Transfer Window Grades: The ‘Top 7’ Analysed - Chelsea & Man Utd the big winners as Arsenal continue to anger their fans

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With the Premier League betting season less than a month away, managers up and down the country are desperately seeking to strengthen their squad in a bid to ensure there side will be up for the challenge of competing in England’s top flight.

Whilst there is little doubt that another record summer of spending in England is set to take place, there have already been signs that many clubs are looking to take inspiration from Leicester’s historic campaign last year, by trying to sign some real bargains too.

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Whilst there is still a while to go until the summer transfer window slams shut on August 31st, we at Free Bets, have evaluated the transfer window so far of some of the ‘big clubs’ and have given each side a grade for their transfer dealings.

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Leicester City

Last season’s Premier League champions have already been active in the transfer market, as Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri attempts to keep his side competitive both domestically and in Europe this season.

The champions have signed the likes of World Cup winning German goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler, Spanish defender Luis Hernandez, and Nice midfielder Nampalys Mendy who at £13m could represent a like for like replacement for the departed N’Golo Kante.

Whilst the club have kept hold of Jamie Vardy, Kante’s departure coupled with Riyad Mahrez’s uncertain future might decide Leicester’s fate next season.

Grade: B

 

Granit Xhaka

Arsenal

Whilst the transfer window started well for Arsenal with the signing of £30m Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka, the Gunners have only gone on to sign unknown Japanese striker Takuma Asano since.

The club have continuously been linked with moves for a number of big name strikers, but as of yet nothing has materialised.

There have been reports linking Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny with a move to Bayern Munich, but such a transfer appears doubtful.

Grade: C+

Vincent Janssen

Tottenham Hotspur

No, Spurs fans, you are not dreaming, your club have actually bought early in a transfer window.

The North London side are notorious with leaving their transfer dealings to the last minute, but it looks as though under the stewardship of Mauricio Pochettino those days are over.

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The club have already bolstered their squad with the addition of Victor Wanyama from Southampton and Dutch striker Vincent Janssen from AZ, for a combined total in the region of £30m, and more signings appear to be on their way to White Hart Lane.

Grade: B+

Ilkay Gundogan

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola’s predicted mass player revolution at the Etihad has failed to come to light as of yet.

Despite completing the impressive signings of Borussia Dortmund midfielder İlkay Gündoğan, and Spanish forward Nolito for a combined fee of around £35m, the Eastlands side have so far been trumped by their Manchester rivals in terms of marquee signings.

There is plenty of time for Guardiola to act, and there are sure to be many new faces in Manchester come the end of August.

Grade: B-

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Mkhitaryan

Manchester United

Manchester United have dominated the headlines in recent months, first with the arrival of Jose Mourinho, and then the club’s consequential transfer business.

The Reds have completed the signings of Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Armenian talisman Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Ivorian defender, Eric Bailly for a combined fee of around £60m.

United are also in pursuit of a world record transfer for French starlet Paul Pogba, but even without the signing of the Juve midfielder, the ‘Special One’ will be happy with his summer transfer business thus far.

Grade: A

Sadio Mane Liverpool

Liverpool

After completing the signings of Joel Matip, Loris Karius and Sadio Mane already this summer, Jurgen Klopp looks ready to mold the club in his image, during his first pre-season as Liverpool boss.

Whilst the German coach will be reasonably satisfied with his summer signings so far, defensive reinforcements are a must on Merseyside, after the departures of Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure.

Fans at Anfield will hope that the £34m signing of Sadio Mane, turns out to be a success story, and not another Christian Benteke situation.

Grade: B-

Michy Batshuayi Chelsea

Chelsea

Antonio Conte’s reign as Chelsea boss may have not gotten off to the best of starts on the pitch, but off it, the Blues are quietly going about their business with purpose.

The West London side followed up the £33m purchase of Marseille starlet Michy Batshuayi with the £30m transfer of Leicester enforcer N’Golo Kante.

Whilst there is still plenty of work to be done by the Italian boss at Stamford Bridge, the signings of both Batshuayi and Kante will greatly benefit a Chelsea side which struggled so famously last season.
Grade: A-

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