Spending a shed load of money on almost an entire new first team isn’t always a recipe for improvement.
Just ask Tottenham and Liverpool.
Both clubs recruited and spent heavily after losing Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez to Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.
Roberto Soldado? Etienne Capoue? Rickie Lambert? Lazar Markovic?
Not exactly club legends now, are they.
But considering the current financial climate in the modern game, surpassing £100m in a singular transfer window is pretty normal for the bigger clubs around Europe.
In fact, eight clubs smashed that expenditure barrier in the summer window just gone with deals for Neymar and Ousmane Dembele exceeding it on their own.
Five of those carried out what we’ll call a splurge – bringing in at least six new signings – and their success has really contrasted.
We’ve rated the effectiveness of their new signings so far out of ten to see if all that spending was justified…
Total signings and expenditure: Nine players, £217m
Key signings: Benjamin Mendy (£51m), Kyle Walker (£50m), Bernardo Silva (£43m)
City were fairly unconvincing on the opening day at Brighton and then had to battle hard with 10-men for a point against Everton.
But since Raheem Sterling’s last-gasp winner at Bournemouth they’ve been a force to be reckoned with, scoring 17 goals in four games across three competitions.
Guardiola has paired Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus together up top to wreak havoc but it’s been the acquisition of Mendy and Walker at full back which has allowed his masterplan to take shape.
Silva, earmarked as namesake David’s long-term successor, hasn’t started many games but looks like a Premier League legend in the making.
Total signings and expenditure: Six players, £178m
Key signings: Alvaro Morata (£55m), Tiemoue Bakayoko (£40m), Antonio Rudiger (£33m)
Chelsea started the season amid worrying rumours about the future of manager Antonio Conte after he failed to land a number of his prime targets.
A defeat to Burnley at home compounded the ill-feeling, but they’ve responded well in the absence of injured Eden Hazard.
Morata doesn’t offer the same competitive edge as Diego Costa but his statistics are impressive, scoring three and assisting two for his team-mates.
Bakayoko has formed one of the most energetic and vibrant midfield partnerships with N’Golo Kante but they lack creativity at times.
Total signings and expenditure: Nine players, £170m
Key signings: Leonardo Bonucci (£37m), Andre Silva (£34m), Hakan Calhanoglu (£19m)
Milan’s activity this summer sent reverberations around the continent and hinted at the awakening of a sleeping giant.
The acquisition of Bonucci, in particular, was a real signal of intent after the Italian – regarded as one of the finest centre-backs on the planet – grew disillusioned with life at Juventus.
Bonucci produced one of his worst performances in recent memory in the 4-1 defeat at Lazio though – the only game Milan have failed to win this season.
The quality of opposition have been lacking but Milan have shown indications that they’re capable of challenging for European places and more after some brilliant business.
Total signings and expenditure: Nine players, £139m
Key signings: Gylfi Sigurdsson (£45m), Jordan Pickford (£30m), Michael Keane (£30m)
It started so well, with Wayne Rooney making an instant impact on his return to his boyhood club with two goals in as many games including a point at Manchester City.
But the Toffees have been beaten far too easily by Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United to suggest a top-four challenge is way beyond their capabilities.
Sigurdsson adds creativity but it seems painstakingly obvious that they’ve failed to replace the goals of Romelu Lukaku.
It’s early doors of course, but Ronald Koeman is already feeling the pressure having assembled a squad with the same value as Bayern Munich who currently sit in the Premier League relegation zone.
Total signings and expenditure: 12 players, £132m
Key signings: Federico Bernardeschi (£36m), Blaise Matuidi (£18m), Douglas Costa (Loan fee with option to buy)
Juve maintained their bold stance of seemingly happily allowing their best players to leave for pastures new after Bonucci joined Milan.
Their signings haven’t looked too inspiring either, with Costa and Bernardeschi the most eye-catching but both reduced to substitute impacts so far.
Juve were well beaten by Barcelona in the Champions League but their existing players, mainly Paulo Dybala, have maintained a 100% start to their Serie A season.
It remains to be seen whether Benedikt Howedes is capable of filling Bonucci’s massive shoes at the back.
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