17 July 2024

Liverpool rivals round-up: The Reds will feel better about their business after a $60m Tottenham deal, while Manchester United has officially announced a signing.

After beating Liverpool to both Moisés Caicedo and Roméo Lavia, it was no surprise to see Chelsea at the top of the Premier League spending chart for the summer transfer window.

The Blues nearly doubled the outlay of their nearest challenger, Tottenham Hotspur, with moves for Christopher Nkunku, Cole Palmer, Axel Disasi, Nicolas Jackson, Lesley Ugochukwu, Robert Sánchez, Djordje Petrovic, Deivid Washington and Angelo taking its spending well beyond the $466m (£400m/€503m) mark.

Spurs put the proceeds of Harry Kane’s sale to good use by signing Brennan Johnson, James Maddison, Micky van de Ven, Guglielmo Vicario, Alejo Véliz, Ashley Phillips and Manor Solomon, while also making loan deals for Dejan Kulusevski and Pedro Porro permanent.

There was a surprising amount of turnover at treble-winning Manchester City, who wound up investing $266m (£211m/€246m) in Joško Gvardiol, Matheus Nunes, Jérémy Doku and Mateo Kovačić, while Arsenal was up there too on $257m (£204m/€238m) despite only signing three players on permanent deals — Declan Rice, Jurriën Timber and Kai Havertz.

And finally, Manchester United pumped a further $210m (£167m/€195m) to its squad, adding Rasmus Højlund, Mason Mount, André Onana, Sofyan Amrabat and Altay Bayindir.

Here, Liverpool.com takes a scan around the other big sides in the Premier League and around Europe to take a look at the news going on at the other clubs.

Tottenham Hotspur was able to squeeze through a late deal for Nottingham Forest forward Brennan Johnson, paying $60m (£48m/€56m) for his services, according to The Guardian.

Spurs spent a week in talks with Forest but were only able to confirm the deal ‘on the stroke of the deadline after Johnson made the trip down to North London and signed a six-year contract.

The Lilywhites haven’t replaced Harry Kane with an out-and-out number nine, but in Johnson, Son Heung-min and Richarlison, they have players who are capable of operating across the frontline in a fluid set-up.

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