Premier League transfer window: Winners & losers

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The 2013/2014 season was fascinating from start to finish particularly at the top where perennial champions Manchester United slumped to seventh in their first season without Sir Alex Ferguson.

The noisy neighbours won their second title in three years after a Brendan Rodgers led Liverpool revival paved way for pulsating three way fight.

All good things come to an end though and with just a month to the new season the squads are beginning to take shape. 

Read on, as I take a look at the teams in the top seven last year and their business so far this summer trying to take an early look at how we might expect them to fare in 2014/2015.

Manchester City

The reigning champions looked imperious at times last season and despite a hiccup or two on the home straight managed to secure their second Premier League title in three years.

Notable outgoings this summer include backup goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, centre-back Joleon Lescott and midfielder Gareth Barry, who, having spent the past twelve months on loan at Everton has joined them on a permanent basis.

In Willy Caballero they have signed a good, if not excellent goalkeeper to provide Joe Hart with competition. Fernando, formerly of FC Porto, arrives to offer their midfield added steal and Bacary Sagna, a free transfer from Arsenal, will offer Pablo Zabaleta stern competition for the right back slot.

It's been a good, if unspectacular window so far for City who have added greater competition for places in key areas whilst removing some of the deadwood. They may be feeling the pinch following their fine for breaching UEFA's financial fair play but are reportedly on the verge of signing their second FC Porto player this summer in Eliaquim Mangala.

An excellent young centre-back and an acquisition that you feel would again make Manchester City the team to beat. Question marks do remain on the future of Yaya Toure, whose series of bizarre interviews this summer have led many City fans to question a player they once idolized yet despite this, their embarrassment of riches in the attacking department means they'll remain nigh on impossible to stop going forward.

With key defensive reinforcements already in place Manchester City fans should be very excited about the forthcoming season.


The surprise package of last season, Brendan Rogers engineered a young exciting side full of attacking intent and in what is an example of how good their year was, it was only a surprise home defeat to Chelsea that cost them the title.

Luis Suarez, as expected, has finally departed the club but even before the official confirmation Liverpool were quick to reinforce. Emre Can has arrived to add further quality to the midfield and Adam Lallana, having enjoyed a fantastic year at Southampton in 2013/2014, has joined to offer another creative option going forward.

Offsetting the departure of Suarez upfront is the arrivals of Rickie Lambert and the former Benfica man, Lazar Markovic. It is impossible to underestimate just how important Suarez was last season and a quick look at what happened to Spurs without Gareth Bale suggests it won't be easy.

But, in Brendan Rodgers Liverpool have an excellent young manager who has successfully instilled his philosophy throughout the club and it won't be long until the new players are singing from the same hymn sheet.

A shot at the title might be a stretch this season with City remaining strong. Factor in a resurgent Manchester United side and a Chelsea team that already looks considerably stronger than last year and finishing in the top four would represent a success over on Merseyside.

I do think Liverpool will eventually win the title under Rodgers, but this coming season might just be a year or two too soon.


Twelve months into his second reign as Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's reputation is perhaps not what it once was. While undoubtedly still one of the very best in the world, his off the field antics in his last year in Spain and a third place finish for his Chelsea side last time out means this season is a big one for the Roman Abramovich owned side.

It has been a summer of upheaval so far with stalwarts Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard leaving the club whilst Samuel Eto'o has also sought pastures new. David Luiz has also left for a remarkable sum of money, a fantastic piece of business for the club.

With January signing Kurt Zouma finally joining up with the squad they have a ready-made replacement, and one who many in the game believe is capable of going on to achieve great things.

Filipe Luis, on the back of a title winning season in Spain, fills the left-back slot and Cesc Fabregas comes into central midfield. A second Atletico Madrid signing, Diego Costa, will give them the presence upfront they have lacked since Didier Drogba.

Four additions, each of whom represent an upgrade on the men they replaced means that Chelsea already look incredibly strong going into the new season. Many have them as favourites and on paper, I can see why.


Shoddy summer transfer windows have long been Arsene Wenger's specialty but it would appear that times are a-changing. Despite Bacary Sagna's move to Manchester City they have moved swiftly to replace him with Mathieu Debuchy and in Alexis Sanchez, have arguably secured the Premier League's signing of the summer so far.

Mesut Ozil remains an example of why even the best players must be given time to settle but off the back of both an excellent season for Barcelona and a superb World Cup with Chile, Arsenal fans have every right to be excited about the season to come.

Rumours persist of a Manchester United move for captain Thomas Vermaelen, who despite not being first choice anymore would still represent a significant loss to the Gunners due to both his experience and versatility.

Arguably still a top class striker and defensive midfielder short of a truly title challenging side the Gunners have time on their side with just under six weeks of the transfer window remaining.

It will be tough with Manchester City and Chelsea looking strong but with a key signing or two the tide could be about to turn for Wenger and his side.


Roberto Martinez's first season at Everton was everything the club had hoped it would be. Playing attractive football he improved their 2011/2012 points tally by 11 and having pushed Arsenal nearly all the way for the final Champions League spot the season gone can be considered a huge success.

Apostolos Vellios has departed in a transfer unlikely to give too many Evertonians sleepless nights and Gareth Barry, excellent on loan last year, has come in on a permanent basis.

It promises to be an uphill battle though in 2014/2015 with the four sides above them strengthening considerably and a Manchester United side, who, under the guidance are Louis van Gaal are widely expected to put themselves immediately back into contention at the top.

Their ability to bring Romelu Lukaku back for another season on loan is key to their hopes of pushing on from their fifth place finish but it's not all bad news and in Ross Barkley they have an exceptional young player who will only get better.

You feel that with six weeks until the window slams shut it is time for Martinez to act if he isn't to lose ground to those around him.

Tottenham Hotspur

It has been a chaotic 24 months at Spurs. We have seen the end of Harry Redknapp's reign, Andre Villas-Boas come and go and club legend Tim Sherwood literally talk himself out of the job full time.

The new man in charge, Mauricio Pochettino, enjoyed an excellent campaign last time out with Southampton and many Spurs fans will hope that they finally have the right person in charge.

The only notable piece of transfer business so far is the exit of Jake Livermore with the new boss clearly taking his time to evaluate the squad.

It is widely accepted that Tottenham underperformed last season and getting last summer's hastily thrown together recruits playing as a team could be Pochettino's finest managerial achievement to date.

A striker is much needed, as are reinforcements at the back and in midfield, but with news of Hugo Lloris' five year contract extension they have secured the long term future of a great goalkeeper.

It is to be an important few weeks ahead at White Hart Lane and without a flurry of activity it is difficult to see how they may improve on last year's sixth place finish.

Manchester United

Under the stewardship of David Moyes, Manchester United plummeted to a seventh place finish last time out and the pressure is on to reverse that fall this season.

In Louis van Gaal they have hired a proven winner but major question marks hang over the existing squad. Crowned Champions just 14 months ago this summer has already seen Ryan Giggs hang up his boots and both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic depart at the end of their contracts.

Alexander Buttner has left too and at the time of writing Patrice Evra is reportedly on the verge of a switch to Juventus. All this means that despite the arrival of Luke Shaw, United have just six remaining senior defenders at the club, and that figure includes Evra.

Ander Herrera has come in to add quality to the midfield but with news of Michael Carrick facing 12 weeks on the sidelines and the season just four weeks away there is much work still to be done.

In his unveiling Van Gaal spoke of taking three or four weeks to assess his current options before venturing into the market himself but after a disastrous summer in 2013, United fans will hoping they don't leave it too late.

Three new signings; a central defender, a central midfielder and a winger is the general consensus for what they need with Gary Neville too reinforcing this on Twitter. Arturo Vidal, Angel di Maria and Mats Hummels are just some of the names who have been linked and many United fans will believe that securing at least two players of this ilk is needed if they are to make their much desired return to the top of the table.

A decent window so far but expect to see a lot of changes in the next six weeks.

And the winner is..

Based on the transfer window so far you can see Chelsea winning the title next season, with Manchester City pushing them all the way before finishing second. The loss of Luis Suarez will hurt Liverpool and with Alexis Sanchez on board it wouldn't surprise many if Arsenal finished third.

In the fight for Europa League places I think the Louis van Gaal effect alone will secure Manchester United fifth place with Tottenham remaining sixth and Everton dropping down to seventh.

There are still six weeks to go though and a lot can change. If Arsenal sign Sami Khedira they could fight the top two all the way and if Louis van Gaal adds the kind of quality the press would have you believe he is in for, then they too may be fighting for the title.

It promises to be a fascinating six weeks!

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