Ronaldo To Man Utd, Grealish To City: Ranking Every Premier League Club’s Window

From the worst business to the best, we've broken down the transfer window's winners and losers
13:50, 01 Sep 2021

The dust has settled, the yellow ties have been put back in the drawer, and we have all stopped searching the words “here we go” on Twitter. Another frantic summer transfer window has concluded, and, by way of recap, here is our not-at-all controversial ranking of all 20 Premier League clubs’ summer business.

20. Newcastle United

Biggest Acquisitions: Joe Willock, Santiago Munoz (loan)

Biggest Departures: Christian Atsu, Yoshinori Muto

Expenditure: £26.46m

Income: £0m

The comedy value of signing Santiago Munoz has already worn off, and while Willock adds quality, Newcastle have not done enough to improve a struggling squad.

19. Wolverhampton Wanderers

Biggest Acquisitions: Francisco Trincao (loan), Jose Sa

Biggest Departure: Rui Patricio

Expenditure: £23.67m

Income: £28.35m

Keeping Ruben Neves and Adama Traore was the priority. Trincao looks to be the real deal, while Sa was a necessity to replace the departing Patricio.

18. Southampton

Biggest Acquisitions: Adam Armstrong, Theo Walcott

Biggest Departures: Danny Ings, Jannik Vestergaard

Expenditure: £38.79m

Income: £57.74m

Armstrong has hit the ground running, while Valentino Livramento shows incredible promise. Saints will miss the goals of Ings and the experience of Vestergaard.

17. Liverpool

Biggest Acquisition: Ibrahima Konate

Biggest Departures: Georginio Wijnaldum, Xherdan Shaqiri

Expenditure: £36.00m

Income: £24.75m

Not enough is being done at Anfield. While the defensive depth issues of last season have been addressed, letting a midfielder of Wijnaldum’s quality go unreplaced could be very costly. Klopp’s side are ageing, and more needs to be done to keep them challenging.

16. Manchester City

Biggest Acquisition: Jack Grealish

Biggest Departures: Sergio Aguero, Angelino

Expenditure: £105.75m

Income: £34.92m

Just one major acquisition for the champions, but a wonderful one in Jack Grealish. However, after being rebuffed for Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo, City ended the window with bruised egos and no top striker. 


15. Brentford

Biggest Acquisitions: Kristoffer Ajer, Frank Onyeka

Biggest Departures: Henrik Dalsgaard, Emiliano Marcondes

Expenditure: £34.38m

Income: £0m

A low-key summer at Brentford, having largely kept the core of the promotion side. Ajer is vastly experienced for 23, and Onyeka adds goals to the midfield.

14. Brighton & Hove Albion

Biggest Acquisitions: Enock Mwepu, Marc Cucurella

Biggest Departures: Ben White, Davy Propper

Expenditure: £51.30m

Income: £56.25m

Ben White will be a big miss, and he has not been replaced. Mwepu and Cucurella are decent signings with time on their side. 

13. Watford

Biggest Acquisitions: Emmanuel Dennis, Josh King

Biggest Departures: Troy Deeney, Will Hughes

Expenditure: £16.92m

Income: £13.10m

League experience (Josh King, Moussa Sissoko), exciting loanees (Ozan Tufan) and Championship standouts (Ashley Fletcher)... Watford have gone for the textbook promoted team transfer window. Club legend Deeney is an emotional departure.

12. Everton

Biggest Acquisitions: Andros Townsend, Demarai Gray

Biggest Departures: Theo Walcott, Moise Kean

Expenditure: £1.80m

Income: £7.20m

A strange window for the Toffees, with little cash being splashed. Salomon Rondon knows the league well, and Gray is still only 25. James Rodriguez’s move to Porto collapsing is a cause for regret.

11. Burnley

Biggest Acquisitions: Maxwel Cornet, Connor Roberts

Biggest Departures: Ben Gibson

Expenditure: £28.71m

Income: £8.37m

The 20-year-old Nathan Collins is one for the future, with James Tarkowski expected to leave next summer. However, with Ben Gibson leaving he may see significant action this term. Wales star Roberts, Cornet and the returning Aaron Lennon are a signal of intent from Dyche.


10. West Ham United

Biggest Acquisitions: Kurt Zouma, Nikola Vlasic

Biggest Departures: Felipe Anderson, Fabian Balbuena

Expenditure: £65.52m

Income: £2.70m

Accepting defeat over a Jesse Lingard return, Vlasic joins to add firepower in midfield. Zouma finally gets the chance to establish himself away from Chelsea, while Alphonse Areola provides depth in the goalkeeper position.

9. Arsenal

Biggest Acquisitions: Martin Odegaard, Ben White

Biggest Departures: Joe Willock, Matteo Guendozi (loan)

Expenditure: £149.04m

Income: £27.81m

A summer of frustration for Arsenal fans, despite topping the spending chart. Odegaard’s permanent signing is a cause for celebration, but questions remain over central midfield and the defence.

8. Norwich City

Biggest Acquisitions: Billy Gilmour (loan), Ben Gibson

Biggest Departure: Emi Buendia

Expenditure: £59.54m

Income: £34.56m

Gilmour and Brandon Williams boast high potential, and big-club minutes. Ozan Kabak should offer more than he showed at Liverpool, but Buendia is a big loss.

7. Leeds United

Biggest Acquisitions: Daniel James, Junior Firpo

Biggest Departure: Pablo Hernandez

Expenditure: £53.01m

Income: £0m

Marcelo Bielsa finally got his man as James arrived on deadline day, two and half years after Leeds’ initial attempt to sign him. Junior Firpo offers the versatility Bielsa loves, while a number of fringe players left on frees.

6. Leicester City

Biggest Acquisitions: Patson Daka, Ademola Lookman (loan)

Biggest Departures: Christian Fuchs, Dennis Praet (loan)

Expenditure: £60.84m

Income: £3.60m

The Foxes have added goals in Daka, pace in Lookman and a proven winner in Boubakary Soumare. With Wes Morgan retiring and Fuchs leaving, the Premier League title-winning side is being refreshed.


5. Crystal Palace

Biggest Acquisitions: Odsonne Edouard, Marc Guehi

Biggest Departures: Andros Townsend, Patrick van Aanholt

Expenditure: £66.09m

Income: £0m

A season of transition for Palace, as many older names were allowed to leave the club. Signing Celtic goal-getter Edouard shows ambition, and Watford’s Will Hughes adds a touch of class to the midfield.

4. Tottenham Hotspur

Biggest Acquisitions: Bryan Gil, Emerson Royal

Biggest Departures: Toby Alderweireld, Moussa Sissoko

Expenditure: £60.21m

Income: £29.43m

Any window in which a club holds onto an asset like Harry Kane must be considered a success. Gil, Royal and Pape Sarr are all young players with a lot to offer, while veterans Joe Hart, Moussa Sissoko and Serge Aurier were moved on at the right time.

3. Aston Villa

Biggest Acquisitions: Emi Buendia, Danny Ings

Biggest Departure: Jack Grealish

Expenditure: £95.04m

Income: £114.30m

The departure of Grealish was a blow, but an inevitable one. In Bailey, Ashley Young, Buendia and Ings they have added pace, goals, creativity and experience. 

2. Chelsea

Biggest Acquisitions: Romelu Lukaku, Saul Niguez

Biggest Departures: Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud

Expenditure: £108.00m

Income: £110.12m

Quality over quantity at Stamford Bridge, as goal machine Lukaku returns while Saul could take the league by storm. Chelsea fans wanted more, but the players they have brought in are ready-made first-teamers.

1. Manchester United

Biggest Acquisitions: Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho

Biggest Departures: Daniel James, Andreas Pereira (loan)

Expenditure: £126.00m

Income: £26.19m

Key areas addressed with Sancho and Raphael Varane, while receiving £25m for James is great business. The signing of a certain Juventus forward made this a great window, but the lack of midfield signings could be costly.

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