Premier League Transfer Review (3/4)

Written by Rhys Paul

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Manchester United

Ins: Paul Pogba (£89m) – Eric Bailly (£30m) – Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£26.3m) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Free)

Outs: Paddy McNair (£4.4m) – Will Keane (£1m) – Donald Love (£978k) – James Wilson (Loan) – Adnan Januzaj (Loan) – Guillermo Varela (Loan) – James Weir (undisclosed)

No big name departures, but there have certainly been big name arrivals. Only four players have signed, yet they are huge signings. Eric Bailly has been drafted in to shore up the defence and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (on a free no less) will score goals wherever he goes. Question marks remain over the fee coughed up to bring Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford and the Frenchman has shown little to justify such a hefty price tag. Henrikh Mkhitaryan adds some creativity in midfield and he has shown he can contribute on the goalscoring front when used correctly. A very strong set of transfers for Jose Mourinho’s United.

Transfer Rating: 9/10


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Middlesbrough

Ins: Marten de Roon (£12m) – Viktor Fischer (£4.2m) – Antonio Barragan (£2.3m) – Fabio (£2m) – Adama Traore (Undisclosed) – Gaston Ramirez (Free) – Victor Valdes (Free) – Brad Guzan (Free) – Bernardo Espinosa (Free) – Alvaro Negredo (Loan) – Calum Chambers (Loan)

Outs: Adam Reach (£5m) – Albert Adomah (Undisclosed) – Adam Jackson (Undisclosed) – Alex Baptiste (Loan) Dael Fry (loan)

Boro fans are naturally pleased with their club’s dealings over the Summer. They have easily done the best business of the three promoted teams and shown ambition with the signings of Victor Valdes, Negredo and Gaston Ramirez, whilst also managing not to over-do it. Calum Chambers – who started in Arsenal’s opening game against Liverpool – is also a fantastic signing. Adama Traore has the potential to be a good signing, but he will be up against it having replaced Albert Adomah – who is going the opposite way to Aston Villa. Marten de Roon’s debut ended in injury, but his expected return after the international break will be a huge boost. Survival should be more than comfortable with the quality the new additions bring to the squad.

Transfer Rating: 9/10


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Southampton

Ins: Sofiane Boufal (£16m) – Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£12m) – Nathan Redmond (£11m) – Alex McCarthy (£4m) – Jeremy Pied (Free) – Stuart Taylor (Free)

Outs: Sadio Mane (£34m) – Graziano Pelle (£13m) – Victor Wanyama (£12m) – Juanmi (£4.25m) – Gaston Ramirez (Free) – Sam Gallagher (Loan) – Paulo Gazzaniga (Loan)

Southampon fans must be growing tired of losing key players every Summer. This year has been no exception with Sadio Mane, Graziano Pelle and Victor Wanyama moving on. Of the new signings, Nathan Redmond has been the most eye-catching, yet Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has also started life on the South Coast brightly. Sofiane Boufal for a club record fee also looks promising. There is still the feeling that the club could have done with another striker, but the fact they have brought in six decent players for less than Mane and Wanyama’s fee combined speaks volumes.

Transfer Rating: 7/10


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Stoke City

Ins: Joe Allen (£13m) – Ramadan Sobhi (£4.25m) – Ryan Sweeney (£250k) – Wilfried Bony (Loan) – Bruno Martins Indi (Loan) – Lee Grant (Loan)

Outs: Marc Wilson (£2m) – Steve Sidwell (Free) – Phillip Wollschied (Loan) – Joselu (Loan)

Mark Hughes has cleverly bolstered an already strong team. Joe Allen – on the back of an impressive Euro 2016 – looks a steal at £13 million and his move is further proof of the football revolution that has taken place under Hughes. Of the deadline day trio signed on loan, Wilfried Bony could be the missing piece in Stoke’s quest to challenge for Europe, but much will depend on whether or not he can rediscover his Swansea form. Bruno Martins Indi will also provide stiff competition to the rest of the defence.

Transfer Rating: 7/10


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Sunderland

Ins: Didier Ndong (£13.6m) – Papy Djilobodji (£8m) – Paddy McNair (£4.4m) – Donald Love (£978k) – Steven Pienaar (Free) – Adnan Januzaj (Loan) – Jason Denayer (Loan) – Javier Manquillo (Loan)

Outs: Younes Kaboul (£3.4m) – Emaule Giaccherini (£1.3m) – Liam Bridcutt (£978k) – Santiago Vergini (£765k) – Jordi Gomez (Loan) – Danny Graham (Free) – Steven Fletcher (Free) – Mikael Mandron (Free) – Adam Matthews (Loan) – Jeremain Lens (Loan) – Will Buckley (Loan)

Sunderland have gone under the radar throughout the Summer and it is easy to see why. The eight new signings are solid additions, but not even £13.6 million midfielder, Didier Ndong can claim to be a statement of intent. Steven Pienaar is a couple of seasons past his prime and Adnan Januzaj has never reached the standard expected of him. Jason Denayer – on loan from Man City – could turn out to be the club’s best signing if he is given an extended run in the first team. In fairness, the Black Cats have shifted a lot of the deadwood from the squad with the likes of Steven Fletcher, Danny Graham and Emaule Giaccherini finally making the move away from the Stadium of Light. For a team constantly battling relegation, a better transfer window was surely needed.

Transfer Rating: 5/10

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