1) Manchester City-282 Million Euros
The Citizens have heavily revamped their squad bringing in four players. They twice broke the transfer record for defenders paying 50 million for Walker only to break it a couple of days later, signing Mendy from Monaco for a mouth-watering 57 million, while Danilo and Bernardo Silva were also signed from Real Madrid and Monaco respectively. Guardiola’s preference for bringing in full backs was understandable as their ageing defenders failed to cover the ground as much as Guardiola wanted them to. The likes of Kolarov, Zabaleta, Sagna and Clichy were shown the door. With the Abu Dhabi owners not refraining from their duty, spending a massive 282 million euros, the onus is now on Guardiola to prove his mettle. The club’s performances last season were below expectations. However, having now brought in Guardiola type of players, the club owners will be hoping to reclaim the league title.
2) Chelsea-262 million Euros
The summer could not get worse for the reigning Premier League champions. Their decision to sell Matic to rivals United already looks like a huge gaffe. Diego Costa’s fallout with Conte further exacerbated the situation as Blues’ camp looked in turmoil throughout the summer. In addition to the departures, Conte’s reported standoff with the Chelsea hierarchy did not help. RomeluLukaku looked like a sure shot signing throughout the last season before the Belgian stunned everyone with his decision to join United. Moreover, deadline day rejections by Chamberlain, Barkley and Llorente mean Chelsea missed out on four transfer targets this summer. Nevertheless, the club were second highest spenders bringing in the likes of Rudiger, Morata, Drinkwater and Zappacosta to London. The Blues still look short of support in the forward position; however, Antonio Conte has already proved himself as the master tactician, defeating Tottenham on match day 2 when the club looked set for a repeat of Mourinho season of 2015-16.
3) Manchester United-219 Million Euros
While three trophies in his first season was by no means an underwhelming season for Jose Mourinho, the expectation levels at Manchester United meant he was looked at with great scepticism. The club’s lack of balance was evident throughout the last season as Herrera was at times deployed in an unfamiliar defensive midfield role. Nevertheless, Mourinho identified United’s weakness and has thus invested heavily in those positions. The signing of Nemanja Matic might just prove the signing of the season, with the Serbian virtually liberating Paul Pogba of his defensive duties. RomeluLukaku too has already hit the ground running, and United look like a totally different side from last season. Be it Mourinho’s second season factor or Pogba and Lukaku’s understanding; the Red Devils are hot favourites to be crowned as league champions come May.
4) Everton-193 Million Euros
The Toffees were the surprise spenders in the summer spending a whopping 192 million on transfers. While the majority of the funds were financed through Lukaku’s sale, the club heavily reinforced their squad. Wayne Rooney’s poignant return is already paying dividends, with the Englishman having scored both of Everton’s goals in the league this season whereas bringing in Pickford, Keane, Sigurdsson, Klassen were all master strokes from Ronald Koeman’s side. The club also brought in Sandro Ramirez for a mere 5 million Euros while also signing Vlasic on the deadline day to complete their busiest summer ever. Barkley’s failed deadline day move means he too would be an option in the latter stages of the season. With the club bringing in so many talents, their push for Champions League should be taken seriously and indeed could shock everyone this season.
5) Liverpool-121 Million Euros
Everton’s major spending must have turned heads in the Liverpool camp; however, the Reds themselves were thrifty. They broke their transfer record signing Salah from Roma for 40 million. The club dramatically failed in their pursuits of Van Dijk and Keita, who they have now signed for next season. Deadline day deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could prove another astute signing by the Reds. While defence still looks vulnerable, the club have apparently kept seven clean sheets in their last nine Premier League games, meaning the defence too could be improving. Consistency will be the key for Klopp’s men this season as they look to build on a promising 2016-17 season.