The Gunners’ failure to qualify for the Champions league last season gave their hopes of a massive transfer window a huge blow as their bids for Draxler, Lemar and Mbappe failed. However, Wenger kept his promise as resorted to miniaturising the Arsenal squad depth selling fringe players like Gibbs, Gabriel, Campbell. They failed to keep hold of Oxalade-Chamberlain, selling the attacker for 35 million Euros on the deadline day to rivals Liverpool. Nevertheless, Arsenal managed to keep hold of Ozil and Sanchez, despite the duos being in their final year of the contract. Kolasinac and record signing, Lacazette were the only arrivals in the summer for the Gunners as Arsenal’s net business in the market was on the positive side at the end of August.
4) Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund once again failed in their stance of keeping their star players, a habit which has certainly refrained the club from reaching the pinnacle of world football. In essence, Dortmund truly have become a selling club, with the likes of Lewandowski, Hummels, Gundogan all leaving the club in recent years for better options. The summer continued the tradition as they let go of Dembele, who went on strike to force a move to Barcelona for a whopping 105 million Euros. The Frenchman’s sale masked an otherwise astute transfer market for the Black and Yellow, as they signed Andrey Yarmolenko, Phillip and Mo Dahoud for a mere 82.7 million Euros in a highly inflated market while Omer Toprak arrived for free. With the squad in transition, it will interesting to see how Peter Bosz does in his first season in charge at Signal Iduna Park.
3) Olympique Lyon
With PSG dominating the French football in recent seasons, it is easy to forget about Lyon’s unprecedented success in the mid 2000s, when the club won seven straight Ligue 1 titles. AS Monaco’s return to prominence has only further stagnated Lyon’s progress, despite their move to a new stadium. The mediocrity looks set to continuity for Lyon this season, with the club having sold their best players in Lacazette and Tolisso and Gonalons to Arsenal, Bayern and Roma respectively for more than 90 million Euros. The club did well to bring in precocious talents in Bertrand Traore, Mariano Diaz; however, it remains to be seen how the club deal with major departures.
2) Real Madrid
Under Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid have become more of a stable club than they were before with their Galacticos approach. Zizou’s vision has certainly paid dividends with the club looking stronger than ever, having created a huge gap between themselves and Barcelona. The club continued their project signing young talents like Dani Ceballos and Theo Hernandez for a combined 46 million Euros. The funds were easily covered with the sales of Morata, Danilo while James Rodriguez too left the club on loan, clearing space on the wage bill.
1) AS Monaco
Europe’s top club each picked their choices from AS Monaco’s dearth of talents, with the principality club having to deal with as many as four departures. Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy joined Manchester City for a massive 107 million Euros, whereas, Bakayoko moved to Chelsea. It was a surprise that the French club did manage to keep hold of Fabinho and Sidibe; however, they failed to keep Mbappe, who left the club for rivals PSG on loan. PSG have an obligation of signing him for 180 million Euros a season later. Nevertheless, the club brought in the likes of Keita Balde, Youri Tielemans, Jovetic and Kongolo to strengthen their side as they prepare to defend their league title.