As the clock turned to midnight on August 31st in England, like Cinderella, the magic of the transfer window vanished. The glass slippers of seemingly infinite cash to fund large transfers have transformed back to the monotony that is the grind of the Premier League season.
The start of September has brought the end of the most intriguing and mind boggling transfer window in recent memory. In the span of one month, the two icons of modern soccer in Messi and Ronaldo departed their respective clubs. There was also the growing transfer saga surrounding both Mbappe and Haaland that clouded the final days and hours of the window.
While there were great moves across Europe, the Premier League seemingly had some of the most high profile moves that will surely not only decide the winner of the league but also the journeys of the clubs in the Champions League. From highly rated youngsters to some of the best in the world, the Premier League has had a great influx of talent.
Two of the summer’s biggest prizes went to Manchester United, reuniting two teammates from a historic team. Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphaël Varane both ended up at United for less than 100 million dollars making these deals unbelievable. These two additions will further certify United’s position amongst the contenders for the title. It remains to be seen whether manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær is the right manager to take United to the next level.
Ronaldo is one of the game’s greats and his return back to the club that made him a household name will bring both excitement and goals. Varane will take a rather inexperienced backline, when it comes to winning titles, and transform them to a championship level. With both a leaky defense and inconsistent attack plaguing United last season, the club made certain to address these issues this summer.
Chelsea brought in the Serie A’s top goalscorer and the best player in Italy last season in Romelu Lukaku to finally finish manager Thomas Tuchel’s project. Lukaku also returns to his former club looking to deliver them another title and be that missing striker that Chelsea has desperately needed since Drogba’s departure six years ago.
In addition to Lukaku, Chelsea brought in Saúl Ñíguez to solidify their midfield further. While he has regressed in the past few years, if Chelsea can get the player who destroyed Bayern in 2016 then they can add another piece to the arguably best midfield in the league. Further cementing Chelsea’s growth into the powerhouse of the league.
Despite being linked to players like Messi and Ronaldo for most of the summer, Manchester City only brought in Jack Grealish for over 100 million dollars. Grealish will certainly add more playmaking to the team but it does feel like City missed out on some top players.
Both Tottenham and Arsenal had similar approaches to their transfers as they both looked to infuse youth into their squads. Tottenham had the better signings with Cristian Romero and Emerson being excellent young players who will help the Spurs fortify their backline for the future. Arsenal also looked to get younger with Martin Ødegaard and Ben White being smart pieces for the future despite some concerns with how much they spent.
Outside the big name clubs, there were a lot of clubs that made some great moves with two of note being Aston Villa and West Ham United. Aston Villa used the money the City gave them to make sure their team stays in the top flight with the addition of Leon Bailey being a top move. West Ham has used their window to keep the good form from last season going as they are surprisingly near the top of the table.
Being one of the leagues that was able to spend significant money, the Premier League was able to add to the entertainment and quality of the league. With so many teams bolstering their squads, it is all but certain that this season will be full of excitement.
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