The longest transfer window in Premier League history finally closed yesterday with some huge names across Europe coming to England!
Due to this years season starting in September as opposed to August, the transfer window was extended. The European window closed on October 5th with a domestic window for English clubs remaining open until 16th October. This is due to the Champions League squads needing to be announced by today.
This window saw £1.218 billion spent by English clubs, with the biggest transfer being that of Kai Havertz to Chelsea. The German cost Lampard’s team £71 million and comes with a lot of expectation.
Every club in the Premier League made transfers this summer. Arsenal and Leeds saw the most incomings with 11 each, however not all of them will go straight into the first team. Chelsea saw the most outgoings with 21 players from the first team and reserve team leaving the club.
Premier League Transfers
James Rodriguez (Everton) – £20 million/free
The reason we say £20 million/free is because it was reported as a £20 million transfer from Real Madrid, however, his previous club had received no money but had a sell-on clause in the contract. This would suggest that Everton didn’t pay a fee in the end.
Apart from that though this a great signing for Everton. James brings with him a wealth of experience having played at Bayern and Real, winning three Champions Leagues in the process. He has has a great start at Everton. They have won all four games and sit top of the league with James getting three goals. James has a great relationship with Ancelotti who has now signed him three times and he should have a great career in Merseyside. Everton are currently 20/1 for the FA Cup which could be a great bet.
Gareth Bale (Spurs) – Loan
Another man to leave Real Madrid is the Welsh superstar Gareth Bale. After a fantastic first few seasons at Real in which he won the Champions League four times, the last couple has been awful. He was pretty much exiled to the bench and wasn’t in Zidane’s plans.
He returns to his old club in which he really made a name for himself. At Spurs, he scored 55 goals and was unplayable when he became a forward. Injuries have plagued him a bit but he will be hoping to help lead his new side to an EFL Cup trophy in which they are 7/2 to win. He may be older now but Bale is still a quality player and if fully fit, this is a fantastic signing for Mourinho.
Kai Havertz (Chelsea) – £71 million
Many clubs were after Havertz this summer. The German midfielder is only 21 and had a great season in The Bundesliga last year. He came away with 12 goals and six assists for Bayer Leverkusen and really looks like one for the future.
Havertz is an attacking midfielder with an eye for goals as well as creating them. He is joined by his international teammate Timo Werner and we think these two will develop a fantastic relationship at Chelsea.
Thiago (Liverpool) – £20 million
The Spaniard was linked to Liverpool all summer at it looked like he wouldn’t make the move over at one point. However, Liverpool somehow managed to get a very good deal of just £20 million with Bayern Munich for one of the best midfielders in Europe.
Thiago showed how good he was in the Champions League this year winning it with Bayern. He brings something new to an already very good Liverpool side. He keeps possession of the ball very well as well as being able to find a killer pass. Thiago will be hoping to add the Premier League to his list of medals, and his side are priced at 11/1o to retain it. On top of this, Liverpool will be hoping he can bring the Champions League trophy back to Anfield, which is at 11/2 on Paddy Power.
Edinson Cavani (Man United) – Free
This was one that no one saw coming, probably not even Man United until the end of the window! A lot of people have said they need back up for Martial and Cavani brings just that. He has signed for a free and is 33 years of age, but has a fantastic scoring record.
He has 28 goals in the Champions League and 341 goals in his career. On top of this, the younger players such as Rashford and Greenwood can learn from him. United will be hoping his time at the club is more like his ex-PSG teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic than Radamel Falcao!