Three Winners And Losers Of The Summer Transfer Window

Three Winners And Losers Of The Summer Transfer Window
Sep 1, 2017

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Each summer, there are a few teams who come out of the summer looking a million times stronger. However, there are also some teams who seem much weaker than they were the previous season. There are clubs every year who are considered winners and losers of the transfer window, but who are they this year?

Winner – Paris Saint-Germain:

Paris Saint-Germain ended last season on a sour note. After being knocked out in one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history, PSG had a massive summer ahead of them. Not only that, Les Parisiens failed to win the Ligue 1 for the first time since the 2011/12 season. However, this summer has been just about the complete opposite of last season for the French club.

PSG have signed huge names such as Neymar, and French wonderkid Kylian Mbappé, for fees just as big. Neymar was brought in for £198m, while Mbappé was brought in on a season-long loan with an obligation to buy for £165m. Paris now have a top three player in the world just entering his prime, and a top three youngster in the world, who only turns 19 in December. The future is bright for Paris Saint Germain, very bright indeed.

Winner – AC Milan:

AC Milan have taken advantage of their new ownership by spending the most they have ever spent in one summer. The Italian giants have brought in 11 players, including Leonardo Bonucci, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, and André Silva. It has been an unbelievable summer for Milan, a summer that could possibly be defining in the clubs rise back to the top.

Seven of the 11 new signings are 26 are youngers, not only showing the intent to win now but for the future as well. All 11 players will play a key role this season, whether it be in the league or in the Europa League. Some will make big contributions in both. The red and black of Milan may be back.

Winner – Manchester City:

Pep Guardiola seems to have brought all of the players he wanted, in City’s record breaking transfer window. City rejuvenated their fullbacks, replacing the old legs of Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna, with fresh ones. Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, and Danilo all joined the blue of Manchester this summer and will see a significant amount of action for the Citizens. Pep also brought in 23-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper, Ederson.

The young Brazilian kept 20 clean sheets in all competitions last season and is a sure upgrade over Claudio Bravo. Last but not least, Manchester City brought in Bernardo Silva, from Monaco. The highly rated 22-year-old looked certain to be involved in a bidding war between massive clubs, but City swooped in and sealed the deal in May.

Not only are these transfers great for now, but they are unbelievable for the future. Five of City’s seven signings are 23 or younger, and all of them are 27 or younger. This young core will be the key to Manchester City eventually competing to win the Champions League final.

Loser – Chelsea:

Chelsea have had a very underwhelming summer, especially for a defending champion. The signings of Tiémoué Bakayoko and Antonio Rüdiger are solid, but won’t make a huge impact. Danny Drinkwater may also contribute, but again a very underwhelming signing. Not only have the players Chelsea have signed not be particularly exciting, the Blues have been turned down by four Premier League players, three joining other top clubs.

Romelu Lukaku rejected Chelsea for Manchester United, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin chose Liverpool over the Blues and Fernando Llorente preferred Spurs to the defending champions, and last but not least, Ross Barkley chose the stay with Everton, rather than move to Chelsea. It’s almost strange to see so many top players turn down the defending champions, but with the state Chelsea seem to be in right now, it’s hard to blame them.

Loser – Bayer Leverkusen:

After a very poor 2016/17 campaign, people could see a mass exodus coming from a mile away at Leverkusen. Star players such as Chicharito, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, and Kevin Kampl have all left the club. These players were key parts of their attack and their winning formula.

Losing that trio of an attacking talent, and not replacing them very well leaves massive holes in this Leverkusen side. It will especially hurt Bayer 04 that Kampl has joined league rival RB Leipzig, and will haunt them when the two clubs play now. It could be very hard for Leverkusen to recover from these past 12 months.

Loser – AS Monaco:

Although Monaco have made some admirable signings such as Keita Baldé Diao and Youri Tielemans, they have simply lost too much to continue playing at the level they did last season. Monaco have lost four players from the unbelievable starting XI made of young talent that beat Manchester City in the Champions League last winter.

Kylian Mbappé, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, and Tiémoué Bakayoko have all left and started against Manchester City in March. Losing those four players, it will be just about impossible to keep their form of last season, no matter who they signed.

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