Transfers

Transfer window opens: The Premier League deals so far

The summer transfer window is now officially open, so expect the Premier League ins and outs to ratchet up.

Some moves have already been announced, from free transfers and loan deals made permanent to big-money signings like Alexis Mac Allister.

We’ll round up the key acquisitions so far on this page and continue to keep abreast of the deals in the close-season.

The more noteworthy signings will be given their own Scout Reports, while regular round-ups like this one will recap everything else.

Our Transfer Centre page lists all the noteworthy moves by date, while our Pre-Season Guide chronicles them club by club.

And if it’s hearsay, gossip and chip-shop sightings you’re after, our sister site, Fantasy Football Community, has a regular Rumour Mill feature.

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YOURI TIELEMANS (LEICESTER CITY TO ASTON VILLA, FREE)

He wasn’t alone at Leicester City but 2022/23 was a very underwhelming year for Youri Tielemans, who could only scrape together six attacking returns and 2.8 points per match from 31 appearances. At £6.5m, the same starting price as Martin Odegaard and Marcus Rashford, it simply wasn’t enough in FPL terms.

In fact, not once has he hit more than 10 goals and assists combined in four-and-a-half-seasons as a Premier League player.

Lambasted by some of the Foxes’ own support for a perceived lack of effort as his contract wound down and moves elsewhere failed to materialise, there were also concerns over his fitness levels.

It wasn’t as if he was that unlucky on the FPL front, either: Tielemans could point to the fact that most of the 10 big chances he created were wasted by team-mates but even then, his season-long non-penalty expected goal involvement (NPxGI) was a paltry 4.23 – the same as Brighton and Hove Albion’s defensive midfielder Moises Caicedo, for context.

There is some hope, however.

Aston Villa’s own midfield came in for plenty of criticism before Unai Emery arrived and sprinkled his magic dust, the transformation of John McGinn from maligned presence to crowd favourite a testimony of the Spaniard’s Midas touch.

“He has probably transformed me as a player; taken me to a level that I probably didn’t think I was capable of; made me adapt in so many ways I probably didn’t think I was capable of. He is so intense, so passionate about football, so detailed. He just wants to improve every single player.” – John McGinn on Unai Emery

A full pre-season with the demanding Emery should also address any lingering stamina issues surrounding Tielemans.

The big question is over where exactly he fits into his new manager’s 4-4-2 system, with Douglas Luiz and Boubacar Kamara pivotal in central midfield. It could be that he’s an initial back-up to the pair and fielded in the UEFA Europa Conference League, reinvented a la McGinn in a slightly wider role or, more attractively to FPL bosses, pushed into the Emi Buendia position just off Ollie Watkins. The pre-season friendlies, again, will be worth paying attention to in that regard.

One final thought: with Watkins missing from the spot in Gameweek 37, might Tielemans come into the reckoning for penalties at his new club? The Belgian’s own record from 12 yards had been excellent for Leicester (7/7) but the campaign just gone saw him miss two successive spot-kicks in league and cup.

KEVIN SCHADE (FREIBURG TO BRENTFORD, £22M)

Not a new signing per se but rather a loan move made permanent, with Kevin Schade penning a five-year deal with Brentford.

We previously ran the rule over the German following his temporary move to west London in January, highlighting his versatility in playing across the frontline. To date, he has mostly been starting on the left flank.

The 21-year-old attacker has not exactly hit the ground running with Thomas Frank’s side, failing to score in any of his seven starts or 11 substitute appearances. A minutes-per-shot average of 64.2 was also the worst of the five main options (Ivan Toney, Yoane Wissa, Bryan Mbeumo, Keane Lewis-Potter and Schade) that Frank had at his disposal in the front three.

He’s still highly thought of (hence the club-record £22m fee) and it’s worth pointing out that he’s still very much a rookie, with only 15 top-flight starts to his name in his entire career.

More opportunities look set to arrive this season with Toney suspended, although it’s worth keeping an eye on any more incomings at Brentford. Wissa looks like he’s currently at the front of the queue for the centre-forward role whenever Frank opts for a 4-3-3, with Schade battling with Lewis-Potter for left-wing duties.

Not a name for any immediate FPL target list, then, but a situation to monitor as the season progresses if he again gets priced at £5.0m.

JEFFERSON LERMA (BOURNEMOUTH TO CRYSTAL PALACE, FREE)

A player historically avoided even in the budget midfield bracket, Lerma’s first two seasons at Bournemouth saw him pick up a combined 23 bookings and one red card – effectively wiping out the seven attacking returns he had chipped in with.

The defensive midfielder contributed a career-best five goals to the Cherries’ survival bid this time around, however, only one fewer than Dominic Solanke managed. Lerma was subsequently named the club’s Player of the Year.

His remit at Crystal Palace is still going to be more on stopping goals than scoring them.

He was ranked second among FPL midfielders for clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBIs) in 2022/23, also sitting fourth for recoveries.

While someone best swerved from a Fantasy perspective, Lerma’s capture should further boost the clean-sheet potential of a Crystal Palace side that very quietly went and finished fourth for expected goals conceded (xGC) last season. The Eagles’ xGC tally of 48.83 was better than sides like Liverpool, Manchester United and Brighton and Hove Albion.

Haaland Foden


65 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Sure You Did
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 16 days ago

    Man U getting bought by Qatar is absolutely priceless and hilarious. If it goes through of course.

    1. Andy_Social
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      The current silly talk is they'll go for Mbappe is the Jassim dude is successful.

    2. Grande Tubarão
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Why?

      1. Andy_Social
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 16 days ago

        Why what? It's not my decision; I'm just passing on this from the BBC

        Manchester United will lead the race to sign France forward Kylian Mbappe, 24, from Paris St-Germain if the Premier League club is taken over by Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani. (Metro)
        https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/gossip

        1. Andy_Social
          • 11 Years
          11 months, 16 days ago

          Plus there'd be a vacancy:
          Manchester United are willing to sell England winger Jadon Sancho, but while Aston Villa are keen on the 23-year-old, they do not want to pay the £60m asking price. (Football Transfers)

          1. Zimo
            • 5 Years
            11 months, 16 days ago

            He didn't reply to u

        2. Grande Tubarão
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 16 days ago

          I was replying to Sure You Did. I meant why is the takeover priceless and hilarious? Just wanted him to elaborate a bit out of genuine curiosity. I don’t like it either but it’s just the state of football now isn’t it?

          Mbappe would probably be an upgrade on Sancho though.

          1. Andy_Social
            • 11 Years
            11 months, 16 days ago

            Oh, I agree in full. 'Nasty' is the term I'd use, not hilarious.

            Apropos of nothing, I was just watching a video on the richest club on the planet - West Brom. They're 25% owned by the People's Republic of China, or so it seems.

            1. Grande Tubarão
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              11 months, 16 days ago

              Yeah, maybe that’s he what he meant.

              I’m surprised at that - I’m sure West Brom’s owner took a £4m loan from the club and then failed to pay it back last season. I think his other business’ were struggling and so he used the money to prop them up. Crazy that there’s nothing in place to stop that sort of stuff from happening

              1. Andy_Social
                • 11 Years
                11 months, 16 days ago

                The video notes he never paid back the loan then promptly lent the club £2m at 80% annual interest. Very very shady stuff going on there, as well as at Brum. Nasty few years at Cov too but that wasn't Chinese. Midlands, eh?

                1. Grande Tubarão
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  11 months, 16 days ago

                  So much for the ‘fit and proper person tests’

          2. Warblers
            • 8 Years
            11 months, 16 days ago

            Probably?

            1. Grande Tubarão
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              11 months, 16 days ago

              I’d say so. Basing that just on FIFA stats though

            2. Grande Tubarão
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              11 months, 16 days ago

              Mbappe is completely clean shaven though which I have to count against him vs Sancho who at least has a little fluff

              1. The Knights Template
                • 10 Years
                11 months, 16 days ago

                He could very easily afford a beard transplant.

                1. Grande Tubarão
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  11 months, 16 days ago

                  Agreed. Makes it all the more despicable for me

    1. Andy_Social
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Sounds ghastly. I must be getting old.

    2. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Things like this help me feel more comfortable with the fact we are destroying the planet for the next generation.

      1. The Knights Template
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 16 days ago

        There will be no 'next generation', Skynet will be up and running by then!

    3. Make Arrows Green Again
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Sounds a lot like like Blaseball (Rest in Violence) without any of the humour or charm.

      Blaseball showed how wildly popular simulated sports can be, provided the universe in which it takes place is sufficiently engaging. An individual fan's impact was minimal, but fans could still improve their teams by voting for things in weekly elections.

    4. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Nick Kyrios and Steve Smith are involved, I'll stop there.

      1. panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 16 days ago

        Why must you be so down on two of Australia's favourite sons? Aussie, Aussie, Aussie - Oi, Oi, Oi!

  2. June 14 site updates
    Skonto Rigga
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 16 days ago

    There are a few site updates running this afternoon, mostly on the home page, so it may look weird for a while. The articles may also be affected.

    You might also need to clear your cache to see the revised lay-out when it's all finished.

    1. Grande Tubarão
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      FPL_Virgin rage incoming

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 16 days ago

        I'm currently speaking to Ofcom.

    2. ZimZalabim
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Looks great

    3. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Not keen on lay out I’m sorry to say. I appreciate a lot of work has gone into this but I find it confusing. Why is there banner across top inviting me to sign up for free when I am already a member? And what is the point of the articles listed with dark green background when they are repeated below albeit the first one is a Featured article and then a Community article out of time sequence.

      1. Skonto Rigga
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 16 days ago

        I'll pass that feedback on, Dunas. I doubt very much that the new design will be ditched now but I'll see if the brains behind it can a) remove that sign-up banner for existing members and b) avoid the article list repetition. I personally think having more articles prominent higher up the page (ie the ones in black) is a good thing but I agree that it'd be ideal if they weren't then repeated further down.

        1. Deulofail
          • 8 Years
          11 months, 16 days ago

          I've always found this site impossible to navigate, so I just don't. I don't understand why the boffins don't just do things like write 'latest articles' above the list of latest articles so that you know that the list is of latest articles. And the menus across the top of the screen are a UI travesty imo, not to mention they make my small viewing area for article comments even smaller.

          1. Skonto Rigga
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 6 Years
            11 months, 16 days ago

            And that!

            Tbf, the Articles tab is pretty much in chronological order (there might be an exception here and there) and the 'latest' one is top of the site 99% of the time. Perhaps it could be made clearer.

  3. DBW - Slug's Mortgage …
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 16 days ago

    God this weather is painful when hungover. Go away sun

    1. Philosopher's Stones
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Luxury of having a hangover midweek. Lucky man.

    2. Sure You Did
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Use the time to find a job.

      1. DBW - Slug's Mortgage …
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 16 days ago

        I work from home and have had a successful career for 15 years after I went to Uni.

        Try again butt hole

        1. mad_beer ✅
          • 9 Years
          11 months, 16 days ago

          First time on the internet?

          1. DBW - Slug's Mortgage …
            • 3 Years
            11 months, 16 days ago

            No

            Sure you did is a mug. Has to be told on a regular basis

        2. Sure You Did
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 13 days ago

          So on jobseekers then. 15 years LOL.

    3. TheBiffas
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Hahaha same man

  4. Philosopher's Stones
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 16 days ago

    How to go to the homepage on the mob site in this new format?

    1. Skonto Rigga
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Have reported that now - top bar isn't navigating back to the home page as before.

      1. Skonto Rigga
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 16 days ago

        Fixed!

        1. Andy_Social
          • 11 Years
          11 months, 16 days ago

          Yup, luvverly!

        2. Philosopher's Stones
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 16 days ago

          Thanks mate

  5. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 16 days ago

    WHAT. IS. GOING. ON. 😡

    Does anyone remember when Mark launched the mobile friendly version of the website? We had articles explaining what was going to happen. We had extensive testing. We had Mark up until the early hours of the morning collecting feedback and fixing things.

    1. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      It's all falling apart now Geoff has gone. I blame Soare.

      1. Skonto Rigga
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 16 days ago

        He's still here till the end of the month, it's all his fault

        1. The Knights Template
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 16 days ago

          Tis a fine strategy to blame the soon-to-be-leaving dude!

    2. Debauchy
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Enough Virg , play a vid game. You're a decent fella but ffs learn to reign it in 🙂

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 16 days ago

        The homepage is all goofy and I can't fix it

  6. Deulofail
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 16 days ago

    I think you should keep it like this. I like toggling snoopy's ear from left to right. It looks like he's doing a 180... ooh....360.. oooh...520.... https://prnt.sc/FpG04ldFIBok

    1. Deulofail
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      I pressed Ctrl F5, and instantly regretted it, heart in mouth. Luckily though, Snoopy still going strong https://prnt.sc/m3KKd-sp3785

      1. Deulofail
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 16 days ago

        Thought my art might be worth at least one upvote

  7. mad_beer ✅
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 16 days ago

    Wait. Things have changed. There is some weird toggle at the bottom of the comments and it does nothing. But it is fun to mess with.

    1. Deulofail
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Welcome to the club

      1. mad_beer ✅
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 16 days ago

        You make me feel special. I like that.

  8. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 16 days ago

    LiveFPL already bringing the spoonfeeding to the masses before the fixtures have even arrived lol.
    Machine-learning predicted prices. Yawn.

    1. Andy_Social
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      My draft comes out at exactly 100m. Nice.

    2. Now I'm Panicking
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      How is that spoon-feeding? Agree on the "yawn" though 😀

      1. Deulofail
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 16 days ago

        I think "spoon-feeding" is being extended these days to include any data that have been processed before you consume it, rather than just the interpretation of data.

        I personally think spoon-feeding includes xG, which is based on models that the consumers don't even design themselves. You are also spoon-fed if you look at stats like shots-on-target or watch match highlights that have been compiled for you. In fact, you shouldn't watch any football in video form as as they have been compressed and formatted. And live matches should be viewed in the flesh without glasses and friends. Any winner of FPL must conduct their own interviews with the players and upload their own pictures and prices for the players in the game.

        1. Andy_Social
          • 11 Years
          11 months, 16 days ago

          If I laid out my winning 100m draft for everyone to copy, that would be spoon-feeding. What Livefpl has done is suggest prices for us to pick our own draft squads. That, I believe, is somewhere along the lines of how we actually play the game.

          1. Deulofail
            • 8 Years
            11 months, 16 days ago

            Thank you for taking me seriously. You might be the only one 🙁

      2. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 16 days ago

        Sorry, I should clarify. I meant it's spoon-feeding in the sense that a computer/model is already telling us what the "right" price is for a player.
        It's the first stage of the creation of the template. Once the fixtures arrive tomorrow, you can bet the template will already be half-formed before the game has even launched.
        Still looking forward to it, mind you.

        1. Now I'm Panicking
          • 9 Years
          11 months, 16 days ago

          Fair enough. I never even look at properly selecting my squad until a few days before the season, so any noise beforehand means nothing to me anyway.

  9. Botman and Robben
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 16 days ago

    Well, site look different.