After the transfer window drew to a close on Monday night, we look at some of the best deals done this summer.
While United stole the headlines with their dramatic swoop to bring in Radamel Falcao in what looks a drastically expensive loan move, it was the signing of Daley Blind which could help the most given United’s obvious deficiencies in midfield and defence. Blind, 24, knows Louis van Gaal and his methods well, which should prove very useful given how slowly it seems the rest of United’s rearguard are getting their heads around them. And at £14million, he is the cheapest of United’s senior signings.
They say ’you get what you pay for’ and here, Chelsea have spent big - reportedly £32million – on a player who looks set not only to address their problems up front, but possibly steer the club to the Barclays Premier League title. The Spain international has made a flying start for his new side, netting four goals in three games as part of a 100 per cent opening to the campaign by the Blues.
Another expensive acquisition, the fee this time believed to be in the region of £30million – but again, it is easy to see why the cash has been splashed. The early signs are that the Spain midfielder may be an even better player than the one who left Arsenal as a true Premier League star in 2011.
Not the most high-profile departure among the exodus from St Mary’s over the summer, but Chambers was known to be a player of great promise and has certainly made a big impression in Arsenal’s defence so far following his switch for a reported £16million, earning a first call-up to the full England squad.
Steve Bruce arguably had the best deadline day of any Premier League manager as he completed something of a summer overhaul with the arrivals of Abel Hernandez, Mohamed Diame and Gaston Ramirez. But it was the late, late arrival of Newcastle outcast Hatem Ben Arfa which had the fans most excited. When his mind is right, the Frenchman is one of the most exciting attacking midfielders in the league and if Bruce can get him back on track after a frustrating year in the north east, he will give Hull a new dimension.
Players in: Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona, £30m), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle, £12m), David Ospina (Nice, undisclosed), Calum Chambers (Southampton, £16m), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United, undisclosed)
Players out: Bacary Sagna (Manchester City, free), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City, free), Nicklas Bendtner (released), Park Ju-young (released), Thomas Eisfeld (Fulham, undisclosed), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona, £15m), Carl Jenkinson (West Ham, loan), Chuks Aneke (Zulte-Waregem, free), Ryo Miyaichi (FC Twente, loan), Ignasi Miquel (Norwich, undisclosed)
Players in: Joe Cole (West Ham, free), Philippe Senderos (Valencia, free), Kieran Richardson (Fulham, undisclosed), Aly Cissokho (Valencia, undisclosed), Carlos Sanchez (Elche, undisclosed)
Players out: Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool, free), Marc Albrighton (Leicester, free), Nicklas Helenius (Aalborg, loan), Yacouba Sylla (Kayseri Erciyesspor, loan), Antonio Luna (Verona, loan), Joe Bennett and Gary Gardner (Brighton, loan), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord, undisclosed)
Players in: Michael Kightly (Stoke, undisclosed), Steven Reid (West Brom, free), Marvin Sordell (Bolton, undisclosed), Matt Gilks (Blackpool, free), Matt Taylor (West Ham, free), Lucas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough, £1.5m), Stephen Ward (Wolves, undisclosed), George Boyd (Hull, undisclosed), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea, loan)
Players out: Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth, free), David Edgar (Birmingham, free), Chris Baird (West Brom, free)
Players in: Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona, £27m), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid, £32m), Mario Pasalic (Hajduk Split, £2.4m), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid, undisclosed), Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Loic Remy (QPR, undisclosed)
Players out: David Luiz (Paris St Germain, £40m), Ashley Cole (Roma, free), Samuel Eto’o (Everton, free), Frank Lampard (New York City, free), Henrique Hilario, Sam Hutchinson (both released), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach, loan), Demba Ba (Besiktas, £4.7m), Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland, undisclosed), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton, loan), Romelu Lukaku (Everton, £28m), Gael Kakuta (Rayo Vallecano, loan), Mario Pasalic (Elche, loan), Tomas Kalas (Cologne, loan), Victor Moses (Stoke, loan), Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough, loan), Josh McEachran (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Marko Marin (Fiorentina, loan), Marco Van Ginkel (AC Milan, loan), Nathaniel Chalobah (Burnley, loan), Fernando Torres (AC Milan, loan).
Players in: Chris Kettings (Blackpool, free), Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff, £900,000), Brede Hangeland (Fulham, free), Wilfried Zaha (Manchester United, loan), Martin Kelly (Liverpool, undisclosed), Zeki Fryers (Tottenham, £3m), James McArthur (Wigan, undisclosed), Kevin Doyle (Wolves, loan)
Players out: Kagisho Dikgacoi (Cardiff City, free), Danny Gabbidon & Aaron Wilbraham (released), Neil Alexander (Hearts, free), Jose Campana (Sampdoria, undisclosed), Jonathan Parr (Ipswich, free), Dean Moxey (released), Jack Hunt (Nottingham Forest, loan)
Players in: Gareth Barry (Manchester City, £1m), Romelu Lukaku (£28m), Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros, undisclosed), Brendan Galloway (MK Dons, undisclosed), Christian Atsu (Chelsea, loan), Samuel Eto’o (Chelsea, free), David Henen (Olympiacos, loan)
Players out: Apostolos Vellios, Mason Springthorpe (both released), Shane Duffy (Blackburn, undisclosed)
Players in: Jake Livermore (Tottenham, £8m), Robert Snodgrass (Norwich, £7m), Tom Ince (Blackpool, tribunal), Karim Rossi (Stoke, free), Harry Maguire (Sheffield United, £2.5m), Andrew Robertson (Dundee United, £2.85m). Michael Dawson (Tottenham, undisclosed), Abel Hernandez (Palermo, undisclosed), Brian Lenihan (Cork City, undisclosed), Mohamed Diame (West Ham, undisclosed), Gaston Ramirez (Southampton, loan), Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle, loan)
Players out: Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest, free), Joe Dudgeon (Barnsley, loan), Abdoulaye Faye (released), Robert Koren (released), Mark Oxley (Hibernian, loan), Shane Long (Southampton, undisclosed), George Boyd (Burnley, undisclosed)
Players in: Matt Upson (Brighton, free), Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa, free), Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton, undisclosed). Esteban Cambiasso (free agent), Jack Barmby (Manchester United, free), Ben Hamer (Charlton, free), Danny Simpson (QPR, undisclosed), Tom Lawrence (Leicester, undisclosed).
Players out: Zak Whitbread (Derby, free); Lloyd Dyer (Watford, free), Sean St Ledger, Marko Futacs (both released)
Players in: Rickie Lambert (Southampton, £4m); Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen, £9.75m), Adam Lallana (£25m, Southampton), Lazar Markovic (Benfica, undisclosed), Dejan Lovren (Southampton, undisclosed), Divock Origi (Lille, £10m), Javier Manquillo (Atletico Madrid, loan), Alberto Moreno (Sevilla, undisclosed), Mario Balotelli (AC Milan, undisclosed)
Players out: Luis Suarez (Barcelona, £75m), Iago Aspas (Sevilla, loan), Divock Origi (Lille, loan). Jack Robinson (QPR, undisclosed), Daniel Agger (Brondby, undisclosed), Andre Wisdom (West Brom, loan), Jose Reina (Bayern Munich, undisclosed), Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace, undisclosed), Jordan Ibe (Derby, loan), Tiago Ilori (Bordeaux, loan), Sebastian Coates (Sunderland, loan), Oussama Assaidi (Stoke, loan)
Players in: Fernando (Porto, £12m), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal, free), Willy Caballero (Malaga, undisclosed), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto, undisclosed), Frank Lampard (New York City, loan), Bruno Zuculini (Racing Club, undisclosed)
Players out: Joleon Lescott (West Brom, free); Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland, free), Gareth Barry (Everton, £1m), Bruno Zuculini (Valencia, loan), Javi Garcia (Zenit St Petersburg, £13m), Marcos Lopes (Lille, loan), Jack Rodwell (Sunderland, undisclosed), Micah Richards (Fiorentina, loan), Emyr Huws (Wigan, undisclosed), Alvaro Negredo (Valencia, loan)
Players in: Luke Shaw (Southampton, £30m), Ander Herrera (Athletic Bilbao, £28.8m), Vanja Milinkovic (FK Vojvodina, undisclosed). Angel di maria (Real Madrid, £59.7m), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon, £16m), Daley Blind (Ajax, £14m), Radamel Falcao (Monaco, loan).
Players out: Rio Ferdinand (QPR, free), Nemanja Vidic (Inter Milan, free), Ryan Giggs (retired), Alexander Buttner (Dynamo Moscow, £4.4m), Federico Macheda (Cardiff, free), Vanja Milinkovic (FK Vojvodina, loan), Patrice Evra (Juventus, initial £1.2m), Bebe (Benfica, £2.4million), Nani (Sporting Lisbon, loan), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace, loan), Jack Barmby (Leicester, free), Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund, undisclosed), Javier Hernandez (Real Madrid, loan), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal, undisclosed), Tom Lawrence (Leicester, undisclosed).
Players in: Remy Cabella (Montpellier, £12m), Siem de Jong (Ajax, £6m), Jack Colback (Sunderland, free), Ayoze Perez (Tenerife, £1.5m), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord, £5m), Emmanuel Riviere (Monaco, undisclosed), Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed), Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed), Facundo Ferreyra (Shakhtar Donetsk, loan)
Players out: Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal, £12m), Shola Ameobi (released), Dan Gosling (Bournemouth, free), Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp, loan), Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest, loan), Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest, loan), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Roma, loan), Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull, loan)
Players in: Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd, free), Steven Caulker (Cardiff, £8m), Jack Robinson (Liverpool, undisclosed), Alex McCarthy (Reading, undisclosed), Jordon Mutch (Cardiff, undisclosed), Mauricio Isla (Juventus, loan), Leroy Fer (Norwich, undisclosed), Eduardo Vargas (Napoli, loan), Danny Simpson (Leicester, undisclosed), Sandro (Tottenham, undisclosed), Niko Kranjcar (Dynamo Kiev, loan)
Players out: Yossi Benayoun (Maccabi Haifa, £750,000), Aaron Hughes (Brighton), Andrew Johnson, Stephane Mbia, Luke Young, Hogan Ephraim (all released), Esteban Granero (Real Sociedad, undisclosed), Julio Cesar (Benfica, free), Loic Remy (Chelsea, undisclosed)
Players in: Dusan Tadic (FC Twente, £10.9m), Graziano Pelle (Feyenoord, £9m), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea, loan), Fraser Forster (Celtic, loan), Shane Long (Hull, undisclosed), Saphir Taider (Inter Milan, loan), Florin Gardos (Steaua Bucharest, undisclosed), Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid, loan), Sadio Mane (Red Bull Salzburg, undisclosed)
Players out: Luke Shaw (Manchester United, £25m), Adam Lallana (£25million, Liverpool), Rickie Lambert (Liverpool, £4million), Jonathan Forte (released), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool, undisclosed), Calum Chambers (Arsenal, £16m), Danny Fox (Nottingham Forest, free), Guly do Prado (released), Billy Sharp (Leeds, undisclosed), Saphir Taider (Inter Milan, loan terminated), Jake Sinclair (Hibernian, loan), Gaston Ramirez (Hull, loan), Jos Hooiveld (Norwich, loan)
Players in: Bojan Krkic (Barcelona, undisclosed), Steve Sidwell (Fulham, free), Phil Bardsley (Sunderland, free), Mame Biram Diouf (Hannover, free), Dionatan Teixeira (Banska Bystrica, undisclosed), Victor Moses (Chelsea, loan), Oussama Assaidi (Liverpool, loan)
Players out: Michael Kightly (Burnley, undisclosed), Matthew Etherington (released), Cameron Jerome (Norwich, undisclosed), Juan Agudelo (released), Ryan Shotton (Derby, loan), Jamie Ness (Crewe, loan)
Players in: Billy Jones (West Brom, free), Costel Pantilimon (Man City, free), Jordi Gomez (Wigan, free), Patrick van Aarnholt (Chelsea, undisclosed), Jack Rodwell (Manchester City, undisclosed), Santiago Vergini (Estudiantes, loan), Will Buckley (Brighton, undisclosed), Sebastian Coates (Liverpool, loan), Ricky Alvarez (Inter Milan, loan)
Players out: Phil Bardsley (Stoke, free), Craig Gardner (West Brom, free), Jack Colback (Newcastle, free), Carlos Cuellar, Andrea Dossena, David Vaughan, Kieren Westwood (released), Ignacio Scocco (Newell’s Old Boys, undisclosed), Alfred N’Diaye (Real Betis, undisclosed), El-Hadji Ba (Bastia, loan), Modibo Diakite (released), Valentin Roberge (Reims, loan)
Players in: Lukasz Fabianski (Arsenal, free), Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon, undisclosed), Stephen Kingsley (Falkirk, undisclosed), Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough, £1.5m), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham, undisclosed), Jefferson Montero (Morelia, undisclosed), Giancarlo Gallifuoco (unattached), Federico Fernandez (Napoli, undisclosed), Modou Barrow (Ostersunds, undisclosed)
Players out: Michu (Napoli, loan), Leroy Lita, Jernade Meade, David N’gog, Darnel Situ (all released), Ben Davies and Michel Vorm (Tottenham, undisclosed), Alejandro Pozuelo (Rayo Vallecano, undisclosed), Chico Flores (Lekhwiya, undisclosed), Jose Canas (Espanyol released)
Players in: Ben Davies and Michel Vorm (Swansea, undisclosed), Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon, undisclosed), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders, undisclosed), Federico Fazio (Sevilla), undisclosed), Benjamin Stambouli (Montpellier, undisclosed)
Players out: Jake Livermore (Hull, £8m), Heurelho Gomes (Watford, free), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea, undisclosed), Iago Falque (Genoa, undisclosed), Michael Dawson (Hull, undisclosed), Lewis Holtby (Hamburg, loan), Zeki Fryers (Crystal Palace, £3m), Sandro (QPR, undisclosed)
Players in: Joleon Lescott (Man City, free), Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kiev, £10m), Craig Gardner (Sunderland, free), Chris Baird (Burnley, free), Andre Wisdom (Liverpool, season loan), Sebastien Pocognoli (Hannover, undisclosed fee), Georgios Samaras (Celtic, free), Sebastian Blanco (Metalist Kharkiv, undisclosed), Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo, undisclosed), Cristian Gamboa (Rosenborg, undisclosed), Silvestre Varela (Porto, loan)
Players out: Billy Jones (Sunderland, free) Liam Ridgewell (Portland Timbers, free), Steven Reid (Burnley, free), Zoltan Gera, Nicolas Anelka, Diego Lugano (all released), George Thorne (Derby, undisclosed)
Players in: Enner Valencia (Pachuca, £12m), Cheikhou Kouyate (Anderlecht, undisclosed), Mauro Zarate (Velez Sarsfield, undisclosed), Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich, £3.75m), Diego Poyet (Charlton, compensation fee), Alex Song (Barcelona, loan), Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal, loan), Diafra Sakho (Metz, undisclosed), Morgan Amalfitano (Marseille, undisclosed)
Players out: Joe Cole (Aston Villa, free), Jack Collison, Alou Diarra, George McCartney (all released), Jordan Spence (MK Dons, free), Matt Taylor (Burnley, free)