Ranking the transfer windows of the top 16 clubs in Europe

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The European transfer window has finally closed and we can now concentrate on the football.

Of course, the Premier League’s window has been closed for a few weeks now after they took the decision to end business before the start of their season.

It’s a move that could well be reversed next summer after complaints from many mangers - most notably Mauricio Pochettino.

In total, a record £5bn was spent by Europe’s top five leagues this summer.

But which of the top clubs did the best business?

Well, GIVEMESPORT have decided to take a look at the top 16 clubs in the major five leagues and ranked their transfer business.

Let’s take a look:

1 | Atletico Madrid

Signings:

  • Felipe | £18m
  • Renan Lodi | £20m
  • Hector Herrera | Free
  • Joao Felix | £113m
  • Ivan Saponjic | £7m
  • Kieran Trippier | £20m
  • Hermoso | £22m
  • Marcos Llorente | £31.6m

What a summer for Atletico. They head into the international break top of La Liga and have every chance of pushing Real Madrid and Barcelona all the way this season. Wonderkid Joao Felix already looks to be worth every penny of his £113m fee, while Trippier has also hit the ground running.

If they had got the signing of Rodrigo from Valencia over the line, it would have been quite something.

They may have lost Rodri, Lucas Hernandez and Griezmann but they’re not too concerned about that considering their £300m outlay.

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2 | Arsenal

Signings:

  • Nicolas Pepe | £72m
  • Gabriel Martinelli | £6m
  • William Saliba | £27m
  • Dani Ceballos | Loan
  • Kieran Tierney | £25m
  • David Luiz | £8m

On the whole, a fantastic transfer window for Arsenal. But despite their huge outlay, is David Luiz really the answer to their defensive problems?

They may have lost Aaron Ramsey but getting the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Laurent Koscielny, Mohamed Elneny and Danny Welbeck off the wage bill can only be seen as a positive.

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3 | Napoli

Signings:

  • Kostas Manolas | £32m
  • Elif Elmas | £14m
  • Giovanni Di Lorenzo | £7m
  • David Ospina Arsenal | £3m
  • Hirving Lozano | £34m
  • Fernando Llorente | Free
  • Alex Meret | £19m

Other than selling Amadou Diawara to Roma, Napoli didn’t lose any major players this summer. They also added quality in goal, in defence, in midfield and going forward.

Lozano and Insigne in the same side will strike fear in any defenders. And with a centre-back pairing of Manolas and Kalidou Koulibaly, Napoli are probably in a better position to challenge Juventus now than in recent years.

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4 | Borussia Dortmund

Signings:

  • Francisco Alcacer | £18.9m
  • Nico Schulz | £22.9m
  • Mats Hummels | £27.5m
  • Thorgan Hazard | £23m
  • Julian Brandt | £22.5m

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Borussia Dortmund have got to be happy with their business this summer.

However, their first-choice right-back is still 34-year-old Lukasz Piszczek while only Alcacer and Gotze are capable of leading the line - neither proper No. 9s’.

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5 | Inter Milan

Signings:

  • Diego Godin | Free
  • Valentino Lazaro | £18m
  • Matteo Politano | £18m
  • Romelu Lukaku | £74m
  • Cristiano Biraghi | Loan
  • Stefano Sensi | Loan
  • Nicolo Barella | £45m
  • Alexis Sanchez | Loan

It can be considered a pretty decent summer for Inter who also appointed Antonio Conte. The Italian manager will be looking to get the best out Man Utd rejects Lukaku and Sanchez.

They also got rid of the unwanted Mauro Icardi, who was no doubt harming the dressing room.

Ivan Perisic has also left but Inter look stronger this season.

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6 | Bayern Munich

Signings:

  • Benjamin Pavard | £31.5m
  • Jann-Fiete Arp | £2.7m
  • Lucas Hernandez | £72m
  • Mickael Cuisance | £10.8m
  • Philippe Coutinho | Loan
  • Ivan Perisic | Loan

Bayern’s main task this summer was replacing the legendary duo of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben. They’ve done that with two brilliant loan deals in the form of Coutinho and Perisic.

Big-money signings Pavard and Hernandez will improve the defence but they could have done with a proper back-up to Robert Lewandowski, rather than the inexperienced Arp.

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7 | Juventus

Signings:

  • Adrien Rabiot | Free
  • Aaron Ramsey | Free
  • Luca Pellegrini | £20m
  • Gianluigi Buffon | Free
  • Merih Demiral | £15m
  • Matthijs de Ligt | £67.5m
  • Danilo | £34m

Juventus making astute free transfers? We've heard that before.

They’ve also added the best young defender in world football for a relatively modest fee in this day and age.

The Old Lady sold Leonardo Spinazzola, Moise Kean and Joao Cancelo to free up some wages - and also raise more than £100m. However, they failed to get rid of the likes of Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain.

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8 | Paris Saint-Germain

Signings:

  • Pablo Sarabia Sevilla | £16m
  • Ander Herrera | Free
  • Abdou Diallo | £28m
  • Idrissa Gueye | £30m
  • Keylor Navas £13.5m
  • Mauro Icardi | Loan

PSG spent all summer trying to sell Neymar because he supposedly disrupts the dressing room. They failed to do that and, instead, signed the equally troublesome Icardi. With Sarabia also arriving, the French champions have some attacking strength.

They also, uncharacteristically, made some sensible midfield signings in Gueye and Herrera and appeared to have sorted their goalkeeping issues with Navas.

They could have done with another option at full-back with Dani Alves leaving the club.

On paper, it looks promising but how is Neymar, Icardi, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe going to work when they’re all fit?

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9 | Barcelona

Signings:

  • Antoine Griezmann | £108m
  • Frenkie de Jong | £67.5m
  • Neto | £23.4m
  • Junior Firpo | £16.2m
  • Emerson | £10.8m

No Neymar but Griezmann’s arrival will take a lot of pressure off Lionel Messi’s shoulders. They could have done with another forward, though, with *only* Messi, Griezmann, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele the senior players that can operate in the front-three.

With Messi and Suarez not getting any younger and Dembele injury prone, they may be calling upon youngsters Carles Perez and Ansu Fati more than they would like this season.

The addition of one of the most exciting young talents in Europe in the form of De Jong for less than £70m is a fantastic piece of business, though.

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10 | Manchester City

Signings:

  • Rodri | £62.8m
  • Joao Cancelo | £60m

Manchester City didn’t really need to improve but they have. Rodri looks to be Fernandinho’s replacement, while Cancelo will put pressure on Kyle Walker.

They managed to sell Danilo for £34.2m, while they got £8.5m for Fabian Delph and £16.8m for Douglas Luiz.

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11 | Real Madrid

Signings:

  • Eden Hazard | £88.5m
  • Rodrygo | £40m
  • Eder Militao | £42.7m
  • Luka Jovic | £54m
  • Ferland Mendy | £47m
  • Takefusa Kubo | £1.75m
  • Alphonse Areola | Loan

A nice mix of big-name signings and signings for the future.

However, Mendy, Jovic and Militao will all be back-ups despite their price-tag, while Rodrygo will play for Real Madrid Castilla to get some experience.

Their midfield looks weaker if anything with Marco Llorente and Dani Ceballos leaving, with Zinedine Zidane failing to sign Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba or Christian Eriksen.

They also failed to get rid of Gareth Bale or James Rodriguez.

With Marco Asensio’s ACL injury, Karim Benzema not getting any younger and Vincius Jr showing inconsistency at his young age, there’s already a lot of pressure on Hazard.

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12 | Tottenham

Signings:

  • Tanguy Ndombele | £55m
  • Giovani Lo Celso | £55m
  • Ryan Sessegnon | £25m
  • Jack Clarke | £10m

Ndombele is a fantastic signing, while Sessegnon is a star for the future. Lo Celso will take time but also looks promising. But Pochettino may have wanted more.

They did manage to keep hold of Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen despite only having 12 months on their contracts.

The decision to sell Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid for £20m is looking stranger by the day considering their problems in that position right now.

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13 | Manchester United

Signings:

  • Harry Maguire | £80m
  • Daniel James | £15m
  • Aaron Wan-Bissaka | £50m

£130m spent on improving the defence but, four matches in, and United have kept just one clean sheet. James looks a steal at £15m right now.

The club have looked to the future and the trio of Magure, James and Wan-Bissaka could remain at the club for years to come.

However, United needed more and their squad isn't anywhere near good enough to compete for the Premier League title.

Losing Ander Herrera and not strengthening the midfield is certainly questionable.

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14 | Liverpool

Signings:

  • Sepp van den Berg | £1.3m
  • Harvey Elliott | TBC
  • Andy Lonergan | Free
  • Adrian | Free

The European champions had a very quiet transfer window and failed to make a major signing - not that they really tried. But they kept hold all of their stars, which was perhaps more important.

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15 | AC Milan

Signings:

  • Franck Kessie | £22m
  • Theo Hernandez | £18m
  • Rade Krunic | £7m
  • Rafael Leao | £22.5m
  • Ismael Bennacer | £14.4m
  • Leo Duarte | £10m
  • Ante Rebic | Loan

AC Milan had to drop out of the Europa League due to financial irregularities so weren’t really in a position to splash the cash this summer.

They had an obligation to sign Kessie from Atalanta after a two-season loan spell but it will be interesting to see how other big-money signing Leao adapts to Italian football.

In truth, they’ve probably fallen further behind the likes of Juventus, Napoli and Inter Milan this summer.

They also lost Patrick Cutrone to Wolves for £16m.

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16 | Chelsea

Signings:

  • Mateo Kovacic | £40m

Of course, Chelsea were hamstrung by a transfer ban so we can’t be too harsh. They did take advantage of the option to sign Kovacic for £40m, though.

Losing Eden Hazard is a major blow but not one they could do too much about.

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