Premier League transfers: Ranking every club's transfer window from worst to best

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The strangest summer transfer window in football history has slammed shut.

With the coronavirus pandemic transforming the landscape of the sport, it was a window like no other.

Every single club - even the richest in the world - had to count their pennies to ensure they could afford to spend. In truth, clubs appeared to be savvier with their expenditure with the fear of wasting millions on the wrong player more prevalent than ever before.

In the Premier League, clubs spent a total of £1.25bn on 107 permanent signings - £150m shy of last year's tally.

But which clubs had the best window? 

We here at GIVEMESPORT have decided to rank every Premier League club's window from worst to best. In truth, we believe at least 15 clubs have had what can be classed as an 'acceptable' window. But there are a few clubs who had a window to forget.

Let's take a look:

20 | Burnley

In
Dale Stephens - Brighton, undisclosed
Will Norris - Wolves, undisclosed

Out

Adam Legzdins, released
Joe Hart, released
Aaron Lennon, released
Jeff Hendrick, released
Rhys Fenlon, Accrington, free

Burnley’s summer has been pretty poor. Back-up goalkeeper Joe Hart has been swapped with back-up goalkeeper Will Norris. They’ve signed Dale Stephens from Brighton but Jeff Hendrick left the club on a free transfer to join Newcastle. They're pointless in the league and have admitted the coronavirus pandemic has really hurt their finances.

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19 | Fulham

In
Antonee Robinson - Wigan, £2m
Anthony Knockaert - Brighton, undisclosed
Mario Lemina - Southampton, loan
Harrison Reed - Southampton, £6m
Alphonse Areola - PSG, loan
Kenny Tete - Lyon, £3m
Ola Aina - Torino, loan
Ademola Lookman - RB Leipzig, loan
Joachim Andersen - Lyon, loan
Tosin Adarabioyo - Man City, £2m
Ruben Loftus-Cheek - Chelsea, loan

Out
Cyrus Christie - Nottingham Forest, loan
Luca de la Torre - Heracles, free transfer
Alfie Mawson - Bristol City, loan

Fulham were accused of overspending last time they were in the Premier League and it resulted in relegation. They may have underspent this summer with Harrison Reed for £6 million their biggest outlay. The loan signing of Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be a masterstroke though.

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18 | Manchester United

In
Donny van de Beek - Ajax, £39m
Alex Telles - Porto, £15.4m
Amad Diallo - Atalanta, £37.2m
Edinson Cavani - Unattached, free
Facundo Pellistri - Club Atletico Penarol

Out
Chris Smalling - Roma, £18m
Tahith Chong - Werder Bremen, loan
Angel Gomes - Lille, free transfer
Alexis Sanchez - Inter Milan, free transfer
Joel Pereira - Huddersfield, loan
Dylan Levitt - Charlton, loan
Kieran O'Hara - Burton, end of contract
Diogo Dalot - AC Milan, loan

Everyone knows United desperately need a centre-back. So they spend all summer chasing Jadon Sancho and get nowhere near completing the deal. They did purchase Donny van de Beek for £40 million while extending the loan deal for Odion Ighalo. The deadline day double swoop for Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles reeked of desperation. The £15.4millon deal for Telles actually looks a very good deal but Cavani has been a free agent for months so, if United really wanted to sign him, they would have snapped him up at the start of the summer. A mess.

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17 | West Ham

In
Tomas Soucek - Slavia Prague, £15m
Vladimir Coufal - Slavia Prague, £5m

Out
Albian Ajeti - Celtic, undisclosed
Anthony Scully - Lincoln, undisclosed
Jeremy Ngakia - Watford, free
Grady Diangana - West Brom, undisclosed
Josh Cullen - Anderlecht, undisclosed
Xande Silva - Aris Thessaloniki, loan
Jack Wilshere - contract terminated by mutual consent

The West Ham owners must be glad they've made a good start to the Premier League season on the pitch. Because off the pitch, they had a very disappointing summer. They sold Grady Diangana - much to Mark Noble’s disgust - but did manage to sign Tomas Soucek on a permanent deal for £15 million. They also added defender Vladimir Coufal for £5.4 million. You expect more excitement than that from West Ham.

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16 | West Brom

In
Branislav Ivanovic - Zenit to West Brom, free
Matheus Pereira - Sporting Lisbon, undisclosed
Cedric Kipre - Wigan, undisclosed
Grady Diangana - West Ham, undisclosed
David Button - Brighton, undisclosed
Conor Gallagher - Chelsea, loan

Out
Kane Wilson - Forest Green, free transfer

West Brom are probably the middle ground between an acceptable transfer window and a bad one. You get the impression that Slaven Bilic hasn’t strengthened his ranks enough for West Brom to stay in the Premier League. They did sign Matheus Pereira on a permanent deal, while the signing of Grady Diangana for a reported £20million looks very good. But is it enough?

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15 | Southampton

In
Mohammed Salisu - Real Valladolid, £10.9m
Kyle Walker-Peters - Tottenham, £12m
Ibrahima Diallo - Brest, £12m
Theo Walcott - Everton, loan

Out
Cedric Soares - Arsenal, undisclosed
Mohamed Elyounoussi - Celtic, loan
Mario Lemina - Fulham, loan
Harrison Reed - Fulham, £6m
Christoph Klarer - Fortuna Dusseldorf, undisclosed
Guido Carrillo - Elche, free
Wesley Hoedt - Lazio, loan
Sofiane Boufal - Angers, free

They lost captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and allowed Harrison Reed to join Fulham. But Ralph Hassunhuttl responded by signing Mohammed Salisu from Real Valladolid, Kyle Walker-Peters from Spurs and Ibrahima Diallo from Brest. Then, on deadline day, there was an emotional return to the club for Theo Walcott.

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14 | Brighton

In
Adam Lallana - Liverpool, free transfer
Joel Veltman - Ajax, undisclosed
Zak Emmerson - Oldham, undisclosed
Jensen Weir - Wigan, undisclosed
Lars Dendoncker - Club Brugge, free
Andi Zeqiri - Lausanne Sport, undisclosed

Out
Dale Stephens - Burnley, undisclosed
Anthony Knockaert - Fulham, undisclosed
Jurgen Locadia - Cincinnati, loan
Martin Montoya - Real Betis, undisclosed
David Button - West Brom, undisclosed
Matt Clarke - Derby, loan
Viktor Gyokeres - Swansea, loan
Leo Ostigard - Coventry, loan
Aaron Mooy - Shanghai SIPG, undisclosed
Glenn Murray - Watford, loan
Shane Duffy - Celtic, loan
Tom McGill - Crawley, loan

It was a relatively quiet summer for Brighton but Adam Lallana on a free looks a solid deal. So too does Joel Veltman for from Ajax for just £900,000. Keeping Ben White and fending off Leeds may be the best bit of business they did.

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13 | Sheffield United

In
Rhian Brewster - Liverpool, £23.5m
Aaron Ramsdale - Bournemouth, £18.5m
Wes Foderingham - Rangers, free transfer
Jayden Bogle - Derby, undisclosed
Max Lowe - Derby, undisclosed
Ethan Ampadu - Chelsea, loan

Out
Luke Freeman - Nottingham Forest, loan
Jake Young - Forest Green, free transfer
Jake Eastwood - Kilmarnock, loan
Tyler Smith - Swindon, loan
Marcus Dewhurst - Carlisle, loan
Leon Clarke - Shrewsbury, free transfer

Chris Wilder had to replace the outgoing Dean Henderson and did so with Aaron Ramsdale for £18.5m. Oliver Burke also arrived in a swap-deal with West Brom for Callum Robinson. They then broke a club-record to buy Rhian Brewster for £23.5 million.

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12 | Wolves

In
Nelson Semedo - Barcelona, £36.8m
Fabio Silva - Porto, £35m
Fernando Marcal - Lyon, undisclosed
Vitor Ferreira - Porto, loan

Out
Diogo Jota - Liverpool, £45m
Matija Sarkic - Shrewsbury, loan
Matt Doherty - Tottenham, undisclosed
Elliot Watt - Bradford, undisclosed
Ryan Giles - Coventry, loan
Will Norris - Burnley, undisclosed
Benny Ashley-Seal - Northampton Town, undisclosed
Ruben Vinagre - Olympiacos, loan

They may have lost Diogo Jota but they spent a club-record £35m on the very highly-rated Fabio Silva. They also added defenders Marcal from Lyon and Ki-Jana Hoever from Liverpool and Nelson Semedo from Barcelona. Oh, and Nuno Espirito Santo signed a new contract at the club - that’s massive.

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11 | Leicester

In
Wesley Fofana - Saint-Etienne, £30m
Timothy Castagne - Atalanta, £21.5m
Cengiz Under - Roma, loan

Out
Calvin Bassey - Rangers, free transfer
Daniel Iversen - OH Leuven, loan
Ben Chilwell - Chelsea, undisclosed
Viktor Johansson - Rotherham, free transfer
Rachid Ghezzal - Besiktas, loan

Timothy Castagne already looks a very good signing at £25 million, while Cengiz Under on-loan is a decent move. They’ve also splashed £32 million on defender Wesley Fofana. They have lost Ben Chilwell but it shouldn’t impact Brendan Rodgers’ side too much.

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10 | Crystal Palace

In
Eberechi Eze - QPR, £20m
Nathan Ferguson - West Brom, free

Out
Jason Lokilo - Doncaster, free
Stephen Henderson - released
Ryan Inniss - released

Eberechi Eze for £20 million looks like he’ll be a good signing in the long-term, while Nathan Ferguson from West Brom on a free is an astute move. They’ve also snapped up Michy Batshuayi on another loan deal. Keeping Wilfried Zaha probably came as a surprise for Palace fans but they'll be delighted he's still at the club.

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9 | Manchester City

In
Ferran Torres - Valencia, £20.8m
Nathan Ake - Bournemouth, £41m
Ruben Dias - Benfica, £65m

Out
Leroy Sane - Bayern Munich, £54.8m
Nicolas Otamendi - Benfica, undisclosed
Jack Harrison - Leeds, loan
David Silva - Real Sociedad, free
Claudio Bravo - released
Yeboah Amankwah - Rochdale, loan
Angelino - RB Leipzig, loan
Aleix Garcia - Dinamo Bucharest, undisclosed
Tosin Adarabioyo - Fulham, £2m

Man City have spent in the attempt to cut the gap to Liverpool with Nathan Ake, Ruben Dias and Ferran Torres arriving through the door. The £21 million fee spent on Torres could prove to be an incredible bargain. While another £100+million was spent on defenders. David Silva and Leroy Sane are the two notable departures.

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8 | Leeds

In
Raphinha - Rennes, undisclosed
Diego Llorente - Real Sociedad, undisclosed
Rodrigo - Valencia, £27m
Robin Koch - Freiburg, undisclosed
Jack Harrison - Man City, loan
Joe Gelhardt - Wigan, undisclosed.
Illan Meslier - Lorient, undisclosed
Helder Costa - Wolves, £16m
Charlie Allen - Linfield, undisclosed
Cody Drameh - Fulham, undisclosed
Sam Greenwood - Arsenal, undisclosed

Out
Jordan Stevens - Swindon, loan
Alfie McCalmont - Oldham, loan

Leeds haven’t held back in the transfer window with Helder Costa, Raphinha, Diego Llorente, Rodrigo and Robin Koch their five main signings. Marcelo Bielsa has established a squad more than capable of staying in the Premier League and we've already witnessed that.

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7 | Liverpool

In
Diogo Jota - Wolves, £45m
Thiago Alcantara - Bayern Munich, £25m
Kostas Tsimikas - Olympiakos, £11.75m

Out
Rhian Brewster - Sheffield United, £23.5m
Dejan Lovren - Zenit St Petersburg, £10.9m
Adam Lallana - Brighton, free transfer
Morgan Boyes - Fleetwood, loan
Kai McKenzie-Lyle - Cambridge, free transfer
Kamil Grabara - AGF Aarhus, loan
Loris Karius - Union Berlin, loan

For a while, it looked as though it was going to be another quiet summer for Liverpool. That was until they announced the signings of Thiago and Diogo Jota in the space of 24 hours. They also signed Kostas Tsimikas. Perhaps they should have signed a back-up goalkeeper. And possibly another centre-back.

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6 | Arsenal

In
Thomas Partey - Atletico Madrid, £45m
Gabriel Magalhaes - Lille, £27m
Willian - Chelsea, free transfer
Pablo Mari - Flamengo, undisclosed
Cedric Soares - Southampton, undisclosed
Dani Ceballos - Real Madrid, loan
Alex Runarsson - Dijon, undisclosed

Out
Lucas Torreira - Atletico Madrid, loan with option to buy
Matteo Guendouzi - Hertha Berlin, loan
Emiliano Martinez - Aston Villa, undisclosed
Matt Smith - Swindon, loan
Konstantinos Mavropanos - Stuttgart, loan
Trae Coyle - Gillingham, loan
Jordi Osei-Tutu - Cardiff, loan
Sam Greenwood - Leeds, undisclosed
Tyreece John-Jules - Doncaster, loan
Mark McGuinness - Ipswich, loan
Dan Ballard - Blackpool, loan

A £45million deadline day move for Thomas Partey saw Arsenal's window go from decent to impressive. Gabriel and William Saliba may prove to be Arsenal’s centre-back pairing in the years to come. Willian already looks an astute free transfer if you ignore the wages, while Mikel Arteta did well to extend Dani Ceballos’ loan spell. But they failed to sign either. But keeping hold out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is by far the best piece of business Arsenal did this summer.

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5 | Tottenham

In
Carlos Vinicius - Benfica, loan
Gareth Bale - Real Madrid, loan
Sergio Reguilon - Real Madrid, £32m
Matt Doherty - Wolves, undisclosed
Joe Hart - Burnley, free
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg - Southampton, undisclosed

Out
Ryan Sessegnon - Hoffenheim, loan
Oliver Skipp - Norwich, loan
Luke Amos - QPR, undisclosed
Jan Vertonghen - Benfica, free
Victor Wanyama - Montreal Impact, free transfer
Troy Parrott - Millwall, loan
Timothy Eyoma - Lincoln, loan
Jack Roles - Burton, loan

There’s only one place to start - the return of Gareth Bale on a season-long loan. But it’s not just Bale that has got Spurs fans excited. Joining the Welshman in north London is Sergio Reguilon, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty. Carlos Vinicius has joined on loan from Benfica to give Harry Kane some competition. Well played, Jose.

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4 | Newcastle

In
Jeff Hendrick - free
Callum Wilson - Bournemouth, £20m
Ryan Fraser - free
Jamal Lewis - Norwich, undisclosed
Rodrigo Vilca - Deportivo Municipal, undisclosed

Out
Yoshinori Muto - Eibar, loan
Jake Turner - Morecambe, loan
Tom Allan - Accrington, loan
Kell Watts - Plymouth, loan
Dan Barlaser - Rotherham, undisclosed

Newcastle fans probably can’t remember a transfer window quite as productive as this one. Jeff Hendrick and Ryan Fraser arrived on a free transfer, while Callum Wilson (£20million) and Jamal Lewis (a reported £15million) have also arrived.

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3 | Chelsea

In
Edouard Mendy - Rennes, £22m
Timo Werner - RB Leipzig, undisclosed
Hakim Ziyech - Ajax, £33.3m
Thiago Silva - PSG, free
Xavier Mbuyamba - Barcelona, undisclosed
Ben Chilwell - Leicester, undisclosed
Malang Sarr - Nice, free
Kai Havertz - Bayer Leverkusen, £71m

Out
Willian - Arsenal, free transfer
Lewis Baker - Trabzonspor, loan
Josh Grant - Bristol Rovers, free
Jamie Cumming - Stevenage, loan
Nathan - Atletico MG, £2.7m
Danilo Pantic - Cukaricki, loan
Izzy Brown - Sheffield Wednesday, loan
Jamal Blackman - Rotherham, loan
Pedro - Roma, free
Tariq Uwakwe - Accrington Stanley, loan
Ethan Ampadu - Sheffield United, loan
Conor Gallagher - West Brom, loan
David Zappacosta - Genoa, loan
Luke McCormick - Bristol Rovers, loan
Jon Russell - Accrington Stanley, loan

Where do we start? Kai Havertz for £71million and Timo Werner for a reported £48million are the standout purchases but there’s also Thiago Silva, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr and Edouard Mendy. They did allow Pedro and Willian to leave on a free. Frank Lampard will have a severe headache selecting his starting XI each week.

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2 | Aston Villa

In
Ollie Watkins - Brentford, £33m
Matty Cash - Nottingham Forest, £16m
Ben Chrisene - Exeter, undisclosed
Emiliano Martinez - Arsenal, undisclosed
Bertrand Traore - Lyon, £17m
Ross Barkley - Chelsea, loan

Out
Callum O'Hare - Coventry, free
Matija Sarkic - Wolves, free
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy - Pafos, free
James Chester, released
Andre Green, released
James Bree - Luton, free transfer
Indiana Vassilev - Burton, loan
Orland Nyland - contract terminated by mutual consent

A combined £49million on Matty Cash and Ollie Watkins is huge considering they have zero Premier League experience. But they’ve already proven their worth - especially Watkins who scored a hat-trick against champions Liverpool. Ross Barkley also showed his talent during the 7-2 win over Liverpool, while Bertrand Traore adds competition. Emi Martinez also looks a great signing from Arsenal. But like Arsenal, their best piece of business was keeping hold of their club captain, Jack Grealish as the midfielder signed a new five-year deal.

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1 | Everton

In
Niels Nkounkou - Marseille, £250,000
Allan - Napoli, undisclosed
James Rodriguez - Real Madrid, £22m
Abdoulaye Doucoure - Watford, £20m
Ben Godfrey - Norwich, £20m
Robin Olsen - Roma, loan

Out
Fraser Hornby - Reims, undisclosed
Morgan Schneiderlin - Nice, undisclosed
Leighton Baines - retired
Kieran Dowell - Norwich, undisclosed
Cuco Martina - released
Oumar Niasse - released
Maarten Stekelenburg - Ajax, free transfer
Djibril Sidibe - end of loan
Theo Walcott - Southampton, loan
Sandro Ramirez - SD Huesca

Everton win the transfer window. James Rodriguez might just be the best signing of the summer, while Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure adds quality to their midfield. On transfer deadline day, they signed Ben Godfrey from Norwich for an initial £20million. 

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