This year was a World Cup year and hence, many stars were unavailable for transfer negotiations. Considering these factors, it would be fair to say that the transfer window hasn’t gone to plan for many clubs. But the Premier League big six are ranked based on their summer transfer window anyway.
6. Tottenham Hotspur
❌ The Transfer Window is CLOSED.
😳 The FIRST @PremierLeague club to sign ZERO players in a Summer Transfer Window since it was introduced in 2003…..
🤦♂….Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. pic.twitter.com/SztzoczKU7
— SPORF (@Sporf) August 9, 2018
It would be fair to say that Tottenham Hotspur had the worst transfer window in the entire league and not just the big 6.
The North London club is the only side to have failed to sign a single player in the summer and thus made history by becoming the first side in Premier League history to not make a single addition to the squad in the summer transfer window.
5. Manchester United
Manchester United's transfer window summed up in one video. pic.twitter.com/khhuKFmaI3
— Purple Reign (@Mafidon_O) August 9, 2018
At the start of the summer transfer window, Manchester United’s summer transfer targets featured the likes of Gareth Bale, Alex Sandro, Willian and Toby Alderweireld. However, the reality was shocking!
The footballing giants made just three signings in the summer of which only one player (Fred) is expected to add depth and quality to the first team instantly.
4. Manchester City
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) August 9, 2018
Like Manchester Utd, Manchester City also made just one major addition to their first team in the summer and it was a player they hoped to sign last January.
Guardiola clearly wanted to add at least one more player to his side to provide competition and rotation for Fernandinho. He had two candidates – Fred and Jorginho. However, both players ended up joining rival clubs.
I say goodbye to an intense day where I have known a little more about my new club. @ChelseaFC
Concluye un día intenso donde he conocido un poco mas a mi nuevo club. pic.twitter.com/5xzZQbDNaZ
— kepa Arrizabalaga (@kepa_46) August 9, 2018
Chelsea picked up pace quickly after signing Sarri. Sarri arrived at Chelsea along with Jorginho from Napoli. The biggest problem for Chelsea was keeping their best players because of their failure to qualify for the UEFA Champions League this season. The likes of Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Willian and Thibaut Courtois.
Courtois moved to Real Madrid a day before the deadline and they signed Mateo Kovacic on loan as a part of the deal. This gave Chelsea the option of spending heavily on a goalkeeper and they did so by signing young Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for a world record transfer fee.