The name’s Gerrard, Jordan Gerrard,” also known as “The American Gerrard!” You know about the “Welsh Pirlo”, you’ve seen the “Egyptian Messi”, but you never knew about the American Gerrard! When the American Scouser needed a transfer expert I was there to smash it in from long range with an absolute belter. What a hit son, what a hit!

First, a Word…

I am not talking about Sunday. I am doing what all Liverpool fans need to do – forgetting the disaster and moving on with my life. We are not exactly “walking through a storm” at this point of the journey, but we can keep our heads held high as the darkness was a rare eclipse. The type of eclipse that only happens once or twice in a lifetime. We should have enough hope to cheer up Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh.

Since the window closed yesterday, I decided it would be somewhat obsolete to write an article about Liverpool transfer rumors. Any rumors are kind of useless until the next window opens. There was not exactly any transfer business for me to write about aside from Rhian Brewster‘s move to Sheffield United last week.

As always, I am attempting to keep my readers well-informed about the latest transfer activity so I have compiled every Premier League side’s transfer business this summer. Along with a listing of all the teams and their moves,  I have added some commentary about each team’s transfer activity.  Also, I have chosen to omit most youth transfer activity to avoid this list from being too long.  Without further ado I present to you the…

2020 Premier League Completed Summer Transfers

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Willian from (Chelsea)
Pablo Mari (Flamengo)
Cedric Soares (Southampton)
Gabriel (Lille)
Dani Ceballos (loan, Real Madrid)
Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Roma)
Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa)
Matteo Guendouzi (loan, Hertha Berlin)
Lucas Torreira (loan, Atletico Madrid)

Arsenal always seems to have this reputation they never have any money to spend but somehow end up buying a ton of players. After a falling out with Arteta, Matteo Guendouzi was allowed to leave on loan to Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin. I feel like Hertha probably wanted to loan Grujic first, but Liverpool refused any approaches that were not permanent moves, so Hertha  switched to Guendouzi instead. Mesut Ozil posted a message in support of his teammate, prompting everyone to ask if Ozil even still plays for Arsenal. I am happy I will no longer get Guendouzi and his Sideshow Bob haircut buddy David Luiz confused on my crappy TV!

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Aston Villa

Matty Cash (Nottingham Forest)
Ollie Watkins (Brentford)
Emiliano Martinez (Arsenal)
Bertrand Traore (Lyon)
Ross Barkley (loan, Chelsea)

Mbwana Samatta (loan, Fenerbahce)

Last season there were constant rumors linking Jack Grealish with a move away. Manchester United were thought to be his fondest admirers. I guess in the end nobody thought Grealish was good enough to spend 80 million on.

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Brighton & Hove Albion

Jensen Weir (Wigan)
Adam Lallana (Liverpool)
Joel Veltman (Ajax)
Jan Paul van Hecfke (NAC Breda)

Anthony Knockaert (Fulham)
Martin Montoya (Real Betis)
Aaron Mooy (Shanghai SIPG)
Glenn Murray (loan, Watford)
Shane Duffy (loan, Celtic)
Dale Stephens (Burnley)

God, I hope Adam Lallana can stay fit long enough to score a goal for Brighton. That first game did not give me much inspiration. This list does not mention Ben White returning from his loan spell with Leeds, but he is like a new signing as well. Brighton turned down interest from top teams to retain the young defender in their starting lineup.

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Dale Stephens (Brighton)
Anthony Gomez Mancini (loan, Angers)

Joe Hart (Spurs)
Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle)
Aaron Lennon (Kayserispor)
Ben Gibson (loan, Norwich City)

The rumor this week was that Burnley were attempting to sign Harry Wilson from Liverpool, but eventually pulled out of the deal. Supposedly they felt that Liverpool’s asking price was too high. Their lack of more signings and refusal to meet Harry Wilson’s price tag may indicate the club’s financial misfortunes caused by the pandemic. 

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Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)
Hakim Ziyech (Ajax)
Ben Chilwell (Leicester)
Malang Sarr (Nice)
Thiago Silva (PSG)
Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen)
Edouard Mendy (Rennes)

Nathan (Atletico MG)
Pedro (Roma)
Willian (Arsenal)
Mario Pasalic (Atalanta)
Ethan Ampadu (loan, Sheff Utd)
Kenedy (loan, Granada)
Michy Batshuayi (loan, Crystal Palace)
Davide Zappacosta (loan, Genoa)
Ross Barkley (loan, Aston Villa)
Matt Miazga (loan, Anderlecht)
Tiemoue Bakayoko (loan, Napoli)
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (loan, Fulham)

On paper Chelsea looked a real threat this season, but after a few games some of their new signings may need more time to get used to the Premier League. Timo Werner is killing my fantasy team. Thiago Silva is too slow for the Premier League. Kepa has a shit attitude but I am unsure the new goal keeper is a definite improvement. 

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Crystal Palace

Nathan Ferguson (West Brom)
Eberechi Eze (QPR)
Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) Loan

Alexander Sorloth (RB Leipzig)

I have heard Eze might be one to watch but I have not seen enough of him to make the call. I am also hearing Nathanial Clyne may sign for Palace on a short term deal after being released by Liverpool.

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Niels Nkounkou (Marseille)
Allan (Napoli)
James Rodriguez (Real Madrid)
Abdoulaye Doucoure (Watford)
Ben Godfrey (Norwich)
Robin Olsen (loan, Roma)

Leighton Baines (retired)
Morgan Schneiderlin (Nice)
Fraser Hornby (Reims)
Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax)
Kieran Dowell (Norwich City)

Oumar Niasse (released)
Cuco Martina (released)
Moise Kean (loan, PSG)
Theo Walcott (loan, Southampton)

It kills me to say this, but Everton look a decent side this season. I have always been a fan of Allan, and he looks to be a good signing. He is like the Brazilian Kante when he wants to be. I made fun of James in American Scouser’s season predictions, but he has been playing really well, and some experts have always theorized his style of play was cut out for the Premier League. I have been saying this for a few seasons now, but Everton just needed to get the right manager in… and it looks like they have with Ancelotti. Regardless, they will all be losers in their next match!

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Anthony Knockaert (Brighton)
Antonee Robinson (Wigan)
Harrison Reed (Southampton)
Mario Lemina (loan, Southampton)
Alphonse Areola (loan, Paris Saint-Germain)
Kenny Tete (Lyon)
Ola Aina (loan, Torino)
Ademola Lookman (loan, RB Leipzig)
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (loan, Chelsea)
Tosin Adarabioyo (Manchester City)
Joachim Andersen (loan, Lyon)

Cody Drameh (Leeds)
Alfie Mawson (loan, Bristol City)
Steven Sessegnon (loan, Bristol City)

I think Fulham will get relegated this season. Areola is a cool signing I guess…? Antonee Robinson is American left back aged 23 and has a bit of a backstory worth telling. He actually had a heart irregularity that prevented him from joining AC Milan last winter. After discovering the irregularity was likely caused by caffeine sensitivity and removing it from his diet, his heart corrected itself, but his dream move to a big club like Milan was off. Now with a clean bill of health he’s ready to prove himself in the Premier League.

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Leeds United

Helder Costa (Wolves)
Illan Meslier (Lorient)
Jack Harrison (loan, Man City)
Joe Gelhardt (Wigan)
Cody Drameh (Fulham)
Rodrigo (Valencia)
Robin Koch (Freiburg)
Diego Llorente (Real Sociedad)
Raphinha (Rennes)

Ryan Edmondson (loan, Aberdeen)
Jordan Stevens (loan, Swindon)
Alfie McCalmont (loan, Oldham)

I may be 33 years old, but I still giggle when someone says “Robin Koch.” Despite his name, prior to signing for Leeds, Koch received his first call-up to the German national team. He did not fare too well against Liverpool, though. Rodrigo is an interesting signing, but is he cut out for the Premier League? I think the two most important signings Leeds made were retaining last season’s loanees Jack Harrison and Helder Costa. Jack Harrison is a player I have kept an eye on for a few years, starting back when he played for New York City FC and scored 14 goals in his debut MLS season. He was purchased by City and sat around idle until getting back-to-back loan moves to Leeds United. 

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Timothy Castagne (Atalanta)
Cengiz Under (loan, Roma)
Wesley Fofana (Saint-Etienne)

Andy King (released)
Ben Chilwell (Chelsea)
Fousseni Diabate (Trabzonspor)
Rachid Ghezzal (loan, Besiktas)

Castagne looks like a good player. I am curious as to what will happen when Ricardo Pereira is back fit.  AS boss Timucin is our resident Turkish football expert, who says new signing Cengiz Under is “washed up.”

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Konstantinos Tsimikas (Olympiacos)
Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich)
Diogo Jota (Wolves)

Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United)
Dejan Lovren (Zenit)
Adam Lallana (Brighton)
Pedro Chirivella (Nantes)
Nathaniel Clyne (released)
Shamal George (released)
Andy Lonergan (released)
Ki-Jana Hoever (Wolves)
Ovie Ejaria (Reading)
Loris Karius (loan, Union Berlin)
Taiwo Awoniyi (loan, Union Berlin)
Morgan Boyes (loan, Fleetwood Town)
Marko Grujic (Porto)
Tony Gallacher (loan, Toronto)
Kamil Grabara (loan, AGF Aarhus)

Rhian Brewster joined Sheffield United for $29 million! The deal includes a three-year buyback option, as well as a 15% sell-on fee in case Sheffield sells Brewster elsewhere. Reported deals for Xherdan Shaqiri and Harry Wilson never materialized and both will remain with the club for the time being.

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Manchester City

Yan Couto (Coritiba)
Issa Kabore (Mechelen)
Ferran Torres (Valencia)
Nathan Ake (AFC Bournemouth)
Pablo Moreno (Juventus)
Scott Carson (Derby County)
Ruben Dias (Benfica)

Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich)
Jack Harrison (loan, Leeds)
David Silva (Real Sociedad)
Aleix Garcia (Real Betis)
Claudio Bravo (Real Betis)
Felix Correia (Juventus)
Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica)
Pablo Moreno (loan, Girona)
Tosin Adarabioyo (Fulham)

Manchester City just keep spending more and more on defenders, but their defense never really improves. Maybe it is not the horses… it is the man leading the wagons?  Personally I think they overpaid for Ruben Dias (and Transfermarkt agrees with me, valuing him much less than the fee City paid). I had mentioned in a previous article they signed an injury-prone Nathan Ake to provide centre back cover for injury-prone Aymeric Laporte. What happens when they are both injured? Overall, I think there is a reason why Pep usually stays at the same club for only three years…

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Manchester United

Donny van de Beek (Ajax)
Alex Telles (Porto)
Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain)
Willy Kambwala (Sochaux)
Facundo Pellistri (Penarol)

Chris Smalling (Roma)
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Oldham)
Angel Gomes (Lille)
Alexis Sanchez (Inter Milan)
Tahith Chong (loan, Werder Bremen)
Joel Pereira (loan, Huddersfield)
Andreas Pereira (loan, Lazio)
Diogo Dalot (loan, AC Milan)

That photo was taken right when Cavani heard United where the only team willing to pay his outrageous wage demands. In all seriousness, I thought he would have been better off in the MLS. I am already hearing United fans comparing him to Zlatan. If that’s true, he will be at LA Galaxy in a year and a half. However, I do believe signing Telles for so cheap was an absolute steal. Let’s be honest, United didn’t need any attackers like Cavani – they needed a new center back (and maybe a new snorkel for Bruno Fernandes’ dives).

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Jeff Hendrick (Burnley)
Callum Wilson (AFC Bournemouth)
Ryan Fraser (AFC Bournemouth)
Jamal Lewis (Norwich City)
Mark Gillespie (Motherwell)

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest)
Florian Lejeune (loan, Deportivo Alaves)
Yoshinori Muto (loan, Eibar)

Norwich are shistey. I know this is supposed to be about Newcastle but Norwich tried to tax the Champs on Jamal Lewis only to turn around and sell to Newcastle for cheaper. Hey Delia Smith We ain’t “aving you-rippin us off!” Now that that’s taken care of I think Callum Wilson is a good signing for Newcastle. Ryan Fraser and him must be awkward in the dressing room.

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Sheffield United

Rhian Brewster (Liverpool)
Wes Foderingham (Rangers)
Aaron Ramsdale (AFC Bournemouth)
Ethan Ampadu (loan, Chelsea)
Jayden Bogle (Derby County)
Max Lowe (Derby County)
Ismaila Coulibaly (Sarpsborg 08)
Oliver Burke (West Brom)

Mark Duffy (Fleetwood)
Ismaila Coulibaly (loan, K Beerschot VA)
Callum Robinson (West Brom)
Jack Rodwell (released)
Phil Jagielka (released)

I really hope Sheffield treat Rhian Brewster well and help with his development. I predicted before the start of the season that Sheffield would struggle without the return of Dean Henderson, their star goalkeeper of last season. Manchester United opted to keep him instead of loaning or selling him to Sheffield. Has he even played for them yet? (Ed. – yes, in their two Carabo cup matches) Will Brewster boost a team who has failed to win a single game so far this season? Their next match is home against Fulham, so get your fantasy teams ready.

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Kyle Walker-Peters (Spurs)
Mohammed Salisu (Real Valladolid)
Ibrahima Diallo (Brest)
Theo Walcott (loan, Everton)

Mohamed Elyounoussi (loan, Celtic)
Cedric Soares (Arsenal)
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Spurs)
Maya Yoshida (Sampdoria)
Harrison Reed (Fulham)
Mario Lemina (loan, Fulham)
Wesley Hoedt (loan, Lazio)
Sofiane Boufal (loan, Angers)

Theo Walcott returned to boyhood club Southampton on deadline day. I can remember a few seasons back Jurgen Klopp was supposedly interested in signing Walcott, only for him to turn down Liverpool to stay at Arsenal. How’d that work out for ya, Teddy? Walcott says he is very emotional about his return to Southampton and that he will likely cry during his first match for them. Tears for Theo.  

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Southampton)
Joe Hart (Burnley)
Matt Doherty (Wolves)
Gareth Bale (loan, Real Madrid)
Sergio Reguilon (Real Madrid)
Carlos Vinicius (loan, Benfica)

Troy Parrott (loan, Millwall)
Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton)
Jan Vertonghen (Benfica)
Michel Vorm (released)
Oliver Skipp (loan, Norwich)
Juan Foyth (loan, Villarreal)
Ryan Sessegnon (loan, Hoffenheim)

Jose Mourinho will attempt to answer one of the Premier League’s newest mysteries this season. Where will Spurs fit in Gareth Bale’s notorious pecking order of “Golf-Wales-Madrid?”  Will Bale’s return to Spurs under the Special One turn out to be not-so-special? Find out in Season Two of Amazon’s Wildest Tottenham Disaster’s caught on tape!

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West Bromwich Albion

Matheus Pereira (Sporting)
Cedric Kipre (Wigan)
Grady Diangana (West Ham)
David Button (Brighton)
Callum Robinson (Sheff Utd)
Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit Saint Petersburg)
Conor Gallagher (loan, Chelsea)
Filip Krovinovic (loan, Benfica)

Nathan Ferguson (Crystal Palace)
Jonathan Leko (Birmingham City)
Chris Brunt (Bristol City)
Gareth Barry (released)
Oliver Burke (Sheff Utd)

I feel like Sheffield might slightly regret selling Callum Robinson to West Brom after his goals against Chelsea. Speaking of Chelsea, What is Ivanovic doing back in the Premier League? Surely he is 40 years old by now? West Brom are one of my picks for relegation contenders. Matheus Pereira has actually impressed this season scoring once and assisting twice in four matches. West Brom had him on loan last season in the Championship where he scored eight goals and assisted 16, prompting them to make his move permanent. He is on my short list of new players to watch this season.

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West Ham United

Tomas Soucek (Slavia Prague)
Vladimír Coufal (Slavia Prague)

Abian Ajeti (Celtic)
Jordan Hugill (Norwich City)
Carlos Sanchez (released)
Pablo Zabaleta (released)
Roberto (Real Valladolid)
Grady Diangana (West Brom)
Jack Wilshere (released)
Josh Cullen (Anderlecht)

Apparently Jack Wilshire wrote a bitter post online after he was released by West Ham. I didn’t really read it through which sums up the world’s interest in washed up Wilshire. I was going to be sympathetic and say Wilshire was plagued by injuries but according to Jack that just isn’t true. Although he fail to provide any other excuse, he claims it wasn’t injury that was preventing him from playing for West Ham. I guess he just sucks?

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Wolverhampton Wanderers

Matija Sarkic (Aston Villa)
Fabio Silva (Porto)
Marcal (Lyon)
Vitinha (loan, Porto)
Ki-Jana Hoever (Liverpool)
Nelson Semedo (Barcelona)
Rayan Ait Nouri (loan, Angers)

Helder Costa (Leeds)
Morgan Gibbs-White (loan, Swansea)
Matt Doherty (Spurs)
Diogo Jota (Liverpool)
Ruben Vinagre (loan, Olympiacos)
Matija Sarkic (loan, Shrewsbury)

I have come to the conclusion that Wolves must maintain a certain number of Portuguese players within their squad at all times. Wolves actually have more Portuguese players in their starting eleven then most club teams in Portugal! Nelson Semedo must have got confused when he left Barcelona and thought he was signing up for the Portuguese National team. 

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To Sum It Up…

There you have it, the Premier League’s summer moves summed up in one place. Teams like Chelsea and Manchester City (Ed. – coughoilmoneycough) were very active, acquiring pieces they hope will assemble teams capable of challenging defending champions Liverpool for the title. Other teams like Burnley and West Ham seemed to let more first team players out then in. Teams can still negotiate loan moves and the signing of free agents, but I do not expect too much more action.

With the closing of the transfer window, and evaporation of transfer rumors, I will be signing off from transfer news and rumor duty for a few months.  Don’t panic – I will be sticking around to cover various other Liverpool-related topics to keep you entertained while we wait for new transfer drama to conspire. I promise to make up for the lack of Liverpool transfers with some great original content – after all, us Gerrards have been known to make Liverpool fans pretty happy from time to time.

I’m Jordan Gerrard and as always, I thank you for reading.