Deals? Yeah, friends, there were a lot of deals.
The Premier League’s summer transfer window closed on Thursday, but not until a wide array of deals came through the door.
More than half of the Premier League’s teams broke transfer records in 2019. Half! Arsenal, Brighton, Newcastle, Watford, Spurs, West Ham, Wolves, Leicester City, and Aston Villa.
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But what were the best ones, at least in our opinions? Let’s tick some people off.
First off, we’re going to exclude two signings because they were loan deals sorted into permanent moves. Leicester City’s addition of Youri Tielemans would’ve just edged Wolves’ buy of Raul Jimenez.
15. Aaron Mooy, Brighton and Hove Albion (loan) — A workhorse for the center of the park who may just sort out the Seagulls attacking players.
14. Phil Jagielka, Sheffield United — Coming home with a wealth of Premier League knowledge is a nice nod.
13. Tom Heaton, Aston Villa — As good as the Villans may be for a promoted team, they’ll need a veteran boss between the sticks and Heaton fits the bill.
11. Moise Kean, Everton — The chance that Kean is Everton’s striker for the next 3-5 years just moves him ahead of the Alex Iwobi purchase.
10. Giovani Lo Celso, Tottenham Hotspur (loan) — Lo Celso isn’t just a potential star; He gives Spurs valuable depth in all competitions.
9. Sebastien Haller, West Ham United — Possibly the answer to West Ham’s long search for a center piece center forward.
8. Joelinton, Newcastle United — A major statement from the beleaguered owner of a downtrodden former power.
7. Ismaila Sarr, Watford — The sort of attacker who can take a team from midtable to a Top Six discussion.
6. Rodri, Man City — A monumental need met on the hopeful path to a 3-peat.
5. Nicolas Pepe, Arsenal — The number of players involved in more Ligue 1 goals last season? Just one. Kylian Mbappe.
4. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Manchester United — Not just the answer for a short-term question, but possibly the club’s next anchor right back.
3. Tanguy Ndombele, Tottenham Hotspur — Should give Spurs a reliable answer to its center of the park question.
2. Harry Maguire, Manchester United — The cost was outrageous, but United needed to make this move a full year earlier (though perhaps that would’ve saved Jose Mourinho).
- Joao Cancelo, Man City — This may seem nuts. But you’ll see.