Transfer window power rankings - every Premier League club rated on their summer business so far

As part of a new series, the Independent will be updating this table every few days, with positions dependent on whether clubs are getting what they need and at what value

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The Premier League season may be over, and clubs may have actually stopped playing games on the pitch, but things are only getting started off it.

This is the time of year when they will do their most work off the pitch to try and influence next season’s table, and the signings they make in the next three months will for some be a more important factor in where they finish than anything else. So, who actually leads the way right now? Who leads the summer transfer league table.

As part of a new series, the Independent will be updating this table every few days, with the positions dependent on issues like how close clubs are to getting everything they need and the perceived value of their work.

20. Crystal Palace

A chaotic summer so far, given they have to decide on a manager - and what football identity he will bring - before they decide on players that will suit him.

In so far: None

Still needed: dependent on new manager but likely reinforcements in defence and midfield.

Palace are yet to replace Sam Allardyce (Getty)

19. Huddersfield

They’ve done so well to get here, and the way David Wagner manages means nothing can be ruled out, but Huddersfield surely need more Premier League quality to have any chance of staying up?

In so far: None

Still needed: general Premier League quality, goalkeeper, central defender, two central midfielders, two strikers

David Wagner is yet to begin his summer business (Getty)

18. Burnley

While Sean Dyche’s future remains relatively uncertain, what is certain is that they need to bolster a side lacking in goals.

In so far: None

Still needed: striker, attacking midfielder, defensive midfielder, central defender, two full-backs

Sam Vokes needs some help up top (Getty)

17. Leicester City

They greatly need to improve on last summer’s business, that didn’t really improve their title-winning team. That may well require replacing the wantaway Riyad Mahrez in a more effective way than they did N’Golo Kante.

In so far: None

Still needed: attacker, central defender

Riyad Mahrez wants to leave the club (Getty)

16. Swansea City

The futures of Fernando Llorente and Gylfi Sigurdsson could yet affect a squad that already needed enhancement.

In so far: None

Still needed: striker, central midfielder, right-back, centre-back

Gylfi Sigurdsson's future remains up in the air (Getty)

15. West Brom

The loss of Darren Fletcher was a blow, but Tony Pulis’ team is still solid, and really needs more ingenuity.

In so far: None

Still needed: left back, striker, central defender, central midfielder

Pulis will surely be a busy man at West Brom this summer (Getty)

14. West Ham United

If last summer proved anything, it is that West Ham need to be much more precise in their transfer dealings, given they seemed to go for quantity over quality. Pablo Zabaleta offers the steady head they maybe sometimes lacked - but is he still the same force?

In so far: Pablo Zabaleta

Still needed: attacking midfielder, central midfielder, striker

Pablo Zabaleta has joined from Manchester City (West Ham United)

13. Watford

Watford have pulled off a coup in getting Marco Silva, but now need to do what Hull City couldn’t and give him the player quality he deserves.

In so far: Tom Cleverley

Still needed: striker, central midfielder, central defender, full back, goalkeeper

Tom Cleverley has joined permanently from Everton (Getty)

12. Chelsea

The oddity with such runaway title winners is that they still have so much work to do this summer, to properly compete on more fronts, and compensate for what they didn’t do last season. It should not be forgotten that Antonio Conte essentially worked around the players he didn’t get. Romelu Lukaku should soon arrive, but the Italian now wants much more.

In so far: None

Still needed: striker, forward, two central defenders, wing-back, back-up goalkeeper

11. Southampton

Like a few other clubs in their situation, so much depends on whether they can keep their biggest name, in this case Virgil van Dijk. They’ve already fended off Liverpool. The way Southampton generally conduct transfer business, meanwhile, ensures they are less influenced by their ever-changing managers as they seek a replacement for Claude Puel.

In so far: None

Still needed: striker, central defender, left back

Claude Puel's time at Southampton could be nearing its end (Getty)

10. Everton

The imminent departure of Romelu Lukaku imposes on everything, but Everton could already get good business done before then with Jordan Pickford.

In so far: None

Still needed: striker, goalkeeper, central defender, central midfielder

9. Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs really only need touches - and maybe a little bit extra attacking quality - to their fine squad as it stands, although that will be affected by the likely sale of Kyle Walker and possible sale of Danny Rose.

In so far: None

Still needed: striker, right-back

Kyle Walker looks likely to leave this summer (Getty)

8. Newcastle United

Christian Atsu already offers something different in midfield, but Rafa Benitez is anxious for much more business. 

In so far: Christian Atsu

Still needed: striker, attacking midfielder, central defender, full back

Christian Atsu could prove a shrewd addition (Getty)

7. Brighton

They’re already ahead of their fellow promoted clubs in terms of number of signings, but still need more quality.

In so far: Pascal Gross, Josh Kerr

Still needed: goalscorer, two full-backs, goalkeeper

Brighton are still riding the wave of promotion (Getty)

6. Arsenal

This was supposed to be a summer of change - even with Arsene Wenger staying - and still needs to be a summer of electrically charged good signings to get Arsenal back to the required level. Saed Kolasinac is a start in the options he brings, but Arsenal need some statements too.

In so far: Sead Kolasinac

Still needed: striker, central defender, back-up goalkeeper

Arsenal have got one in but more should follow (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

5. Liverpool

The business with Virgil van Dijk was utterly humiliating, but will be greatly offset by the expected purchase of Mohamed Salah from Roma, and they have already made an astute piece of business in under-20 World Cup winner Dominic Solanke from Chelsea.

In so far: Dominic Solanke

Still needed: forward, central midfielder, central defender, left back

Dominic Solanke is a good addition of what should be a busy summer (Getty)

4. Stoke City

In what was a slightly unconvincing season under Mark Hughes, he has already added greatly-required conviction in Darren Fletcher. More now needs to be done.

In so far: Darren Fletcher

Still needed: forward, left back

3. Manchester United

Jose Mourinho is determined to get all business done by early July, and United have made a strong start, completing a deal for centre-half Victor Lindelof, and already getting moves in place for Alvaro Morata, Ivan Perisic and - possibly - Fabinho. Andrea Belotti depends on Torino’s price.

In so far: Victor Lindelof

Still needed: striker, wide player, right-back, defensive midfielder

2. Bournemouth

Have brought in some very necessary experience and quality in Jermain Defoe and Asmir Begovic, already giving this team significant qualities they lacked.

In so far: Jermain Defoe, Asmir Begovic

Still needed: central defender, attacking midfielder

Defoe joins from relegated Sunderland (Getty Images)

1. Manchester City

The fastest movers, who have also so far made the biggest statement signing in star playmaker Bernardo Silva, and plan to get the rest of their business in defence done quickly.

In so far: Bernardo Silva, Ederson

Still needed: right-back, left-back, centre-back

The deal for Bernardo Silva is the biggest and best of the window so far (Getty)

Check back with Independent Sport where we will be updating this list throughout the summer