Jose Mourinho showed his strength this summer bringing in quality over quantity at Stamford Bridge. Diego Costa and Filipe Luis joined for big fees from La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, while he also had funds spare to pick up Barca midfielder Cesc Fabregas, returning legend Didier Drogba (free) and QPR misfit Loic Remy. Despite the outlay, Chelsea has managed to recoup the money with the sales of David Luiz to PSG ($66 million) and Romelu Lukaku to Everton ($46 million). By breaking even and vastly improving the quality in their squad, the Blues have probably done the best business in Europe.
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Winners: Manchester United
The Red Devils may have failed to strengthen in key positions, but they undoubtedly signed some classy players this window. Angel Di Maria became the most expensive signing in British transfer history -- arriving from Real Madrid in a $97 million deal -- and Radamel Falcao’s arrival on a season-long loan was the highest profile deadline-day signing. Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw completed a solid summer for United. One quality center-back short of a perfect summer.
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Finally, Barcelona prioritized brining in defenders and goalkeepers, to the mix, though it wasn't cheap. Ex-Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen, Jeremy Mathieu and Brazilian fullback Douglas add additional depth to Barca's depleted backline. Goalkeepers Marc-André ter Stegen and Claudio Bravio plug the holes left by Jose Manuel Pinto and Victor Valdes. And of course, Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez are quality signings that will additional gunpowder to Barca's attack. Now the deadline has passed, the Catalan club -- banned from two transfer windows by FIFA -- will be unable to sign players until January 2016. Will they have enough to last? We think so but don't hold us to it.
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Winners: Borussia Dortmund
Another season for Dortmund and another summer full of transfer rumors about their top talent. Yet again Jurgen Klopp has answered the doubters and built a side that looks able to challenge on two fronts. They may have lost their star striker Robert Lewandowski to arch-rivals Bayern Munich, but Dortmund managed to hang onto the majority of their top players. BVB also snapped up 2013-14 Serie A top goal-scorer Ciro Immobile and Hertha Berlin star Adrian Ramos to add a bit of quality up front following Lewandowski's departure. Nuri Sahin re-signed from Real Madrid to shore up the midfield, while German wonderkid Matthias Ginter will provide much-needed defensive cover. Solid business.
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Winners: Atletico Madrid
Last season was always going to be hard to repeat for Atletico Madrid, but they’ve certainly done their chances no harm in the transfer market. Hanging onto talented manager Diego Simeone could be their best piece of business. The loss of key pair Diego Costa and Filipe Luis to Chelsea will be a bitter pill to swallow, but they replaced them adequately. Mario Mandzukic, who scored 48 goals in 88 games for Bayern, should be good enough to score a good chunk of Costa’s strikes from last season. French star Antoine Griezmann is another exciting signing and will fill in the hole left on the left-side by Luis. Griezmann was signed for $43 million from Real Sociedad and has his best years ahead of him. Slovenia keeper Jan Oblak, one of three players brought in from Benfica, combats the loss of Thibaut Courtois after his loan from Chelsea ended.
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It was whirlwind start to the transfer window for Southampton. Four key players departed from the squad that finished eighth in the Premier League last season. Money talked as Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren all moved to pastures new. On top of that, the Saints also lost influential manager Mauriccio Pochettino to fellow Premier League side Tottenham. New signings Graziano Pelle, Dusan Tadic and Florin Gardos have all done well in other leagues, but it remains to be seen how they will adapt to Premier League life. Need some luck.
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The money has dried up at Monaco. Radamel Falcao left the Ligue 1 club on deadline day on a season-long loan -- a sign of the times just a year on from when the club splashed $79 million on the Colombian forward. Fellow Los Cafeteros international James Rodriguez left for an estimated $105 million to Real Madrid. The deal for the World Cup wunderkind was great for the club, but owner Dmitry Rybolovlev failed to reinvest the money back into the squad. To make matters worse, top scorer from last season, Emmanuel Riviere, was sold for a measly fee of around $8 million.
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Losers: Real Madrid
Considering Los Blancos’ huge spending on Gareth Bale in 2013, they were again very active in the window this summer. The departures of Angel di Maria to Manchester United, Álvaro Morata to Juventus and Xabi Alonso to Bayern Munich have dominated headlines in Spain, and rightfully so. Cristiano Ronaldo recently expressed his doubts over Madrid's transfer market strategy. Yes, James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos, Keylor Navas and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez are clear talents but there’s something about the constant turnover of player personnel that continues to raise eyebrows -- especially when the departed trio helped lead Los Blancos to its tenth European crown. Real is a team built to win and expectatoins are always high with the boardroom. Expect these young wonderkids to test Real's patience through the course of the season.
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Juventus lost Antonio Conte to the Italy job this summer and removed the foundations on which its three consecutive Scudetto victories were built. Massimiliano Allegri -- Conte’s successor -- has new signings such as Alvaro Morata, Patrice Evra and Roberto Pereyra to call upon, but none of these players are likely to improve last year’s squad. Only another Scudetto will do for The Old Lady, and without any major additions they’ve almost certainly sacrificed success in Europe. Juve did manage to hold onto star man Arturo Vidal, but Andrea Pirlo and their aging defense is another year older.
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Losers: AC Milan
Like so many of Italy’s giants, Milan simply can’t compete with the financial muscle of the Premier League and La Liga. On transfer deadline day the Rossoneri missed out on primary target Jonathan Biabiany from Parma and had to settle for Atalanta winger Giacomo Bonaventura -- summing up their summer activity. Alex (PSG), Diego Lopez (Real Madrid) and Jeremy Menez (PSG) come in on free transfers and will prove useful additions. However, the lack of a marquee signing is disappointing, especially after Mario Balotelli’s high-profile exit.