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Transfers - Football: Which clubs did the best summer business?

There will be some tired bodies in the boardrooms of Premier League clubs up and down the country this weekend as deals were completed right up until Thursday's 23:00 deadline.

As always, some deals fell by the wayside, but another Premier League record was broken as spending surpassed the £2billion mark this summer.

For now, the focus is purely on what happens on the pitch, and with the 2022 World Cup on the horizon, clubs do not have to wait too long before they can start spending again.

We look at how the clubs spent their money and who spent it wisely.

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City already reaping the rewards as Liverpool start slowly

Manchester City made their intentions clear at the start of the campaign; they wanted a new No.9, and they got the best in the world after agreeing to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund for £52million.

Haaland has already started to repay that fee with nine goals in five games and two hat-tricks on the spin.

City cannot always rely on Haaland when the fixture list starts to turn against them, but Julian Alvarez, another summer arrival, has also fired home two goals in four appearances.

England international Kalvin Phillips also moved to the Etihad Stadium, and he will add depth, as will defensive duo Manuel Akanji and Sergio Gomez.

Liverpool lost star man Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich, but they did manage to snap up Darwin Nunez for £64million.

Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay are also now part of the Liverpool squad, and the former had a huge role to play on Wednesday as he scored the winning goal against Newcastle.

Arthur Melo's deadline-day move has given Jurgen Klopp more options in the final third, but there's no doubt City have had the better summer out of the two title favourites.

City are 1/3 to win the title, while Liverpool are 6/1 to get their hands on the trophy.

Arsenal and Tottenham finally cut the gap

Arsenal and Tottenham have watched on in recent years as Chelsea lifted the Champions League, but it appears that both North London clubs now have a better chance of winning the league than the Blues.

Chelsea's squad has been given a facelift with Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Wesley Fofana and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all moving to Stamford Bridge.

However, with Romelu Lukaku, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner all moving on, there is no guarantee Chelsea's new signings will gel this season to mount a title charge.

On the other hand, Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta appears to have found the winning formula after bringing in Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira and Oleksandr Zinchenko. The Gunners sit at the top of the pile, and if the first few weeks are anything to go by, they should be competing for a top-four spot at the very least at 8/15.

Spurs were just as busy down the road, and the board threw their support behind boss Antonio Conte.

Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Djed Spence, Ivan Perisic, Clement Lenglet and Fraser Forster have all boosted Spurs’ ranks, and there is genuine competition for places across the board.

Spurs are 4/7 to finish in the top four, and Chelsea's odds of 11/10 suggest they have failed to improve their squad over the summer.

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Jury still out at Old Trafford and London Stadium

Manchester United and West Ham settled for sixth and seventh place last season, respectively.

Both clubs have splashed the cash to take that next step, but there is still a lot for both squads to prove.

United's biggest deal went through on deadline day as Antony joined from Ajax for £85million, a week after Real Madrid allowed Casemiro to move to Old Trafford for £70million.

Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen have also made permanent switches to Old Trafford, while Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka joined on loan.

West Ham were not shy in the market either, as they made eight new first-team additions. David Moyes has managed to take the burden off the shoulders of Michail Antonio after he signed Gianluca Scamacca and Maxwel Cornet. However, the Hammers have got off to a slow start and need to show signs they are still able to compete for a top-six spot at odds of 13/2.

All to play for at the bottom

Bournemouth are 1/3 to be relegated this season, and after a quiet summer, Scott Parker eventually cut ties with the club at the end of August.

Parker wanted further support in the market, and his words have been echoed by Brendan Rodgers, who lost Fofana and Kasper Schmeichel from his Leicester squad.

It certainly wasn't quiet at the City Ground as Nottingham Forest added a staggering 21 new players to Steve Cooper's squad. That could either be a stroke of genius or a disaster waiting to happen, and Forest are 1/1 to be relegated.

Everton were able to keep hold of Anthony Gordon, while Frank Lampard also improved his ranks by signing Amadou Onana, Dwight McNeil, James Garner, Idrissa Gueye, Neal Maupay, James Tarkowski, Conor Coady and Ruben Vinagre.

Even though Richarlison moved on, Toffees fans may feel their team have enough bodies to fend off relegation after last year's scare.

Fulham, as always, were busy in the window after their recent promotion, and with the start they have made under Marco Silva, their fans will feel they can avoid a return to the Championship, especially if Aleksandar Mitrovic can stay fit.

Leeds also flirted with relegation last year, but they are now 9/2 to return to the Championship after a strong first month of the campaign under Jesse Marsch.

The Whites may have sold Raphinha and Phillips, but they have added real depth to their midfield.

The Yorkshire outfit were left redfaced on deadline day when Bamba Dieng rejected them just hours after agreeing to have a medical, but they had the last laugh as he then failed his medical ahead of a move to Nice.

The window will reopen in England on 1st January 2023, but because of the World Cup, there will only be 13 more fixtures to come before teams can start to tweak their squads.

As for this summer, Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham will be confident they have done the best business, while those inside the boardroom at the King Power Stadium will be panicking at what lies ahead.

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