Summer transfer window: Rating the Big Six’s transfer business
Posted by  badge Boss on Sep 03
Erling Haaland has made a big money move to the Premier League (Picture: NIGEL RODDIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The summer transfer window has now slammed shut, with the ’s so called Big Six once again spending heavy on an influx of exciting new talent.

No new additions will be available until January at the earliest, meaning that clubs must use their current squads to negotiate a congested-looking fixture list before the starts in November.

So, how have the Big Six performed in the summer transfer window? Let’s take a look.


NOTABLE SIGNINGS: Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos,

NOTABLE DEPARTURES: Alexandre Lacazette, Matteo Guendouzi, Nuno Tavares (loan), Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira, Pablo Mari (loan), Nicolas Pepe

will be pleased with the transfer business that has been overseen at the Emirates, with new signings arriving early in the window having been given time to settle in.

have signed one of the best strikers in the Premier League in Gabriel Jesus, who has already scored three goals and provided three assists in the opening few matches of the new season.

Jesus is joined by former Manchester City teammate Oleksandr Zinchenko, with both players bringing experience of winning titles to a young dressing room in North London.

And talented Portuguese midfielder Fabio Vieira, who has yet to play for his new club due to injury, will provide competition to Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith-Rowe in the centre of the park.

Rating: B


NOTABLE SIGNINGS: Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella, Gabriel Slonina, Carney Chukwuemeka, Wesley Fofana

NOTABLE DEPARTURES: Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Romelu Lukaku (loan), Timo Werner, Malang Sarr (loan), Emerson Palmieri, Callum Hudson-Odoi

have hit the transfer market hard under new owner Todd Bohely.

Raheem Sterling is an eye-catching addition and has already made a difference to Chelsea’s often blank attack with three goals in his first five games.

Chelsea finally landed Wesley Fofana after weeks of negotiation with Leicester (Picture: Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

The West London side finally of Wesley Fofana from Leicester, with many in football of the belief that the French centre back can become one of the best defenders in the world.

Left back Marc Cucurella joined from Brighton and Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli in a further strengthening of the back line, but there is still a sense that Chelsea have not added enough in midfield and attack to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool.

Chelsea have also managed to move Romelu Lukaku away from the club on loan after a dissapointing return to Stamford Bridge, and Timo Werner has returned to Germany with Leipzig.

Whether Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who arrived on deadline day, can rediscover his form from the early period of his Arsenal career remains to be seen, however.

Rating: B


NOTABLE SIGNINGS: Darwin Nunez, Fabio Carvalho, Calvin Ramsay

NOTABLE DEPARTURES: Sadio Mane, Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino, Neco Williams

The headline of ’s transfer business is the £85M capture of Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez, who scored 26 league goals for Benfica last season.

Depsite netting in the Community Shield and the opening game of the season, Nunez was sent off for a headbutt on Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen.

Fabio Carvalho has arrived from Fulham, and on Wednesday night scored against Newcastle.

Liverpool had been panicking about their midfield options but the arrival of Arthur Melo on a season-long loan looks to be a sound short-term fix.

Darwin Nunez arrives from Benfica with lots of hype (Picture: RONNY HARTMANN via Getty Images)

However, it remains to be seen if him and Nunez can fill the giant hole left by the departure of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich, whose absence represents a huge blow to Jurgen Klopp.

Rating: C

Manchester City

NOTABLE SIGNINGS: Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Julian Alvarez, Sergio Gomez, Manuel Akanji

NOTABLE DEPARTURES: Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Raheem Sterling

It’s been a summer of rejuvenation for , who have seen four key squad players leave the club.

However, City beat Europe’s superclubs to secure the signing of Erling Haaland – and the Norwegian has already hit the ground running with a staggering nine goals already under his belt.

Haaland is joined in Manchester by the highly-rated Argentine striker Julian Alvarez, and along with the signings of Kalvin Phillips and the versatile Spanish player Sergio Gomez, the age profile of the squad has been significantly reduced.

Rating: A

Manchester United

NOTABLE SIGNINGS: Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, Antony

NOTABLE DEPARTURES: Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Dean Henderson (loan), Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira, Alex Telles, Eric Bailly

Over in the red corner of the city, finally got going after a slow start to the season.

Casemiro swapped Madrid for Manchester (Picture: Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Talking of shaky starts, Lisandro Martinez appeared to struggle with the physicality of the Premier League in defeats to Brighton and Brentford, but has since put in more accomplished performances against Liverpool and Southampton.

Tyrell Malacia has already been after a starring performance against Liverpool.

Casemiro brings a wealth of experience and instant quality after signing from Real Madrid, whilst big money signing Antony should take little time to adjust to his former manager’s style of play having worked with Erik ten Hag at Ajax.

But the biggest success of United’s transfer window has been moving on a large group of fringe players, most of whom were on big money and keen to leave Old Trafford.

Rating: B


NOTABLE SIGNINGS: Richarlison, Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma, Djed Spence, Clement Lenglet (loan), Destiny Udogie, Cristian Romero (made loan permanent)

NOTABLE DEPARTURES: Steven Bergwijn, Joe Rodon (loan), Giovani Lo Celso (loan), Tanguy Ndombele (loan), Harry Winks (loan), Sergio Reguilon (loan)

Antonio Conte and Daniel Levy have been busy reshaping ’s squad, with the star signing being the arrival of fiery forward Richarlison from Everton.

Yves Bissouma has provided much needed steel in midfield, and Cristian Romero has seen his loan turned into a permant deal.

Spurs have been amassing an impressive collection of young talent in their squad, which has been added to with the arrivals of fullbacks Djed Spence and Destiny Udogie.

The squad has a fresh feel to it, with a host of fringe players cast aside by Conte leaving the club on permanent or loan deals.

Rating: A