Winners and losers from the record-breaking transfer window

Premier League clubs set a new record as they splashed out cash during the summer transfer window with an estimated total spend of £1.9bn.

That figure beats the record margin of £487.8m in the summer and January windows combined in the 2017-18 season, Deloitte’s Sports Business Group estimates.

According to Deloitte, the gross spend is 67% higher than the previous summer transfer window of £1.1bn, and 34% higher than the previous record (£1.4bn in summer 2017).

“Gross spending has been so high among Premier League clubs this summer that, before the January transfer window takes place, the 2022/23 season already has the highest transfer spend since the start of the two-window season, surpassing the previous record by 3%. (2017/18 £1.86bn),” the group said.

New ownership has acted as a catalyst for increased spending this summer, with Chelsea spending more than any other Premier League club. £157.8m more than they did last summer (£255.3m 2022, £97.5m 2021) and £53.3m more than the next biggest spenders (Manchester United’s £202m ).

Here we take a look at some of the winners and losers from another busy market.

City of Manchester

Erling Haaland was the summer’s top signing and is already looking more than a sound investment, the Norwegian frontman becoming the first player in the Premier League era to score nine times in his first five games – including back-to-back hat-tricks. The champions have also added England midfielder Calvin Phillips as well as 21-year-old Spanish defender Sergio Gomez, while centre-back Manuel Akanji arrived on deadline day to further strengthen Pep Guardiola’s squad.

Manchester United

After a terrible start to the Erik ten Haag era, Manchester United ended the summer having strengthened in many areas and claimed a third consecutive Premier League win. Antony completed his €95m (£82.1m) move from Ajax in the big deadline day move, while Cristiano Ronaldo stayed put. Brazil international Antony followed Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez, Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen and midfielder Casemiro to Old Trafford, with goalkeeper Martin Dubravka arriving on loan from Newcastle.


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Not wanting to fall behind their title rivals, the Reds strengthened further during the window, albeit with only a few major arrivals. Uruguay forward Darwin Nunez was the key addition, in a £67.5m deal from Benfica and a deadline day midfielder Arthur Melo on loan from Juventus could prove to be just the start of of time.


Like Liverpool, the Gunners have gone for some quality additions, bringing in both Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City. Brazil striker Jesus has impressed as Mikel Arteta’s side have won all five of their Premier League games so far to go top of the table. Midfielder Fabio Vieira and Brazilian teenager Marquinhos have also signed with an eye to the future.


After putting behind them a trial period under new ownership, the Blues have backed manager Thomas Tuchel in a summer spending spree that includes Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella, Wesley Fofana – in a £70m deal from Leicester – and the day expiry. arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Having brought in a host of new additions with an outlay of around £278m, the German will now be expected to deliver a much-improved run in a slow start with two league defeats from the last three games.


While Newcastle boss Eddie Howe may have an open chequebook, there hasn’t been a massive influx of big-money summer signings. England goalkeeper Nick Pope, full-back Matt Targett and Dutch defender Sven Botman would be good investments for most ambitious Premier League clubs. The arrival of £63m Swedish striker Alexander Isak ahead of Thursday’s deadline could, however, prove a key factor if his impressive debut at Anfield is a sign of things to come.

Nottingham Forest

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Steve Cooper has consistently stressed it is not just a numbers game after newly promoted Forest built up the squad for their return to the Premier League with around 22 signings. Midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White, striker Emmanuel Dennis and Jesse Lingard – on a free from Manchester United – should prove solid additions, but the jury remains out on whether Cooper can mold the squad into an effective unit.


Brendan Rodgers has again expressed his frustration at Leicester’s owners after a quiet transfer window. Both Fofana and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel left, while Ademola Lookman’s loan ended. Third-choice goalkeeper Alex Smithies and deadline day signing Wout Faes were the only entries, leaving Rodgers facing an uphill battle to lift his side from the bottom of the table.

Aston Villa

It hasn’t been the best of summer deals for Villa boss Steven Gerrard, with new defender Diego Carlos facing an extended spell after rupturing his Achilles tendon just two games into the campaign. Coach Leander Dendoncker arrived from Wolves on deadline day, which should at least help bolster the standings as Gerrard looks to kick-start a faltering campaign.


Scott Parker steered the Cherries back into the top flight but was quick to try and keep them there, firing just four games after Liverpool’s 9-0 thrashing. Parker had lamented the lack of a necessary summer investment. Before the deadline, defender Jack Stephens arrived on loan from Southampton.

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