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For English clubs, the transfer window is set to end on Thursday August 8 at 5pm British time so they will have to start wrapping up. Spanish, French and German clubs will have until August 31 to bring in new recruits while Italian clubs will have until August 18.
The following is a wrap-up of some of the biggest deals that have taken place during this off-season.

– Nicolas Pepe joined Arsenal from Lille for £72 million. The 24-year-old has drawn comparisons to Eden Hazard who ironically also joined Chelsea from Lille in 2012. The Gunners also recruited Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos and teenagers William Saliba and Gabriel Martinelli. They have released Stephen Lichsteiner and Danny Welbeck while Petr Cech has retired.

– Aaron Ramsey joined Juventus from Arsenal after his contract with the Gunners came to an end. Another player who re-joined Juventus on a free-transfer is legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Buffon rejoins the Old Lady of Italian football after having spent a single season with PSG. He is expected to act as cover for Wojciech Szczesny.

-Dani Alves has opted to return to his homeland of Sao Paulo after his contract with PSG ended at the end of last season. Despite being 36-years-old, the Brazilian is still one of the best right-backs and was named as Player of the tournament during the recent Copa America tournament which Brazil won.

– Aston Villa were the most active English club in the transfer market after having spent more than £100 million on bringing in Tom Heaton, Marvelous Nakamba, Douglas Luiz, Trezeguet, Matt Targett, Jota, Anwar El Ghazi, Wesley, Ezri Konsa, Kortney Hause, Tyrone Mings and Bjorn Engels.

– Chelsea sold Eden Hazard to Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee while they also sold striker Alvaro Morata to Atletico Madrid for
£58.3 million. They signed Mateo Kovacic on a permanent basis after the Croatian spent last season with them on loan.

– Liverpool were fairly quiet in the transfer market having only brought in youngsters Harvey Elliott and Stephen van den Berg. They sold Rafael Camacho to Sporting Lisbon for £5 million while Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno and Adam Bogdan were released.

– Manchester City brought in Rodri from Atletico Madrid for £62.5 million and Angelino from PSV Eindhoven for £5.3 million. The 23-year-old Rodri has been touted as a potential long-term replacement for Fernandinho. Pep Guardiola’s side saw two notable departures as club legend Vincent Kompany left to join Anderlecht in a player/manager role while Fabian Delph was sold to Everton for an undisclosed fee.

– Manchester United brought in Aaron Wan Bissaka from Crystal Palace for a fee of £45 million and Daniel James from Swansea for £15 million. Harry Maguire is expected to join the Red Devils from Leicester City at the time of writing for £80 million which is set to become the highest fee paid for a defender and eclipse the £75 million which Liverpool paid to recruit Virgil Van Dijk in January 2018.

Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera left the Red Devils after their contracts came to an end. Valencia has joined L.D.U Quito in his homeland of Ecuador while Herrera has joined French giants PSG. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side loaned out highly-rated goalkeeper Dean Henderson to Sheffield United for the upcoming season.

– Leicester City showed their intent to push for a top six finish this season by bringing paying £35 million to make Youri Tielemans loan deal from Monaco permanent and they also forked out £30 million in order to sign Ayoze Perez from Newcastle.

– Tottenham signed Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon for £65 million and the 22-year-old replaces Moussa Dembele who left the club for the lucrative Chinese Super League in January. The Lilyehites also signed Jack Clarke from Leeds United and the youngster has since been loaned back to the Championship club for the upcoming season. Mauricio Pochettino’s side saw three notable departures as Kieran Trippier joined Atletico Madrid, Vincent Janssen joined Mexican club Monterrey and goalkeeper Michel Vorm was released.

– Wolves made the deals of Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker permanent while also roping in Jesus Vallejo on loan as well as Patrick Cutrone, Pedro Neto and Bruno Jordao on permanent deals. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were one of the success stories of the Premier League last season and will be looking to make an impact in the Europa League this season.

-West Ham forked out £45 million in order to recruit impressive striker Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt in a club record deal. They also signed midfielder Pablo Fornals from Villareal for £24 million. Manuel Pellegrini’s side also saw the departures of a number of players including Adrian, Andy Caroll, Samir Nasri who has since joined Anderlecht, Reece Oxford and Lucas Perez.

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