Review: Summer Transfer Window 2015

The transfer window officially slammed shut on Tuesday at 6pm after over two months of heavy investment and plenty of transfer activity. During the window, over £800 million was spent – a new record – but the longest transfer saga of the summer saw a bizarre ending.

David de Gea, who seemed destined to join Real Madrid, will remain at Manchester United after there was a problem regarding the submission of paperwork and documents. The Spanish outfit believe that United are in the wrong, while the Red Devils claim that Real were too late with their submission. Ultimately, the main result is: De Gea will stay at Old Trafford until the end of the season at the very least.

Manchester City were arguably the big winners of the 2015 summer transfer window and Manuel Pellegrini’s men will be confident of regaining the Premier League title this season. Kevin de Bruyne, Nicolas Otamendi and Raheem Sterling are just three of the key signings made by the club this summer.

Meanwhile, Liverpool were also impressive in the transfer window but failed to bolster their squad despite an inconsistent start to the new campaign. Brendan Rodgers brought in the likes of Danny Ings, James Milner and Christian Benteke at the start of the window, while Roberto Firmino will form a formidable partnership with Philippe Coutinho once he completely adjusts to the pace of the Premier League.

While these two giants prospered, Chelsea stalled throughout the window and, although they signed Barcelona’s Pedro, it could be argued that the defending champions have failed to respond to City’s strong transfer dealings. Abdul Baba Rahman, Asmir Begovic and Radamel Falcao were Chelsea’s best incomings this summer, while Juan Cuadrado left the club. Meanwhile, they missed out on long-term target John Stones, who will remain at Everton for the foreseeable future.

Swansea City enjoyed a successful transfer window, persuading Andre Ayew to join the club on a free transfer. The Frenchman has worked well with Bafetimbi Gomis, who Bookies reveal is currently priced at 20/1 to finish as the Premier League’s top goal scorer, and Garry Monk’s side have shown positive signs throughout the early part of the campaign. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Welsh outfit finish in the top 10 once again this season.

Overall, the Premier League enjoyed a prosperous transfer window and the majority of clubs will be happy with their performance. Even Newcastle United, a team that have historically opted to sell rather than buy in the transfer window, invested heavily this summer. While England’s top flight remains as unpredictable as ever, one thing is for sure: the Premier League is still the best division in world football.