The transfer window has been open for a month now and it’s fair to say some of our mid-table ‘rivals’ have already stolen a march on us this summer.
There’s still several weeks of the window remaining, but it’s noticeable that the likes of Wolves, Southampton, Aston Villa, West Ham and Bournemouth have all done deals and spent a combined £150m – yet we still aren’t sure who our owners or manager will be ahead of the 2019/20 season.
Here’s the deals that some of our mid-table rivals have already completed this summer:
- Wesley (£22m – Club Brugge)
- El Ghazi (£8m – Lille)
- Moussa Djenepo – (£14m – Standard Liege)
- Danny Ings (£20m – Liverpool)
- Pablo Fornals (£25m – Villarreal)
- Raul Jimenez (£34m – Benfica)
- Leander Dendoncker (£12M – Anderlecht)
- Lloyd Kelly (£13m – Bristol City)
Villa have signed one of Rafa’s alleged ‘top targets’ in Wesley, Bournemouth have shelled out £13m on a new left-back, Wolves have spent over £45m to sign up two of their loan stars from last season, West Ham have signed a £25m playmaker from Spain and Southampton have spent almost £35m on two new attackers.
It’s not time to panic just yet, but the transfer window now shuts earlier this summer (the Thursday before the start of the new season on August 8th), so we really are reaching crunch time if we plan to get business done properly.
With several players needing to be shipped out and 5 or 6 signings needed, we must get a move on – especially when Rafa Benitez has always emphasised the importance of getting players in early to give them a full pre-season.