The summer-long Alexis Sánchez saga twisted at the very last, with Arsenal relaxing their absolute not-for-sale stance. Manchester City made their move only for Arsenal to fail to get Thomas Lemar and the status quo endured. Arsenal will now pray Sánchez can give everything for one final season. He remains, unquestionably, their best player so it has to be a good thing he is staying, right? Alexandre Lacazette is now the club’s record signing and much will rest on him while Sead Kolasinac adds some toughness. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the eye-catching departure. David Hytner

Major moves

In: Alexandre Lacazette Lyon £46m; Sead Kolasinac Schalke free

Out: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Liverpool £35m; Gabriel Valencia £10m; Wojciech Szczesny Juventus £10m; Kieran Gibbs West Bromwich Albion £7m; Jan Toral Hull City £3m; Kaylen Hinds Wolfsburg £2m; Carl Jenkinson Birmingham City loan; Joel Campbell Real Betis loan; Lucas Pérez Deportivo La Coruña loan


Bournemouth got their business done nice and early, improving the spine of their team by adding the goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, the defender Nathan Aké and the striker Jermain Defoe, plus a 20-year-old winger, Connor Mahoney. Eddie Howe has certainly strengthened his squad and managed to retain Josh King, who signed a four-year deal on Wednesday. They have had a longstanding interest in Demarai Gray of Leicester City (they had four bids rejected in 2015 when he was 18 and at Birmingham City) and had a bid of £20m plus add-ons rejected in this window. Ben Fisher

Major moves

In: Nathan Aké Chelsea £20m; Asmir Begovic Chelsea £10m; Jermain Defoe Sunderland free; Connor Mahoney Blackburn Rovers free

Out: Max Gradel Toulouse loan; Lewis Grabban Sunderland loan

Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton’s return to the top flight has been backed by the owner, Tony Bloom, with the club’s transfer record regularly broken over the summer. José Izquierdo, secured from Club Brugge, could be an exciting addition once he has settled, while Davy Pröpper will inject quality into midfield and Matt Ryan is an upgrade in goal. It remains to be seen whether the recruits to the Amex can adjust quickly enough to steer Chris Hughton’s team clear of trouble. The manager may seek to add further firepower in January with his forward ranks perhaps a weak link but Brighton have given themselves a good chance of survival. Dominic Fifield

Major moves

In: José Izquierdo Club Brugge £13.5m; Davy Pröpper PSV Eindhoven £12.7m; Mathew Ryan Valencia £5.3m; Markus Suttner Ingolstadt £3.5m; Ezequiel Schelotto Sporting Lisbon £2.8m; Pascal Gross Ingolstadt £2.6m; Ales Mateju Viktoria Plzen £1.5m; Mathias Normann Bodo-Glimt £1.3m; Josh Kerr Celtic undisclosed; Soufyan Ahannach Almere City undisclosed; Izzy Brown Chelsea loan; Tim Krul Newcastle loan

Out: Oliver Norwood Fulham loan; Kazenga LuaLua Queens Park Rangers loan; Mathias Normann Molde loan


Quite a busy transfer window for the Clarets, who managed to raise more than £40m by mid-August through the departures of Michael Keane and Andre Gray. Chris Wood made a scoring debut last week at Wembley and should be a sound addition to the front line, though Burnley still look a little under-staffed in central defence. Keane has not been replaced, and though the season has started well enough with James Tarkowski moving up alongside Ben Mee, there does not appear to be a great deal of cover for injuries or suspensions. Elsewhere Sean Dyche has stiffened his midfield with Jack Cork and added the considerable experience of Jon Walters and Phil Bardsley. Paul Wilson

Major moves

In: Chris Wood Leeds United £15m; Jack Cork Swansea City £8m; Nahki Wells Huddersfield £5m; Jonathan Walters Stoke City £3m; Phil Bardsley Stoke City £2m; Charlie Taylor Leeds undisclosed; Adam Legzdins Birmingham City undisclosed

Out: Michael Keane Everton £25m; Andre Gray Watford £18.5m; Tendayi Darikwa Nottingham Forest £1m; George Boyd released; Paul Robinson released; Joey Barton released


It says much about Chelsea’s summer that Antonio Conte’s insistence his squad needed significant strengthening, first aired publicly even before the Premier League title had been won last season, degenerated into a madcap last-day scramble for reinforcements. Such behaviour is unbecoming of champions. With Diego Costa an outcast, Nemanja Matic sold and the usual squad of players loaned out to further their development, Conte’s resources would appear only marginally improved on those he had in May. He will press on in the hope of overseeing successes as startling as those of last term, but, privately, Conte will not be satisfied. DF

Major moves

In: Álvaro Morata Real Madrid £58m; Tiémoué Bakayoko Monaco £39.7m; Antonio Rüdiger Roma £29m; Davide Zappacosta Torino £25.8m; Willy Caballero Manchester City free

Out: Nemanja Matic Manchester United £40m; Nathan Aké Bournemouth £20m; Juan Cuadrado Juventus £17.3m; Asmir Begovic Bournemouth £10m; Bertrand Traoré Lyon £8.8m; Christian Atsu Newcastle United £6m; Nathaniel Chalobah Watford £5m; Dominic Solanke Liverpool tribunal; Tammy Abraham Swansea City loan; Kasey Palmer Huddersfield Town loan; Ruben Loftus-Cheek Crystal Palace loan; Kurt Zouma Stoke City loan

Alvaro Morata
Alvaro Morata Photograph: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images

Crystal Palace

Little makes sense about Crystal Palace’s recruitment strategy. If money is as tight as the outlay suggests, a repercussion of an onerous wage bill, then why was a manager appointed who was always going to try to instigate a radical shift in the style of play? Surely he needed sufficient backing in the market to achieve such ambitious plans? As it is, Palace are pointless and a club on edge. The pursuit of Mamadou Sakho was protracted and almost a distraction in the end. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jaïro Riedewald and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are young and hugely talented but will not be prepared for the scrap that may lie ahead. DF

Major moves

In: Mamadou Sakho Liverpool £26m; Jaïro Riedewald Ajax £7.9m; Ruben Loftus-Cheek Chelsea loan; Timothy Fosu-Mensah Manchester United loan

Out: Steve Mandanda Marseille £1.8m; Fraizer Campbell released


Everton’s performances under Ronald Koeman this season have mirrored their business in the transfer window – starting impressively at the back, adding quality and experience in the middle but delivering little at the top end. The biggest spending spree in the club’s history reflected new‑found ambition and the importance of this window to Koeman’s vision but, ultimately, they failed to secure the most significant piece – a striker to replace the goals and presence of Romelu Lukaku. Everton have sorely lacked a focal point in recent matches and Koeman will not be happy at the failure to get a striker or left-sided defender. The winger Nikola Vlasic did join on deadline day. Andy Hunter

Major moves

In: Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea City £45m; Jordan Pickford Sunderland £25m; Michael Keane Burnley £25m; Davy Klaassen Ajax £23.7m; Nikola Vlasic Hajduk Split £8m; Henry Onyekuru Eupen £7m; Sandro Ramírez Málaga £5.3m; Wayne Rooney Manchester United undisclosed; Cuco Martina Southampton free

Out: Romelu Lukaku Manchester United £75m; Gerard Deulofeu Barcelona £10m; Tom Cleverley Watford £8m; Gareth Barry West Bromwich Albion £1m; Henry Onyekuru Anderlecht loan

Huddersfield Town

Undaunted by being the last confirmed participant in this season’s Premier League, Huddersfield got to work very quickly after their playoff victory in May and completed the signings of nine players before the start of pre-season training, including Aaron Mooy, who excelled while on loan last term. The goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, defender Matthias Jorgen and striker Steve Mounié have gone straight into the team and made excellent first impressions. David Wagner later added another right-back, Florent Hadergjonaj, another exciting young attacker, Abdelhamid Sabri, and a veteran reserve goalkeeper, Rob Green. The upshot is a squad that looks far stronger and more varied than last season and Huddersfield look a good bet to stay up. Paul Doyle

Major moves

In: Steve Mounié Montpellier £11.5m; Aaron Mooy Manchester City £8m; Tom Ince Derby County £8m; Laurent Depoitre Porto £4.4m; Scott Malone Fulham £3.5m; Mathias Jorgensen Copenhagen £2m; Abdelhamid Sabiri Nürnberg £1m; Danny Williams Reading free; Robert Green Leeds free; Jonas Lossl Mainz loan; Kasey Palmer Chelsea loan; Florent Hadergjonaj Ingolstadt loan

Out: Nahki Wells Burnley £5m; Harry Bunn Bury undisclosed; Luke Coddington Northampton Town undisclosed

Leicester City

Harry Maguire is looking like an excellent recruit, restoring much-needed solidity to the defence, though another centre-back would also have been welcome. Kelechi Iheanacho, a top-class finisher, is also a fine acquisition and it will be intriguing to see how he fits in. Vicente Iborra was brought in from Sevilla to add class in central midfield. Demarai Gray may now the run in the first team that he has craved and the England 21-year-old fulfils the potential that he has tended to show in substitute appearances but not when starting. PD

Major moves

In: Kelechi Iheanacho Manchester City £25m; Harry Maguire Hull City £17m; Vicente Iborra Sevilla £12.3m; Eldin Jakupovic Hull City £2m; Aleksandar Dragovic Bayer Leverkusen loan

Out: Tom Lawrence Derby County £5m; Ron-Robert Zieler Stuttgart £2.5m; Marcin Wasilewski released


Beating Chelsea to the signature of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain provided not only a welcome change for Liverpool but also important depth to a squad with Champions League commitments. The England midfielder has much to prove following his arrival from Arsenal, and it will be intriguing to see where he fits into Jürgen Klopp’s team having spurned the champions out of concern for his development and reluctance to play right wing-back. With Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke on board, and all efforts from Barcelona to sign Philippe Coutinho so far resisted, Liverpool look far stronger than last season but failing to get Virgil van Dijk from Southampton could have repercussions. AH

Major moves

In: Naby Keïta RB Leipzig £55m (player to arrive next summer); Mohamed Salah Roma £36.9m; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Arsenal £35m; Andrew Robertson Hull City £8m; Dominic Solanke Chelsea tribunal

Out: Mamadou Sakho Crystal Palace £26m; Kevin Stewart Hull City £5.4m; Lucas Leiva Lazio £5m; Andre Wisdom Derby County £2m; Sheyi Ojo Fulham loan; Divock Origi Wolfsburg loan

Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Manchester City

If Pep Guardiola fails to feel contentment’s warm glow after this window, when will he ever? Though proposed deals for Alexis Sánchez and Jonny Evans did not happen, Bernardo Silva, Ederson, Danilo, Kyle Walker, and Benjamin Mendy have been added for the princely sum of £201.8m before extras are triggered. The caveat could be the non-acquisition of a holding midfielder to support Fernandinho and City still appearing light at centre-back. Jamie Jackson

Major moves

In: Benjamin Mendy Monaco £52m; Kyle Walker Tottenham Hotspur £50m; Bernardo Silva Monaco £43.6m; Ederson Benfica £34.9m; Danilo Real Madrid £26.5m; Douglas Luiz Vasco da Gama £10m; Larry Kayode Austria Vienna £3.5m

Out: Kelechi Iheanacho Leicester City £25m; Enes Unal Villarreal £12m; Aaron Mooy Huddersfield Town £8m; Jadon Sancho Borussia Dortmund £8m; Nolito Sevilla £7.9m; Fernando Galatasaray £5.5m; Aleksandar Kolarov Roma £4.5m; Olivier Ntcham Celtic £4m; Samir Nasri Antalyaspor £3.7m; Rubén Sobrino Alavés £1.8m; Pablo Zabaleta West Ham released; Gaël Clichy released; Jesús Navas released; Willy Caballero Chelsea released; Bacary Sagna released; Joe Hart West Ham United loan

Manchester United

José Mourinho ends the summer trading jamboree having added three players – Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic – plus the still-injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede re-signed for free while the trio cost a total of £146m and although the manager wanted a fourth fresh addition – a No10, ideally – he has recently insisted he is happy. The puzzle here is why Mourinho did not move for Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez on deadline day as he was available, fits the desired profile, and would certainly strengthen United’s squad. JJ

Major moves

In: Romelu Lukaku Everton £75m; Nemanja Matic Chelsea £40m; Victor Lindelof Benfica £31m; Zlatan Ibrahimovic free agent

Out: Adnan Januzaj Real Sociedad £9.8m; Wayne Rooney Everton undisclosed; Cameron Borthwick-Jackson Leeds United loan; Timothy Fosu-Mensah Crystal Palace loan; Sam Johnstone Aston Villa loan

Newcastle United

Do not expect Rafael Benítez to be overly impressed at the end of a window that will doubtless have delighted Mike Ashley. Newcastle’s owner, despite promising his manager “every last penny” in May, appears to have reduced last season’s Championship wage bill while spending a sum approaching £20m net; in the top-tier spending context, that is extremely modest. Benítez has been left without the high-calibre striker, winger, left-back and goalkeeper he particularly craved. No one should be too surprised if he departs, possibly for West Ham, this autumn. Louise Taylor

Major moves

In: Jacob Murphy Norwich City £12m; Florian Lejeune Eibar £8.7m; Christian Atsu Chelsea £6m; Joselu Stoke City £5m; Javier Manquillo Atlético Madrid £4.5m; Mikel Merino Borussia Dortmund loan

Out: Siem de Jong Ajax £4m; Daryl Murphy Nottingham Forest £2m; Kevin Mbabu Young Boys £529,000; Emmanuel Rivière Metz £500,000; Florian Thauvin Marseille undisclosed; Grant Hanley Norwich City undisclosed; Vurnon Anita Leeds United free; Tim Krul Brighton loan


Virgil van Dijk is sticking around, then. Whether he pulls on a Southampton shirt again remains to be seen but if Mauricio Pellegrino can eke anything out of him, then he will surely play a part. Despite paying a club-record fee for a player who featured in last season’s Champions League final for Juventus – Mario Lemina – Saints’ business does seem a little underwhelming. The defenders Jan Bednarek and Wesley Hoedt are at a typically good age to develop, though, and there is no reason why they cannot excel. The departures of Jay Rodriguez and Jordy Clasie were not surprising, given both failed to make an impression last season. BF

Major moves

In: Mario Lemina Juventus £16.3m; Wesley Hoedt Lazio £15m; Jan Bednarek Lech Poznan £5.7m

Out: Jay Rodriguez West Bromwich Albion £12m; Paulo Gazzaniga Tottenham £2m; Cuco Martina Everton free; Jordy Clasie Club Brugge loan

Mario Lemina
Mario Lemina Photograph: Greenwood/BPI/REX/Shutterstock

Stoke City

A slightly frustrating few months for Stoke, who reluctantly sold Marko Arnautovic, one of their most influential players, to West Ham and were unable to persuade Fabian Delph to swap the bench at Manchester City for a regular starting place in Mark Hughes’s team. Signing Jesé Rodríguez on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain softened those blows a little while Darren Fletcher will bring experience and leadership to midfield. Hughes is also well stocked for central defenders following the arrival of Kevin Wimmer, Bruno Martins Indi and Kurt Zouma. One concern could be whether Stoke are good enough offensively. Stuart James

Major moves

In: Kevin Wimmer Tottenham Hotspur £18m; Bruno Martins Indi Porto £7m; Josh Tymon Hull City undisclosed; Darren Fletcher West Bromwich free; Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting Schalke free; Kurt Zouma Chelsea loan; Jesé Rodríguez Paris Saint-Germain loan

Out: Marko Arnautovic West Ham United £20m; Joselu Newcastle United £5m; Jonathan Walters Burnley £3m; Phil Bardsley Burnley £2m; Glenn Whelan Aston Villa £1.3m; Philipp Wollscheid Metz undisclosed; Marc Muniesa Girona loan; Gianni Imbula Toulouse loan; Bojan Krkic Alavés loan

Swansea City

The departure of Gylfi Sigurdsson was far from ideal but Swansea managed to bridge the quality deficit with an outrageous loan move for Renato Sanches and there have been other positive moves. Sam Clucas is a smart midfield addition while Tammy Abraham has already impressed in attack; the most obvious danger, though, is that they are too light up front in Fernando Llorente’s absence. Roque Mesa was an exciting signing from Las Palmas and should be given time to settle although the early signs have not augured too well for a long stay. Nick Ames

Major moves

In: Sam Clucas Hull City £15m; Wilfried Bony Manchester City £12m; Roque Mesa Las Palmas £11m; Cian Harries Coventry City £500,000; Tammy Abraham Chelsea loan; Erwin Mulder Heerenveen free; Renato Sanches Bayern Munich loan; Wilfried Bony Manchester City £12m

Out: Gylfi Sigurdsson Everton £45m; Fernando Llorente Tottenham £12m; Jack Cork Burnley £8m; Modou Barrow Reading £1.5m; Bafétimbi Gomis Galatasaray undisclosed; Borja Bastón Málaga loan; Jordi Amat Real Betis loan;

Tottenham Hotspur

Mauricio Pochettino has reshuffled his already strong defensive resources to good effect. Man for man, it goes like this – Paulo Gazzaniga for Pau López in the role of backup goalkeeper; Serge Aurier for Kyle Walker at right-back and Davinson Sánchez and Juan Foyth for Kevin Wimmer and Cameron Carter-Vickers at centre-half. The priority for the summer had always been to retain the players Pochettino wanted to keep – including Eric Dier, who was a target for Manchester United. Tottenham hope that continuity can breed improvement. They pushed hard at the very last for Fernando Llorente and André Gomes but landed only Llorente. DH

Major moves

In: Davinson Sánchez Ajax £42m; Serge Aurier Paris Saint-Germain £23m; Fernando Llorente Swansea City £12m; Juan Foyth Estudiantes £8m; Paulo Gazzaniga Southampton £2m

Out: Kyle Walker Manchester City £50m; Kevin Wimmer Stoke City £18m; Nabil Bentaleb Schalke £16.8m; Clinton N’Jie Marseille £6.1m; Federico Fazio Roma £2.8m; Josh Onomah Aston Villa loan; Cameron Carter-Vickers Sheffield United loan


The Pozzo family has not hesitated to back Marco Silva after convincing the Portuguese manager to join them from Hull City. Watford increased their firepower by meeting Burnley’s £18.5m asking price for Andre Gray and completed one of the window’s more intriguing signings when they spent £11.5m on Richarlison, a young Brazilian forward who scored his first Watford goal in the win over Bournemouth. Their business looks canny. Three young English midfielders, Nathaniel Chalobah, Tom Cleverley and Will Hughes, could realise their potential at Vicarage Road, and Watford have looked far and wide for new players. André Carrillo has joined on loan from Benfica and Kiko, a 26-year-old Spanish right-back, arrived on a free from Alavés. Jacob Steinberg

Major moves

In: Andre Gray Burnley £18.5m; Nathaniel Richarlison Fluminense £11.5m; Tom Cleverley Everton £8m; Will Hughes Derby County £8m; Nathaniel Chalobah Chelsea £5m; Dimitri Foulquier Granada undisclosed; Daniel Bachmann Stoke City free; Kiko Femenía Alavés free; André Carrillo Benfica loan; Orestis Karnezis Udinese loan

Out: Sven Kums Anderlecht £5.7m; Mario Suárez Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng £5m; Steven Berghuis Feyenoord £5m; Uche Agbo Standard Liège £1.8m; Valon Behrami Udinese undisclosed; Juan Carlos Paredes released

West Bromwich Albion

There is only one place to start: Grzegorz Krychowiak. Signed on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain, Krychowiak was unquestionably one of the more eye-catching deals of the window and will bring a touch of class to Albion, who have enjoyed an excellent summer. Oliver Burke’s arrival from RB Leipzig promises to inject pace and flair into the team, Kieran Gibbs will solve the problematic left-back position, Gareth Barry brings a wealth of experience to midfield and Jay Rodriguez should chip in with a few goals. With seven points already on the board and Jonny Evans staying, optimism abounds at the Hawthorns. SJ

Major moves

In: Oliver Burke RB Leipzig £15m; Jay Rodriguez Southampton £12m; Kieran Gibbs Arsenal £7m; Gareth Barry Everton £1m; Yuning Zhang Vitesse Arnhem undisclosed; Ahmed Hegazi Al Ahly loan; Grzegorz Krychowiak Paris Saint-Germain loan

Out: Darren Fletcher Stoke City free; Sebastien Pocognoli Standard Liège free; Yuning Zhang Werder Bremen loan; Jonathan Leko Bristol City loan

West Ham United

“A great window,” David Gold tweeted after Javier Hernández’s arrival last month – and it was easy to understand the co-owner’s optimism given that Marko Arnautovic, Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta had already passed through the entrance. The mood is different now, though. The squad contains holes after the departure of nine senior players and Slaven Bilic’s side clearly needed further strengthening after starting the season with three straight defeats. The manager wanted more quality in central midfield but Sporting Lisbon refused to lower their asking price for William Carvalho. West Ham also had a loan bid for Everton’s Kevin Mirallas rejected and spent most of deadline day ignoring Diafra Sakho’s pleas to move to Rennes. JS

Major moves

In: Marko Arnautovic Stoke City £20m; Javier Hernández Bayer Leverkusen £16m; Sead Haksabanovic Halmstad £3m; Pablo Zabaleta Manchester City free; Joe Hart Manchester City loan

Out: Ashley Fletcher Middlesbrough £6.5m; Darren Randolph Middlesbrough £5m; Enner Valencia Tigres £5m; Sofiane Feghouli Galatasaray £4.3m; Havard Nordtveit Hoffenheim £1.8m; Reece Oxford Borussia Mönchengladbach loan; Robert Snodgrass Aston Villa loan


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