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Power Ranking Premier League Teams on Their Summer Transfer Window Activity

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2014

Power Ranking Premier League Teams on Their Summer Transfer Window Activity

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    The Premier League's 20 clubs spent more than £850 million this summer, breaking the previous benchmark by a gargantuan £200 million and entertaining the football masses to the very end.

    Manchester United were busy until the last day with Radamel Falcao joining up, while the earlier departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona made for an intriguing few months at Liverpool.

    Here, we run through each outfit's business, sizing up those brought in against those departed on a player-by-player basis, ranking the Premier League bastions on the business concluded this summer.

    For the large part, only first-team comings and goings have been taken into account, with academy and reserves business omitted unless deemed to be of substantial significance.

Criteria

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    Playing Power

    While there are a host of factors that play their part in the value of any transfer, the automatic assessment is to judge a player by his talent and what he brings to a team.

    This is therefore one of the biggest criteria taken into account with our list, weighing up the impact of those coming in against the impact of those heading out.

     

    Value

    Last season showed us that the likes of Suarez, Angel Di Maria, Diego Costa and other big guns can all be incredible assets, of course, but are they worth the sums for which they've swapped allegiances?

    A free transfer can often prove to be more fruitful than a club-record deal, and the outlay of a new signing—as well as any standout wage costs—will be assessed where appropriate.

     

    Something Missing

    Did your club address their greatest needs, or do the same, obvious holes remain now as the ones that were present in May?

    A lack of depth is one of the main contributors to falling in elite football, where a failure to prepare prepares one to fail.

     

    Watching the Balance

    Spending in excess is all well and good; there are a wealth of teams (no pun intended) capable of spending in the hundreds of millions should they wish to do so.

    However, these rankings are just as much about the value of a sale as they are about flashing one's cash, so even if a club have lost their biggest star, if they did so for the right reasons and brought in backups, they'll still have a chance to excel.

20. Aston Villa

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    Transfers In (From)

    • Philippe Senderos (Valencia, Free)
    • Kieran Richardson (Fulham, £600,000)
    • Joe Cole (West Ham, Free)
    • Aly Cissokho (Valencia, £2 million)
    • Carlos Sanchez (Elche, £4.7 million)

    Transfers Out (To)

    • Marc Albrighton (Leicester City, Free)
    • Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord, Undisclosed)
    • Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool, Free)
    • Jordan Bowery (Rotherham, £250,000)
    • Samir Carruthers (MK Dons, Undisclosed)
    • Nicklas Helenius (Aalborg, Loan)
    • Jed Steer (Doncaster Rovers, Loan)
    • Antonio Luna (Hellas Verona, Loan)
    • Yacouba Sylla (Kayseri Erciyesspor, Loan)
    • Aleksandar Tonev (Celtic, Loan)
    • Joe Bennett (Brighton and Hove Albion, Loan)
    • Gary Gardner (Brighton and Hove Albion, Loan)

    It was a fairly innocuous summer at Villa Park, where a net spend of less than £8 million may not be seen as all too encouraging for those at Villa Park, despite a fine start to the 2014-15 campaign.

    Around half of the club's total outlay was forked out for Elche's Carlos Sanchez, the Colombian defensive midfielder yet to start a Premier League game for his new club, making only cameo appearances thus far.

    The club also made some seasoned signings in the shapes of Philippe Senderos, Joe Cole and Kieran Richardson—an average age of 30 between them.

    Granted, Richardson was the only one of the three who had a price tag, but Paul Lambert's former youth model has taken a turn towards a more aged spectrum with that trio on board.

    Aly Cissokho had a somewhat forgettable loan spell at Liverpool last term, but the Frenchman has shown good standards in the past, albeit still a risk at £2 million from Valencia.

    Instead, it's mainly the departures that will be thought of for the Birmingham outfit, with a host of fringe players now off the wage books and others gaining experience elsewhere. All in all, though, it was far from a sterling summer.

19. Burnley

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    Transfers In (From)

    • Michael Kightly (Stoke City, £1.5 million)
    • George Boyd (Hull City, £3 million)
    • Matt Gilks (Blackpool, Free))
    • Marvin Sordell (Bolton Wanderers, £600,000)
    • Matt Taylor (West Ham, Free)
    • Steven Reid (West Brom, Free)
    • Lukasz Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough, £1.25 million)
    • Stephen Ward (Wolves, Undisclosed)
    • Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea, Loan)
    • Michael Keane (Manchester United, Loan)

    Transfers Out (To)

    • David Edgar (Birmingham City, Free)
    • Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth, Free)
    • Keith Treacy (Barnsley, Free)
    • Chris Baird (West Brom, Free)

    Sean Dyche went about securing a new standard of depth at Turf Moor this summer, and there is by all means a good deal of quantity considering the money spent by Burnley.

    The most expensive of the lot, George Boyd, will be hoping to resume the stellar form previously shown at Peterborough, having not enjoyed quite as sensational a time at the KC Stadium.

    The playmaker's acquisition does give Dyche a needed first-team option in central midfield, as do Matt Taylor and the loan of Nathaniel Chalobah, who could be particularly exciting in his first real Premier League opportunity.

    Elsewhere, Lukasz Jutkiewicz offers another option up front, but there's nothing too glamorous about his addition, having scored just 16 goals in the last two Championship seasons.

    Stephen Ward and Steven Reid offer top-flight wisdom in the full-back areas and could prove handy pickups, as could Michael Kightly at £1.5 million, showing flashes of wing potential with Wolves and Stoke City in the past.

    There isn't as much to speak of on the outbound list, with several fringe players opting to move elsewhere, and it's unsurprising that any heading through the Burnley exit did so for free.

18. Crystal Palace

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    Transfers In (From)

    • Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City, £900,000)
    • James McArthur (Wigan Athletic, £7 million)
    • Ezekiel Fryers (Tottenham, £3 million)
    • Martin Kelly (Liverpool, £1.5 million)
    • Chris Kettings (Blackpool, Free)
    • Brede Hangeland (Fulham, Free)
    • Wifried Zaha (Manchester United, Loan)
    • Kevin Doyle (Wolves, Loan)

    Transfers Out (To)

    • Jose Campana (Sampdoria, £1.4 million)
    • Kagisho Dikgacoi (Cardiff City, Free)
    • Neil Alexander (Hearts, Free)
    • Danny Gabbidon (Cardiff City, Free)
    • Dean Moxey (Bolton Wanderers, Free)
    • Jonathan Parr (Ipswich Town, Free) 
    • Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City, Free)

    So controversial was the transfer policy at Selhurst Park that it's believed to have played a major part in Tony Pulis' exit as Crystal Palace manager, but Neil Warnock has his reasons to be happy with the summer's business.

    At £900,000, Fraizer Campbell offers a useful and cost-effective poaching presence, while Wilfried Zaha's second loan back in south London promises to give the club an exciting talent whom they're familiar with.

    Forking out £7 million for Wigan's James McArthur lies on the other end of the value spectrum. The Scot has proven a useful constructor at the Championship level and may prove his worth in time, but one would be tempted to call it excessive.

    Across the back line, Ezekiel Fryers, Martin Kelly and Brede Hangeland have been brought in for just more than half that figure and can offer options across defence between them, a mixture of young and old that could pay dividends.

    The club have no considerable players departing, Jose Campana the only one drawing a fee as he parts ways for Sampdoria, rounding off a summer of balanced recruitment.

17. Leicester City

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    Transfers In (From)

    • Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion, £8 million)
    • Danny Simpson (QPR, £2 million)
    • Tom Lawrence (Manchester United, £1.1 million)
    • Esteban Cambiasso (Inter, Free)
    • Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa, Free)
    • Jack Barmby (Manchester United, Free)
    • Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion, Free)
    • Ben Hamer (Charlton Athletic, Free)
    • Nick Powell (Manchester United, Loan)

    Transfers Out (To)

    • Lloyd Dyer (Watford, Free)
    • Sean St. Ledger (Free)
    • Zak Whitbread (Derby County, Free)
    • Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers, Free)
    • Paul Gallagher (Preston North End, Loan)
    • Adam Dawson (Notts County, Loan)
    • Conrad Logan (Rochdale, Loan)

    Leonardo Ulloa will take the plaudits as Leicester City's club-record transfer signing this summer, but those of the marquee man will be awarded to Esteban Cambiasso, arriving on a free following his release from Inter.

    Will the Argentinian be a drab pickup proven to be past his best, or a stellar signing who imbues previously unknown secrets of European football on his King Power Stadium allies?

    Who knows? But what we do know is that the Foxes did a decent job of replacing the figures who left their ranks with new, improved options in most new vacancies.

    Ulloa is already getting to grips with the Premier League after Championship success with Brighton, while Matthew Upson is an option one can best describe as "good to have around," and that may be a tad generous given his injury history.

    Danny Simpson could, in time, prove Nigel Pearson's best-value purchase at £2 million, the ex-Manchester United man being familiar with the ways of the Premier League.

    Jack Barmby and Marc Albrighton will look to give their new team more oomph in attack, both in need of the playing time but far from incapable of impressing, and the same can be said of the ever-improving Nick Powell, on loan from Old Trafford.

    One star signing, a past-his-prime veteran who could still have something to say and a handful of squad options point to a window not short in numbers, but a shortfall in proven Premier League quality could haunt the club.

16. West Bromwich Albion

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    Transfers In (From)

    • Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kiev, £10 million)
    • Cristian Gamboa (Rosenborg, £2 million)
    • Sebastien Pocognoli (Hannover 96, £1.5 million)
    • Jason Davidson (Heracles, Undisclosed)
    • Sebastian Blanco (Metalist Kharkiv, Undisclosed)
    • Craig Gardner (Sunderland, Free)
    • Joleon Lescott (Manchester City, Free)
    • Chris Baird (Burnley, Free)
    • Giorgos Samaras (Celtic, Free)
    • Andre Wisdom (Liverpool, Loan)
    • Silvestre Varela (Porto, Loan)

    Transfers Out (To)

    • George Thorne (Derby County, Undisclosed)
    • Billy Jones (Sunderland, Free)
    • Diego Lugano (Free)
    • Steven Reid (Burnley, Free)
    • Liam Ridgewell (Portland Timbers, Free)
    • Zoltan Gera (Ferencvarosi, Free)
    • Scott Allan (Hibernian, Free)

    Alan Irvine admitted to never having seen Brown Ideye play prior to the club agreeing a club transfer record £10 million for his services, according to a report by David Kent in the Daily Mail, but that doesn't make the former Dynamo Kiev man any less of a threat.

    He'll offer a support to Saido Berahino that the youngster should thrive off, and should the Nigerian rediscover his scoring form, he has the power to bank important goals for the Baggies.

    That's the big signing at the Hawthorns this summer, but if the club are to get further away from the relegation fight this season, more ambition may have been shown, in truth.

    Craig Gardner and Joleon Lescott are both well versed in Premier League matters and reinforce the central midfield and centre-back positions, with Zoltan Gera, Scott Allan and Diego Lugano having depleted those areas somewhat.

    Lescott is an upgrade on the aged and injury-prone Lugano, admittedly, and after escaping the obscurity of Manchester City, the former Everton defender should offer good value as a free.

    The same can be said for Silvestre Varela coming from Porto on a season's loan, an excitable wing talent if slightly inconsistent who occupies the same role as Scott Sinclair. He could well prove a worthwhile investment. 

    The most active region has been the full-backs. Cristian Gamboa, Jason Davidson and Sebastien Pocognoli are all full international for Costa Rica, Australia and Belgium, respectively, the former two featuring at this summer's World Cup.

    Andre Wisdom has shown great promise with Liverpool, while Chris Baird adds a versatile, albeit way-past-prime option at the back, ensuring the departures of Steven Reid, Billy Jones, Liam Ridgewell and Goran Popov don't hurt the club.

    All in all, the defence looks improved compared to last season's, and Ideye gives that star potential in attack, although the same might not be said for Greece's Giorgos Samaras.

15. West Ham United

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    Transfers In (From)

    • Enner Valencia (Pachuca, £12 million)
    • Cheikhou Kouyate (Anderlecht, £7 million)
    • Diafra Sakho (Metz, £3.5 million)
    • Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town, £2 million)
    • Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic, Compensation)
    • Mauro Zarate (Velez Sarsfeld, Free)
    • Morgan Amalfitano (Marseille, £2 million)
    • Alex Song (Barcelona, Loan)
    • Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal, Loan)

    Transfers Out (To)

    • Joe Cole (Aston Villa, Free)
    • Jack Collison (Free)
    • George McCartney (Free)
    • Matt Taylor (Burnley, Free)
    • Jordan Spence (MK Dons, Free)
    • Alou Diarra (Free)
    • Modibo Maiga (Metz, Loan)

    Ambition was clear at Upton Park this summer, a mixture of big investments and audacious loans making for an impressive changing of the guard.

    It's a disappointment to see Jack Collison's time with the side come to an end, but none of the departures listed above are big misses for Sam Allardyce, and in fact the club will be glad to see most leave.

    In their place come big arrivals, namely in the shape of £12 million man Enner Valencia, whose profile soared leading up to and at the World Cup. Him, Diafra Sakho and Mauro Zarate arrive to boost Big Sam's attacking numbers significantly.

    However, as has been the case with other West Ham signings in recent years, one gets the feeling funds may have been directed at those more proven in the division, numerous failed experiments still hovering among their ranks.

    That's where the loans of Alex Song and Carl Jenkinson and signing of Morgan Amalfitano should prove useful, all three having entertained in the Premier League in the past.

    That goes doubly for Song, who returns to England and shows smart business from the Hammers, coming in as a cost-effective replacement for Diame, likely to add new girth in the middle alongside £7 million man Cheikhou Kouyate.

    The former Anderlecht centre-back has long been tipped for bigger things, but again £7 million is a big sum to spend on what's far from a proven figure.

    Considering the club didn't sell off any players, those investments simply have to perform lest the club be left feeling somewhat embarrassed, but the east Londoners can at least say they leave the summer with more than they had coming into it.

14. Stoke City

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    Transfers In (From)

    • Bojan Krkic (Barcelona, £3 million)
    • Dionatan Teixeira (Dukla Banska Bystrica, Undisclosed)
    • Mame Biram Diouf (Hannover 96, Free)
    • Steve Sidwell (Fulham, Free)
    • Phil Bardsley (Sunderland, Free)
    • Victor Moses (Chelsea, Loan)
    • Oussama Assaidi (Liverpool, Loan)

    Transfers Out (To)

    • Michael Kightly (Burnley, £1.5 million)
    • Cameron Jerome (Norwich City, £1.5 million)
    • Matthew Etherington (Free)
    • Karim Rossi (Hull City, Free)
    • Ryan Shotton (Derby County, Loan)

    Another transfer window under Mark Hughes brings Stoke City closer to the attacking model he's looked to promote since being appointed manager, with Bojan Krkic, Mame Biram Diouf, Victor Moses and Oussama Assaidi boosting the club's forward resources.

    With an economic purse in mind, Bojan was the only one of those players to command a transfer fee, Diouf a very promising free transfer and the latter two signing on season-long loans from Chelsea and Liverpool, respectively.

    Moses and Assaidi may not be "star" wingers, and perhaps not even automatic starters at the Britannia Stadium, but their pasts suggest they'll be fine cover for Hughes' flanks.

    Bojan was a marvel for his new side in pre-season but is yet to do the same damage in league competition. That being said, with time, the former Barcelona prodigy could yet prove his long-told story of potential true.

    In defence, Dionatan Teixeira and Phil Bardsley arrive in central defence and full-back, the latter a handy player to have with vast experience in the division and the ability to play either side of defence.

    The sales of Michael Kightly and Cameron Jerome pick up most of any expenses, while Matthew Etherington rightfully ends his ties with the Potters, not quite of the standard they're now seeking.

    Penny pinching made to an effective degree, Hughes' summer sees good value made of the free-agent market, with Steve Sidwell also coming in to add some steel in midfield.

13. Sunderland

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    Transfers In (From)

    • Jack Rodwell (Manchester City, £10 million)
    • Patrick van Aanholt (Chelsea, £1.5 million)
    • Will Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion, £2.5 million)
    • Jordi Gomez (Wigan Athletic, Free)
    • Costel Pantilimon (Manchester City, Free)
    • Billy Jones (West Brom, Free)
    • Ricky Alvarez (Inter, Loan)
    • Sebastian Coates (Liverpool, Loan)
    • Santiago Vergini (Estdiantes, Loan)

    Transfers Out (To)

    • Ignacio Scocco (Newell's Old Boys, £2.1 million)
    • David Moberg Karlsson (FC Nordsjaelland, Undisclosed)
    • Alfred N'Diaye (Real Betis, £2 million)
    • Jack Colback (Newcastle United, Free)
    • Carlos Cuellar (Norwich City, Free)
    • Phil Bardsley (Stoke City, Free)
    • Craig Gardner (West Brom, Free)
    • David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest, Free)
    • Modibo Diakite (Free)
    • Kieren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday, Free)
    • Andrea Dossena (Free)
    • Cabral (Uniao da Madeira, Free)
    • Louis Laing (Nottingham Forest, Free)
    • Billy Knott (Bradford City, Free)
    • John Egan (Gillingham, Free)
    • Oscar Ustari (Newell's Old Boys, Free)
    • Valentin Roberge (Reims, Loan)
    • El Hadji Ba (Bastia, Loan)

    A bustling window unfolded at the Stadium of Light once again, with more names heading out than coming in as numerous players saw their contracts expire with Sunderland.

    Among those leaving, Jack Colback, Phil Bardsley and Craig Gardner may go down as missed assets, but with Jack Rodwell quickly emerging as a possible star for the Black Cats and signings made in the full-back areas, those holes have swiftly been plugged.

    Rodwell in particular could turn into a bargain at £10 million, the former Manchester City misfit finally being given new first-team opportunities and showing an attacking touch in his first few games that Mackems will love. Will Buckley's Championship credentials propose that he'll offer good value on the right side of midfield.

    With Marcos Alonso leaving a void at left-back after heading back to Fiorentina upon completion of his loan deal, Gus Poyet may also have stumbled upon gold in Patrick van Aanholt. The Chelsea academy graduate has looked good in recent outings, while Santiago Vergini isn't quite as confident a talent on the right side of defence.

    He arrived on loan from Estudiantes, and the other temporary acquisitions Sebastian Coates and Ricardo Alvarez add more South American flavour.

    Coates is hoping to regain his previous best since suffering a long-term knee injury and could be great at centre-back if that's the case, especially when Modibo Diakite, Carlos Cuellar and Valentin Roberge have all left central defence looking emptier.

    Inter clearly know Alvarez's worth after it was reported that his loan doesn't have an option to purchase included, but a season filled with moments of attacking brilliance from the Argentinian isn't outside the realms of possibility.

    Poyet already had a good squad at his disposal; the trouble lies in meshing all the pieces, especially the attack, into a model that works.

    Sunderland let a lot of players leave this summer, but that exodus signalled a much-needed clearing of the deadwood. Those coming in all having something to prove, which works in Poyet's favour.

12. Tottenham

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    Transfers In (From)

    • Federico Fazio (Sevilla, £8 million)
    • Benjamin Stambouli (Montpellier, £4 million)
    • Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon, £4 million)
    • Ben Davies (Swansea City, Player Swap with Gylfi Sigurdsson)
    • Michel Vorm (Swansea City, £3.5 million)
    • DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders, £2.5 million)

    Transfers Out (To)

    • Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City, Player Swap with Ben Davies)
    • Sandro (QPR, £6 million)
    • Jake Livermore (Hull City, £8 million)
    • Michael Dawson (Hull City, £3.5 million)
    • Iago Falque (Genoa, £4 million) 
    • Ezekiel Fryers (Crystal Palace, £3 million)
    • Jonathan Obika (Swindon Town, £200,000)
    • Souleymane Coulibaly (Bari, £200,000)
    • Heurelho Gomes (Watford, Free)
    • Lewis Holtby (Hamburg, Loan)
    • Tom Carroll (Swansea City, Loan)
    • DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders, Loan)
    • Ryan Fredericks (Middlesbrough, Loan)
    • Grant Hall (Birmingham City, Loan)

    Last year's summer was all about who would fit in to lessen the impact of Gareth Bale's departure, and Mauricio Pochettino's arrival at the club's helm is as much about getting those past signings into gear as it is making good deals of his own.

    That being said, the Argentinian's first purchases in north London have been small and cost-friendly, but by no means lacking in talent.

    Central midfielder Benjamin Stambouli is a great signing at just £4 million, the former Montpellier anchor costing significantly less than the fees gained for Livermore and Sandro but arguably with more ahead in his career.

    Eric Dier scored twice in his first two Premier League games for Spurs and brings a presence in central defence and at right-back, while Federico Fazio has been tipped to succeed after impressing in La Liga, a definite upgrade on the ageing Michael Dawson.

    Putting Lewis Holtby in the shop window with a loan switch to Hamburg is a smart move, with a permanent exit perhaps likely to come next year, while Michel Vorm gives Hugo Lloris great competition in the No. 1 jersey with Heurelho Gomes finally off the club's books.

    To point out a flaw, one might say Pochettino could have tried harder in his attempts to add more firepower up front, Emmanuel Adebayor, Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane not exactly oozing in top-four class. 

11. Everton

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    Transfers In (From)

    • Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea, £28 million)
    • Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros, £4 million)
    • Gareth Barry (Manchester City, £2 million)
    • Brendan Galloway (MK Dons, £2 million)
    • Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea, Free)
    • Christian Atsu (Chelsea, Loan)

    Transfers Out (To)

    • Apostolos Vellios (Lierse, Free)
    • Magaye Gueye (Millwall, Free)
    • Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers, £1.5 million)
    • Hallam Hope (Sheffield Wednesday, Loan)
    • John Lundstram (Blackpool, Loan)

    Everton's links with Chelsea were strong this summer as Romelu Lukaku and Christian Atsu (season-long loan) both headed for Goodison Park; free agent Samuel Eto'o also joined the Toffees having departed Stamford Bridge.

    Opinion has been split on whether or not Lukaku's £28 million fee was appropriate, given that he's still just 21 years of age and coming off a poor World Cup. However, scoring 15 league goals on loan under Roberto Martinez last season, the Belgian returns to a system he knows and will seek further success.

    There have been more valuable options around, however, and for all the potential he has, one can't help but feel Everton may have signed two smaller-profile forwards for that fee.

    The free acquisition of Eto'o balances things out somewhat, and having watched the Cameroonian net on his debut against Chelsea, the signs are good that his arrival will prove worth any demanding wages he brings with him.

    Gareth Barry is another who comes back to the club after sitting so well alongside James McCarthy during 2013-14, and £2 million will undoubtedly prove good business, even if he is 33.

    Muhamed Besic will be one to keep an eye on, and those not familiar with the trick-turning Bosnian are sure to see the value in his £4 million signing soon, giving Martinez another asset in the deeper-lying midfield area.

    Getting rid of Shane Duffy for £1.5 million is a useful sum given his lack of Premier League minutes; the departures of Magaye Gueye and Apostolos Vellios are unlikely to be regretted.

10. Swansea City

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    Transfers In (From)

    • Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham, Player Swap with Ben Davies)
    • Federico Fernandez (Napoli, £8 million)
    • Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough, £1.5 million)
    • Jefferson Montero (Monarcas Morelia, £4 million)
    • Modou Barrow (Ostersunds FK, Undisclosed)
    • Stephen Kingsley (Falkirk, Undisclosed)
    • Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon, Free)
    • Lukasz Fabianski (Arsenal, Free)
    • Tom Carroll (Tottenham, Loan)

    Transfers Out (To)

    • Ben Davies (Tottenham, Player Swap with Gylfi Sigurdsson)
    • Michel Vorm (Tottenham, £3.5 million)
    • Alejandro Pozuelo (Rayo Vallecano, Undisclosed)
    • Chico Flores (Lekhwiya, £3.6 million)
    • Pablo Hernandez (Al-Arabi, Undisclosed)
    • David N'Gog (Reims, Free)
    • Leroy Lita (Barnsley, Free)
    • Jose Canas (Espanyol, Free)
    • Michu (Napoli, Loan)

    Neil Taylor's presence means Swansea City were prepared for the sale of Ben Davies to Spurs, and snapping Lukasz Fabianski up on a free transfer looks a fair swap for Michel Vorm following suit to White Hart Lane, if perhaps a slight downgrade.

    In attacking midfield, the club will have been sad to see Michu depart on loan to Napoli, but Gylfi Sigurdsson's return to South Wales, in part-exchange for Davies, means the impact isn't sure to be dramatic.

    While Michu headed to Naples, centre-back Federico Fernandez comes in to replace Chico Flores and has all the tools to be a better asset than his predecessor, but the same might not be said of Jefferson Montero with Pablo Hernandez now in Qatar.

    Gary Monk spent a lot of his window fending off interest in Wilfried Bony, a successful venture as the deadline passed with his star striker still at the Liberty Stadium, but Bafetimbi Gomis looks likely to rival the Ivorian.

    In his early days in the Premier League, the former Lyon star is sending signals that he'll be an intimidating centre-forward—strong and powerful enough to hold up play but also drive at the defence himself.

    All the better that the Frenchman comes as a free transfer, and chairman Huw Jenkins ends another window with his wallet safely intact and his squad looking as confident as ever.

9. Arsenal

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    Transfers In (From)

    • Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona, £35 million)
    • Danny Welbeck (Manchester United, £16 million)
    • Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United, £12 million)
    • Calum Chambers (Southampton, £11 million)
    • David Ospina (Nice, £3.2 million)

    Transfers Out (To)

    • Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City, Free)
    • Bacary Sagna (Manchester City, Free)
    • Park Chu-Young (Free)
    • Johan Djourou (Hamburg, £2.5 million)
    • Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona, £15 million)
    • Ignasi Miquel (Norwich City, Undisclosed)
    • Nicklas Bendtner (Wolfsburg, Free)
    • Carl Jenkinson (West Ham, Loan)
    • Ryo Miyaichi (FC Twente, Loan)

    Another year passes by at the Emirates Stadium with drama unfolding right up to and indeed past the deadline thanks to Danny Welbeck's £16 million switch.

    The England international will look to soften the impact of Olivier Giroud's four-month layoff and could prove a bargain deal with time and the chance to perform in a prominent, central capacity.

    However, the early business conducted for Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers accounted for a bulk of Arsene Wenger's investment, addressing several areas in the squad.

    Of those three, Sanchez strikes as a somewhat frivolous and arguably unnecessary addition given the squad's strength out wide, but with Giroud now out for four months, his presence through the centre could give new value to the £35 million deal.

    Bacary Sagna's void is filled and then some with Debuchy and Chambers, although the former will need time to settle, while £15 million for Thomas Vermaelen—despite being in the last year of his contract—looks like terrific business.

    Carl Jenkinson and Ryo Miyaichi will get some valuable first-team minutes with West Ham and FC Twente, respectively, although failing to meet those tough-tackling central-midfielder and centre-back requirements will maybe go down as a miss for the north Londoners.

8. Manchester City

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    Transfers In (From)

    • Eliaquim Mangala (Porto, £32 million)
    • Fernando (Porto, £12 million)
    • Willy Caballero (Malaga, £4.4 million)
    • Bruno Zuculini (Racing Club, £1.5 million)
    • Bacary Sagna (Arsenal, Free)
    • Frank Lampard (New York City FC, Loan)

    Transfers Out (To)

    • Javi Garcia (Zenit St. Petersburg, £12 million)
    • Jack Rodwell (Sunderland, £10 million)
    • Emyr Huws (Wigan Athletic, £2.5 million)
    • Gareth Barry (Everton, £2 million)
    • Joleon Lescott (West Brom, Free)
    • Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland, Free)
    • Alvaro Negredo (Valencia, Loan)
    • Micah Richards (Fiorentina, Loan)
    • Bruno Zuculini (Valencia, Loan)
    • Marcos Lopes (Lille, Loan)
    • Karim Rekik (PSV, Loan)
    • Jason Denayer (Celtic, Loan)

    It was a strangely uninteresting summer for the most part at Manchester City, with only one major-money purchase to speak of in the shape of Eliaquim Mangala, while Alvaro Negredo was the big departure.

    Mangala could prove that quality over quantity is the way forward at the Etihad Stadium these days, Vincent Kompany having cried out for a fellow elite, consistent centre-back partner for some time now.

    Fernando joins his former Porto team-mate in Manuel Pellegrini's ranks, another Brazilian anchor with plenty of promise, filling the Javi Garcia-shaped void and for the same £12 million fee, the Spaniard having moved to Russia.

    With Stevan Jovetic soaring into good form of late, Negredo's loan to Valencia leaves the club with only Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko as alternatives. One can understand why a forward was offloaded, and BBC's Phil McNulty reports Valencia are obligated to pay a fee of around £24 million for the former Sevilla man next summer.

    A £10 million return on midfielder Jack Rodwell is also more than satisfactory given his injury woes in recent years, while most of the other exits, loan or permanent, either clear a useful section of the wage bill or give youngsters their chances elsewhere.

    Bacary Sagna wasn't quite a necessity given Pablo Zabaleta's powers at right-back, and the same can be said for Willy Caballero offering competition for Joe Hart in goal. Competition is all well and good, but some players can get antsy if not satisfied with their involvement.

    And that sounds something like what Frank Lampard might look forward to while on a short-term loan from New York City FC. The former Chelsea man isn't likely to be starting game after game, but a valuable bench option he is indeed.

    City had no great gaping holes or requirements before this window, and it's refreshing to see a not-so-many frills summer from the club, who did well acquiring the bare minimum—at least by their standards.

7. Queens Park Rangers

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    Transfers In (From)

    • Steven Caulker (Cardiff City, £8 million)
    • Sandro (Tottenham, £6 million)
    • Leroy Fer (Norwich City, £8 million)
    • Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City, £6 million)
    • Alex McCarthy (Reading, £3 million)
    • Jack Robinson (Liverpool, £1 million)
    • Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United, Free)
    • Eduardo Vargas (Napoli, Loan)
    • Mauricio Isla (Juventus, Loan)
    • Niko Kranjcar (Dynamo Kiev, Loan)

    Transfers Out (To)

    • Loic Remy (Chelsea, £10.5 million)
    • Esteban Granero (Real Sociedad, £3.5 million)
    • Danny Simpson (Leicester City, £2 million)
    • Stephane Mbia (Sevilla, Free)
    • Yossi Benayoun (Maccabi Haifa, Free)
    • Aaron Hughes (Brighton and Hove Albion, Free)
    • Andy Johnson (Crystal Palace, Free)
    • Gary O'Neil (Norwich City, Free)
    • Julio Cesar (Benfica, Free)
    • Samba Diakite (Al-Ittihad, Loan)
    • Jack Robinson (Huddersfield Town, Loan)
    • Park Ji-Sung (Retired)
    • Luke Young (Retired)

    Harry Redknapp broke new ground by choosing not to talk to the media from the edge of his car window this transfer deadline day, but QPR fans will be pleased to know it's because he was apparently too busy getting deals done.

    The Hoops conducted late business with the £6 million buy of Tottenham's Sandro, a player Redknapp brought to White Hart Lane, adding to the midfield ranks of Leroy Fer and Jordon Mutch already acquired this summer.

    One thing you can say of QPR is that they may pay over the odds to get their men, but on the face of things those three make for a Premier League-standard engine room.

    Niko Kranjcar isn't quite on their level of promise but was an important figure in the club's promotion and joins again on loan to give another creative option.

    Serie A loan signings Eduardo Vargas and Mauricio Isla also promise to excite in attack and midfield, respectively, while Steven Caulker is a more promising centre-back signing than Rio Ferdinand, although the latter will bring some twilight might to Loftus Road.

    The main thing lacking from QPR was an out-and-out striker signing, though. Loic Remy headed to Chelsea late on, and even though Vargas can play the role, the west Londoners may be found wanting up top.

    Big wages left the club in excess, with Julio Cesar, Esteban Granero and Stephane Mbia some of those likely to have been earning well along with Remy.

    Again, the club have spent big without selling many assets, but the arrivals in defence and midfield almost all come with Premier League credentials and aren't the same risks as those in times gone by.

6. Hull City

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    Transfers In (From)

    • Jake Livermore (Tottenham, £8 million)
    • Abel Hernandez (Palermo, £9.5 million)
    • Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City, £7 million)
    • Mohamed Diame (West Ham, £3.5 million)
    • Harry Maguire (Sheffield United, £2.5 million)
    • Andrew Robertson (Dundee United, £2.85 million)
    • Michael Dawson (Tottenham, £3.5 million)
    • Tom Ince (Blackpool, Free)
    • Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United, Loan)
    • Gaston Ramirez (Southampton, Loan)

    Transfers Out (To)

    • Shane Long (Southampton, £12 million)
    • George Boyd (Burnley, £3 million)
    • Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest, Free)
    • Robert Koren (Melbourne City, Free)
    • Abdoulaye Faye (Free)
    • Conor Henderson (Crawley Town, Free)
    • Conor Townsend (Dundee United, Loan)
    • Joe Dudgeon (Barnsley, Loan)
    • Mark Oxley (Hibernian, Free)

    Hull City signing Jake Livermore for £8 million was an announcement met with confusion this summer, but Shane Long leaving for £12 million put things into perspective at KC Stadium. A slightly mad perspective, but perspective all the same.

    Livermore was a success on loan with the Tigers last season and comes back to partner Tom Huddlestone and David Meyler, but there was yet more big spending conducted by the Yorkshire outfit.

    Abel Hernandez came in from Palermo to break the club's transfer record, an exciting forward and replacement for Long who could very well be great, but consistency has proved to be his main inhibitor in Italy's leagues.

    The £7 million laid out for Robert Snodgrass also looked a tad high, all the more so now that the wide man has picked up a long-term injury set to keep him sidelined for months, but his individual impact at Norwich City shows he could fit in well among a more talented roster.

    The Scot's injury does make Tom Ince's free signing all the more important, though. He could well be a creative force that proves a steal in the top flight, and Steve Bruce has another tough asset to pick in his engine room now that Mohamed Diame is around.

    Deadline-day loans for Gaston Ramirez and Hatem Ben Arfa also gift the manager an injection of ingenuity in attacking midfield, albeit with a great risk of inconsistency between the pair. On the whole, though, Hull have gone about about their replacing of departing figures with good efficiency.

    Say what you will of Michael Dawson costing £3.5 million, but at 30 years of age the former Spurs stalwart isn't over the hedge just yet. However, the question is whether he'll fit into Bruce's preference of playing three at the back.

    All in all, it's been a slightly flagrant window for the club, spending roughly £20 million more than what they sold, which included last season's top scorer, Matty Fryatt, and midfielder George Boyd.

    There was a mixture of quantity and quality added to Hull's ranks, but there is cause to debate some of those prices paid.

5. Chelsea

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    Transfers In (From)

    • Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona, £30 million)
    • Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid, £32 million)
    • Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid, £15.8 million)
    • Loic Remy (QPR, £10.5 million)
    • Didier Drogba (Galatasaray, Free)

    Transfers Out (To)

    • David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain, £50 million)
    • Demba Ba (Besiktas, £4.7 million)
    • Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland, £1.5 million)
    • Romelu Lukaku (Everton, £28 million)
    • George Saville (Wolves, £1 million)
    • Samuel Eto'o (Everton, Free)
    • Ashley Cole (Roma, Free)
    • Frank Lampard (New York City FC, Free)
    • Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday, Free)
    • Fernando Torres (Milan, Loan)
    • Marco van Ginkel (Milan, Loan)
    • Marko Marin (Fiorentina, Loan)
    • Victor Moses (Stoke City, Loan)
    • Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach, Loan)
    • Ryan Bertrand (Southampton, Loan)
    • Josh McEachran (Vitesse Arnhem, Loan)
    • Christian Atsu (Everton, Loan)
    • Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough, Loan)
    • Oriol Romeu (Stuttgart, Loan)
    • Gael Kakuta (Ray Vallecano, Loan)
    • Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough, Loan)
    • Lucas Piazon (Eintracht Frankfurt, Loan)
    • Wallace (Vitesse Arnhem, Loan)
    • Cristian Cuevas (Universidad de Chile, Loan)

    The Chelsea loan system has been propelled into full effect once again this summer after the Blues chose to ship out a raft of talents both young and old.

    Getting Fernando Torres off the wage bill with a two-year loan to Milan may mark the coming-full-circle of an ultimately terrible piece of business, but as far as this summer's concerned, it will be considered a relief to have the striker gone.

    And in his place comes Diego Costa, the Spanish international settling into the English top flight well and looking like his usually prolific self with four goals in his first three Premier League games.

    It's been a comforting return to London for Cesc Fabregas too, the former Arsenal man linking up well with his new Chelsea team-mates, looking like a good-value signing even if it did take £30 million to get him to Stamford Bridge.

    Other big deals at the club materialised in Filipe Luis, Loic Remy and Didier Drogba, none of whom are yet to have a dramatic impact on Jose Mourinho's squad, but each bring star potential and are (currently) worth their respective fees. Or lack thereof in Drogba's case.

    So how did Chelsea afford it all? The £50 million sale of David Luiz looked all the better after his disappointments at the 2014 World Cup, especially considering the Brazilian wasn't a "priority player" in west London.

    John Terry, Gary Cahill, Kurt Zouma and Branislav Ivanovic will make sure Mourinho copes without the departed and often liable Luiz, while £28 million is a great fee for Romelu Lukaku considering the club put next to no effort into his development.

    Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Samuel Eto'o leaving sees three big salaries evacuate the building, and in their place younger buds will be allowed to flourish, many, many of whom will hope to do so out on loan.

    Did we mention there are a lot of young players loaned out?

4. Southampton

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    Transfers In (From)

    • Dusan Tadic (FC Twente, £10.9 million)
    • Graziano Pelle (Feyenoord, £9 million)
    • Fraser Forster (Celtic, £10 million)
    • Shane Long (Hull City, £12 million)
    • Sadio Mane (Red Bull Salzburg, £10 million)
    • Florian Gardos (Steaua Bucharest, £6 million)
    • Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid, Loan)
    • Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea, Loan)

    Transfers Out (To)

    • Adam Lallana (Liverpool, £25 million)
    • Dejan Lovren (Liverpool, £20 million)
    • Rickie Lambert (Liverpool, £4 million)
    • Luke Shaw (Manchester United, £27 million)
    • Calum Chambers (Arsenal, £12 million)
    • Billy Sharp (Leeds United, £600,000)
    • Gaston Ramirez (Hull City, Loan)
    • Dani Osvaldo (Inter, Loan)
    • Jos Hooiveld (Norwich City, Loan)
    • Jordan Turnbull (Swindon Town, Loan)
    • Guly do Prado (Free)

    Following Liverpool's £50 million raid on their ranks (£49 million, to be exact), along with Arsenal and Manchester United's input, Southampton had a major concern in coming out of this window as a far inferior squad to the one entering it.

    However, Ronald Koeman has coped well all things considered, and for a club subjected to major exploitation from the Premier League's big guns, things could have gone a lot worse.

    Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren will be missed, but their respective replacements in Ryan Bertrand, Dusan Tadic and Florian Gardos are no small assets themselves. 

    This is especially true in Tadic's case, as the former FC Twente man looks to be going down a treat in England already; Graziano Pelle is gradually softening the blow of Rickie Lambert's departure as he adapts to the Premier League.

    Those former Eredivisie attackers could light up Southampton's season, and for good value too, with the Saints making good profit this window, opening the door to some January recruitment.

    Sadio Mane isn't as assured an acquisition, and despite the winger's fine record with Red Bull Salzburg, only with time will we really know the value of his £10 million recruitment.

    Fraser Forster is a big arrival in goal and has the capacity to make a renewed surge on England's No. 1 spot, but the £12 million paid for Long does raise some eyebrows. 

    As a loan, Toby Alderweireld could prove his Atletico Madrid doubters wrong, Koeman familiar with the utility defender from his days in the Dutch top flight.

    Loan departures for Gaston Ramirez and Dani Osvaldo are disappointing to see but positive for the club's future, the duo having failed to settle at the south-coast club since moving from Italy.

3. Newcastle United

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    Transfers In (From)

    • Remy Cabella (Montpellier, £8 million)
    • Siem de Jong (Ajax, £7.5 million)
    • Emmanuel Riviere (Monaco, £6.3 million)
    • Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord, £5 million)
    • Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest, £4 million)
    • Karl Dalow (Nottingham Forest, £3 million)
    • Ayoze Perez (Tenerife, £1.6 million)
    • Jack Colback (Sunderland, Free)
    • Facundo Ferreyra (Shakhtar Donetsk, Loan)

    Transfers Out (To)

    • Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal, £12 million)
    • James Tavernier (Wigan Athletic, £400,000)
    • Romain Amalfitano (Dijon, Free)
    • Dan Gosling (Bournemouth, Free)
    • Shola Ameobi (Gaziantep, Free)
    • Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull City, Loan
    • Mapou Yanga Mbiwa (Roma, Loan)
    • Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp, Loan)
    • Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest, Loan)
    • Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest, Loan)

    After failing to invest a great deal last summer, Mike Ashley reached deep into his pockets in 2014, and the end result is an incredible window showing some sensational value for money.

    Once again, Ligue 1 was the apple of Alan Pardew's eye after sewing up cut-price deals for Remy Cabella and Emmanuel Riviere, those two promising to add some much-needed power in attack.

    Siem de Jong will also be a creative force to be reckoned with following his arrival from Ajax, and the club's other Eredivisie investment, Daryl Janmaat, looks like great value as the replacement for Debuchy at right-back.

    Remy's attacking presence will be missed at St James' Park, but watch out for Ayoze Perez at just £1.6 million, the youngster having netted 16 goals in Spain's second tier last season.

    Pardew may be glad to see the back of Ben Arfa, for a season at least, given his lack of involvement in the first team lately, while Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will be more missed at centre-back.

    The French defender and his compatriot Debuchy are the only outgoing players that really promise to hurt the squad, but between those already in the north-east and those recently arrived, the Magpies are far improved on last term's setup.

2. Manchester United

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    Transfers In (From)

    • Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid, £59.7 million)
    • Ander Herrera (Athletic Bilbao, £29 million)
    • Luke Shaw (Southampton, £27 million)
    • Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon, £16 million)
    • Daley Blind (Ajax, £13.8 million)
    • Vanja Milinkovic (FK Vojvodina, £1.4 million)
    • Radamel Falcao (Monaco, Loan)

    Transfers Out (To)

    • Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund, £6.3 million)
    • Danny Welbeck (Arsenal, £16 million)
    • Alex Buttner (Dynamo Moscow, £4.4 million)
    • Patrice Evra (Juventus, £1.2 million)
    • Bebe (Benfica, £2.4 million)
    • Rio Ferdinand (QPR, Free)
    • Nemanja Vidic (Inter, Free)
    • Federico Macheda (Cardiff City, Free)
    • Jack Barmby (Leicester City, Free)
    • Nani (Sporting Lisbon, Loan)
    • Nick Powell (Leicester City, Loan)
    • Javier Hernandez (Real Madrid, Loan)
    • Angelo Henriquez (Dinamo Zagreb, Loan)
    • Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace, Loan)

    More than £150 million was spent at Old Trafford this summer, £6 million of which was devoted to the season-long loan of Radamel Falcao from Monaco, a surprise move on the last day of action.

    One could argue the striker wasn't needed given the club's attacking resources, but with Welbeck heading to Arsenal for £16 million and Javier Hernandez loaned to Real Madrid, Louis van Gaal's juggling task looks all the easier.

    Both Falcao and Angel Di Maria are big expenditures, superstar signings aimed at getting the club back to the top, and as the numbers suggest, they are each of a unique quality and promise to have a massive impact at Old Trafford.

    That's mostly true for Di Maria, a more versatile asset who offers support in central midfield, out wide and in more central attacking areas.

    Ander Herrera also gives added worth in central midfield, a position in which Daley Blind is also capable. The Dutchman links back up with his former national team boss and is one of three left-sided defenders to arrive this summer, along with Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo.

    One thing that's clear is that versatility was a big priority for the new manager during his first window, and each permanent signing offers a malleable approach, able to play multiple roles in the 3-5-2 and indeed other formations.

    Even with Blind and Rojo, though, the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic could be felt, with no true centre-back among Van Gaal's purchases.

    Patrice Evra was another veteran to go, and despite Welbeck's promise, he hasn't been fitting in at Old Trafford as he desired for some time now, making the fee gained from his exit a very acceptable one.

    The rest of United's clear-out told a story of failed projects finally being cut loose, Shinji Kagawa, Bebe, Federico Macheda and Alex Buttner each bringing talent but not fitting United's model right now.

    With time, that central-defender miss could come back to haunt Van Gaal, but he's added international-standard assets in all areas of his squad needed to enforce his new system.

1. Liverpool

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    Transfers In (From)

    • Adam Lallana (Southampton, £25 million)
    • Dejan Lovren (Southampton, £20 million)
    • Rickie Lambert (Southampton, £4 million)
    • Mario Balotelli (Milan, £16 million)
    • Lazar Markovic (Benfica, £20 million)
    • Alberto Moreno (Sevilla, £12 million)
    • Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen, £10 million)
    • Divock Origi (Lille, £10 million)
    • Javier Manquillo (Atletico Madrid, Loan)

    Transfers Out (To)

    • Luis Suarez (Barcelona, £75 million)
    • Pepe Reina (Bayern Munich, £2 million)
    • Daniel Agger (Brondby, £3 million)
    • Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace, £1.5 million)
    • Jack Robinson (QPR, £1 million)
    • Conor Coady (Huddersfield Town, £500,000)
    • Divock Origi (Lille, Loan)
    • Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City, Loan)
    • Andre Wisdom (West Brom, Loan)
    • Sebastian Coates (Sunderland, Loan)
    • Iago Aspas (Sevilla, Loan)
    • Luis Alberto (Malaga, Loan)
    • Tiago Ilori (Bordeaux, Loan)
    • Jordon Ibe (Derby County, Loan)
    • Joao Teixeira (Brighton and Hove Albion, Loan)

    Liverpool were the busiest of all the Premier League big guns, and their Luis Suarez sale has left everyone wondering whether the club are going to "do a Tottenham" in 2014-15.

    The notion is that after reinvesting the £75 million brought in by Suarez's exit, the Reds run the risk of dropping fluidity, but all signs early this season would point to the contrary.

    Granted, some arrivals are yet to make their bows, but the likes of Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Mario Balotelli and Emre Can have hit the ground running at Anfield with varying levels of success.

    First off, it was the right time to sell Suarez; that's a given. In the wake of his third biting controversy at this summer's World Cup, £75 million will be treated as a very acceptable sum when taking all into account.

    With that figure, most transfer fees were taken care of, the club spending around £115 million altogether, but getting an extremely promising crop as opposed to one superstar.

    Balotelli's worth will depend on his discipline, people will inevitably say, but there's no doubt that at £16 million, his signing is potentially devastating upon his return to England.

    In time, Divock Origi also promises to provide competition to the likes of him and Daniel Sturridge up front, but a season back on loan at Lille will be good preparation for the battles to come on Merseyside.

    Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana add cover and possible new first-team stars in a variety of attacking/creative regions, while Can can cover at full-back as well as in midfield, with no evident area lacking in recruitment.

    It's also promising to see that while not on Chelsea proportions just yet, Liverpool have deep enough youth reserves that they can afford to farm prospects out, numerous of whom hold first-team potential.

    Javier Manquillo's two-year loan from Atletico Madrid may not be the most high-profile arrival, but he could also prove to be worth his investment.

    On the whole, Brendan Rodgers used initiative and comes out of the window with a superior line-up because of it. Job done.

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