Transfer window round up — who were the winners and losers?

The transfer window has slammed close, with a record summer of spending across football.

The influx of money into the English Premier League has seen transfer fees skyrocket, with 13 of the 20 teams in England breaking their individual fee record.

This money has spilled out across Europe, with the effects of the inflated fees being felt across the continent. The €100m paid by Manchester United for Paul Pogba to Juventus led to the club spending €90m on Gonzalo Higuain, with the pair’s transfers the biggest of the summer.

But who were the winners and losers from the transfer window? Sportsbet.io took a look…

The signings of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba made Manchester United the transfer window’s biggest winners

Manchester United

United didn’t just have the most expensive transfer of this window, but they made the most expensive transfer of all time in bringing in Pogba.

While the money may seem steep, adding Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free makes Jose Mourinho’s business look excellent.

With new boys Eric Bailly and Henrik Mkhitaryan also added to the squad, it’s been an excellent summer’s work at Old Trafford.

Verdict — winner

Manchester City

On the other half of Manchester, Pep Guardiola’s start to life in England has also gone swimmingly.

He’s been backed by his wealthy investors, with John Stones, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan, Claudio Bravo and Nolito all through the doors of the Etihad.

The fact City have won all of their matches under Pep so far having only used Nolito and Stones off that list shows the talent the Spaniard has at his disposal, and the thought of those others being added when fit is frightening. A very good window for the blue half of Manchester.

Verdict — winner

Real Madrid

One effect of the money in England is a lack of transfer activity elsewhere, and European champions Real Madrid show that more than any.

Only one player in — former youth player Alvaro Morata for a €10m loss after two years in Juventus, and there’s a danger everyone else might be catching up on the side that won the Champions League in 2014 and 2016.

It remains to be seen how they do this year — though Zinedine Zidane may argue that there don’t need to be major additions to a team that boast Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

Verdict — loser

Alvaro Morata was the only signing of a frustrating transfer window for Real Madrid

Bayern Munich

New manager Carlo Ancelotti wasted little time bringing new faces into the Allianz Arena.

Euro 2016 golden boy Renato Sanches was snapped up from Benfica, as was Mats Hummels from Dortmund.

The signing of Hummels serves two purposes — strengthening Bayern and at the same time significantly weakening their biggest rivals.

After a mixed period in the Champions League under Pep Guardiola, Bayern fans will hope three time winner Ancelotti can bring the famous trophy back to Germany — and those two signings give the boys from Munich a big chance.

Verdict — winner