Sophie GayterComment

Transfer Window One Week Countdown

Sophie GayterComment

One week to go in one of the most ridiculous transfer windows in recent memory. A quick recap of where last season's top 7 stand and what to expect over the course of the next week.

Chelsea

Despite Antonio Conte's multiple transfer related tantrums, Chelsea have actually had a decent summer in the transfer market. Rudiger is an excellent defender and will bring added stability to the backline, Morata may have a slow start but his undoubted quality will come through over the course of a long season, and Bakayoko looks like he could be a force in midfield alongside Kante. They have gotten rid of some of their strength in depth however, so I expect to see a Drinkwater, or an Oxlade-Chamberlain (or both) turn up at Stamford Bridge before the week is over.

Tottenham

I am very surprised that Spurs have had such a quiet summer. The Wembley factor aside, going into this season they were only a couple of players away from being front runners for the title. I'm amazed they haven't brought in a genuine, quality back up to Harry Kane, or a traditional wide man, but they have strengthened an already formidable backline with Davinson Sanchez. I can't imagine they will go into September without an offensive signing however, and my money would be on Ross Barkley, who they've been continually linked with all summer.

Manchester City

Overall City have had a decent summer. They've cleared out some of their dead weight, have added in some real quality at wing back, and Bernardo Silva looks like a gem of a player. Still some major question marks over their goalkeeper, and their center backs, and could potentially see them making a late push for Alexis Sanchez, but if the window closed today they can be pretty happy. 

Liverpool

Coutinho, Coutinho, Coutinho. Liverpool are really in an impossible position with their Brazilian talisman. The money on offer is absolutely ludicrous, even by this summer's standards. It has the feeling of an untenable situation, and if I were a Liverpool fan, I would be leaning towards selling him. But the club seem determined to keep ahold of him for now, and it looks like he will still be a Liverpool player come September. As for their summer signings, Salah seems right at home already alongside Mane, and Firmino, Robertson looks like he could finally be the answer they've been looking for at left back, and Solanke will be a good option off the bench. They still look lightweight in the middle of the park, and at center back, and it is incredible that they are starting the season again with Mignolet between the sticks. I wouldn't be surprised to see another couple of squad players brought in, as it seems a lot of Klopp's first choices are unlikely to happen, and they are going to need strength in depth with midweek European football back on their docket this season.

Arsenal

Oh to be an Arsenal fan... Wenger In, Wenger Out, Wenger In, Wenger Out. On paper, they have one of the best squads in the league, and have brought in a couple of players this summer in Lacazette, and Kolasinac who are definite upgrades in their positions. The squad just feels mentally fragile however, and it is always a mystery as to which Arsenal side will show up-- the swashbuckling, tiki taka Barcelona-lite, joy to watch Arsenal, or the pass it around the top of the opposition box aimlessly and get caught on the counter Arsenal. Despite their summer signings, this still has the look and feel of same old, same old Arsenal, and Sanchez won't be able to carry them through another season on his own. Wenger has a week to bring in at least one if not a couple of bold, brave additions in midfield to help them put it right. 

Manchester United

Manchester United have had an excellent transfer window. Jose has 3 of his 4 desired puzzle pieces in place, and the additions of Matic and Lukaku in particular have rejuvenated other existing members of the squad like Pogba, Mkhitaryan, and Martial. With yesterday's recapture of Zlatan Ibrahimovic as well, United are most likely done this summer, and they should be very happy with the state of affairs at Old Trafford.

Everton

Everton have had probably their most exciting transfer window in a generation. They have brought in quality all over the park, and look like they could be a real dark horse for the top 4 this season. Their remaining transfer activity will probably be more surrounding who will leave the club in the next week. Barkley needs to go, and Stekelenberg could be a good signing for a club in need of a steady, experienced #1. Overall though, they are in good shape, and I expect it to be a quiet last week of the summer for them.