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Which club did the best business this summer?

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Memphis is one of the signings of the summer
Memphis is one of the signings of the summer

The transfer window has shut for another summer and here is your sundayworld.com guide to the hits and misses for the Premier League's big five.

CHELSEA

Summer arrivals: Nathan, Radamel Falcao, Asmir Begovic, Kenedy, Danilo Pantic, Baba Rahman, Pedro, Papy Djilobodji, Michael Hector.

After failing in a series of bids for Everton defender John Stones, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho made moves to sign Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos in the final hours of the transfer window and again failed to push a deal over the line.

His failure to add to his attacking line may come back to haunt him if Diego Costa continues to struggle with injuries, while their weakness in the heart of the defence is suddenly a major concern for the champions.

VERDICT: Pedro’s arrival is their best piece of business, but this has to go down as a disappointing transfer window for Chelsea.

MANCHESTER CITY

Summer arrivals: Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph, Nicolas Otamendi, Kevin De Bruyne (below).

In a summer when so many of the Premier League’s big hitters have fluffed their lines in the pursuit of big money signings, City have shown them how to get the job done.

Sterling, Otamendi and De Bruyne have instantly transformed the atmosphere around City and they deserve to be recognisied as favourites to win the Premier League title.

VERDICT: The balance of power in Manchester soccer has shifted in recent years and City’s impressive transfer business this summer has widened the gap between the two clubs.

ARSENAL

Summer arrivals: Petr Cech

Not for the first time, Arsenal fans feel let down as the transfer window draws to a close.

Karim Benzema, Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are some of the stellar names Arsenal were linked with in their scramble for a striker and they have ended up with the addition of no outfield players to their squad. Boss Arsene Wenger has come under social media fire once again.

VERDICT: Wenger is far too cautious in the transfer market. He will only take the plunge on a player when the risk element is taken out. It is an old school policy that does not deliver Premier League titles any more.

MANCHESTER UNITED

Summer arrivals: Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Sergio Romero, Anthony Martial.

United cannot be faulted for their ambition in this summer’s transfer scramble, but they also looked delusion as they tried and failed to sign Gareth Bale, Thomas Muller, Sergio Ramos and (most laughably of them all) Neymar.

Teenager Anthony Martial (above) is a bold and highly expensive £36m deadline day signing, but it is hard to imagine the French youngster is ready to turn United into Premier League and Champions League contenders. Meanwhile, the collapse of the David De Gea transfer to Real Madrid will be talked about for some time to come.

VERDICT: Schneiderlin, Depay and Darmian are quality signing, but if United want to look at how Man City managed to sign big-name stars when they get back to transfer business in January. They went after too many players who were never going to make the move.

LIVERPOOL

Summer arrivals: James Milner, Danny Ings, Joe Gomez, Roberto Firmino, Nathaniel Clyne, Christian Benteke.

Liverpool can declare themselves satisfied with the business they have done over the last couple of months, with their success in bringing in most of their recruits early in the transfer window giving them time to settle.

Last Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat against West Ham was a major shock to their system, but manager Brendan Rodgers now has a squad that should allow him to compete for a top four finish. The Irish tactician now need to show he is up to the task of delivering on the club’s ambitions.

VERDICT: Liverpool were never likely to attract the biggest names in the game in this transfer window and they set their sights at realistic levels. They have ended up with a strong squad, especially after off-loading Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli.