With rumors, friendlies, the World Cup and medicals, it’s easy to lose track of which players switched sides during the summer. Did this move happen? Did one team pull out of the deal?
In short, who’s on my team? We’ve put together a list of the bigger names to come and go this offseason.
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There’s still plenty of time in silly season for moves to be made, but let’s get you caught up on who’s moved to and away from Premier League clubs, as the season begins Aug. 16 (three weeks away!!)
In: Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Hugo Keto (Helsinki), Elias Chatzitheodoridis (Mas Kallitheakos)
Out: Nicklas Bendtner, Chu-Young Park, Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea), Bacary Sagna (Man City)
Analysis: Debuchy replaces Sagna, and Sanchez is perhaps the biggest add in the Premier League this season. Will Arsene Wenger sign his big forward before the end of the window? It seems likely he has to bring a star man to the Emirates.
In: Joe Cole (West Ham), Philippe Senderos (Valencia), Kieran Richardson (Fulham)
Out: Nicklas Helenius (Aalborg), Marc Albrighton (Leicester)
Analysis: Picking up Senderos is a big get for a Villa team that allowed the most goals of any team to stay up. Cole and Richardson are risks at best, as Villa needs a couple more strong bodies.
In: Michael Kightly (Stoke), Steven Reid (West Brom), Matt Taylor (West Ham)
Out: David Edgar (Birmingham), Chris Baird (West Brom)
Analysis: The Baird loss is a big one, and Burnley will have a heck of a task to stay up without further add-ons.
In: Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid)
Out: Samuel Eto’o, Thorgan Hazard (Monchengladbach), Tomas Kalas (Cologne), Ashley Cole (Roma), Demba Ba (Besiktas), David Luiz (PSG), Frank Lampard (New York City FC)
Analysis: The team is starting to look more and more like a Jose Mourinho squad, and it’s easy to forget he did his work last year without many of the players he’d like to have around. The Nemanja Matic signing of January almost feels like it should be included here, as it helps make up for the loss of Luiz. In Drogba, Fabregas and Luis, he has brought in good veteran depth that understands his demands.
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In: Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City)
Out: Kagisho Dikgacoi (Cardiff), Dean Moxey (Bolton), Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge), Danny Gabbidon
Analysis: They added a striker in Campbell, and Tony Pulis really needs to find some goals. Palace finished 11th last season but third-last in goals scored with a paltry 33. Another attacker is needed, if not two.
In: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Muhamed Besic (Ferencváros)
Analysis: The whole thing shakes out as such: if Roberto Martinez doesn’t get to bring Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea full-time, he better find a forward to finish Ross Barkley and company’s work.
In: Tom Ince (Blackpool), Jake Livermore (Tottenham), Robert Snodgrass (Norwich)
Out: Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest), Abdoulaye Faye, Robert Koren
Analysis: Some more deft moves from Steve Bruce, who will hope to build off his FA Cup final run of a year ago. Snodgrass leaves Norwich to give the Tigers plenty in the middle, and Hull can be in good shape if Ince can find his promise.
In: Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton), Matthew Upson (Brighton), Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa)
Out: Zak Whitbread (Derby County)
Analysis: Ulloa was brilliant for Brighton, and Upson can help the club learn the ropes of the Premier League.
In: Adam Lallana (Southampton), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen), Lazar Markovic (Benfica)
Out: Iago Aspas (Sevilla), Andre Wisdom (West Brom), Luis Suarez (Barcelona)
Analysis: The loss of Suarez is massive, and the Reds say they are not done replacing him. Markovic is a sneaky good signing, while Lallana is coming off a PL Team of the Year season. Surely manager Brendan Rodgers will add another striking option (Loic Remy?).
In: Fernando (Porto), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Wily Caballero (Malaga)
Out: Gareth Barry (Everton), Joleon Lescott, Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland)
Analysis: Former Porto man Fernando gives City more depth in the midfield, but for now the champions look set to defend with a very similar lineup.
In: Luke Shaw (Southampton), Ander Herrera (Bilbao)
Out: Ryan Giggs, Alexander Buttner (Dynamo Moscow), Patrice Evra (Juventus), Federico Macheda (Cardiff City), Nemanja Vidic (Inter Milan), Rio Ferdinand (Queens Park Rangers), Bebe (Benfica)
Analysis: The two pieces they’ve added are huge in quality, but depth is dwindling and Louis van Gaal wants to assess his current crop. United is woeful in defense outside of Shaw. LVG’s 3-5-2 can help mitigate that shallow depth, but surely he’d like to have options.
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In: Remy Cabella (Montpellier), Emmanuel Riviere (Monaco), Siem de Jong (Ajax), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Ayoze Perez (Tenerife), Jack Colback (Sunderland)
Out: Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal), Dan Gosling (Bournemouth), Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp), Shola Ameobi, Romain Amalfitano (Dijon)
Analysis: The Magpies are having a summer! After selling off players like Yohan Cabaye, Andy Carroll and Demba Ba over the past few years, Newcastle has only watched one key piece walk (Debuchy). They’ve added plenty in the attack and replaced Debuchy with the cheaper, younger, potentially better (one day) Janmaat.
Queens Park Rangers
In: Steven Caulker (Cardiff City), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)
Out: Stephane Mbia, Yossi Benayoun (Maccabi Haifa)
Analysis: The very veteran unit hasn’t added a bunch for Harry Redknapp, but Caulker is a solid signing. Do they have the know-how to stay up? Who knows, but keeping Loic Remy instead of his presumed move to Liverpool would be a good step. Otherwise, they need striking help.
In: Dusan Radic (Twente), Graziano Pelle (Feyenoord)
Out: Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Rickie Lambert (Liverpool).
Analysis: Set to lose Dejan Lovren and maybe more assets, the Koeman brothers have a lot of work to do. The vaunted academy can’t offset losses forever, and the Saints are set to lose four of their very best pieces.
In: Steve Sidwell (Fulham), Phil Bardsley (Sunderland), Mame Biram Dioug (Hannover), Bojan Krkic (Barcelona)
Out: Michael Kightly (Burnley), Juan Agudelo, Mathew Etherington
Analysis: Quietly added three decent potential pieces before the flashy signing of Krkic from Barcelona. The Potters have had a very strong offseason under Mark Hughes. Bardsley is a very good move.
In: Jordi Gomez (Wigan), Billy Jones (West Brom), Costel Pantilimon (Man City), Patrick van Aanholt (Chelsea)
Out: Jack Colback (Newcastle), Kieren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Craig Gardner (West Brom), Phil Bardsley (Stoke), Ignacio Scocco (Newell’s Old Boys)
Analysis: The Black Cats need to find a desperate Gus Poyet some new men. For now this lucky to survive Sunderland side looks worse off than when the season ended.
In: Jefferson Montero (Morelia), Marvis Emnes (Middlesbrough), Lukasz Fabianski (Arsenal), Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon)
Out: Michel Vorm (Tottenham), Alejandro Pozuelo (Rayo Vallecano), Michu (Napoli)
Analysis: Vorm and Michu are big names to Swans supporters, but the new blood is promising. Montero is a potential star, while the other three can be major factors either immediately — Gomis and Wilfried Bony could be a threatening pair — or in the long-term.
In: Ben Davies (Swansea), Michel Vorm (Swansea)
Out: Jake Livermore (Hull), Heurelho Gomes (Watford), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea)
Prognosis: Spurs did a bunch of business last summer, and are hoping signings like Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado come around. Vorm gives them depth behind Hugo Lloris, while losing Sigurdsson to bring in defensive power with Davies is a decent risk.
West Bromwich Albion
In: Joleon Lescott (Man City), Chris Baird (Burnley), Andre Wisdom (Liverpool), Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kiev), Craig Gardner (Sunderland), Sebastien Pocognoli (Hannover)
Out: Liam Ridgewell (Portland), Steven Reid (Burnley), Billy Jones (Sunderland)
Prognosis: The Baggies gave up plenty of goals last season and stayed safe by a mere three points. They’ve added some punch with Ideye and revamped their back line with Baird and Lescott. Baird may be the coup of the group, with depth at center mid always good.
West Ham United
In: Enner Valencia (Pachuca), Mauro Zarate (Velez Sarsfield), Cheikhou Kouyate, Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town), Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic)
Out: Joe Cole (Aston Villa), Matt Taylor (Burnley)
Prognosis: West Ham surged late to avoid the drop after spending a good portion of last season in the drop zone, and they moved quickly to grab some offense. Now with Andy Carroll out for up to four months, with the Hammers need to snag yet another striker?