Premier League Summer Transfer Analysis


In the Premier League – where one of 20 teams can win the title – any extra edge may mean the difference between finishing in first or second place. That’s why these clubs spent in excess of $1.8 billion during the most recent transfer window, a period when clubs are allowed to sell and register new players. It’s also a time for fans to celebrate or bemoan their club’s ambition, or lack thereof, in acquiring that special playmaker who will help them win the league.

We took a look to see which clubs sent the most players on to new clubs, who spent the most in total, and which players commanded the highest price tag. Read on to learn where all the players went in the Premier League during the 2017 summer transfer window.

More Arrivals and Departures Than Heathrow Airport


No club saw more arrivals or departures than London-based club Chelsea. The largest void to fill for the Blues was none other than defender John Terry, known to supporters as “Captain, Leader, Legend,” who saw an opportunity to continue playing regularly at championship-side Aston Villa. Chelsea looked to Serie A and A.S. Roma for a replacement in German international Antonio Rüdiger.

Manchester City also made several moves in the summer of 2017, their second season helmed by famed manager Pep Guardiola. The club invested heavily in defense, acquiring Benjamin Mendy from French-side Monaco, Danilo from La Liga winners Real Madrid, and Kyle Walker from the Premier League runners-up in 2016, Tottenham Hotspur. City also went into the market for a new goalkeeper, Ederson, who joined from Benfica.

A surprise mover in the market was Everton, who put the funds from the sale of their Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United into acquiring several other players. They rescued goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from Sunderland’s trip down to the championship, brought in Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea, and shored up their defense by adding in Michael Keane from Burnley.

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Balancing the Books


Manchester United spent the most – while recording the least amount of profit from player sales – across the entire Premier League. They spent close to $200 million while only generating less than $10 million from outgoing player sales. United added several players to tighten up the defense, paying large fees for the talents of both Nemanja Matic from Chelsea and Victor Lindelof from Benfica.

Arsenal, frequently thought of as a top club in England, actually spent less than they took in from player sales in the summer transfer window. An example of their shrewd tactics saw the Gunners secure the talents of defender Sead Kolasinac from German-side FC Schalke 04 on a free transfer while selling Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool for almost $45 million.

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AFC Bournemouth, known as the Cherries, spent over $40 million as they look to continue their tenure in the Premier League. This large outlay was used to sign two squad players from the 2016 Premier League Champions, Chelsea: defender Nathan Aké and goalkeeper Asmir Begović.

Money Value


Manchester United didn’t spend the most overall, but they did spend the most on average per player. Spending close to $200 million on new signings, the average cost per player was over $22 million. Compare this to Chelsea, spending just under $240 million but acquiring over 30 players during this window. At an average of less than $8 million per player, the Blues may feel they achieved a better value than their Northern neighbors.

However, most fans won’t be celebrating the average fee per player at the end of the season – they’ll only point to it if they fail to qualify for a top-four spot and Champions League football.

Striking Gold


Out of the five most expensive players based on transfer fees during the 2017 window, three were center forwards or strikers. Manchester United paid about $100 million to Everton to sign Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian striker, formerly an Everton player, looked to be the missing piece for José Mourinho’s United, especially with their Swedish starlet Zlatan Ibrahimović out injured.

Chelsea also prioritized the signing of a striker, opting to secure the talents of Spanish international Álvaro Morata. Morata is frequently featured as a substitute for Real Madrid and has now earned the opportunity to be the No. 1 option for a top club. The Champions needed a man of his talents after a falling out with their previous talisman, Diego Costa.

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Manchester City bucked the trend with the third and fifth most expensive players, as they too featured in defense and not attack. Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker joined an already potent City, whom both just needed to find a way to stop leaking goals. These gentlemen are expensive plugs, but if they win the 2017-2018 title, fans will commend the investment.

Window Shut, Now Play On

No more transfer action can happen until January 2018, when the winter transfer window opens. Until then, whether your club spent a little or a lot, the roster is set for the long campaign ahead of each side. If their aim is just staying up and avoiding relegation, or winning the league at all costs, be sure to look the part of a true supporter – get the latest officially licensed merchandise and apparel for every Premier League team at Fanatics.


The 2017 FA Cup Final


The Derby

The Football Association Challenge Cup, often referred to as the FA Cup, is the oldest soccer (football) competition in the world. Organized by the Football Association, the FA Cup is open to all clubs in the top 10 tiers of the English Football League system. The annual tournament culminates at the end of the long season with the FA Cup Final and is widely advertised as the showpiece of England’s beloved pastime.   

Here’s everything you need to know to become a full-fledged soccer fanatic in time for the showdown between this season’s finalists: Arsenal Football Club and Chelsea Football Club.

Going Head-to-Head


The London-based rivals are set to face off at Wembley Stadium on May 27 with a common goal in mind: hoisting the FA Cup trophy over their heads as victory confetti rains from the sky above.

These Premier League teams are no strangers to the FA Cup. Arsenal boasts an impressive 12 FA Cup victories since becoming a team – an all-time record held alongside league rivals Manchester United. And in the past decade, Chelsea has claimed more victories (4 titles) than any other club, with the last medal earned in 2012.

Taking a closer look at the results from this London Derby, it’s clear as day that both teams benefit from a healthy home field advantage. A total of 19 FA Cup matches have transpired between the rivaling clubs, with 11 of those games unfolding in a sea of red and white at Emirates Stadium, and the other remaining eight on Chelsea’s home ground at Stamford Bridge.

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At every home game, thousands of Arsenal fanatics belt out the motivational “And It’s Arsenal” song to cheer on the Gunners. And it appears to have worked magic for the players, with the club winning six of the home matches and scoring a total of 30 goals (an average of 1.58 per game) between the teams’ 19 faceoffs. On the other side of the field, the Blues worked their legs off to down Arsenal once at Emirates and four times at their West London-based stadium (scoring a collective 22 goals, or an average of 1.16 per game).

Road to the Cup


There’s no straightforward path to the FA Cup Finals, so let’s take a look at how both clubs grinded their way to the tournament’s final round.

During the first round of the competition, Arsenal defeated Preston North End (1-2) with goals credited to seasoned players Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud. For the next three rounds, including the quarterfinals, the Gunners fired away at full force – achieving three shutouts against Southampton, Sutton United, and Lincoln City, respectively. The North London-based squad secured their place in the finals after Alexis Sánchez silenced Manchester City during extra time.

A similar pattern followed for Chelsea during the first four rounds of the competition. The Blues blew out Peterborough United back in January and shut out all three subsequent opponents: Brentford FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Manchester United. Chelsea faced off against Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-final match and downed them accordingly with a little help from Willian Borges da Silva’s free kick and penalty goal.

All Eyes On Them

Over the course of the 2016-17 season, fanatics from both clubs have witnessed standout players thrive on the field and deliver favorable results. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the following players during the glorious showdown.



Alexis Sánchez: Sánchez thrives at Wembley and is the top scorer for Arsenal at the stadium, with a total of four goals produced on the field. The Chilean forward has also made tremendous contributions throughout the last 13 FA Cup matches by scoring seven goals and providing six assists.

Mesut Özil: Despite the change in formation, Mesut Özil is adjusting accordingly and even smashed a Premier League milestone by creating 12 chances against Sunderland.

Olivier Giroud: The French striker doesn’t receive the credit he deserves, but that doesn’t stop Giroud from excelling on the field. The 30-year-old impact sub has also scored more goals from the bench (six) than when he started matches.

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Diego Costa: “When he’s not scoring he’s contributing.” Costa has displayed Premier League dominance throughout the season and is showing no signs of slowing down going into the FA Cup Final.

Eden Hazard: Hazard has been named one of the top performers in the Premier League this season with 15 goals and five assists under his belt. Although the Blues star has been linked with a possible move, Hazard has been astounding for Chelsea this campaign and looks forward to competing in the FA Cup Final.

Pedro: Be on the lookout for Pedro! This Blues forward is riding a wave of confidence after his goal against Everton, which landed him the April Goal of the Month award – quite a gratifying accolade.

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History Of The FA Cup

Heralded as the oldest competition in English football (or soccer, in the U.S.), the Football Association’s Challenge Cup kicked off for the first time in 1871. For almost 150 years, this competition has taken place over 12 rounds, pitting the non-league teams against the Premier League elites, for eternal glory.

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Here’s your primer on the sides that have won the competition most often, the teams that have scored the most goals, and the individual stars to watch this year. Read on to learn more about the magic competition that is the FA Cup.

Domestic Dominance

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Clubs in the Premier League, England’s top-flight football league, don’t like to share. However, when it comes to the amount of FA Cup trophies sitting in their cabinets, Arsenal and Manchester United do just that. Each team has won the FA Cup 12 times. Manchester United won their first FA Cup in 1908-09, beating Bristol City 1-0 in the final. Their most recent victory came last year, when United dispatched Crystal Palace, 2-1.

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Arsenal made their first finals appearance in the 1926-27 season, but this wouldn’t be their first victory. After losing 1-0 in the finals to Cardiff City, the Gunners would ultimately hoist their first FA Cup trophy in 1929-30, besting Huddersfield Town 2-0. Arsenal have also won two of the last three honors, in 2013-14 by overcoming Hull City 3-2 and in 2014-15 by smashing Aston Villa 4-0.

Some of the other large Premier League teams – Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham – can’t claim similar success in the FA Cup. The Blues and Reds have each won the competition seven times, while the Spurs have felt the embrace of victory eight times.

Goals Galore

Even though they were relegated out of the Premier League last season, Aston Villa can boast about being the top scoring club in FA Cup history as they compete in the second-tier of English football, the Championship. Over 840 goals have been netted by scorers wearing the Claret and Blue. This ability to find the back of the net, however, has not led them to a record number of trophies. Aston Villa claimed only seven trophies throughout their participation in the tournament over the years.

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Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur own the second- and third-place records for most goals scored, both over 780. In FA Cup Finals however, Manchester leads the pack with 33 goals scored. Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham follow up with 25 and 21 goals respectively. EFL League One side Millwall F.C. will look to be a thorn in the side of the Spurs as they travel to White Hart Lane in search of an upset. Meanwhile, Manchester United returns to Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge for a second time this season, hoping to extract revenge for being beaten 4-0 in the Premier League fixture.

Golden Boots

In the 2016-17 FA Cup, the tournament’s leading scorer played for a side that went out in the second round. Adam Morgan, a former Liverpool youth player, scored six goals across three games for Curzon Ashton. This included a hat trick against AFC Wimbledon in a game Morgan’s team lost, 4-3. He scored over 85 percent of the goals for his team, which may be one of the reasons they didn’t advance further in the competition.

Two Premier League stars, Arsenal’s Theo Walcott and Chelsea’s Pedro, have each contributed four goals for their squads. They are the highest scorers from the top-flight of English football so far. Not far behind these two are those with three goals: Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, and Son Heung-min. Each of these players are still helping to push their team toward the semifinals and finals, and perhaps the chance to claim personal accolades, too.

Magic of the Cup

Giving lower league sides the opportunity to spoil the day of football powerhouses, the FA Cup brings a level of excitement and unpredictability to these matches, making it a joy to watch. Who will host the trophy this year? While there are plenty of big name clubs still in the competition – Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United – there are also smaller sides – Lincoln City, Millwall – who could pull off an upset.

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Champions League: Teams and Their Countries


Champions League Overview

The Champions League is the ultimate soccer competition. Orchestrated by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the Champions League pits the champions of domestic leagues and other qualifiers against one another in a grand annual tournament. Some of the most popular teams from the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, and Ligue 1 compete for eternal glory on the biggest stage.

Here’s all you need to know to be the most well-versed “football” hipster now that the European version is the only kind available until August.

They Like to Score


No team has scored more goals in the history of the Champions League – rebranded as such from the European Cup in 1992 – than Real Madrid. The team has scored close to 900 goals in pursuit of European and Champions League honors. In their current campaign, the Madridistas count on the scoring power of Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Welsh forward Gareth Bale.

German side Bayern Munich and Spanish side FC Barcelona both trail significantly behind the Galácticos of Real Madrid. They’ve each scored around 300 fewer goals in total, even equipped with strong players in their attacking roles. Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller help lead the line for the German giants, while MSN – Messi, Suárez, and Neymar – drive defenders crazy for Barça’s benefit.

In fourth place, with close to 500 goals, is Manchester United, the highest-scoring English side and the only one in the top five spots. The team will have to wait another year for their chance to add to this tally, though, as the Red Devils failed to qualify for the Champions League due to their subpar performance last season.

Countries With the Biggest Trophy Cases


Between the European Cup and Champions League, Spanish clubs have produced the most success in winning the yearly competition. However, just two Spanish clubs share this success of over 16 titles: FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. While English clubs haven’t seen the same volume of success that Spanish sides have, more teams have had a chance to wrap their collective hands around the trophy.

Liverpool (5 titles), Manchester United (3 titles), Nottingham Forest (2 titles), Aston Villa (1 title), and Chelsea (1 title) have all won either the European Cup or Champions League. In the 2017 campaign, Arsenal, Leicester City, and Manchester City are the three English sides with a chance to claim Champions League glory. If they could win the cup, it would be the first time for any of these clubs to earn such an honor.

Where Winners Are Born


In the first decade of the European Cup, Real Madrid claimed the top prize five times in a row. They then shared this honor with two Italian sides, AC Milan and Inter Milan, and one Portuguese side, Benfica. These were the only sides that won the right to be called European champions in the 1950s and early 1960s.

The 1970s saw the Spanish and Italian sides moved aside for teams hailing from England, Germany, and the Netherlands. There were also instances of back-to-back winners, with Ajax winning in ’71, ’72, and ’73. Bayern Munich would win in ’74, ’75, and ’76, while Liverpool would do a double in ’77 and ’78.

More recently, there has been a return to Spanish dominance, as Real Madrid and Barcelona have won the last three Champions League trophies.

Quest to Be the Best

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Hitting the Back of the Net in the Champions League

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Champions League Top Scorers

While it’s not America’s most popular sport, soccer commands the attention of the rest of the world as the “Beautiful Game.” No competition pits so many of the best teams and players against each other than the Champions League. Hosted by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the Champions League is a multi-tiered competition involving group and knockout stages. The final, a last 90-minute outing between the two best teams, actually draws more eyeballs than the Big Game in the NFL!

While it takes a team to make it to the final game or to win the competition, individual brilliance is appreciated. Here are the names of the clubs and players you need to know, both from years past and some of today’s starting XIs, when it comes to slotting the ball into the net in the Champions League.

Golden Boots

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Even under the bright lights of some of the world’s biggest sporting competitions, singular players can shine by scoring goals. No one player has scored more goals than Real Madrid’s striker Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward is closing in on the century mark, a feat no other player has accomplished in the Champions League. However, he isn’t alone in making this climb.

The other household name player Lionel Messi sits only three goals behind Ronaldo. The FC Barcelona forward and Argentinian footballing prodigy continues to keep pace with his peers. In fact, these two players have each won the most coveted award in soccer, the FIFA Ballon d’Or, multiple times. Essentially soccer’s most valuable player award, Ronaldo and Messi are the only two to win the award over the last nine years.

It’s not just strikers from La Liga who have won the award – several of the best strikers in the Premier League’s biggest clubs have made their mark in the Champions League as well. Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry scored over 50 goals, seven more than former crosstown rival Didier Drogba, who scored 44 goals for Chelsea.

Target Practice

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While every goal counts the same, certain teams have a propensity to score more frequently from different locations on the pitch. Two clubs, La Liga giant FC Barcelona and the beloved Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, most frequently score inside the area. Each of these clubs has scored 18 goals in the 2016 Champions League Group Stage matches from this location.

Three clubs have specialized in scoring from outside the area with Juventus’ Bianconeri leading the charge. They boast two of the Serie A’s most dynamic strikers, Gonzalo Higuaín and Paulo Dybala, who are both capable of netting a worldie.

When it comes to penalties, several teams have shown success in converting their chances. One of these is the Bundesliga’s champions-elect Bayern Munich. While the club converted two penalty attempts this season, they know just how important these chances are – just ask those Bayern players who lost to Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League final on penalties.

Weapon of Choice

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While there are many locations to score goals from, there are also a few options a player may use to send that ball into the net. Whether they’re using their head or their weak or strong foot, each goal is crucial to advancing in the tournament. No one has scored more goals with their left foot in the 2016 Champions League than Lionel Messi.

However, behind him is Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez. The Algerian winger was part of Leicester City’s unprecedented Premier League title victory in the 2015-16 season and has been a key figure in their advancement to the round of 16 in the Champions League.

Edinson Cavani doesn’t just specialize with his right foot – which has helped him score four goals for Paris Saint-Germain – he’s also got a good head on his shoulders. The Uruguayan forward has sent two goals into the net with the use of his noggin, matching the efforts of other star players like S.S.C. Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik or Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema.

Taking Their Shot

Whether your favorite team plays in England, France, Germany, or Spain, there’s no denying the quality of competition in the Champions League. Cheer on your favorite side with the best officially licensed club merchandise and apparel at Fanatics.