Ranking Europe's Top Clubs Following the Transfer Window
Welcome to a special edition of B/R's weekly power rankings, as, with no domestic football to speak of, we've adjusted our form guide per the madness that was transfer deadline day.
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The Lisbon club have dropped out of our rankings, as the sales of Bruma and Tiago Ilori significantly weaken their squad.
Walter Mazzarri's super early business sees them stay put in the honourable mentions section.
Adem Ljajic in, Erik Lamela out: A drop in quality, but the Serbian softens the blow.
Kevin Prince Boateng left for Schalke, but Milan replaced him with Kaka. The Brazilian left a hero, but how does he return?
The Benfiquistas secured the loan signing of Guilherme Siqueira, simultaneously blocking Fabio Coentrao's purported move to Manchester United.
No one came in or out of the doors of Estadio Dragao on deadline day, with Porto wrapping up their business early on.
The marquee signing was Juan Quintero, and after the Colombian excelled on the FIFA U-20 World Cup stage, the Dragons couldn't help themselves and nipped in for his signature.
With Sporting significantly weakened due to player sales, it looks set to be another two-horse race for the Primeira Liga title.
Fiorentina brought in Ante Rebic a few days before the window shut, and remained extremely quiet as the seconds ticked down.
The loss of Adem Ljajic, a mercurial talent, doesn't appear to affect the Viola too heavily on paper; they've earned their convincing start to the season without the Serbian international, instead relying on a new-look strike force and Josip Ilicic off the bench.
Vincenzo Montella was understandably happy with his lot and felt no need to pursue any additional targets.
Movement: Up One
Arsene Wenger saved his own skin with the signing of Mesut Ozil for £42 million, securing the German's signature in the closing hours.
It was always going to take a serious coup for the Gunners faithful to forgive him for his large quantity of omissions during the summer, and right now the umlauts are dominating Twitter handles of fans.
Ozil is a world-class player and instantly upgrades the No. 10 position in the side. He also relieves pressure on an overworked Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere. Theo Walcott's production should also be set to increase significantly with the German pulling the strings.
Rocked by the season-ending injury to Sebastian Coates, Brendan Rodgers moved quickly to secure two new centre-backs on deadline day.
Mamadou Sakho, a £15 million acquisition from Paris Saint-Germain, was brought in and a €9 million deal for Sporting defender Tiago Ilori was revived and completed.
The former is a stellar purchase that Laurent Blanc will regret letting go, while the latter represents a raw talent which requires shaping and coaching.
Victor Moses was then secured on a loan deal, easing the pressure on Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe. All in all, a fantastic day's work—if a little on the expensive side.
16. Paris Saint-Germain
Movement: Down One
Laurent Blanc decided to cut ties with Mamadou Sakho after failing to find a regular role for the defender on his squad.
It was hardly the most popular decision, as Paris Saint-Germain youth products are (incredibly) rarely found breaking into the first team, and the club's youngest-ever captain left without much fanfare.
Momo Sissoko had his contract terminated, leaving him free to speak to other clubs, and while PSG failed to bring anyone in—Juan Mata and Mesut Ozil were mooted—they're still an incredibly strong outfit.
Movement: Up One
Marseille had an extremely busy deadline day, securing deals for highly rated youngsters Florian Thauvin and Mario Lemina.
The Thauvin signing ended a messy dispute between the player and his former club Lille, while L'OM sent Larry Azouni (loan) and Raffidine Abdullah (permanent) and €5 million to Lorient in exchange for Lemina's services.
Morgan Amalfitano left for West Bromwich Albion, and a late bid for Sebastien Corchia was rejected, but overall Elie Baup's team came away from the window big winners.
14. Bayer Leverkusen
All was quiet among the Werkself on deadline day, with Sami Hyypia pleased with his lot until the January window opens.
Bayer Leverkusen did their work in the market early, securing several deals to ease the side's transition into a post-Andre Schuerrle/Dani Carvajal adventure.
They retained Lars Bender, and Sidney Sam is looking positively ferocious. Last week's loss to Schalke burst their bubble, but this side is still going to have a good run at second place in the Bundesliga.
13. Real Sociedad
Despite hitting the big time in UEFA Champions League revenue, Real Sociedad ended the summer approximately €30 million in profit.
They signed just two first-team players, Esteban Granero (loan) and Haris Seferovic (£2.5 million), after selling Asier Illarramendi to Real Madrid for around €35 million.
It speaks both for the miserly amount of money clubs other than Madrid and Barcelona earn in La Liga and the prudence of a well-run club that refuse to spend ahead of their status.
12. Shakhtar Donetsk
Shakhtar Donetsk did all their business in sharp fashion, selling off key assets for high premiums and replacing them with yet more Brazilian imports.
Their status barely changes, although they've clearly been missing Fernandinho and Henrikh Mkhitaryan given the likes of Fernando and Bernard haven't been integrated as of yet.
Both of those players joined Luiz Felipe Scolari's Brazil side last week, and Mircea Lucescu could have used the time to work on how they'll fit into the side.
Rafa Benitez overhauled the Napoli squad using the Edinson Cavani money, but he wisely got his deals done before the culmination of the transfer window.
The latest one in was Duvan Zapata, stolen from under the noses of Harry Redknapp's Queens Park Rangers, but that simply serves as a depth signing given the Partenopei's strength up front.
Aurelio De Laurentiis wasn't called into action late on.
Monaco had an extremely quiet deadline day given their spending capacity, with manager Claudio Ranieri clearly feeling his group is good enough to challenge for the title in Ligue 1 this year.
David Henen joined the club on loan from Anderlecht, but he is widely expected to feature for the reserve team as he finds his feet. While the principality side didn't spend, they're still outrageously strong.
Gary Kagelmacher was sent out on loan to Valenncienes for the year.
Movement: Down Two
Seeing Jose Mourinho let Romelu Lukaku go out on loan on deadline day was very disappointing, as fans and pundits alike were looking forward to seeing him fire Chelsea forward.
His breakout season saw him bag 17 league goals for West Bromwich Albion in 2012-13, and while he may still be a little young to "lead" the Blues' attack to title glory, is he not a fantastic rotation option?
Christian Atsu was loaned to Vitesse Arnhem late on, and Victor Moses joined Liverpool for the year. Both had been thoroughly marginalised by high-profile competition in their positions.
8. Manchester United
Movement: Up One
Manchester United's summer of misery came to a close with the signing of Marouane Fellaini for £27.5 million.
It's four million more than his expired clause allowed him to go for in July, and while that has been used as a weapon to smear David Moyes' dodgy first transfer window in charge, Fellaini is still an excellent player.
He's the perfect complement to their defensive midfield, giving them size, presence and a goalscoring threat from deep.
7. Manchester City
Movement: Up Two
Manchester City's only late acquisition was Martin Demichelis, with Manuel Pellegrini picking up a former steed in his search for defensive reinforcements.
It's a good addition, but unfortunately the Argentine has already been injured in training and looks set to miss six weeks, according to the BBC.
That pretty much leaves the club where they were going into the final two days of the window, with a squad stacked full of talent and all major concerns dealt with early on.
With Matija Nastasic returning to fitness, the central defensive concerns are not as serious as they once were.
6. Real Madrid
Real Madrid were pretty busy on deadline day, officially unveiling Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu while simultaneously selling Mesut Ozil to Arsenal.
Ozil's departure covers half the Bale fee, and the Welshman's shirt sales will cover the rest, but financial considerations aside, this squad just got weaker.
Bale can continue to improve and become a truly world-class star, but Ozil was already there. Carlo Ancelotti needs to work out how to play all his attacking talents together, too.
5. Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund resisted the urge to recruit on deadline day having opened their chequebook earlier in the summer.
Henrkh Mkhitaryan, Sokratis and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cost a fair chunk as Juergen Klopp sought to replace the oubound Mario Goetze and injured Lukasz Piszczek.
They've started strongly, securing four wins to top the Bundesliga table, and, with Piszczek to welcome back at right-back in the new year, they're only getting better.
4. Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid did some fantastic business late on deadline day, signing Toby Alderweireld and Joshua Guilavogui to strengthen the roster.
Diego Simeone's charges held second spot in La Liga for a long time last season, but they faltered in the second half the season after using largely the same small set of players.
There's no danger of that this season, having reinforced the forward line, central midfield and central defence. Selling Martin Demichelis to Manchester City and purchasing Alderweireld for a slightly higher price was genius.
3. Bayern Munich
Leave it late? You've got to be kidding: Bayern starting purchasing new players before the Champions League final last season!
With several incomings, including Mario Goetze and Thiago Alcantara, and a new manager and style to contend with, last-minute business would have been risky.
Pep Guardiola's charges are still adapting to a new system, and besides, die Bayern can field two separate XIs that could be half the English Premier League's teams with ease.
Business all done, Juventus were extremely quiet on transfer deadline day.
Their imperious form has gifted them three consecutive wins to start the season, and new boy Carlos Tevez has settled in so well Fernando Llorente can't find a spot in the starting XI.
It's one of the deepest, most talented teams in world football, and in truth they didn't need to reinforce late on, with quality players waiting in the wings at every position.
Barcelona didn't recruit a new centre-back before the window shut, but what's new?
Yes, they were in dire need of one, and, yes, there were some extremely viable options on the market this summer, but can we be surprised, considering Gerardo Martino told reporters, via FirstPost.com, that he wasn't going to buy one?
He's waiting until January, banking on Carles Puyol's return being complication-free and trusting the duo of Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano.
It's the same squad that's brought him his first trophy and three wins from three in the league, so, despite the lack of action, Barca are going nowhere in these rankings.
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