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EPL Summer Transfer Window Power Rankings: Who's Doing the Best Business?

Tom SunderlandFeatured Columnist IVOctober 8, 2016

EPL Summer Transfer Window Power Rankings: Who's Doing the Best Business?

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    Although we’ve still a month to go until the summer transfer window officially opens for business, those keen to take the initiative in their off-season rebuilding are already making strides in the European market.

    Updated on a weekly basis, these power rankings will grade each Premier League outfit on a proportional scale, meaning that even the smallest of sides has a chance at the top spot if shrewd enough in their negotiations.

    Should a club experience a drop in placement, it doesn’t necessarily indicate any bad business, just that those around them have simply done better.

    An asterisk(*) indicates that the mentioned transfer dealing will be officially announced on July 1, 2013.

20. Everton

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    Movement: Down One

    Transfers In: None

    Transfers Out: David Moyes (Manager)

    Widely renowned for operating on a shoestring budget when it comes to the transfer window, it’s no surprise to see that Everton has yet to spend a penny in the summer transfer window.

    In fact, it’s probably safe to say that not much money will be leaving the pocket of owner Bill Kenwright until the club appoints a manager, someone who will come in with a list of targets already in mind.

    The Guardian points out Roberto Martinez as a favourite to land the position, vacated by the departure of longstanding Goodison Park hero, David Moyes.

18= Newcastle United

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    Movement: Down One

    Transfers In: None

    Transfers Out: None

    Tied for 18th spot, there’s been very little (in fact nothing) to talk about at St. James’ Park this summer. It appears Newcastle United has chosen to make the most of their postseason holiday before getting back to business.

    That being said, photos have emerged online regarding a dinner party held at the home of club captain, Fabricio Coloccini, which the Mirror has dubbed “The Last Supper” thanks to rumours that the Argentine may leave the Magpies this summer.

18= Tottenham Hotspur

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    Movement: Down Eight

    Transfers In: None

    Transfers Out: None

    Also guilty of resting on their laurels so far this summer, not a face has been handed a Tottenham contract nor a boot out the White Hart Lane exit, though that’s not for a lack of rumours.

    The coming months at Spurs will be all about retention, however, as speculation continues to swirl around the future of Welsh superstar Gareth Bale, whom the Guardian’s David Hytner suggested would listen to an offer from Real Madrid. 

17. Southampton

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    Movement: Down One

    Transfers In: None

    Transfers Out: Dan Seaborne (Free)

    With Dan Seaborne, reported by Sky Sports as the only likely departure from St. Mary’s at the moment, the south coast club is going through a bit of a lull in preparation for the coming campaign.

    That being said, the value of offloading unnecessary wages is a bit of business not to be underestimated, and pitches the Saints just above some of their less active Premier League opponents.

16. Hull City

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    Movement: Up Two

    Transfers In: None

    Transfers Out: Danny East (Portsmouth, Free), Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth, Free) – Both deals become official July 1, 2013.

    Taking a club to the Premier League for the third time in his career, Steve Bruce is no stranger to the step up in quality needed when compared to the Championship.

    That being said, the Hull City boss is yet to conduct any purchasing this time around. It has been reported by BBC Sport That Hll City is close to the permanent signature of Ahmed Elmohamady, the second time Bruce will have signed the midfielder.

15. Crystal Palace

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    Movement: Up Five

    Transfers In: Stephen Dobbie (Brighton, Undisclosed)

    Transfers Out: Jermaine Easter (Millwall, Free)

    After struggling to make much of an impact on Swansea City’s Premier League proceedings during his time at the club, Stephen Dobbie will have another bit at the top flight cherry after Sky Sports announced that the Scotsman would be joining Crystal Palace on a permanent basis.

    As well as sealing Dobbie’s signature, the club was reported by BBC Sport as having let Jermaine Eater leave Selhurst Park for Millwall. This trims some wages off their bill as well as reduces the squad’s average age thanks to the 31-year-old’s exit.

14. West Brom

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    Movement: Down One

    Transfers In: None

    Transfers Out: Jerome Thomas (Released), Gonzalo Jara (Released)

    Rather than focusing on current transfer news, this week has seen West Brom embroiled in regards to a transfer of the past after it emerged that Claudio Yacob’s move to the Hawthorns may have been done through illicit means.

    However, as reported by the Express, the club says that the Argentine’s move was legitimate, dismissing any notions of wrongdoing in the deal.

    Aside from that, the Baggies are yet to make any real transfer moves, and have only the releasing of Jerome Thomas and Gonzalo Jara to brag about so far this summer.

13. Stoke City

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    Movement: Up One

    Transfers In: Mark Hughes (Manager)

    Transfers Out: Tony Pulis (Manager), Michael Owen (Retired), Rory Delap (Free)

    After Tony Pulis was shown the Britannia Stadium exit last week, Mark Hughes was swiftly appointed the club’s new boss by chairman Peter Coates.

    Given some of Hughes’ more recent management tenures, the former Blackburn, Manchester City and QPR boss hasn’t received the warmest of welcomes at Stoke City and his first move will be to revamp a tired-looking squad, albeit, under a tighter budget than he’s grown used to.

12. Swansea City

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    Movement: Down One

    Transfers In: Jose Canas* (Real Betis, Free)

    Transfers Out: None

    Although the deal is yet to be made official, Goal.com and numerous media outlets corroborate that the conclusion of Jose Canas’ deal with Real Betis in July will signal the beginning of the Spaniard’s Swansea City career.

    Laudrup's agent has again come out with some interesting quotes about Jose Canas - bbc.co.uk/sport/0/footba…

    — The Swansea Way (@TheSwanseaWay) May 28, 2013

    A defensive midfielder, Canas would solve one particular void in Micahel Laudrup’s side and the Dane can only pray that the anchorman has as much of an impact on proceedings as his last La Liga pickup, Michu.

11. Manchester United

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    Movement: Down Eight

    Transfers In: David Moyes (Manager), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace, £10m + add-ons)

    Transfers Out: Sir Alex Ferguson (ex-Manager)

    Having taken the reins of a club as big as Manchester United, David Moyes is perhaps feeling more pressure in the transfer market now than he would have with infamous low-ballers, Everton.

    As of yet, the Scotsman is yet to spend a dime and his only summer arrival so far will be Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace, a move engineered and finalised by his Red Devils predecessor, Sir Alex Ferguson.

    That being said, Moyes’ very arrival is an exciting one, and anticipation surrounding just how well the red-headed helmsman will do at Old Trafford remains tangible.

10. Cardiff City

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    Movement: Down Three

    Transfers In: Promotions for numerous youth products

    Transfers Out: Heidar Helguson (Retired), Stephen McPhail (Released), Nathaniel Jarvis (Released)

    With only several youth promotions to speak of in terms of first-team reinforcements, Cardiff City’s predicted summer spending spree is yet to really kick into gear.

    That being said, the releasing of veterans Heidar Helguson and Stephen McPhail gives Maly Mackay the chance to breathe some new life into the midfield and attack of his squad, as well its average age.

9. Manchester City

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    Movement: No Change

    Transfers In: None

    Transfers Out: Roberto Mancini (Manager), Kolo Toure (Liverpool, Free), Ryan McGivern (Hibernian, Free), Omar Elabdellaoui (Eintracht Braunschweig, Free)

    One of several on-going managerial sagas at the head of the Premier League, Manchester City has still yet to appoint a boss as a replacement to Robert Mancini, although BBC News tips Mancuel Pellegrini as being very close to committing.

    Even without a manager at their helm, the club facilitated the release of veteran Kolo Toure last week, who has since signed for Liverpool in a deal that works well for both teams.

8. West Ham

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    Movement: Down Three

    Transfers In: Razvan Rat (Shakhtat Donetsk, Free)

    Transfers Out: Carlton Cole (Released), Eoin Wearen (Released)

    Although an aging star, West Ham’s signing of Romanian stalwart and former Ukrainian league giant, Razvan Rat, is not a transfer that should be underestimated at this stage.

    The 32-year-old has spent the last few years of his career competing in the Champions League and at the summit of Ukrainian football with Shakhtar Donetsk, and still has a lot to give to the English top flight.

    On top of Rat, the Hammers are also alleged to have struck a deal with West Ham for the signature of Andy Carroll, a £15m transfer that the Liverpool Echo reports will be announced this coming week.

    Wherever my future lies I will alwaysfeel a part of the mighty hammers! Cheers! Xxx

    — Carlton Cole (@CarltonCole1) May 25, 2013

    Apart from those two deals, departures are the only other thing worthy of discussion at Upton Park. Long-term servant Carlton Cole failed to agree to a new contract and left West Ham along with Eoin Wearen.

7. Liverpool

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    Movement: Down One

    Transfers In: Kolo Toure (Manchester City, Free),

    Transfers Out: Danny Wilson (Hearts, Free)

    Out with the young and in with the old, isn’t that what they say? At least that’s the transfer policy Liverpool has operated on so far this summer, shipping Danny Wilson off to Hearts on a permanent deal before the Guardian’s confirmation that Kolo Toure, 32, would be arriving as his replacement.

    Along with that deal, the Telegraph has reported that Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas will join the Reds for around £9 million. However, that deal has so far yet to have been completed.

6. Aston Villa

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    Movement: Up Six

    Transfers In: None

    Transfers Out: Stilyan Petrov (Retired – now in coaching staff role), Richard Dunne* (Released), Eric Lichaj* (Released), Andy Marshall* (Released), Jean Makoun* (Stade Rennais, Undisclosed)

    Why is Aston Villa so high without bringing a single player in, you might ask? The power of squad space is a wonderful thing to a Premier League manager and like many stereotypical pastors might say, “The release will set you free.”

    So far this summer, Sky Sports has announced that Premier League stalwart Richard Dunne has played his last Aston Villa game and will leave the club in the coming weeks while the Birmingham Mail say Eric Lichaj will also head for the exit upon the expiration of his current deal, set to end in June.

    On top of that, BBC Sport announced earlier in May that Jean Makoun would finally clear some space on the wage list after an unnoticeable Villa tenure while Leukaemia survivor, Stilyan Petrov, has taken a coaching role with the squad.

5. Arsenal

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    Movement: Up Three

    Transfers In: None

    Transfers Out: Denilson (Released), Andrei Arshavin* (Released), Sebastien Squillaci* (Released), Craig Eastmond (Colchester, Free), Jordan Wynter (Bristol City, Free), Martin Angha (Nuremberg, Free), Kyle Ebecilio (FC Twente, Free), Elton Monteiro (Club Brugge, Free)

    Up until last week, the only real money being freed up at the Emirates Stadium was thanks to the release of several reserve and academy players, none of whom were on any significant salaries.

    However, it was today (Monday) announced by Sky Sports that Arsenal had agreed to the termination of Denilson’s contract, with Sebastien Squillaci supposedly soon to follow when his contract expires this summer.

    Out of contract trio Denílson, Andrei Arshavin and Sébastian Squillaci will save Arsenal around £180k p/wk in wages. (Source: SkySports)

    — Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) June 3, 2013

    Based on comments made to the Telegraph earlier in April, Arsene Wenger would also seem resigned to rising himself of Andrei Arshavin this summer, whose contract also expires later this month.

4. Sunderland

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    Movement: Up Nine

    Transfers In: Duncan Watmore (Altrincham, Undisclosed), Cabral (FC Basel, Free), Modibo Diakite (Lazio, Free)

    Transfers Out: Titus Bramble (Free)

    Announced via the centre-back’s personal Twitter account, Titus Bramble remains Sunderland’s only outbound resource this summer. Although the Paolo Di Canio revolution at the Stadium of Light is likely to produce a few more.

    With roughly £30,000-a-week freed up on the salary bill, however, Di Canio has moved quickly to beef up his squad, with the Guardian announcing that Lazio’s Modibo Diakite has agreed to a four-year deal with the club, representing a major coup for the Black Cats.

    The Guardian has also reported that FC Basel’s Cabral is on his way to Sunderland, also on a free, meaning the club is not only conducting good business, but on the cheap, too.

3. Norwich City

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    Movement: Down One

    Transfers In: Ricky van Wolswinkel (Sporting Lisbon—£8.5m), Javier Garrido (Lazio—Undisclosed)

    Transfers Out: Chris Martin (Derby County, Free), Lee Camp (Released), Simeon Jackson (Released), Tom Adeyemi (Released), Marc Tierney (Bolton Wanderers, Free), Elliot Ward (Released), Korey Smith (Released), several reserve players

    While neither signing is a shock having been announced in March and May respectively, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Javier Garrido’s permanent arrivals at Carrow Road are a massive boost to a side heading into just their third consecutive Premier League season.

    Speaking to the Eastern Daily Press, Van Wolfswinkel describes Norwich as “a friendly club with a beautiful stadium.” Unfortunately, the striker wasn’t able to help Sporting Lisbon to better than a seventh-place finish this season, but should nonetheless give a dramatic boost to the Canaries’ attack.

    As part of all good business, Chris Hughton’s side have also conducted a big clearout ahead of the new campaign with fringe players such as Simeon Jackson and Lee Camp being released along with Chris Martin and Marc Tierney.

2. Chelsea

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    Movement: Up Two

    Transfers In: Jose Mourinho (Manager)

    Transfers Out: Rafa Benitez (Manager), Florent Malouda (Free), Ross Turnbull (Free), Yossi Benayoun (Released), Paulo Ferreira (Retired), numerous reserve players (Released)

    Finally, after what had seemed like an eternity of waiting, Monday saw just about every news outlet with an interest in football, including Sky News, announce that Jose Mourinho had finally taken his seat at Chelsea once again.

    Jose Mourinho: "I am one of you." The Special One's first interview since returning to Chelsea: youtu.be/jzverGDoKA0

    — Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 3, 2013

    Truthfully, Mourinho’s return could prove to be Chelsea’s most impactful acquisition of this decade, never mind the summer, with tactical genius like the Portuguese’s only coming round once in a blue moon.

    Before the boss’s comeback, Chelsea had already announced the release of players both old and young, freeing up what’s bound to be a substantial amount in wages, which will soon be swallowed up by Mourinho’s inevitable purchases.

1. Fulham

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    Movement: No Change

    Transfers In: Fernando Amorebieta (Athletic Bilbao, Free), Sascha Riether (FC Cologne, Undisclosed), Derek Boateng (Dnipro, Free)

    Transfers Out: Giorgos Karagounis (Released), Simon Davies (Released)

    Remaining atop our rankings this week, Fulham’s early movements mean that they maintain their status as savviest businessmen, at least for the time being.

    As BBC Sport announced at the time, Fernando Amorebieta, Sascha Riether and Derek Boateng all arriving at Craven Cottage for mere pennies spells out some great business for the West Londoners, answering questions in both defence and midfield.

    What’s more, the departures of Giorgos Karagounis and Simon Davies, while slightly emotional, will allow their spaces in the roster to be filled by talent slightly more useful to the Cottagers’ cause.

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