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Summer transfer window grades: How did each club do?

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Now that the summer transfer window is closed in the Premier League, it is time to let the dust settle and figure out, amid all the madness, who actually did the best business.

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How did each Premier League club do? Was a record summer of spending enough to strengthen teams? Or did some fail to address glaring weaknesses?

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Below we give all 20 PL teams a grade and sum up their summer window.


Manchester United – A
Their business was done early and properly with Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic starting off superbly and Victor Lindelof will settle in. Smart business by Jose Mourinho with his squad now looking like a much stronger unit overall. Didn’t need a new wide player in the end because his team started the season so well.


Manchester City – A-
Pep Guardiola did plenty of business early in the window and he addressed his needs superbly with Kyle Walker, Danilo, Benjamin Mendy and Ederson improving their defense. Bernardo Silva is a luxury signing and Alexis Sanchez would have been something similar but City couldn’t get it over the line. Very solid window but one more center back would have given them an A.


Everton – B+
Like Man United and Man United the Toffees did their business early. Ronald Koeman strengthened his defense with Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford and spent the Romelu Lukaku cash wisely with Gylfi Sigurdsson, Davy Klaassen and Wayne Rooney likely to score and create plenty of goals. However, failing to sign a recognized targetman could come back to haunt Koeman. Olivier Giroud or Diego Costa would have been perfect for this system.


Tottenham Hotspur – B+
Spurs had a really strong finish to the window, adding Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier and Fernando Llorente. That gives them more cover in defense and an extra option off the bench with Llorente happy to back up Harry Kane. Selling on Kyle Walker for over $65 million made sense and Mauricio Pochettino will be happy with his summer window after keeping hold of Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Kane and Danny Rose.


West Brom – B+
The Baggies had a really decent window and pulled off a big shock with silky midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak arriving on loan from Paris Saint-Germain. Jay Rodriguez, Kieran Gibbs and Gareth Barry are all solid additions who will start and Tony Pulis managed to keep hold of his skipper Jonny Evans despite interest from Man City and Arsenal.


Leicester City – B+
Decent window for the Foxes as they managed to keep hold of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy and although it seems likely they lost Danny Drinkwater to Chelsea, they added some deadline day deals in Aleksandar Dragovic and potentially Adrien Silva. Early additions of Harry Maguire, Kelchi Iheanacho and Vicente Iborra seem to have strengthened the overall squad too.


Liverpool – B
Mohamed Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are both key additions in the window and sealing the deal for Naby Keita was a big one for next summer. However, not adding a top-class center back (the Virgil Van Dijk pursuit was doomed from the start) was a big letdown and there is still an issue with the goalkeeping department. Some issues not addressed but Philippe Coutinho seems all but certain to stick around, so that’s a positive.


Huddersfield Town – B
David Wagner added more new players than any other team and Huddersfield have looked the part early on. Steve Mounie is a powerful forward with an eye for goal, grabbing Aaron Mooy on a permanent deal was superb business and goalkeeper Jonas Lossl has settled in well. Unlike the other promoted teams Huddersfield did their business early and were rewarded.


Swansea City – B
They held out and got a huge sum of $57.6 million for Gylfi Sigurdsson which they then spent wisely on re-signing Wilfried Bony and adding Renato Sanches on loan in a stunning deal from Bayern Munich. They did lose Fernando Llorente too, but Tammy Abraham seems like a steal on loan and the Swans will be hopeful their young squad can surprise opponents. Decent window all things considered.


Burnley – B
They lost Michael Keane and Andre Gray but did recoup over $60 million for the duo and spent it wisely with Chris Wood, Jack Cork and Jonathan Walters coming in. Plenty of experience added by Sean Dyche and the Clarets will once again be tough to break down. Solid window.


Watford – B
Marco Silva added some decent signings from Udinese around deadline day and brought in Andre Gray and Richarlison to strengthen their attack. Nathaniel Chalobah and Will Hughes will add energy in midfield and overall an inventive window, once again, from the Hornets.


Stoke City – B
The Potters did some really good business late in the window which saved them. Jese and Choupo-Moting look lively up top and Kurt Zouma, Kevin Wimmer and Bruno Martins Indi will improve them defensively. Darren Flecther is another solid buy but another striker would have been ideal for Mark Hughes.


Southampton – B-
They kept hold of Virgil van Dijk which was the main aim and added Mario Lemina in midfield and center backs Jan Bednarek and Wesley Hoedt. Saints really could have done with freshening up their attack but it didn’t seem like they were close to key forward additions.


Chelsea – B-
A really weird window for Chelsea who kept seeing players turn them down. From Romleu Lukaku to Oxlade-Chamberlain and Llorente to Ross Barkley, Antonio Conte couldn’t get deals over the line and Chelsea’s squad isn’t looking as strong as it did at the end of last season. Selling Nemanja Matic to Manchester United was a bad decision and the situation surrounding Diego Costa’s future was handed poorly. Alvaro Morata will be a star and both Bakayoko and Rudiger are also good additions, but not a great window at all for the Blues.


Bournemouth – C+
Adding experience was the main aim and Bournemouth did that early with Asmir Begovic and Jermain Defoe coming in. Nathan Ake should be a solid buy too but Eddie Howe‘s attack is looking a little lackluster after the opening weeks of the season.


West Ham United – D
It looked like decent business on paper but three of their four buys in the window look like they could be ill-advised. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez will score goals for fun but Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart look low on confidence and Marko Arnautovic already has a red card and some poor displays against his name. Not a great window for the Hammers.


Crystal Palace – D-
Yes, they may well add Mamadou Sakho, but apart from that it has been a disastrous start to life in the Premier League for Frank De Boer. With three defeats he needed to add another two defenders and another striker to help ease the load on Christian Benteke. Palace have some big squad issues with a new playing style not suiting many of their players.


Brighton – F
Numbers have arrived but real quality hasn’t for the Seagulls. It is early days but you have to think more firepower was necessary for them to have any chance of staving off relegation. Davy Propper could be a good buy and so too could Jose Izquierdo but apart from that an underwhelming window. If they manage to add Vincent Janssen it would improve their grade, but not by much.


Arsenal – F
My goodness. What happened? From still having Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil around, to losing out on Thomas Lemar on the final day and selling Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsene Wenger has a nightmare. They added Alexandre Lacazette but did they really need another striker? Yet another window has come and gone without Wenger addressing the glaring problems in central midfield and defense. They way this situation has been handled from the top of the club is shambolic.


Newcastle United – F
Rafael Benitez and his owner Mike Ashley have been airing their dirty laundry in the media and Benitez has not got the deals he wanted. Joselu could score some goals but overall it was a really poor window for Newcastle, a team who should be challenging for a top four finish considering their stadium and fanbase. This window suggests they will be battling relegation.

Every Premier League summer transfer

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What a summer.

As usual, massive names were floated all summer as potential Premier League arrivals, returns, or departures.

Some of those materialized as predicted, with Alexandre Lacazette, Alvaro Morata (above), and Mohamed Salah coming to England.

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Others, like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, and Thomas Lemar, did not move at all.

Then there were the intra-league moves that happened or didn’t. As of post time, there are no new homes for Alexis Sanchez, Riyad Mahrez, and Diego Costa.

So who did move? Below are all the deals for each club via PremierLeague.com.

AFC Bournemouth

In
Asmir Begovic (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) Free Details
Nathan Ake (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers) Undisclosed Details

Out
Mark Travers (Weymouth) Loan Details
Ryan Allsop (Blackpool) Loan Details
Jordan Lee (Torquay United) Loan Details
Lewis Grabban (Sunderland) Loan Details
Sam Surridge (Yeovil Town) Loan Details
Ben Whitfield (Port Vale) Loan Details
Harry Cornick (Luton Town) Undisclosed Details
Sam Matthews (Eastleigh) Loan Details
Jordan Green (Yeovil Town) Free Details
Max Gradel (Toulouse) Loan Details
Baily Cargill (Fleetwood Town) Loan Details
Joe Quigley (Newport County) Loan Details
Mihai Dobre (Bury) Loan Details
Matt Worthington (Yeovil Town) Loan Details
Adam Federici (Nottingham Forest) Loan Details

Arsenal

In
Sead Kolasinac (Schalke) Free Details
Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) Undisclosed Details

Out
Takuma Asano (Stuttgart) Loan Details
Chris Willock (Benfica) Free Details
Kaylen Hinds (Wolfsburg) Undisclosed Details
Marc Bola (Bristol Rovers) Loan Details
Dan Crowley (Willem ll) Undisclosed Details
Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus) Undisclosed Details
Emi Martinez (Getafe) Loan Details
Stephy Mavididi (Preston North End) Loan Details
Gabriel Paulista (Valencia) Undisclosed Details
Carl Jenkinson (Birmingham City) Loan Details
Cohen Bramall (Birmingham City) Loan Details
Ismael Bennacer (Empoli) Undisclosed Details
Savvas Mourgos (Norwich City) Undisclosed Details
Jon Toral (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Kieran Gibbs (West Brom) Undisclosed Details
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) Undisclosed Details
Kelechi Nwakali (VVV-Venlo) Loan 
Details
Donyell Malen (PSV Eindhoven) Undisclosed Details
Lucas Perez (Deportivo de La Coruna) Loan Details
Joel Campbell (Real Betis) Loan Details

Brighton & Hove Albion

In
Pascal Gross (Ingolstadt) Undisclosed Details
Josh Kerr (Celtic) Undisclosed Details
Mathew Ryan (Valencia) Undisclosed Details
Markus Suttner (Ingolstadt) Undisclosed Details
Mathias Normann (FK Bodo/Glimt) Undisclosed Details
Izzy Brown (Chelsea) Loan Details
Steven Alzate (Leyton Orient) Undisclosed Details
Ales Mateju (Viktoria Plzen) Undisclosed Details
Davy Propper (PSV Eindhoven) Undisclosed Details
Soufyan Ahannach (Almere City) Undisclosed Details
Jose Izquierdo (Club Brugge) Undisclosed Details
Ezequiel Schelotto (Sporting Lisbon) Undisclosed Details
Tim Krul (Newcastle United) Loan Details

Out
Elvis Manu (Genclerbirligi SK) Free Details
Jordan Maguire-Drew (Lincoln City) Loan Details
Christian Walton (Wigan) Loan Details
Rob Hunt (Oldham Athletic) Undisclosed Details
Oliver Norwood (Fulham) Loan Details
Ben White (Newport County) Loan Details
Tom Dallison (Accrington Stanley) Loan Details
Tyler Forbes (Accrington Stanley) Loan Details
Kazenga LuaLua (QPR) Loan Details
Archie Davies (Whitehawk) Loan Details
Mathias Normann (Molde) Loan Details
Rohan Ince (Bury) Loan Details

Burnley

In
Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) Undisclosed Details
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) Undisclosed Details
Jack Cork (Swansea) Undisclosed Details
Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) Undisclosed Details
Adam Legzdins (Birmingham City) Undisclosed Details
Chris Wood (Leeds United) Undisclosed Details
Nakhi Wells (Huddersfield Town) Undisclosed Details

Out
Michael Kightly (released) Details
Joey Barton (released) Details
George Green (released) Details
R J Pingling (released) Details
Christian Hill (released) Details
Taofiq Olmowewe (released) Details
Jon Flanagan (Liverpool) End of loan Details
Josh Ginnelly (Lincoln City) Loan Details
Michael Keane (Everton) Rising to £30m Details
Ntumba Massanka (Wrexham) Loan Details
Bradley Jackson (Southport) Loan Details
Rouwen Hennings (Fortuna Dusseldorf) Free Details
Paul Robinson (retired) Details
Connor King (Barnoldswick Town) Loan Details
Tendayi Darikwa (Nottingham Forest) Undisclosed Details
Chris Long (Northampton Town) Loan Details
Alex Whitmore (Bury) Loan Details
Aiden O'Neill (Fleetwood Town) Loan Details
Conor Mitchell (Chester FC) Loan Details
Andre Gray (Watford) Undisclosed Details
Luke Hendrie (Bradford City) Loan Details
Tom Anderson (Port Vale) Loan Details
Daniel Agyei (Walsall) Loan Details

Chelsea

In
Willy Caballero Free Details
Antonio Rudiger (Roma) Undisclosed Details
Tiemoue Bakayoko (Monaco) Undisclosed Details
Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid) Undisclosed Details
Kylian Hazard (Ujpest) Undisclosed Details
Davide Zappacosta (Torino) Undisclosed Details
Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City) Undisclosed Details

Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) Undisclosed Details
Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) Undisclosed Details
Asmir Begovic (AFC Bournemouth) Undisclosed Details
Dominic Solanke (Liverpool) Free Details
Alex Kiwomya (Doncaster Rovers) Undisclosed Details
Bertrand Traore (Olympique Lyonnais) Undisclosed Details
Fankaty Dabo (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan Details
Nathan Ake (AFC Bournemouth) Undisclosed Details
Tammy Abraham (Swansea City) Loan Details
Kasey Palmer (Huddersfield) Loan Details
Todd Kane (Groningen) Loan Details
Charlie Colkett (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan Details
Ola Aina (Hull City) Loan Details
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) Loan Details
Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford) Undisclosed Details
Marco Van Ginkel (PSV Eindhoven) Loan Details
Ike Ugbo (Barnsley) Loan Details
Mukhtar Ali (Vitesse) Undisclosed Details
Kurt Zouma (Stoke City) Loan Details
Mason Mount (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan Details
Izzy Brown (Brighton) Loan Details
Tomas Kalas (Fulham) Loan Details
Michael Hector (Hull City) Loan Details
Jamal Blackman (Sheffield United) Loan Details
Matt Miazga (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan Details
Bekanty Victorien Angban (Waasland-Beveren) Loan Details
Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) Undisclosed Details
Mario Pasalic (Spartak Moscow) Loan Details
Lewis Baker (Middlesbrough) Loan Details
Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa) Loan Details
Jeremie Boga (Birmingham City) Loan Details
Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers) Loan Details

Crystal Palace

In
Manager: Frank De Boer Details
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) Loan Details
Jairo Riedewald (Ajax) Undisclosed Details
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Man Utd) Loan Details
Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) $31-34 million

Out
Steve Mandanda (Marseille) Undisclosed Details
Ryan Inniss (Colchester United) Loan Details

Everton

In
Jordan Pickford (Sunderland) £25m Details
Davy Klaassen (Ajax) €27m Details
Nathangelo Markelo (FC Volendam) Undisclosed Details
Henry Onyekuru (Eupen) Undisclosed Details
Sandro Ramirez (Malaga) Undisclosed Details
Michael Keane (Burnley) Rising to £30m Details
Boris Mathis (Metz) Free Details
Anton Donkor (Wolfsburg) Loan Details
Josh Bowler (QPR) Undisclosed Details
Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) Undisclosed Details
Cuco Martina (Southampton) Free Details
Lewis Gibson (Newcastle United) Undisclosed Details
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) Undisclosed Details
Nikola Vlasic (Hajduk Split) Undisclosed Details

Out
Tom Cleverley (Watford) Undisclosed Details
Russell Griffiths (Motherwell) Free 
Conor McAleny (Fleetwood Town) Free
Henry Onyekuru (Anderlecht) Loan Details
Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona) Undisclosed Details
Brendan Galloway (Sunderland) Loan Details
Tyias Browning (Sunderland) Loan Details
Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd) Undisclosed Details
Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) Undisclosed Details
Courtney Duffus (Oldham Athletic) Undisclosed Details
Matthew Pennington (Leeds United) Loan Details
Joe Williams (Barnsley) Loan Details
Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest) Loan Details
Antonee Robinson (Bolton Wanderers) Loan Details
Gareth Barry (West Brom) Undisclosed Details
Conor Grant (Crewe Alexandra) Loan Details
Callum Connolly (Ipswich Town) Loan Details

Huddersfield Town

In
Laurent Depoitre (Porto) Undisclosed Details
Aaron Mooy (Man City) £8m Details
Jonas Lossl (Mainz) Loan Details
Tom Ince (Derby County) Undisclosed Details
Kasey Palmer (Chelsea) Loan Details
Danny Williams (Reading) Free Details
Steve Mounie (Montpellier) Undisclosed Details
Scott Malone (Fulham) Undisclosed Details
Mathias Jorgensen (FC Copenhagen) Undisclosed Details
Abdelhamid Sabiri (Nurnberg) Undicslosed Details
Florent Hadergjonaj (Ingolstadt) Loan Details
Robert Green (Leeds United) Undisclosed Details

Out
Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Portsmouth) Loan Details
Jordy Hiwula (Fleetwood Town) Loan Details
Fraser Horsfall (Gateshead) Loan Details
Rekeil Pyke (Port Vale) Loan Details
Jack Payne (Oxford United) Loan Details
Mark Hudson (Retired to coach) Details
Luke Coddington (Northampton) Undisclosed Details
Sean Scannell (Burton Albion) Loan Details
Jordan Williams (Bury) Loan Details
Jason Davidson (released) Details
Nakhi Wells (Burnley) Undisclosed Details

Leicester City

In
Sam Hughes (Chester) Undisclosed Details
Harry Maguire (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Vicente Iborra (Sevilla) Undisclosed Details
Eldin Jakupovic (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Kelechi Iheanacho (Man City) Undisclosed Details
George Thomas (Coventry City) Undisclosed Details
Harvey Barnes (Barnsley) Loan Details

Harry Maguire of Leicester City (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Out
Ron-Robert Zieler (Stuttgart) Undisclosed Details
Bartosz Kapustka (Freiburg) Loan Details
Callum Elder (Wigan Athletic) Loan Details
Tom Lawrence (Derby County) Undisclosed Details
Nampalys Mendy (Nice) Loan Details
Danny Drinkwater (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details


Liverpool

In
Mohamed Salah (Roma) Undisclosed Details
Dominic Solanke (Chelsea) Free Details
Andrew Robertson (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Undisclosed Details

Out
Andre Wisdom (Derby County) Undisclosed Details
Ryan Fulton (Hamilton Academical) Undisclosed Details
Lucas Leiva (Lazio) Undisclosed Details
Kevin Stewart (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Pedro Chirivella (Willem II) Loan Details
Connor Randall (Hearts) Loan Details
Taiwo Awoniyi (Royal Excel Mouscron) Loan Details
Shamal George (Carlisle United) Loan Details
Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) Loan Details
Allan (Apollon Limassol) Details
Ryan Kent (Freiburg) Loan Details
Sam Hart (Blackburn Rovers) Undisclosed Details
Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace) $31-34 million

Manchester City

In
Bernardo Silva (Monaco) Undisclosed Details
Ederson (Benfica) Undisclosed Details
Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) Undisclosed Details
Douglas Luiz (Vasco De Gama) Undisclosed Details
Danilo (Real Madrid) Undisclosed Details
Benjamin Mendy (Monaco) Undisclosed Details

Out
Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham) Free Details
Gael Clichy (released) Details
Jesus Navas (released) Details
Willy Caballero (released) Details
Bacary Sagna (released) Details
Enes Unal (Villarreal) Undisclosed
Angus Gunn (Norwich City) Loan Details
Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) £8m Details
Bersant Celina (Ipswich Town) Loan
Angelino (NAC Breda) Loan
Ruben Sobrino (Alaves) Undisclosed
Joe Coveney (Nottingham Forest) Undisclosed
Bruno Zuculini (Hellas Verona) Undisclosed
Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) Undisclosed
Nolito (Sevilla) Undisclosed Details
Joe Hart (West Ham United) Loan
Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma) Undisclosed Details
Aleix Garcia (Girona) Loan Details
Douglas Luiz (Girona) Loan Details
Marlos Moreno (Girona) Loan Details
Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester) Undisclosed Details
Fernando (Galatasaray) Undisclosed Details
Brandon Barker (Hibernian) Loan
Samir Nasri (Antalyaspor) Undisclosed Details
Patrick Roberts (Celtic) Loan
Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) Undisclosed
Jason Denayer (Galatasaray) Loan Details
Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) Undisclosed Details

Manchester United

In
Victor Lindelof (Benfica) Undisclosed Details
Romelu Lukaku (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Unattached) Free Details

Lukaku  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Out
Josh Harrop (Preston North End) Free Details
Regan Poole (Northampton) Loan Details
Wayne Rooney (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Dean Henderson (Shrewsbury) Loan Details
Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad) Undisclosed Details
Sam Johnstone (Aston Villa) Loan Details
Devonte Redmond (Scunthorpe United) Loan Details
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Leeds) Loan Details
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Crystal Palace) Loan Details
Guillermo Varela (Penarol) Undisclosed Details
Matty Willock (Utrecht) Loan Details

Newcastle United

In
Christian Atsu (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Florian Lejeune (Eibar) Undisclosed Details
Stefan O'Connor (Arsenal) Free Details
Josef Yarney (Everton) Free Details
Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) Undisclosed Details
Javier Manquillo (Atletico Madrid) Undisclosed Details
Mikel Merino (Borussia Dortmund) Loan Details
Joselu (Stoke City) Undisclosed Details

Out
Florian Thauvin (Marseille) Undisclosed Details
Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys) Undisclosed Details
Matz Sels (Anderlecht) Loan Details
Haris Vuckic (FC Twente) Undisclosed Details
Lubomir Satka (DAC 1904) Free Details
Vurnon Anita (Leeds United) Free Details
Alex Gilliead (Bradford City) Loan Details
Tom Heardman (Bury) Loan Details
Adam Armstrong (Bolton) Loan Details
Yoan Gouffran (Goztepe Spor Kulubu) Free Details
Sean Longstaff (Blackpool) Loan Details
Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest) Undisclosed Details
Lewis Gibson (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Ivan Toney (Wigan Athletic) Loan Details
Emmanuel Riviere (Metz) Undisclosed Details
Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock) Loan Details
Siem De Jong (Ajax) Undisclosed Details
Grant Hanley (Norwich City) Undisclosed Details
Tim Krul (Brighton & Hove Albion) Loan Details
Achaf Lazaar (Benevento Calcio) Loan Details

Southampton

In
Manager: Mauricio Pellegrino Details
Jan Bednarek (Lech Poznan) Undisclosed Details
Mario Lemina (Juventus) Undisclosed Details
Jack Rose (Unattached) Free Details
Wesley Hoedt (Lazio) Undisclosed Details

Out
Manager: Claude Puel Details
Cuco Martina (released) Details
Lloyd Isgrove (released) Details
Harley Willard (released) Details
Martin Caceres (released) Details
Jason McCarthy (Barnsley) Undisclosed Details
Jay Rodriguez (West Brom) Undisclosed Details
Harrison Reed (Norwich) Loan Details
Harry Lewis (Dundee United) Loan Details
Ryan Seager (MK Dons) Loan Details
Sam Gallagher (Birmingham City) Loan Details
Paulo Gazzaniga (Spurs) Undisclosed Details
Jordy Clasie (Club Brugge) Loan Details

Stoke City

In
Darren Fletcher (West Brom) Free Details
Josh Tymon (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Tre Pemberton (Blackburn Rovers) Undisclosed Details
Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) Loan Details
Eric Maxwell Choupo-Moting (Schalke) Undisclosed Details
Bruno Martins Indi (Porto) €7.7m Details
Jese (Paris Saint-Germain) Loan Details
Kevin Wimmer (Tottenham Hotspur) £18m Details

Stoke’s Jese (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

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Daniel Bachmann (released) Details
Shay Given (released) Details
Liam Edwards (released) Details
Harry Isted (released) Details
Joel Taylor (released) Details
George Waring (released) Details
Jonathan Walters (Burnley) Undisclosed Details
Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa) £1.25m Details
Marko Arnautovic (West Ham) Undisclosed Details
Phil Bardsley (Burnley) £750,000 Details
Dominic Telford (Bristol Rovers) Loan Details
Ryan Sweeney (Bristol Rovers) Loan Details
Marc Muniesa (Girona) Loan Details
Joselu (Newcastle United) Undisclosed Details
Philipp Wollscheid (Metz) Free Details
Giannelli Imbula (Toulouse) Loan Details
Bojan Krkic (Alaves) Loan Details

Swansea City

In
Erwin Mulder (Heerenveen) Free Details
Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) Loan Details
Roque Mesa (Las Palmas) £11m Details
Marc Walsh (Finn Harps) Details
Cian Harries (Coventry City) Undisclosed Details
Courtney Baker-Richardson (Leamington FC) Undisclosed Details
Sam Clucas (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Jack Bainbridge (Unattached) Free Details
Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich) Loan Details
Steven Benda (1860 Munich) Undisclosed Details
Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) Undisclosed Details

Out
Gerhard Tremmel (released) Details
Marvin Emnes (released) Details
Liam Shephard (released) Details
Josh Vickers (released) Details
Owain Jones (released) Details
Tom Dyson (released) Details
Tom Holland (released) Details
Alex Samuel (Stevenage) Undisclosed Details
Franck Tabanou (released) Details
Bafetimbi Gomis (Galatasaray) Undisclosed Details
Daniel James (Shrewsbury Town) Loan Details
Borja Baston (Malaga) Loan Details
Jordi Amat (Real Betis) Loan Details
Jack Cork (Burnley) Undisclosed Details
Connor Roberts (Middlesbrough) Loan Details
Modou Barrow (Reading) Undisclosed Details
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Matt Grimes (Northampton Town) Loan Details
Stephen Kingsley (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Botti Biabi (Hamilton Academical) Loan Details
Mark Birighetti (NAC Breda) Undisclosed Details
Oli McBurnie (Barnsley) Loan Details
Fernando Llorente (Tottenham Hotspur) Undisclosed Details

Tottenham Hotspur

In 
Paulo Gazzaniga (Southampton) Undisclosed Details
Davinson Sanchez (Ajax) Undisclosed Details
Juan Foyth (Estudiantes) Undisclosed Details
Serge Aurier (Paris Saint-Germain) Undisclosed Details
Fernando Llorente (Swansea City) Undisclosed Details

Out
Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) Loan Details
Luke Mcgee (Portsmouth) Undisclosed Details
Kyle Walker (Manchester City) Undisclosed Details
Federico Fazio (Roma) Undisclosed Details
Clinton Njie (Marseille) Undisclosed Details
Tom Glover (Central Coast Mariners) Loan Details
Anton Walkes (Atlanta United) Loan Details
Joshua Onomah (Aston Villa) Loan Details
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United) Loan Details
Kevin Wimmer (Stoke City) £18m Details

Watford

In
Head coach: Marco Silva Details
Tom Cleverley (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Will Hughes (Derby County) Undisclosed Details
Daniel Bachmann (Stoke) Free Details
Kiko Femenia (Alaves) Free Details
Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Richarlison (Fluminense) Undisclosed Details
Andre Gray (Burnley) Undisclosed Details
Andre Carrillo (Benfica) Loan Details
Orestis Karnezis (Udinese) Loan Details
Marvin Zeegelaar (Sporting Lisbon) Undisclosed Details
Molla Wague (Udinese) Loan Details

Out 
Dennon Lewis (Crawley Town) Loan Details
Mario Suarez (Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng) Undisclosed Details
Obbi Oulare (Royal Antwerp) Loan Details
Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord) Undisclosed Details
Juan Carlos Paredes (Released) Details
Giedrius Arlauskis (Released) Details
Valon Behrami (Udinese) Undisclosed Details

West Bromwich Albion

In
Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) Undisclosed Details
Yuning Zhang (Vitesse Arnhem) Undisclosed Details
Ben Pierce Details
Ahmed Hegazi (Al Ahly) Loan Details
Gareth Barry (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Oliver Burke (Red Bull Leipzig) Undisclosed Details
Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Undisclosed Details
Grzegorz Krychowiak (Paris Saint-Germain) Loan Details

AFC Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake, left, an dWest Bromwich Albion’s Jay Rodriguez (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

Out
Darren Fletcher (Stoke City) Free Details
Sebastien Pocognoli (Standard Liege) Free
Yuning Zhang (Werder Bremen) Loan Details
Shaun Donnellan (Walsall) Loan Details
Ethan Ross (Redditch United) Loan Details
Tyler Roberts (Walsall) Loan Details
Jonathan Leko (Bristol City) Loan Details
Kane Wilson (Exeter City) Loan Details
Kyle Edwards (Exeter City) Loan Details
Rekeem Harper (Blackburn Rovers) Details

West Ham United

In
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) Free Details
Joe Hart (Manchester City) Loan Details
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke) Undisclosed Details
Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen) £16m Details
Sead Haksabanovic (Halmstads) Undisclosed Details

Out 
Jonathan Calleri (Deportivo Maldonado) End of loan Details
Gokhan Tore (Besiktas) End of loan Details
Alvaro Arbeloa (released) Details
Sam Howes (released) Details
Sam Ford (released) Details
Kyle Knoyle (released) Details
Sam Westley (released) Details
Havard Nordtveit (Hoffenheim) Undisclosed Details
Reece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach) Loan Details
Raphael Spiegel (released) Details
Stephen Hendrie (released) Details
Enner Valencia (Tigres UANL) Undisclosed Details
George Dobson (Sparta Rotterdam) Undisclosed Details
Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough) £5m Details
Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) £6.5m Details
Reece Burke (Bolton Wanderers) Loan Details
Josh Cullen (Bolton Wanderers) Loan Details
Sofiane Feghouli (Galatasaray) Undisclosed Details
Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) Loan Details

PL Sunday preview: Liverpool host Arsenal; Chelsea vs. Everton

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Four games featuring four of last season’s top-five sides, as well as the no. 1 hopeful to join those very Premier League elites this season, will bring the third week of the 2017-18 season to a close on Sunday…

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Chelsea vs. Everton — 8:30 a.m. ET, on CNBC and NBCSports.com

Chelsea are the defending PL champions, but also one of a handful of sides which appear to be far from finished with their transfer dealings as the deadline for the summer window looms large (Thursday), while Everton spent big (and early, and often) well before August arrived. Despite Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Tottenham last weekend, Antonio Conte‘s Blues look far from settled ahead of Sunday’s visit by Ronald Koeman‘s Toffees.

Conte feels another central midfield is required to bolster his squad, as is fullback/wingback depth beyond starters Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses — only time will tell is Roman Abramovich grants his manager’s wishes during the final five days of the transfer window. Everton’s first two results — victory over Stoke City, and a 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Monday — were each achieved courtesy of goals scored by Wayne Rooney, who’s made the intended, immediate impact at the start of his second spell at the club. Chelsea won both PL meetings between the two sides last season, by a combined score of 8-0.

INJURIES: Chelsea — OUT: Eden Hazard (ankle), Gary Cahill (suspension) | Everton — OUT: Davy Klaassen (foot), Ross Barkley (hamstring), Morgan Schneiderlin (suspension), Ramiro Funes Mori (knee), Seamus Coleman (leg), James McCarthy (knee), Yannick Bolasie (knee); QUESTIONABLE: Sandro Ramirez (heel)

[ MORE: Mourinho’s moves pay off as United stay perfect ]

West Bromwich Albion vs. Stoke City — 8:30 a.m. ET, on NBC Sports Gold

Three sides entered this third weekend of the PL season with six points from their first two games. You might have guessed one of them — Manchester United — but probably not the other, at least not prior to the start of the season: Huddersfield (dropped points against Southampton on Saturday) and West Brom. The Baggies welcome Stoke to The Hawthorns on Sunday, as Tony Pulis looks to extended his unbeaten record against the Potters after winning four of his first five meetings with his former club. The arrival of 20-year-old Oliver Burke from RB Leipzig this week has Pulis believing his side, and his new signing, have only begun to scratch the surface.

“We’re really pleased to get him in – the lad has got a tremendous talent,” Pulis said. “He’s got a fantastic, raw ability but he has now also got the experience of going away from the comfort of his own area to a foreign country and experiencing life. He’s gained the experience of playing for a top club in the Bundesliga with top coaches. That will have broadened his horizons and been good for his development.”

INJURIES: West Brom — OUT: Hal Robson-Kanu (suspension); QUESTIONABLE: Jommy Evans (hamstring), Claudio Yacob (hamstring), Gareth McAuley (thigh) | Stoke — OUT: Ibrahim Afellay (knee); QUESTIONABLE: Xherdan Shaqiri (hamstring)

[ MORE: Bilic in trouble as West Ham fall to 3rd straight defeat ]

Liverpool vs. Arsenal — 11 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com

The weekend’s marquee matchup pits a pair of teams, Liverpool and Arsenal, expected to finish the season fighting one another for a top-four finish and UEFA Champions League qualification. The theories go as follows: Liverpool could struggle to replicate last season’s fourth-place finish once the current campaign’s Champions League begins, while Arsenal will struggle to rebound from finishing fifth last season because their summer signings were massively impacted by the lack of CL football, not to mention they have the Europa League to slog into this time around.

Whether he stays or leaves for Barcelona, the next five days will signal the end of the Philippe Coutinho transfer saga (the star Brazilian will not be available for selection on Sunday). The ay Jurgen Klopp sees it, continuously competing in the CL is the only way for Liverpool to return to the very top of the game.

“It’s a big influence on the transfer market, especially if we do it more often,” he said. “If you talk to a player, they really often (mention it) … especially players we talk to because we don’t have to talk to players which are not better than our players because it’s difficult to find. Or even if you try to extend a contract with a player in the squad, ‘Yeah, I want to play Champions League’ and I always think, ‘It’s your job to do it with us together, so don’t ask that we do a job and you cannot play Champions League — do it with us together.'”

INJURIES: Liverpool — OUT: Philippe Coutinho (back), Adam Lallana (thigh), Nathaniel Clyne (hamstring), Mamadou Sakho (knee) | Arsenal — OUT: Santi Cazorla (achilles), Calum Chambers (groin), Jack Wilshere (fitness)

[ MORE: Spurs have a new right back on the way, for $30 million ]

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Burnley — 11 a.m. ET, on NBC Sports Gold

The only narrative you need to know — and the only one Tottenham hope to squash on Sunday — is Spurs’ dreadful record at Wembley, which is to serve as their home this season, since it was rebuilt and opened in 2007. In 11 games at England’s national stadium, Spurs have won just twice, and lost eight times. Last weekend’s loss to Chelsea ended Mauricio Pochettino‘s 19-game home unbeaten run (14 straight wins) which covered the entirety of the 2016-17 season, the club’s final campaign at White Hart Lane.

Of course, Spurs have rarely, if ever, faced an opponent the size of Burnley at Wembley. The step down in quality (all due respect to the Clarets) could be exactly what Spurs need to hush talk of the Wembley hex and send them into the international break with renewed confidence. Putting the month of August into the rearview mirror should also help Harry Kane, who’s yet to score a first-team goal for Spurs during the opening month of the season at any point in his career, after being held goal-less by Newcastle United and Chelsea.

INJURIES: Tottenham — OUT: Danny Rose (knee), Erik Lamela (hip) | Burnley — OUT: Jonathan Walters (ankle)

Premier League completed summer transfers, so far

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Up-to-date moves on the final Monday before the Premier League season.

Arsenal

In: Sead Kolasinac (Schalke), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon)

Out: Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus), Emiliano Martinez (Getafe, loan)

Bournemouth

In: Asmir Begovic (Chelsea), Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), Nathan Ake (Chelsea), Connor Mahoney (Blackburn)

Out (All loans): Ryan Allsop (Blackpool), Lewis Grabban (Sunderland), Jordan Lee (Torquay United), Mark Travers (Weymouth), Sam Surridge (Yeovil Town), Ben Whitfield (Port Vale)

Brighton and Hove Albion

In: Pascal Gross (Ingolstadt), Josh Kerr (Celtic), Izzy Brown (Chelsea, loan), Mathew Ryan (Valencia), Markus Suttner (Ingolstadt), Mathias Normann (Bodo/Glimt), Steven Alzate (Leyton Orient), Ales Mateju (Viktoria Plzen).

Out: Oliver Norwood (Fulham), Elvis Manu (Genclerbirligi), Jordan Maguire-Drew (Lincoln City), Christian Walton (Wigan), Rob Hunt (Oldham Athletic), Ben White (Newport County), Tom Dallison (Accrington Stanley), Tyler Forbes (Accrington Stanley)

Burnley

In: Charlie Taylor (Leeds), Jonathan Walters (Stoke), Jack Cork (Swansea), Phil Bardsley (Stoke)

Out: Michael Kightly (released), Joey Barton (released), Michael Keane (Everton)

Chelsea

In: Wily Caballero (Manchester City, free), Antonio Rudiger (Roma), Tiemoue Bakayoko (Monaco), Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid)

Out: Juan Cuadrado (Juventus), Christian Atsu (Newcastle), Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth), Dominic Solanke (Liverpool), Bertrand Traore (Lyon), Nathan Ake (Bournemouth), Ola Aina (Hull City, loan), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (PSV Eindhoven, loan), Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford), Matt Miazga (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Marco Van Ginkel (PSV Eindhoven, loan), Kurt Zouma (Stoke, loan), Izzy Brown (Brighton and Hove Albion, loan), Tomas Kalas (Fulham, loan), Michael Hector (Hull City, loan), Jamal Blackman (Sheffield United, loan), Mario Pasalic (Spartak Moscow, loan), Kasey Palmer (Huddersfield Town, loan)

Crystal Palace

In: Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea, loan), Jairo Riedewald (Ajax)

Out: Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Everton

In: Jordan Pickford (Sunderland), Davy Klaassen (Ajax), Henry Onyekuru (Eupen), Sandro Ramirez (Malaga), Michael Keane (Burnley), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Cuco Martina (Southampton), Lewis Gibson (Newcastle United), Anton Donkor (Wolfsburg, loan), Boris Mathis (Metz)

Out: Tom Cleverley (Watford), Russell Griffiths (Motherwell), Henry Onyekuru (Anderlecht, loan), Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona), Brendan Galloway (Sunderland, loan), Tyias Browning (Sunderland, loan), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Aiden McGeady (Sunderland), Matthew Pennington (Leeds, loan).

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Huddersfield Town

In: Laurent Depoitre (Porto), Aaron Mooy (Manchester City), Jonas Lossi (Mainz, loan), Tom Ince (Derby County), Kasey Palmer (Chelsea, loan), Danny Williams (Reading), Steve Mounie (Montpellier), Scott Malone (Fulham), Mathias Jorgensen (Copenhagen).

Out (all loans): Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Portsmouth), Jordy Hiwula (Fleetwood Town), Fraser Horsfall (Gateshead), Rekeil Pyke (Port Vale), Jack Payne (Oxford United)

Leicester City

In: Sam Hughes (Chester), Harry Maguire (Hull City), Vicente Iborra (Sevilla), Eldin Jakupovic (Hull City), Kelechi Iheanacho (Man City).

Out: Ron-Robert Zieler (Stuttgart), Bartosz Kapustka (Freiburg, loan), Callum Elder (Wigan Athletic, loan)

Liverpool

In: Mohamed Salah (Roma), Dominic Solanke (Chelsea), Andrew Robertson (Hull City).

Out: Andre Wisdom (Derby County), Ryan Fulton (Hamilton Academical), Lucas Leiva (Lazio), Kevin Stewart (Hull City), Pedro Chirivella (Willem II), Connor Randall (Hearts), Taiwo Awoniyi (Royal Excel Mouscron), Shamal George (Carlisle United).

Manchester City

In: Bernardo Silva (AS Monaco), Ederson (Benfica), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Douglas Luiz (Vasco De Gama), Danilo (Real Madrid), Benjamin Mendy (AS Monaco).

Out: Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham), Gael Clichy (released), Jesus Navas (released), Wily Caballero (released), Bacary Sagna (released), Enes Unal (Villarreal), Angus Gunn (Norwich City, loan) Loan, Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town), Bersant Celina (Ipswich Town, loan), Angelino (NAC Breda, loan), Ruben Sobrino (Alaves), Joe Covene (Nottingham Forest), Bruno Zuculini (Hellas Verona), Olivier Ntcham (Celtic), Nolito (Sevilla), Joe Hart (West Ham United, loan), Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma), Aleix Garcia (Girona, loan), Douglas Luiz (Girona, loan), Marlos Moreno (Girona, loan), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester), Fernando (Galatasaray).

Manchester United

In: Victor Lindelof (Benfica), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Nemanja Matic (Chelsea)

Out: Josh Harrop (Preston North End), Regan Poole (Northampton), Wayne Rooney (Everton), Dean Henderson (Shrewsbury, loan), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Sam Johnstone (Aston Villa, loan), Devonte Redmond (Scunthorpe United, loan), Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Leeds, loan).

Newcastle United 

In: Christian Atsu (Chelsea), Florian Lejeune (SD Eibar), Stefan O'Connor (Arsenal), Josef Yarney (Everton), Jacob Murphy (Norwich City), Javier Manquillo (Atletico Madrid), Mikel Merino (Borussia Dortmund)

Out: Florian Thauvin (Marseille), Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys) Matz Sels (Anderlecht, loan), Haris Vuckic (FC Twente), Lubomir Satka (DAC 1904), Vurnon Anita (Leeds United), Alex Gilliead (Bradford City, loan), Tom Heardman (Bury, loan), Adam Armstrong (Bolton, loan), Yoan Gouffran (Goztepe Spor Kulubu), Sean Longstaff (Blackpool, loan), Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest), Lewis Gibson (Everton), Ivan Toney (Wigan Athletic, loan).

Southampton 

In: Jan Bednarek (Lech Poznan) Details

Out: Cuco Martina, Lloyd Isgrove, Harley Willard, Martin Caceres, Jason McCarthy (Barnsley), Jay Rodriguez (West Brom), Harrison Reed (Norwich, loan), Harry Lewis (Dundee United, loan), Ryan Seager (MK Dons, loan)

Stoke City

In: Darren Fletcher (West Brom), Josh Tymon (Hull City), Tre Pemberton (Blackburn Rovers), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea, loan)

Out: Daniel Bachmann, Shay Given, Liam Edwards (released), Harry Isted (released), Joel Taylor, George Waring,
Jonathan Walters (Burnley), Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa), Marko Arnautovic (West Ham), Phil Bardsley (Burnley), Dominic Telford (Bristol Rovers, loan), Ryan Sweeney (Bristol Rovers, loan).

SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND – October 31: Kurt Zouma of Chelsea during the Premier League 2 match between Everton U21s and Chelsea U21s at Haig Avenue Stadium on October 31, 2016 in Southport, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Swansea City

In: Erwin Mulder (Heerenveen), Tammy Abraham (Chelsea, loan), Roque Mesa (Las Palmas), Marc Walsh (Finn Harps), Cian Harries (Coventry City).

Out: Bafetimbi Gomis (Galatasaray), Borja Baston (Malaga, loan), Jordi Amat (Real Betis, loan), Jack Cork (Burnley), Connor Roberts (Middlesbrough, loan), Modou Barrow (Reading), Gerhard Tremmel, Marvin Emnes, Liam Shephard, Josh Vickers, Owain Jones, Tom Dyson, Tom Holland, Alex Samuel (Stevenage), Franck Tabanou, Daniel James (Shrewsbury Town)

Tottenham Hotspur

Out: Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Federico Fazio (Roma), Clinton Njie (Marseille), Tom Glover (Central Coast Mariners, loan), Anton Walkes (Atlanta United, loan), Joshua Onomah (Aston Villa, loan), Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham, loan), Luke Mcgee (Portsmouth).

Watford 

In: Tom Cleverley (Everton), Will Hughes (Derby County), Daniel Bachmann (Stoke), Kiko Femenia (Alaves), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea).

Out: Dennon Lewis (Crawley Town, loan), Mario Suarez (Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng), Obbi Oulare (Royal Antwerp, loan), Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord), Juan Carlos Paredes.

West Bromwich Albion 

In: Jay Rodriguez (Southampton), Yuning Zhang (Vitesse Arnhem), Ben Pierce, Ahmed Hegazi (Al Ahly, loan).

Out: Darren Fletcher (Stoke City), Sebastien Pocognoli (Standard Liege), Yuning Zhang (Werder Bremen, loan).

West Ham United 

In: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke), Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen).

Out:  Alvaro Arbeloa, Sam Howes, Sam Ford, Kyle Knoyle, Sam Westley, Havard Nordtveit (Hoffenheim), Reece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach, loan), Raphael Spiegel, Stephen Hendrie, Enner Valencia (Tigres UANL), George Dobson (Sparta Rotterdam), Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough), Reece Burke (Bolton Wanderers, loan), Josh Cullen (Bolton Wanderers, loan)

Premier League 2017-18 preview – Stoke City

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Next weekend’s 2017-18 season opener will mark the beginning of Stoke City’s 10th season in the Premier League, a stretch of top-division football bested by just seven sides in England (the “big six,” plus Everton).

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No club in the PL better knows what it means to be mid-table, always and forever, for better or for worse — average finish in nine seasons: 11th; never higher than 9th, never lower than 14th.

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Best-, worst-case scenario: There’s a version of the universe in which Everton’s big-money signings require an entire season to take to the PL, Southampton lose their best player before the season is two weeks old and are slow to take to new manger Mauricio Pellegrino‘s ideas. All of which would open the door for Stoke to challenge last season’s seventh- and eighth place finishers for those very spots. There’s also a universe in which Saido Berahino is less interested this year than last, Stoke’s oft-injured defensive stars are injured again, and they finish 15th, avoiding relegation by two or three points.

Best possible XI is…


—– Butland —–

—– Zouma —– Cameron —– Indi —–

—- Diouf —- Imbula —- Fletcher —- Pieters —

—- Shaqiri —- Allen —-

—– Berahino —–


Transfers In: Kurt Zouma (loan, Chelsea), Darren Fletcher (free, West Bromwich Albion), Josh Tymon (compensation, Hull City)

Transfers Out: Marko Arnautovic ($26.3 million, West Ham United), Jonathan Walters ($4 million, Burnley), Phil Bardsley ($2.6 million, Burnley)

Last season

13th in Premier League
3rd round in EFL Cup
3rd round in FA Cup

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Star player: Xherdan Shaqiri — When speaking about “star players” for mid-table sides like Stoke, the first thing you should ask yourself is, “Which player will one of the big clubs impulse-buy for $30 million if he has a great season?” Last year, it was Marko Arnautovic (though, West Ham United aren’t quite the “big club” that immediately comes to mind). Shaqiri is merely an 18-goal/assist season away from a $40-million move to, say, Liverpool, and with a solid midfield base behind him and a handful of capable(-ish) striking options ahead of him, 2017-18 could be that season.

Coach’s corner: Here’s what you’re almost guaranteed to get with Mark Hughes as your manager, assuming he’s been afforded a balanced squad (translation: any season outside his Queens Park Rangers stint): they’re going to be extremely disciplined, organized and committed to the cause… for roughly half, maybe even two-thirds, of the season. The curse of a mid-table inertia is as follows: even when you’re punching well above your weight, you’re still miles off the promised land. Once you’ve secured your status in the league for another season, the drop-off is easy to forecast weeks in advance. You can fire the overseer — say, Tony Pulis — but you’re only ever going to end up in the exact same place.

PST predicts: Adding the experience of Fletcher and the otherworldly upside of Zouma, for a grand total of $0, is fantastic business and will do wonders to improve the spine. That said, the Potters were in the bottom third of the goal-scoring charts last season, and that was before Arnautovic left (and is yet to be replaced). Anything higher than 9th would be massively overachieving; if nothing else, the goal differential should be closer to zero this season (-15 in 2016-17).