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

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJune 17, 2013

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

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    While England's top tier is yet to pull off a transfer of Neymar or Radamel Falcao proportions this summer, Premier League sides are quietly continuing their business in preparation for the 2013-14 season.

    Ranked on a proportional basis, the 20 teams have been graded according to the names moving in and out of their squad, considering just how much impact said move will have on said team, meaning even those sides nearer to the bottom of the league standings can pull off the savviest signatures.

    For details of a player’s release, please refer to the Official Premier League website’s guide or the BBC Sport transfer list.

    It's worth noting that purchasing players in quantity is not enough to earn a high ranking, as transfers deemed to be lacking in value or "bad" can also result in a drop in the ranks.

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

20. Crystal Palace

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    Movement: No Change

    Transfers In: None

    Transfers Out: Jermaine Easter (Millwall, Undisclosed)

    Another week of inactivity at Selhurst Park will undoubtedly mean a lot of Crystal Palace fans getting a little anxious that their side's squad is yet to improve after gaining promotion to the Premier League.

    The 2012-13 Championship Playoff Final victors were reported by Sky Sports as being close to a permanent deal for on-loan forward, Stephen Dobbie, but no developments have come on that front as of yet.

    If the Eagles are to have any chance of surviving in the Premier League for the first time in their history, reinforcements will be essential this summer, bumping the side's quality up from that of a second tier team to one worthy of the feat.

19. Newcastle United

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    Movement: No Change

    Transfers In: None

    Transfers Out: Steve Harper* (Retired), Danny Simpson* (Released)

    As became clearer at the beginning of the month (June), 20-year Newcastle United veteran Steve Harper was among those who had failed to earn a contract extension at St. James' Park and would be released in the summer period.

    Signed from Seaham Red Star in 1993, Harper was unfortunate not to feature more for the club as players such as Shay Given and Tim Krul blocked the path to the No.1 spot, especially in the last decade or so of his career.

    Along with Harper, Danny Simpson has been allowed to leave the Magpies, with Mathieu Debuchy seemingly making the right-back spot his own and Simpson in search of more regular first-team football.

    With Alan Pardew’s position as manager still under some degree of scrutiny, it’s unclear just how much money will be spent by Newcastle this summer, but owner Mike Ashley has shown a penchant for splurging in the past.

18. Cardiff City

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    Movement: No Change

    Transfers In: None

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

    Even with the backing of their wealthy Malaysian owners, Cardiff City are yet to spend a penny this summer, but that's not for a lack of gossip pointing to the fact that they might.

    Instead, the only movement in the Welsh capital has been the release of veterans Heidar Helguson and Stephen McPhail, the former of whom has opted for retirement.

    Twenty-one-year-old Nathaniel Jarvis has also been released by Malky Mackay’s side who, as much as anything else, have at least reduced the average age of their roster slightly following the trio’s axing. 

    This week's round of speculation saw the Daily Mail link Lyon's Bafetimbi Gomis linked with a big money move to Cardiff in what could be a huge capture for the club.

17. West Brom

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    Movement: Down Two

    Transfers In: None

    Transfers Out: Jerome Thomas* (Released), Gonzalo Jara* (Released), Marc Antoine-Fortune* (Released)

    Contrary to earlier reports, it seems that Zoltan Gera, one of those West Brom players whose contracts are set to expire this summer, could get another deal at the club, according to Sky Sports.

    Even at 34 years of age, the Hungarian still has the potential for fine flair when fit and will be a great asset to keep at the club if an agreement is reached.

    Although the Hawthorns club might have liked to keep the Chelsea starlet for another term, The Guardian’s David Hytner revealed that Romelu Lukaku would be remaining at Stamford Bridge next season.

    Aside from that, transfer talk has been sparse in the West Midlands, and Steve Clarke is yet to build his squad after what was a very impressive first season in charge of the Baggies.

    In Jerome Thomas, Gonzalo Jara and Marc Antoine-Fortune, the club have managed to release several sideline players whose needs might be better served at another club. 

16. Tottenham Hotspur

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    Movement: Down Two

    Transfers In: None

    Transfers Out: William Gallas* (Released), David Bentley* (Released), John Bostock* (Released), Nathan Byrne* (Swindon Tow, Free)

    This summer, the biggest story around White Hart Lane will undoubtedly be just whether or not Gareth Bale leaves for pastures new or sticks to his current surroundings, a battle that Tottenham are winning so far.

    Real Madrid legend, Zinedine Zidane, was reported by the Daily Mail over the weekend as encouraging Bale to submit a transfer request in order to force through a move to the Bernabeu, although nothing has come of that yet.

    Elsewhere in departures, Tottenham have released William Gallas after seven years in North London, three years after joining from bitter rivals Arsenal.

    David Bentley is another former Gunner to have reached the end of their Spurs contract while reserve players John Bostock and Nathan Byrne have also been let go by the club, the latter as a free transfer to Swindon Town.

15. Everton

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    Movement: Up One

    Transfers In: None

    Transfers Out: Phil Neville (Retired), Thomas Hitzlsperger (Released), Jan Mucha (Released)

    With an average age of over 32, the departing trio of Phil Neville, Thomas Hitzlsperger and Jan Mucha are hardly Everton’s youngest, but will be missed by the club all the same.

    According to The Guardian’s Andy Hunter, Neville was reportedly keen on filling the managerial vacancy left by David Moyes at Goodison Park, only for Bill Kenwright to choose Roberto Martinez several weeks ago.

    This week has been a slow one at Goodison Park. but the early releases by the club mean a decent amount of wages will be made available for Everton's new Spaniard boss to spend.

14. Stoke City

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    Movement: Down Two

    Transfers In: None

    Transfers Out: Jermaine Pennant* (Released), Michael Owen (Retired), Rory Delap* (Released), Matthew Upson* (Released), Dean Whitehead* (Released), Mamady Sidibe* (Released), Carlo Nash* (Released)

    Although Stoke City are still yet to make any moves this summer, their mid-table placement is down to the heap of fringe players they've managed to offload this summer already, the most high profile of whom being Jermaine Pennant.

    Mark Hughes has already shown that he's not afraid to ring the changes at the Britannia Stadium, but could do with some additions of his own in the near future.

    I recently took a look at some of the Potters' more recent transfer targets, some of whom could be closing in on a switch to the club in coming weeks.

13. Swansea City

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    Movement: Down Three

    Transfers In: Jose Canas (Real Betis, Free)

    Transfers Out: Mark Gower (Charlton, Free)

    Sky Sports’ announcement that 34-year-old Mark Gower would be joining Charlton Athletic on a free transfer remains the only news of players leaving the Liberty Stadium this summer.

    That particular news will be like music to Swans' ears, who are hoping to hold onto the batch of stars that made their last campaign so successful. 

    What's more, the club have already managed to recruit a replacement for Gower after the Daily Mail reported that Real Betis’ Jose Canas would be moving to the Liberty Stadium as a free transfer.

    In addition, Wales Online have also reported that the club are keen to bring on-loan sensation, Jonathan De Guzman, back to Swansea in time for next season, but this time as a permanent transfer.

12. Southampton

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    Movement: Up Five

    Transfers In: Dejan Lovren (Lyon, £6.8 million)

    Transfers Out: Frazier Richardson* (Released), Danny Butterfield* (Released), Sam Hoskins* (Released), Dan Seaborne* (Released), Ryan Dickson* (Released), Ben Reeves* (Released)

    In speaking with Saints legend Matt Le Tissier several weeks ago, the ex-Southampton superstar told me that a big money centre-back would be Southampton's priority this summer.

    A fortnight later and it seems Le Tissier was bang on the money after The Guardian reported that Dejan Lovren had been brought to the club for a fee of just under £7 million.

    Le Tissier went on to say that three or four signings would be needed to put the side in good stead for a top-half challenge next season, and Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping to conduct some more signings in this same vein.

11. Liverpool

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    Movement: Down Two

    Transfers In: Kolo Toure (Manchester City, Free)

    Transfers Out: Jamie Carragher (Retired), Danny Wilson (Hearts, Free)

    Although the amount of transfer speculation surrounding the club would suggest otherwise, Kolo Toure remains Liverpool’s only confirmed acquisition this summer. BBC Sport reported that he is arriving from Manchester City on a free transfer.

    The Mirror's Ed Malyon recently reported that any deal for Iago Aspas had hit a snag relating to the player's ownership and the Spanish authorities, but that Liverpool can also hope to overcome the hurdle swiftly.

    Marca say that the Reds are also closing in on Sevilla's Luis Alberto, showing the push that Brendan Rodgers is making for La Liga signings.

    Jamie Carragher's retirement has already been solved by the arrival of Kolo Toure, but the club may yet make more moves this summer to beef up their central defence.

10. Arsenal

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    Movement: Down Three

    Transfers In: None

    Transfers Out: Andrey Arshavin* (Released), Sebastien Squillaci* (Released), Denilson (Sao Paulo, Free), Sanchez Watt* (Released), Conor Henderson (Released), Jernade Meade (Released), Craig Eastmond (Colchester United, Free), Jordan Wynter (Bristol City, Free), Martin Angha (Nuremberg, Free), Kyle Ebecilio (FC Twente, Free), Elton Monteiro (Club Brugge, Free), Joshua Rees* (Released)

    As is bound to be the case with an academy of their size, Arsenal's youth system has seen a major turnover this summer, with many young faces departing for pastures new, mentioned above.

    Along with those lesser-known faces, Andrey Arshavin, Sebastien Squillaci and Denilson have all finally left the club also after spending some agonising months out of any and all activity with the Gunners.

    Of those three, Denilson is the only player to have found another home and after spending the last two campaigns with Sao Paulo, has opted for a permanent move back to his Brazilian roots, as reported by BBC Sport.

    Operating on their usually stringent wage policies, the trio’s exit in particular now lets Arsenal move for some new players while keeping in line with their salary structure.

9. Hull City

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    Movement: Up Five

    Transfers In: George Boyd (Peterborough, Free), Maynor Figueroa (Wigan Athletic, Free)

    Transfers Out: Seyi Olofinjana (Released), Jay Simpson (Released), Andy Dawson (Scunthorpe—Free), Danny East (Portsmouth, Free), Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth, Free)

    As the only one of the three promoted clubs to have actually added to their squad this summer, Hull City can at least boast the most initiative of the former Championship trio.

    After impressing on loan last season, George Boyd was brought to the KC Stadium on a permanent basis to give the Tigers some added options in midfield while the Guardian report that Wigan's Maynor Figueroa will move to the club on a free, also.

    Even with those additions, Steve Bruce will need to continue using his Premier League knowledge in the summer market in order to give his side the best chance of staying up next season.

8. Manchester United

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    Movement: No Change

    Transfers In: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace, £10 million + add-ons), Guilermo Varela* (Atletico Penarol, Undisclosed)

    Transfers Out: Paul Scholes (Retired), Numerous academy players (Released)

    Officially the first signing of David Moyes’ reign at Manchester United, Uruguayan Guillermo Varela remains David Moyes' only signing as Manchester United boss, BBC Sport reporting that the Uruguayan will arrive in July.

    Although that's undoubtedly set to change after the Telegraph alleged that the Scotsman would be handed a £60 million warchest to spend on his recruitment.

    The 20-year-old right-back will play his first term at Old Trafford along with January signing Wilfried Zaha, although Varela has the benefit of significantly less pressure given his modest transfer fee.

    Aside from those yet to make a first-team appearance for the side, Paul Scholes is United’s only departure after having retired from football for the second time earlier this year.

7. West Ham

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    Movement: Down Two

    Transfers In: Razvan Rat (Shakhtar Donetsk, Free), Adrian (Real Betis, Free)

    Transfers Out: Carlton Cole (Released), Eoin Wearen (Released), Jake Larkins (Leyton Orient, Free)

    Only dropping in our rankings as a result of the business conducted by those around them, West Ham's early moves in the transfer market remain smart ones, beaten only by a handful of Premier League sides.

    Operating with a smart strategy of Bosman signings thus far, West Ham have conducted some clever business in recent weeks, starting with the acquisition of Romanian veteran Razvan Rat, according to BBC Sport.

    BBC Sport also disclosed the Hammers’ capture of Real Betis stopper Adrian, who will presumably take the No.1 jersey from Jussi Jaaskelainen or at least challenge for it.

    This week, the Hammers will find out if Andy Carroll will complete his permanent move to West London or not, according to Sky Sports, subject to a Boleyn Ground medical.

6. Norwich City

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    Movement: Down Three

    Transfers In: Ricky van Wolswinkel (Sporting Lisbon, £8.5 million), 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), numerous reserve players (Released)

    Although his £8.5 million signing is a major step up for a club of Norwich City's size, Ricky van Wolfswinkel's summer arrival at Carrow Road could backfire massively on the team, who would appear to be spending outside their usual parameters.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, the Dutchman insisted that his move to the Canaries is a step forward, contrary to the doubts that some have voiced concerning the move.

    Elsewhere, as BBC Sport have reported, Javier Garrido is an assured and understated signing for the club, as the ex-Manchester City defender provided a very stable platform at left-back for Norwich last season.

    If that wasn't enough, the Daily Mail has stated that Norwich have had a £4.7 million offer for PSV Eindhoven's highly rated Ola Toivonen accepted, and could complete the transfer this week.

5. Aston Villa

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    Movement: Up Six

    Transfers In: Aleksandar Tonev (Lech Poznan, Undisclosed), Jores Okore (FC Nordsjaelland, Undisclosed), Leandro Bacuna (FC Groningen, Undisclosed)

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

    The joint-biggest movers in this week's rankings, it's been a busy seven days at Villa Park, to say the least.

    Last week, it was reported by BBC Sport that Aleksandar Tonev would be Paul Lambert's first signing of the summer period. The Bulgarian's arrival was quickly followed up by the Guardian's report of Paul Lambert's dual signature of Jores Okore and Leandro Bacuna, formerly of FC Nordsjaelland and FC Groningen, respectively.

    Okore's signature is a particularly exciting one for Villa fans, considering the young Dane is reported to have turned down a move to Chelsea in January after the Blues clashed with the 20-year-old in their Champions League group fixtures.

    On the outbound list, BBC Sport reported in April that Jean Makoun had agreed a permanent move to Rennes after moving to France on loan in January. He hardly even featured for the Villans during his time in England.

    In addition, Richard Dunne and Eric Lichaj have also been let go by the club, with other sales expected to follow up their free departures.

4. Sunderland

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    Movement: No Change

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

    Transfers Out: Titus Bramble (Released), Matt Kilgallon (Released), Ryan Noble (Released)

    Last week, it was reported by Sky Sports that Sunderland would complete the free signatures of Modibo Diakite, Cabral and Valentin Roberge.

    The news represents a phenomenal bit of business by Paolo Di Canio, who clearly used his Lazio connections in order to ensure it was the Stadium of Light that Diakite chose as his next destination.

    With Titus Bramble and Matt Kilgallon leaving the club, defensive replacements would be needed by the Black Cats and considering all three aforementioned players can play in central defence, the Italian has moved incredibly swiftly to beef up his team where it's needed.

    Duncan Watmore’s move from Altrincham is the only purchase completed by Sunderland so far this summer, but is without a doubt the more underwhelming arrival in Paolo Di Canio’s roster.

3. Chelsea

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    Movement: Up Three

    Transfers In: Andre Schurrle (Bayer Leverkusen, £18.7 million)

    Transfers Out: Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid, Season-Long Loan), Florent Malouda (Released), Ross Turnbull (Released), Yossi Benayoun (Released), Paulo Ferreira (Retired), Henrique Hilario (Released)

    Bringing an end to what was becoming a bit of a saga at Stamford Bridge, the Guardian announced late last week that Andre Schurrle's move to Bayer Leverkusen would indeed be pushed through and was completed soon after.

    The Germain international arrives in what is a packed part of the Chelsea squad, but has the ability to make his claim for a starting spot and not develop a habit of sitting on the Blues' bench like fellow Bundesliga to Premier League mover, Marko Marin.

    On the other end of the spectrum, veterans Florent Malouda, Yossi Benayoun, Henrique Hilario, Ross Turnbull and Paulo Ferreira have all reached the end of their Chelsea contracts and said farewell to the West London giants.

    The Daily Mail also reported that Thibaut Courtois would spend a third consecutive season on loan at Atletico Madrid.

2. Manchester City

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    Movement: No Change

    Transfers In: Jesus Navas (Sevilla, £14.9 million), Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk, £30 million)

    Transfers Out: Kolo Toure (Liverpool, Free), Wayne Bridge (Reading, Free), Roque Santa Cruz* (Released)

    Finally, after many weeks of knowing what would eventually come to pass, Manuel Pellegrini has been installed as Manchester City boss, following the Guardian's announcement of his official appointment.

    Funnily enough, the Chilean arrives at the Etihad with a portion of his work already done for him this summer, 

    Contrary to a Telegraph report, the double signature of Fernandinho and Jesus Navas doesn't quite break the £50 million spend barrier, the latter's price actually falling closer to £15 million than the suspected £20 million.

    However, the duo's arrival is still a huge positive for the Citizens, who will seek to structure a side that Pellegrini can lead into Europe's hierarchy.

    As aforementioned, the conclusion of Kolo Toure’s deal at the Etihad signals a move to Liverpool, while Wayne Bridge has also been touted by BBC Sport as Reading’s newest star.

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), Maarten Stekelenburg (AS Roma, £4 million)

    Transfers Out: Mark Schwarzer* (Released), Giorgos Karagounis* (Released), Simon Davies* (Released), Chris Baird* (Released), Mladen Petric* (Released), Mahamadou Diarra* (Released)

    Another week at the top of our rankings for Fulham means the Cottagers have now been deemed as the savviest businessmen for four straight charts.

    Averaging about £1 million per signing so far, the West London side have not only done well to release older, less involved players, but have signed immediate replacements who have the potential to better those whom they're replacing, too.

    As the Express announced in May, Derek Boateng, Fernando Amorebieta and Sascha Riether will all be joining in time for the new season, while BBC Sport announced the arrival of Roma’s Maarten Stekelenburg on a rumored four-year deal.

    Moving out of the club, Mladen Petric, Giorgos Karagounis and Mahamadou Diarra all leave after short stints with Fulham, while Simon Davies and Chris Baird depart after much more substantial terms with the club.

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