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

Jerrad PetersWorld Football Staff WriterJuly 1, 2013

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

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    If the summer transfer window has been slow to pick up steam it’s because the managers and directors of football who sanction player moves have been on holidays—holidays that will come to an end this week if they haven’t already.

    In other words, once a handful of transactions have gone through, the logjam will break and a torrent of activity will fill the remaining weeks of the closed season, replacing completed deals where once there were only rumours.

    To that end, only a handful of Premier League clubs made meaningful moves in our weekly Power Rankings list. Although, several have already done some excellent early business that should keep them near the top of the ledger all the way through into August.

    Following is our transfer table for the week of June 24-July 1.

20. Newcastle

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    Movement: None

    Transfers In: None

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

     

    Long-time goalkeeper Steve Harper has left the club, as has right-back Danny Simpson.

    Other than those two transactions it has been the bizarre appointment of Joe Kinnear as director of football that has pinned Newcastle to the foot of the Power Rankings the last two weeks. Unless owner Mike Ashley makes a meaningful signing, it’s unlikely they’ll be trending upward anytime soon.

    St-Etienne attacker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be the sort of impact addition that would see the Magpies rocket up our table, and the Guardian has reported Ashley would be prepared to spend £15 million on the Gabon international.

19. Crystal Palace

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    Movement: None

    Transfers In: Aruna Dindane (Al-Sailiya)

    Transfers Out: None

     

    The promotion playoff winners have yet to make a single transaction this closed season, although they managed to capture Ivory Coast striker Aruna Dindane on a free transfer from Qatar side Al-Sailiya back in March.

    The Eagles have also been linked with a swoop for Norwich striker Grant Holt, who the Mirror has reported could be available for £2 million.

18. West Bromwich Albion

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    Movement: Down one

    Transfers In: None

    Transfers Out: Marc-Antoine Fortune (Released), Zoltan Gera (Released), Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest), Jerome Thomas (Released)

     

    West Brom overachieved in finishing eighth in the Premier League last season and risk going backwards without meaningful investment this summer.

    Anderlecht striker Diemerci Mbokani could be brought in by manager Steve Clarke, and in June the Congo international told the Birmingham Mail he’d be happy to move to England “if there was interest.”

17. Tottenham Hotspur

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    Movement: None

    Transfers In: None

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

     

    With the exits of Bentley and Gallas, Spurs have trimmed their wage bill somewhat, and while manager Andre Villas-Boas would no doubt like to bolster his depth in attack, his top priority this summer will be convincing Gareth Bale to remain at the club.

    Meanwhile, Spurs are also hoping that Corinthians and Brazil midfielder Paulinho will agree a move to White Hart Lane this month, and to that the Metro claims they have already assured the Confederations Cup winner that Bale will be remaining at the club.

16. Everton

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    Movement: None

    Transfers In: None

    Transfers Out: Thomas Hitzlsperger (Released), Jan Mucha (Released), Jake Bidwell (Brentford)

     

    Incoming manager Roberto Martinez has a fight on his hands if he hopes to keep the likes of Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini at the club, but he will also be scouring the market for one or two players to bring in to Goodison Park before the Premier League season begins next month.

    Among them, according to the Liverpool Echo, is Swansea defender Ashley Williams, who is also thought to be a transfer target of Merseyside rivals Liverpool.

15. Cardiff City

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    Movement: Up three

    Transfers In: Andreas Cornelius (FC Copenhagen)

    Transfers Out: Heidar Helguson (Released), Stephen McPhail (Released)

     

    Cardiff made their first summer signing on Monday with the acquisition of Andreas Cornelius from FC Copenhagen, as PremierLeague.com reports.

    Cornelius, 20, scored 18 goals in a title-winning season last term and already has seven senior international caps for Denmark.

    His capture represents something of a coup for Cardiff boss Malky Mackay.

14. Arsenal

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    Movement: Down two

    Transfers In: None

    Transfers Out: Craig Eastmond (Colchester United, Free), Jordan Wynter (Bristol City, Free), Kyle Ebecilio (FC Twente, Free), Conor Henderson (Released), Jernade Meade (Released), Andrey Arshavin (Released), Denilson (Sao Paulo, Free), Sebastien Squillaci (Released)

     

    So far all we’ve got are rumours that Arsene Wenger will spend his £70 million war chest on this player and that, although none of his reported targets appear any closer to joining Arsenal today than they were last week, or the week before that.

    Still, the Gunners boss is expected to significantly bolster his squad during the summer, and according to the Mirror he has already made a £20 million bid for unsettled Manchester United attacker Wayne Rooney.

13. Stoke City

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    Movement: Up one

    Transfers In: Erik Pieters (PSV Eindhoven)

    Transfers Out: Dean Whitehead (Released), Matthew Upson (Released), Rory Delap (Released), Mamady Sidibe (Released), Carlo Nash (Released), Matthew Lund (Rochdale)

     

    Incoming manager Mark Hughes made his first foray into the summer transfer market last week with the acquisition of PSV Eindhoven left-back and Netherlands international Erik Pieters.

    The 24-year-old’s arrival, combined with the exits of Upson, Delap and Whitehead, would seem to signal a new brand of football at Britannia Stadium for next season.

12. Swansea City

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    Movement: Up one

    Transfers In: Jose Canas (Real Betis), Jordi Amat (Espanyol)

    Transfers Out: Mark Gower (Charlton)

     

    Swansea went back to Spanish football for their second acquisition of the summer, acquiring Real Betis defender Jordi Amat for £2.5 million, according to the Mirror.

    Add in the signing of Jose Canas from Real Betis and the fact the club were able to hang onto manager Michael Laudrup, and it has the look of another successful summer transfer period at the Welsh side.

11. Hull City

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    Movement: None

    Transfers In: George Boyd (Peterborough), Maynor Figueroa (Wigan), Curtis Davies (Birmingham City), Ahmed Elmohamady (Sunderland)

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

     

    Hull manager Steve Bruce continues to build a side he hopes will be able to stay in the Premier League over the long term, and last week saw the additions of Curtis Davies from Birmingham City and Ahmed Elmohamady on a permanent deal from Sunderland, as Goal.com reports.

    Manager Steve Bruce has been linked with a handful of players since Hull earned promotion from the Championship last month, among them Celtic striker Gary Hooper and Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given, according to The Express.

10. Southampton

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    Movement: None

    Transfers In: Dejan Lovren (Lyon)

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

     

    Southampton showed last season with the captures of Maya Yoshida and Gaston Ramirez that they are more than capable of springing the odd transfer window surprise.

    Already they have scooped up Croatia defender Dejan Lovren from Lyon, and manager Mauricio Pochettini has recently been linked with a move for Barcelona Guayaquil and Ecuador defender Frickson Erazo, according to the Mirror.

9. Manchester United

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    Movement: None

    Transfers In: Guillermo Varela (Atletico Penarol), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

    Transfers Out: Paul Scholes (Retired)

     

    Wilfried Zaha’s acquisition from Crystal Palace—announced last January—had Manchester United ahead of the registration period pack from the get-go, and no doubt more moves will follow once David Moyes settles in at Old Trafford and considers what he has to work with and who he’d like to bring in.

    One of the players in the latter category is Real Madrid talisman and former Red Devil Cristiano Ronaldo, whom The Independent has reported will meet with United officials during the week.

8. Aston Villa

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    Movement: None

    Transfers In: Aleksandar Tonev (Lech Poznan), Jores Okore (Nordsjaelland), Leandro Bacuna (Groningen), Nicklas Helenius (Aalborg), Antonio Luna (Sevilla)

    Transfers Out: Richard Dunne (Released), Jean Makoun (Released), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Andy Marshall (Released), Brett Holman (Released), Derrick Williams (Bristol City)

     

    Tonev and Akore are two players Aston Villa fans can get excited about ahead of next season, and in the past few weeks manager Paul Lambert has cleared out some of the club’s dead wood as well.

    Holding onto Christian Benteke will represent Lambert’s most important piece of business this summer, although the Villa boss could also bring in Ipswich left-back Aaron Cresswell as Southern Echo reports.

7. Sunderland

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    Movement: Down one

     

    Transfers In: Cabral (Basel), Modibo Diakite (Lazio), Valentin Roberge (Maritimo), David Moberg Karlsson (IFK Goteborg)

    Transfers Out: Titus Bramble (Released), Matthew Kilgallon (Released), Ryan Noble (Released), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull)

     

    The Black Cats have already done some good business the past few weeks and will no doubt sign a few more players before next season’s August 17 kick-off.

    Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster could be headed to the Stadium of Light, according to the Daily Record, as a replacement for Mignolet. Mignolet joined Liverpool during the week in a move that represents a major loss for the club.

6. Norwich City

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    Movement: Down one

    Transfers In: Ricky Van Wolfswinkel (Sporting Lisbon), Javier Garrido (Lazio)

    Transfers Out: Chris Martin (Derby), Simeon Jackson (Released), Lee Camp (Released), Marc Tierny (Bolton Wanderers), Elliot Ward (Bournemouth), Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City), Jed Steer (Aston Villa)

     

    Javier Garrido spent all of last season at Norwich on loan from Lazio, and considering the excellent job he did at left-back it was a good piece of business for Chris Hughton to sign him on a permanent basis heading into the 2013-14 campaign.

    Van Wolfswinkel, meanwhile, scored 45 goals in his two seasons at Sporting Lisbon and should add some pop to an attack that was the Premier League’s third-worst last term.

5. West Ham

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    Movement: None

    Transfers In: Razvan Rat (Shakhtar Donetsk), Adrian (Real Betis), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Danny Whitehead (Stockport)

    Transfers Out: Carlton Cole (Released), Gary O’Neil (Released)

     

    West Ham have already addressed several positions with targeted moves this summer.

    Rat will expect first-team football at left-back while Adrian will challenge Jussu Jaaskelainen between the sticks and Andy Carroll will look to improve upon the seven Premier League goals he tallied last term.

4. Chelsea

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    Movement: None

    Transfers In: Andre Schurrle (Bayer Leverkusen)

    Transfers Out: Yossi Benayoun (Released), Florent Malouda (Released), Paulo Ferreira (Released), Ross Turnbull (Released)

     

    Chelsea have already made their most important acquisition of the summer in the form of new/old manager Jose Mourinho.

    Andre Schurrle’s arrival will only boost an already stellar corps of playmakers, and the Blues are also thought to be close to an agreement that would see Edinson Cavani move to Stamford Bridge from Napoli on a five-year contract worth £7.2 million per season, according to Eurosport.

3. Manchester City

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    Movement: Down one

    Transfers In: Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk), Jesus Navas (Sevilla)

    Transfers Out: Kolo Toure (Liverpool), Wayne Bridge (Reading), Roque Santa Cruz (Released), Carlos Tevez (Juventus)

     

    With Fernandinho brought in from Shakhtar Donetsk to bolster the midfield and Jesus Navas acquired from Sevilla to push for a spot on the left wing, Manchester City have already done some meaningful business this closed season.

    Carlos Tevez’s exit, meanwhile, indicates incoming manager Manuel Pellegrini isn’t keen to put up with any nonsense, although he’ll almost certainly have to move for another attacking player in order to replace the Argentina international’s offense.

2. Liverpool

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    Movement: Up one

    Transfers In: Kolo Toure (Manchester City), Luis Alberto (Sevilla) Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Simon Mignolet (Sunderland)

    Transfers Out: Danny Wilson (Hearts), Andy Carroll (West Ham)

     

    Liverpool continue their rise in our Power Rankings, and their movement this week is thanks to the acquisition of goalkeeper Mignolet from Sunderland.

    Mignolet, 25, played all 38 Premier League matches for Sunderland last season, and at a price tag of £9 million,he will be expected to challenge Pepe Reina for No. 1 goalkeeping duties over the coming months.

    The Reds have also brought in exciting attacker Luis Alberto from Sevilla, playmaker Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo and defender Kolo Toure from Manchester City in what has already been an impressive transfer window for manager Brendan Rodgers.

1. Fulham

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    Movement: None

    Transfers In: Derek Boateng (Dnipro), Fernando Amorebieta (Athletic Bilbao), Maarten Stekelenburg (AS Roma)

    Transfers Out: Chris Baird (Released), Simon Davies (Released), Mahamadou Diarra (Released), Giorgios Karagounis (Released), Mladen Petric (Released), Mark Schwarzer (released), Csaba Somogyi (released)

     

    Atop our Power Ranking for another week, Fulham made no moves over the last seven days but have nevertheless made a handful of meaningful transactions already this closed season.

    The exits of Karagounis, Petric and Diarra brought the wage bill down considerably, and the acquisition of Amorebieta from Athletic Bilbao could prove to be one of the more inspired moves of the transfer period when all is said and done.

    Cottagers boss Martin Jol will also be looking to revive goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg’s career in the English capital, but given his experience with the Netherlands No. 1 at Ajax, chances are good the club could have another Edwin van der Sar situation on their hands.