Who had the best transfer window in the Premier League?

With such a big influx of money being pumped into modern football, a transfer window like this summer’s seemed inevitable, being one of the most chaotic and unique periods of all time. We witnessed perhaps the game’s best two players of all time join new clubs, one making it back to English shores, as well as an abundance of other talent to arrive on our doorstep — moves that will certainly shake up the Premier League odds.

The top flight looks more competitive than ever, with a plethora of teams all capable of winning a coveted league title and others below it eager to break into one of the lucrative European spaces. Throughout the division, money has been frantically thrust around, some sensibly and others more optimistically. Read on, as we discuss who we think had the best summer transfer window across all of the Premier League.

Chelsea

How do you go one better and add to your squad after winning the European Cup if you are Thomas Tuchel? Simple — splash out almost £100 million on Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian returns to Stamford Bridge after a meteoric return to form in Italy, with Inter Milan strapped for cash and more than happy to sell their star man. This is not the same Lukaku as we remember though, an absolute juxtaposition from the unfit, incapable forward that faded into obscurity from Manchester United without a whimper. Lukaku makes Chelsea title contenders in the English Premier League betting tips, alongside Saúl Ñíguez who arrives on loan with bags of experience.

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West Ham

Recruitment had never really been a strong suit of West Ham, with the odd diamond being unearthed every few years buried underneath an avalanche of mediocrity at both the Olympic Stadium and the Boleyn respectively. The two Czech players were astute pieces of business last summer, earning them European football in David Moyes second stint at the club. They’ve managed to build on this rather than take a step back, keeping Declan Rice while bringing in Alphonse Areola, Kurt Zouma, Nikola Vlašić and Alex Král to cope with the demands of a domestic and European campaign. Whether all of those signing’s kick on and establish themselves as fan favourites in East London remains to be seen, but they certainly provide greater squad depth and competition for places.

Manchester United

The Red Devils enjoyed a bountiful summer window but there are still doubts over a genuine title pursuit. While the homecoming of a certain Cristiano Ronaldo will bring the feel-good factor back to Old Trafford and add another elite goal scorer to the ranks, the £40 million coup for serial winner Raphaël Varane will benefit their squad even further in areas they were lacking — not to mention the £80 million recruitment of Jadon Sancho. Despite this, there are still questions of their defensive midfielder lacking the quality of champions and the tactical guile of Ole Gunnar Solskjær, but, nonetheless, these are exciting times for United who ensured a solid window.

Brentford

Arguably for Brentford, their first transfer window as a Premier League club wasn’t about introducing new players for the fold, but keeping their existing ones. On top of their new state of the art facilities at the Community Stadium, they kept hold of star players Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo whilst also bringing in Kristoffer Ajer from Celtic to bolster the back line and Frank Onyeka from FC Midtjylland to provide another attacking option. Smart recruitment from Thomas Frank

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