With the transfer window drawing to a close tonight, it is time to assess the state of the Premier League following this summers transfer window.
Of course the big news is Gareth Bale‘s move to Madrid, finally completed on Sunday, after a summer of full speculation. Arguably the best player in the league last season, Bale won the player of the season award following his 21 goals in 33 matches, some record for a left midfielder.
Bale leaving is a massive blow, not just to Spurs, but to the Premier League as a whole. He is arguably the third best player in the world, following his new team mate Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. However, could you name enough players to make an XI of players to have left the Premier League this summer? Maybe not.
The next biggest move was perhaps the departure of Carlos Tevez, winner of the Premier League with both Manchester clubs, to Italian side Juventus from the blue half of Manchester.
Pepe Reina has left Liverpool for Napoli and a number of big name players have left QPR, including Chris Samba, who is hardly a world class player.
On the other hand when looking to build an XI based on players arriving to the Premier League is a much easier task and would give many managers a headache when trying to pick the best XI. Therefore you would have to say the Premier League is much stronger than at the back end of last season.
Manchester City spent big early to bring in Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Fernandinho, three players who improve the Man City side.
Chelsea and Spurs are this season’s main buyers however. Chelsea have brought in the likes of Willian, Samuel Eto’o, Andre Schurrle and Marco van Ginkel, amongst others. Spurs have spent a lot of money this summer on players including Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Paulinho, Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue.
Many teams have broken their transfer records aswell, Swansea have signed Wilfried Bony, Norwich have brought in Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Southampton have signed former Roma striker Osvaldo.
Liverpool have also strengthened, bringing in defender Mamadou Sakho, as well as Iago Aspas and Tiago Ilori
Premier League transfers XI (From abroad)
. Lovren Sakho Chiriches Pieters
. Fernandinho Paulinho
. Navas Eriksen Willian
Subs from: McGregor, Ilori, Okore, Capoue, Schurrle, Chadli, Lamela, Soldado, Bony, Eto’o
With the transfer window still open until 23:00 on Monday, there are sure to be some more big transfers in the Premier League. Mesut Ozil is close to a move to Arsenal, who are also reportedly interested in Angel Di Maria. Manchester United are rumoured to be interested in Ander Herrera from Bilbao.