10 clubs that won the 2020 summer transfer window

10 clubs that won the 2020 summer transfer window

When the transfer window doesn’t include a single Real Madrid purchase, there’s no denying its oddity. Yet some clubs still managed to swim the financial-crisis-induced muddied waters of the transfer market and come away on top. English teams weren’t phased much, while several Spanish and Italian sides still managed to make moves.

Here are the clubs which fared the best at the 2020 summer transfer window.

10. Leeds United 

The returnee to the Premier League wrote a masterclass in how the transfer market should be approached if there's a real desire to stay in the top division. Conducted by one of the most highly-regarded sporting directors Victor Orta. 

Valencia's Spain international Rodrigo was the biggest signing for €30,000,000. The 10 million cheaper centre-back Diego Llorente further enhanced the Spanish connection at Elland Road after arriving from Sociedad. Potential partner or a competitor for the spot in the team is Robin Koch, who was bought from Freiburg for €13,000,000 and Leeds might have resale value for the 24-year-old.

They certainly do for a year younger Raphinha, a winger bought for €18,500,000 from Rennes with a strong reputation. Helder Costa plays in the same position and was just around a million cheaper when leaving Wolves. Illan Meslier arrives for €6,500,000 as a 20-year-old goalkeeper from Lorient, while the teenager Joe Gelhardt was bought from Wigan. The loan of winger Jack Harrison from City finishes off the shopping spree of Orta.

9. Aston Villa

Not only did Villa manage to secure the extension of their key player Jack Grealish but they also worked wonders. A new sporting director Johan Lange was appointed this summer and he changed the approach from quantity to quality.

Villa brought in players from the Championship but those who were interesting to many clubs. Striker Ollie Watkins already proved himself with a hat-trick against Liverpool following his €30,000,000 club-record transfer from Brentford. While right-back Matty Cash (23) is also regarded as one of the top defensive prospects in England, he was paid €15,750,000.

From Arsenal, Villa got the new Argentina international Emiliano Martinez for €17,400,000. An experienced goalkeeper who is now entering his prime at 28 years of age. Lyon's bad financials were used by buying the Champions League experienced player Bertrand Traore who already was in England in the past, playing for Chelsea. His move of €18,400,000 amounts to a total of over 82 million euros spent by Villa this term. With the signing of Ross Barkley on loan being the big cherry on top.

At that, Villa didn’t sell any of its important players.

8. Benfica

The side that usually sells players for tens of millions now spent that sum, nearly a hundred to be more exact. Yet the team failed to reach Champions League football so otherwise, it could've been ranked higher.

Benfica went the route that can rarely be wrong and bought a young Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez from Almeria for €24,000,000. Another highly-rated talent was brought in from Brazil - the winger Everton for 20 million from Gremio. Corinthians received two million fewer for their winger Pedrinho.

Freiburg makes the list twice for outgoing transfers surprisingly as the striker Luca Waldschmidt landed in Portugal for €15,000,000. Nico Otamendi arrived for the same sum as Ruben Dias left for Man City.

The transfer window started by the signing of Jan Vertonghen as a free player, it ended by getting Barca's young centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo on loan. With several less notable transfers sprinkled in between as is the case with Portuguese teams.

7. Sevilla

It's impossible to craft a list of clubs that have won the transfer window and not include Sevilla with its sporting director extraordinaire Monchi. Once again, getting a high number of players.

Suso arriving first after a loan and as the priciest reinforcement of €21,000,000. Real Madrid shop was visited for the 22-year-old attacking midfielder Oscar Rodriguez and the receipt was €13,500,000. Left-winger Oussama Idrissi arrives from AZ Alkmaar for €12,000,000, Marcos Acuna will be behind him on the pitch after his purchase from Sporting Lisbon for €10,500,000.

Goalkeeper Bono's stay was made permanent for four million, while Karim Rekik arrived for the incredibly cheap €2,000,000 despite the centre-back playing in England, Germany, Holland, and France despite being only 25. Ivan Rakitic returned to his home away from home for a ridiculously low sum as Barcelona was forced to offload him by a bad financial state.

6. Villarreal

Arriving on this list of clubs who excelled at the 2020 summer transfer window mostly by exploiting the terrible situation Valencia is put in by its owners. Francis Coquelin arrived for €6,500,000 only while Dani Parejo was completely free!!

Which left money for the purchase of the 22-year-old left-back Pervis Estupinian from Watford for €16,400,000. Gero Rulli arrived for €5,000,000 which makes Villarreal the team with probably the best goalkeepers as Sergio Asenjo is still there.

Japanese prodigy Takefusa Kubo came on a loan, as did Tottenham's centre-back for the future Juan Foyth. While a young central defender Jorge Cuenca was bought of Barcelona for €2,500,000. The team sold several players but none that will hurt too much, mostly the sale of Karl Toko Ekambi who left for Lyon.

5. Everton

Usually, Everton are included in these lists at the end of the transfer window but they become just mocking material by the end of the season. This year, it seems that Toffees have finally hit the bullseye. Not only is the team top of the Premier League, but they are also doing it with style points.

Mostly due to the addition of a Colombian superstar James Rodriguez, who arrived for free from Real Madrid as it was later revealed. Experienced midfielder Allan came from Napoli for €25,000,000, while Abdoulaye Doucoure was three million cheaper, further reinforcing the centre of the pitch.

Everton's priciest signing is that of Norwich's centre-back Ben Godfrey who arrived for €27,500,000. Niels Nkounkou (19) was acquired for peanuts in today's game, while the keeper Robin Olson arrived on a loan from Roma.

4. Inter

It wasn't all easy for Inter this summer as the club signed Aleksandar Kolarov for €1,500,000 only when Chelsea wouldn't lower their price for their first target Emerson. But the strength of the other reinforcements placed at Antonio Conte's disposal can't be ignored.

Achraf Hakimi arrived for €40,000,000 from Real Madrid and the 21-year-old is already one of the best wing-backs in the world, fitting into Conte's system perfectly. So does Arturo Vidal who was practically given away by Barcelona.

Stays of Stefano Sensi and Nicolo Barella were conducted, while Alexis Sanchez signed for free and it's not the same player who was at United. Inter returned the young striker Andrea Pinamonti (21) for €8,000,000, while the even younger centre-forward Darien Males arrived from Luzern. With Matteo Darmian's loan from Parma gave further depth to the team that will be fighting for the title.

3. Milan

Concluding their best transfer windows since 2010, Milan already improved drastically on the pitch, winning their first four matches, including a derby against Inter. The biggest coup of the summer was the arrival of one of Italy's most promising talents - Sandro Tonali. Arriving on a loan with an obligation to buy. The loan itself was 10 million, the fee will be 15, and another 10 in add-ons. With Brescia getting 10% of any future, it's still a brilliant deal for Milan.

With the arrival of a flairy Norweigan winger Jens Petter Hauge (20) for €5,000,000 and similar Belgian Alexis Saelemaekers (21), it's a clear indication that Rosonerri are trying to inject youth into their squad. Centre-back signing Simon Kjaer from Sevilla comes for €3,500,000 same as Alexis, and is there to balance things out.

Ante Rebic secured his official move to the club while Andre Silva was shipped of to Frankfurt as a flop. Milan also secured the loans of youngsters Diogo Dalot from Manchester United and Brahim Diaz from Real Madrid. With backup players Ciprian Tatarusanu and Pierre Kalulu (20) arriving for Lyon. All in all - just €23,000,000 spent in the summer.

While the club made €55,000,000 total on the sales of Suso, Lucas Paquete, Silva, Ricardo Rodriguez, and Gustavo Gomez.

2. Tottenham

A transfer window that made Harry Redknapp state Tottenham could upset Man City and Liverpool in the fight for the title. First securing the stay of Giovani Lo Celso after his loan from Real Betis, for a fee of €32,000,000.

Buying the quiet leader Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton followed for a fee smaller than 17 million. Matt Doherty was next in line, as he was a great desire of Jose Mourinho, the PL proven player was bought for a similar sum. Than Spurs continued their tradition of having a solid backup keeper with Joe Hart arriving for free.

Two biggest deals followed and came from Madrid. Firstly, beating Manchester United for the signing of talented left-back Sergio Reguilon for €30,000,000. Doing the same for the club legend Gareth Bale as he arrives on a loan that could be extended for another year with Real paying for half of his wages.

That wasn't all, Spurs got their back up striker in the form of a tall target man Carlos Vinicius. Arriving on loan from Benfica with an option to buy. Spurs even bought a young centre-back Joe Rodon from Swansea in a deal that could amount to €16,540,000. All in all, €110,500,000 spent with only Kyle Walker-Peters being sold and Jan Vertonghen leaving on a free.

1. Chelsea

Chelsea's transfer window can only be described as monstrous. The Blues unleashed their coffers who were stifled for the last summer transfer window due to a ban for breaching rules on signing young players.

In 2020, they started early. Hakim Ziyech was announced early on and the versatile technician arrived for €40,000,000 from Ajax. Chelsea's director Marina Granovskaia was just getting started in a window that eventually saw the London club spent a quarter of a billion.

Timo Werner arrived next, a top young striker, possibly the best option on the market for elite teams looking to secure the forward position for the next 5+ years. RB Leipzig earned €53,000,000 for the 24-year-old German.

Ben Chilwell from Leicester was the solution for the left-back issues Frank Lampard was having and he came similarly priced - €50,200,000. Chelsea secured two free agents as well, one experienced, one promising, both of them centre-backs: Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr. The latter was shipped on loan to Porto eventually.

But the main saga of the summer, not just at Stamford Bridge, was that of Kai Havertz. One of the most promising players, a generational talent, arrived from Bayer Leverkusen for €80,000,000 with the bonuses included. Although some German media still claim that the midfielder cost Roman Abramovic a flat 100 million.

The last part of the puzzle was the goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, arriving from Rennes for €24,000,000 to make Kepa try harder to justify his price tag. With veterans Willian and Pedro leaving on free, Chelsea improved leaps and bounds compared to last year.


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