19 Premier League clubs spend over £800m on 69 signings – Newcastle United still stand alone
Premier League clubs are all continuing preparations for the big kick-off in a few days time.
All of them doing their very best to strengthen the playing squads and ensure they are in the best possible shape ahead of the new season.
Signings continue to be made in recent days, with the likes of Southampton, Watford, Spurs and Villa all adding another signing each.
The hopes of Newcastle United fans were of course raised at the weekend with claims that a deal to buy Joe Willock could be imminent but so far, nothing official.
A bit of a reality check is maybe in order because whilst we do have the Willock speculation, the truth is that this is day 63 of the summer transfer window and Newcastle United are still the only club not to have signed a single player. The transfer window closes three weeks today and whilst there are hopes of signing the Arsenal player, it doesn’t answer the question as to why Newcastle haven’t even made a bid for any other player, despite repeated media claims of interest in a host of potential signings.
Even if Joe Willock signs, the fact remains that the NUFC squad is weaker than it was at the end of last season. A defence that conceded more goals than all but two who finished outside the bottom two places in last season’s Premier League, no real credible goalscoring alternative for an injury prone Callum Wilson, very few goals and little creativity in the rest of the team.
The other 19 Premier League clubs have signed players well ahead of the new season, giving them a chance to integrate into the squad and team, ahead of this weekend’s big kick-off.
Not Newcastle United though.
This also to a backdrop of Martin Dubravka playing no part in pre-season and out injured for the start of the campaign, along with Paul Dummett, whilst the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson only came back and managed 45 minutes each on Saturday against Norwich, having missed the previous three and two friendlies respectively. Jonjo Shelvey another, missing most of pre-season and only managing 76 minutes in the last two friendlies this past week.
Meanwhile, on the transfer window front, the other 19 Premier League clubs have signed at least 69 players (see below) and committed spending of over £800m, so far.
With Lukaku set to sign for Chelsea in a £100m move, quite clearly these next three weeks are set to see total spending by Premier League clubs go beyond £1billion, a very different story to Steve Bruce’s claims that very very few clubs would be doing much business. Indeed, with any number of clubs expected to be active (even Newcastle?) in these next three weeks, we could even see the final spend heading up towards the record past transfer windows, especially if Harry Kane did get his move to Man City.
Premier League clubs signings agreed so far in 2021 summer transfer window:
Ben White – £50m from Brighton
Nuno Tavares – £8m from Benfica
Albert Sambi Lokonga – £15m from Anderlecht
Danny Ings – £30m from Southampton
Axel Tuanzebe – Loan from Man Utd
Leon Bailey – £30m from Bayer Leverkusen
Emiliano Buendia – £33m from Norwich
Ashley Young – Free from Inter Milan
Frank Onyeka – £10m from Midtjylland
Myles Peart-Harris – Undisclosed fee from Chelsea
Kristoffer Ajer – £13.5m from Celtic
Enoch Mwepu – £22m from RB Salzburg
Kaoru Mitoma – Undisclosed from Kawasaki Frontale
Kjell Scherpen – Undisclosed from Ajax
Nathan Collins – £12m from Stoke
Wayne Hennessey – Free transfer from Crystal Palace
Marcus Bettinelli – Free transfer from Fulham
Joachim Andersen – Eventual fee could reach £18m from Lyon
Marc Guehi – Eventual fee could reach £20m from Chelsea
Michael Olise – £8m from Reading
Jacob Montes – Undisclosed fee from Georgetown University
Remi Matthews – Free transfer from Sunderland
Conor Gallagher – Loan from Chelsea
Demarai Gray – £1.7m from Bayer Leverkusen
Andros Townsend – Free transfer from Crystal Palace
Asmir Begovic – Free transfer from Bournemouth
Junior Firpo – £13m from Barcelona
Kristoffer Klaesson – Undisclosed from Valerenga
Amari Miller – Undisclosed fee from Birmingham City
Jack Harrison – £11m from Man City
Patson Daka – £22m from Red Bull Salzburg
Boubakary Soumare – £17m from Lille
Ryan Bertrand – Free transfer from Southampton
Ibrahima Konate – £36m from Leipzig
Jack Grealish – £100m from Aston Villa
Scott Carson – Free from Derby County
Raphael Varane – £41m from Real Madrid
Jadon Sancho – £73m from Borussia Dortmund
Tom Heaton – Free from Aston Villa
Josh Sargent – £9m from Werder Bremen
Pierre Lees-Melou – £3.5m from Nice
Billy Gilmour – Loan from Chelsea
Ben Gibson – £9m from Burnley
Dimitrios Giannoulis – £6m from PAOK Salonika
Angus Gunn – £5m from Southampton
Milot Rashica – £11m from Werder Bremen
Armando Broja – Loan from Chelsea
Romain Perraud – £12m from Stade Brest
Tino Livramento – Undisclosed from Chelsea
Theo Walcott – Free transfer from Everton
Cristian Romero – £42m from Atalanta
Bryan Gil – £21m from Sevilla
Pierluigi Gollini – Loan with option to buy for £13m from Atalanta
Juraj Kucka – Undisclosed from Parma
Imran Louza – £9m from FC Nantes
Ashley Fletcher – Free transfer from Middlesbrough
Danny Rose – Free transfer from Tottenham
Emmanuel Dennis – Undisclosed from Club Brugge
Peter Etebo – Loan from Stoke
Joshua King – Free from Everton
Dapo Mebude – Free from Rangers
Alophonse Areola – Loan from PSG
Craig Dawson – Undisclosed fee from Watford
Pierre Ekwah Elimby – Undisclosed fee from Chelsea
Rayan Ait-Nouri – Undisclosed fee from Angers
Jose Sa – Undisclosed fee from Olympiakos
Bendeguz – Undisclosed fee from Fehervar
Francisco Trincao – Loan from Barcelona with £25m option to buy
Yerson Mosquera – Undisclosed fee from Atletico Nacional
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