The summer transfer window finally drew to a close on Monday night after what seems like an eternity.
So which top-flight clubs pulled off the best transfers over the summer? Daily Star Sport have given each side a grade based on the quality of their business.
Aston Villa - A
Aston Villa have had a brilliant transfer window, strengthening in all the right areas with shrewd signings.
Emiliano Martinez already looks a top shot stopper, Ross Barkley impressed in his debut in the demolition of Liverpool, and Ollie Watkins looks electric up top. Last year they battled relegation but this is a squad that is capable of much more.
Arsenal - B+
This is Mikel Arteta’s first summer transfer window and he has taken every chance to stamp his footballing philosophy all over the team and without spending a fortune.
Willian in for free is an excellent signing, Thomas Partey will boost the midfield, Gabriel looks a top player, and they’ve also managed to ship substitute ‘keeper Martinez for £20 million. Great business. Misses out on an A for making Gunnersaurus redundant.
Brighton - C
Brighton are another side to have started the season brightly, with Graham Potter instilling an attacking philosophy in the team that has tormented opponents and is unlucky not to have more points.
After shifting a tonne of deadwood, they’ve also brought in experienced players such as Adam Lallana, but Potter trusts youth and has swerved any big name expensive signings. That could be a gamble, but Brighton are playing good football and this looks like a stronger squad than in July.
Burnley - E
Burnley are pretty much the same Burnley but now with added Dale Stephens. Hardly a game changer.
Sean Dyche has done little to freshen up a team that had already become a little predictable. Zero points from three games goes to show that this Clarets side is going to struggle this season.
Chelsea - A-
It’s easy to have a good transfer window when you’re absolutely loaded, and Chelsea have splashed the cash like nobody else.
Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Edouard Mendy will completely transfer the first team. After Frank Lampard nurtured youth last season, the mask has slipped now the ban has lifted, and Chelsea are back to their old ways. Still, these look like some top signings despite a slow start, and they get solid marks for blockbuster drama in any case.
Crystal Palace - C-
It’s not that Crystal Palace have had a bad transfer window, it’s that they’ve barely been involved.
Roy Hodgson has brought in £20m man Eberechi Eze and Michy Batshuayi is in town, but otherwise we are looking at pretty much the same Palace team. Still, that’s no bad thing, and they’ve started strong so I’m not going to judge Hodgson too harshly.
Everton - A
Carlo Ancelotti is a world class manager who has won the Champions League three times. Not only has his managerial acumen transformed the Toffees into table toppers, but he has the gravitas to bring some of the world’s best to a side that has slipped under the radar in recent years.
James Rodriguez, Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Ben Godfrey will each make a massive difference to an Everton team that could in all likelihood push for the top four this season. What’s more, they’ve shifted a dozen or more mediocre players that had almost become typical of Everton. They’re different gravy now.
Fulham - D-
Scott Parker has tried, but I’m not sure it’ll be quite enough. Fulham have not added Premier Leaguer quality to a side that was just about good enough for the upper echelons of the Championship.
A few decent loan moves have come in, but no game changers that look like keeping the Cottagers up in a tricky season back in the top flight.
Leeds - A-
Marcelo Bielsa is a meticulous manager who will not succumb to the impulsive spending habits of those around him. His summer signings look like a carefully crafted bunch each handpicked to boost the Whites in their own way.
Helder Costa fits Leeds like a glove, Ilan Meslier looks a great ‘keeper, while Rodrigo Moreno will be desperate to impress after a big money move. Raphinha, too, looks like an excellent deadline day acquisition.
Leicester - B-
Leicester have kept their business short and sweet. Timothy Castagne, Cengiz Under and Wesley Fofana are all there to fit right in to the first or thereabouts, and so far nine points from 12 speaks for itself.
With £40m plus coming in for Chilwell too – whose replacement Castagne looks every bit as good – the Foxes have done some great business.
Liverpool - B
Only time will tell whether Liverpool have strengthened enough to defend their title. Sure enough, Diogo Jota and Thiago look like top signings, while the departures of Rhian Brewster and Dean Lovren has kept the bank balance sweet.
Solid? Yes. Inspiring? No. Reds fans will hope it’s enough to keep to keep them on top of English football.
Manchester City - B
Pep Guardiola has done what Pep Guardiola always does – spend loads on defenders.
Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias come in for big money as the Spaniard tries desperately to fill that slot next to Aymeric Laporte with someone who can actually defend. It was their undoing this season, and perhaps City’s defender-focused window will prove successful. Misses out on top marks for lack of blockbusters and replacement for Benjamin Mendy.
Manchester United - D-
It feels as though Manchester United have been stuck for years in some hellish transfer window limbo where nobody can come in or out except Donny van de Beek.
Alex Telles and Edison Cavani may have squeezed through the ether at the last minute and could be solid signings despite look every bit like panic purchases, but United fans will no doubt be disappointed for all the talk of Jadon Sancho, Ousmane Dembele and literally any defender because they’re all better than Victor Lindelof.
Newcastle - A-
Few would predict that Newcastle, owned by world’s stingiest man Mike Ashley, would have such a good transfer window.
But they’ve brought in Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser, Jeff Hendrick and Jamal Lewis and each improves that Newcastle squad. Could finally be in for a season of some consequence after many years of nothingness.
Sheffield United - C-
Chris Wilder has made some good signings, there’s no doubt about that. Rhian Brewster, Aaron Ramsdale and Oliver Burke are good players and will mix up a Blades side that has had a stale start to the season.
But will it help a team that needs to adapt and change their game? Opponents have worked out how to break down Sheffield United after a year of trying, and they need something extra to stay up this season. I’m not sure they’ve managed to get ahold of that this summer.
Southampton - D-
Not much to report here. In fact, one could be forgiven in thinking that Saints sat this summer out.
Kyle Walker-Peters came in, a bunch of players left. Nothing to see here.
Tottenham - B+
Jose Mourinho’s first summer transfer window and he’s wasted no time bringing in players that help build a team in his image.
An attacking full-back in Matt Doherty, a destroyer in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, a better left-back than Ben Davies in Serge Reguilon. This is a much improved team than the one that finished last season, and they now have the returning hero Gareth Bale on their books. Surely, that’s no bad thing.
West Brom - C
I’m not sure I’d recognise any of West Brom’s signings in the street, except perhaps Branislav Ivanovic. Then again, that’s not what they were going for.
Callum Robinson looks a top deal for the Baggies, as is the permanent acquisition of Matheus Pereira, but it will be a big ask for them to keep Premier League status with their current squad despite some solid talent.
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West Ham - D
West Ham’s negotiating team must have spent this summer on the beach because they’ve not done much business. Tomas Soucek has impressed during the opening stages of the season, but they’re more or less the same Hammers side as they were in July.
Jack Wilshere has been released, and that’s probably for the best.
Wolves - B
Wolves have added to their Portuguese empire with a bunch of Portuguese players making Wolves one of the world’s biggest Portuguese clubs.