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Full list of every transfer made by Premier League clubs during the Summer Transfer Window

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More than $1.3 billion was spent by Premier League clubs this summer in the most expensive transfer window in English history.

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Below we take a look at every move made in the Summer Transfer Window, from loans to multi-million dollar deals.

Arsenal

In
Petr Cech (Chelsea) $15 million
Jeff Reine-Adelaide (RC Lens) $5 million

Out
Ryo Miyaichi (St Pauli) Free
Semi Ajayi (Cardiff City) Free
Abou Diaby (Marseille) Free
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Ipswich Town) Loan
Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray) $3 million
Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United) Loan
Wojciech Szczesny (AS Roma) Loan
George Dobson (West Ham) Undisclosed
Chuba Akpom (Hull City) Loan
Isaac Hayden (Hull City) Loan
Yaya Sanogo (Ajax) Loan
Jon Toral (Birmingham City) Loan
Serge Gnabry (West Bromwich Albion) Loan
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers) Loan
Josh Vickers (Swansea City) Free
Jack Jebb (Stevenage) Free
Austin Lipman (Released)
Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill (Swindon Town) Free
Damian Emiliano Martinez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Free
Dan Crowley (Barnsley) Loan
Wellington Silva (Bolton Wanderers) Loan

Aston Villa

In
Scott Sinclair (Manchester City) $4 million
Micah Richards (Manchester City) Free
Mark Bunn (Norwich City) Free
Idrissa Gueye (Lille) $15 million
Jordan Amavi (Nice) $15 million
Jordan Ayew (Lorient) $15 million
Jose Angel Crespo (Cordoba) $800,000
Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) $9.5 million
Jordan Veretout (Nantes) $11 million
Adama Traore (Barcelona) $11 million
Joleon Lescott (West Bromwich Albion) $3 million
Matija Sarkic (Anderlecht) Undisclosed
Tiago Ilori (Aston Villa) Loan

Out
Darren Bent (Derby County) Free
Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) Free
Andreas Weimann (Derby County) $4 million
Matt Lowton (Burnley) $1.5 million
Yacouba Sylla (Rennes) Free
Antonio Luna (SD Eibar) Free
Shay Given (Stoke City) Free
Fabian Delph (Manchester City) $12 million
Christian Benteke (Liverpool) $49 million
Graham Burke (Notts County) Loan
Aly Cissokho (Porto) Loan
Alfie Crooks (Released)
Chris Herd (Released)
Craig Hill (Released)
Bradley Lewis (Released)
Isaac Nehemie (Released)
Daniel O’Brien (Wigan Athletic) Free
Callum Robinson (Bristol City) Loan
Janoi Donacien (Wycombe Wanderers) Loan
Ron Vlaar (Released)
Courtney Wildin (Sheffield Wednesday) Loan
Nathan Baker (Bristol City) Loan
Joe Bennett (AFC Bournemouth) Loan
Nathan Baker (Bristol City) Loan

Bournemouth

In
Artur Boruc (Southampton) Free
Adam Federici (Reading) Free
Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) Tribunal
Christian Atsu (Chelsea) Loan
Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) $11.5 million
Sylvain Distin (Everton) Free
Max Gradel (Saint Etienne) $11 million
Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) $4.8 million
Filippo Costa (Chievo) Loan
Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) $6 million
Joe Bennett (AFC Bournemouth) Loan
Tomas Andrade (River Plate) Loan

Out
Ian Harte (Released)
Josh McQuoid (Released)
Darryl Flavahan (Released)
Mohamed Coulibaly (Released)
Joe Partington (Released)
Miles Addison (Released)
Ryan Fraser (Ipswich Town) Loan
Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) Undisclosed
Jayden Stockley (Portsmouth) Loan
Joshua Kaye (Released)
Aly Coulibaly (Released)
Benjamin Buchel (Released)
Aristide Bassele (Released)
Lee Camp (Rotherham United) Free

Chelsea

In
Nathan (Atletico Paranaense) $5 million
Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco) Loan
Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) $12.5 million
Danilo Pantic (Partizan Belgrade) Free
Baba Rahman (Augsburg) $23 million
Pedro (Barcelona) $34 million
Kenedy (Fluminense) $9.7 million
Papy Djilobodji (Nantes) $4 million
Michael Hector (Reading) $6 million

Out
Christian Atsu (AFC Bournemouth) Loan
Didier Drogba (Released)
Gael Kakuta (Sevilla) $6.8 million
Petr Cech (Arsenal) $15 million
Mario Pasalic (AS Monaco) Loan
Josh McEachran (Brentford) $1.2 million
Izzy Brown (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Lewis Baker (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Marco van Ginkel (Stoke City) Loan
Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough) Loan
Patrick Bamford (Crystal Palace) Loan
Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid) $18 million
Danilo Pantic (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Dominic Solanke (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Mohamed Salah (AS Roma) Loan
Nathan Ake (Watford) Loan
Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) Loan
George Brady (Sunderland) Free
Oriol Romeu (Southampton) $8 million
Alex Davey (Peterborough United) Loan
Nathan (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Matej Delac (Sarajevo) Loan
Todd Kane (NEC Nijmegen) Loan
Wallace (Carpi FC) Loan
Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa SK) Loan
Jordan Houghton (Gillingham) Loan
Andreas Christensen (Borussia Monchengladbach) Loan
Bekanty Victorien Angban (Sint-Truiden) Loan
Ulises Davila (Vitoria Sport Clube) Loan
Cristian Cuevas (Sint-Truiden) Loan
Joao Rodriguez (Sint-Truiden) Loan
Victor Moses (West Ham United) Loan
Lucas Piazon (Reading) Loan
Michael Hector (Reading) Loan
Islam Feruz (Hibernian) Loan

Crystal Palace

In
Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint Germain) $15 million
Patrick Bamford (Chelsea) Loan
Alex McCarthy (QPR) $5.5 million
Connor Wickham (Sunderland) $14 million
Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Free
Marcus Johnson-Schuster Free
Kleton Perntreou (Hibernian) Free
Andreas Breimyr (Bryne FK) Undisclosed

Out
Lewis Price (Sheffield Wednesday) Free
Owen Garvan (Released)
Peter Ramage (Released)
Stephen Dobbie (Bolton Wanderers) Free
Jerome Thomas (Released)
Shola Ameobi (Released)
Jerome Binnom-Williams (Burton Albion) Loan
Hiram Boateng (Plymouth Argyle) Loan
Michael Chambers (Released)
Kyle De Silva (Notts County) Free
Brede Hangeland (Released)
Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) Loan
Ryan Innis (Port Vale) Loan
Chris Kettings (Stevenage Town) Loan
Chris Scales (Crawley Town) Loan
Ghassimu Sow (Released)
Glenn Murray (AFC Bournemouth) $6 million
Adlene Guedioura (Watford) Undisclosed

Everton

In
Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) Free
Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona) $7 million
David Henen (Olympiacos) $315,000
Mason Holgate (Barnsley) $1.5 million
Ramiro Funes Mori (River Plate) $14.5 million
Aaron Lennon (Spurs) $7 million

Out
Antolin Alcaraz Released
Sylvain Distin (AFC Bournemouth) Free
Luke Garbutt (Fulham) Loan
Chris Long (Burnley) $1.6 million
George Green (Oldham Athletic) Free
Russell Griffiths (Northwich Victoria) Loan
Jonjoe Kenny (Wigan Athletic) Loan
Curtis Langton (Released)
John Lundstram (Oxford United) Free
Ben McLaughlin (Released)
Francisco Junior (Wigan Athletic) Loan

Leicester City

In
Christian Fuchs (Schalke) Free
Robert Huth (Stoke City) $4.7 million
Shinji Okazaki (Mainz) $12.5 million
N’Golo Kante (Caen) $10 million
Yohan Benalouane (Atalanta) $7.9 million
Gokhan Inler (Napoli) Undisclosed $7.9 million
Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) Loan

Out
Chris Wood (Leeds United) $4 million
Paul Konchesky (QPR) Loan
Matthew Upson (Milton Keynes Dons) Free
Esteban Cambiasso Free
David Nugent (Middlesbrough) $6.3 million
Zoumana Bakayogo (Released)
Marcel Barrington (Released)
Jacob Blyth (Cambridge United) Loan
Adam Dawson (Released)
Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) Free
Ben Hamer (Bristol City) Loan
Kieran Kennedy (Released)
Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers) Loan
Conrad Logan (Released)
Herve Pepe-Ngoma (Released)
Louis Rowley (Released)
Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Released)
Ryan Watson (Northampton Town) Loan
Liam Moore (Bristol City) Loan

Liverpool

In
James Milner (Manchester City) Free
Danny Ings (Burnley) Tribunal
Adam Bogdan (Bolton Wanderers) Free
Joe Gomez (Charlton Athletic) $5.5 million
Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim) $45 million
Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) $20 million
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) $49 million
Taiwo Awoniyi (Imperial Academy)

Out
Steven Gerrard (Los Angeles Galaxy) Free
Glen Johnson (Stoke City) Free
Brad Jones (Bradford City) Free
Sebastian Coates (Sunderland) $3.2 million
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) $75 million
Andre Wisdom (Norwich City) Loan
Rickie Lambert (West Brom)
Mario Balotelli (AC Milan) Loan
Lazar Markovic (Fenerbahce) Loan
Fabio Borini (Sunderland) $15 million
Iago Aspas (Sevilla) $6 million
Lloyd Jones (Blackpool) Loan
Jordan Lussey (Bolton Wanderers) Free
Sheyi Ojo (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Loan
Rafael Paez (AD Alcorcon) Free
Marc Pelosi (Released)
Luis Alberto (Deportivo La Coruna) Loan
Kevin Stewart (Swindon Town) Loan
Lawrence Vigouroux (Swindon Town) Loan
Daniel Ward (Aberdeen) Loan
Michael Williams (Swindon Town)
Taiwo Awoniyi (FSV Frankfurt) Loan
Tiago Ilori (Aston Villa) Loan

Manchester City

In
Enes Unal (Bursaspor) $3 million
David Faupala (Lens) Free
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) $75 million
Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) $13 million
Patrick Roberts (Fulham) $8.2 million
Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia) $50 million
Aleix Garcia (Villarreal) Undisclosed
Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg) $85 million
Yaw Yeboah (Right to Dream) Undisclosed
Thomas Aygepong (Right to Dream) Undisclosed

Out
Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) $4 million
James Milner (Liverpool) Free
Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) $2.25 million
Angelino (New York City FC) Loan
Micah Richards (Aston Villa) Free
Kerim Rekik (Marseille) $5.7 million
Stevan Jovetic (Inter Milan) Loan
Matija Nastasic (Schalke) $11 million
Jason Denayer (Galatasaray) Loan
Thomas Aygepong (FC Twente) Loan
Adam Drury (Released)
Edin Dzeko (AS Roma) Loan
Shay Facey (New York City) Loan
Seko Fofana (Bastia) Loan
John Guidetti (Released)
Jordy Hiwula (Huddersfield Town) $250,000
Frank Lampard (New York City) Free
Greg Leigh (Bradford City) Free
Alvaro Negredo (Valencia) $32 million
Olivier Ntcham (Genoa) Loan
Dominic Oduro (Released)
Enes Unal (Genk) Loan
Yaw Yeboah (Lille) Loan

Manchester United

In
Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven) $38 million
Matteo Darmian (Torino) $20 million
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich) $22 million
Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) $38 million
Sergio Romero (Sampdoria) Free
Anthony Martial (AS Monaco) $55 million

Out
Tom Cleverley (Everton) Free
Ben Amos (Bolton Wanderers) Free
Tom Thorpe (Rotherham United) Free
Saidy Janko (Celtic) $315,000
Nani (Fenerbahce) $6.5 million
Will Keane (Preston North End) Loan
Rafael Da Silva (Lyon) $3 million
Robin van Persie (Fenerbahce) $7 million
Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint Germain) $69 million
Jonny Evans (West Brom) $9 million
Adnan Januzaj (Borussia Dortmund) Loan
Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen) $13 million
Anders Lindegaard (West Bromwich Albion) Free
Callum Evans (Barnsley) Free
Angelo Henriquez (Dinamo Zagreb) $1.9 million
Reece James (Wigan Athletic) $1.5 million
Ryan McConnell (Released)
Ben Pearson (Barnsley) Loan
Joe Rothwell (Barnsley) Loan

Newcastle United

In
Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven) $23 million
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Anderlecht) $21 million
Chancel Mbemba (Anderlecht) $13.5 million
Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) $800,000
Florian Thauvin (Marseille) $21 million

Out
Jonas Gutierrez (Released)
Ryan Taylor (Hull City) Free
Adam Campbell (Notts County) Free
Remie Streete (Port Vale) Free
Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) Loan
Adam Armstrong (Coventry City) Loan
Freddie Woodman (Crawley Town) Loan
Mehdi Abeid (Panathinaikos) $675,000
Jak Alnwick (Port Vale) Free
Remy Cabella (Marseille) Loan
Shane Ferguson (Millwall) Loan
Davide Santon (Inter Milan) $4.2 million
Haris Vuckic (Wigan Athletic) Loan

Norwich City

In
Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) $4.6 million
Youssouf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) Free
Robbie Brady (Hull City) $11 million
Andre Wisdom (Liverpool) Loan
Jacob Kean (Blackburn Rovers) Free
Dieumerci Mbokani (Dynamo Kiev) Loan
Matt Jarvis (Norwich) Loan

Out
Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town) $160,000
Mark Bunn (Aston Villa) Free
Kyle Callan-McFadden (Released)
Carlos Cuellar (Released)
Javier Garrido (Released)
Sam Kelly (Port Vale) Free
Remi Matthews (Burton Albion) Loan
Carlton Morris (Hamilton Academical) Loan
Jacob Murphy (Coventry City) Loan
Josh Murphy (Milton Keynes Dons) Loan
Bradley Johnson (Derby County) $9.1 million
Tony Andreu (Rotherham) Loan
Vadis Odjidja Ofoe (Rotherham) Loan

Southampton

In
Juanmi (Malaga) $7.9 million
Cedric Soares (Sporting CP) $7.4 million
Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham) Loan
Cuco Martina (FC Twente) $1.7 million
Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord) $14 million
Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) Loan
Oriol Romeu (Chelsea) $8 million
Harry Lewis (Shrewsbury Town) Undisclosed
Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) $17.6 million

Out
Artur Boruc (AFC Bournemouth) Free
Jos Hooiveld (Released)
Cody Cropper (Milton Keynes Dons) Free
Omar Rowe (Released)
Jake Sinclair (Released)
Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) $20 million
Dani Osvaldo (Released)
Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United) $38 million
Sam Gallagher (MK Dons) Loan
Emmanuel Mayuka (Metz) Undisclosed
Chris Johns (Released)
Jack Stephens (Middlesbrough) Loan
Jordan Turnbull (Swindon Town) Loan

Stoke City

In
Jakob Haugaard (Midtylland) $675,000
Philipp Wollscheid (Bayer Leverkusen) $4.3 million
Joselu (Hannover 96) $9 million
Marco van Ginkel (Chelsea) Loan
Shay Given (Aston Villa) Free
Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Free
Moha El Ouriachi (Barcelona) Free
Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona) Free
Xherdan Shaqiri (Inter Milan) $19 million
Sergio Molina (Real Madrid) Free
Dominic Telford (Blackpool) Undisclosed
Mark Wadidngton (Blackpool) Undisclosed

Out
Thomas Sorensen (Released)
Wilson Palacios (Released)
Andy Wilkinson (Released)
Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla) $11 million
Robert Huth (Leicester City) $4.7 million
Asmir Begovic (Chelsea) $12.5 million
Tomi Adeloye (Released)
James Alabi (Ipswich Town) Free
Daniel Bachmann (Ross County) Loan
Sam Coulson (Released)
Alex Grant (Released)
Robbie Parry (Released)
Nathan Ricketts-Hopkinson (Released)
Adam Thomas (Released)
Charlie Ward (Released)
Elliot Wheeler (Released)

Sunderland

In
Sebastian Coates (Liverpool) $3.2 million
Adam Matthews (Celtic) $3 million
Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kyiv) $12.8 million
Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur) $4.5 million
Yann M’Vila (Rubin Kazan) Loan
Ola Toivonen (Rennes) Loan
Fabio Borini (Liverpool) $15 million
George Brady (Chelsea) Free
DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) Loan

Out
El-Hadji Ba (Charlton) Undisclosed
Santiago Vergini (Getafe CF) Loan
Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) $14 million
Jordan Pickford (Preston North End) Loan
Emmanuele Giaccherini (Bologna) Loan
Peter Burke (Released)
Andrew Cartwright (Released)
Joel Dixon (Released)
David Moberg Karlsson (Nordsjaelland) $565,000
Tom McNamee (Released)
Anthony Reveillere (Released)

Swansea City

In
Andre Ayew (Marseille) Free
Franck Tabanou (St Etienne) $5.5 million
Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Heerenveen) $960,000
Eder (Braga) $8 million
Ollie McBurnie (Bradford City) $400,000
Gerhard Tremmel (Unattached) Free
Botti Biabi (Falkirk) Undisclosed
Josh Vickers (Arsenal) Free

Out
Alan Tate (Released)
David Cornell (Released)
Jazz Richards (Fulham) $800,000
Tom Atyeo (Released)
Modou Barrow (Blackburn Rovers) Loan
Rory Donnelly (Gillingham) Free
Corey Francis (Released)
Giancarlo Gallifuoco (Released)
Kenji Gorre (ADO Den Haag) Loan
Joseph Jones (Released)
Adam King (Crewe Alexandra) Loan
Kurtis March (Released)
Curtis Obeng (Released)
Gareth Owen (Released)
Connor Roberts (Yeovil Town) Loan
Scott Tancock (Released)
Dwight Tiendalli (Released)
Alex Samuel (Morton) Loan
Nathan Dyer (Leicester City) Loan

Tottenham Hotspur

In
Kevin Wimmer (Cologne) $6.5 million
Kieran Trippier (Burnley) $5.5 million
Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid) $17 million
Clinton Njie (Lyon) $19 million
Heung-Min Son (Bayer Leverkusen) $34 million

Out
Cristian Ceballos (Charlton Athletic) Free
Bongani Khumalo (Released)
Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande) $15.5 million
Lewis Holtby (Hamburg) $7.3 million
Etienne Capoue (Watford) $9 million
Younes Kaboul (Sunderland) $4.5 million
Benjamin Stambouli (Paris Saint-Germain) $9 million
Roberto Soldado (Villarreal) $18 million
Dominic Ball (Rangers) Loan
Vlad Chiriches (Napoli) $7.9 million
Shaquile Coulthirst (Wigan Athletic) Loan
Ryan Fredericks (Bristol City) $280,000
Brad Friedel (Retired)
Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) Undisclosed
Aaron McEneff (Released)
Alex McQueen (Carlisle United) Free
Jonathan Miles (Released)
Nathan Oduwa (Rangers) Loan
Connor Ogilvie (Stevenage Town) Loan
Grant Ward (Rotherham United) Loan
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland) Loan
Aaron Lennon (Everton) $7 million

Watford

In
Sebastian Prodl (Werder Bremen) Free
Giedrius Arlauskis (Steaua Bucharest) Free
Jose Holebas (AS Roma) $2.8 million
Matej Vydra (Udinese) $9.5 million
Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur) $9 million
Valon Behrami (Hamburg) $4 million
Allan Nyom (Granada) Free
Miguel Britos (Napoli) Free
Jose Manuel Jurado (Spartak Moscow)
Steven Berghuis (AZ Alkmaar) $7.3 million
Nathan Ake (Watford) Loan
Alessandro Diamanti (Guangzhou Evergrande) Loan
Obbi Oulare (Club Brugge) Undisclosed
Victor Ibarbo (Roma) Loan
Adlene Guedioura (Crystal Palace) Undisclosed
Matej Vydra (Reading)

Out
Jonathan Bond (Reading) Undisclosed
Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) $485,000
Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) Loan
Christian Battochio (Brest) Undisclosed
Uchu Ikpeazu (Port Vale) Loan
Juan Moreno (Deportivo La Coruna) Loan
Marco Motta (Released)
Sean Murray (Wigan Athletic) Loan
Luke O’Nien (Wycombe Wanderers) Free
Vujadin Savic (Released)
Miguel Layun (Porto) Loan
Gabriele Angella (Queens Park Rangers) Loan
Matej Vydra (Reading) Loan
Connor Smith (Stevenage) Loan

West Bromwich Albion

In
James McClean (Wigan Athletic) $2 million
James Chester (Hull City) $13 million
Rickie Lambert (Liverpool) $4.5 million
Serge Gnabry (West Bromwich Albion) Loan
Salomon Rondon (Zenit St Petersburg) $19 million
Jonny Evans (Manchester United) $12 million
Anders Lindegaard (Manchester United) Free

Out
Graham Dorrans (Norwich City) $4.6 million
Alex Jones (Birmingham City) Free
Kemar Roofe (Oxford City) Undisclosed
Youssouf Mulumbu (Released)
Chris Baird (Derby County) Free
Jason Davidson (Released)
Liam O’Neil (Chesterfield) Undisclosed
Adil Nabi (Delhi Dynamos) Loan
Brown Ideye (Olympiacos) Undisclosed
Wesley Atkinson (Released)
Aaron Birch (Released)
Sebastian Blanco (San Lorenzo) Undisclosed
Donervorn Daniels (Wigan Athletic) Undisclosed
Bradley Garmston (Gillingham) Free
Mani O’Sullivan (Released)
Joleon Lescott (Aston Villa) $3 million

West Ham United

In
Darren Randolph (Birmingham City) Free
Pedro Obiang (Sampdoria) $7 million
Dimitri Payet (Marseille) $17 million
Angelo Ogbonna (Juventus) $15 million
Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal) Loan
Manuel Lanzini (Al-Jazira) Loan
George Dobson (Arsenal) Undisclosed
Stephen Hendrie (Hamilton Academical) Undisclosed
Alex Song (Barcelona) Loan
Victor Moses (Chelsea) Loan
Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) $4.5 million
Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) $10 million

Out
Dan Potts (Luton Town) Free
Carlton Cole (Released)
Guy Demel (Released)
Jussi Jaaskelainen (Wigan Athletic) Free
Nene (Released)
Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) $8 million
Diego Poyet (Milton Keynes Dons) Loan
Reece Burke (Bradford City) Loan
Kevin Nolan (Released)
Kieran Bywater (Released)
Sean Maguire (Released)
Kusu Makasi (Chelmsford City) Loan
Paul McCallum (Leyton Orient) Free
Matt Jarvis (Norwich) Loan

Premier League 2015-16 season preview: Aston Villa

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Aston Villa’s survived relegation by the skin of their teeth last season and it could be another close run thing for Tim Sherwood’s side this year.

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After losing Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph to Liverpool and Manchester City respectively over the summer, Sherwood has had the heart of his team ripped out. With plenty of new additions from France’s Ligue 1 who are talented, but unproven in the PL, expect another season of struggle for the Villans. Last season’s run to the FA Cup final provided brief respite for the Midlands club, who are openly on the market as American owner Randy Lerner looks to sell.

The Birmingham-based club have a rich history, winning seven league titles in their history and a European Cup in 1982, but relegation battles have been commonplace in recent seasons although Villa are one of seven clubs to have never been relegated from the PL. Villa’s arch rivals are Championship side Birmingham City, but their local foes in the PL include West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City.

Best possible XI:

—– Guzan —–

— Hutton — Richards — Clark — Amavi —

— Westwood —– Gueye —

—– Bacuna —-  Grealish —- Agbonlahor —-

—— J. Ayew—–

Transfers In: Scott Sinclair ($4 million, Manchester City), Micah Richards (Free, Manchester City), Mark Bunn (Free, Norwich City), Idrissa Gueye ($15 million, Lille), Jordan Amavi ($15 million, Nice), Jordan Ayew ($15 million, Lorient)

Transfers Out: Christian Benteke ($49 million, Liverpool), Fabian Delph ($12 million, Manchester City), Ron Vlaar (Released), Shay Given (Free, Stoke City), Matthew Lowton ($1.5 million, Burnley), Andreas Weimann ($4 million, Derby County), Yacouba Sylla (Undisclosed, Stade Reannais), Antonio Luna (Free, Eibar), Nicklas Helenius (Free, Aalborg BK)

Last season: 17th in PL, Runners up in FA Cup – Villa struggled massively and Paul Lambert was fired in February with the battle against relegation looking grim. Sherwood arrived and helped steady the ship and got the best out of Benteke, Delph and found a gem in Jack Grealish to lift them up the table with some crucial wins at the end of the campaign. They survived. Just.

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Villa’s new midfielder, Idrissa Gueye

Star player: Idrissa Gueye – The holding midfielder from Lille comes with a huge reputation and his displays in preseason have drawn rave reviews. Gueye, a Senegalese international, will be in the thick of the battle week in, week out for Villa and is likely to be influential if Sherwood’s side can kick on and move towards the top 10 this season.

Coaches’ Corner: The nickname “Tactics Tim” is perhaps a little harsh on Sherwood as he motivated Villa last season and did what he had to do in order to save a team, which was severely lacking in confidence, from the drop. Losing Benteke and Delph will hurt his chances of succeeding this season, but the board have given Sherwood money to spend and this will truly be his Villa side. A top 10 finish would be a great achievement, but expect Sherwood to be one of the favorites for the sack if they struggle at the start of the season.

PST predicts: Another season of struggle beckons for Villa, but they might just surprise a few people. Sherwood is a young, energetic manager and his side is full of players who have yet to taste the PL or are looking for a second chance to prove themselves. Villa should stave off relegation, but it may not be pretty.

Aston Villa 4-3 West Bromwich Albion: Benteke conversion the difference after six-goal first half (video)

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Fireworks in the West Midlands produced one the season’s most exciting derby results, Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion providing seven goals during one of the most open matches of the Premier League season. In a game where both sides eschewed maintain possession in favor of all-out attacks, a second half penalty conversion from Christian Benteke was the difference, with Villa claiming a 4-3 win over their rivals.

The victory vaults Villa into ninth place, the team up to 27 points on the season. West Brom, on the other hand, sit 15th, only three points from the drop while still looking for their first win under new manager Pepe Mel.

West Brom struck first in a spectacular fashion, with a long distance goal from captain Chris Brunt putting the Baggies in front with the match’s first shot. Set up by left back Liam Ridgewell, Brunt launched a half-volley from near 25 yards, beating goalkeeper Brad Guzan into the upper right part of goal. When Fabian Delph redirected a James Morrison cross past Guzan five minutes later, West Brom were up 2-0.

The Baggies’ hot start was cooled three minutes later, with Andreas Weimann bringing the home side back into the match. The Austrian attacker lobbed Ben Foster after Diego Lugano headed a long ball from Guzan back toward his own goal. Weimann, running behind the West Brom defense, nestled the ball into the back of the Baggies’ goal to bring Villa within one.

By the 25th minute, Villa were back on even footing, with Leandro Bacuna the beneficiary of a mildly bizarre goal. With the ball in the right side of the penalty area, Benteke tried to cut back onto his left foot only to lose the ball. Unfortunately for West Brom, the tackle played the ball to Matthew Lawton, whose overlapping run had taken him behind the defense. The right back’s ensuing cross found Bacuna at the far post, with his miss-hit shot arching over the recovering Foster and in, leaving the teams drawn, 2-2.

It wasn’t long before Villa claimed their first lead, with a touch of class from Delph making amends for his early own goal. After a long ball targeting Benteke was headed toward the left flank, the Villa midfielder’s deft left-footed touch put him wide of West Brom right back Steven Reid, giving him room just inside of the penalty area. From the left of goal, Delph put his shot against the bottom of the crossbar, giving Foster no chance to prevent the home team from claiming a 3-2 lead.

In the 43rd minute, however, the Baggies were back even. Moments after a strong read from Foster helped prevent Benteke from making it 4-2, West Brom were passing through Villa’s defense, with a ball from Victor Anichebe finding Morrison near the arc before the midfielder played through for Youssouf Mulumbu. The Baggies’ destroyer, bolting forward from his holding position, got behind the defense and finished inside Guzan’s right post, scoring the sixth goal of the half.

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Diego Lugano played a part in two Aston Villa goes and missed his chance to put West Brom up in the second half. (Photo source: Getty Images.)

Ten minutes into the second half, Diego Lugano was given a chance to restore West Brom’s lead, having gone unnoticed by Villa’s defense on a 55th minute restart. The Uruguayan international’s diving header failed to find it’s target, however, with Lugano pushing his shot wide from just outside the six yard box.

Lugano was made to rue that miss when his foul gave Aston Villa a 64th minute penalty. On a cross from Bacuna, the Baggies center half took down Benteke, with an arm wrapped around the attacker’s left giving Mark Clattenburg no room to overlook the infraction. With a slight hesitation before striking hitting his penalty, Benteke sent Foster right before converting into the left of goal, giving Villa their second lead of the night.

From there forward, the defenses began catching up with the attacks. Although the fanatic pace of the first half had waned, both sides continued to attack impetuously. Over the last half-hour, however, the defenses matches their opponents’ intensity, with only a few near-chances from West Brom hinting the shootout would continue.

Benteke’s goal, however, would be the final of the match, with the game’s final 45 minutes unable to match the fireworks of its first stanza. After the highest scoring first half of the season, one goal proved the difference in the second, with Villa earning a hard-fought win over one of their fiercest rivals.

LINEUPS

Aston Villa: Brad Guzan, Matthew Lawton (Grant Holt 65′), Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark, Ryan Bertrand, Ashley Westwood, Karim El Ahmadi (Yacouba Sylla 76′), Fabian Delph, Leandro Bacuna, Andreas Weimann (Nathan Baker 80′), Chrstian Benteke

Goals: Weimann (12′), Bacuna (24′), Delph (37′), Benteke (64′)

West Bromwich Albion: Ben Foster, Steven Reid (Saido Berahino 76′), Diego Lugano, Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell, James Morrison, Claudio Yacob, Youssouf Mulumbu, Nicolas Anelka (Morgan Amalfitano 26′), Victor Anichebe (Matej Vydra 80′), Chris Brunt

Goals: Brunt (4′), Delph (o.g., 9′), Mulumbu (43′)

Watch Live: Aston Villa vs. West Bromwich Albion (Lineups and Discussion)

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Yesterday’s Merseyside Derby received all the hype ahead of the Premier League’s 23rd round, but for the fans that will pack Villa Park in Birmingham this evening, no fixture may be more anticipated than West Bromwich Albion’s trip to Aston Villa. At 2:45 p.m. ET, the two clubs will renew one of the premier rivalries in the West Midlands, with their season’s second derby available to steam via NBC Sports Live Extra.

Last time out in league, Aston Villa gave one of the best performances of what’s been an inconsistent season. The same spark they showed to open the campaign with an upset at the Emirates was evident at Anfield, where they took a 2-0 lead on Liverpool. Though the Reds fought back, the 2-2 result gave Villa (or, at least their fans) new hope. The often uninspired play that’s evolved from Paul Lambert’s willingness to cede his opponents that ball was replaced by a potential to transcend another relegation battle.

Under new manager Pepe Mel, West Brom are hoping for the same. The Baggies currently sit in 15th, only four points above the drop. In their last six Premier League matches, the club’s claimed seven points, collecting four draws to go along with a win over Newcastle and a loss at Sunderland. Though management will be hoping for more as Mel settles into his job, that pace should be enough to avoid relegation.

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But that pace may be forgotten should the Baggies fail to put in a strong performance at Villa Park, with a poor showing against a rival underscoring the transition period management’s elected to endure.

The real pressure, however, will be on the home side. In the middle of a roller coaster season, a loss at home to their rivals would send Aston Villa into another dip, blunting the progress they made at Anfield.

Lineups

Aston Villa: Brad Guzan, Matthew Lawton, Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark, Ryan Bertrand, Ashley Westwood, Karim El Ahmadi, Fabian Delph, Leandro Bacuna, Andreas Weimann, Chrstian Benteke

Subs: Jed Steer, Nathan Baker, Yacouba Sylla, Sami Helenius, Mark Albrighton, Grant Holt, Aleksandar Tonev

West Bromwich Albion: Ben Foster, Steven Reid, Diego Lugano, Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell, James Morrison, Claudio Yacob, Youssouf Mulumbu, Nicolas Anelka, Victor Anichebe, Chris Brunt

Subs: Boaz Myhill, Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley, Graham Dorrans, Matej Vydra, Saido Berahino, Morgan Amalfitano

Watch Live: Aston Villa vs. Sunderland (Lineups and Discuss)

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Last time Sunderland paid a visit to Villa Park, the Black Cats came out on the wrong end of a 6-1 scoreline. Is it possible that Aston Villa can humiliate the visitors in the same manner today? (10 am ET, watch live online via NBC Sports Live Extra).

It’s highly unlikely that the Villa will put in six goals today. They’ve managed just 13 thus far this season and, after going four games without a goal, it was rather surprising that they scored two in each of their last two outings. At West Brom on Monday night, Villa needed a triple change to come back from 2-0 down, with Paul Lambert bringing in Gabby Agbonlahor, Andi Weimann and Fabian Delph. Unsurprisingly, those three start this match, while Yacouba Sylla, Libor Kozak and Aleksandar Tonev drop to the bench. Lambert’s also replaced Nathan Baker with the recently recovered Antonio Luna at left back.

The visitors are still hoping for some sort of miracle to pull them up from the bottom of the table. The appointment of Gus Poyet has yet to work those miracles, although they have managed two wins, a derby victory against Newcastle and a 1-0 win over Manchester City. The Black Cats have yet to notch more than a point on the road, but with Villa having such inconsistent home form, could today be their day?

In an attempt either to keep the Italian from leaving or to actually create more potency in the attack, Fabio Borini returns to the starting lineup. He’s joined by fellow Italian Andrea Dossena, while a man most Villa fans love to hate, Craig Gardner, also comes into the starting lineup. Jozy Altidore remains on the bench, where he’ll be crossing his fingers that he can make an impact as a substitute.

Lineups

Aston Villa: Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Clark, Luna, Delph, Westwood, El Ahmadi, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Weimann

Subs: Steer, Baker, Lowton, Albrighton, Sylla, Tonev, Kozak

Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, Dossena, Brown, O’Shea, Giaccherini, Larsson, Gardner, Ki, Borini, Fletcher

Subs: Pickford, Roberge, Celustka, Colback, Johnson, Cattermole, Altidore