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Ranking every Premier League club’s 2019 summer transfer window

The transfer window for Premier League clubs has now slammed shut, with the desperate scramble for deadline day deals bringing an end to the never-ending rumour mill of potential moves.

The 20 Premier League clubs now have their squads set for the start of the coming campaign, but how did your side fare in the summer market?

We’ve decided to rank each club’s business in the 2019 summer transfer window…

Arsenal

Despite a reported budget of just £45m, Arsenal made six summer signings and caused a shock by spending a club-record £72m on Lille winger Nicolas Pepe. The Ivorian is an exciting prospect and adds to a wealth of attacking options, and will form a formidable forward line alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Arsenal’s defence has long been a weak point, though Unai Emery has invested with both short and long-term in mind with the signings of William Saliba and David Luiz.

Highly-rated prospect Saliba will spend next season on loan at Saint-Etienne, whilst the experienced Luiz has arrived from Chelsea to replace departed captain Laurent Koscielny.

Whether the big-haired Brazilian is the answer to Arsenal’s defensive woes remains to be seen, but he brings experience and character to the club’s dressing room.

Dani Ceballos arrival on a season-long loan deal looks like some of the best business of the summer, the classy midfielder replacing Aaron Ramsey who left for Juventus.

Celtic’s Kieran Tierney joined in a Scottish record £25m deal and hopes are high he can be the club’s long-term left-back, whilst Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli also joined but is likely to be one for the future.

Arsenal have certainly strengthened, but the jury is still out on whether Luiz is the man to solve their defensive fragility.

RANKING: 8/10

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Aston Villa

Dean Smith’s side have certainly had a go at achieving Premier League survival, signing no less than 12 players for a combined £131.5m in a busy summer of activity following their promotion.

Last season’s loanees Tyrone Mings, Kortney Hause, and Anwar El Ghazi have returned permanently, whilst it is hoped £22m forward Wesley can replace the goals of Tammy Abraham who has returned to Chelsea.

Abraham scored 26 goals in their promotion campaign, and the club will need Wesley to settle quickly or they may struggle to score enough to survive.

Tom Heaton and Matt Targett both offer quality and Premier League experience, whilst Egyptian winger Trezeguet and midfielder Douglas Luiz are interesting additions.

Elsewhere, Villa’s defence has been strengthened by the arrivals of Brentford youngster Ezri Konsa and Belgian Bjorn Engels, whilst the brilliantly named Marvelous Nakamba and winger Jota have joined from Club Brugge and local rivals Birmingham respectively.

Villa will hope their new signings can gel quickly, though so many new additions has raised concerns over cohesion. Fulham spent heavily last summer before their immediate relegation back to the Championship and Villa fans will hope they do not follow suit.

RANKING: 7/10

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Bournemouth

Bournemouth’s transfer business has been smart in recent seasons, and it looks like Eddie Howe has been sensible once again as he bids to improve on last season’s 14th-placed finish.

The club’s only foray into foreign markets was for Nigerian-born Dutch international Arnaut Danjuma, the 22-year-old having shown promise at Belgian side Club Brugge.

Phillip Billing impressed in a struggling Huddersfield team and will bring athleticism to the Cherries midfield, whilst on-loan Liverpool youngster Harry Wilson will have a chance to impress in the Premier League after scoring 15 Championship goals for Derby last season.

Highly-rated full-back Lloyd Kelly will also make the step-up to the top flight, joining from Bristol City early in the window. Howe has continued to look for lower league gems with the signing of right-back Jack Stacey from Luton, who it will be hoped can make a similar step-up to the likes of David Brooks.

Bournemouth’s best business is undoubtedly the retention of their best players, with Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser and Nathan Ake all remaining at the club despite reported interest.

The club could possibly have done with the signing of a new goalkeeper, having been linked with Stoke’s Jack Butland, but their business looks sensible.

RANKING: 7/10

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Brighton

Brighton decided to sack manager Chris Hughton at the end of last season, replacing him with Graham Potter as they bid to improve on Premier League consolidation.

Many feel the decision was a risk, but the club have backed Potter in the market and they will hope for more than survival this season.

Defender Adam Webster arrived in a club-record deal from Bristol City, whilst hopes will be high that Neil Maupay can ease the goal scoring burden on veteran forward Glenn Murray. Maupay has shone in the Championship at Brentford, and Brighton will be confident he can handle the step-up.

Winger Leandro Trossard has arrived from Genk, the winger scoring 14 goals in the Belgian top flight and will be looked to bring creativity to the side.

Australian international Aaron Mooy also arrived on-loan from Huddersfield, whilst defender Matt Clarke signed from Portsmouth before being loaned out to Derby County.

Brighton have attempted to increase their creativity and goal scoring prowess with the signings of Maupay and Trossard, though both will have to show they can handle the Premier League for it to prove a successful window.

RANKING: 6/10

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Burnley

A fairly quiet window for Sean Dyche’s side, who failed to divert away from their traditional policy of signing talent proven in the Premier League.

Jay Rodriguez’s return to Turf Moor brings added quality to the forward line, whilst the signing of Danny Drinkwater on loan from Chelsea could prove smart should he return to his previous form.

Both players have been capped by England, and given the chance to play regularly in the Premier League once more could show their class.

Erik Pieters and Bailey Peacock-Farrell have arrived from Championship sides Stoke and Leeds respectively to add depth to the squad, though it has perhaps been an underwhelming window for Burnley fans who will be concerned after the club flirted with relegation last season.

RANKING: 5/10

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Chelsea

Not much activity at Stamford Bridge with the club currently serving a two-window transfer-ban, though Mateo Kovacic completed a £40m move from Real Madrid following his loan spell last season.

Eden Hazard’s departure is a major blow to the club’s hopes of challenging, however, it will be hoped Christian Pulisic can help fill some of the creative void after his arrival from Borussia Dortmund.

A deal for the 20-year-old US international was agreed in January, the winger having now linked up with Chelsea ahead of the new season.

Elsewhere, the returning Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Kurt Zouma will hope to establish themselves at Chelsea, having enjoyed successful loan spells away from the club last season.

RANKING: N/A

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Crystal Palace

Despite an intense summer of speculation, Crystal Palace managed to keep hold of Wilfried Zaha, which represents their most significant piece of transfer business.

Roy Hodgson’s side, as they often do, left their business late. Jordan Ayew signed permanently following his loan spell, whilst the club also signed Victor Camarasa on loan from Real Betis. The Spaniard impressed in a similar spell at Cardiff last season and is ready for the Premier League.

Former England defender Gary Cahill joined on a free transfer from Chelsea, and James McCarthy will add further Premier League experience following his move from Everton.

The club failed in a late move for Russian forward Fedor Chalov, and their lack of a regular goalscorer could hinder their hopes this season. Palace also saw highly-rated right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka leave for Manchester United, though moves for Reece James and Nathaniel Clyne failed to materialise following long-term injuries to both players.

A lack of a reliable forward and depth at right-back could prove costly.

RANKING: 5/10

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Everton

It’s been an ambitious summer for the Merseyside club, who bolstered their squad with several impressive additions. Andre Gomes arrived permanently following his impressive loan spell last season, whilst fellow midfielders Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin arrived from Manchester City and Mainz respectively.

Highly-rated Italy international Moise Kean has joined in a £27m deal from Juventus, and Everton will hope the forward can finally replace the goals lost by Romelu Lukaku’s departure two years ago.

Alex Iwobi joined late on deadline day from Arsenal to add creative options out wide, whilst goalkeeper Jonas Lossl and on-loan Monaco full-back Djibril Sidibe will add depth to the squad.

An ambitious pursuit for Wilfried Zaha failed, and their defensive options also look depleted following the departures of Phil Jagielka and Kurt Zouma.

A successful window for adding depth and quality, but a series of failed moves for defenders late in the window looks to have left them short at centre-back.

RANKING: 8/10

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Leicester City

Leicester fans had clamoured for the permanent signing of Youri Tielemans following the Belgian’s impressive loan spell last season, with manager Brendan Rodgers securing a club-record deal for the 22-year-old midfielder.

Ayoze Perez joined in a £30m deal from Newcastle to add to the club’s attacking options, and Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet arrived on deadline day having previously been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Napoli.

Luton right-back James Justin has also signed, though he is likely to have to bide his time to make a first-team impression.

The club’s reluctance to sell Harry Maguire until late in the window could come back to haunt them, having failed to secure a replacement following the England international’s world-record move to Manchester United.

Maguire’s departure is a blow, and the club will hope the likes of Filip Benković, Çaglar Söyüncü or veteran Wes Morgan can fill the void.

RANKING: 6/10

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Liverpool

The Champions League winners were expected to build on last season’s success, but enjoyed a hugely quiet window in comparison to last summer’s investment.

Teenage prospects Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott have signed from PEC Zwolle and Fulham respectively, though both are unlikely to feature regularly in the first-team this summer.

Former West Ham goalkeeper Adrian signed on a free transfer as a replacement for Simon Mignolet, who left after six seasons at Anfield in search of first-team football.

Jurgen Klopp will look to youth to replace the departed Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno, the likes of Rhian Brewster, Adam Lewis and Ki-Jana Hoever hoping for opportunities.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return after missing virtually the entirety of last season is a welcome boost, though there are some who feel the club should have built on last season’s showing and are fearful of standing still.

RANKING: 4/10

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Manchester City

The champions boast arguably Europe’s finest squad and have further bolstered in key areas. Pep Guardiola’s side broke their transfer-record to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri, who impressed in their Community Shield victory over Liverpool and is hoped will be the long-term replacement for Fernandinho.

Juventus full-back Joao Cancelo also arrived in a £60m deal, adding pace and quality at right-back with Danilo heading to Turin as part of the deal.

Left-back was also strengthened by exercising a buy-back clause in the contract of PSV’s Angelino, who will compete with Oleksandr Zinchenko and Benjamin Mendy for a starting berth, though the club failed to sign a replacement for departed captain Vincent Kompany at centre-back.

City’s business has been swift and calculated, and few would back against them making it three successive titles.

RANKING: 7/10

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Manchester United

Manchester United fans had hoped for a major overhaul following a disappointing season last term, however, the window closed with just three additions arriving at Old Trafford.

That said, those signings were in key areas with the club spending a world-record to sign Leicester defender Harry Maguire. The England international had been the club’s number one target at centre-back for 12 months, with United spending £80m on the 26-year-old as they bid to shore up their leaky defence.

Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka has also signed in further defensive reinforcement, completing a £50m move following an impressive season at Selhurst Park.

Daniel James signed from Swansea and the Welsh international will add pace and directness to the flanks for United, though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side remains unbalanced.

Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Matteo Darmian had all been linked with an exit, though all remain at Old Trafford as United failed to shift unwanted talent.

Ander Herrera left for Paris Saint-German and has not been replaced, whilst right-wing also remains a problem position. Romelu Lukaku, the club’s most reliable goalscorer, joined Inter Milan in a £73m deal on deadline day and a lack of replacement for the Belgian could prove costly.

RANKING: 6/10

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Newcastle United

The departure of manager Rafael Benitez, coupled with the loss of last season’s top scorers Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon certainly had Newcastle fans fearing the worst.

Steve Bruce’s appointment as manager was not popular, but Joelinton’s £40m club-record arrival from Hoffenheim has caused optimism. The Brazilian is raw and untested in the Premier League, though Newcastle are confident he can succeed after a lengthy scouting process.

Elsewhere, exciting Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin will bring pace to the wide areas, and Dutch international Jetro Willems’ arrival will strengthen the squad at left-back.

Newcastle also completed a double deal on deadline day, Amiens right-back Emil Krafth and the emotional return of local hero Andy Carroll completing their business.

Hopes will be high Carroll can regain his fitness and form after an injury-plagued spell, though his feel-good arrival is unlikely to prove enough to appease the discontent amongst Newcastle’s loyal support.

RANKING: 4/10

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Norwich City

A surprisingly quiet window for the newly-promoted side, who place most of their trust in the side which won the Championship last season.

Loan deals for goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann and Patrick Roberts look smart, whilst free signing Swiss international Josip Drmic could prove a bargain.

Norwich impressed in the Championship but the Premier League is a whole new level, have they done enough?

RANKING: 3/10

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Sheffield United

A host of top tier Championship talent have arrived at Bramhall Lane, with the newly-promoted Yorkshire side seemingly hedging their bets safely.

The returning Phil Jagielka brings experience, whilst the enigmatic Ravel Morrison could prove inspired if he can showcase his true talent.

Forwards Callum Robinson, Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie, signed for a combined £38m, will have to show they can score at this level if Chris Wilder’s side are to survive.

RANKING: 5/10

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Southampton

A fairly quiet window for the Saints, who secured the permanent signing of Danny Ings and added Birmingham’s Che Adams to their attacking options.

Winger Moussa Djenepo has signed from Belgian side Standard Liege and hopes are high that he can make an immediate impact, whilst youngster Kevin Danso signed on loan from Augsburg late on deadline day.

The club have not had to deal with losing their best players this summer, but Southampton have struggled in the past two seasons and their lack of significant business suggests they might once more.

RANKING: 4/10

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Tottenham

After going 18 months without signing a player, the Champions League finalists have enjoyed what looks to be a successful transfer window.

Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has joined in a club-record deal, the France international moving to North London despite being linked with some of Europe’s leading clubs.

Giovani Lo Celso has also signed on loan from Real Betis with an obligation to buy, whilst Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon completed a £25m move on deadline day having long been linked with a move to Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Elsewhere, Leeds’ teen winger Jack Clarke signed early before being loaned back to the Championship club, in what looks to be a solid window for Tottenham.

RANKING: 8/10

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Watford

The club-record signed of Rennes winger Ismaila Sarr headlines Watford’s deals, though the free transfer signing of England forward Danny Welbeck could be their best business should he stay fit.

Watford have a solid Premier League squad and their ability to keep hold of Abdoulaye Doucoure, despite interest from Everton, could prove vital to their hopes.

Craig Dawson also arrived from West Brom to bolster their defence in their other senior addition, in what looks to be a sensible window for Javi Gracia’s side.

RANKING: 6/10

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West Ham

An exciting window for West Ham fans, who will have high hopes for club-record signing Sebastien Haller. The French forward arrived in a £45m deal from Eintracht Frankfurt, having shone in the German side’s run to the Europa League semi-finals.

Pablo Fornals has also caused a stir since joining from Villareal, while striker Albian Ajeti and goalkeepers David Martin and Roberto offer squad depth.

Marko Arnautovic’s departure to China was expected, though West Ham will be better for the loss of the disruptive and unsettled star.

RANKING: 6.5/10

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Wolves

The permanent additions of last season’s loan stars Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker were Wolves’ most important business, whilst a flurry of late activity bolstered their squad ahead of their Europa League campaign.

Lazio’s Pedro Neto and AC Milan’s Patrick Cutrone are highly-rated youngsters to arrive at Molineaux, with Wolves once again sourcing their talent from abroad.

The Midlands club will now hope to build on last season’s impressive return to the top flight, and could make an impression in Europe this season.

RANKING: 6/10

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