Summary of the Dealings of the Top Six Clubs in the English Premier League (EPL) in the Summer Transfer Window, 2019
Manchester City Football Club
Rodrigo Hernández, colloquially known as Rodri, has been signed from Athletico Madrid. A transfer fee of around 78.5 million $US has been quoted in the press. The Spanish midfielder, 23, has been signed with a view to eventually taking the defensive midfield reigns from 34 year old Fernandinho.
To date, there is only one other player who has come in, or rather we should say come back. Jose Manuel Esmoris, known also as Angelino, originally signed for Manchester City at age 16. The Spaniard has since been out on loan and City have decided to exercise their buy-back-clause from PSV, thought to be in the region of 6.6 million $US. He's 22 years old now and a left sided defender.
The most notable departure is Vincent Kompany, who announced the end of his 11 year stint at City just one day after winning the FA Cup Final. Now 33, he goes on a free to his boyhood club, RSC Anderlecht, to become their player-manager.
Fabian Delph has also moved to Everton for a fee of around 10.6 million $US which could rise to 12.5 million $US with add-ons.
Liverpool Football Club
Young Dutch central defender, Sepp van den Berg, 17, comes in from PEC Zwolle for around 1.6 $US. Last season was somewhat of a breakthrough season for him in the Eredivisie; he made 15 appearances.
Notable departures include Striker Daniel Sturridge and left sided defender Alberto Moreno Pérez who were both released. Villarreal have snapped up Moreno.
The sale of midfielder Rafael Camacho to Sporting has brought in approximately 6.3 million $US while Southampton have paid in the region of 22.6 million $US for striker Danny Ings.
Chelsea Football Club
In spite of the two-window transfer ban imposed on Chelsea, the club were able to sign midfielder Mateo Kovacic on account that he was on loan to them last season. He appeared for Chelsea on more than 50 occasions last term. He has been signed from parent club Real Madrid for a little over 50 million $US, though this could rise by up to another 6 million $US due to add-ons.
The highest profile exit was that of forward Eden Hazard initially for close to 111 million $US, though add-ons could increase this figure by as much as another 52 million $US.
Striker Álvaro Morata remains a Chelsea player, though he's still out on loan at Atlético Madrid.
Gonzalo Higuaín's time is up as his loan has not been renewed.
Veteran defender Gary Cahill and goalkeeper Rob Green have both been released.
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club
Tottenham Hotspur broke their transfer record by signing 22 year old French central midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. He cost close to 70 million $US from Lyon surpassing by some distance Spurs' previous record of somewhere in the region of 53 million $US handed over to Ajax in 2017 for Davinson Sánchez.
Jack Clarke, an 18 year old English winger, has signed from Leeds United for 12.6 million $US but has immediately been loaned back to the Championship club.
Another youngster joined in the form of Kion Etete, a forward from Notts County for a fee reported to be about 250,000 $US. He's still only 17 so it's unlikely he'll break into the first team next season.
Kieran Trippier has moved to Atlético Madrid for a deal worth 25 million $US at a minimum. Another full back, Danny Rose, has been left out of the group on Tottenham’s pre-season tour to Asia, suggesting he too will be on his way out.
Goalkeeper Michel Vorm and striker Fernando Llorente have been released.
Arsenal Football Club
Left winger Gabriel Teodoro Martinelli Silva, known more regularly as Gabriel Martinelli, has joined from Ituano for approximately 7.5 million $US. He's Brazilian and only 18.
There was talk in the papers that Arsenal had an agreement to sign French defender William Saliba for 34 million $US and then loan him right back to St. Etienne, but that deal is in danger of being gazumped by Tottenham. I read one Arsenal fan asking why, if they got him, they couldn't keep him and loan back Shkodran Mustafi to St. Etienne instead?
High profile exits include that of creative midfielder Aaron Ramsey on a free to Juventus and keeper David Ospina for 4.4 million $US to Napoli. Danny Welbeck and Stephan Lichtsteiner have been released.
Manchester United Football Club
Young English right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 21, has joined Crystal Palace for what the media have reported to be in the region of 57 million $US.
Also 21, Daniel James, a Welsh winger, signed from Swansea City; the fee was about 19 million $US.
United have lost defender Antonio Valencia to LDU Quito on a free and influential midfielder Ander Herrera to Paris Saint-Germain, also on a free transfer.
Honorable Mention for Leicster City Football Club
They finished outside the top six last term, but there's a fair chance they could break into it in the 2019-20 season.
Leicester have brought in the striker Ayoze Pérez from Newcastle United for a fee of near 37.6 million $US and also turned the loan of midfielder Youri Tielemans from Monaco into a permanent deal for a club record 50 million $US.
Two young defenders have joined. Firstly, James Justin, 21, arrived from Luton Town in a deal reported in British media to be around 10 million $US. Secondly, Vontae Daley-Campbell, an 18 year old English right back, signed from Arsenal on a free transfer.
Shinji Okazaki and Danny Simpson, who were both part of Leicester's 2015-16 title winning first team squad, were released.
Which club has done the best business in the summer 2019 EPL transfer window?
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