Though top-flight clubs can still sign players from the EFL until October 16, the bulk of their squad will now be in place.
For some, it’s been a great window, with every target on their transfer wish-list ticked off. But for others, it hasn’t gone according to plan with targets eluding them and weaknesses unaddressed.
We rank all 20 Premier League clubs on their window from best to worst.
1st – ASTON VILLA
Having only secured Premier League survival on the final day of last season, Villa are clearly determined to avoid the drama this time.
Once again they’ve spent big and it’s been a great window. Ollie Watkins, the striker signed for an initial £28m from Brentford, has already scored a hat-trick against the reigning champions.
A very good window for Aston Villa, whose arrivals included Ross Barkley (centre) and Ollie Watkins (right) as they tied down their most influential player Jack Grealish (left)
Matty Cash, Bertrand Traore and Emiliano Martinez are all arrivals that should boost their chances of avoiding a relegation battle. The loan signing of Ross Barkley from Chelsea also looks a good move.
Not only that, but talisman Jack Grealish decided to stay on despite being linked to Manchester United. Full marks.
Transfers in: Ollie Watkins (Brentford, £28m); Bertrand Traore (Lyon, £16.5m); Emiliano Martinez (£15.65m); Matty Cash (Nottingham Forest, £14m); Ross Barkley (Chelsea, loan)
Transfers out: Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Pafos, free); Matija Sarkic (Wolves, free); James Chester (Stoke City, free); Borja Baston (Leganes, free); Jota Peleteiro (Alaves, free); Mbwana Samatta (Fenerbahce, loan)
2nd – EVERTON
Who imagined Everton would be sitting top of the Premier League with a perfect four wins from four record?
They’ve had an outstanding summer window that stands in marked contrast to the uncoordinated and often scattergun transfer strategies of previous years.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti persuaded Colombian star James Rodriguez to move to Merseyside and he’s already been brilliant.
Carlo Ancelotti has worked his magic at Everton, with James Rodriguez the star signing
Midfield signings Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure have also looked good while the deadline day signing of promising centre-back Ben Godfrey from Norwich capped it off.
Even better, they’ve offloaded high earner Theo Walcott to Southampton and the ineffective Moise Kean on loan to Paris Saint-Germain.
It really is hard to pick fault but the one exception is that goalkeeper Jordan Pickford remains error-prone and wasn’t replaced.
Transfers in: Ben Godfrey (Norwich, £25m); Allan (Napoli, £22.5m); Abdoulaye Doucoure (Watford, £20m); Niels Nkounkou (Marseille, £250,000); James Rodriguez (Real Madrid, free); Robin Olsen (Roma, loan)
Transfers out: Morgan Schneiderlin (Nice, £2m); Kieran Dowell (Norwich, £2m); Luke Garbutt (Blackpool, free), Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax, free), Sandro Ramirez (Huesca, free); Moise Kean (Paris Saint-Germain, loan); Theo Walcott (Southampton, loan), Cuco Martina (released), Oumar Niasse (released), Leighton Baines (retired)
3rd – ARSENAL
The transfer market equivalent of a last-minute winner elevated Arsenal’s window from pretty decent to excellent.
The £45m signing of Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey right on deadline will have excited all Gunners fans and only adds to the optimism Mikel Arteta has brought to the club.
That follows the £23m arrival of highly-rated central defender Gabriel Maghaeles and a free move for Willian from Chelsea.
Let’s not forget they also persuaded star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay another three years.
Transfers in: Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, £45m); Gabriel (Lille, £23m); Pablo Mari (Flamengo, £7.2m); Runar Alex Runarsson (Dijon, £1.8m); Cedric Soares (Southampton, free); Willian (Chelsea, free)
Transfers out: Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa, £15.65m); Konstantinos Mavropanos (Stuttgart, loan); Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Roma, loan); Matteo Guendouzi (Hertha Berlin, loan); Lucas Torreira (Atletico Madrid, loan)
Arsenal really pulled the rabbit out the hat with the deadline day signing of Thomas Partey
4th – LEEDS UNITED
Leeds director of football Victor Orta promised himself a break in the Lake District or Whitby once the window was over and he can pack his suitcase feeling satisfied.
It’s going to be a lot of fun watching Marcelo Bielsa’s team this season but everyone knew signings were needed to guarantee survival.
Bielsa would probably have kept faith with last season’s title winners but the new arrivals all add strength.
Forward Rodrigo – £27m from Valencia – was a club record buy and they’ve also brought in centre-backs Diego Llorente and Robin Koch, plus made permanent or extended last season’s loans of Helder Costa, Jack Harrison and Ilian Meslier.
The deadline day arrival of winger Raphinha from Rennes rounded off a really good window.
Transfers in: Rodrigo (Valencia, £27m); Diego Llorente (Real Sociedad, £18m); Helder Costa (Wolves, £16m); Raphinha (Rennes, £15.3m); Robin Koch (Freiburg, £11.7m); Ilian Meslier (Lorient, £5.85m); Joe Gelhardt (Wigan, £900,000); Jack Harrison (Manchester City, loan)
Transfers out: Laurens De Bock (Zulte Waregem, loan); Jordan Stevens (Swindon, loan)
Rodrigo celebrates scoring for Leeds in their weekend draw against Manchester City
5th – TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Jose Mourinho is usually pretty vocal about his demands in the transfer window and, after a sluggish start, Tottenham have done really well.
The main attraction, of course, is the return of Gareth Bale on loan from Real Madrid and we haven’t even seen him in action yet.
Spurs look much stronger in a variety of positions now, as you’d expect from an £88m outlay this summer.
The making permanent of Giovani Lo Celso’s loan was most expensive at £28.8m, followed by left-back Sergio Regulion at £27m.
Tottenham secured the return of Gareth Bale on loan as part of a very successful window
They’ve also signed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, right-back Matt Doherty, keeper Joe Hart and back up for Harry Kane in the form of Benfica’s Carlos Vinicius, on loan.
Lots of boxes ticked ahead of what will be a hectic season for Spurs. But Mourinho has raised the mood, especially after that stunning win at Old Trafford.
Transfers in: Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis, £28.8m); Sergio Regulion (Real Madrid, £27m); Matt Doherty (Wolves, £15m); Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Southampton, £15m); Carlos Vinicius (Benfica, loan); Joe Hart (Burnley, free); Gareth Bale (Real Madrid, loan)
Transfers out: Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton, £12m); Jan Vertonghen (Benfica, free); Oliver Skipp (Norwich, loan); Juan Foyth (Villarreal, loan); Ryan Sessegnon (Hoffenheim, loan)
6th – MANCHESTER CITY
It was blatantly obvious where City’s title defence fell apart last season. Defensive problems cost them time and time again.
To their credit, that’s where the main focus of summer spending has been with Nathan Ake coming in for £41m from Bournemouth and then the £61m arrival of Ruben Dias from Benfica.
Pep Guardiola will hope and pray that makes his team more resolute this time around. He couldn’t resist buying another winger, though, with rising star Ferran Torres signed from Valencia for £20m.
He helps restock the ammunition after the sale of Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich.
Mind you, they didn’t quite manage to get Lionel Messi to join them which prevents it from being completely perfect.
Transfers in: Ruben Dias (Benfica, £61m); Nathan Ake (Bournemouth, £41m); Ferran Torres (Valencia, £20.7m)
Transfers out: Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich, £40.5m); Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica, £13.5m); Tosin Adarabioyo (Fulham, £1.5m); Aleix Garcia (Dinamo Bucharest, free), Claudio Bravo (Real Betis, free), David Silva (Real Sociedad, free)
City spent £61m on Ruben Dias as they look to solve last season’s defensive problems
7th – CHELSEA
A return to the Chelsea spending of old as they well and truly compensated for last year’s transfer embargo.
Over £220m splashed out on Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Edouard Mendy to boost their attacking options and solve their keeping issue.
However, they didn’t in the end get the defensive midfielder they really could do with and the arrival of veteran Thiago Silva to solve defensive issues doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.
It promises to be an entertaining season as Frank Lampard tries to get these new signings to gel and keep his large squad happy.
Transfers in: Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen, £72m); Timo Werner (RB Leipzig, £48m); Ben Chilwell (Leicester City, £45m); Hakim Ziyech (Ajax, £36m); Edouard Mendy (Rennes, £22m); Malang Sarr (Nice, free); Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain, free)
Transfers out: Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid, £50m); Mario Pasalic (Atalanta , £13.5m); Nathan (Atletico Mineiro, £2.7m); Tiemoue Bakayoko (Napoli, loan); Davide Zappacosta (Torino, loan); Pedro (Roma, free), Willian (Arsenal, free); Izzy Brown (Sheffield Wednesday, loan); Danilo Pantic (Cukaricki, loan); Jamal Blackman (Rotherham, loan); Tariq Uwakwe (Accrington Stanley, loan); Ethan Ampadu (Sheffield United, loan); Conor Gallagher (West Brom, loan); Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace, loan)
Two of Chelsea’s summer signings – Ben Chilwell (left) and Timo Werner (right) celebrate
8th – CRYSTAL PALACE
A pretty good window for Palace all told.
Wilfried Zaha hasn’t gone anywhere, they’ve signed the very exciting Eberechi Eze from QPR and his transfer fee was pretty much covered by the sale of unwanted striker Alexander Sorloth to RB Leipzig.
They have also got Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea for another season and you’d imagine Palace will be well clear of any relegation danger.
Transfers in: Eberechi Eze (QPR, £16m); Nathan Ferguson (West Brom, free); Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea, loan)
Transfer out: Alexander Sorloth (RB Leipzig, £18m)
Crystal Palace signed one of the best players in the Championship in Eberechi Eze
9th – FULHAM
The window really wasn’t looking promising for newly-promoted Fulham, not helped by the exceedingly quick turnaround from their play-off final win.
Defensive deficiencies were ruthlessly exposed by Aston Villa last week and led to an extraordinary Twitter intervention by co-owner Tony Khan.
He promised new centre-halves and Fulham brought in Tosin Adarabioyo from Manchester City and Joachim Andersen on loan from Lyon close to deadline.
We’ll wait and see if that helps plug the gap. Further forward, the loans of Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Leipzig’s Ademola Lookman caught the eye.
Scott Parker will certainly return to the touchline after the international break feeling much more confident about Fulham’s chances of staying up.
Transfers in: Anthony Knockaert (Brighton, £10.5m); Harrison Reed (Southampton, £5.85m); Kenny Tete (Lyon, £2.9m); Ola Aina (Torino, loan); Mario Lemina (Southampton, loan); Antonee Robinson (Wigan, £1.9m); Ademola Lookman (RB Leipzig, loan); Tosin Adarabioyo (Manchester City, £1.5m); Joachim Andersen (Lyon, loan); Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain, loan); Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea, loan)
Transfers out: Magnus Norman (Carlisle United, free); Luca de la Torre (Heracles, free); Marcus Bettinelli (Middlesbrough, loan); Steven Sessegnon (Bristol City, loan); Alfie Mawson (Bristol City, loan); Cyrus Christie (Nottingham Forest, loan)
Fulham signed Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan during a flurry of signings late on in the window
10th – LEICESTER CITY
Leicester focused on defensive reinforcements to avoid a repeat of last season’s collapse that saw them ultimately miss out on Champions League football.
They paid £32m for centre-back Wesley Fofana from Saint-Etienne and £22m for right-back Timothy Castagne from Atalanta, who has already impressed.
The way West Ham pierced their defence on Sunday showed why this was necessary but they certainly look good going forward after 12 goals in their first three Premier League games.
Transfers in: Wesley Fofana (Saint-Etienne, £31.5m); Timothy Castagne (Atalanta, £21.6m); Cengiz Under (Roma, loan)
Transfers out: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea, £45m); Fousseni Diabate (Trabzonspor, £1.4m)
Leicester hope defender Wesley Fofana will prevent a repeat of last season’s collapse in form
11th – LIVERPOOL
After such a memorable season, it was tricky to see how Liverpool could improve. But champions needs to keep moving forward and their additions look good.
Thiago Alcantara, signed for £25m from Bayern Munich, will improve their midfield. Diogo Jota, who cost £45m from Wolves, was a little more surprising but surely will make an impression.
The only other arrival was the left-back Kostas Tsimikas.
It’s sufficient to keep Liverpool moving forward even if Sunday’s 7-2 drubbing at Aston Villa raised a few unexpected questions.
Transfers in: Diogo Jota (Wolves, £40m); Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich, £19.8m); Konstantinos Tsimikas (Olympiacos, £11.7m)
Transfers out: Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United, £23.4m); Dejan Lovren (Zenit St Petersburg, £10.8m); Ovie Ejaria (Reading, £3.5m); Adam Lallana (Brighton, free); Loris Karius (Union Berlin, loan)
Thiago Alcantara has the potential to be an excellent acquisition for champions Liverpool
12th – NEWCASTLE UNITED
Newcastle fans would have feared the worst for this window, especially amid the Covid financial crisis, but it hasn’t been too bad.
Striker Callum Wilson, £20m from Bournemouth, was the headline act and he’s already scored four goals.
Jamal Lewis, who arrived from Norwich for about £14m, is certainly a highly-promising young player and snapping up Ryan Fraser on a free, after he was linked with big clubs not long ago, can’t be bad.
Transfers in: Callum Wilson (Bournemouth, £20m); Jamal Lewis (Norwich, £14.85m); Mark Gillespie (Motherwell, free); Jeff Hendrick (Burnley, free); Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth, free)
Transfers out: Dan Barlaser (Rotherham, £250,000); Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest, free); Freddie Woodman (Swansea, loan); Florian Lejeune (Alaves, loan); Yoshinori Muto (Eibar, loan)
Callum Wilson has already been in amongst the goals for Newcastle after his £20m arrival
13th – SHEFFIELD UNITED
It’s been a really poor start to the season for Sheffield United, who are contending with that tricky second season.
The core of the side that did so well last season is still there, however, and their additions are promising enough.
Chris Wilder needed a keeper after Dean Henderson stayed at Old Trafford and they got Aaron Ramsdale from Bournemouth.
He was also crying out for a centre forward as the deadline approached and the Blades got a £23.4m deal for Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster wrapped up.
A centre-back was the other priority and Ethan Ampadu coming in on loan from Chelsea ticks that box, so pretty good.
Transfers in: Rhian Brewster (Liverpool, £23.4m); Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth, £18.5m); Max Lowe (Derby, £3.5m); Jayden Bogle (Derby, £3.5m); Ismaila Coulibaly (Sarpsborg, £1.8m); Wes Foderingham (Rangers, free); Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea, loan)
Transfers out: Ravel Morrison (ADO Den Haag, free); Ismaila Coulibaly (Beerschot, loan)
Chris Wilder wanted a striker and Sheffield United have brought in Rhian Brewster
14th – SOUTHAMPTON
Southampton should have enough to once again finish comfortably mid-table but certain areas needed patching up.
A midfielder was a priority after the sale of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to Tottenham and they went for France Under-21 international Ibrahima Diallo of Brest, who has a lot of promise.
There have been reinforcements in defence with the loan of Kyle Walker-Peters from Tottenham made permanent and centre-back Mohammed Salisu signed from Real Valladolid.
And there was an emotional return for Theo Walcott on deadline day, a loan from Everton. Overall, a pretty solid window.
Transfers in: Ibrahima Diallo (Brest, £13.5m); Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham, £12m); Mohammed Salisu (Real Valladolid, £10.8m); Theo Walcott (Everton, loan)
Transfers out: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Tottenham, £15m); Harrison Reed (Fulham, £5.85m); Mario Lemina (Fulham, loan); Wesley Hoedt (Lazio, loan); Cedric Soares (Arsenal, free)
Theo Walcott is back in (retro) Southampton colours after signing on loan from Everton
15th – WEST BROMWICH ALBION
For quite a lot of the summer, it appeared the Baggies wouldn’t follow up their promotion by signing the players manager Slaven Bilic needed.
But it was all right in the end as Bilic was able to keep his top performers from the promotion season together.
The permanent signings of Grady Diangana – which caused plenty of annoyance at West Ham – and Matheus Pereira give West Brom spark.
Bilic also insisted on another loan for Filip Krovinovic though defensive acquisitions Branislav Ivanovic, 36, and Cedric Kipre may not be enough to keep them out of trouble.
Transfers in: Grady Diangana (West Ham, £12m); Matheus Pereira (Sporting Lisbon, £8.2m); Cedric Kipre (Wigan, £1m); David Button (Brighton, £1m); Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St Petersburg, free); Conor Gallagher (Chelsea, loan); Filip Krovinovic (Benfica, loan)
Transfers out: Jonathan Leko (Birmingham, £1m); Nathan Ferguson (Crystal Palace, free); Chris Brunt (Bristol City, free)
West Brom made permanent the loan of Grady Diangana from West Ham over the summer
16th – WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
No surprises that Wolves have signed two more Portuguese players during the summer window.
Forward Fabio Silva, 18, cost them £36m from Porto, while right-back Nelson Semedo was £27m from Barcelona and looks a very good replacement for Doherty.
They have lost one Portuguese player, though, in Jota but his £40m sale to Liverpool has helped balance the books.
Overall a pretty good window for Wolves.
Transfers in: Fabio Silva (Porto, £36m); Nelson Semedo (Barcelona, £27m); Ki-Jana Hoever (Liverpool, £8.8m); Marcal (Lyon, £1.8m); Matija Sarkic (Aston Villa, free);
Transfers out: Diogo Jota (Liverpool, £40m); Helder Costa (Leeds United, £15.9m); Matt Doherty (Tottenham, £15m)
Wolves’ summer signing from Barcelona Nelson Semedo gets stuck in against Fulham
17th – BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION
Certainly one of the more low-key transfer windows with only about £6m spent on striker Andi Zeqiri, plus centre-backs Jan Paul van Hecke and Joel Veltman.
The free purchase of Liverpool’s Adam Lallana looks shrewd enough but there’s nothing to get the pulses racing on what was clearly a frugal budget.
Brighton haven’t been dreadful at the start of the season, however, so maybe that’s all they needed. Only time will tell if they’re dragged into the relegation fight.
Transfers in: Jakub Moder (Lech Poznan, £6m); Andi Zeqiri (Lausanne, £3.6m); Michal Karbownik (Legia Warsaw, £3.5m); Jan Paul van Hecke (NAC Breda, £1.8m); Joel Veltman (Ajax, £900,000); Adam Lallana (Liverpool, free)
Transfers out: Anthony Knockaert (Fulham, £10.5m); Aaron Mooy (Shanghai SIPG, £4m); Shane Duffy (Celtic, loan); Dale Stephens (Burnley, £1m); David Button (West Brom, £1m)
Brighton signed Adam Lallana on a free from Liverpool during what was a low key window
18th – MANCHESTER UNITED
Oh dear, where do you even begin?
The stated ambition was to sign a right-sided attacker, namely Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund – i.e. someone who could help United challenge for the major honours.
That mission completely flopped with United unwilling to spend the asking price for top quality despite so many expensive failures in the past.
All manner of alternatives in that position were thrown up but they failed with them as well.
In the end they signed two players in that position but they’re both 18 and nowhere near the same calibre – and one can’t join until January.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has every reason to be unimpressed after United’s disastrous window
Then they end up with a central midfielder in Donny van de Beek who is undoubtedly top quality but not really necessary.
The signing of left-back Alex Telles from Porto was far more drawn out and painful than it need have been.
And to cap it all, they ripped up the whole ‘cultural reset’ at the club over the past couple of years to sign an ageing striker in Edinson Cavani on extortionate wages.
It’s been a real disaster and in the wake of their 6-1 thrashing by Tottenham on Sunday, you’re left wondering what will happen next.
Transfers in: Donny van de Beek (Ajax, £35m); Amad Diallo (Atalanta, £18.9m); Alex Telles (Porto, £13.5m); Facundo Pellistri (Penarol, £7.65m); Edinson Cavani (Unattached, free)
Transfers out: Chris Smalling (Roma, £13.5m); Andreas Pereira (Lazio, loan); Tahith Chong (Werder Bremen, loan); Diogo Dalot (AC Milan, loan); Joel Pereira (Huddersfield, loan)
United signed Edinson Cavani on deadline day but it’s difficult to put a positive spin on things
19th – WEST HAM UNITED
The Hammers have actually started the season quite well but their summer window has been a shocker and you wonder if that form will last.
Notwithstanding the public criticism of the sale of Diangana to West Brom from their own captain Mark Noble, David Moyes’ squad doesn’t look much better than it did at the end of last season.
They failed in efforts to sign a centre-back with even strapped-for-cash Burnley resisting attempts to sign James Tarkowski.
David Moyes surely can’t be too satisfied with West Ham’s limited summer business
Then late moves for Chelsea pair Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori fell through. It could leave West Ham delving into the Championship for reinforcements before the domestic window shuts on October 16.
Making Tomas Soucek’s deal permanent for £20m was a good move, though, but the only other arrival was also from Slavia Prague – Vladimir Coufal.
Cue another round of fan protests against owners David Gold and David Sullivan.
Transfers in: Tomas Soucek (Slavia Prague, £15m); Vladimir Coufal (Slavia Prague, £5.4m);
Transfers out: Grady Diangana (West Brom, £12m); Albian Ajeti (Celtic, £5m); Jordan Hugill (Norwich, £3m); Josh Cullen (Anderlecht, £450,000); Roberto (Real Valladolid, free); Jack Wilshere (released); Pablo Zabaleta (released)
20th – BURNLEY
Warning lights are flashing at Burnley after a window in which manager Sean Dyche repeatedly made clear in public that signings were needed.
They didn’t materialise with just midfielder Dale Stephens and back-up keeper Will Norris coming in on what was a shoestring budget.
Burnley have at least kept hold of prize assets like defender Tarkowski amid interest from Leicester and West Ham, but experienced campaigner Jeff Hendrick left for Newcastle.
But with no points on the board after three matches and a threadbare squad to carry them through the season, it really looks bleak.
Transfers in: Dale Stephens (Brighton, £1m); Will Norris (Wolves)
Transfers out: Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle, free); Joe Hart (Tottenham, free); Aaron Lennon (Kayserispor, free); Ben Gibson (Norwich, loan)
Sean Dyche was vocal in his demands in the transfer market but signing have not materialised