Premier League transfer window ranked – which clubs flopped and flourished

The Premier League transfer window has slammed shut after 99 days of gossip, big-money deals and incredible announcements.

Spending £1.2bn in total, managers have taken the opportunity to shuffle their squads and strengthen before the 2021/22 campaign really gets underway.

Some grabbed the opportunity with both hands, shelling out the cash to strengthen key positions before the 11pm deadline on Tuesday August 31.

But others, despite being linked with players, failed to get the signatures they wanted in time.

So Daily Star Sport has gone through the list to rank the Premier League sides in terms of the summer business…

20: Arsenal – Despite spending over £100m on six players, it seems Mikel Arteta has not solved any of the Gunners’ problems. New faces do not appear to have added any depth to the league’s bottom side.

19: Liverpool – While Ibrahima Konate offers more defensive depth, there were a lot of missed opportunities for the Big Six side. The biggest loss, though, may be sporting director Michael Edwards’ departure.

18: Watford – Solidity in midfield was the name of the game, with Moussa Sissoko and Ozan Tufan arriving. Troy Deeney’s exit sticks out, though – questions will be asked in Emmanuel Dennis is enough.

17: Brentford – Spent like a team in their first Premier League season – reservedly. But kept a lot of their promotion-winning team, which has seen them start unbeaten. May have been quiet but lots of promise.

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16: Norwich City – It is yet to be seen whether Daniel Farke has learnt his 2019/20 lessons but Billy Gilmour and Brandon Williams’ loans provide a competitive edge to a much-changed squad.

15: Southampton – A summer where the Saints got most of their business done early. While Danny Ings will be missed, Adam Armstrong’s potent Championship form with Blackburn offers hope.

14: Burnley – Sean Dyche has addressed a key problem of conceding goals by bringing three new defenders in. An injection of youth but missed out on a Ross Barkley loan from Chelsea.

13: Wolves – Their best business appears to have been keeping hold of Ruben Neves and Adama Traore. Lost Rui Patricio to Jose Mourinho’s Roma. Looks like an uphill challenge for Bruno Lage.

12: Brighton – Made some money with Ben White’s £50m sale to Arsenal and bought players with European experience. Yves Bissouma’s continued presence despite exit rumours is a huge boost.

11: Leeds United – Marcelo Bielsa was not afraid to spend £50m-plus this summer. Heavy work on the left wing, including Daniel James’ move from Manchester United – but missed out on targets including Mikkel Damsgaard.

10: Everton – Rafa Benitez avoided any major movements this summer with four free transfers, but Demarai Gray’s Premier League return looks promising. Rebel James Rodriguez’s failed exit may sting the team spirit, though.

9: Newcastle United – A quiet window but that may be a good thing as Steve Bruce looks to build on last season’s 12th-placed finish. Joe Willock’s permanent move and the Santiago Munoz’s loan,straight from Goal , will have fans smiling.

8: Crystal Palace – Patrick Vieira’s allure has worked well on a budget. Michael Olise from Reading and Odsonne Edouard’s late move could give the Eagles potency in attack but may still struggle to keep clean sheets.

7: Leicester City – A summer of strengthening. Managed to keep hold of James Maddison while Ademola Lookman’s loan and Jannik Vestegaard’s move bring extra top-flight experience.

6: Aston Villa – Made a statement over the summer by beating Arsenal to Emi Buendia, securing Danny Ings from Southampton and Leon Bailey. Money from Jack Grealish deal well spent.

5: Manchester City – While the club broke the Premier League transfer record fo £100m-man Grealish, their misses on Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo stick out like sore thumbs.

4: Chelsea – The Blues solved their biggest problem, signing a world-class forward, by bringing Romelu Lukaku back. Still made money from sale of five senior players but missed out on Jules Kounde.

3: Tottenham – Nuno Espirito Santo took a no-nonsense approach to the window, moving on ageing players and strengthening the spine. A Transfer Deadline Day deal for Barcelona’s Emerson Royal stands out but not as much as keeping captain Kane in north London.

2: West Ham United – One of the busiest clubs on August 31. Nikola Vlasic and Alex Kral’s arrivals give the Hammers great depth as they look to challenge the Top Four.

1: Manchester United – Jadon Sancho, Tom Heaton, Raphael Varane – plus five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, all for just over £120m. Speaks for itself really.

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