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More than £1 billion was spent by Premier League teams in one of the craziest transfer windows in recent history.

Thirteen clubs broke their respective transfer records - champions Leicester City did so three times - and football has a new most expensive player in Paul Pogba.

We’re left to reflect on some crazy transactions, including Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere leaving on loan to Torino and Bournemouth respectively.

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And neither of those was the strangest piece of business. We still can’t get our heads around Chelsea re-signing David Luiz from Paris Saint-Germain.

As we close the door on another insane summer, it’s time to rank the Premier League clubs from one to 20 on their business. Just who has got it spot on, and who’s been left completely terrified about the season ahead?

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1. Manchester United

Jose Mourinho turned United back into title contenders with the additions of Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba.

The only downside to United’s window was their failure to get rid of the baggage, including Marcos Rojo and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Team improvement: 5/5

Season potential: 5/5

Value for money: 3/5

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2. Manchester City

Where Mourinho failed to remove those he doesn’t want, Pep Guardiola succeeded. Joe Hart, Samir Nasri and Eliquim Mangala were among those to leave on loan and the arrivals of Leroy Sane, Ilkay Gundogan and John Stones mean we’re set for an exciting battle.

The reason City come second in the list to their neighbours is because they haven’t improved as much as United. Still, Guardiola will be chuffed with his business.

Team improvement: 4

Season potential: 5

Value for money: 4

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3. Leicester City

To keep hold of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, and replace N’Golo Kante with Nampalys Mendy, represents impressive business for Leicester.

Claudio Ranieri broke the club’s transfer record three times in the summer and the signings of Islam Slimani and Ahmed Musa will see them compete for a European spot again.

Team improvement: 4

Season potential: 4

Value for money: 5

Leicester City v Arsenal - Premier League

4. Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough should comfortably hold their own back in the Premier League, Aitor Karanka conducting most of his business early.

Victor Valdes and Alvaro Negredo are the big-name arrivals and Karanka has combined their experience by adding youth in Calum Chambers, Viktor Fischer and Adama Traore.

Team improvement: 4

Season potential: 4

Value for money: 5

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5. Bournemouth

Beating AC Milan, Roma and Crystal Palace to the signing of Jack Wilshere from Arsenal represents a coup for Eddie Howe. Add in the signing of Jordon Ibe and Bournemouth could be the Premier League’s surprise package.

Team improvement: 4

Season potential: 4

Value for money: 4

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6. Watford

Watford were busy in the summer, adding 11 players and getting rid of the same number.

Younes Kaboul and Daryl Janmaat will provide experience in defence and fans are excited to see what Roberto Pereyra, an £11m signing from Juventus, can do after he scored on his debut against Arsenal.

Team improvement: 4

Season potential: 4

Value for money: 4

Watford v Arsenal - Premier League

7. Crystal Palace

Although they missed out on signing Jack Wilshere, Crystal Palace enjoyed a sneakily good summer. Christian Benteke, Andros Townsend and Loic Remy all arrived and Alan Pardew managed to flog Yannick Bolasie and Dwight Gayle for a combined £35m.

Team improvement: 4

Season potential: 4

Value for money: 4

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8. Liverpool

It’s the players that Liverpool cut that fans will be most satisfied by.

Selling Christian Benteke, Jordon Ibe and Joe Allen for £55m is fine work. That’s how much Jurgen Klopp spent on Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum, their two big signings.

Factor in the exits of Kolo Toure and Mario Balotelli and it was a positive window at Anfield.

Team improvement: 4

Season potential: 4

Value for money: 4

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9. Chelsea

Chelsea completed the most surprising transfer of the window when they brought David Luiz back from Paris Saint-Germain for £30m on deadline day.

Three of Antonio Conte’s four signings cost at least £30m and though Luiz’s arrival has brought out the sceptics, the signing of N’Golo Kante from Leicester is among the best deals of the summer.

Team improvement: 3

Season potential: 5

Value for money: 3

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10. Arsenal

It was a mixed summer for Arsenal, who missed out on Jamie Vardy but ended up spending £52m on the penultimate day of the window.

Granit Xhaka has already drawn comparisons with Emmanuel Petit and Shkodran Mustafi erases Arsenal’s defensive concerns. Missing out on that marquee striker, however, will hurt.

Team improvement: 3

Season potential: 4

Value for money: 4

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11. Everton

Ronald Koeman did well to keep hold of Romelu Lukaku but John Stones got away, leaving for Man City for £47.5m.

That money was reinvested in Yannick Bolasie, Ashley Williams and Idrissa Gueye, completing a satisfactory summer.

Team improvement: 3

Season potential: 4

Value for money: 4

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12. Stoke City

Stoke signed Wilfried Bony and Bruno Martins Indi in two deadline day loan moves. They also signed Joe Allen from Liverpool.

Overall, it was a solid window for the Potters.

Team improvement: 4

Season potential: 3

Value for money: 3

Stoke City v Manchester City - Premier League

13. Tottenham Hotspur

It’s a matter of let’s wait and see with Tottenham. Vincent Janssen and Georges-Kevin N'Koudou could be inspired signings but both are young, while supporters will be hoping Moussa Sissoko puts in a little more effort than he did for Newcastle last season.

Signing Victor Wanyama for £11m is a great piece of business.

Team improvement: 3

Season potential: 4

Value for money: 3

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14. Burnley

Steven Defour adds talent to Sean Dyche’s team but the jury is still out on Patrick Bamford’s talent.

Team improvement: 3

Season potential: 3

Value for money: 4

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15. West Ham

Sofiane Feghouli hasn’t played in the league due to a hamstring injury and Andre Ayew, a club record signing, is out until December.

Slaven Bilic made plenty of signings, but it remains to be seen whether most are actual first-team quality.

Team improvement: 2

Season potential: 3

Value for money: 3

Chelsea v West Ham United - Premier League

16. Swansea

Former Swans Joe Allen and Wilfried Bony were both available this summer but Francesco Guidolin didn’t make a move for either.

With Andre Ayew and Ashley Williams leaving, Swansea need record signing Borja Baston and Fernando Llorente to fire the goals or else it could be a relegation-threatened season.

Team improvement: 2

Season potential: 2

Value for money: 3

Swansea City v Hull City - Premier League

17. West Brom

For proof of how disorganised West Brom’s summer was, they signed Hal Robson-Kanu, a player who had been available all summer, on deadline day.

Nacer Chadli is a bright spark in an otherwise forgetful window.

Team improvement: 2

Season potential: 2

Value for money: 2

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18. Southampton

Another transfer window, another big Southampton exit.

This time is was Sadio Mane who left, joining Liverpool for £30m. Graziano Pelle and Victor Wanyama also left the club.

Claude Puel need Sofiane Boufal and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to make up for those departures.

Team improvement: 1

Season potential: 3

Value for money: 2

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19. Sunderland

We could look back on David Moyes’ transfer activity with great admiration. It’s not too long ago that Adnan Januzaj was a rising star.

But Moyes took a big risk with his summer business. Paddy McNair and Donald Love are both young and inexperienced and Steven Pienaar, 34, isn’t getting any younger.

Spending £13.6m on Didier Ndong, a defensive midfielder who picked up 11 yellow cards last season, smacks of desperation

Team improvement: 2

Season potential: 2

Value for money: 1

Sunderland v Middlesbrough - Premier League

20. Hull City

The Premier League’s surprise package could be undone by their transfer window. When Ryan Mason is your big name signing, you know something’s up.

Losing Mo Diame to Championship side Newcastle shows the difficult position Hull are in.

Team improvement: 1

Season potential: 2

Value for money: 1

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