Finally, the new Premier League season is about to begin. It is the most anticipated EPL season so far in recent years. Pep Guardiola is now the manager of Manchester City, Jose Mourinho is now at Manchester United and Koeman has also taken the hot seat at Everton. Jurgen Klopp, Arsene Wenger, Claudio Raneiri were already there. This really makes this season thrilling and exciting.
Last year, Leicester City did the unthinkable, defeating all odds as they won the Premier League title. After previous season’s fairytale, big clubs were expected to splash big money to produce a serious title challenge and as expected many big transfers were made in this summer. With still three weeks to go for the transfer market deadline, many clubs still have unfinished business and expect more transfers to happen.
With the recent sale of the Premier League’s television rights for a record £5.136bn, this was 71% above the last TV deal. As a result the team that finishes 20th next season will pocket £99m next season while those at the top of the table will pocket more than £150m in prize money.
This deal is expected to generate £5 billion for the Premier League. Due to this, even the “small” clubs are spending a lot of money in this transfer market and more money is expected to be spent. Clubs such as Middlesbrough have made stunning transfers like Victor Valdes, Negredo, Gaston Ramirez etc.
However; there is a twist in the tale. In June, UK opted to exit from European Union after a referendum in which a majority of people were in favour of leaving the EU. This led to the devaluation f the Pound and as a result the Premier League clubs are now having to pay 15 to 20% extra.
Transfers So Far:
We are going to show some major transfer activities in the market by EPL clubs.
Arsenal are having a quiet summer window so far. They bought midfielder Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach for an undisclosed fee [rumored to be around £40m] and he is the only high profile name to have joined the gunners so far. They have also bought Rob Holding from Bolton and a young Japanese lad Takami Asano.
Chelsea has signed young Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi from Marseille for a fee around £32m. They also have bought last season’s star N’Golo Kante from Leicester City for a fee of about £30m.
Everton signed Bassala Sambou from Coventry city for a compensation fee. They have also signed Fulham Goalkeeper Martin Steklenburg for an undisclosed fee as a replacement to the departing Tim Howard.
The defending champions have also done well in the transfer market, although they had to face the loss of Kante, who joined Chelsea. Leicester signed CSKA Moscow striker Ahmed Musa for a fee of around £16m. They signed Luis Hernandez from Sporting Gijon on a free transfer. Leicester also signed Nampalys Mendy from Nice for a fee around £16m. Other signings were Zeiler from Hannover 96 and Bartosz Kapustka from KS Cracovia on an undisclosed fee.
Liverpool signed Joel Matip from FC Schalke on a free transfer. They also signed Dutch International, Wijnaldum from Newcastle for £25m, defender Ragnar Klavan from Augsburg for £4.2m, Goalkeeper Loris Karius from FSV Mainz for £4.7m and their most expensive signing of this season, Sadio Mane from Southampton for £30m.
Since the arrival of Mourinho, Manchester United have been very busy in the transfer market. Manchester United signed Paul Pogba from Juventus for a world record transfer fee of £105m. Manchester United also signed the Bundesliga player of the season, Henrikh Mkhitaryan for around £26m from Borussia Dortmund as well as Zlatan Ibrahimovic from PSG on a free transfer. Young defender Eric Bailly was bought from Villarreal for £30m to shore up the defense.
Pep Guardiola has been very busy in the transfer market since his arrival. Manchester City has bought German Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund for fee rumored to be about £26m. They have also purchased Spanish winger Nolito from Celta Vigo for 13.8m, Leroy Sane from Schalke for a fee of around £37m and Gabreil Jesus from Palmeiras for £27m. Their most expensive signing was defender John stones from Everton for £50m with add ons.
Spurs have signed 21- year old striker Vincent Janssen for £17m from AZ Alkmaar. Their most noteworthy signing so far was Victor Wanyama from Southampton for a £11m fee.
Amongst the other clubs, Middlesbrough have been the most busy. They have signed Victor Fisher from Ajax, Victor Valdes on a free transfer, Alvaro Negredo from Valencia on a loan deal and Gaston Ramirez as well. West Ham signed Andre Ayew for £20.5m from Swansea city. Southampton signed Nathon Redmond from Norwich city and Hojberg from Bayern Munich for an undisclosed fee. Crystal Palace has also been active in the market. They have signed Andros Townsend from Newcastle United for £13m, Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda from Marseille for an undisclosed fee and James Tomkins from West Ham for £10m.
Amongst so called big clubs, the two Manchester clubs have been by far the busiest clubs in the transfer window. However, Middlesbrough has been stellar so far in the transfer window and their signings have gone under the radar. The London clubs have been quite too with Chelsea doing the best business amongst them. It will be interesting to see what all transfers do we get to see in the remaining three weeks of the transfer window.