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Premier League transfer window summary

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Jose Mourinho and Tottenham had a positive window but Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left frustrated
Deadline Day has passed and it is time for supporters of Premier League clubs to reflect on their transfer business. Many will be excited, some unsure, and others frustrated.

Everton and Aston Villa are first and second respectively in the Premier League table with new signings playing a key part in their strong starts to the season.

Meanwhile, Manchester United’s poor results at the beginning of the campaign have highlighted the weaknesses in their squad that have still not been addressed.

As for Burnley, what must Sean Dyche make of it all?

Here, we pick out some of the winners and losers of the 2020 summer transfer window

 

THE WINNERS
Everton business transforms Toffees
James Rodriguez is congratulated by Carlo Ancelotti as he's substituted in the second-half
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James Rodriguez has made an excellent start under Carlo Ancelotti
Everton made it four wins out of four with their 4-2 victory over Brighton and it has escaped nobody’s attention that their summer signings have played a vital role in their bright start to the season.

The midfield, previously a problem area under Carlo Ancelotti, has been transformed by the arrivals of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, Allan from Napoli and Abdoulaye Doucoure from Watford.

 

Suddenly, Everton look like a balanced side, and their new recruits are also helping to bring the best out of the players already in place at Goodison Park. Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s free-scoring start to the season has earned him an England call-up, while Richarlison has been similarly impressive. The hope will be that the late arrival of Robin Olsen on loan from Roma will see Jordan Pickford up his game too.

There is even reason for optimism at the back. The £20m Ben Godfrey endured a difficult season with Norwich last year, but it gave him invaluable Premier League experience and, at just 22 years old, there is plenty of scope for him to fulfil his considerable potential on Merseyside.

Godfrey is a ball-playing centre-back in the mould of Mason Holgate, and, like his new Everton team-mate, he is viewed as a future England international. He may not go straight into the team, but Ancelotti will certainly hope to build around him in the future. He’ll also hope his other defenders benefit from the increased competition for places.

Added firepower as Spurs strengthen
Spurs loanee Gareth Bale in the stands for their match against Newcastle
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Gareth Bale is one of six new signings at Tottenham this summer
Jose Mourinho can have few complaints about the club’s summer dealings.

Gareth Bale was the headline addition, of course, sealing a sensational return to Spurs on loan from Real Madrid. And with Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son starting the season in such explosive form, Spurs fans are entitled to feel optimistic about what will be possible when Bale is fit to start too.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has brought leadership and combativeness to Tottenham’s midfield, but it’s the signings of Matt Doherty and Sergio Reguilon which are perhaps the most significant. The pair are attacking wing-backs who will allow Mourinho to switch between a back four and a back three.

Doherty and Reguilon will aim to provide ammunition for Carlos Vinicius as well as Kane, Son, Bale and the rest. The Brazilian has joined Spurs on loan with a £36m option to buy having averaged a goal every 101 minutes for Benfica last season and should ease Mourinho’s reliance on Kane in the central striking position.

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With Steven Bergwijn, Lucas Moura and Giovani Lo Celso also at his disposal, and with Dele Alli staying at the club despite interest from Paris Saint-Germain, it is little wonder Mourinho has been heard purring over Tottenham’s “absolutely incredible” attacking options.

If there was one area that Tottenham still wanted to strengthen going into Deadline Day it was the centre of defence, having failed in an effort to bring in Milan Skriniar from Inter Milan.

Joe Rodon remains a target and while a deal for the Swansea defender could not be done on Monday, the window for signings from the EFL does not close until October 16. There is still time for Spurs to make an impressive summer of business even better.

Chelsea’s big push shows title-winning intent

Ben Chilwell and Timo Werner are among Chelsea’s new signings
With their transfer ban finally lifted, Chelsea went all out this summer.

Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech arrived in attack, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell were added in defence, and there was even a deal for a goalkeeper, with Edouard Mendy arriving from Rennes to provide a much-needed alternative to Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Suddenly, Frank Lampard’s squad looks well-equipped to aim higher than just a top-four finish.

It has not been a straightforward start to the season, of course, with defeats to Liverpool and Tottenham as well as a crazy 3-3 draw against West Brom. But the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday was the first sign of Frank Lampard’s new-look side coming together.

It helps, of course, that he still has a stellar collection of young players at his disposal too. He will need to find a way to continue giving them opportunities to grow and improve, but recent evidence suggests the influx of new additions has served as a motivation for them.

It was, after all, only thanks to goals from Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham’s that Chelsea salvaged a draw against West Brom, and two of that trio then kept their places in the side for the 4-0 win over Palace.

Chelsea’s strength in depth could prove invaluable in a gruelling season.

Villa address flaws and boost prospects

Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Mark Bosnich says he was “completely stunned” after seeing his former side thrash Liverpool 7-2 in the Premier League
Aston Villa signed no fewer than 12 new players last summer, but they have taken a ‘less is more’ approach this time around and their brilliant start to the season suggests they were right to do so.

There has been no hint of panic buying, instead their recruitment has simply targeted the flaws in their squad. Emiliano Martinez has provided an instant upgrade in goal following his arrival from Arsenal, while it has been a similar story with Matty Cash at right-back.

It is further forward, though, that their summer dealings look most inspired. Villa were well short up front last season – Jack Grealish was their top scorer in the Premier League with eight goals – but Ollie Watkins already looks like the right man to lead the line having adapted to the division seamlessly and hit a perfect hat-trick in the 7-2 demolition of Liverpool.

Bertrand Traore offers added depth in the position and showed his class with his brilliant strike against Bristol City in the Carabao Cup, while Ross Barkley has provided an injection of physical power and technical quality in midfield. The 26-year-old, signed on loan from Chelsea, was outstanding on his debut on Sunday.

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Villa only survived by a point last season, but they look more like top-half finishers this time around and that’s thanks to an excellent summer in the transfer market. Having beaten the reigning champions in such exhilarating fashion, some supporters might in fact be aiming even higher.

Arsenal’s Partey raid caps strong summer
Thomas Partey
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Thomas Partey joined Arsenal in a £45m deal from Atletico Madrid
Arsenal’s deal to sign Thomas Partey – the biggest of Deadline Day at £45m – capped an extremely encouraging summer for the Gunners.

There was no Houssem Aouar, who stayed put after Arsenal’s negotiations with Lyon came to nothing, but Partey joins Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes at the Emirates Stadium while the Gunners also struck deals to ensure Dani Ceballos, Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares extended their stays in north London.

Mesut Ozil remains at the club, meaning Arsenal will likely have to continue paying his huge wages until his contract ends next summer, but they did succeed in moving some others on, including Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira. They also raised £20m from the sale of Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa.

The result is that Mikel Arteta is now equipped with a squad which looks far more like his own, and what’s most important of all, of course, is that he was able to tie Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a new contract. There is a long way to go before they will be considered genuine title contenders again, but their summer business should at least set them up for a top-four push.

THE INBETWEENERS
Mixed window for Liverpool
Thiago Alcantara made his Liverpool debut at Chelsea on September 20
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Thiago Alcantara made his Liverpool debut against Chelsea
Liverpool sit somewhere between the winners and the losers of this summer’s window.

On the one hand, they have signed Thiago Alcantara, a genuinely transformative midfield signing, for a paltry £25m from Bayern Munich. In Diogo Jota, they have also recruited a high-quality back-up option for their front three. Konstantinos Tsimikas, meanwhile, provides depth at left-back.

But on the other, there is concern that they remain short in key areas.

With Joe Gomez and Joel Matip injured and Dejan Lovren sold, they started the season with only one fit centre-back in Virgil van Dijk. Fabinho filled in ably in the win over Chelsea, but Gomez endured a calamitous afternoon in the 7-2 thrashing by Aston Villa and a lack of depth in the position is a gamble with such a hectic schedule to come this season.

There are also question marks in goal.

Adrian struggled again when deputising for Alisson against Aston Villa – he has now made five errors leading to goals in his 21 appearances for Liverpool – but with the Brazilian facing four to six weeks out with a shoulder problem, Klopp is short on alternatives to the former West Ham goalkeeper.

Leicester lose Chilwell but still strengthen
Timothy Castagne celebrates after scoring for Leicester at West Brom
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Timothy Castagne celebrates after scoring for Leicester at West Brom
When Leicester reached September having yet to make a major addition to the squad, despite selling England left-back Ben Chilwell to Chelsea, there was some unease. Throw in the poor finish to last season that saw Brendan Rodgers’ side miss out on Champions League on the final day and anxiety levels were rising in the East Midlands.

While it would be an exaggeration to say that Leicester’s business since then has wowed supporters, some of the concerns have since been addressed. Timothy Castagne can play in either of the full-back positions and has already won over fans after a strong start. Cengiz Under adds that little bit of creativity in the final third that is always welcome.

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But it is the late acquisition of Wesley Fofana that Rodgers will hope solves the problem of a lack of depth in defence that saw Wilfred Ndidi pressed into action at centre-back on the opening weekend of the season. With three wins from four games to open their Premier League campaign too, the Leicester ship looks to have been steadied again.

Wolves shake things up in hope of progress
Nelson Semedo challenges Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Nelson Semedo joined Wolves from Barcelona to replace Matt Doherty
Wolves reshaped their squad during the transfer window and it will be intriguing to see whether the ins and outs see the team progress under Nuno Espirito Santo or compromise the cohesion so that has been such a factor in their success over the past two seasons.

Matt Doherty was sold to Tottenham with Nelson Semedo coming in from Barcelona, while Diogo Jota departed for Liverpool after Wolves invested £35m in teenager Fabio Silva.

The loan signing of Rayan Ait-Nouri looks to be a clearer case of the club strengthening, with Ruben Vinagre making way to join Olympiakos on what is initially a temporary deal. Whether the manoeuvrings are enough to take Wolves forward remains to be seen.

THE LOSERS
Man Utd leave it late, fail in Sancho pursuit
Harry Maguire during Manchester United's 6-1 defeat to Tottenham
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Manchester United’s problems were laid bare against Tottenham
The frustration surrounding Manchester United’s transfer window hit new heights as they were thrashed 6-1 by Tottenham on the penultimate day of the window. At that point, their only new signing was midfielder Donny van de Beek, a £37m addition from Ajax who is yet to start a Premier League game.

More reinforcements arrived on Deadline Day, with Alex Telles sealing his move from Porto, Edinson Cavani joining, and youngsters Amad Diallo from Atalanta and Facundo Pellistri, but there was no deal for Jadon Sancho despite their summer-long pursuit and supporters are entitled to wonder why it took until the final hours of the window for Manchester United to get their business done.

The spotlight is firmly on executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward for his role in what has been another difficult transfer window for the club, with Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville leading the criticism. “Not good enough,” was his blunt assessment of Woodward’s dealings during Sunday’s miserable thrashing by Spurs.

The club will hope the players they have signed can make a difference – the club’s recent record in the transfer market before this window has certainly not been bad – but performances will need to improve rapidly in order to change the mood.

Burnley up against it once again
Burnley's Robbie Brady (centre) celebrates scoring the winning penalty with his teammates at the end of the Carabao Cup second round match at Turf Moor, Burnley. 17 September 2020
Spare a thought for Sean Dyche.

The Burnley boss has been operating on a shoestring budget throughout his time in charge at Turf Moor, but this summer has surely been the most difficult yet.

His depleted squad saw him unable to name the full complement of substitutes at times after the lockdown last season, and despite an urgent need to bring in reinforcements, the club reached Deadline Day with back-up goalkeeper Will Norris and 31-year-old midfielder Dale Stephens as their only senior signings of the transfer window.

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Matchday 3 (first round) UEFA champions league result

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Matchday 3 (first round) results

The first round of the Champions League matchday which held on Tuesday November 3rd 2020 had a lot of drama and awesome matches

Here are the matches on the first round of the UEFA champions league matchday 3

Shakhtar Donetsk suffered a 6-0 defeat at home by the hands of Germany’s Mönchengladbach

Lokomotiv Moscow drew 1-1 with Atlético Madrid

RB Salzburg scored first but the champions Bayern Munich came back and defeated them 2-6

Real Madrid beat inter Milan 3-2

Porto trashed Marseille 3-0

Atlanta welcomed former champions Liverpool at their home and suffered a 5-0 defeat at their hands

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These are the matches held on the first round of matchday 3

More matches will be held today

Below are the matches of the second round of matchday 3

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Zenit Saint Petersburg vs Lazio

Barcelona vs Dynamo Kyiv

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Club Brugge vs Dortmund

Sevilla vs Krasnodar

Chelsea vs Rennes

RB Leipzig vs PSG

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Monday Night Raw results 3rd November 2020

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Monday Night Raw results 3rd November 2020

Braun Strowman def. Keith Lee and Sheamus via pinfall after a running powerslam on Sheamus. As Lee was setting up for a Spirit Bomb on Strowman, Sheamus ran in and hit a Brogue Kick. That allowed Strowman to catch Sheamus with the running powerslam for the win, qualifying him for the Survivor Series team. After the match, Styles encouraged the team to shake hands and work together, leading Strowman to tell Lee they need to put their differences aside because he wants to win at the pay-per-view. Strowman and Lee shook hands and Sheamus and Strowman hugged after briefly arguing, but Sheamus turned and hit a Brogue Kick, knocking Strowman from the ring. Lee then clotheslined Sheamus to the floor and Styles dropkicked Lee out of the ring next before complaining that the team couldn’t get along. Later in the show, Sheamus approached McIntyre and pitched them joining up again — starting with McIntyre on Team Raw, but McIntyre politely refused the offer. (Monday Night Raw)

 

Bray Wyatt and Alexa Bliss hosted a Firefly Fun House segment. The two focused on Orton with Wyatt saying The Fiend couldn’t forget what happened when Orton burned down the Wyatt Compound in 2017. Bliss then did a “magic trick” where she appeared to spit blood. Bliss was also confronted backstage by Nikki Cross later in the show. Cross was scared off when Bliss looked up at her with glowing eyes. (Monday Night Raw)

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Jeff Hardy def. Elias in a guitar on a pole match. Elias took a shot to the nose that drew a little blood early in the match and responded by tossing a stool to knock Hardy off the top rope as he climbed the ropes to retrieve the guitar. That only delayed the inevitable as Hardy eventually grabbed the guitar and jumped from the top rope to smash it on Elias’ back and score the pinfall victory. (Monday Night Raw)

Women’s Tag Team Championship — Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (c) def. Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke via submission to retain the titles when Baszler locked Brooke in the Kirifuda Clutch. Lana came to ringside to watch the other members of Team Raw in the match, drawing the ire of Jax and Baszler immediately. Lana would distract Baszler multiple times, including as she tried to lock Brooke in the Kirifuda Clutch the first time. That allowed Brooke to score a roll-up for a near fall. After Baszler kicked out, she locked in the hold for the finish. | Nia Jax def Lana via pinfall after a Samoan drop. Jax dominated the match, brutalizing Lana from the opening bell and never letting up. Jax finally ended the match with a Samoan drop. After the match, Jax returned to the ring, calling Lana pathetic before the weekly Samoan drop through the announce table.

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Bobby Lashley def. R-Truth via submission with the Hurt Lock in a non-title match. Truth told Lashley that they’re both champions and there’s no need for either man to get hurt. Truth then laid down and waited to be pinned, but Lashley wasn’t having it, scoring a near-immediate win with the Hurt Lock. | 24/7 Championship — Drew Gulak def. R-Truth (c) to win the title. Gulak tried to run in after the match and pin Truth for the 24/7 title, but Lashley slammed him and locked in the Hurt Lock. Lashley then threw Gulak’s unconscious body on top of Truth for the pin.

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The Hurt Business (Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin) def. The New Day via pinfall (c) in a non-title match after Benjamin hit Paydirt on Xavier Woods. The lengthy match began after New Day interrupted a VIP Lounge segment by The Hurt Business. The two teams went back-and-forth until a wild sprint finish that saw Benjamin hit Paydirt to allow Alexander to score the pinfall.

Ricochet def. Tucker Knight via pinfall after hitting Recoil. Ricochet won very quickly, but Mustafa Ali had come to ringside before the match. Retribution jumped into the ring after the match, with T-Bar throwing Ricochet from the ring before attacking Knight. Ricochet was then thrown back in the ring, where Retribution circled him. Ricochet fought back, but the numbers game caught up and Ali told him, “No sin is forgiven, until it is punished.”

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Ronaldo conquers Covid-19 and Spezia

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Ronaldo marked his recovery from the coronavirus by scoring twice on his return to help Juventus beat newly promoted Spezia 4-1 in the Italian league on Sunday.

Juventus was struggling to break Spezia down until Ronaldo was brought on as a substitute in the 56th minute. He put Juventus 2-1 up three minutes later and also converted a penalty to seal the result for the Bianconeri.

“We had a good game, we should have been more clinical in the first half and finished off the match sooner,” Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said. (Ronaldo)

“Then we did well when we came back out in the second half, with the desire to win the match, and Cristiano gave us a hand.”

Juventus moved third, four points below early leader AC Milan, which won 2-1 at Udinese thanks to a late winner from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Surprising Sassuolo moved to within two points of Milan with a 2-0 win at Napoli. (Ronaldo)

Ronaldo had been out for three weeks after testing positive for COVID-19 while on international duty. The Portugal forward missed three Juventus matches — draws with Crotone and Hellas Verona in Serie A as well as a loss to Barcelona in the Champions League.

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Ronaldo started from the bench against Spezia with Alvaro Morata again replacing him in the starting lineup.

Morata had three goals ruled out for offside against Barcelona on Wednesday and the flag was again raised when he fired in from Weston McKennie’s assist in the 14th minute, but this time video review came to his aid and the goal was given.

Morata did have a goal ruled out for offside shortly after and Spezia drew level when Tommaso Pobega’s effort was deflected in.

Ronaldo replaced Paulo Dybala early in the second half and he had an immediate impact when he ran onto Morata’s through-ball, rounded the goalkeeper and scored into an empty net.

Fellow substitute Adrien Rabiot extended Juve’s lead and the Bianconeri were awarded a penalty when Paolo Bartolomei tripped up Federico Chiesa.

Ronaldo stepped up and cheekily chipped the spot kick into the back of the net.

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Ibrahimovic continued to roll back the years with an overhead kick seven minutes from time to snatch all three points for Milan, which extended its unbeaten run to 23 matches.

He also set up Franck Kessie’s opener. The 39-year-old Ibrahimovic, who recently recovered from the coronavirus, has now scored seven goals in his last four league matches.

Milan took the lead in the 18th minute with a superb team move. Ismael Bennacer sent a long ball over the top that Ibrahimovic chested down and held up before laying it off to Kessie, who blasted it into the top right corner. (Ronaldo)

Udinese levelled early in the second half when Alessio Romagnoli fouled Ignacio Pussetto and Rodrigo De Paul converted the resulting penalty.

Just as the match appeared to be heading for a draw, Ibrahimovic reacted quickest in the area to acrobatically hook the ball into the back of the net.

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Sassuolo rose to second by handing Napoli its first loss on the field courtesy of goals from Manuel Locatelli and Maxime Lopez. Napoli’s only other defeat was decided by the league judge for not travelling to face Juventus amid an outbreak of coronavirus cases. An appeal is pending.

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Two stoppage-time goals saw Lazio snatch a 4-3 win at Torino.

Torino thought it was heading for its first win this season when Saoa Lukic put it 3-2 ahead with three minutes remaining but Ciro Immobile levelled from the spot five minutes into stoppage time and Felipe Caicedo managed to score in a goalmouth scramble.

Also, Sampdoria and Genoa drew 1-1 in a derby. Play was interrupted shortly after the start by a flare launched from outside the stadium with a mini-parachute attached that landed on the pitch.

No fans are allowed inside Italian stadiums according to the latest restrictions for the coronavirus.

Leonardo Spinazzola and Pedro scored in Roma’s 2-0 win over visiting Fiorentina, which finished with 10 men

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