New fan’s guide to finding favorite Premier League club

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Must read preface: For several years on my own site and then on a Western New York soccer blog, I gave prospective fans of the Premier League a guide to choose a team. In no way do I claim to give anything other than an opinionated overview that I believe to be a fair representation of clubs whose history far outlives even my fandom of the beautiful game. And as time goes on, this is less and less a necessity. We are talking about the biggest league in the world, after all.

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I received continued requests for an updated version of this guide during last season’s wild Manchester City ride, and the fact remains that people need to know what they are getting into, as I know personally of a fan or two now attached to insufferable clubs. ‘They’ had no idea that their love for a brown ale or clever nickname would lead to a lifetime of supporter misery. And now ‘they’ have got to twice watch their beloved club, massive as it is, flub its way to the second tier. Again, just what I’ve heard from ‘them’.

I almost always advocate choosing a club that isn’t already a giant because that’s my background as a proud Buffalonian, but do what feels right. Maybe you’re a Lakers or Patriots fan who enjoys feeding off the hate of others. By all means, continue onward!

So without further ado, I submit to you my 2018-19 beginners guide to selecting a Premier League team. For each team, we’ll let you know which Americans are on their team — if any — who their fans tend to hate, and give a very loose comparison to American professional teams.

1. Arsenal
Last championship: 2003-04
Years in Premier League: 27/27
Nickname: Gunners
Location: London
American players: Gedion Zelalem
Biggest rivals: Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Manchester United
Comparison: New York Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers

The good news, if you choose Arsenal, is that you’ll have so much company. Arsenal is the most-supported team in these here United States of America, and their passionate fan base is almost impossible to miss. They have a massive celebrity supporter base, too, from Idris Elba to Prince Harry, Steve Earle to Jay-Z, there’s a bountiful group of fancy fans.

There’s some magic to the club, for sure, and it’s been some time since the Gunners were a genuine contender for the crown. With a new coach for the first time in ages, plenty of high-flying attackers, and status as second-best to their long-time rival Tottenham, there’s intrigue at Arsenal and a new fan wouldn’t be a bandwagon jumper.

2. Bournemouth
Last championship: Never
Years in Premier League: 4/27 (Return: 2015-16)
Nickname: Cherries
Location: Bournemouth, Dorset
American players: Emerson Hyndman (on loan to Hibernian)
Biggest rivals: Southampton
Comparisons: Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Lightning

Eddie Howe has done with this club to get them to the Premier League and keep them there is amazing. Chairman Jeff Mostyn kept the team from administration with his own money, and engineered one of the biggest rises in English soccer history. They’ve legitimately invested in players, and are yet to succumb to expectations of eventual relegation.

Plus, the South Coast seems like a lovely place to visit, and heir crest is a man heading the ball incorrectly, unless of course the Cherries player is clearing the ball backwards from danger. Which, good on him. Safety first.

3. Brighton and Hove Albion
Last championship: Never
Years in Premier League: 6/27 (Return: 2017-18)
Nickname: Gulls
Location: Falmer, East Sussex
American players: None
Biggest rivals: Crystal Palace
Comparisons: Winnipeg Jets, Los Angeles Rams

Decades of irrelevance nearly saw the club dip into the fourth-tier and, perhaps, serious trouble of disappearing into the abyss. Their rise back to the Premier League is nothing short of inspiring, and manager Chris Hughton‘s steady hand has been key in building a base for something special. Now with strong goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, fearsome attacker Pascal Gross, and one of the most intriguing young talents in the world (Alireza Jahanbakhsh), the Gulls are a sneaky good pick to become a PL mainstay.

Pascal Gross (Getty Images)

4. Burnley
Last championship: 1959-60
Years in Premier League: 5/27 (Return: 2016-17)
Nickname: Clarets
Location: Burnley, Lancashire
American players: None
Biggest rivals: Blackburn Rovers, Preston North End
Comparisons: Pittsburgh Pirates, Calgary Flames

Manager Sean Dyche is legitimately terrifying, and the Clarets are in the midst of perhaps their greatest adventure after punching way about their weight in order to qualify for the Europa League.

Burnley is still not a favorite to stick around the Premier League for long, but those odds become shorter and shorter with every passing year (especially with the UEL run). That’s lovely stuff. Joe Posnanski wrote a story on Burnley the last time they were promoted. It was called “David and Goliath and Burnley”. Read it here.

5. Cardiff City
Last championship: Never
Years in Premier League: 2/27 (Return: 2018-19)
Nickname: Bluebirds
Location: Cardiff, Wales
American players: Backup goalkeeper Chris Konopka
Biggest rivals: Swansea City, Bristol City
Comparisons: Ottawa Senators, Miami Marlins

The Premier League was deprived of one of the best rivalries in sports when Swansea City was relegated in the same season that Cardiff climbed into the top flight. The only Welsh club in the league, Cardiff is owned by eccentric owner Vincent Tan (who once found it wise to change the team’s primary colors to red because he felt it contained more power. That didn’t pay off). Manager Neil Warnock has promoted loads of clubs to the top flight, but it will be a minor miracle if the Bluebirds survive in their second bid for PL safety.

6. Chelsea
Last championship: 2016-17
Years in Premier League: 27/27
Nickname: Blues
Location: London
American players: Matt Miazga (on loan to Nantes), Kyle Scott (on loan to Telstar)
Biggest rivals: Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham, Fulham, Millwall
Comparison: Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Redskins

A simply massive club with loads of accolades and glory — not to mention a combustible, deep-pocketed owner in a big, big city — Chelsea’s players again failed a title-winning manager when they slipped out of the Top Four under Antonio Conte last season.

New boss Maurizio Sarri has a treasure trove of talent at Stamford Bridge, and the Londoners have as good a chance as anyone to compete for titles and cups on a year-in, year-out basis.

7. Crystal Palace
Last championship: Never
Years in Premier League: 10/27
Nickname: Eagles, Glaziers
Location: London
American players: None
Biggest rivals: Brighton & Hove Albion, Charlton Athletic, Millwall, Wimbledon
Comparisons: Toronto Raptors, New Orleans Saints

Palace is a truly intriguing option due to incredible fans and their status as a real working-class London club. Plus, the Eagles have flair and work rate in their club. Exceptional talent Wilfried Zaha has stuck around for another season, and manager Roy Hodgson is a respected statesman of the game. It only takes one broadcast of a home match, and a pregame chorus of “Glad All Over” complete with a freaking eagle flying onto the pitch to inspire you to think Palace could be the club for you.

8. Everton
Last championship: 1986-87
Years in Premier League: 27/27
Nickname: Toffees, The School of Science
Location: Liverpool
American players: Antonee Robinson (on loan to Wigan Athletic)
Biggest rivals: Liverpool
Comparison: Boston Bruins, Denver Broncos

Everton gives you the ability to back a team with proud history, and a team involved in one of the best rivalries in sports (The Merseyside Derby with Liverpool). The team has not been afraid to spend to bring exciting talent like Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison, and also possesses one of the heroes of England’s World Cup run in goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. The additions of Yerry Mina from Barcelona and loanee Kurt Zouma from Chelsea mean the Toffees may be primed to surge high up the table, and the club is one that prides itself on its status in the community, too. A lot to like here.

9. Fulham
Last championship: Never
Years in Premier League: 14/27 (Return: 2018-19)
Nickname: Cottagers
Location: West London
American players: Tim Ream, Luca De La Torre
Biggest rivals: Chelsea, QPR, Brentford, Crystal Palace
Comparisons: Chicago Bears, Nashville Predators

This one’s easy: Fulham is located in London, and counts two of its best all-time players as American in the forms of Clint Dempsey and Brian McBride. It currently has two American players, is owned by NFL owner Shahid Khan, and was once dubbed Fulhamerica for its many U.S. talents (including Carlos Bocanegra, Eddie Lewis, Kasey Keller, and Eddie Johnson). Plus, stadium quirk alert:

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10. Huddersfield Town
Last championship: 1923-24
Years in Premier League: 2/27 (Return: 2017-18)
Nickname: The Terriers
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
American players: Danny Williams
Biggest rivals: Leeds United, Bradford City
Comparisons: Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Bucks

At the ripe old age of 109, the Terriers are in their second year back in the top flight. Well, that’s a little misleading because Town was not even nicknamed the Terriers when it was winning titles in the early part of the 20th century. The blue-and-white striped Town is an underdog story, and is still considered a strong candidate to dip back into the second tier. But what good is life without an underdog story? And, oh yeah, their manager David Wagner was capped by the United States men’s national team.

11. Leicester City
Last championship: 2015-16
Years in Premier League: 13/27
Nickname: Foxes
Location: Leicester
American players: None
Biggest rivals: Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Coventry City
Comparison: Seattle Seahawks, New Jersey Devils

You could hate sports, and you’d have heard of Leicester City’s title season. The most unlikely championship story in history, with castaway players and a forgotten manager rising up to claim the Premier League crown from the richest of the rich. I can’t tell you not to root for the Foxes, though I also wouldn’t bet on them repeating the glory. It’s a little tricky to slide into the fan base of a team which has almost certainly had its most memorable moment it could possibly achieve, but such is life. Foxes is a great nickname, blue is a solid color, and Kasper Schmeichel is a wonderful goalkeeper.

12. Liverpool

Last championship: 1989-90
Years in Premier League: 27/27
Nickname: Reds
Location: Liverpool
American players: None
Biggest rivals: Everton, Manchester United
Comparison: Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Flyers

Superstar players? Check. Intense, fascinating manager? Check. Title-winning history you can brag (and brag and brag) about? Check. Still plenty of misery to feel like you’re somehow an underdog? Check. No wonder American fans have seemingly flocked to the Anfield set, which is a legitimate threat to win the Premier League. With Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane (amongst others), you’re guaranteed excitement even if the defense doesn’t hold up (and it seems like it might do that, anyway).

13. Manchester City
Last championship: 2017-18
Years in Premier League: 22/27
Nickname: Citizens
Location: Manchester
American players: None
Biggest rivals: Manchester United
Comparison: Dallas Mavericks, L.A. Angels, Golden State Warriors

Some folks will tell you that you can’t support Man City because they’re a club that’s done all their recent winning on the backs of incredible investment from deep-pocketed owners, but as time goes on we’re learning they were an early adopter of emptying banks in pursuit of shiny things.

Still, City has spent crazy money, and is now doing so under the title-winning reign of managerial mastermind Pep Guardiola. Plus, you’ll love the same team as Noel and Liam Gallagher, and their banter game is, generally speaking, top notch.

Noel Gallagher speaks to Pep Guardiola (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

14. Manchester United
Last championship: 2012-13
Years in Premier League: 27/27
Nickname: Red Devils
Location: Manchester
American players: None
Biggest rivals: Liverpool, Leeds United, Manchester City
Comparison: New York Yankees, Montreal Canadiens, New England Patriots

A little shine came off United when it struggled to keep up legendary manager Alex Ferguson’s lofty standards once the Scottish coach left the team. But United has spent almost as much money as any club on Earth and should never, ever be considered anything but a favorite with the biggest financial influence in the game. Now with vilified but brilliant manager Jose Mourinho and status as a power with hunger to reclaim its throne, Manchester United can get back to seriously contending for any trophy in the world. And you can sort of feel like you aren’t jumping on any sort of bandwagon.

15. Newcastle United
Last championship: 1926-27
Years in Premier League: 24/27 (Return: 2017-18)
Nickname: The Magpies
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
American players: DeAndre Yedlin
Biggest rivals: Sunderland, Middlesbrough
Comparisons: Buffalo Bills, New York Knicks (if they weren’t in NYC)

A blue-collar fan base which has supported its club through thick and thin, but hasn’t hesitated to protest when it’s being run into the ground? There’s something very American sports about Newcastle United, which has achieved glory in its time but has been waiting on more silverware for better than a half century. Its penny-pinching owner has been less than honest about his intent to spend money, and hasn’t broken his transfer record in 15 years while every other club in the top flight is doing so with relatively frequency. Its current boss is one of the most celebrated in modern football, Rafa Benitez, and its players are hoping to again punch above their weight. You could do worse.

16. Southampton
Last championship: N/A
Years in Premier League: 20/27
Nickname: Saints
Location: Southampton
American players: None
Biggest rivals: Portsmouth, Brighton & Hove Albion, Bournemouth
Comparison: St. Louis Blues, Oakland Athletics

Saints have a whole lot of “Moneyball” to their program, and chairman Ralph Krueger literally wrote books on leadership. The ex-NHL coach is an incredibly impressive man, and the way Southampton has replaced assets with cheaper assets is admirable. With one of the best young programs in the world, pound-for-pound, and a certain bit of magic around St Mary’s (their home ground) you could, like Newcastle, do worse than Southampton.

17. Tottenham Hotspur
Last championship: 1960-61
Years in Premier League: 27/27
Nickname: Spurs
Location: London
American players: Cameron Carter-Vickers
Biggest rivals: Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham
Comparison: Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Cowboys

Spurs are a good team to pick. They have an awesome name, an inventive manager and a cool-albeit-goofy logo. They also play in London, which is nice for tourism reasons. The Tottenham-Arsenal rivalry is also excellent, so it’s a good bet for vitriol as well.

Spurs also have a ton of extremely likable and/or exciting players, and have surged into the UEFA Champions League. The players are strong and deep, with superstar striker Harry Kane and Danish wizard Christian Eriksen. There’s also terrific French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. There’s really a terrific tradition at the North London club and perhaps they’ve moved from being “so close” to being truly elite again.

(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

18. Watford
Last championship: Never
Years in Premier League: 6/27 (Return: 2015-16)
Nickname: Hornets
Location: Hertfordshire
American players: None
Biggest rivals: Luton Town
Comparisons: Colorado Avalanche, Cincinnati Reds

Sir Elton John’s favorite club, this is a side that once gave USMNT star Jay DeMerit a shot… and he ended up their captain. Watford is neither swimming in expectation nor consistency, but have avoided relegation for three-consecutive seasons.

19. West Ham United
Last championship: N/A
Years in Premier League: 23/27
Nickname: Hammers, the Irons
Location: London
American players: None
Biggest rivals: Millwall, Leyton Orient
Comparison: Brooklyn Nets, Oakland Raiders

West Ham United has a lot of money, a new stadium, and an incredibly deep team given its relative lack of big stage success in recent years. There is every reason to believe West Ham is primed to surge into annual contention for UEFA Champions League places and, given their city and backing, you could be getting on board with a next level club while they’re still an underdog story (of sorts). That said, the Irons have underachieved in recent seasons and dealt with eye-popping fan protests last seasons, which is not nice.

20. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Last championship: 1958-59
Years in Premier League: 5/27 (Return: 2018-19)
Nickname: Wolves
Location: Wolverhampton, West Midlands
American players: None
Biggest rivals: West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa, Birmingham City
Comparison: Houston Astros, Buffalo Sabres

There’s a real upward trend here, as Wolves have spent big in recent seasons and that didn’t end with their promotion to the Premier League. A super Portuguese bent to the team sees stars Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, and Rui Patricio joining promising manager Nuno Espirito Santo in a bid to not just survive in the Premier League, but become a power.

Predictions for 2018-19 Premier League standings

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Ahead of the 2018-19 Premier League season kicking off, our writers have predicted how the PL table will look next May when the final ball is kicked.

I know, we are brave souls…

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Let us know what you think about these selections below.

And, of course feel free to post your own predictions in the comments section.

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Joe Prince-Wright
1. Man City
2. Liverpool
3. Manchester United
4. Tottenham Hotspur
5. Arsenal
6. Chelsea
7. Everton
8. West Ham
9. Wolves
10. Leicester City
11. Southampton
12. Fulham
13. Bournemouth
14. Newcastle United
15. Crystal Palace
16. Burnley
17. Brighton and Hove Albion
18. Watford
19. Huddersfield Town
20. Cardiff City


Nicholas Mendola
1. Man City
2. Man Utd
3. Liverpool
4. Chelsea
5. Arsenal
6. Spurs
7. Everton
8. West Ham
9. Leicester City
10. Crystal Palace
11. Fulham
12. Newcastle United
13. Wolves
14. Brighton and Hove Albion
15. Southampton
16. Burnley
17. Bournemouth
18. Watford
19. Huddersfield Town
20. Cardiff City


Kyle Bonn
1. Manchester City
2. Liverpool
3. Chelsea
4. Tottenham
5. Arsenal
6. Manchester United
7. Everton
8. Leicester City
9. Fulham
10. Wolves
11. Brighton & Hove Albion
12. Southampton
13. West Ham
14. Bournemouth
15. Newcastle
16. Burnley
17. Huddersfield Town
18. Crystal Palace
19. Watford
20. Cardiff City


Andy Edwards
1. Manchester City
2. Liverpool
3. Arsenal
4. Tottenham Hotspur
5. Chelsea
6. Manchester United
7. West Ham United
8. Everton
9. Leicester City
10. Crystal Palace
11. Bournemouth
12. Wolverhampton Wanderers
13. Burnley
14. Fulham
15. Southampton
16. Watford
17. Newcastle United
18. Brighton & Hove Albion
19. Huddersfield Town
20. Cardiff City


Matt Reed
1. Manchester City
2. Liverpool
3. Chelsea
4. Arsenal
5. Manchester United
6. Tottenham
7. Everton
8. West Ham
9. Fulham
10. Wolves
11. Leicester
12. Crystal Palace
13. Burnley
14. Bournemouth
15. Newcastle
16. Brighton & Hove
17. Watford
18. Southampton
19. Huddersfield Town
20. Cardiff City


Dan Karell
1. Manchester City
2. Liverpool
3. Arsenal
4. Tottenham
5. Chelsea
6. Everton
7. Manchester United
8. Burnley
9. West Ham
10. Wolves
11. Leicester
12. Fulham
13. Southampton
14. Bournemouth
15. Newcastle
16. Brighton & Hove
17. Watford
18. Crystal Palace
19. Huddersfield Town
20. Cardiff City

Five X-factor Premier League summer signings

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They’ll make differences in their teams for very different reasons.

If the following five players have big seasons, they are talented enough to push their teams multiple spots up the table.

Some could be focal points, while others valuable substitutes but one thing is for sure: their signings slid under the radar given their respective abilities (or in one Fulham man’s case, the lateness of the hour).

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5. Max Meyer, Crystal Palace — The 22-year-old’s progression has been infuriating at Schalke, and Palace getting him on a free transfer is a fine risk. Is he the player who scored six Bundesliga goals in 1800 minutes as a teenager, and posted 5G-6A in 2015-16, or the one whose most starts in a single season is 27?

4. Ben Gibson, Burnley — Gibson was very impressive for Middlesbrough in their relegation campaign, and he only shined his stock under defensive wizard Tony Pulis in the Championship. If Burnley makes the Europa League group stage, Gibson will be huge for Dyche.

3. Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Fulham — Buying Jean Michael Seri was a coup for the midfield, but bringing in a fellow Frenchman to balance out the center of the park? Wow. The 22-year-old is a hard tackling, opportunistic machine who will disrupt the opposition and connect the defense to the forwards. Huge.

2. Xherdan Shaqiri, Liverpool — The ability to sub out a winger or midfielder with a player who, on his day, is as lethal as any shooter in the world? Not too bad, Mr. Klopp.

  1. Jack Wilshere, West Ham United — There’s no debating how important Wilshere was to Arsenal when heathy, and his cross-London move could make all the difference in the world as West Ham tries to get the ball to its finishers.

Top Ten additions of the Premier League summer

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Warning: We’re not positive this list is going to satisfy anyone, including fans of the No. 1 player’s team.

Tasked with naming the Top Ten additions in the Premier League this summer, we had to include a signing agreed to before last season began, and also wanted to account for the impact a signing could have on a team’s fortunes.

For example, Alisson is a very good goalkeeper, but we’re not exactly sure goalkeeper is what crushed Liverpool’s hopes last season (Sergio Ramos, more likely).

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10. Felipe Anderson, West Ham — Maybe just off the list if Manuel Lanzini is healthy, but the signing from Lazio will be tasked with getting service to Marko Arnautovic and Co.

9. Cheikhou Kouyate, Crystal Palace — Established PL tough guy taking some onus off Luka Milivojevic.

8. Yerry Mina, Everton — Powerful Colombian center back brings a lot to what was an aging Toffees back line.

7. Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Brighton and Hove Albion — The Eredivisie’s top star joins Pascal Gross and his rising Gulls.

6. Fred, Manchester United — The best teams in the PL give you a tough time getting through the middle of the park; Nemanja Matic and Fred should make it a nightmare.

5. Jean Michael Seri, Fulham — What a win for the Cottagers, who get a nice Nice player who can play a pivotal role in all parts of the pitch.

4. Riyad Mahrez, Manchester City — The Etihad Stadium is an embarrassment of riches.

3. Joao Moutinho, Wolves — Consider that this guy cost just $7 million. Even at age 31, that meager fee bumps him up the list for a club which will be hoping for better than simple survival.

2. Jorginho, Chelsea — Maurizio Sarri must laugh when he considers his ability to use Jorginho, N'Golo Kante, and Tiemoue Bakayoko to make a midfield hell for opposing attackers.

  1. Naby Keita, Liverpool — So much complete than anything Liverpool had in its center midfield last season. If he was able to arrive in 2017-18, the Reds might’ve won the UCL and finished second to City. Huge addition.

Complete list of Premier League summer transfers

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Here’s the complete list of Premier League summer ins and outs and all 20 clubs, courtesy PremierLeague.com.

Arsenal

In
Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus)
Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen)
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Dortmund)
Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria)
Matteo Guendouzi (Lorient)

Out
Per Mertesacker (retired)
Santi Cazorla (released)
Takuma Asano (Hannover) Loan
Jack Wilshere (West Ham)
Vlad Dragomir (released)
Ryan Huddart (released)
Tafari Moore (released)
Hugo Keto (Brighton)
Chiori Johnson (released)
Yassin Fortune (released)
Aaron Eyoma (released)
Alex Crean (released)
Marc Bola (released)
Kelechi Nwakali (FC Porto) Loan 
Jeff Reine-Adelaide (Angers)  
Matt Macey (Plymouth) Loan 
Chuba Akpom (PAOOK Salonika)
Joao Virginia (Everton)
Calum Chambers (Fulham) Loan
Lucas Perez (West Ham)

AFC Bournemouth

In
David Brooks (Sheff Utd)
Diego Rico (Leganes)
Jefferson Lerma (Levante)

Out
Baily Cargill (released)
Ryan Allsop (released)
Ollie Harfield (released)
Sam Matthews (released)
Patrick O’Flaherty (released)
Joe Quigley (released) 
Rhoys Wiggins (retired)
Benik Afobe (Wolves)
Max Gradel (Toulouse)
Adam Federici (Stoke)
Mikael Ndjoli (Kilmarnock) Loan
Lewis Grabban (Nott’m Forest)
Sam Surridge (Oldham) Loan
Connor Mahoney (Birmingham City) Loan
Harry Arter (Cardiff City) Loan

Leon Balogun of Brighton (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images)

Brighton & Hove Albion

In
Leon Balogun (Mainz)
Joseph Tomlinson (Yeovil)
Florin Andone (Deportivo)
Jason Steele (Sunderland)
Bernardo Fernandes da Silva Junior (RB Leipzig)
Hugo Keto (Arsenal)
David Button (Fulham)
Yves Bissouma (Lille)
Percy Tau (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Alireza Jahanbakhsh (AZ Alkmaar)
Anders Dreyer (Esbjerg)
Billy Arce (Independiente Del Valle)
Leo Skiri Ostigard (Molde)
Peter Gwargis (Jonkopings Sodra IF)
Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic)
Martin Montoya (Valencia)

Out
Uwe Huenemeier (Paderborn)
Steve Sidwell (released)
Jamie Murphy (Rangers)
Bailey Vose (Colchester)
Liam Rosenior (released)
Connor Goldson (Rangers)
Robert Sanchez (Forest Green Rovers) Loan
Ben Hall (Notts County) Loan
Niki Maenpaa (released)
Henrik Bjordal (Zulte Waregem)
Christian Walton (Wigan) Loan 
Steven Alzate (Swindon) Loan 
Ales Mateju (Brescia) Loan
Tom McGill (Worthing) Loan
Sam Baldock (Reading)  
Jordan Maguire-Drew (Wrexham) Loan 
Jiri Skalak (Millwall)
Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic) Loan

Burnley

In
Vinnie Steels (York City)
Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough)
Joe Hart (Man City)
Matej Vydra (Derby County)

Out
Dean Marney (released)
Scott Arfield (Rangers)
Tom Anderson (Doncaster)
Chris Long (released)
Josh Ginnelly (released)
Conor Mitchell (St Johnstone) Loan
Aiden Stone (Lancaster City) Loan

Cardiff City

In
Josh Murphy (Norwich)
Greg Cunningham (Preston)
Alex Smithies (QPR)
Bobby Reid (Bristol City)
Victor Camarasa (Real Betis) Loan
Harry Arter (AFC Bournemouth) Loan

Out
Greg Halford Released
Omar Bogle (Birmingham City) Loan
Lee Camp (Birmingham City)

Mateo Kovacic (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)

Chelsea

In
Jorginho (Napoli)
Robert Green
Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid) Loan
Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao)

Out
Mitchell Beeney (released)
Wallace Oliveira (released)
Trevoh Chalobah (Ipswich) Loan
Nathan Baxter (Yeovil) Loan
Reece James (Wigan) Loan
Dujon Sterling (Coventry) Loan
Lewis Baker (Leeds) Loan
Jake Clarke-Salter (Vitesse) Loan
Danilo Pantic (Partizan) Loan
Jonathan Panzo (Monaco)
Eduardo (Vitesse) Loan
Kenedy (Newcastle) Loan
Jhoao Rodriguez (Tenerife) Loan
Jamal Blackman (Leeds) Loan
Todd Kane (Hull) Loan
Mason Mount (Derby) Loan
Jeremie Boga (Sassuolo)
Mario Pasalic (Atalanta) Loan
Nathan (Atletico Mineiro) Loan
Jacob Maddox (Cheltenham Town) Loan
Victorien Angban (Metz) Loan
Kasey Palmer (Blackburn) Loan
Kyle Scott (Telstar) Loan
Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)

Crystal Palace

In
Vicente Guaita (Getafe)  
Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham)  
Max Meyer (Schalke)
Jordan Ayew (Swansea) Loan

Out
Diego Cavalieri (released)
Damien Delaney (released)
Lee Chung-yong (released)
Yohan Cabaye (Al Nasr)  
Jaroslaw Jach (Caykur Rizespor) Loan

Everton

In
Richarlison (Watford)
Lucas Digne (Barcelona)
Joao Virginia (Arsenal)
Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Yerry Mina (Barcelona)
Andre Gomes (Barcelona) Loan

Out
Joel Robles (Real Betis)
Jose Baxter (released)
David Henen (released)
Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal)
Wayne Rooney (D.C. United)
Luke Garbutt (Oxford United) Loan
Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray) Loan
Shani Tarashaj (Grasshopper Club Zurich) Loan
Davy Klaassen (Werder Bremen)
Ashley Williams (Stoke City) Loan
Antonee Robinson (Wigan) Loan
Kevin Mirallas (Fiorentina) Loan
Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) Loan

Fulham

In
Jean Michael Seri (Nice)  
Maxime Le Marchand (Nice)
Fabricio Agosto Ramirez (Besiktas)
Andre Schurrle (Borussia Dortmund) Loan
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United)
Alfie Mawson (Swansea City)
Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Loan
Sergio Rico (Sevilla) Loan
Joe Ryan (Bristol City)
Luciano Vietto (Atletico Madrid) Loan
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Man Utd) Loan
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Marseille)

Out
Ryan Fredericks (West Ham)
Stephen Humphrys (Scunthorpe) Loan
Elijah Adebayo (Swindon) Loan
David Button (Brighton)
Tayo Edun (Ipswich Town)

Huddersfield Town

In
Ben Hamer (Leicester)
Terence Kongolo (Monaco)
Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke)
Juninho Bacuna (Groningen)  
Jonas Lossl (Mainz)
Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund)
Adama Diakhaby (Monaco)
Isaac Mbenza (Montpellier) Loan

Out
Dean Whitehead (retired) 
Robert Green (Chelsea)
Jack Boyle (released)
Denilson Carvalho (released)
Dylan Cogill (released)
Luca Colville (released)
Cameron Taylor (released)
Jack Payne (Bradford City) Loan 
Sean Scannell (Bradford City)
Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Bristol Rovers)
Tom Ince (Stoke City) £10m
Joel Coleman (Shrewsbury) Loan 
Jordy Hiwula (Coventry City)
Jordan Williams (Barnsley)
Scott Malone (Derby County)
Michael Hefele (Nottingham Forest)

Jonny Evans (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

Leicester City

In
Ricardo Pereira (Porto)
Jonny Evans (West Brom)
James Maddison (Norwich)
Danny Ward (Liverpool)
Rachid Ghezzal (AS Monaco)
Filip Benkovic (Dinamo Zagreb)
Caglar Soyuncu (SC Freiburg)

Out
Robert Huth (released) 
Ben Hamer (Huddersfield)
Elliott Moore (OH Leuven) Loan
Connor Wood (Bradford)  
Riyad Mahrez (Man City)
Harvey Barnes (West Brom) Loan 
Daniel Iverson (Oldham) Loan 
Max Bramley (Telford United) Loan
George Thomas (Scunthorpe United) Loan
Ahmed Musa (Al-Nassr)
Josh Gordon (Walsall)

Liverpool

In
Fabinho (Monaco)
Naby Keita (RB Leipzig)
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City)  
Alisson Becker (AS Roma)

Out
Yan Dhanda (Swansea)
Ovie Ejaria (Rangers) Loan
Emre Can (Juventus)
Jon Flanagan (released)
Adam Bogdan (Hibernian) Loan
Harry Wilson (Derby) Loan 
Paulo Alves (Wolves)
Danny Ward (Leicester)  
Andy Firth (Barrow)  
Ryan Kent (Rangers) Loan
Taiwo Awoniyi (Gent) Loan
Shamal George (Tranmere) Loan
Allan (Frankfurt) Loan
Ben Woodburn (Sheffield United) Loan
Danny Ings (Southampton) Loan

Manchester City

In
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester)
Claudio Gomes (PSG)
Philippe Sandler (PEC Zwolle)
Daniel Arzani (Melbourne City)

Out
Pablo Maffeo (Stuttgart)
Yaya Toure (released)
Angelino (PSV)
Ashley Smith-Brown (Plymouth)
Matt Smith (Twente) Loan
Edward Francis (Almere City) Loan
Manu Garcia Alonso (Toulouse) Loan
Angus Gunn (Southampton)  
Paolo Fernandes (NAC Breda) Loan
Jack Harrison (Leeds United) Loan
Aro Muric (NAC Breda) Loan
Bersant Celina (Swansea City)
Aleix Garcia (Girona) Loan
Tosin Adarabioyo (West Brom) Loan
Joe Hart (Burnley)
Thomas Agyepong (Hibernian) Loan
Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End) Loan

Manchester United

In
Diogo Dalot (Porto)
Fred (Shakhtar)
Lee Grant (Stoke)

Out
Michael Carrick (retired)
Joe Riley (Bradford)
Dean Henderson (Sheff Utd) Loan
Sam Johnstone (West Brom)  
Daley Blind (Ajax)
Matty Willock (St Mirren) Loan
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Scunthorpe) Loan 
Joel Pereira (Vitoria Setubal) Loan
Axel Tuanzebe (Aston Villa) Loan
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Fulham) Loan

Federico Fernandez @NUFC

Newcastle United

In
Martin Dubravka (Sparta Prague)
Ki Sung-Yueng (Swansea)
Kenedy (Chelsea) Loan 
Fabian Schar (Deportivo La Coruna)
Yoshinori Muto (Mainz)
Salomon Rondon (West Brom) Loan
Federico Fernandez (Swansea City)

Out
Massadio Haidara (Lens) 
Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock)
Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad)
Chancel Mbemba (Porto)
Matz Sels (Strasbourg)
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham)
Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers)
Dwight Gayle (West Brom) Loan
Ivan Toney (Peterborough United)

Southampton

In
Stuart Armstrong (Celtic)
Mohamed Elyounoussi (Basel)
Angus Gunn (Man City)
Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Danny Ings (Liverpool) Loan

Out
Olufela Olomola (Scunthorpe)
Jeremy Pied (released)
Florin Gardos (released)
Ollie Cook (released)
Armani Little (released)
Will Wood (released)
Richard Bakary (released)
Dusan Tadic (Ajax)
Stuart Taylor (released)
Guido Carrillo (Leganes) Loan
Ryan Seager (Telstar) Loan
Sofiane Boufal (Celta Vigo) Loan
Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord) Loan

Tottenham Hotspur

Out
Keanan Bennetts (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Anton Walkes (Portsmouth)

Gerard Deulofeu (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Watford

In
Ben Wilmot (Stevenage)
Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona)
Marc Navarro (Espanyol)
Adam Masina (Bologna)
Ken Sema (Ostersunds)
Ben Foster (West Brom)
Domingos Quina (West Ham)

Out
Brandon Mason (released)
Costel Pantilimon (Nott’m Forest)
Mauro Zarate (Boca Juniors)
Richarlison (Everton)
Tommie Hoban (Aberdeen) Loan
Nordin Amrabat (Al-Nassr)
Jerome Sinclair (Sunderland) Loan
Randell Williams (Wycombe) Loan
Dodi Lukebakio (Fortuna Dusseldorf) Loan
Harvey Bradbury (Oxford United)  
Daniel Bachmann (Kilmarnock) Loan
Alex Jakubiak (Bristol Rovers) Loan

West Ham United

In
Ryan Fredericks (Fulham)
Issa Diop (Toulouse)
Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea)
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Andriy Yarmolenko (Dortmund)
Fabian Balbuena (Corinthians)
Felipe Anderson (Lazio)
Xande Silva (Vitoria de Guimaraes)
Lucas Perez (Arsenal)
Carlos Sanchez (Fiorentina)

Out
James Collins (released)
Patrice Evra (released)
Ben Wells (QPR)
Reece Burke (Hull)
Marcus Browne (Oxford) Loan 
Cheikhou Kouyate (Crystal Palace)
Sead Haksabanovic (Malaga) Loan
Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough) Loan
Domingos Quina (Watford)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

In
Benik Afobe (AFC Bournemouth)
Willy Boly (Porto)
Raul Jimenez (Benfica) Loan 
Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon)  
Leo Bonatini (Al-Hilal)  
Ruben Vinagre (Monaco)  
Paulo Alves (Liverpool)  
Joao Moutinho (Monaco)
Jonny Castro Otto (Atletico Madrid) Loan
Adama Traore (Middlesbrough)
John Kitolano (Odds Ballklubb)
Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht) Loan

Out
Jordan Allan
Dan Armstrong
Anthony Breslin
Nicu Carnat
Ross Finnie
Jon Flatt
Conor Levingston
Tomas Nogueira
Hakeem Odoffin
Adam Osbourne
Ryan Rainey
Jose Xavier
Christian Herc (Dunajska Streda) Loan
Aaron Collins (Colchester) Loan
Benik Afobe (Stoke) Loan
Duckens Nazon (STVV)
Sherwin Seedorf (Bradford) Loan
Ben Marshall (Norwich)
Roderick Miranda (Olympiacos) Loan
Prince Oniangue (Caen)
Rafa Mir (Las Palmas) Loan
Carl Ikeme (retired)
Barry Douglas (Leeds)
Ben Goodliffe (Dagenham & Redbridge) Loan