Modric and Sami Khedira during the window, the signing of Fellaini seems like a last resort despite the player being of high quality. It shocks me that a club of United’s size have been bullied in the transfer window as they have; when a club that size goes in publicly for a player like they have numerous times this summer, you would expect them to seal the deal. It also surprises me that massive clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal had to wait until deadline day to seal their deals, rather than doing their business early like Tottenham and Manchester City who bought very well during the window.
Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City were the big clubs who did the best business for me, with Spurs quickly realising the imminent departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, they acted quickly and spent over £100 million during the window, including players like Erik Lamela, Roberto Soldado and Paulinho. They seemed to have strengthened in all the key areas and they only thing to sort out for them now is to make those players gel as quickly as possible. It may go unnoticed that although they were the biggest spenders in the Premier League this summer, they still made a profit of £3.05 million which represents a successful window. Liverpool have prioritised the signings of younger players but their key signing of the summer is goalkeeper Simon Mignolet who has made an outstanding start to his time at Anfield. They should go close to the top four this season with more depth and the imminent return of Luis Suarez will only make them a better side. Manchester City were the second biggest spenders this summer, however it felt quite quiet for them as they did their business early, and without much fuss. Jesus Navas resolves a key problem of a lack of width from last season which ultimately saw them fall well short of eventual Champions Manchester United.
Cardiff City broke their transfer window three times and improve the spine of their team greatly, Southampton signed Victor Wanyama, Dejan Lovren and Daniel Osvaldo who are very highly-rated and some think it was a surprise that players of that calibre ended up at Saint Mary’s. Norwich are another club who have done good business, most notably the signings of Leroy Fer, Nathan Redmond, Gary Hooper and Ricky Van Wolfswinkel which should help propel them up the table.
Newcastle United are the team who have had the worst transfer window in my opinion, despite having done the majority of their business in the January window, they have spent nothing this summer and Loic Remy on loan from QPR is their only notable acquisition. Their fans will be wondering what on earth Joe Kinnear was doing this summer as he failed to deliver players to the club. They seem to be a club in disarray despite still having some talented players in the squad, they’ll still be safe this season though.