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02.09.2015 Sports News

Premiership's top 6 graded: How did they fare in the transfer market?

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Premiership's top 6 graded: How did they fare in the transfer market?
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Premier League clubs spent around £850 million this summer – but how much of it was wisely spent, and which clubs needed to dip into their pockets a bit more?

We have given last season's top six Premier League clubs a grade for their efforts over the summer.

ARSENAL
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Ins : Petr Cech (Chelsea)
Outs : Ryo Miyaichi (St Pauli), Abou Diaby (Marseille), Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray), Carl Jenkinson (West Ham, loan), Wojciech Szczesny (Roma, loan)

Total spend : £10m
Net spend : £8m
Grade : E
CHELSEA
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Ins: Asmir Begovic (Stoke), Nathan (Atletico Paranaense), Danilo Pantic (Partizan), Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Pedro (Barcelona), Baba Rahman (Augsburg), Kenedy (Fluminense), Papy Djilobodji (Nantes), Michael Hector (Reading)

Outs : Petr Cech (Arsenal), Mohamed Salah (Roma, loan), Didier Drogba (Montreal), Christian Atsu (Bournemouth, loan), Gael Kakuta (Sevilla), Mario Pasalic (Monaco, loan), Josh McEachran (Brentford), Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough. loan), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Marco van Ginkel (Stoke, loan), Patrick Bamford (Crystal Palace, loan), Lucas Piazon (Reading, loan), Juan Cuadrado (Juventus, loan), Oriol Romeu (Southampton), Marko Marin (Trabzonspor, loan), Islam Feruz (Hibernian, loan), Michael Hector (Reading, loan)

Total spend : £59m
Net spend : £24m
Grade : D
LIVERPOOL
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Ins : Christian Benteke (Aston Villa), Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Danny Ings (Burnley), Joe Gomez (Charlton), James Milner (Manchester City), Adam Bogdan (Bolton)

Outs : Steven Gerrard (Los Angeles Galaxy), Glen Johnson (Stoke), Sebastian Coates (Sunderland), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Andre Wisdom (Norwich City, loan), Rickie Lambert (West Brom), Brad Jones (free), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Mario Balotelli (AC Milan, loan), Lazar Markovic (Fenerbahce, loan), Fabio Borini (Sunderland), Tiago Ilori (Aston Villa, loan)

Total spend : £78m
Net spend : £18m
Grade : B-
MANCHESTER CITY
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Ins : Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Patrick Roberts (Fulham), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Enes Unal (Bursaspor), David Faupala (Lens), Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg), Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia)

Outs : Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa), James Milner (Liverpool), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Angelino (New York City, loan), Micah Richards (Aston Villa), Karim Rekik (Marseille), John Guidetti (Celta Vigo), Jason Denayer (Galatasaray, loan), Stevan Jovetic (Inter Milan), Edin Dzeko (Roma), Rony Lopes (Monaco)

Total spend : £143m
Net spend : £100m
Grade : A+
MANCHESTER UNITED
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United have made some excellent signings, bringing in the young talents of Memphis, Martial, Darmian and Schneiderlin coupled with the experience of Schweinsteiger. But they managed to alienate and then fail to sell David De Gea and have left the struggling Wayne Rooney horribly exposed with only Martial as any real back-up. Another centre-back was also required and they never signed their world-beater despite trawling Europe for one so, despite spending nine figures, they are still left with real weak points in their squad. Another up and down window for Ed Woodward, to put it kindly.

Ins: Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton), Memphis Depay (PSV), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Matteo Darmian (Torino), Sergio Romero (Sampdoria), Anthony Martial (Monaco)

Outs : Tom Cleverley (Everton), Ben Amos (Bolton), Tom Thorpe (Rotherham), Saidy Janko (Celtic), Nani (Fenerbahce), Will Keane (Preston, loan), Robin van Persie (Fenerbahce), Angel Di María (Paris St-Germain), Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen), Jonny Evans (West Brom), Adnan Januzaj (Borussia Dortmund, loan), Anders Lindegaard (West Brom), Rafael (Lyon), Tyler Blackett (Celtic, loan)

Total spend : £100m
Net spend : £28m
Grade : C+
TOTTENHAM
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Ins : Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid), Kevin Wimmer (Cologne), Kieran Trippier (Burnley), Clinton N’Jie (Lyon), Son Heung-min (Bayer Leverkusen)

Outs : Jordan Archer (Millwall), Cristian Ceballos (Charlton), Bongani Khumalo (Supersport United), Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande), Lewis Holtby (Hamburg), Etienne Capoue (Watford), Younes Kaboul (Sunderland), Benjamin Stambouli (Paris St-Germain), Vlad Chiriches (Napoli), Roberto Soldado (Villarreal), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland), Aaron Lennon (Everton)

Total spend : £50m
Net spend : £15m
Grade : D+
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