Top 10 windows

1) Real Madrid 2009 – £218m

Big deals: Kaka £55.25m, Cristiano Ronaldo £79.9m, Xabi Alonso £30.09m, Karim Benzema £29.75m

An absolute shit ton of money, but unlike the other ones, it’s hard to make a case that any of the players were anything but successes. Ronaldo is arguably the best player on the planet and has repaid that outlay a few times already. Best window by some distance


2) Real Madrid 2013 – £149m

Big deals: Dani Carvajal £5.53m, Casemiro £5.1m, Isco £25.5m, Asier Illarramendi £27.2m, Gareth Bale £85.85m.

Unqualified success. Bale is one of the best players on the planet and has repaid his fee already. The others have been good enough to justify their fees, Isco included. Very good window.


3) Barcelona 2014 – £141million

Big deals: Marc-André ter Stegen £10.2m, Ivan Rakitic £15.3m, Claudio Bravo £10.2m, Luis Suarez £69.46m, Jeremy Mathieu £17m, Thomas Vermaelen £16.15.

Bought arguably the final piece of the attacking jigsaw. Messi, Suarez and Neymar are the best attacking combination of my lifetime and Suarez’ energy, his technique and, yes, his sh!thousing perfected that triumvirate. £10m for ter Stegen is a bargain. The other players all slotted in perfectly and Barcelona went on to win the Treble. Very good window.


4) Manchester United 2016 – £145m
Big deals: Eric Bailly £30m, Henrikh Mkhitaryan £26.3m, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (no fee), Paul Pogba £89.25m

I know they finished outside the top 4 and haven’t exactly played great football, but I’d say this was a successful window. They’ve all settled quickly and while £89.5m is a huge amount for someone, I can imagine Pogba having years at Man Utd and when he settles properly he’ll dominate games. Good window.


5) Manchester City 2009 – £119m

Big deals: Gareth Barry £11.82m, Roque Santa Cruz £18.02m Carlos Tevez £24.65m, Emmanuel Adebayor £24.65m, Kolo Toure £15.9m, Joleon Lescott £23.38m.

Decent window to be honest. Barry became a reliable experienced Premier League player who looked a little out of place initially, has settled very well. Like a lad you have to invite on your stag do because he’s your Fiance’s mate, but actually he’s a good laugh and gets the rounds in. Toure and Lescott were good additions, Tevez was a very good player and Adebayor celebrating that goal in front of Arsenal fans makes his transfer fee a bargain.

Average Window. 


 6) Manchester City 2015 £179m

Big deals: Raheem Sterling £44m, Fabian Delph £8.13m, Patrick Roberts £12.75m, Nicolás Otamendi £37.91m, Kevin De Bruyne £62.9m.

De Bruyne is arguably the best in his position in the Premier League and a world class talent. The same cannot be said for Sterling or Otamendi. Two flops in my opinion though I might be being harsh on Sterling. Delph is a waste of money, but not a lot of money so I’m meh about that and Roberts is one for the future. Ok Window


7) Liverpool 2014 – 128m

Big deals: Rickie Lambert £4m, Adam Lallana £26.35m, Emre Can £10.2m, Lazar Markovic £21.25m, Dejan Lovren £21.51m, Divock Origi £10.74m, Alberto Moreno £15.3m, Mario Balotelli £17m.

Mixed fortunes here. Lambert was buttons, so I don’t care. Lallana, Can and Lovren have come good, so that’s nice. Origi might make it, might not. Moreno and Markovic must be considered flops given the return on the investment, but Balotelli was disruptive, ineffective and a liability. Going to say a bad window. 


8) Manchester City 2016 – £154m
Big deals: Ilkay Gundoğan £22.95m, Nolito £15.3m, Leroy Sane £42.5m, John Stones £47.26m, Claudio Bravo £15.3m.

It’s a measure of how little impact Nolito has had that I didn’t remember they’d signed him. Sane looks decent and Gundogan has been unlucky with injury, but looked ok when fit. Dunno if they’re worth £65m though. Stones looks both out of his depth and cocky. When an attacker does that you can understand it, but Stones … I don’t understand John Stones. Nolito, Bravo and Stones are flops for me. Bad window. So sad.


9) Manchester United 2014 – £166m

Big deals: Ander Herrera £30.6m, Luke Shaw £31.88m, Marcos Rojo £17m, Angel Di María £63.75m, Daley Blind £14.88m, Falcao loan fee £6.46m

Herrera is all right, but has not looked a £30m player under Van Gaal or Mourinho. Shaw, Rojo, Di Maria and Falcao are all flops. Falcao’s flopping may have cost little, but it was a spectacular flop. Mourinho seems to hate Shaw so I’d expect him to be sold on, for half of what they paid for him. Disastrous window.


10) Manchester United 2015 – £132m
Big deals: Memphis Depay £28.9m, Matteo Darmian £15.3m, Bastian Schweinsteiger £7.65m, Morgan Schneiderlin £29.75m, Anthony Martial £51m

Depay, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin already bounced out of Old Trafford, and it looks like Martial and maybe Darmian will follow. Unmitigated failure of a window. Shocking . Hang your head in shame Louis.

Worst window of the lot here





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