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Summer transfer window: Who carried out the best business?

Nicolas Pepe, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Sam Byram
Eleven of the 20 Premier League clubs broke their transfer record this summer

The summer transfer window threw up a few surprises and plenty of money was splashed, but which clubs were the smartest and who got the best deals?

They also received a good sum for full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, though run the risk of his potential exceeding the projected value at Manchester United.

Wan-Bissaka, sold for £49.5m, had an intrinsic value of just £23.32m at Palace. That value is expected to rise to £43m at United but that is still short of the fee they paid for him.

Everton bought well but sold poorly

Moise Kean
Moise Kean made his Everton debut against Crystal Palace on Saturday

Everton raised eyebrows with their signing of 19-year-old forward Moise Kean from Italian champions Juventus. And they got a pretty fair deal, paying just £4m over his projected value, as well as fighting off competition from the likes of Borussia Dortmund.

They also did well to bring in Manchester City’s Fabian Delph for under £9m. The versatile England international had a value of £54.58m to his selling club.

Midfielder Andre Gomes’ permanent move from Barcelona cost just £22.5m too, a much lower fee than his intrinsic value to Everton. And of course, the signing of Arsenal’s Iwobi was another good piece of business.

But Everton were not as shrewd when it came to selling. Midfielder Idrissa Gueye’s move to Paris St-Germain fell £26m short of his intrinsic value.

Shrewd business from Bournemouth and Wolves

Raul Jimenez
Wolves broke their transfer record to sign Raul Jimenez but still got a good deal

The best business took place among clubs outside of the Premier League’s top six.

As well as Crystal Palace impressing, last season’s FA Cup semi-finalists Wolves were smart when signing loan players on permanent deals.

Mexican striker Raul Jimenez, who scored 15 goals in 37 games last season, was signed from Benfica for a club record £34m – a good deal because his intrinsic value was rated at £43.37m.

They also paid less for Belgian midfielder Leander Dendoncker’s value by £16.13m after he joined on a permanent deal from Anderlecht.

Elsewhere, Bournemouth brought in Huddersfield midfielder Philip Billing for £15m – half of his projected value fee – and sold defender Tyrone Mings to Aston Villa for an overpayment of £5m more than his rating.

Norwich bag a bargain, Spurs sell cheap

Kieran Trippier
Tottenham let Kieran Trippier go to Atletico Madrid for just £19.8m

Premier League new boys Norwich City got the steal of the summer.

They bought Sam Byram from West Ham for just £747,000. He was valued at £27.7m by the selling club but is significantly lower for Norwich at £7m. They have still secured a player with Premier League experience for just over 10% of his monetary value though.

And at Leicester, they bagged a good deal for Newcastle’s Ayoze Perez. The 26-year-old was sold for £13m less than his intrinsic value for the Foxes.

So who got ripped off? Well, Tottenham sold defender Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid at an undervalue of over £40m.

The England international was valued at £61m while at Spurs, a rating which increases for the buying club.

He joined Atletico for just £19.8m and at 28 years old, remains in his peak. Should Spurs have asked for more money?

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