In the next few hours, the transfer window for the 2019/20 Premier League season will come to a wrap.
While some clubs; most notably the big six are still in a frantic race against time to complete some last-minute deals, a lot of expected major deals seem to have taken shape already.
David Luiz and Kieran Tierney could be announced as Arsenal players; Giovani Lo Celso likely moving to the white half of North London and finally Mario Mandzukic (possibly) sealing a big move to Manchester United.
With that in mind, let’s take a brief look at the activity of the top six so far.
Which club has had the most significant improvement in personnel over the course of the window?
We all know the usual suspects in English football, with regards transfers. Curiously, this time, it won’t be any of the Manchester Clubs.
A brief analysis below.
Manchester City, led by Pep Guardiola have their reputation when it comes to transfers.
Their financial power, coupled with the crop of players they have and a manager with an “elite” pedigree makes it easy for them to attract any of their targets.
Surprisingly, they have been pretty quiet; by their own standards. They’ve brought in a defensive midfielder in Rodri Hernandez and a right back in Joao Cancelo.
With both players aged 23 and 25 respectively, they are ideally long term prospects and will offer necessary depth when needed. We can still expect, more or less the same City lineup from last season.
Liverpool on the other hand, have been absolutely in the shadows.
The Merseyside club have made no significant additions and will be counting on the squad from last season to make an impact once again.
The West London side, sadly, saw more activity in the opposite direction.
A long-time servant in Eden Hazard made his move to Real Madrid.
To make matters worse, the club could not consider a replacement as they were hit with a transfer ban.
Bar the permanent signing of on-loan midfielder Mateo Kovacic, the Blues were unable to make any incomings.
Also, a last-minute move will see David Luiz move to the red side of London to join Arsenal. It doesn’t seem all good at Stamford Bridge. Right?
The club will most likely have a difficult season ahead of them.
New coach and club legend Frank Lampard will have to put up with an average squad; on paper and make the best out of them.
The Red Devils have anything but a quiet summer window.
An area of concern last season; their defence, has been diligently attended to with the additions of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan Bissaka.
The moves were largely debatable though, as United had to cough out a whooping £135m for both additions alone. That all but makes the signings look somewhat desperate.
Solskjaer may have gotten some stability at the back but still has issues regarding his midfield and forward options.
Paul Pogba could still be on his way out of the club and Lukaku is headed to Inter Milan.
A player with an adequate combination of talent and technical skill upfront is needed if they are to call their transfer window balanced; by any ramifications.
The club are in a race against time to sign Mario Mandzukic from Juventus and that could help the narrative.
Spurs have had a decent summer window altogether.
The club surpassed its record fee to bring in midfielder Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon.
They are also on the verge of capturing Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis in a big-money move as well.
They are both great signings in their regard but when you look at the Tottenham squad, it’s not much of a “major” upgrade to their current options.
Pochettino made no defensive additions and will be counting on youth and his current options for squad depth.
They have had a great window as well; but could have done better.
Perhaps not what you were expecting to read; but yes, the Gunners have had the best transfer window of the top six clubs.
After an initial delay in incomings (bar the addition of Gabriel Martinelli), Arsenal left it late to sign Dani Ceballos, William Saliba and Nicolas Pepe in the space of 6 days.
The latter who cost the Gunners a £72m club-record fee will be the highlight of their window.
Perhaps more structured is the fact that Arsenal only paid £25m upfront and will see out the rest in instalments.
Dani Ceballos is a highly rated midfielder and will add a significant boost in depth at the centre play for Emery.
A more important aspect; the defensive side, was covered for as well with the acquisition of an experienced David Luiz from Chelsea and Kieran Tierney from Celtic.
Judging by that, Emery seems to be the coach that made significant signings in departments.
The Arsenal faithful will be hoping the new additions can at least inspire them to Champions League football once again.
The favourites still remain Manchester City and Liverpool but no doubt they will be facing stern competition from the likes of the North London clubs, Tottenham and Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.