The window officially opened in July after the completion of the delayed 2019/20 Premier League season. Clubs will now be adjusting their squads to their liking ahead of the new campaign. The deadline had also been pushed back to October 5 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With the pandemic causing halts to football across this season, clubs have been financially impacted and will look to revise their transfer plans for the upcoming seasons. Some clubs have struggled to carry out the plans they initially had as the values on a lot of players have been slashed. There are also a lot of clubs who have changed their minds on certain players – whether if is if they stay or go.
Arsenal Football Club have signed Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes while Chelsea Football Club have confirmed the £90 million arrival of Kai Havertz, having already signed Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech.
Manchester United have signed Donny van de Beek while reportedly working on a deal for Jason Sancho and Dayot Upamecano, while Everton have made huge advancements on James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure. Carlo Ancelotti has been able to secure the signature of Napoli’s Allan as they are reinforcing their midfield heavily. Tottenham have signed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty.
Liverpool are biding their time in pursuit of Thiago Alcantara, but the biggest story that has shaken the football world is that Lionel Messi has made his decision to stick with Barcelona for the next season.
With the heavy spending from Chelsea, the intent is clear from Lampard and their hierarchy. Other rival clubs will be looking at the situation and will look to spend more to strengthen their clubs. It is still so early, however, so many clubs have made plenty of changes for the upcoming campaign.