The transfer window is open and, as the two month period may be the only time teams may buy players from other clubs, it might be the most entertaining time for football fans. With last season’s summer transfer window seeing £870million spent by English Premier League clubs, and with the TV rights deal providing more money for the game than ever, spending in this window may exceed the record amount.
The top four clubs from last season seem to have all been active so far in the window. Champions Leicester have signed Ahmed Musa from CSKA Moscow, who was top scorer for his previous club last season with 12 league goals. Midfielder Nampalys Mendy has also joined Leicester, along with former Manchester United goalkeeper Robert Zieler. Vincent Janssen, who scored 27 goals on his way to winning the Eridivisie Golden Boot, has joined Tottenham for £18.5 million, whilst last year’s Premier League runner’s up Arsenal have bought Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach. The other Champions League qualifiers Manchester City have signed Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito, both for undisclosed fees.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed for Manchester United on a free transfer, along with Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly and winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Four time Premier League Champions Chelsea have spent £32 million on Michy Batshuayi, a striker who scored 17 goals in Ligue 1 last season, whilst Liverpool have brought in experienced former Schalke man Joel Matip. Other clubs from the league have spent money to bring players to their clubs; newly promoted Middlesbrough have signed 22 year old Viktor Fischer from Ajax, and also brought in Alvaro Negredo from Valencia on loan. Crystal Palace have signed French international Steve Mandanda, and West Ham have signed Feghouli, Nordtveit and Tore.
19 of the 20 Premier League clubs have made signings so far this window, and this may lead to the most competitive Premier League season yet. Last year’s champions Leicester won the league by 10 points, and in the year prior Chelsea finished 8 points clear of runners up Manchester City.Since almost every club has brought in a new player, this year’s title may be won by a closer margin. The odds may suggest this, with 6 clubs placed at 9/1 or under for the Premier League title. This may lead to fans watching an entertaining season, as all clubs are spending vast amounts of money, with the money being spent on top players, who are being signed from the other top leagues around Europe.
The transfer window aims to also allow new managers to stamp their mark on their teams. Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte seemed to have all been offered opportunities to buy players who fit their systems, and each have brought in at least two new players. The arrival of these new managers may also motivate the squads they have inherited, as all players may now have to impress to keep their place in the side. As such, the managers may increase revenue for their clubs, as fans may buy tickets to see how the new systems they implement work, along with wanting to see the top talents they have brought in; this may lead to an increase in replica shirt sales; last season the top two Premier League players who sold the most replica shirts were Anthony Martial and Bastien Schweinsteiger, both of whom were new signings.
This transfer window seems to prove the Premier League entices the top talent around the world to come and play in England. Players have been signed from the top tiers in France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and even Egypt, and these players may help motivate a new generation of children to play football since there may now be new heroes for them to look up to.
What other world class players may be showcased this season?